Woodbridge High School (New Jersey)
|Woodbridge High School|
|1 Samuel Lupo Place
Woodbridge, NJ 07095
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Woodbridge Township School District|
|Vice Principals||Matthew Connelly
|Faculty||111.4 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,443 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.95:1|
|Color(s)||Red and Black|
|Athletics conference||Greater Middlesex Conference|
Woodbridge High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Woodbridge Township, New Jersey, operating as part of the Woodbridge Township School District. The high school is one of three in the district, together with Colonia High School and John F. Kennedy Memorial High School. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,443 students and 111.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.95:1. There were 337 students (23.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 119 (8.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 170th-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 229th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 231st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 222nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 40th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 14 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.8%) and language arts literacy (97.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The current Woodbridge High School was occupied in 1956 and built adjacent to the then new modern football stadium. The old stadium (Legion Field) was vacated to make way for the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike. Prior to 1957, the high school was located on Barron and Grove Avenue, which is the current site of the Woodbridge Middle School. It operated on split sessions for many years: Freshmen and Sophomores attended school in the afternoon; Juniors and Seniors in the morning. The last graduating class of the Barron Avenue "Woodbridge High School" was 1956.
- The first school building was erected in 1876 in Woodbridge Township, and was designated PS 1. It was located on School Street in Woodbridge Proper. Classes started in January 1877.
- High school class were first conducted in PS 1. The building now houses the Woodbridge Board of Education.
- In 1883, the first high school students graduated. There were two graduates.
- In 1911, high school classes were conducted in the then new building on Barron Avenue. This building now houses Woodbridge Middle School.
- In 1948, a football field and stadium building was constructed on the site of an old wooden surfaced auto racetrack called the 'Woodbridge Speedway'. It was dedicated as 'The Stadium'. The field was re-dedicated 'Nick Priscoe Field' in the 1970s after a longtime former head football coach.
- In 1956, the current Woodbridge HS building was erected and 'Kelly Street' ran through the HS property. The roadway was later renamed 'Samuel Lupo Place" in the 1980s after another head football coach.
- In 1956, WHS graduated 317 students, the final class to graduate from the Barron Avenue building.
The Woodbridge High School Barons compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, comprising 33 public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).
- The boy's basketball team won the 1975 Group IV New Jersey State Championship, defeating Eastside Paterson by a score of 73-58 in the title game, the program's first tournament final in a season they finished with a 29-2 record.
- Boy’s and girl’s bowling team have won nine state championships between the two.
- The football team has won 12 Conference/Divisional Titles, and nine state championships: 1930, 1938, 1939, 1960, 1970, 1971, 1980, 1993 and 1997.
- The softball team won the Group IV State Championship in 1978 and were runners up in 1979 and 1980.
- The boys shuttle hurdle relay team won the Group IV State Championship in 1995 with the fastest time in the state, 31.27 seconds.
- The boys high hurdle relay team won the Greater Middlesex Conference Championship for the 1995-96 school year.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Lucy Wanjau – Principal
- Matthew Connelly – Vice Principal
- Abdulsaleem Hasan – Vice Principal
- Erik Christensen (born 1931), wide receiver who played for the Washington Redskins. Christensen attended Woodbridge High School before transferring to Fork Union Military Academy.
- Lou Creekmur (born 1927), offensive lineman (eight Pro Bowl appearances) with the Detroit Lions, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1996.
- Edward M. Hundert (born 1957), medical ethicist.
- Jack H. Jacobs (born 1945, class of 1962), Medal of Honor Recipient, awarded 1969.
- Kyle Johnson (born 1978, class of 1996), fullback with the Denver Broncos.
- Dawn Marie Psaltis (born 1970), former female professional wrestler and WWE Diva.
- Richie Sambora (born 1959), member of the rock band Bon Jovi who was honored by having the street leading to the school named "Richie Sambora Way".
- Data for Woodbridge High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 11, 2012.
- Woodbridge High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 20, 2011.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 18, 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 26, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2012-2013, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
- Staff. "Englewood Wins Title", The New York Times, March 23, 1975. Accessed July 17, 2011. "Woodbridge High won the Group 4 championship, defeating Paterson Eastside, 73-58. Mark DiDonna, a 6-foot-2-inch forward scored 27 points for Woodbridge, which was making its first appearance in the state tournament finals. Woodbridge finished the season with a 29-2 record."
- Staff. "S. Jersey Scoreboard", Philadelphia Inquirer, March 16, 2011. Accessed July 17, 2011.
- Championship seasons, Woodbridge High School Football. Accessed July 17, 2011.
- Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 7, 2012.
- , Woodbridge High School. Accessed June 27, 2013.
- Erik Christensen profile, database Football. Accessed June 13, 2007.
- Lou Creekmur, database Football. Accessed November 28, 2007.
- INTERVIEW WITH JACK H. JACOBS, Rutgers University, November 20, 2000. Accessed July 11, 2008. "JJ: ... Anyway, we moved to New Jersey in the mid-'50s, and my parents still live in the same house in Woodbridge. I went to Woodbridge High School, and then, from there, I went to Rutgers."
- Kyle Johnson player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 29, 2007. "Hometown: Woodbridge, N.J....Johnson earned second-team all-state recognition and was named all-county and all-area as a senior at Woodbridge High School in Woodbridge, N.J., after rushing for 1,235 yards.
- via Associated Press. "Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora honored in N.J.", USA Today, November 24, 2009. Accessed April 18, 2011. "Sambora also financed the new weight room at his alma mater, Woodbridge High School. It's being named in honor of Sambora's father, Adam, who died of cancer in 2007. The street leading to the school is now Richie Sambora Way."
- Woodbridge High School website
- Woodbridge Township School District's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Woodbridge Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Woodbridge HS Football Program - Official Web Site