Abraham Clark High School
|Abraham Clark High School|
|122 East 6th Avenue
Roselle, NJ 07203
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Roselle Public Schools|
|Vice principals||Renee Edghill
|Enrollment||720 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||8.7:1|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
Abraham Clark High School is a four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from the borough of Roselle, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Roselle Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1932. The school is named for Abraham Clark, a Revolutionary War figure and signer of the Declaration of Independence.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 720 students and 83.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.7:1. There were 427 students (59.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 75 (10.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was one of 12 in New Jersey to receive a School Improvement Grant, under which the district will be given $3.8 million over three years as part of a transformation plan that will lengthen the school day, update the curriculum with integrated technology and shift eighth graders out of the school beginning in September 2011.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 306th-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 315th in the state out of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 272nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 283rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 305th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Abraham Clark High School Rams compete 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 506 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 506 to 749 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had been part of the Mountain Valley Conference, which included public and parochial high schools covering Union County and Essex County in northern New Jersey.
School colors are red and gray. Sports offered include Golf (women), Volleyball (women), Golf (men), Cross Country (women), Tennis (women), Football, Basketball (women), Softball, Cross Country (men), Soccer (men), Basketball (men), Track and Field Winter (men), Baseball, Track and Field Winter (women), Track and Field Spring (women) and Track and Field Spring (men).
ACHS is currently involved in the Marine Corps JROTC program which inspires cadets to become leaders and responsible citizens.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Rashon Mickens, Principal
- Renee Edghill, Vice Principal
- Timothy Simmons, Vice Principal
- Sheila Williams, Vice Principal
- Emil Milan (born 1922), designer craftsman who worked primarily in wood.
- Rabih Abdullah (born 1975), former running back who played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and New England Patriots during his seven-year NFL career.
- Jameel Dumas (born 1981), football player for Syracuse University who played professionally in the AF2 and NFL Europa.
- Rosey Grier (born 1932), former professional football player for the New York Giants as part of the "fearsome foursome", who was also a movie and television actor and author.
- Jesse Holley (born 1984), signed by the Cincinnati Bengals as an undrafted free agent in 2007.
- Kendall James(born 1991) current NFL cornerback for the Detroit Lions
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- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 11, 2016.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 26, 2014.
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- Official website
- Roselle Public Schools
- Roselle Public Schools's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Roselle Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics