William L. Dickinson High School
|William L. Dickinson High School|
|2 Palisade Avenue
Jersey City, New Jersey 07306-1202
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Jersey City Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Frederick D. Williams|
|Vice Principals||Gekson Casillis
|Faculty||151.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||2,377 (as of 2010–11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.74:1|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic League|
William L. Dickinson High School is a four-year public high school located in Jersey City, Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Jersey City Public Schools. Dickinson occupies a prominent location on Bergen Hill overlooking lower Jersey City and the New York Harbor. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.
As of the 2010–11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,377 students and 151.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.74:1. There were 1,400 students (58.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 199 (8.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. The Dickinson football tram was re-established in 2012 after a few years in absentia; the varsity will be back for the 2014 season.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 302nd-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 308th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 295th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 291st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Originally named Jersey City High School, the property was purchased in 1904 and the new building opened on September 6, 1906, in an attempt to relieve overcrowding in the city's public schools. It was the first public secondary school in the city. When the school opened, it housed a 2,000 seat auditorium that saw extensive public use, and hosted such events as a lecture by Helen Keller and political rallies for United States Presidents Taft, Wilson, and Roosevelt. The original school was expanded with the construction of a second building in 1912 to further industrial skills education. This building contained a foundry, print shop, and vocational classrooms. In 1913, the school was renamed William L. Dickinson High School for the superintendent who had advocated for creation of the school during his term from 1872 to 1883. The school was expanded again in 1933 with the addition of an annex containing a swimming pool, cafeteria, and gymnasium.
A testament to the school's age, the rear of the building is the site of a late 1800s-era cannon mount built to protect the Hudson River shoreline from early invaders. Given the location of the cannon and the associated technology of the time, its doubted that the cannon would ever have been effective as a defensive emplacement. While the cannon has since been removed, the original mounting remains and is now the site of a black-granite monument to the victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
In 1946, teachers went on strike.
Awards and recognition
In 1999, student Samir Kapadia placed fourth at the Annual Intel International Science and Engineering Fair for his project "Identification and Targeting Multiple Myeloma Cancerous Tumors."
In 2002–03, students Juliet R. Girard and Roshan D. Prabhu won the team competition of the Siemens Westinghouse Competition for "Identification and High Resolution Mapping of Flowering Time Genes in Rice." The duo shared a $100,000 scholarship with their victory.
In 1930 Walt Singer (as an end) and his identical twin brother Milton (at running back) led the Dickinson football team to a 9–0 record as it became the second-ever Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association champion.
The William L. Dickinson High School Rams compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.
The Dickinson Rams football team were led by head coach Rich Glover who used to play as a defensive lineman for the New York Giants. In February 2010, the Jersey City Public Schools cut funding for interscholastic sports and ended the football program at Dickinson.
In 2008 the boys cross country team (the "Wolf Pack") placed 4th in the North Jersey Section 2, Group IV state championships.
In 2009 the boys soccer team went on to the state tournament, losing to Ridge High School by a score of 2–0 in the tournament final, finishing with a record of 17–8–0 and marking the first time in Dickinson history that the boys varsity soccer team made it to state finals, under the coaching of Rene "Toro" Portillo and Tom Worley.
The 2009 Boys Volleyball Team won the Jersey City Public Schools Championship, and went on to the North New Jersey State tournament as the 20th seed, but however lost to Bloomfield High School in the first round.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Frederick D. Williams, Principal
- Gekson Casillas, Vice Principal
- Sophia Harrold, Vice Principal
- David Herman, Vice Principal
- Lydia Suarez, Vice Principal
- Al Blozis (1919–1945), player for the New York Giants killed during World War II.
- The Duprees, 60s group formed by students from the school.
- Dom Flora (born 1935), played college basketball for Washington and Lee University from 1954 to 1958 and graduated as NCAA Division I's fifth–highest scorer.
- Ed Franco (1915–1992), played football on the 1936 Fordham University team as one of the "Seven Blocks of Granite".
- James J. Galdieri (1900–1948), served in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Mary Teresa Norton (1875–1959), served 13 consecutive terms in the United States House of Representatives, from 1925 to 1951.
- Ralph Peduto (1942–2014), film, theater, and television actor; inducted into the Dickinson High School Hall of Fame in 2000.
- Mary Philbrook (1872–1958), first female attorney in New Jersey.
- Eliu Rivera, represents District 4 on the Hudson County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
- Michelle Rodriguez (born 1978), actress who dropped out in ninth grade, later calling Dickinson "a terrible school!"
- Eddie August Schneider (1911–1940), set the transcontinental air speed record for pilots under the age of twenty-one in 1930.
- Alexander Simpson (1872–1953), served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature.
- Walt Singer (1911–92), end for the New York Giants of the NFL from 1935 to 1936.
- Joe Sulaitis (born 1921), running back for the New York Giants of the NFL from 1943 to 1953.
- Five Corners, Jersey City
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Hudson County, New Jersey
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- Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, and Technology. Retrieved November 22, 2006.
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- 2000 Public Sectionals – North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Retrieved May 6, 2007.
- Staff. "Ridge 2, Dickinson 0", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2009. Retrieved November 30, 2011. "Phil Welsh assisted Jake Hotz seven minutes into the first half and then scored off a feed from Zach Brody two minutes after the break to lead Ridge, No. 14 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a 2–0 victory over Dickinson in the NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 final yesterday in Basking Ridge."
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- Thomas, Robert McG., Jr. "Two Giants Were Heroes Far From Playing Field", The New York Times, January 26, 1991. Retrieved September 25, 2009. "Blozis, who was born in Garfield, N.J., and was a star athlete at Dickinson High School in Jersey City before going to Georgetown on a track scholarship, was regarded as the strongest player in professional football and had the physique to prove it."
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- "Jersey City's Bob Hurley Elected to Hoop Hall of Fame". Bob Hurley Hall of Fame Issue (Printable Edition). Volume 23, No. 2. April 2010. Retrieved June 2, 2010.
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- Ed "Devil Doll" Franco, College Football Hall of Fame. Retrieved July 22, 2007. "Ed Franco came from Dickinson High School in Jersey City, New Jersey, to Fordham."
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- Mary Teresa Norton, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 15, 2007.
- "Ralph Peduto obituary". Legacy.com (Santa Cruz Sentinel). 2014-05-31. Retrieved 2014-06-12.
- Mary Philbrook, 1872–1958. Retrieved May 6, 2007. "Mary Philbrook was born in Washington, D. C. in 1872 but her family moved to Jersey City by the time she was six. She attended Public School No. 11 (now Martin Luther King, Jr. School) and then Jersey City High School (now Dickinson High School)."
- Rivera.htm Freeholder Eliu Rivera – District 4, Hudson County, New Jersey. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
- Foreman, Jonathan. "SLUGGING IT OUT OVER 'GIRLFIGHT': STUDIOS HOT FOR B'KLYN TEEN TALE", New York Post, January 26, 2000. Retrieved July 26, 2012. "Born in Texas and raised mostly in New Jersey, but also in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic, she dropped out of Dickinson High ('a terrible school!') in Jersey City in the ninth grade, though she was good at English and science and later earned a GED"
- "Biography of Eddie August Schneider (1911–1904) written to accompany his papers deposited at the George H. Williams, World War I Aviation Library at the University of Texas at Dallas". Gretchen Hahnen (1902–1986). 1948. "Eddie Schneider was born October 20, 1911 on Second Avenue, and 17th Street in New York City. Later his family moved to Red Bank, New Jersey where he attended grade school. From there his family moved to Jersey City, New Jersey and he graduated from Dickinson High School. ..."
- "A. Simpson, Figure in Hall-Mills Case". The New York Times, July 21, 1953. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
- "Walt Singer Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
- Richardson, William D. "GIANTS VANQUISH BOSTON YANKS, 31–0; Paschal Leads Ground Attack for 113 Yards With Cuff and Calligaro Aiding STRONG TALLIES 7 POINTS Boots 4 Placements and Field Goal – Petrilas Scampers 66 Yards for a Score", The New York Times, November 6, 1944. Retrieved July 26, 2012. "The new Giant backfield combination of Joe Sulaitis, former Dickinson High School star; Bill Paschal, Ward Cuff and Len Calligaro worked out fairly well."
- Joe Sulaitis, database Football. Retrieved October 1, 2007.
- "Our Uniform Policy – Dickinson High School." Jersey City Public Schools. Retrieved March 9, 2009.
- William L. Dickinson High School
- Jersey City Public Schools
- Jersey City Public Schools's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for William L. Dickinson High School, National Center for Education Statistics
- DHS January,1955 48th Reunion Web Site