Westfield High School (New Jersey)
|Westfield High School|
|550 Dorian Road
Westfield, NJ 07090
|Type||Public high school|
1951 (current location)
|School district||Westfield Public Schools|
|Assistant principals||Mary Asfendis
|Faculty||146.5 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,839 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.55:1|
|Color(s)||Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
|Team name||Blue Devils|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and New Jersey Department of Education|
|Publication||Folio literary magazine|
|Yearbook||The Weather Vane|
Westfield Senior High School, or simply Westfield High School, (abbreviated as WHS), is a comprehensive public high school located in Westfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Westfield Public Schools. It was established in the early 1900s at its original location on Elm Street until 1951 when it was moved to its current location on Dorian Road. The new wing designated for Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and other sciences, along with English as a Second Language was completed in 2003. Westfield High School is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928. The school publishes New Jersey's only weekly uncensored student newspaper, one of the few uncensored school publications in the entire country.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,839 students and 146.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.55:1. There were 23 students (1.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 19 (1.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The oldest high school in Westfield was the old brick academy on Mountain Avenue opposite the Presbyterian Church, a town landmark. The minister of the church was the supervisor of it and all the schools in Westfield.
The history of the high school began in 1869 with the opening of the old Prospect School which, at that time, had a staff of five teachers. For the few students who were preparing for college, the school principal taught Latin, Greek, higher mathematics and science. The other teachers taught the elementary subjects. On March 2, 1880, the Board of Education, in its formal minutes, made the first direct reference to a high school in Westfield. When the Lincoln School on Academy Place was erected in 1890, classes of high school level were transferred to it.
In 1900, the high school department was transferred to the newly opened Washington School on Elm Street. Shortly afterward, a regular full four-year high school program, which received state approval, was organized. The high school became an independent unit in January 1916, when it moved to the Elm Street building. The program, chiefly college preparatory, was offered to 306 students by 11 teachers. That year there were 39 students in the graduating class.
In 1923 when the present Roosevelt Intermediate School was opened, Westfield adopted the 6-3-3 plan and designated the Elm Street building, now containing grades 10, 11 and 12, as Westfield High School. Frank N. Neubauer was designated principal, and he remained in that office until his death in 1947.
During this time a library was established, a program in athletics and physical education was developed, and opportunities for outstanding experiences in art, industrial arts, music, speech, and dramatics were expanded. It was in this period that guidance services became an integral part of the program, and pupil activities grew to include publications, clubs, social events and student government. In 1947 Robert L. Foose became the second principal of the high school.
By the late 1940s the Elm Street building had become much too small for the ever-growing student body. Students were being housed in the Elm Street building, the old Washington School as an annex, and two temporary structures on Walnut Street. To maintain and expand Westfield's high educational standards and experiences, a new high school building became imperative.
The present building on Dorian Road was opened on February 4, 1952. The staff, consisting of 42 teachers, taught 725 students in three curricula: business education, college preparatory, and general. In the first commencement from the new building, 203 students were graduated.
Rapid growth in student enrollment necessitated further expansion. In September 1960, the high school gained an addition consisting of 17 new classrooms, two gymnasiums and a cafeteria. In the 1970s, four additional classrooms were added by the acquisition of the two portable buildings on Trinity Place. In 1962 Westfield instituted its first summer school program which was approved by the State Department of Education.
With the retirement of Dr. Foose in 1969, Albert R. Bobal became the school's third principal. During the 1970s, each academic department opened its resource center where students could work independently or seek tutorial assistance from teachers. The Department of Special Services opened resource rooms at the high school so that specially trained teachers could help special needs youngsters to succeed. In 1979 Project 79, an alternative school-within-a-school, was created for at-risk students of average or above average ability.
In 1980, Dr. Robert G. Petix was named the fourth principal of Westfield High School, a position which he maintained until his retirement in June 2006, making him Westfield High School’s longest-serving principal. During the 1980s and 1990s, several new additions to the facility and grounds were made, including renovated playing fields outdoors, updated science labs, a new and expanded library/media center, several state-of-the-art computer labs, and a technological infrastructure of approximately 300 networked computers with Internet access. With the opening of the 1988-89 academic year, Westfield High School welcomed ninth graders to its halls for the first time.
The last decade of the 20th century was marked by substantial increases in enrollment in the elementary schools that necessitated the construction of additions to all but one of the district’s six elementary school buildings. During the first year of the new millennium Westfield taxpayers approved a $22 million referendum bond to accommodate the arrival of these enrollment increases at Westfield High School.
Construction at the high school began during the summer of 2001 with the replacement of all windows and the conversion of two former shop classrooms into four large classrooms for use during the 2001-02 school year. By the spring of 2002, the “portable” classrooms on Trinity Place had been razed in preparation for the construction of a three-story Science wing which began following a ground breaking ceremony in April 2002. At the same time, construction also began inside the existing building. By the end of the summer, a new Student Center and an Art studio classroom had been created by extending the building into the main courtyard, and a renovated Foods Lab was ready to greet students. Work on the expansion of athletic storage facilities and the creation of new teacher work and preparation areas was also finished.
With construction of the new Science wing completed in the spring of 2003, classes in the existing Science classrooms and labs in the main building were moved to their new location in the new wing. During the summer of 2003, work was completed on the renovation and air-conditioning of the former Science classrooms for use as general purpose classrooms, as well as on other aspects of the referendum construction project, including the creation of a Counseling Suite for the departments of Guidance and Special Education, the expansion of administrative offices, and the renovation of the varsity gymnasium floor and replacement of bleachers. In July 2008, Westfield High School welcomed its fifth principal, Peter Renwick.
Awards, recognition and rankings
In 1928, Westfield High School was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools in the first group of high schools to be accredited by this association. It was also, at this time, established as a center for the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB). Westfield High School is one of the few schools in the nation to hold over 80 consecutive years of accreditation by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
The school was the 21st-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 49th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being the 49th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 41st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 27th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 22nd 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 12 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.9%) and language arts literacy (96.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Westfield was listed in 29th place nationwide in Newsweek's 2014 listing of the Top High Schools in America, after finishing in 691st place nationwide in Newsweek's May 8, 2006, issue, listing the Top 1,200 High Schools in The United States.
The school has an award-winning Theatre Department. In 2014, New Jersey Insider ranked Westfield High School #1 in Union County for Academics and the Arts.
Westfield High School offers a comprehensive program of some 165 different courses and 17 Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Some of these classes include business, fine arts, music, and practical arts. Advanced Placement classes are available in AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP Spanish Literature, AP French Language, AP Latin Literature, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Computer Science AB, AP Statistics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP United States History, AP United States Government and Politics, AP European History, and AP Psychology.
80% of the students participate in co-curricular activities, including 60 different co-curricular activities and 27 varsity athletic teams.
The Westfield High School students produce a number of different publications, including the weekly Hi's Eye student newspaper (and monthly Iris arts & entertainment issue), which has gained national recognition for more than 30 years. It is the only non-censored, self-funded high school newspaper in New Jersey. Hi's Eye is run by three tri-editors and an editor for the Iris arts & entertainment issue. The newspaper maintains its independence through subscriptions, community sponsors, independent fundraising and advertising. Since 1983, Westfield High School students have operated a Public-access television cable TV station producing award-winning live and single-camera productions. In addition, the literary magazine Folio, the Weather Vane yearbook, and original theatre scripts are also produced by the students.
Westfield High School competes in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,387 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,087 to 3,896 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association which consisted of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County.
Westfield High School has 27 varsity athletic teams, including baseball, boys and girls' basketball, boys and girls' cross-country, field hockey, football, gymnastics, golf, ice hockey, boys and girls' lacrosse, boy's and girls' soccer, boys and girls' swimming, boys and girls' tennis, softball, spring track & field, volleyball, wrestling, cheerleading and winter track, among others. Their main rival in sports are the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raiders, while Cranford and Plainfield both consider Westfield its biggest rival as well.
The football team won the North II Group IV state sectional championships in 1976 and 1977.
The boys tennis team won the 2007 North II, Group IV state sectional championship with three successive 5-0 wins over Phillipsburg High School, J. P. Stevens High School and ultimately Bridgewater-Raritan High School in the tournament final. The team won the 2007 NJSIAA Group IV State Championship, defeating West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South 3-2 in the final match. The team moved on to win the Tournament of Champions, defeating Tenafly High School and Newark Academy 4-1 each in the semifinals and finals, respectively. The win gave the team its fifth Tournament of Champions (or equivalent) victory, with previous wins in 1957, 1978, 1986 and 1987. In 2008 and 2009, the tennis team reached the Tournament of Champions finals, losing to Delbarton School and Newark Academy, respectively 3-2 each.
Westfield is a traditional power house in boys and girls swimming. The girls have won 10 state championships and 17 Union County Titles, and the boys have won 22 State Championships and 52 Union County titles. The girls swimming team won the 2007 NJSIAA Group IV State Championship over West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South. They were beaten by the South Pirates 90-80 in 2009 having lost many top swimmers. The boys swimming team won the 2007 North II - A state sectional championship, topping Bridgewater-Raritan High School 93-77 in the tournament final. The girls swim team duplicated the feat with a 113-57 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. In 2008, for the first time in school history, both teams won the NJSIAA Public A State Championships in the same year, with the boys defeating Cherry Hill High School West by a score of 91-79  and the girls defeating West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South for the second year in a row, 106-64. The boys swim team won the 2009 Public A State Championship with a 101-69 victory over Morristown High School, giving the program its record tying 22nd state championship and the top ranking in the state by The Star-Ledger.
The Westfield Wrestling program has also seen success. Christian Barber had received the 152-lb state title for Westfield in 2011, and became Westfield's 11th state champion .  The Wrestling team had also won Districts in the 2012-2013 season, adding on to their various accomplishments. 
Clubs and organizations
The school has numerous clubs and organizations, including: Project 79, Academic Challenge Team, Anime Club, Art Club, Asian Awareness Club, Astronomy Club (WHAC), Awareness Club, Chess Club, Christian Awareness Club, Cooking Club, Community Service Club, Crafty Creations, Creative Writing Group, Crohn's and Colitis Club, Debate Club, Drama Club, Environmental Club, Euterpe, Fed Challenge Team, Fire Safety Club, French Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), Wall Street Society (WSS), Gay/Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club, Girls Learn International, Habitat for Humanity, Health and Fitness Club, Historical Miniature Gaming Club, Homeless Pet Advocacy Club, Iraq Survey Group, Italian Club, Junior Optimist Club, Key Club, Knitting Club, Knowledge Master Team, Latin Club, Latino Heat Dance Team, Living Poets Society, Math League, Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, Music Service Club, Objectivist Club, Photography Club, Physics Club, Psychology Club, RadioWHS, Roller Hockey Club, Rotary Interact Club, Science Olympiad Team, Spanish Club, Stage Design Club, Student Council, Video Club, Tolkien Order, Transition Project, Triathlon Club, Ultimate Club, Variety Show Club, Weather Club, Young Democrats, Young Independents, Young Republicans, Troupe, Marching Band, Jazz Band and Youth and Government Club.
Blue Devil Television
Blue Devil Television broadcasts 3½ days a week on Channel 36. Blue Devil TV operates out of room 135 at the high school and provides Westfield school-related programming including: Board of Education meetings and informational programs, high school sports and concerts, original student projects from Westfield High's TV Production classes, as well as other programs from the school district. Blue Devil TV televises more than thirty sporting events each year including every home football game and live home basketball games. The principal of WHS exercises prior review of students' newscasts.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Peter Renwick, Principal
- Mary Asfendis, Assistant Principal
- James DeSarno, Assistant Principal
- Derrick Nelson, Assistant Principal
- Marc Acito (born 1966), humorist.
- Charles Addams (1912–1988), cartoonist for The New Yorker magazine, most famous for his cartoons of The Addams Family.
- Virginia Apgar (1909–1974), physician who created the Apgar score for assessing health of newborns.
- Richard Bagger (born 1960), New Jersey Governor Chief of Staff.
- Marilyn Lange (born 1952), May 1974 Playboy Playmate.
- Dave Brown (born 1970), NFL Quarterback, 1992–2000 (New York Giants, Arizona Cardinals).
- Steve Cheek (born 1977), NFL punter who has played for the San Francisco 49ers, Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers.
- John Chironna (1928–2010), college football player and coach.
- Robert "Bob" Clotworthy (born 1931), Olympic Springboard Diver Bronze Helsinki 1952; Gold medalist in Melbourne 1956.
- Pat Cosquer (born 1975, class of 1993), college squash coach.
- Edward Einhorn (born 1970), children's author, director and playwright.
- Mike Emanuel (born 1967), Chief Congressional Correspondent, Fox News, former White House Correspondent during the GW Bush and Obama administrations.
- Kevin Feige (born 1973), President of Marvel Studios, produced such films as Iron Man and Hulk.
- Valerie Griffeth, rugby player for US women's national team.
- Robert Kaplow, author of the original book being made as the film Me and Orson Welles.
- Kevin Kelly (born 1952), founder of Wired magazine.
- Bret Schundler (born 1959, class of 1977), served as New Jersey Commissioner of Education and was mayor of Jersey City from 1992 until 2001.
- Coleen Sexton (born 1979, class of 1997), actress who made her Broadway debut at age 20 in Jekyll & Hyde in 2000.
- Matthew Sklar (born 1973), Tony Award-nominated composer for the Broadway musicals Elf and The Wedding Singer. Associate conductor for many productions including 42nd Street, Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Nine and Caroline or Change.
- Sarabeth Tucek (born 1966), singer/songwriter.
- Malinda Williams (born 1975), actress, Soul Food on Showtime.
- Harold "Butch" Woolfolk (born 1960), NFL Running back, 1982–1988 (New York Giants, Houston Oilers, Detroit Lions).
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- Karn, Jeff. "No. 1 Westfield captures T of C championship, 4-1", The Star-Ledger, June 1, 2007. Accessed June 1, 2007. "Chu's 6-1, 7-5 victory at third singles against Greg Holtzman helped Westfield (30-0), No. 1 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, finish a perfect season with a 4-1 victory over No. 8 Newark Academy yesterday at Mercer County Park in West Windsor.... Westfield, which became just the fifth program to win the T of C since its inception in 1992, won All-Groups titles, the equivalent of the T of C, in 1978, 1986 and 1987 and an overall state title in 1957."
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- Staff. "Westfield 101, Morristown 69 (High school Boys Swimming scores & results)", The Star-Ledger, February 28, 2009. Accessed July 9, 2011. "Senior Chris DeLaFuente broke two school records and senior Matt Morgan exploded for a pair of personal bests to lead Westfield to a 101-69 victory and its second straight NJSIAA/Riegel Printing Public A state championship yesterday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. With the victory, Westfield claimed its 22nd state title, tying St. Joseph of Metuchen for the state record, and it also clinched The Star-Ledger Top 20 Trophy as the top-ranked team in New Jersey."
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- Acito, Marc. "Playing to the Puritans", The New York Times, April 3, 2006. Accessed May 31, 2011. "Not only do I belong to a generation that grew up reading The Crucible and lip-synching the Grease soundtrack into hairbrushes, but my suburban high school in Westfield, N.J., put on both shows."
- Charles Addams - Cartoonist, Bbc.co.uk, May 7, 2002.
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- Staff. "Campus Notes", Westfield Record, November 23, 1995. Accessed July 7, 2013. "Patrick L. Cosquer of Westfield is serving this year as a junior adviser at Bates College.... A member of the men's squash and baseball teams, Mr. Cosquer is a 1993 graduate of Westfield Senior High School."
- Staff. "Former Westfielder Publishes First Novel, 'Paradox in Oz'", Westfield Leader, February 3, 2000. Accessed July 9, 2011. "Edward Einhorn, who grew up in Westfield, has recently published his first novel, “Paradox in Oz.” He has also authored the plays, “Linguish,” “A Shylock,” and “The Living Methuselah,” as well as short stories. Mr. Einhorn formerly was the tri-editor of Westfield High School’s newspaper, Hi’s Eye. He was also co-editor of the school’s literary magazine, Folio."
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Rugby Honors USA Collegiate All-American – 1st Team (2003), 2nd Team (2002) Most Valuable Player – USA Division I Club...
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- O'Neill, Erin. "Summit teacher's novel moves to the big screen", The Star-Ledger, November 23, 2009. Accessed Februsry 27, 2012. "The book, published by MacAdam/Cage, follows Richard Samuels, a Westfield teenager, to New York City, where he wheedles his way into Welles’ 1937 production of “Julius Caesar.” Kaplow, now a Metuchen resident, graduated from Westfield High School and Rutgers University in New Brunswick."
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- Bret Schundler: Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, Governor of New Jersey. Accessed July 9, 2011. "Bret Schundler was born in Morristown and grew up in Woodbridge Township and Westfield, New Jersey. He was an All-State football lineman at Westfield High School, studied at the University of Haifa in Israel, and graduated with honors from Harvard University."
- Filichia, Peter. "Westfield's Coleen Sexton follows 'Legally Blonde' tour home", The Star-Ledger, May 28, 2010. Accessed September 17, 2011. "'I'm Brooke Windham, an exercise guru,' says Sexton, a Westfield native. 'Unfortunately, Brooke is also accused of murdering her much older husband — which is where law student Elle Woods comes in to defend her.'...It's one reason why Sexton didn’t attend college after graduating from Westfield High School in 1997; the offers just kept coming."
- Durbach, Elaine. "From bar mitzva boy to Wedding Singer: A composer gets his big Broadway break", New Jersey Jewish News, July 6, 2006. "In summer workshops, working with a number of extraordinary teachers, including Westfield High School theater director Joe Nierle, he got to explore all facets of musical theater."
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- Westfield High School's official website
- The Westfield Public Schools' official website
- The Hi's Eye official website
- Folio's official website
- Westfield High School's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education