Plainfield High School (New Jersey)

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Plainfield High School
950 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060

Coordinates 40°36′43″N 74°24′45″W / 40.611948°N 74.412515°W / 40.611948; -74.412515Coordinates: 40°36′43″N 74°24′45″W / 40.611948°N 74.412515°W / 40.611948; -74.412515
Type Public high school
Established 1857
School district Plainfield Public School District
Principal Otis Brown
Vice Principals Kevin Stansbury
Yvonne Sheard
Dion Roach
Miguelina Landisi
Faculty 111.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,496 (as of 2013-2014)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.54:1[1]
Athletics conference Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team name Cardinals

Plainfield High School is a comprehensive community four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Plainfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school is part of the Plainfield Public School District, one of New Jersey's 31 Abbott Districts.[2] Plainfield High School was established in 1857, making it the second-oldest high school in New Jersey.[citation needed] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[3]

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,392 students and 111.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.54:1. There were 809 students (58.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 92 (6.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 280th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 307th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 293rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 307th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


Plainfield High School now competes in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] Before the 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association that consists of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County.

Plainfield's football rivalry with Westfield High School dates back to 1900, making it the oldest active public high school football rivalry in the state.

The boys' basketball team claimed the 2011 and 2012 NJSIAA Group III state championships, the school's first state titles in basketball since 1983. The squad advanced to the NJISAA Tournament of Champions final; both times losing to national private school powerhouse St. Anthony's High School. Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley called Plainfield, "the best basketball community in New Jersey."[8] The team won the 2004 North II, Group IV state sectional championship, defeating Elizabeth High School 47-42 in the final.[9]


Core members of the school's administration are:[10]

  • Otis Brown - Principal
  • Kevin Stansbury - Vice Principal (Guidance) (Grade 11)
  • Yvonne Sheard - District Athletic Supervisor
  • Dion Roach - Vice Principal (Grade 10/12)
  • Miguelina Landisi - Vice Principal (Grade 9)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Data for Plainfield High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
  2. ^ Abbott Districts, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the internet Archive as of May 15, 2009. Accessed October 23, 2011.
  3. ^ Plainfield High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed October 23, 2011.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 18, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 12, 2012.
  8. ^ [1], Courier-News, March 23, 2011. Accessed October 29, 2012.
  9. ^ 2004 Boys Basketball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed April 26, 2007.
  10. ^ About Our School - Contact Us, Plainfield High School. Accessed October 23, 2011.
  11. ^ Ernest R. Ackerman, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 16, 2008.
  12. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Joe Black, Pitching Pioneer for the Dodgers, Dies at 78", The New York Times, May 18, 2002. Accessed September 12, 2012. "Black was born in Plainfield, N.J., where he was an all-around athlete in high school."
  13. ^ McKenzie, Doug. "South River’s Pearson to be inducted to N.J. Hall of Fame", East Brunswick Sentinel, February 7, 2001. Accessed October 8, 2007. "Also on this year’s list of inductees are Joe Black, a Plainfield High School graduate who became the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game"
  14. ^ "mtvU Dean'sList hosted by Taiwan Brown". MTV Networks. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  15. ^ "Taiwan Brown (PHS Class of 2006) wins OVERCOMING OBSTACLES 2006 ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS". Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  16. ^ Margaret Bourke-White, Photography at Temple University. Accessed June 21, 2007. "She grew up in Bound Brook, NJ, and graduated from Plainfield High School."
  17. ^ "CAMPBELL CAPTURES TWO NEWARK EVENTS", The New York Times, February 28, 1953. Accessed November 6, 2007. "Milt Campbell, Plainfield High School star, won the first two events in the twenty-ninth Newark Athletic Club track and field championships today."
  18. ^ "71st Annual Hot Stove Awards Dinner, Feb. 11, Honors Union County Athletes, Young and Old", Union County, New Jersey press release dated February 2, 2007. Accessed November 14, 2007. "Manny Collins was a standout at both wide receiver and defensive back for the Plainfield High School Cardinals and earned All-County, All-Conference and All-Area honors."
  19. ^ Staff. "(I CAN’T WAIT TO) MEET VIRGINIA", UConn Huskies football, October 9, 2007. Accessed September 12, 2012. "UConn’s Dan Davis and UVa’s Eugene Monroe used to go head-to-head every day at Plainfield High School in New Jersey."
  20. ^ Pete Liske profile, database Football. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  21. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "Plainfield High graduate Eugene Monroe ends holdout, signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars", The Star-Ledger, August 14, 2009. Accessed March 18, 2011.
  22. ^ McShea, Nancy Gill. "A Model Ambassador", Tennis Week, April 24, 2008, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 21, 2008. Accessed September 12, 2012.
  23. ^ Genovese, Peter. "Black History Month: Plainfield man is a 'guardian angel' for tennis athletes", The Star-Ledger, February 19, 2010. Accessed September 12, 2012 "Asked why he is wearing a Jets sweatshirt when he is an avowed Giants fan, he says it’s to earn points with Wallace, a Jets fan. Asked if he was a good student at Plainfield High School, Van Blake smiled. 'It took me a long time to become a good student,' he said. 'I was too much of a dreamer.'"
  24. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Adella Wotherspoon, Last Survivor of General Slocum Disaster, Is Dead at 100", The New York Times, February 4, 2004. Accessed September 12, 2012. "In Watchung, Adella attended a one-room schoolhouse and then went to Plainfield High School, where she graduated in 1921."

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