Secaucus High School

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Secaucus High School
Location
11 Mill Ridge Road
Secaucus, NJ 07094

Information
Type Public high school
School district Secaucus Board of Education
Principal Dr. Robert Berckes
Vice principal Frank Costello
Faculty 50.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 583 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.56:1[1]
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Patriots
Website

Secaucus High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Secaucus, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Secaucus Board of Education. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[2] Since 2010, the school has improved its academic ratings. Students are able to compete in interscholastic sporting events, and one of the school's teams won multiple state championships in the 2000s.

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 583 students and 50.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.56:1. There were 108 students (18.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 45 (7.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 155th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 90th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 102nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 103rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 107th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 215th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 34 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).[7]

Athletics[edit]

The Secaucus High School Patriots compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, which includes private and public high schools located in Bergen, Passaic, and Hudson counties, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 414 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 61 to 478 students in that grade range.[9] Prior to the realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Secaucus was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) National Division.[10]

The girls volleyball team won the 2000 Group I state championship over Bogota High School, dropping the first match by a score of 10-15 and then winning the final two matches by scores of 15-13 and 15-9.[11] The 2001 team repeated with a win over Cresskill High School in the tournament final.[12] The team took the title in 2005 with a 25-20, 25-18 straight set win over Bogota High School.[13] The 2006 team repeated as Group I championship with a 25-13, 25-12 win in the finals vs. Midland Park High School.[14]

The 2013 girls softball team won the school's very first sectional championship, defeating defending state champion Whippany Park High School by a score of 1-0.[15]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the school's administration are:[16]

  • Dr. Robert Berckes, Principal
  • Frank Costello, Vice Principal

Notable faculty[edit]

Among the school's former faculty was Anthony Impreveduto (c. 1948-2009), a teacher who was the chairman of the school's business department as well as a member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1987-2004.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Data for Secaucus High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  2. ^ Secaucus High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed December 31, 2011.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 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. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed December 31, 2011.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ 2000 - Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 19, 2007.
  12. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Girls Volleyball - Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 19, 2007.
  13. ^ 2005 Girls Volleyball - Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 19, 2007.
  14. ^ 2006 Girls Volleyball - Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 19, 2007.
  15. ^ Staff. "H.S. Softball: Secaucus defeats Whippany Park", The Record (Bergen County), June 1, 2013. Accessed September 21, 2013. "SECAUCUS 1, WHIPPANY PARK 0 (at Whippany Park): Secaucus did it in the Hudson County tournament final, and was at it again during Friday's North 2, Group 1 softball sectional championship. The fifth-seeded Patriots crashed, perhaps, the biggest party yet, shocking three-time defending sectional champion and last year's Group 1 state champion Whippany Park, 1-0, behind Danielle Roesing's four-hit shutout."
  16. ^ Staff, Secaucus High School. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  17. ^ Livio, Susan K.; and Graber, Trish G. "Former N.J. Assemblyman Anthony Impreveduto dies at 61", The Star-Ledger, August 6, 2009. Accessed August 22, 2012. "Impreveduto, who held a master's degree in education administration from Seton Hall, had worked as a teacher and chairman of the business department at Secaucus High School, according to his biography in the Fitzgerald Legislative Manual."

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Coordinates: 40°48′07″N 74°03′01″W / 40.801948°N 74.050333°W / 40.801948; -74.050333