Princeton High School (New Jersey)
|Princeton High School|
|151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540
|Type||Public high school|
|Principal||Gary R. Snyder|
|Assistant principals||Harvey Highland
|Faculty||103.2 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,420 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.76:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Valley Conference|
|Team name||Little Tigers|
Princeton High School (PHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Princeton Public Schools district, which serves all public school students in Princeton. Students from Cranbury Township also attend PHS as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Cranbury Township School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1932.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,420 students and 103.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.76:1. There were 73 students (5.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 29 (2.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
PHS is notable for its high academic standards and strong arts programs that rival many of the nation's private schools. The school consistently ranks amongst the top open-admissions public high schools in the state concerning SAT scores, and was ranked first in the state amongst open-admissions schools in 2009.
PHS is located between Moore Street and Walnut Lane. The district middle school, John Witherspoon Middle School, is located across from the high school athletic fields on Walnut Lane.
PHS offers courses in many subjects and levels, including most of the courses in the Advanced Placement Program. Additionally, the High School Program at Princeton University permits qualified juniors and seniors to take free courses at Princeton University. Students must have exhausted all high school course alternatives within a discipline and receive high school credit only for any university courses successfully completed.
As of 2011[update], the school's principal is Gary R. Snyder, and its assistant principals are Harvey Highland and Lori Rotz. The school's student activities director (also known as the Dean of Students) is Angela Siso. The Athletic Director is John Miranda.
Princeton High underwent significant reconstruction from 2003 to 2007 as part of an $86 million project to renovate the Princeton Regional School District's school buildings. At the start of the 2006-07 school year, the new auditorium, science labs, gymnasium, and the bulk of the new wings and staircases in the school opened. The renovated library (now located in the former auditorium) opened in May 2007. During the summer of 2007, finishing touches such as the removal of classroom trailers, installation of tennis courts, repaving of parking lots, finishing of renovations to old portions of the building, and work on the new, state-of-the-art fitness center took place. The district-wide renovations were declared officially complete at the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.
Residents of Princeton University's housing complexes for graduate students with families, Butler Apartments, Lawrence Apartments, and Stanworth Apartments, are zoned to Princeton High School.
 Awards, recognition and rankings
In U.S. News & World Report's December 9, 2009, issue, Princeton High School was the 94th ranked public high school in the nation and was the highest ranked open-admissions high school in New Jersey.
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 8th in New Jersey and 371st nationwide. The school was ranked 210th in Newsweek's 2009 ranking of the top 1,500 high schools in the United States and was the third-ranked school in New Jersey, with 2.943 AP tests taken in 2008 per graduating senior and 60% of all graduating seniors passing at least one AP exam. The school was ranked 142nd nationwide in 2008. In Newsweek's 2007 ranking of the country's top high schools, Princeton High School was listed in 208th place, the seventh-highest ranked school in New Jersey. The school was listed in 133rd place, the third-highest ranked school in New Jersey, in Newsweek's May 8, 2006, issue listing the Top 1200 High Schools in The United States. Princeton High School was ranked as number 212 in Newsweek's 2005 survey  and 113th in its 2004 survey.
The school was the 59th-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 44th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 6th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 13th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 75th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 16 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.3%) and language arts literacy (94.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The November 30, 2007, issue of The Wall Street Journal, ranking the country's high schools based on a percentage of 2007 high school seniors sent to eight selective colleges, placed Princeton High School at #27. PHS was the second highest ranked publicly funded school, with a total of 31 students matriculating the select eight schools. The eight colleges were Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Pomona, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, and Williams. Princeton High School's rank was aided by the fact that 19 students from the school matriculated to Princeton University.
 School policy
School is held Monday through Friday from 7:51 a.m.-2:51 p.m. for a total of 180 days per year. The daily schedule consists of eight academic periods (45 minutes), with a homeroom period (12 minutes) on Wednesdays between the second and third periods, and a break (30 minutes) between the fifth and sixth periods. There are four minutes between each class period for the students to get to their next class.
