Atlantic City High School
|Atlantic City High School|
|1400 Albany Avenue
Atlantic City, NJ 08401
|Type||Public high school|
|Asst. principals||Dr. Sheree N. Alexander
|Enrollment||2,010 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.1:1|
Navy Blue and|
|Athletics conference||Cape-Atlantic League|
Atlantic City High School is a four-year public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Atlantic City, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Atlantic City School District. The current school building opened in 1994 and holds approximately 2,500 students. Students from Brigantine, Longport, Margate City and Ventnor City attend the school as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective school districts.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,010 students and 200.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.1:1. There were 1,309 students (65.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 75 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 262nd-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 214th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 247th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 255th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 270 in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 334th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 9 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Atlantic City's first high school building was built in 1895 at Illinois and Arctic Avenues, though the building's small size did not allow much room for growth. In 1901, the high school relocated to a building at Ohio and Pacific Avenues. After the high school relocated a third time, the building was reused as Central Jr. High School for many years. The third building, located at Albany and Atlantic Avenues, opened on September 17, 1923. Constructed at a cost of over $1.75 million, it included a 1,000-seat auditorium and a 6,000-pipe organ.
The fourth, and current Atlantic City High School was constructed on "Great Island," opening to students on November 14, 1994, at a cost of $83 million and had its formal dedication ceremony on November 23 before a gathered crowd of 4,000. The building was designed by Blumberg Associates Architecture.
The Atlantic City High School Vikings compete in the Atlantic Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference consisting of both parochial and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, and Gloucester County, operating under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,377 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,084 to 1,845 students in that grade range.
In 1924, Atlantic City High School won the state swimming championship for a fourth time, setting three meet records in the process, with the Lawrenceville School coming in second and The Peddie School in third. The next year, at a meet held in Philadelphia, the swim team won the national interscholastic championship, breaking the streak of four championships won by Mercersburg Academy. The Atlantic City swim team were the guests of President Calvin Coolidge at the White House, in recognition of their championship.
In 1979, the Boys JV 8 Crew team won the National Rowing Championships in Delaware.
The 1994 Boys Varsity 8 Crew had an undefeated season and won the Triple Crown (Philadelphia City Championships, Stotesbury Cup Regatta & National Rowing Championships). The V8 went on to place 2nd in the Princess Elizabeth Cup at the Henley Royal Regatta on the Thames River in England.
The 1999 football team won the South Jersey Group IV state championship at Rutgers Stadium with a 31-29 win over Eastern High School of Voorhees, a victory that marked the program's first sectional title.
The boys basketball team won the 2005 NJSIAA Group IV state championship, defeating Trenton Central High School 71-70 in the semifinals, and Ridgewood High School 56-42 in the championship game at Rutgers University.
In 2007, Todd Busler was one of 50 recipients of the Maxwell Football Club's Tri-State High School Award given to players from schools located in South Jersey, the five county Philadelphia area and the Lehigh Valley of Pennsylvania.
The boys soccer team was 2008 inaugural Brigantine Cup champions.
In 2010, the girls' swim team won the CAL American Conference title and defeated Vineland High School to win the South Jersey Public A championship for the first time in the program's history, going 14-0 before falling to West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in the state semifinals.
In 2012 the Viking's boys basketball team won the South Jersey Group IV title and the Group IV state championship with a 53-47 win against Elizabeth High School, marking the team's second state title, having won before in 2005. The Vikings again were Group IV state champions in basketball in 2013., defeating Linden High School in overtime by a score of 60-54 to become back-to-back champions.
Atlantic City High School offers many Advanced Placement (AP) courses, in addition to the standard college-prep and Honors classes. ACHS offers 19 AP courses which include: AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Psychology, AP United States History, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C: Mechanics, AP Environmental Science, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP French Language, AP Spanish Language, AP Latin, AP Music Theory, and AP Studio Art.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Lina Gil, Principal
- Dr. Sheree N. Alexander, Assistant Principal
- Steven Brown, Assistant Principal
- Ananda Davis, Assistant Principal
- Joseph Potkay, Assistant Principal
- Martin Agronsky (1915-1999, class of 1932), journalist.
- James Avery (1945-2013), television actor.
- Brad (born 1963) and Eric Blumberg (born 1966), real estate entrepreneurs and developers of mobile GPS real estate information technology.
- Rosalind Cash (1938–1995), actress whose career endured on stage, screen, and television, despite her staunch refusal to portray stereotyped "black" roles.
- Joe Cicero (1910–1983), professional baseball player with the Boston Red Sox and the Philadelphia Athletics.
- Wayne Colman (born 1946), linebacker who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints.
- Sidney Drell (1926-2016), theoretical physicist and arms control expert.
- Vera King Farris (c. 1938-2009, class of 1954), president of Richard Stockton College of New Jersey from 1983–2003.
- Paul Goldberg (born 1959), class of 1977, Los Angeles session drummer.
- Brian Heffron (born 1973, class of 1993), professional wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment and Extreme Championship Wrestling.
- Pete Hunter (born 1980), cornerback for the NFL's Seattle Seahawks who was a fifth-round pick in 2002.
- Lorenzo Langford (born 1955), Mayor of Atlantic City 2008-2014.
- Joseph Lazarow (1923–2008), Mayor of Atlantic City from 1976–1982
- Bob Levy (born 1947), Mayor of Atlantic City 2006 -2007.
- Harvey Mason (born 1947), Los Angeles session drummer.
- Scott Neustadter (born 1977), screenwriter.
- Joseph B. Perskie (1885-1957; class of 1904), Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court from 1933 to 1947.
- Steven P. Perskie (born 1945), judge and politician.
- George Lincoln Rockwell (1918–1967), founder of the American Nazi Party.
- Lou Roe (born 1972), small forward for the NCAA's University of Massachusetts Minutemen and the NBA's Detroit Pistons and Golden State Warriors. A second-round pick in 1995.
- Jessica Savitch (1947–1983), television journalist, killed in a car accident on October 23, 1983.
- James L. Usry (1922–2002), first African-American mayor of Atlantic City.
- Norman Joseph Woodland (born 1921, class of 1943), inventor of the bar code.
- John "Tank" Toland, (born 1980), professional wrestler, three time OVW Tag Team Champion, wrestler for Ring of Honor.
- Earl Wilson (born 1958), defensive end who played in the NFL and CFL.
- School data for Atlantic City High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Atlantic City High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2015.
- Atlantic City Public School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 5, 2016. "Our Pre-K through 8th grade schools serve Atlantic City, while our high school serves the students of Atlantic City, Ventnor, Brigantine, Margate and Longport."
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 9, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed January 31, 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 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 1, 2012.
- Schwartz, David. "The 'Old' High School", Casino Connection, October 3, 2006. Accessed July 5, 2011.
- Hartgrove, Alicia. "Atlantic City High School", South Jersey Magazine. Accessed July 5, 2011.
- Staff. "OPENING DAY / CLASSES BEGIN TODAY AT NEW HIGH SCHOOL", The Press of Atlantic City, November 14, 1994. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Twenty-seven years and $83 million after a study first called for the resort to build a new high school, the facility opens this morning."
- Tyler, Mark. "DEDICATION TO LEARNING / ACHS CEREMONY: RESULT OF QUARTER CENTURY OF PLANNING", The Press of Atlantic City, November 24, 1994. Accessed July 5, 2011. "A crowd of about 4,000 people gathered on Great Island Wednesday morning to witness the dedication of the new Atlantic City High School."
- Finn, Elaine. "A.C. HIGH SCHOOL TO BE UNVEILED BOARD TO SEE PLANS, ACTUAL COST OF NEW SCHOOL IN MONDAY SESSION", The Press of Atlantic City, January 21, 1990. Accessed July 5, 2011. "A two-projector presentation and detailed floor plans by architect Martin F. Blumberg will provide the school board with a final chance to change the design of the school and, for the first time, provide a reliable estimate of what it will cost to build."
- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014.
- Staff. "ATLANTIC CITY HIGH TAKES SWIM TITLE; Wins New Jersey Scholastic Championship for Fourth Time -- Three Records Broken.", The New York Times, March 9, 1924. p. S2. Accessed November 19, 2016.
- Staff. "ATLANTIC CITY HIGH TAKES SWIM TITLE; Beats Mercersburg, Four-Time Winner, in National Championship Meet at Penn. THREE RECORDS BROKEN Mercersburg Relay Team and Scherer and Barnitz Make New Figures.", The New York Times, January 25, 1925. p. S1. Accessed November 19, 2016.
- "President Coolidge Receives Atlantic City H.S. Natators", The New York Times, March 24, 1925. p. 18.
- Public Girls / Boys Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2016.
- Staff. "Atlantic City stuns Eastern", Courier Post, December 6, 1999. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Did we mention that Atlantic City and Eastern, at the end of a wildly entertaining South Jersey Group 4 championship game, were at the exactly the same spot in exactly the same situation as Mainland and Ocean City were 2-1/2 hours earlier? "I didn't know that," said Weiss, whose son, Joe, stars for Mainland. Because a disgruntled soccer player by the name of Mike Lockwood made the field goal that his coach nearly didn't order, Atlantic City scored an improbable 31-29 victory over Eastern on Sunday at Rutgers University to capture the Vikings' first-ever sectional title."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
- 2005 Boys Basketball - Group IV, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2007.
