Audubon High School (New Jersey)
For the high school in Iowa with the same name, see Audubon Community School District
|Audubon High School|
350 Edgewood Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"A Tradition of Pride and Excellence"|
|School district||Audubon School District|
|NCES School ID||3401050|
|Enrollment||804 (as of 2018–19)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.1:1|
|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 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 804 students and 66.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. There were 142 students (17.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 54 (6.7% 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. In 2006 a science wing was added to the building. The addition included four new fully equipped science labs, a gymnasium and a band room.
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.
Project Graduation is a program that provides safe entertainment for senior students on the night of graduation. Students are taken to Dave and Busters to celebrate. Money for this program is donated to the school directly and through fundraisers.
The Student of the Month program recognizes students who have shown an exemplary characteristic daily. A male and female student from each grade are chosen each month to receive an award package and a certificate. This program was initiated by The Intervention and Referral Services Team as a joint venture with the Renaissance Program.
The Student Spotlight program recognizes students who are making a positive impact on campus. The program seeks to encourage academic excellence, school spirit and citizenship.
The Project Memorial Foundation was established in 1994 to show patriotism among students. The program has received multiple honors and awards from both military and civic groups.
The Parrot is the school's newspaper. The newspaper is written and edited by students and staff and covers topics important to the school. The organization also hosts a podcast where students can submit their creative works.
The Student Council consists of student representatives voted for by the student body. The organization aims to strengthen the relationship between students, administration, faculty and the Audubon Board of Education. Students also organize community service projects and school activities such as school dances, homecoming events, pep rallies, the Thanksgiving food drive and Senior Citizen's Spring and Winter socials.
The Audubon High School Green Wave compete as a member school in the Colonial Conference, which is comprised of small schools in Camden and Gloucester counties 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 495 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 758 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Constitution Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as Group II South for football for 2018–2020.
The school participates as the host school / lead agency for joint boys / girls swimming teams with Collingswood High School. These co-op programs operate under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.
Down 14-0 at halftime, the 1975 football team came back to win the South Jersey Group II state sectional title with a 22-20 win against Pleasantville High Schol in the championship game to finish the season with a 10-1 record. The traditional Thanksgiving Day football game is against Haddon Township High School. Audubon won the Thanksgiving 2019 game by a score of 18-0, bringing their series record to 39-17-1.
Wrestling Coach Dave Lang led the Green Wave to District 28 titles in both 1997 and 1999.
The baseball team was awarded the South Jersey Group III title in 1961, 1964 and 1969. The team won the Group II title in 1975 (defeating runner-up New Providence High School in the finals), 1996 (vs. Newton High School), 1998 (vs. Glen Rock High School) and 2001 (vs. Newton), and Group I championships in 1994 (vs. Emerson Jr./Sr. High School), 1995 (vs. Pequannock Township High School), 2011 (Waldwick High School) and 2012 (vs. Pompton Lakes High School). The program's eight state championships are tied for second-most in the state. 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. A 3-0 win in the 1996 championship game against Emerson gave the team the Group II title and a 20-6 record for the season. The 1996 team finished the season with a 21-4-1 record after winning the Group II state title by defeating Newton by a score of 8-1 in the playoff finals; Audubon became the fourth school in the state to win three consecutive group titles. The 1998 team held on for a 7-6 win against Glen Rock to win the Group II state championship and finish the season 30-2. The 2001 team finished the season with a record of 28-4 after winning the Group II state championship with an 8-1 win over Newton. In June 2011, Audubon's baseball team defeated Waldwick High School for the Group I state championship, the team's seventh overall in the playoff era.
The girls softball team won the Group II state championships in 1976 (defeating Hawthorne High School in the tournament final) and 1977 (vs. Rutherford High School). The 1977 team had a 14-run third inning on the way to winning the Group II title with a 16-3 defeat of Rutherford in the championship game.
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 and 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 New York Jets 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.
- Anne McConaghie Volp (c. 1922-2010), field hockey player and coach, who was a member of the United States women's national field hockey team for 14 years and the team captain for five of those years.
- John J. Davis, theologian, archaeologist and Christian educator who was the President of Grace Theological Seminary.
- William Siri (1919-2004, class of 1937), part of the Manhattan Project which was responsible for the development of the atomic bomb and co-leader of the first American expedition to successfully climb Mount Everest and went on to climb every major mountain range in the world.
- Ben Vaughn (Class of 1973), musical composer for the TV sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun who also provided music for 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 April 1, 2020.
- Audubon High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- 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."
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- "Student of the Month - Audubon Jr-Sr High School". ahs.audubonschools.org. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
- "Student Spotlight - Audubon Jr-Sr High School". ahs.audubonschools.org. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
- "Project Memorial - Audubon Jr-Sr High School". ahs.audubonschools.org. Retrieved March 28, 2019.
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- Audubon Green Wave, West Jersey Football League. Accessed February 1, 2021.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Football: Entering 10th season, a new leader for state’s second-largest conference", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 8, 2019. Accessed September 5, 2020. "The WJFL was created in 2010 as a way to help teams play a full schedule and face opponents of similar size, ability and geographical location.... The league is comprised of 16 divisions and includes better than 90 high schools."
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- History of NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- "Paramus Bows In Final Of State Group 3, 53-50", The Record, March 23, 1963. Accessed December 27, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "The Paramus coach didn't name any specific factor which caused his Spartans to lose to Audubon, 53-50, last night in the Group 3 final of the N. J. S. I. A. A. Basketball Tournament."
- NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Schumann, Walt. "'Steal' by Carlucci aids Wave", Courier-Post, December 8, 1975. Accessed March 3, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "There must have been a lot of people in the Audubon High School stadium who thought the Green Wave was all washed up at halftime Saturday. Pleasantville led 14-0 in the South Jersey Group 2 championship football game and Audubon had looked anything but impressive. But, the Green Wave wasn't washed up. Audubon forged back to a 22-20 triumph and there were a host of heroes.... Still, there were several who turned in key plays and performances as Audubon, beaten only by No. 1-ranked Sterling, turned in its 10th triumph of the campaign."
- Patti, Ryan. "Audubon over Haddon Township - Football recap", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, November 28, 2019. Accessed September 23, 2020. "Audubon defeated Haddon Township by a final score of 18-0 in the annual 'Curly Cup' in Westmont. It’s Audubon’s 39th victory over Haddon Township, as it now leads the all-time series 39-17-1."
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Kurland, Bob. "Emerson shut down", The Record, June 12, 1994. Accessed January 24, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "But on Saturday, he was the victim of a five-hit shutout as Audubon blanked Emerson, 3-0, at Toms River East.... And Audubon (20-6) iced it in the fourth with two runs as Ed Guida singled, Len Caromano hit a 340-foot triple, and .400-hitting ninth batter Brian Kulak had a hit."
- Carchidi, Sam. "Audubon garners baseball state title. This year, the Green Wave won the Group 2 crown, after two straight Group 1 titles.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 9, 1996. Accessed June 6, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Audubon captured its third straight state baseball title yesterday. And Severino, for the third straight year, pitched a complete game and was the winning pitcher. This time, it was an 8-3 win over Newton in the NJSIAA Group 2 final before nearly 1,000 sweltering fans at Middlesex Tech's jewel of a ballpark.... After Newton (22-3) used a two-out bunt single to get to within 3-1 in the fourth, Audubon (21-4-1) regained control by scoring three runs in the fifth one on a passed ball, one on Laxton's double and one on O'Brien's double."
- Viggiano, Bob. "Audubon takes Group 2; Wins 4th state title in 5 years", Courier-Post, June 7, 1998. Accessed January 13, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "As the drama unfolded in the top of the seventh inning of the Group 2 state championship baseball game Saturday, Audubon High School's Mark Dexter stood alone on the mound with only his thoughts and sore right knee. Dexter and his teammates were clinging to a 7-6 lead and were only one strike away from giving Audubon its fourth state championship in the last five years. But North Jersey champion Glen Rock had the tying and go-ahead runs at second and third, respectively... On his next pitch Dexter whistled a fastball at the Panthers' Doug Tyburski, who swung and missed to set off a wild Audubon celebration as the Green Wave completed their remarkable 30-2 season at Toms River North."
- "Gloucester Cath. wins 3rd straight", Asbury Park Press, June 10, 2001. Accessed December 27, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Audubon 8, Newton 1: Andrew Noe allowed only three hits and hit a three-run homer as the Green Wave (28-4) took home the Group II championship with a victory at Toms River High School North."
- 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 Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Rowe, John. "Audubon drubs Rutherford in final; Bulldogs foiled by 14-run inning", The Record, June 12, 1977. Accessed January 8, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The after-effects of a 4-3 defeat might have been more lasting, but the 16-3 setback the Rutherford girls Softball team suffered yesterday was a lot more painful. Rutherford, with a 13-game winning streak, had a 1-0 lead after 2 1/2 innings of their Group 2 State title game in the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association tournament. Then the roof caved in. Audubon, the defending Group 2 champion, scored 14 runs in the bottom of the seemingly endless third inning."
- NJSIAA History of Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Audubon Alumni High School Accessed July 26, 2007.
- NJSIAA History of Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Gould, Brandon. "Freshman keeper lifts Audubon girls soccer to 1st ever state title in PKs (PHOTOS)", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, November 18, 2018, updated August 22, 2019. Accessed November 9, 2020. "Maldonado took a step to her left and blocked the final shot in penalty kicks, giving Audubon a 4-2 advantage in the shootout against Glen Ridge. That last stop put an end to the Group 1 final and gave Audubon its first-ever championship."
- 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 December 3, 2013, at the Wayback Machine, USSBA, October 31, 2010. Accessed August 27, 2011.
- Weekend Recap: Oct. 31 - Nov. 1: New Jersey state championships: Union Archived April 24, 2016, at the Wayback Machine, 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 May 8, 2006, 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 February 16, 2018, 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."
- Hall of Fame Profile: Vic Obeck, McGill University, July 7, 2009. Accessed February 7, 2009. Accessed February 5, 2020. "Victor Francis Joseph Obeck was born on Mar. 28, 1917 in Audubon, N.J. He was educated at Audubon high school and then earned a bachelor of science degree in physical education from Massachusetts' Springfield College in 1940, where he competed in football, track, lacrosse, wrestling and boxing."
- Naedele, Walter F. "Anne Volp, field hockey star", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 30, 2010. Accessed January 16, 2021. "Born in Audubon, Camden County, Mrs. Volp was a 1939 graduate of Audubon High School, where she was on the basketball, softball, tennis, and swimming teams. She played field hockey well enough to be on the all-South Jersey team for two years."
- Morrison, John F. "Anne M. Volp, field-hockey legend", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 2010. Accessed January 16, 2021. "She previously taught physical education at her alma mater, Audubon High School in New Jersey where, as Anne McConaghie, she was a legendary athlete."
- White, Terry. "'Retired Achiever' John Davis Featured", Grace Theological Seminary, November 12, 2005. Accessed June 28, 2020. "While fishing has been a lifetime passion, it wasn’t until 1954, when he was a student at Audubon (N.J.) High School, that Davis discovered archaeology."
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- 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, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 3, 2016. Accessed February 5, 2020. "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."