Every Wednesday, (termed "Short Wednesdays" or "one-forty-nine days") and on other days when special events are planned, the school day is shortened and ends at 1:49 p.m. Students still attend all eight class periods on Short Wednesdays, though they are shortened to 35 minutes. Homeroom and break periods are not shortened. Short Wednesdays exist to permit the operation of the Peer Group program (which is mandatory for freshmen) between 1:49 and 2:51. This period of time is also used for community service group meetings for sophomores, other optional extracurricular activities, and school-wide events such as pep rallies, the Fall Festival, and Spring Fling. The 2010-2011 school year changed the time for the end of classes to 1:49, as school ended at 1:39 before.
 Lab days
The school days are assigned letter labels, cycling from A through G. This is done to accommodate double periods for science classes, which are scheduled so that there is a gym class during the preceding or following period. For two out of these seven days (either A and E, B and F, or C and G depending on the class, so that D day is the same for everyone) the science class meets two periods in a row to give the class opportunity for a lab experiment. For example, if a student has lab on B and F days, he or she will not have gym or health (or, if they are a sophomore, Driver's Education) on those cycle days, and will instead have a double science period. Certain science classes, such as Genetics and Bioethics (usually taken by seniors), have only one lab day per cycle, leaving the other as a free period.
 Graduation requirements
In order to receive a diploma from Princeton High School, students must pass the Grade 11 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA 11) in language arts literacy and mathematics. Students must pass the Biology State Assessment the year they are enrolled in a Biology course. They must also successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits beginning in grade 9 and concluding in grade 12. Each year-long class counts for 5 credits; each semester class counts for 2.5. Science classes that have one or two lab periods, however, count for 5.7 and 6.4 credits, respectively (because of the additional lab periods). Quarterly Gym and Health classes count for 1 credit, or 4 credits per year. Additionally, each student must have completed 50 hours of community service to graduate. These community service requirements are usually completed during students' sophomore years.
Required courses include English I and English II (which must respectively be taken in the first two years) and two more years of English; three years of science, including biology and chemistry; one year of a foreign language (though three years is recommended); three years of mathematics; one year of gym for every year that the student is enrolled (if the student graduates in three years they only need three classes); two years of United States History, one year of World History; one year of Visual/Performing Arts; one half year of Financial Literacy; and one year of Practical Arts.
PHS has a policy of revoking credit for a student's course if a certain amount of unexcused absences in a class are reached. More than 18 absences from a year-long course, 9 absences for a semester course, and 5 absences for a marking period course will lead to credit revocation. Starting in 2005, tardiness has been counted as one-third of an absence for the purposes of revoking credit.
 Extracurricular activities
Princeton High School offers many extracurricular activities, including clubs, publications, competitive teams, and other organizations. Chartered organizations include Enspiration (an environmental community service group), The Speech & Debate Club, Operation Smile Club, the Anime Club, Asian American Club, Dance Club, the PHS Amnesty International organization, A.R.T.E: Artistically Reviving the Earth, Badminton Club, Business Leaders of the Next Generation Club, the Chess Club, the Chinese Club, the Crew Club, the Cricket Club, the Environmental Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Indian Club, The Ivy (a literary magazine), the Latin Club, the Math Team, the Debate team, the Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, the Numina Gallery group, The Prince (the Yearbook), the Princeton High Ultimate Club (PHUC), the Robotics and Computer Club, the New Rubik's Cube Club, the Science Bowl Team, the Science Olympiad Team, the Statistics Club, The Tower (the newspaper), the Quidditch Club, the Bibliophile club, French Club, the Circolo Italiano (Italian Club), the Pen Spinning Club, Philosophy Club, and a Junior Statesmen of America Chapter. The following are some of the high school's oldest and most celebrated extracurricular traditions:
The Princeton High School Little Tigers participate in the Colonial Valley Conference, which includes high schools from Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). The high school boasts teams in girls' field hockey, soccer, football, cheerleading, cross country, swimming, ice hockey, basketball, winter track, lacrosse, spring track and field, baseball, softball, golf, fencing and tennis. The track and field team of the early 1950s was notable for a series of State Championships and was recently inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
The golf team went 5 for 5 in its 2007 tournaments, including the Group III State Championships, the Mercer County Tournament, Sectional Championships, the Bunker Hill Tournament, and the Cherry Valley Tournament. The team over had a record of 47-2 during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The 2008 team repeated as Group III champion.
The varsity girls' swim team won the 2007 NJSIAA Central - B State Sectional Championship with an 87-83 win over Ocean Township High School. They again beat Ocean Township High School in 2008 for the second year in a row, claiming their 6th consecutive NJSIAA Central - B sectional championship.
The 2009 boys swimming team won the Central Jersey Group B Sectional title with a 99-71 win against Ocean Township High School.
In 2011, the boys swimming team won the Central Jersey Group B Sectional title with a 102-68 win against Freehold Borough High School. Following that, the team advanced to the NJSIAA Public B finals, ultimately losing to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 80-90.
In 2012, the boys swimming team again won the Central Jersey Group B Sectional title. After that, Princeton once again faced-off against their rivals last year Scotch Plains-Fanwood. This time Princeton boys swimming team won 109-61, giving them the NJSIAA Public B state champion title.
In 2008, the Varsity cheerleading squad competed in the Colonial Valley Conference Competition, and won Best Dance, First place in Medium Division and Overall Grand Champions. They competed against 13 other teams in order to win the Grand Champion Award.
In 2010, the Varsity cheerleading squad competed in the 6th Annual Colonial Valley Conference Competition, and won First Place in Small division.
 The Princeton High School Choir
PHS Choir is technically an elective and not an "extracurricular" activity, as it is a regularly scheduled course for which credits and grades are given.
Founded in 1944, the Choir is nationally and internationally known as one of the top high school choirs in the world and is widely regarded as the high school's strongest musical tradition. The Choir is composed of 60 to 80 students in grades 10 through 12 every year, with auditions conducted at the end of each academic year for entry in the following year. Students who are not accepted during their first audition may try again in subsequent years. The Choir tours internationally (and occasionally nationally) once every two years. Past tours of special significance include the 1977/78 invitation from the American composer Gian Carlo Menotti to participate in Spoleto, a world-renowned summer festival where they premiered Menotti's opera, "The Egg" and an invitation to perform at the 850th anniversary of the city of Moscow. Though the Choir has toured internationally since 1962, more recent destinations (since 1993) include the nations of Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Princeton High School Chamber Choir, composed of members of the PHS Choir, has performed at the White House on numerous occasions. A national tour with the entire Choir to Washington D.C. in the spring of 2009 included a performance at the Washington National Cathedral. The Choir toured Barcelona, Spain, in February 2011, appearing on national Spanish television as well as gaining special permission to perform in the Cathedral of Montserrat.
The Choir has been under five directors in its history, including founding director Harvey Woodruff from 1944 to 1948, Thomas Hilbish from 1948 to 1965, William Trego from 1965 to 1993, and Dr. Charles "Sunny" Sundquist from 1993 to 2008. After Dr. Sundquist's move to Mountain Lakes High School in 2008, Mr. Vincent Metallo took over as director, along with veteran Associate Director Ms. Sarah Pelletier.
PHS also is home to four student-run a cappella groups. There are two "choir affiliated" groups, The Cat's Meow (all female) and Around 8 (co-ed), and two non "choir affiliated groups" Testostertones (all male) and Cloud Nine (all female). The four groups perform at various school and non-school related events year round, singing songs arranged by current and former members. They all hold weekly, student-run rehearsals. The a cappella groups hold auditions at the end of each school year and admit a small number of new members. Admission overall is very selective, although selectivity varies from year to year and some groups are generally more selective than others. To have the ability to audition for a "choir affiliated" a cappella group, one must first be admitted to PHS choir by audition with the choir directors.
The Cat's Meow was established by 9 females in the early 1980s and features their 5 "classic" songs each year along with 15 to 20 new arrangements by former and current members. All of their songs are featured on a CD each year. The Cat's Meow is known for their ability to perform complex arrangements with the smallest number of members and for the quality of their "blended" sound as a group (and don't forget the black dresses!). The Cat's Meow has been known to feature strong soloists as well. Around Eight was formed second, in 1992, and originally included eight members—two each of the four basic voice parts. Cloud 9 and the Testostertones are more recent additions to the school's rich a cappella history. Around Eight started out as a mainly madrigal oriented group, but as time progressed it became more pop oriented. Around Eight has been known to feature a lot of complex beatboxing. Cloud 9 was formed originally to give girls not in the choir a chance to show off their abilities, but has recently had a surge in great female vocalists; in recent years it has become known for its arrangements. The Testostertones were formed by a group of guys who loved to bring a funny edge to a cappella. Today the Tones combine great music and voices with comedic dances, their classic "Tones Attire" (black shirt, khakis, and colored ties), and other shenanigans, such as the song, "We Are Men And We Like to Sing".
All of the a cappella groups are featured in many of the classic group performances such as: Back To School Night, Fall Festival, Friday Night Live (FNL), Winter Arch Sing WWP-South's Acappellooza, Spring Fling, and Final Arch Sing, among others.
Each usually contain large crowds as many support friends and enjoy the high quality of a cappella at PHS. Each group with the exception of Tones has recorded a CD annually, but 2011 marked the first in several years that Tones released a CD.
 PHS Studio Band
The band program is technically an elective and not an "extracurricular" activity, as it is a regularly scheduled course for which credits and grades are given.
Princeton High School has several levels of bands to accommodate all levels of playing from beginning to professional skill. Tiger I & II, Nassau I & II, Jazz Ensemble, and Studio Band are the 6 bands by order of pure playing ability. Students are assigned to their respective band level according to skill, being an upperclassman holds no extra sway.
The Princeton High School Studio Band, currently directed by Joe Bongiovi, selects its members by audition only. All Studio Band members are expected to excel in sight-reading, master finger positions, and be familiar with all techniques that apply to their instrument (e.g., trombone F-attachment). They are also expected to attend all rehearsals both during and after school. During the band's preparation for competition, ensemble rehearsal can be over 12–20 hours in 1 week.
The Studio Band is known to play a wide variety of genres arranged for Big Band. About one Friday evening each month throughout the school year the Studio Band hosts dances known as Band Dances.
The original director and founder of the Studio Band was Dr. Anthony Biancosino. Biancosino was the director of the Studio Band for 26 years. During those years the Studio Band had many successes, including playing at the inaugural balls of both Presidents Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
When Biancosino died in December 2003, his brother, Joseph Downey, took over as director of the Studio band. Under his direction the Studio Band continued to play and compete. In 2007 the Studio Band took first place at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival. Prior to performing, Downey dedicated the set to Dr. Biancosino. Incidentally, his brother Joe stepped in to direct the band at the 1982 Berkee Festival, when they won the competition for the first time, while Dr. Biancosino was at the bedside of his ailing daughter. The set in 2007 consisted of three pieces: Whiplash, Of Another Time, and Cherokee; the same set the Studio Band had played when they won previously at Berklee twenty-five years earlier. Joe Bongiovi later took over the band director's position, with the help of band director Scott Grimaldi. Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi in 2009, PHS Studio Band won first place overall, best woodwind section, and best brass section at the Disney Jazz Festival. Later in the year, they also won first place overall and best saxophone section at the NJAJE State Finals. The set consisted of Heat of the Day, Mumuki, and What is This Thing Called Love. At the Berklee Jazz Festival of 2010, the PHS studio band took first place in Division 2 for large ensembles. The set was It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing), The First Circle, and Besame Mucho. The band played well once again at the Berklee Jazz Festival of 2011, winning first in Division 2 for large ensembles, second in Division 1 for small combos, and second in miscellaneous BandSlam groups (this time Wake'N'Ska).
The Princeton High School band program also hosts an annual Jazz Festival, nicknamed "Jazz Fest", at which local high school jazz bands are invited to perform for adjudication. Like many other similar high school jazz festivals, the host band traditionally plays last and is not scored for competition. Each year, the band program invites a guest artist to perform after the festival for its attendees.
Jazz Festival Guest Artists: 2008- Berklee School Of Music Concert Jazz Orchestra 2009- Tierney Sutton 2010- Cherry Poppin' Daddies 2011- Tim Hagans & Marvin Stamm 2012- Denis DiBlasio 2013- Peter Erskine
 Spectacle Theatre
Spectacle Theatre is Princeton High School's student-run drama club. Each year, students will act in and produce a fall play (generally in November) and a spring musical (generally in March). After the conclusion of the musical, seniors have the opportunity to direct single-act plays in a Student Directed Play production. Each production involves tech, make-up, lighting, and costume departments as well as a stage crew.
The program was the first high school to premiere "Brigadoon" and "Carousel". They have also performed operas at Princeton High School, the first of which was Cavalleria Rusticana, a one act opera written by Pietro Mascagni.
Spectacle Theatre is currently directed by Pat Wray, the PHS drama teacher and former Broadway dancer and actress.
 The Tower
The Tower is a newspaper which was founded in 1911 as The Observer. In 1925, it was renamed The Blue & White. It was renamed to its present title four years later at the suggestion of Stryker Warren (a 1930 graduate of PHS) to commemorate the construction of what was then the new high school building and what is now the oldest building, with the famous tower. The Tower has throughout its life varied enormously in its content and style. As of 2006[update], the Tower funded itself through the sale of subscriptions and advertisements to local organizations & businesses, and through subsidies from the Princeton Regional Schools.
In its very first incarnation, the paper was published fortnightly in a format somewhat smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches and was advised by a teacher of the era, Mrs. M. A. Dick. The Tower has published continuously since that time, assisted by different local publishers, most recently for the last few decades, the Princeton Packet. At one time, typesetting was done separately from publishing for the Tower by the other main local paper, Town Topics.
The Tower's masthead has varied tremendously—when the present name first was bestowed upon it, the logotype was a pencil drawing of a sun rising above a tower with the school's motto and The New York Times-style lettering, but since then the image of the architectural feature has been removed and reinserted multiple times by zealous editors throughout the decades. Throughout the forties and fifties, the Tower's logotype was very plain, consisting only of serifed capital block letters, with no additional style or imagery. The current masthead dates to the eighties.
A well-known feature of the Tower is the propensity of the editors to publish joke issues: in recent years, it is generally done at the boundary between years, around the same time when the entire editorial staff is replaced wholesale. The first example of this was in the late 1920s, when one issue was published on blue paper and carried the title "Black & Blue." The humor in that printing consisted largely of printing some of the text backwards or upside down. More recent joke issues have somewhat more vivid humor, such as a mid-2000s issue alleging that a giant condom had been placed on top of the school, or an early-eighties issue stating that the Tower had been converted into a pornographic racket (with pictures to support the point). The 2009 edition featured a back page of student-made lolcats.
Of course, like many of the running aspects of the Tower, such as the monthly quotes section, exemplars decades ago may be seen not so much as "first instances" as much as spiritual precursors—there has been constant flux at the Tower over the decades. Features such as the Vanguard (a two-page topical opinions/forum spread) frequently are born, killed, resurrected, and killed again in a cycle that takes place over twenty or so years, as new enterprising editors-in-chief try to imprint their own mark upon the publication as soon as they can before their very brief tenure expires and that mark again fades into history.
For a brief period between 1990 and 1994, the Tower had competition from The Free Press, an "underground" newspaper that broke from the "underground" stereotype by placing bylines on articles and listing all contributors on the newspaper's masthead. The Free Press, which described itself as an independent student newspaper, was formed after a split between several potential editors of the Tower. The paper largely stopped printing by 1992 after the founding staff had graduated, but a few issues were published in later years when the few staffers remaining at PHS tried to resurrect the paper.
For a glimpse into the Tower's history, a series of front pages from the Tower archives has been on display in the lobby of the new arts wing at Princeton High School since the wing opened in the spring of 2007. This exhibit shows the consistently professional layout of the paper as well as its coverage of period-defining events. It also celebrates that the newspaper is not only one of the few clubs at PHS with a significant known history, but also that the newspaper's history has generally exemplified good journalism, strong leadership, and the sort of excellence for which Princeton High School is known.
 The Ivy
The Ivy is the PHS Magazine of the Arts and, like the Tower, has a rich history. First started in the 1960s, The Ivy, named for the ivy which grows on the older school buildings, has entertained generations of students, faculty, and members of the Princeton community. Students submit their art in various media (drawings, collages, poems, short-stories, essays, paintings, and photographs) to the Ivy mailbox located in the library. A team of students, led by a chief editor, select and edit works until they have gathered enough to create a full issue. The magazine is then graphically designed using In Design, given a theme, and printed at the school in either black and white or color (depending on the content). The Ivy generally produces two issues a year.
Spork, which is new to PHS as of the 2011-2012 school year, is "a food and dining magazine, fully produced by the students at Princeton High." Every few months, Spork releases a four-page, color issue with recipes, photos, features and reviews. The Spork staff writes and adapts recipes, reviews local Princeton restaurants, and publishes features and articles. Copies of Spork are free to students and can be found in intersections around the school upon release.
 The Ideas Center
The Princeton High School Ideas Center provides most of the students in need at the school with peer tutors. Tutors work with their fellow students in one-on-one sessions or study groups. Tutoring is often done as a Community Service requirement, though this is not always the case.
 Student body
During the 2007-08 school year, the 1,307 students enrolled were of the following ethnicities:
- 70.5% were White American
- 15.3% were Asian American
- 7.8% were African-American
- 6.2% were Hispanic
- 0.2% were American Indian/Alaskan
6.4% of students qualified for free or reduced lunch.
 Achievement gap
PHS has been considered a case study of the achievement gap in elite high schools. The gap between different groups in academic progress received greater attention in 2005, after the school failed the No Child Left Behind Act. The New York Times ran an article entitled "The Achievement Gap in Elite Schools," by Samuel G. Freedman on September 28, 2005, which essentially accused Princeton High School of neglecting its responsibility to educate minorities. While the cause may be due to socioeconomic status rather than racial segregation, many students in the overwhelmingly white-and-Asian-populated advanced classes can spend most of their high school career without sharing but a few classes with their Hispanic or African American peers. According to Freedman's article, "In the early 1990s, an interracial body calling itself the Robeson Group—in homage to Paul Robeson, the most famous product of black Princeton—mobilized to recruit more black teachers and help elect the first black member to the school board."
In 2003, the school became part of the Minority Student Achievement Network, a network of 21 different schools across the country, that share Princeton High School's achievement gap problem. MSAN gathers high achieving minority students, to address and help fix the growing achievement gap, in their schools.
 Notable alumni
- George Barna (born 1955), author.
- Richard E. Besser (born 1959), ABC News medical editor.
- Chris Barron (born Christopher Barron Gross), lead singer of the Spin Doctors.
- Laurie Berkner (born 1969), children's musical artist.
- The members of the band Blues Traveler
- Eron Bucciarelli, drummer for Hawthorne Heights.
- Sim Cain (born 1963), drummer for the Rollins Band.
- Michelle Charlesworth (born 1970), news anchor WABC New York.
- Rhys Coiro (born 1979), actor.
- Brendan Hill (born 1970), drummer.
- Michael Lemonick, former senior science writer at Time magazine.
- John Lithgow (born 1945), actor.
- Brad Mays (born 1955), filmmaker.
- Ben Jelen (born 1979), singer-songwriter.
- John McPhee (born 1931), The New Yorker staff writer, author and Pulitzer Prize-winner.
- Bebe Neuwirth (born 1958), actress.
- John Popper (born 1967), musician.
- Andy Potts (born 1976), Olympic triathlete.
- Tsutomu Shimomura (born 1964), Japanese-American scientist and computer security expert.
- Michael Showalter (born 1970), comedian.
- Arielle Jacobs, Broadway actor
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- Staff. "Princeton 102, Freehold Borough 68 (High school Boys Swimming scores and results) - Boys Swimming ", The Star-Ledger, February 14, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2012. "Compared to the ear-splitting din of the bigger regular-season swim meets the Princeton High boys hosted, the feeling at yesterday’s NJSIAA Central B semifinal was rather calm. For a team with bigger goals in mind, the mood was apropos. The Tigers brushed aside Freehold Borough with relative ease by a 102-68 score that could have been much more lopsided."
- Bevensee, Rich. "Princeton (80) at Scotch Plains (90), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Final Round, Public B", The Star-Ledger, February 27, 2011. Accessed February 27, 2012. "For the first time in the program’s history, Scotch Plains, No. 5 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, earned a state championship by virtue of a 90-80 victory over No. 6 Princeton in the NJSIAA Public B final at The College of New Jersey in Ewing."
- Eckert, Daniel. "Millburn Drops a Heartbreaker to Princeton in Boys Varsity Soccer 2-1; Millers Come Up Just Short of A Second Consecutive State Title", TheAlternativePress.com, November 22, 2009. Accessed July 22, 2011. "A late rally by Millburn after being down 2-0 was thwarted by Princeton who held on to win the NJSIAA Group III State Tournament ending the Millers' season on Friday night at the College of New Jersey."
- "The Princeton High School Choir: A Short Introduction"
- "PHS Choir Tours and Collaborations"
- Gilbert, Ellen. "Princeton High School Choir Wows Audiences In Catalonia With Music and Language Skills", Town Topics (newspaper), March 2, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2011.
- "Choir Historical Highlights"
- Princeton Jazz festival, Princeton High School. Accessed July 24, 2011.
- Spork's kickstarter fundraising site: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/38636486/spork
- Freedman, Samuel G., "The Achievement Gap in Elite Schools", The New York Times September 28, 2005.
- About MSAN, Minority Student Achievement Network. Accessed November 4, 2007.
- Gilbert, Ellen. "Gold Key Recipients Hear Richard Besser Talk About Meeting Life’s Challenges", Town Topics (newspaper), June 8, 2011. Accessed July 24, 2011. "ABC News Chief Health and Medical Director Richard Besser, who graduated from Princeton High School (PHS) in 1977, returned last week to deliver the keynote address at the Gold Key Award Ceremony."
- Jeff Giles (1993-01-07). "Miracle Cure". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
- Accessed March 21, 2010.
- Takiff, Jonathan. "Big Fat Close-up", Philadelphia Daily News, September 17, 1999. Accessed July 24, 2011. "Is there something in the water in Princeton, N.J., that makes you strive to become a jam band rock musician? Blues Traveler came out of Princeton High School (class of '86), along with the lead singer of Spin Doctors."
- Oksenhorn, Stewart. "Traveler's new groove", Aspen Times, July 1, 2005. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Blues Traveler was formed in 1983 by four friends from Princeton High School: drummer Brendan Hill, guitarist Chandler "Chan" Kinchla, bassist Bobby Sheehan and a character of a young man, John Popper, whose eccentricities ran from his bomber hat to his choice of instrument, the undersung harmonica."
- LaGorce, Tammy. "John Lithgow Sings of the Sewer, and Other Funny Stuff", The New York Times, November 11, 2007. Accessed July 24, 2011. "The visit will allow Mr. Lithgow, a Princeton High School graduate, to catch up with a few school friends still in the area, he said, and to relive “loads of fond memories” of the 1960s, when his father, Arthur Lithgow, ran the McCarter Theater downtown."
- Moser, John J. "A wake-up call to green action form Ben Jelen ** With a new CD and foundation, rocker brings eco-friendly message to Allentown", The Morning Call, April 19, 2008. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Born in Scotland of Czech descent, Jelen was raised in London and Texas before settling in New Jersey at 15, where he graduated from Princeton High School (starting ground for Blues Traveler and Spin Doctors)."
- Handelman, Louise. "Stories of the former world: John McPhee bridges worlds of science and humanities", Princeton Packet, April 6, 1999. Accessed September 16, 2007. "After graduating from Princeton High School, he did a post-graduate year at Deerfield Academy in Massachusetts before matriculating to Princeton University."
- Guest Artists: Bebe Neuwirth, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Accessed November 27, 2006.
- The Ultimate New Jersey High School Year Book.
- Week 10: "Hacking", North Carolina State University. Accessed October 23, 2007. "Shimomura was born in 1964 in Nagoya, Japan.... He got into an antiestablishment group at Princeton High School and got expelled for it, even though he had won a local math/science contest."
- Staff. "Ask Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter", The Washington Post, January 25, 2008. Accessed July 24, 2011. "Q. I go to Princeton High School. Have you seen the additions? It's pretty weird. Did you like going here? I bet we had some of the same teachers. Michael Showalter: Go Lil Tigers!"
- Princeton High School
- Princeton High School's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Princeton Regional Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Princeton High School Choir
- Princeton High School Jazz Band
- Princeton High School Gay-Straight Alliance
- The Princeton Packet