Pompton Lakes High School

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Pompton Lakes High School
Pompton lakes high school.jpg PLHS on Commencement Day, 2008
"Pride and Tradition"
44 Lakeside Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442
Type Public
Established 1933
School district Pompton Lakes School District
Principal Vincent Przybylinski Jr.
Faculty 51.2 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 620[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.11:1[1]
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Cardinals
Publication The Cardinal
Yearbook Pioneer

Pompton Lakes High School (PLHS) is a four-year comprehensive community public high school in the borough of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Pompton Lakes School District. The school serves students in ninth through welfth gardes from Pompton Lakes as well as those from Riverdale who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[2][3][4] The high school is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[citation needed]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 620 students and 51.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.11:1. There were 69 students (11.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 21 (3.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The school mascot is the Cardinal. The actual structure of the building displays a classic colonial revival exterior, a product of the New Deal Era. The building was constructed in 1932 and was opened to students in September 1933.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

During the 1986-87 school year, Pompton Lakes High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[5] the highest award an American school can receive.[6][7]

The school was the 153rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[8] The school had been ranked 85th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 173rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 156th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 188th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11] Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 127th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 2 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[12]


Built in 1932 in Colonial Revival style, the High School opened to students in September of that year and graduated its first class the following June. Students from Pompton Lakes attended Butler High School before the opening of Pompton Lakes High School. At its opening in 1933, the school received students from Wayne, Oakland, and Midland Park as well as Pompton Lakes. Since then, the school has maintained much of its original structure, with additions of a larger library, another locker room, and an entirely new wing erected in the 1960s.[3]

For much of the 1996-1997 school year, the comedy In & Out (starring Kevin Kline and Tom Selleck) was shot in and around the high school. Many different classrooms and facilities were used as the set for the movie, as well as many students were used as extras.[13]


Many different courses and programs are offered at Pompton Lakes High School. They include:

  • Physical Education
  • Independent Study
  • Teacher Aide
  • Language Arts Literacy (including elective courses)
  • Social Studies (including elective courses)
  • Science (including elective courses)
  • Mathematics
  • World Languages
    • Spanish
    • French
    • German
  • Business/Technology
  • Industrial/Technology
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Art
  • Music

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered include AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language, AP German Language, AP French Language


There are many different clubs that students can participate in at Pompton Lakes High School. Including:

  • Assembly Planning Committee
  • Environmental Club
  • FBLA
  • Health Careers Club
  • Interact
  • Math League
  • Marching Band
  • Model United Nations
  • Spring Musical
  • National Honor Society
  • Peer Helpers
  • Performing Arts Club
  • Student Council
  • Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC)
  • Student Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR)
  • Yearbook
  • Varsity Club
  • Zonta club


The Pompton Lakes High School Cardinals are part of the 37-member North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), which comprises private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[14] With 451 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 117 to 478 students in that grade range.[15] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Pompton Lakes was part of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).[16]

Boys sports offered include: Football, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Wrestling, Fencing, Bowling, Winter Track, Baseball, Spring Track and Tennis. Girls sports include Field Hockey, Soccer, Cross Country, Tennis, Basketball, Fencing, Winter Track, Bowling, Softball and Spring Track.

The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional title in 1982, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and won the North I Group II state sectional title in 1997.[17] The 1998 boys football team were the North I, Group II state football champions, beating Westwood Regional High School 7-6 on a snowy field.[18] In the fall of 2005, the Football and Boys Soccer teams advanced all the way in their respective playoffs, both bringing home state championships. The football team won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North I, Group I title, defeating Hasbrouck Heights High School 27-7 in the final.[19][20] The team won the North I Group I state title in 2011 and 2012 with a win over Glen Rock High School and Cedar Grove High School, respectively.[21]

The 1996 boys soccer team were league and state champions with an overall record of 23-1. They lost the final of the Passaic County tournament to Paterson's John F. Kennedy High School.[citation needed]

The 2001 boys tennis team won the North I, Group II over Rutherford High School 3½-1½ in the tournament final.[22]

In 2001, the girls softball team won the North I, Group II sectional championship, edging Mahwah High School 1-0.[23] The team repeated in 2002, again winning by a 1-0 score in the final, this time over top-seeded Hawthorne High School, their first sectional championship since their win in 2002.[24] The 2007 team won the title, with a 4-1 win vs. Saddle Brook High School.[25][26] The 2008 team repeated the North I, Group I title, defeating Park Ridge High School 8-3 in the tournament final.[27][28]

The boys track and field team won the 2006 and 2007 North I, Group I state sectional championships tying Hasbrouck Heights High School in 2006 and winning outright with 65 points in 2007.[29]

The girls tennis team won the 2007 North I, Group I state sectional championship with a 4-1 win over New Milford High School.[30] The win was the team's first ever state sectional title.[31]

The field hockey team is a perennial power in northern New Jersey. The Cardinals have won the Passaic County title 14 times,[32] most recently in 2008 when they beat Wayne Hills High School 1-0 in the final.[33] Pompton Lakes also won three consecutive sectional titles from 2008–2010, defeating Boonton High School 2-1 in the 2010 final.[34]

The school also has a marching band and color guard which competes in USSBA competitions. The Cardinal Marching Band has been a part of PLHS for over 70 years (2005) with up to 100 students participating.


Core members of the school's administration are:[35]

  • Vincent Przybylinski, Jr., Principal
  • Anthony Mattera, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Pompton Lakes High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Pompton Lakes High School 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 29, 2015. "Set in a quaint lakeside community that is rich in pride and tradition, Pompton Lakes High School (PLHS) serves both the boroughs of Pompton Lakes and Riverdale."
  3. ^ a b c Pompton Lakes Information and Reference Calendar '07-'08, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Accessed November 23, 2014. "Pompton Lakes High School initially received students from Oakland, Wayne and Midland Park. Currently, there is a receiving district relationship between Pompton Lakes and Riverdale students."
  4. ^ Laplaca, Bryan. "Back in the Day: Saddened by Pompton/Riverdale rift", Suburban Trends, July 18, 2010. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Tensions between Riverdale and Pompton Lakes concerning their sending/receiving contract for Pompton Lakes High School are nothing new."
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006.
  6. ^ Staff. "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  7. ^ Staff. "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post, September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 19, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 24, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 13, 2012.
  13. ^ Trivia for In & Out, Internet Movie Database. Accessed December 16, 2006.
  14. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  15. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  16. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 14, 2012.
  18. ^ Staff. "STATE-BY-STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS", USA Today, December 8, 1997. Accessed February 14, 2012. "II: Pompton Lakes (9-2) d. Westwood (8-3) 7-6"
  19. ^ Czerwinski, Mark J. "Missed chances doomed Heights", The Record (Bergen County), December 4, 2005. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Hasbrouck Heights simply couldn't put its signature on Saturday's North 1, Group 1 title game. 'The ball didn't bounce our way,' senior running back Jeff Seidel said after the 27-7 loss to Pompton Lakes at Giants Stadium."
  20. ^ 2005 Football - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 3, 2007.
  21. ^ Idec, Keith. "Football: Pompton runs past Glen Rock to North 1, Group 1 title", The Record (Bergen County), December 2, 2011. Accessed February 14, 2012. "Moments earlier, the top-seeded Cardinals shut out third-seeded Glen Rock, 20-0, to win the North 1, Group 1 championship at MetLife Stadium. Led by senior tailback Nieko Torres, who rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, and a dominant defense, Pompton Lakes won its fourth sectional title, its first since 2005."
  22. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Boys Team Tennis - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 3, 2007.
  23. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Softball - North I, Group II, accessed May 3, 2007.
  24. ^ 2002 Softball Tournament - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 3, 2007.
  25. ^ Stapleton, Art. "Pompton Lakes finally beats Saddle Brook", The Record (Bergen County), June 1, 2007. Accessed June 1, 2007. "Pompton Lakes junior Chelsea Ott began pacing around the pitcher's circle the moment the softball finally landed beyond the left field fence in the sixth inning of Tuesday's North 1, Group 1 final.... Ott did just that, striking out the next batter before retiring the side in the seventh to seal Pompton Lakes' 4-1 victory over Saddle Brook for its first sectional championship since 2002."
  26. ^ 2007 Softball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  27. ^ 2008 Softball Tournament - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
  28. ^ "Pompton Lakes 8, Park Ridge 3", The Star-Ledger, May 29, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2008.
  29. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Pompton Lakes wins outright", The Record (Bergen County), May 27, 2007. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  30. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  31. ^ Pompton Lakes captures crown, The Star-Ledger, October 13, 2007. Accessed October 25, 2007. "Pompton Lakes took home its first sectional crown, defeating New Milford, 4-1, in the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 championship yesterday at Northern Highlands in Allendale."
  32. ^ "Passaic County Coaches Association Field Hockey", accessed January 27, 2011.
  33. ^ "Pompton Lakes wins county field hockey title", Jersey Sports Now, October 25, 2008
  34. ^ "Pompton Lakes edges Boonton for section title", Jersey Sports Now, November 9, 2010.
  35. ^ Leadership Team, Pompton Lakes High School. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  36. ^ Barry, Jan. "AUTHOR REVISITS SCENE OF NOVEL -- TELLS STUDENTS DREAMS CAN COME TRUE", The Record (Bergen County), December 12, 2000. Accessed August 14, 2007. "Cathy Bauer couldn't wait to graduate from Pompton Lakes High and get out into the world."
  37. ^ Fox, Ron. "WHERE'S WHAT'S-HIS-NAME", The Record (Bergen County), May 1, 1993. Accessed August 13, 2008. "At Pompton Lakes High School, Charlie Getty was All-State in football and track, and a State bronze medalist in wrestling."
  38. ^ Graziano, Dan. "N.J. native Michael Weiner in line to become head of MLBPA", NewJerseyNewsroom.com, June 26, 2009. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Weiner's New Jersey roots run deep. He was born on Dec. 21, 1961 in Paterson, where his mother and father were raised and went to high school. The family moved to Pompton Lakes when Weiner was two years old, and he went to high school there."

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