Audubon High School
|Audubon High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"A Tradition of Pride and Excellence"|
|School district||Audubon School District|
|Vice principal||Frank Corley|
|Asst. principals||Eric Miller|
|Enrollment||865 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.0:1|
|Color(s)|| Green and|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Conference|
|Team name||Green Wave|
Audubon High School is a comprehensive six-year community public high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grades from Audubon, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Audubon School District.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 865 students and 72.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. There were 166 students (19.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 68 (7.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school opened in September 1926 with an enrollment of 500 students. Two years later, as the school grew, students in grades 7-9 were part of the Junior School and those in grades 10-12 the Senior School.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 181st-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 147th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 172nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 195th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 238th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Audubon High School Green Wave compete as a member school in the Colonial Conference, which is composed of small schools whose enrollments generally do not exceed between 750-800 students for grades 9-12 and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 522 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 496 to 778 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Colonial Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group I for football for 2017-18.
The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1975.
Wrestling Coach Dave Lang led the Green Wave to District 28 titles in both 1997 and 1999.
From the early 1990s to the early 2000s, many considered Audubon's baseball team a dynasty; winning state championships in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998 and 2001. The 2001 team won the Group II state championship with an 8-1 win over Newton High School
In June 2011, Audubon's baseball team defeated Waldwick High School for the Group I state championship, the team's seventh overall. The team was awarded the South Jersey Group III title in 1961, 1964 and 1969. The team won the Group II title in 1975, 1996, 1998 and 2001, and Group I championships in 1994, 1995, 2011 and 2012.
The girls softball team won the Group II state championships in 1976 and 1977.
The girls' field hockey team won the 2005 and 2006 Patriot Division championships.
In 2018, the girls soccer team won the high school’s first Group 1 State Championship. The game went into penalty kicks with the win taking down Glen Ridge.
The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1991 (Group 1). The marching band was 2005 Atlantic Coast Invitational Champion in Group 2 and 2004 Atlantic Coast Invitational Champion in Group 3. They also took first as Group II A Northern State Champions with the caption of Best Color Guard and Best Visual in 2010 with their show Celestial Journey. In 2013, they won TOB New Jersey States Championships for group II, as well as South Jersey Group II Championships. In 2015, the marching band used a custom-made show edited by Lee Deloach to win the USBands Group II A New Jersey state championship at Union High School with a score of 95.525. In 2016, the marching band won the USSBA Group III A national championship at Allentown, Pennsylvania with a new high score of 96.013 and winning the caption award for Best Music.
Medal of Honor recipients
A memorial outside the high school was dedicated to the borough's three Medal of Honor recipients on July 4, 1994. An annual tribute to them includes speakers from The Navy, Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the New Jersey Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.
- HM3 Edward Clyde Benfold (1931–52, class of 1949), Navy Medal of Honor (posthumous), Korean War (attached to the Marine Corps).
- SFC Nelson V. Brittin (1920-1951, class of 1939), Army Medal of Honor (posthumous), Korean War.
- CPL Samuel M. Sampler (1895-1979), Army Medal of Honor, World War I
- Dan Baker (born 1946, class of 1964), stadium announcer for both the Philadelphia Phillies and the Philadelphia Eagles for more than two decades.
- Joe Flacco (born 1985, class of 2003), starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens and Super Bowl XLVII MVP.
- Bill Laxton (born 1948, class of 1966), former MLB pitcher who played in all or part of five seasons in the majors between 1970 and 1977.
- Brett Laxton (born 1973, class of 1992), former MLB pitcher who played in parts of two seasons for the Oakland Athletics and the Kansas City Royals.
- Vic Obeck (1917–1979), professional football player and general manager.
- William Siri (1919-2004, class of 1937), was a part of the Manhattan Project which was responsible for the development of the atomic bomb. He also was co-leader of the first American expedition to successfully climb Mt. Everest and went on to climb every major mountain range in the world.
- Ben Vaughn (Class of 1973), worked as the musical composer for the award-winning TV sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun and also provided music for other TV shows including That '70s Show, Men Behaving Badly, Normal, Ohio and Grounded for Life.
- John L. White (1930-2001, class of 1948), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly and New Jersey Senate.
- School data for Audubon Junior/Senior High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Audubon High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 13, 2015.
- Nicolosi, Peggy. "Report on Non-Operating School District: Audubon Park", Camden County Executive County Superintendent, June 30, 2009. Accessed February 22, 2014. "In addition to students from Audubon Park, Audubon also receives high school students from Mount Ephraim Public Schools."
- History, Audubon High School. Accessed December 7, 2017. "Audubon High School was opened in September, 1926, with an approximate enrollment of 500 pupils. The school developed into a full six-year high school, so that when school opened in September, 1928, the seventh, eighth, and ninth grade years composed the Junior School and the tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade years composed the Senior School."
- 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 10, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 11, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018 Archived 2017-09-26 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs[permanent dead link], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Records broken as Audubon takes state title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 10, 2001. Accessed August 27, 2008. "Andrew Noe and Nate Schill put their names in the South Jersey record book as they led Audubon High to a surprisingly easy 8-1 win over Newton in the NJSIAA Group 2 state baseball championship yesterday. With 800 fans watching on a postcard-perfect day at Toms River North, Audubon won its sixth state title - and its fifth in the last eight years. It was the Green Wave's first state crown since 1998"
- Staff. "Comer leads Seneca to title", Asbury Park Press, June 11, 2011. Accessed June 12, 2011. "Audubon 8, Waldwick 6: ... the Green Wave (23-5) claimed the Group I title. It is the program's seventh state title and first since 2001 when it won Group II."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 13, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 25, 2016.
- Audubon Alumni High School Accessed July 26, 2007.
- Staff. "Audubon 54, Haddon Township 7 (High school Football scores and results) - Football", The Star-Ledger, November 25, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011. "Chris Borgesi score three touchdowns and Brian Flacco rushed for two as Audubon defeated Haddon Township, 54-7, yesterday in Audubon. Audubon leads the Thanksgiving Series with a 31-16-1 record."
- Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
- Goebel, Caryn. "Congratulations I Open, II A, IV A - VI A Northern States Champions!" Archived 2013-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, USSBA, October 31, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011.
- Weekend Recap: Oct. 31 - Nov. 1: New Jersey state championships: Union, USBands. Accessed April 11, 2016. "In Group II A, Audubon High School was awarded the title of 2015 USBands New Jersey State Champion, along with the awards for Best Color Guard, Best Music, Best Overall Effect and Best Visual Performance and a total score of 95.525."
- USBands A Class National Championships (Group III A) Saturday, November 05, 2016 Allentown, PA, USBands. Accessed November 10, 2016. "Audubon High School 96.013 1 Best Music"
- "Tribute in Audubon Slated for Thursday." Courier-Post, May 24, 2000.
- Edward Benfold Archived 2006-05-08 at the Wayback Machine, Medal of Honor website. Accessed February 13, 2008.
- Lutton, Christine. "Audubon Students To Honor Three Heroes Three Men Awarded The Medal Of Honor Are Getting A Place In History.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 22, 1994. Accessed July 25, 2016. "Nelson V. Brittin, a 1939 graduate of Audubon High School, was awarded his medal posthumously for his action near Yonggong-ni, Korea on March 7, 1951. Sergeant First Class Brittin, who was under relentless enemy fire, pushed forward up a hill, killing 20 enemy soldiers."
- Six, Jim. "Phillies PA announcer happy and busy", South Jersey Newspapers, October 19, 2008. Accessed June 11, 2011. "Saturday. In the morning, he will be inducted into the elite Audubon High School Ring of Honor and give an acceptance speech. He's a '64 Audubon grad."
- McPherson, Chris. "Dan Baker: The Man Behind The Voice" Archived 2018-02-16 at the Wayback Machine, Philadelphia Eagles, September 6, 2014. Accessed February 16, 2018. "He graduated from Audubon High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) before obtaining a master's degree from Temple."
- "Flacco anchors high-powered Blue Hens offense", Courier-Post, November 4, 2007. Accessed November 29, 2007. "Joe Flacco just has a way about him.... That's why Flacco is so suited for the role of starting quarterback for the University of Delaware's football team. The former Audubon High School star is sure-handed, sure-footed and just gets it done on the football field, always has."
- Narducci, Marc. "Son Delivers A Big-league Gift To Father Bill Laxton Of Audubon Learned His Son Was Promoted To The Oakland Athletics.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 21, 1999. Accessed October 10, 2015. "Laxton, a 1992 graduate of Audubon High School, was a starting pitcher in the minor leagues, but will work in long relief for the A's. 'It's the nicest Father's Day gift I've ever gotten,' his father said yesterday from his Audubon home.... If anybody knows that feeling, it's Bill Laxton. A 1966 graduate of Audubon, he spent parts of five major-league seasons as a pitcher for the Phillies, the San Diego Padres, and the Detroit Tigers."
- Dean, Robert. Popularity Of Football Owes Much to Vic Obeck: McGill Coach Unofficial Ambassador of Good-Will for Fall Pastime, The Canadian Register, October 2, 1948. Accessed June 4, 2014. "When Vic was of high school age, his family moved to New Jersey, where he starred on the Audubon High School eleven, New Jersey high school champions."
- Duane, Daniel (September–October 2005). "Career Climber". Sierra Magazine. Retrieved December 30, 2009.
- Appleford, Steve. "Backseat Man Ben Vaughn, Straight Out Of Camden, Has Found Soundtrack Success In Hollywood. But His Ride - And Sometime Recording Studio - Is Still An Aqua Rambler, Vintage 1965.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 18, 1997. Accessed June 11, 2011. "Few of his friends would be surprised at Vaughn's choice of mobile studio. Now 41, the Mount Ephraim native has driven nothing but Ramblers since Audubon High School, where even his love life hinged on acceptance of the boxy little cars."
- "John L. (Jack) White Obituary", Courier-Post, October 10, 2001. Accessed August 30, 2017. "Born and raised in Audubon graduate of Audubon H.S. in 1948."