University High School (New Jersey)
|University High School of Humanities|
|55 Clinton Place
Newark, NJ 07108
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Newark Public Schools|
|Principal||Henry D. McNair|
|Vice principal||Elizabeth Blackmon
|Faculty||36 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||7 - 12|
|Enrollment||479 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.31:1|
|Athletics conference||Super Essex Conference|
University High School of Humanities (usually University High School) is a six-year public high school serving students in seventh through twelfth grades in Newark, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Newark Public Schools.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 479 students and 36.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.31:1. There were 330 students (68.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 60 (12.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 171st-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 131st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 66th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 146th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 55th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 27 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.6%) and language arts literacy (97.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
University High School now competes in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Prior to the realignment in 2010, the school had competed in the Colonial Division of the Colonial Hills Conference, which was made up of public, parochial, and private high schools covering Essex County, Morris County and Somerset County in North Jersey.
The girls basketball team won the North II, Group I state sectional championship in 2007 with a 66-50 win over Bloomfield Tech High School. The team moved on to win the Group I State Championship, defeating Palmyra High School 80-55 for the title. The team made it to the 2007 Girls Basketball - Tournament of Champions, defeating Willingboro High School 71-58 in the first round, Trenton Catholic Academy 61-51 in the semis and Trenton Central High School 68-62 in the finals to win the tournament. In 1989 the boys track team led by senior Darrell Davis won the North II, Group 1 state sectional championships. Davis was the 1988 and 1989 Group 1 sectional winner in the 100m and 200m races as well as the All Group 1 100m champion.
University High School is a college preparatory institution, where students can pick from three academies; Law, Teaching, or Fields of Humanities to specialize in and complete courses based on their choices, though students are free to specialize in the major of their choice.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Regina Sharpe, Principal
- Elizabeth Blackmon, Humanities and Arts
- H. Frederique, Science and Music
- Cynthia Guinn, English and World Languages
- Mike Passe, Math and Technology
- Niobia Bryant, author, also writes urban fiction as Meesha Mink.
- Faith Evans (born 1973), R&B singer.
- The Three Doctors, a group of African-American motivational speakers, authors, and doctors made up of Dr. Rameck Hunt, Dr. Sampson Davis, and Dr. George Jenkins.
- Data for University High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
- History of UHS, University High School. Accessed October 26, 2013.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 30, 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 February 27, 2012.
- Giambusso, David (May 20, 2011). "No debating this: Newark students win national debate championship". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2013-12-07.
- League Memberships – 2013-2014, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 26, 2013.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, May 9, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 10, 2007.
- Administration, University High School. Accessed October 26, 2013.
- Wilson Wesley, Valerie. "Faith's healing - Faith Evans, singer, mother and widow of rapper Notorious B.I.G - Cover Story - Interview", Essence (magazine), December 1997. Accessed July 10, 2007. "While attending University High School in Newark, she sang with the chorus and jazz bands and, encouraged by Helene, entered outside pageants, festivals and contests, where her voice would be noticed and praised."
- Sampson Davis, MD, The Three Doctors. Accessed September 20, 2012. "While attending University High School in Newark, Dr. Davis met Dr. Rameck Hunt and Dr. George Jenkins, two fellow students who, together, drastically altered the course of one another’s lives."
- University High School website
- Newark Public Schools
- Newark Public Schools's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Newark Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics