Barringer High School

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Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
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Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities is located in New Jersey
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities is located in the United States
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
90 Parker Street


United States
Coordinates40°45′24″N 74°10′45″W / 40.756539°N 74.179286°W / 40.756539; -74.179286Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 74°10′45″W / 40.756539°N 74.179286°W / 40.756539; -74.179286
TypePublic high school
School districtNewark Public Schools
PrincipalAngela Mincy & Dr. Kimberly Honnick[1]
Vice principalsK. Brown
P. Pontoriero
C. Wallace[1]
Faculty53.0 FTEs[2]
Enrollment611 (as of 2015-16)[2]
Student to teacher ratio11.5:1[2]
Color(s)     Royal Blue and
Team nameBlue Bears[3]

Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities (formerly Barringer High School and Newark High School), is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Newark, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools. Some consider it to be the third oldest public high school in the United States. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1981.[4]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 611 students and 53.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.5:1. There were 423 students (69.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 12 (2.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 327th-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.[5] The school had been ranked 313th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 311th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 306th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 303rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8]


In 1838, Nathan Hedges opened a high school in a building on Bank Street. On January 7, 1853, a three-story building was opened at the corner of Washington and Linden and had an enrollment of 498 boys and girls.[9]

In 1875, Dr. William N. Barringer was hired to succeed George B. Sears as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Barringer oversaw the construction of a second high school building at a cost of $300,000, which is now the faculty parking lot. Construction started in 1878 and was completed in 1899. In 1907, the name of Newark High School was officially changed to Barringer, in honor of Dr. Barringer.[9]


The Barringer High School Blue Bears[3] compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[10]

In 1918, during future major league baseball player Moe Berg’s senior season, the Newark Star-Eagle selected a nine-man "dream team" from the city's best prep and public high school baseball players, and Berg was named the team's third baseman.

With 886 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 778 to 1,062 students in that grade range.[11] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division B of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification.[12]

The boys' basketball team won the 1980 Group IV state championship, defeating Trenton Central High School in the tournament final.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Arts and literature[edit]


Hall of Famer Andre Tippett




  1. ^ a b Administration Archived June 6, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Barringer High School. Accessed October 24, 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Barringer Arts High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c Barringer High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December, 2015.
  4. ^ Barringer High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 12, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ a b History of Barringer High School, Barringer High School Alumni Association. Accessed November 15, 2016.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  11. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed August 1, 2014.
  12. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  13. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  14. ^ Message from Amiri Baraka, New Jersey and Newark Schools' Poet Laureate, dated July 1, 2003, accessed April 13, 2007. "Now, in an attempt to prevent my appearance at Barringer High School (my alma mater) June 30, to give the Commencement Address, they threatened to picket Barringer and otherwise cause disruption."
  15. ^ Klacsmann, Karen Towers. "Hilda Belcher (1881-1963)", New Georgia Encyclopedia. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Upon graduating from Newark High School (later Barringer High School) in 1900, Belcher moved to New York City to further her education."
  16. ^ Imholtz Jr., August A. "Albert Boni: A Sketch of a Life in Micro-Opaque", American Antiquarian Society, 2006. Accessed October 21, 2015. "There in Newark he attended Barringer High School and, at age of sixteen, became the youngest secretary of the local chapter of the Socialist Party."
  17. ^ Bodian, Nat. Ted Fiorito: The Newark Son of Italian Immigrants who Became One of Greats of American Music. Virtual Newark. Accessed October 21, 2015. "By the time Ted had reached high school age in 1914, the family was living at 185 Bruce Street, and his ASCAP bio shows that he was 'educated at Barringer High School'."
  18. ^ Slonimsky, Nicholas and Laura Kuhn (ed). Kern, Jerome (David)". Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Volume 3 (Schirmer Reference, New York, 2001), accessed May 10, 2010 (requires subscription)
  19. ^ Acocella, Nick "Moe Berg: Catcher and spy",, July 29, 2004. Accessed November 15, 2016. "Morris Berg was born in a cold-water tenement on East 121st Street in Manhattan on March 2, 1902, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents – Bernard, a druggist, and Rose.... He later starred at Barringer High School."
  20. ^ Araton, Harvey. "A Fearless Prediction by Yanks' Cano", The New York Times, October 9, 2010. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Cano finished eighth grade and enrolled at Barringer High School, but he failed to make it through his freshman year or to play an inning of high school baseball in New Jersey."
  21. ^ Iowa Board of Parole Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014, Iowa Board of Parole. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Norm Granger, Vice Chair. Appointed to the Board of Parole in 2014. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Graduated from Barringer High School in 1980."
  22. ^ Litsky, Frank. "GIANTS' SHAW EAGER TO WORK", The New York Times, November 27, 1983. Accessed May 19, 2016. "Shaw has had few breakdowns like that, in or out of football. He was born and raised in Newark, where he played for Barringer High School."
  23. ^ Bergeron, Tom. "Andre Tippett's journey to Pro Football Hall of Fame began in Newark",, August 2, 2008. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Frank Verducci first laid eyes on Andre Tippett during the summer of 1974, when Tippett and his mother dropped by Newark's Barringer High School to file paperwork for him to transfer into the school."
  24. ^ "Resolution Adopted by the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States to Record Our Deep Respect and Affection for Justice William J. Brennan Jr.", Brennan Center. Accessed November 15, 2016. "The Justice graduated from Barringer High School in 1924."
  25. ^ Schwaneberg, Robert. "Education building honors a champion: Rights lawyer Carter argued Brown case" Archived 2008-12-01 at the Wayback Machine, copy of article from The Star-Ledger, November 21, 2006, at the Warren County Education Association. Accessed March 5, 2012. "Born in Florida, Carter was 6 weeks old when his family moved to Newark. He attended Barringer High School in Newark and East Orange High School, graduating at age 16 after skipping two grades."
  26. ^ Donald Milford Payne Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 21, 2015.
  27. ^ Peter Wallace Rodino Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 21, 2015.
  28. ^ Wren Jr., George J. "Of Competence and Character: A New Jersey Story Passed on from Father to Son", New Jersey State Police Former Troopers Association. Accessed August 10, 2014. "After graduating from Barringer High School in Newark, Herbert was granted a Congressional appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point from the Honorable Walter I. McCoy, Judge of the Supreme Court in Washington D.C."
  29. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Volume 202, Part 2, p. 251. E. J. Mullin, 1987. Accessed September 1, 2016.
  30. ^ George Marvin Wallhauser, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 21, 2015.
  31. ^ Local Talk News Editor "Stephen N. Adubato to be awarded honorary degree from Kean University" Archived 2010-05-19 at the Wayback Machine,, May 7, 2010. Accessed May 17, 2010.

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