- Staff. "H.S. football: Todd Busler named Maxwell Mini-Football Club Award finalist", The Press of Atlantic City, December 26, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Atlantic City High School quarterback Todd Busler was selected as a finalist for the Maxwell Mini-Football Club Award."
- Staff. "ATLANTIC CITY edges Holy Spirit, wins Brigantine Cup", The Press of Atlantic City, September 21, 2008. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Atlantic City High School scored two second-half goals Saturday to earn a 2-1 Cape-Atlantic League boys soccer win over Holy Spirit and clinch the Brigantine Cup."
- Ashe, Kelly. "Atlantic City beats Millville for South Jersey Group IV girls tennis championship", The Press of Atlantic City, October 16, 2009. Accessed January 1, 2011. "The Atlantic City High School girls tennis team made history Thursday afternoon. The Vikings swept the singles matches and beat Cape-Atlantic League rival Millville 3-2 to win the South Jersey Group IV championship at Clarion Golf and Tennis World.... Atlantic City athletic director Frank Campo has been with the school since 1985 and believes this is the school's first Group IV title in girls tennis."
- Weinberg, David. "Atlantic City girls swim team wins first sectional title in school history.", The Press of Atlantic CityFebruary 17, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2014. "The Atlantic City High School girls swim team celebrates after beating Cape-Atlantic League rival Vineland in the South Jersey Public A final on Thursday."
- LeConey, Bill. "ALPB SURF BASEBALL / SEAGULLS SAY GOODBYE TO A.C. WITH VICTORY", The Press of Atlantic City, June 21, 2000. Accessed July 5, 2011. "The Seagulls desperately needed a victory on Tuesday to breathe new life into their three-time United States Basketball League championship defense. They got it, snapping a three-game losing streak by beating the Washington Congressionals 128-115 in almost certainly their last game ever at Atlantic City High School."
- McGarry, Michael. "Atlantic City captures 2nd state Group IV title in 7 years", The Press of Atlantic City, March 12, 2012. Accessed September 9, 2012. "In other words, things were going according to plan for Atlantic City. The Vikings — just as they had in nearly all of their previous five playoff games — rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Elizabeth 53-47 and win the state Group IV championship at the Rutgers Athletic Center.... The state title is the second in Atlantic City boys basketball history. The first came in 2005."
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Linden (54) at Atlantic City (60), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Final Round, Group 4 - Boys Basketball", The Star-Ledger, March 10, 2013. Accessed March 7, 2015. "Graves hit two 3-pointers that were several feet beyond the arc in overtime to help Atlantic City, No. 3 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, defeat No. 9 Linden, 60-54, for its second straight NJSIAA/ShopRite Group 4 title at the Louis Brown Athletic Center in Piscataway."
- Dress Code Clarifications[permanent dead link], Atlantic City High School, dated September 24, 2007. Accessed October 17, 2007.
- Our Administration, Atlantic City High School. Accessed October 25, 2016.
- Staff. "Atlantic City Civilians Plan Joyful Yuletide for Warriors", Brooklyn Daily Eagle, December 6, 1942. Accessed October 27, 2015. "The first anniversary of 'Pearl Harbor Day,' Monday, will be observed here in the auditorium of the Atlantic City Senior High School with a lecture on 'The Pacific Front' by Martin Agronsky, local boy who made good as an internationally known radio war correspondent."
- D'Amico, Diane. "NJEA Ready for the Crowds at This Year's Atlantic City Convention", The Press of Atlantic City, November 7, 2001. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Special events include the presentation of Awards for Excellence, one of which this year will go to Atlantic City High School graduate James Avery."
- Levin, Eric. "Two brothers from Atlantic City have built the 21st-century divining rod for buyers looking for that perfect apartment/fixer-upper/mansion.", copy of article from New Jersey Monthly, May 5, 2007, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 26, 2012. Accessed March 17, 2015. "Also note that wireless phone networks can send data at high speeds and that real estate agencies routinely list properties online. Do you see where this can go? Eric and Brad Blumberg did.... The brothers, Atlantic City High School graduates, have several patents on Smarter Agent's technology. They run their service from offices in Atlantic City and Camden."
- Pfeifer, Ellen. "Rosalind Cash succeeds, but her struggle goes on", Boston Globe, August 15, 1971. Accessed August 8, 2012. "After graduating as an honor student from an Atlantic City high school, Miss Cash went to New York where she took literature courses at City College and enrolled in a theatre workshop at the Harlem YMCA (where Clarence Williams III of Mod Squad got his start)."
- Joe Cicero, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed January 31, 2011.
- Weinberg, David. "Saintly fans have Ventnor's Colman pulling for old team", The Press of Atlantic City, February 7, 2010. Accessed September 9, 2012. "Wayne Colman will wear a Wayne Colman jersey. The Ventnor native played 7½ seasons for the Saints as an outside linebacker from 1969-76.... Wayne Colman, a former standout at Atlantic City High School and Temple University, got his start in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles as an undrafted free agent in 1968."
- Aaserud, Finn. Oral History Interviews: Sidney Drell, American Institute of Physics, July 1, 1986. Accessed December 22, 2016. "Graduated from Atlantic City High School, and all the places in between are on the Monopoly board."
- Staff. "AT STOCKTON, SHE LEADS BY EXAMPLE \ "HEAD BOPPERS" OR HOLOCAUST STUDIES, VERA KING FARRIS WILL DO A LOT FOR HARMONY.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 4, 1995. Accessed January 27, 2011.
- Soultone Artist: Paul Goldberg, Soultone Cymbals. Accessed January 31, 2011.
- Pete Hunter player profile, database Football. Accessed June 15, 2007.
- Staff. "A.C. ballot count awaits completion of review, The Election Board got through nearly half of the absentee votes. Mayor Whelan was not hopeful.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 8, 2001. Accessed January 31, 2011. ""Langford, born in Atlantic City and a 1973 graduate of Atlantic City High School..."
- Urgo, Jacqueline L. "Joseph Lazarow, 84, dies; helped bring casinos to A.C.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 5, 2008. Accessed January 5, 2008.
- Harper, Derek. "Levy admits guilt in federal court / Atlantic City's ex-mayor to be sentenced Feb. 15", The Press of Atlantic City, November 2, 2007. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Levy left Atlantic City High School and joined the Army in May 1964."
- Schwachter, Jeff. "One-Fourth of Fourplay"[permanent dead link], Atlantic City Weekly, October 14, 2004. Accessed October 24, 2007. "Rounding out the quartet is Atlantic City native Harvey Mason. The drummer, composer, programmer, arranger and Atlantic City High School grad has lived in Los Angeles for 34 years and has made a name for himself as one of the most respected studio musicians in the business."
- Longsdorf, Amy. "When it comes to romantic comedies, '(500) Days' steps out over the line", Courier-Post, July 26, 2009. Accessed January 27, 2011.
- Staff. "Joseph B. Perskie, Ex-Associate Justice Of New Jersey Supreme Court, Dies at 71", The New York Times, May 30, 1957. Accessed July 5, 2016. "A native of Alliance, Mr. Perskie came to the resort area at the age of 11. He attended public schools here and was graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1904 and Pennsylvania Law School in 1907."
- Murray, Richard. "FLORIO PROMISES NEW AID FOR OLD SCHOOLS ON A.C. HIGH SCHOOL TOUR", The Press of Atlantic City, April 6, 1990. Accessed January 27, 2011. "Schools Superintendent Paul Lacity, who led the tour along with Atlantic City High School alumnus and Florio Chief of Staff Steven Perskie..."
- Simonelli, Frederick James. "American Fuehrer: George Lincoln Rockwell and the American Nazi Party", p. 14. University of Illinois Press, 1999. ISBN 0-252-02285-8. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Rockwell spent his longest stretch of time at any educational institution at Atlantic City High School."
- Lou Roe alumni profile, UMassHoops.com Version 2007.08.
- Lou Roe player profile, Basketball-Reference.com.
- IN A QUIET SERVICE, FAMILY AND FRIENDS MOURN FOR SAVITCH, The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 26, 1983, "Savitch graduated from Atlantic City High School in 1964..."
- Johnson, Kirk. "James L. Usry, Atlantic City Mayor in 1980's, Dies at 79", The New York Times, January 28, 2002. Accessed August 8, 2012. "A graduate of Atlantic City High School, Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Glassboro State College (now Rowan University), Mr. Usry devoted most of his career to education, as a teacher and school administrator, and was widely praised for his involvement with his students and with the community."
- DeAngelis, Martin. "ODE TO A CODE: OH, SO GRAND - AND OF OUR SAND", The Press of Atlantic City, April 19, 1998. Accessed January 31, 2011. "The inventor of the bar code which appears so many places these days we hardly even notice it anymore grew up on Ventnor Avenue and graduated from Atlantic City High School."
- Earl Wilson, Just Sports Stats. Accessed November 19, 2016.
- Atlantic City High School
- Atlantic City School District Website
- Atlantic City School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Atlantic City School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Article on the history of the old high school buildings
- South Jersey Sports: Atlantic City HS