Teaneck High School
|Teaneck High School|
|100 Elizabeth Street
Teaneck, NJ, 07666
|School district||Teaneck Public Schools|
|Assistant principals||Peter LoGiudice
Pedro Valdes III
|Faculty||124.2 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,308 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.53:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Team name||Highwaymen / Highwaywomen|
|Website||Teaneck High School website|
Teaneck High School (known as The Castle on the Hill) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, which is the lone secondary school of the Teaneck Public Schools district in Teaneck, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school has been accredited since 1935 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,308 students and 124.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.53:1. There were 297 students (22.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 111 (8.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was renovated in 2003–04, giving students new classrooms as well as a new student center. Teaneck has implemented two academies that focus on the sciences and the arts.
Teaneck's sports teams are nicknamed the Highwaymen (girls' teams are called the Highwaywomen) for the highwaymen who would seize money and belongings from those traveling along highways during the 17th and 18th century and for the school's location overlooking Route 4.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 156th-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 126th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 114th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 121st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 102nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 266th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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).
The school was opened in the current building, which resembles a Tudor palace in 1928, and a new wing was added in 1936. Honors courses were introduced in the 1960s. Teaneck has been a four-year high school since the 1980s.
In 1934, Teaneck High School became the first in the nation to offer a program in aviation as a vocational component of its academic program. Using a plane purchased for $1,800, students were trained in class regarding the technical aspects of flying during the first year of the two-year program, with students getting at least the minimum 50 hours of flight training during the second year needed to obtain a pilot's license.
In 1972, the American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey represented Teaneck High School student Abbe Seldin in her legal battle to play tennis at the school. The coach would not let her play for the men's team, although no women's team existed. Seldin won her case and became the first woman at Syracuse University to win an athletic scholarship.
Principal Joseph White resigned after being arrested following taped discussions in which he engaged in sexual conversations with a high school student. White had been acquitted of molestation charges in 2003 in an incident involving a different youth. In May 2007, White was offered a plea deal that would have him serve a year in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to third-degree charges of child endangerment and official misconduct. White had been charged in 2002 with having "touched the genital area" of a 17-year-old male.
On May 1, 2014, more than 60 students were taken into police custody following a senior prank at Teaneck High School. Police Sergeant John Garland stated that the overturned tables and vaseline-smeared doorknobs were "the craziest thing [he'd] ever seen" in his 19 years as a police officer. While initial reports of the incident stated that the students had also urinated in the halls, this claim was explicitly refuted in a statement issued by Teaneck Public Schools superintendent Barbara Pinsak.
In the fall of 2002, two academies, or "schools within a school," were launched. The T.E.A.M.S. Academy (Technology-Enriched Academy for Mathematics and Science) is a three-hour daily program that seeks to integrate technology, mathematics, science, and computer science in a smaller learning environment. The TAA Performing Arts Academy aims to integrate various art forms such as dance, film making, instrumental music and technical theatre to prepare students for college majors and internships in the Fine and Performing Arts.
Teaneck High School has a rich chess legacy, having among its alumni state and national champions Shearwood McClelland III '96, and Joan Santana '00. In March 1997, the Highwaymen captured the New Jersey State High School Chess Championship.
Teaneck High School competes in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). In the 2009-10 school year, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, which was established on an interim basis to facilitate the realignment. Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division A of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification. With 971 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 754 to 1,076 students in that grade range.
Teaneck won the Group IV cross country state championship in 1961. The school's Dave Hunt was the individual champion in Group IV in 1964.
Winning their 28th consecutive game that season, the Highwaymen took the 2011 North I Group III state sectional title with a 68-40 win over Passaic Valley Regional High School during their first year under head coach Jerome Smart. That same season, head coach Shenee Clark led the Highwaywomen to a state sectional title in the North 1 Group 3 region with a 63-42 win over Ramapo High School, behind 15 points from top scorer Jakelle King-Gilchrist.
Runner Kahlia Taylor won the Group III state championships in 2012 in both the 100m and 200m sprints, becoming only the sixth female runner from a public school in North Jersey to achieve this accomplishment.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dennis Heck, Principal
- Peter LoGiudice, Assistant Principal
- Pedro Valdes III, Assistant Principal
Dennis Heck was named interim principal on August 3, 2011, after the Board of Education approved a series of administrative changes that moved Angela Davis from her principal post at Teaneck High School to assume the same position at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, and to name Peter LoGiudice as assistant principal at the high school on an interim basis.
- Lance Ball (born 1985, class of 2003), running back for the Denver Broncos.
- Cathy Bao Bean (born 1942, class of 1960), author.
- Roger Birnbaum (c. 1950, class of 1968), film producer.
- Louis Black (class of 1968), co-founder of The Austin Chronicle and the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival.
- Don Bolles (1928–1976, class of 1946), investigative reporter killed in a Mob-related car bombing. The THS class of 1946 dedicated a journalism scholarship in his name.
- Richard Nelson Bolles (born 1927, class of 1945), author of What Color is Your Parachute?
- Chris Brancato (born 1962, class of 1980), producer and writer of shows including Beverly Hills, 90210, The X-Files and North Shore. Writer of the films Hoodlum and Species II.
- Chris Brantley (born 1970, class of 1989), former NFL player with the Rams and Bills.
- Tony Campbell (born 1962, class of 1980), former professional basketball player.
- Gale D. Candaras (born 1949, class of 1967), member of the Massachusetts Senate.
- Gordon Chambers (born c. 1969, class of 1986), singer-songwriter whose work includes "If You Love Me" by Brownstone.
- Gaius Charles (born 1983, class of 2001), actor, Friday Night Lights.
- Shemekia Copeland (born 1979), blues singer, graduated in 1997.
- Thomas J. Costa (1912-2003; class of 1931), member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1968 to 1972 who served as mayor of Teaneck from 1966 to 1969.
- Mike DeGerick (born 1943, class of 1961), pitcher who played two games for the Chicago White Sox before a line drive hit his head and ended his career.
- Randy Edelman (born 1947, class of 1965), composer of film and television scores.
- Sheldon Epps (born 1952), director and producer of television and theatrical works.
- Dan E. Fesman (class of 1980), television writer and producer of Wonderfalls and LAX.
- Martin Fleisher (born 1958, class of 1976), champion bridge player, winner of the Intercollegiate Bridge Championship (1977), the Cavendish Invitational Pairs (2000), five major American Contract Bridge League North American Bridge Championship titles, and represented the US in the 2011 and 2013 World Championships.
- Lawrence Frank (born 1970, class of 1989), American Basketball coach, recently head coach of the New Jersey Nets.
- Doug Glanville (born 1970, class of 1988), former outfielder who played for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Chicago Cubs.
- Jeff Gottesfeld, (born 1956. class of 1974 but graduated summer 1973), author, screenwriter Broken Bridges, and television writer for shows including The Young and the Restless and Smallville.
- Nelson G. Gross (1932–97, class of 1949), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and as Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee.
- Tamba Hali (born 1983), linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Mohammed Hameeduddin (born c. 1973), Mayor of Teaneck.
- Taral Hicks (born 1974), R&B singer, graduated in 1994.
- Steven Hyman (born 1952, class of 1970) neuroscientist and Provost of Harvard University.
- Marc Jacobs (born 1963), fashion designer, graduated from High School of Art and Design.
- Jaqueline B. Kates (Class of 1963), Mayor of Teaneck, 2002–2006.
- Michael Korie (born Michael Cory Indick, class of 1973), librettist and lyricist whose works include Grey Gardens.
- Jeffrey Kramer (born 1945, class of 1963), film / television actor, who won an Emmy Award as a producer of Ally McBeal.
- Bobby LaKind (1945–1992, class of 1963), percussionist of the Doobie Brothers.
- Damon Lindelof (born 1973), co-creator, producer and head writer of Lost.
- Leonard Maltin (born 1950, class of 1968), film critic.
- Mario (born 1986), R&B singer.
- Gabrielle Kirk McDonald (born 1942), Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
- Melissa Morgan, jazz musician.
- Brian Morton (born 1955, class of 1973), novelist.
- Michael Newdow (born 1953, class of 1970), physician and separation of church and state advocate who filed suit against inclusion of the words "under God" in public schools' recitals of the United States Pledge of Allegiance.
- Peter Pace (born 1945, class of 1963), former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
- Verandah Porche (born 1945 as Linda Jacobs, class of 1963), poet.
- Kasib Powell (born 1981), NBA basketball player who has played for the Miami Heat.
- Paul A. Rothchild (1935–1995, class of 1953), record producer, most notably of The Doors.
- Linda Scott (born 1945, as Linda Joy Sampson), pop singer best known for her 1961 hit "I've Told Every Little Star" (1961).
- Paul Shambroom (born 1956, class of 1974), photographer.
- Lawrence Sher (born 1970, class of 1988), cinematographer who developed an interest in photography after his father convinced him to take a 35mm camera on a school-sponsored trip to France.
- Alan Silvestri (born 1950, class of 1968) film composer.
- David Sklansky (born 1947, class of 1966), professional poker player.
- Phoebe Laub (1950–2011, class of 1968), singer / songwriter known by her stage name "Phoebe Snow", which was selected from the name of a train that ran through Teaneck, the Phoebe Snow.
- David Stern (born 1942, class of 1959), Commissioner of the National Basketball Association.
- Paul A. Volcker (born 1927, class of 1945), former Federal Reserve Chairman, 1979–1987.
- Quentin Walker (born 1961, class of 1979), former wide receiver with St. Louis Cardinals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- John Ventimiglia (born 1963, class of 1981), actor, most notably on The Sopranos.
- Doug Wark (born 1951, class of 1970), professional soccer forward who played on the United States National Soccer Team.
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- Buchsbaum, Herbert; Monagle, Katie; and Peart, Karen N. "Race and class. (problems of school integration)", Scholastic Update, November 18, 1994. Accessed June 15, 2011. "The Gothic-style school building, set back on a 15-acre (61,000 m2) campus, resembles a medieval fortress. Residents call it 'the castle on the hill.'"
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- Hanley, Robert. "Teaneck Principal Charged With Sexually Abusing Boy, 17", The New York Times, June 13, 2002. Accessed May 15, 2011. "The principal of the high school in this Bergen County community was arrested late Tuesday night on a charge of sexually abusing a 17-year-old boy, the authorities said today."
- "60 Teens Arrested After Senior Pranksters Break Into New Jersey School, Urinate in Hallways". NBC News. May 2, 2014. Retrieved May 2, 2014.
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- Stancavish, Don. "TEANECK HAILS HOOP HEROES", The Record (Bergen County), March 16, 1999. Accessed July 4, 2008. "Students, teachers, and township officials continued to celebrate Monday, one day after the Teaneck High School boys basketball team captured the State Group 4 championship."
- Idec, Keith. "Teaneck defeats Passaic Valley for North 1, Group 3 title", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2011. Accessed May 15, 2011.
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- Schutta, Gregory. "HACKENSACK'S CARTER BURIES TEANECK", The Record (Bergen County), November 29, 1991. Accessed August 11, 2008. "Carter ran for 102 yards (93 m) and three touchdowns as Hackensack trampled Teaneck, 39-21, in the 60th Thanksgiving football meeting between the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League Pacific Division rivals."
- Schwartz, Paul. "Track: Teaneck, EC stars are golden", The Record (Bergen County), June 3, 2012. Accessed June 3, 2012. "Teaneck always has been known as a sprint powerhouse. But Kahlia Taylor took the Highwaywomen this weekend to a place that they've never been in state competition – a gold medal in the 100 or 200.And not only did the senior win the Group 3 100 Friday in less than ideal conditions, she added the 200 Saturday by more than a half-second, becoming just the sixth North Jersey girl from a public school in any group to record the sprint double."
- Administration, Teaneck High School. Accessed March 16, 2014.
- Pinto, Jennifer. "New Principals to Greet Students This Year: Dennis Heck takes the helm at THS; Angela Davis to lead TJMS; and Deirdre Spollen-LaRaia fills principal role at Hawthorne", TeaneckPatch, August 31, 2011. Accessed August 31, 2011. "On Aug. 3, the Teaneck Board of Education approved the transfer of former Teaneck High School Principal Angela Davis to her new role as principal of Thomas Jefferson Middle School. Former THS Assistant Principal Dennis Heck now serves as interim principal of THS, with former Dean of Students Peter LoGiudice now serving as interim assistant principal alongside Assistant Principal Marianne Conway."
- Lance Ball, Denver Broncos. Accessed September 12, 2011. "Ball rushed for 3,403 yards and 39 touchdowns during his career at Teaneck High School in Teaneck, N.J."
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- Spelling, Ian. "Let the Lion Roar: Teaneck native Roger Birnbaum shines brightly in Hollywood", (201) magazine, June 1, 2011. Accessed October 6, 2011. "Much of the producer’s touch, the instinct that drives Birnbaum to financially back a script or to help nurture a pitch into a script and then into a feature, and his overall taste as a filmmaker, can be traced back to his formative years in Teaneck. He was raised there and attended Teaneck High School."
- Black, Louis. "Page Two", The Austin Chronicle, October 4, 1996. Accessed September 16, 2014. "(Maltin had sold the first edition our senior year in high school).... Back in the summer of 1964, when Leonard and I were 13, we lived in Teaneck, New Jersey, just a short drive from New York City."
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- Chris Brantley, databaseFootball.com. Accessed November 4, 2007.
- via Associated Press. "Hitmen playing in XFL with hopes of return to NFL", CNN Sports Illustrated, February 1, 2001. Accessed September 14, 2011. "They are looking to get back to the NFL."It depends on how well everything goes. How well I play," said wide receiver Chris Brantley, a Teaneck High School star who played for Rutgers before three NFL seasons with the Rams in Los Angeles and the Buffalo Bills."
- Hi-Way 1989 Yearbook, p. 111.
- "The game I'll never forget: the Timberwolves' first go-to guy had his career day on the expansion franchise's biggest stage yet", Basketball Digest, January 2003. Accessed May 5, 2007. "Campbell hasn't quit his day job: He's the in-school suspension counselor at Teaneck High School, his alma mater."
- Gale Candaras Biography, Gale Candaras. Accessed May 15, 2011. "Gale was raised in Brooklyn and Teaneck, New Jersey, where she attended public schools and graduated from Teaneck High School."
- 1995 THS Alumni Directory, p. 27.
- Garcia, Alfa. "With a song in his heart for Teaneck: Native son returns to pay tribute", The Record (Bergen County), May 14, 2009. "For Gordon Chambers, returning to Teaneck to perform is more than just a homecoming; it's a chance to pay tribute to the town that helped him on the road to becoming an award-winning songwriter and performer. 'Teaneck is the place where I had all my musical training,' says Chambers, who was born in the Bronx and moved to Teaneck in 1977. As a student at Teaneck High School, Chambers took up trumpet and piano and joined a high school 16-piece cover band called New Progressions."
- 1995 THS Alumni Directory, p. 31.
- Teaneck actor got in the zone to land 'Friday Night Lights' role, The Record (Bergen County), November 26, 2006.
- Hi-Way 2001 Yearbook, p. 55.
- Beckerman, Jim. "WHERE STARS ARE BORN", The Record (Bergen County), August 19, 2000. Accessed July 3, 2007. "When Shanell Jones graduated from Teaneck High School in June, she already had a deal with Def Jam, a major recording label. But as former Motown Records artist Taral Hicks (Teaneck, Class of 1994) and Alligator recording artist Shemekia Copeland (Teaneck, Class of 1997) could tell her, that's no big deal in this neck of the woods."
- Johnson, Paul H. "Thomas Costa, former Teaneck mayor, assemblyman", The Record (Bergen County), April 5, 2003. Accessed December 31, 2014. "Thomas Costa, the former mayor of Teaneck and a former assemblyman, died Friday in Florida. He was 90. Born in the Bronx, Mr. Costa grew up in Teaneck. He was a member of the first graduating class of Teaneck High School in 1931 and attended the Longfellow School."
- via Associated Press. "Degerick Gets Over $50,000", The New York Times, June 24, 1961. Accessed September 12, 2011. "Mike Degerick, a pitcher for Teaneck High, signed a contract with the Chicago White Sox last night for a bonus in excess of $50,000."
- Hi-Way 1961 Yearbook, p. 31.
- Hi-Way 1965 Yearbook, p. 35.
- Klein, Alvin. "The Duke and I", The New York Times, March 30, 1997. Accessed October 17, 2011. "BORN 44 years ago to St. Paul (a minister who always found someplace to preach) and Kathryn Epps (who taught home economics in Thomas Jefferson Junior High School in Teaneck), Sheldon Epps lived in Los Angeles until he was 11. 'We moved to Teaneck when I was in the seventh grade, and there I stayed through junior high school and through college,' he said.... He discovered theater when he performed in a summer musical program at Teaneck High School."
- 1995 THS Alumni Directory, p. 56.
- Staff. "Bridge:; Jersey-Westchester Team Loses Grand National Final", The New York Times, August 2, 1976. Accessed September 13, 2011. "In one case that came very early, for Martin Fleisher of Teaneck, NJ, is 17 years old and has just completed high school."
- Hi-Way 1976 Yearbook, p. 56.
- Popper, Steve. "A Coach in Training, Even as a Teenager", The New York Times, January 28, 2004. Accessed March 28, 2008. "Almost 20 years ago, Bruce Frank was the starting point guard for the Teaneck High School team, playing alongside the future N.B.A. player Tony Campbell. Frank was good enough to dream of playing in the N.B.A. himself someday and to earn a place in Howie Garfinkel's Five-Star Basketball Camp. The camp also held interest for Bruce Frank's younger brother, Lawrence, a 16-year-old who had been cut from the same Teaneck High team."
- Philadelphia vs. New York Mets, USA Today, September 1, 2002. Accessed December 12, 2007. "'Playing in the rain today felt like playing on the ballfields at Teaneck,' said Glanville, who played at Teaneck High School in New Jersey."
- Hi-Way 1988 Yearbook, p. 113 as "Douglas Glanville".
- Jeff Gottesfeld, CherieBennett.com. Accessed October 10, 2007. "...Jeff was also a member of the Teaneck High School (NJ) state championship Ultimate Frisbee team."
- Hanley, Robert. "From Political Heights to a Quiet Life in the Suburbs", The New York Times, September 25, 1997. Accessed March 28, 2008. "He maintained an athlete's trim, which dated from his teen-age days as an all-county tackle on Teaneck High School's football team, by jogging regularly and pursuing his avocation of golf."
- Hi-Way 1949 Yearbook, p. 80.
- "Chiefs Select DE Tamba Hali in Round 1", Kansas City Chiefs, April 29, 2006. Accessed July 3, 2007. "Hali was an All-American defensive end at Teaneck High School by G&W and Super Prep."
- Lipowsky, Josh. "Muslim mayor and Jewish deputy highlight Teaneck’s diversity", Jewish Standard, July 9, 2010. Accessed September 12, 2011.
- Hi-Way 1970 Yearbook, p. 51.
- Robb, Adam. "NJ native designers Marc Jacobs, Proenza Schouler, nominated for CFDA Fashion Awards", The Star-Ledger, March 17, 2011. Accessed May 15, 2011. "Jacobs was raised in Teaneck and attended Teaneck High School and McCollough grew up in the New Jersey suburbs. (It's not uncommon for high fashion designers to be vague about their NJ roots.)"
- Cloud, David S. "A Marine on message", The New York Times, April 23, 2005. Accessed August 31, 2011. "Peter Pace, the son of an Italian immigrant, was born in Brooklyn on Nov. 5, 1945, and raised in Teaneck, N.J. At Teaneck High School, he played soccer, ran track and was vice president of the senior class. The entry by his name in his senior yearbook reads, 'Leadership, modesty, reliability and character are all qualities that personify Pete.'"
- Hi-Way 1963 Yearbook, p. 23 as "Jacqueline Bienstock".
- Rohan, Virginia. "The seeds of 'Grey Gardens' songs", The Record (Bergen County), June 6, 2007. Accessed March 16, 2014. "Michael Korie, the Tony-nominated "Grey Gardens" lyricist, leads a visitor to a room in the Teaneck home where he grew up... This place, the Indicks' home since 1963, and these parents had a profound influence on Korie (his middle name, which he uses professionally), a successful lyricist who has also done several operas.... By the time Korie got to Teaneck High School -- where he was rehearsal accompanist for shows like "Oklahoma" -- he was going on his own, and with friends, to see New York shows."
- 1995 THS Alumni Directory, p. 103.
- Siegler, Bonnie. "'Lost' and found", American Jewish Life magazine, February / March 2008. Accessed August 31, 2011. "Lindelof's imagination and dreams actually began during his freshman year at Teaneck High School. 'I always wanted to be making movies, doing something in television or writing a novel', says Damon who, prior to Lost, wrote for Nash Bridges and Crossing Jordan."
- Lumenick, Lou. "LEONARD MALTIN'S REEL-LIFE STORY -- MOVIE MAVEN WENT FROM TEANECK TO HOLLYWOOD", The Record (Bergen County), October 17, 1994. Accessed May 21, 2007. "Leonard Maltin was a so-so student. 'I was the only student in the history of Teaneck High School to fail a take-home, open-book exam,' he says with a mixture of pride and embarrassment."
- Hi-Way 1968 Yearbook.
- Gabrielle Kirk McDonald, Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans. Accessed September 13, 2011. "When she was in high school, the family moved to Teaneck, New Jersey. Tall and a natural athlete, she played field hockey and was president of the girls' leadership club. Her yearbook states that she is one of the 'nicest' and 'most liked girls' in the class."
- Alvarado, Monsy. "Bulletin Board", The Record (Bergen County), October 13, 1996. Accessed April 21, 2009. "Melissa Morgan, a junior at Teaneck High School, has been accepted as a scholar for the National Young Leaders Conference in December in Washington, D.C."
- Hi-Way 1973 Yearbook.
- Kelly, Mike. "One nation under ... ?", The Record (Bergen County), June 30, 2002. Accessed May 5, 2007. "But Newdow, who reportedly was nicknamed "Noodle" at Teaneck High School, has forced us to take a hard look at the 31-word Pledge of Allegiance that far too many of us recite by rote and without questioning what it says."
- Kisseloff, Jeff. Generation on fire: voices of protest from the 1960s : an oral history, p. 228. University Press of Kentucky, 2007. ISBN 978-0-8131-2416-2. Accessed September 14, 2011. "My name was Linda Jacobs... I wanted to have a name that seemed powerful and funny and distant and unforgettable. V seemed like a wonderful letter, and Doris Lessing had a lot of verandas in her work, so I chose the name Verandah Porche because I was sitting on a porch. The e was just a festoon. What got me started on my alien path was moving to Teaneck, New Jersey, when I was eight years old. Growing up in Teaneck was anesthesia.
- Wojnarowski, Adrian. "POWELL LEADS FOR GENERAL", The Record (Bergen County), March 16, 2002. Accessed April 1, 2008. "Three years ago, Kasib Powell came out of Teaneck High School too small and slight for a major conference scholarship."
- Hi-Way 1953 Yearbook, p. 84 as "Paul Allen Rothchild".
- Murrells, Joseph. Million Selling Records from the 1900s to the 1980s: An Illustrated Directory, p. 156. Batsford (publisher), 1984. ISBN 0-7134-3843-6. Accessed July 23, 2011. "Linda (real name Linda Joy Sampson) was born on 11 June 1945 in Queens, New York and has been performing as a singer since she was four. She moved to Teaneck, New Jersey when 11 and enrolled at the high school there."
- Hi-Way 1974 Yearbook, p. 80 as "Paul 'Rocky' Shambroom".
- Longsdorf, Amy. "Cameraman always has eye on Jersey roots", The Record (Bergen County), June 1, 2009. Accessed June 2, 2009.
- Coutros, Evonne. "THE DRUMMER WHOM `GUMP' MARCHES TO", The Record (Bergen County), March 26, 1995. Accessed October 21, 2007. "Nearly three decades after Alan Silvestri drummed out beats for the Teaneck High School band, he's hoping to march to the podium Monday night to collect an Oscar."
- Staff. "David Sklansky", Current Biography Yearbook 2007, Volume 68. H. W. Wilson Co., 2007. Accessed August 31, 2011. "Sklansky attended Teaneck High School, graduating in 1966."
- Hi-Way 1966 Yearbook, p. 128.
- Nash, Margo. "Still Singing, Still a Fan Of Trains", The New York Times, June 22, 2003. Accessed January 5, 2013. "Her first record, Phoebe Snow (Shelter 1974), with the single Poetry Man, went gold, and the 22-year-old, who had been discovered performing in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse, shortly after graduating from Teaneck High School, found herself a sudden success."
- Sports Historian Relishes Distant Replays, FDU Online Magazine, Spring 2000. Accessed July 6, 2007. "Hired initially as a consultant by NBA commissioner and fellow Teaneck High School graduate David Stern after a chance meeting at a reunion, Himmelman played a major role in the production of the league’s encyclopedia."
- Hi-Way 1959 Yearbook, p. 73.
- Treaster, Joseph B. "Paul Volcker: The Making of a Financial Legend", Accessed July 6, 2007. "Donald W. Maloney, another Teaneck High School graduate, entered Princeton along with Volcker. Although they had been in the same homeroom at Teaneck High for several years and had been high achievers, they had not been especially close."
- Quentin Walker, database Football. Accessed September 29, 2007.
- Hi-Way 1979 Yearbook, p. 59.
- Hi-Way 1981 Yearbook, p. 69.
- 1995 Teaneck High School Alumni Directory, Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc., 1995 (used exclusively to confirm / identify year of graduation)
- Teaneck High School
- Teaneck High School's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Teaneck Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics