Raritan High School
|Raritan High School|
|419 Middle Road
Hazlet, NJ 07730
|School district||Hazlet Township Public Schools|
|Principal||William T. Smith|
|Assistant principals||Pamela A. Massimini
|Faculty||81.6 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,034 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.67:1|
|Color(s)||Green, Grey and White|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
Raritan High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving Hazlet Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hazlet Township Public Schools. The district's first and only high school, named after the former community name, Raritan Township, was opened in September 1962 with an enrollment of 778 students, increasing to over 2,300 students in 1979. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2000.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,034 students and 81.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.67:1. There were 75 students (7.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 36 (3.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Raritan High School is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. The school offers to the students of Hazlet, a comprehensive program of education ranging from an academically oriented, college preparatory curriculum to courses in the vocational and career oriented field.
In May 2010, the Hazlet Township Board of Education embarked on a trial of "Going green to save green" by agreeing to enter into a power purchase agreement with a third-party vendor. Under this agreement, solar panels are to be erected on awnings over the student parking lot at Raritan High School and on the rooftop of Hazlet Middle School. The $7.5 million project will be funded by the vendor to cover the costs of construction and maintenance in their entirety and in return the Hazlet school district has contractually agreed to purchase the electricity at a below market cost. The district expects to save $1.7 million in energy costs over the next 15 years.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 166th-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. The school had been ranked 175th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 166th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 164th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 153rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 137th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 19 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (83.5%) and language arts literacy (95.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Raritan High School Rockets compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore. All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 736 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 506 to 749 students in that grade range.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championships in 2004.
The school's wrestling team won the 2006 Shore Conference Class A Central title. With a 19-4 record, the team reached the finals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey. The 2012 wrestling team won the Class A Central title, with a 24-6 team record, the team won the Central Jersey Group II Sectional Championship title (second state sectional title and first time since 2004) and the very first NJSIAA Group II State Championship title.
The girls' track and field team won the 2007 Shore Conference A-Central Division title and in that same season defeated Red Bank Catholic High School's girls' track and field team for the first time in the school's 45-year history.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- William T. Smith, Principal
- Pamela A. Massimini, Assistant Principal
- Robert Generelli, Assistant Principal
- Sammi Giancola (born 1987, class of 2005), appeared on MTV's Jersey Shore from 2009-2012.
- Doug Hamilton (1963-2006, class of 1981), Major League Soccer executive.
- Data for Raritan High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 22, 2014.
- School Directory, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- Raritan High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 23, 2011.
- "Hazlet Township School District Goes Green to Save Green". Accessed January 17, 2010.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 29, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 21, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
- School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 22, 2014.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed October 22, 2014.
- Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2011.
- Raritan could compete with Shore's elite teams, Holmdel Independent, December 13, 2006.
- Principal, Raritan High School. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- Administrative Staff, Raritan High School. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- Sam Giancola - 2009 Women's Soccer, William Paterson University. Accessed June 26, 2013. "Prior to William Paterson: Was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Raritan H.S. and was named the team’s Most Improved Player."
- Rutgers Men’s Soccer Hosts Connecticut in the Second Annual Doug Hamilton Memorial Soccer Classic, Rutgers University press release dated April 4, 2008. Accessed June 23, 2011. "The Doug Hamilton Memorial Classic is a tribute to Hazlet native, who starred on the Raritan High School soccer team (Raritan class of 1981) and went on to a distinguished career including President and General Manager of both the Miami Fusion (2000-2002) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2002-2006) of Major League Soccer."
- Raritan High School - Official Website
- RHS School Review
- Hazlet Township Public Schools
- Hazlet Township Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Hazlet Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics