Belleville High School (New Jersey)
|Belleville High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Belleville School District|
|Asst. principals||Joseph Lepo|
|Enrollment||1,419 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.8:1|
|Athletics conference||Super Essex Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Belleville High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Belleville, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Belleville School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1964.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,419 students and 110.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. There were 602 students (42.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 161 (11.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 294th-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 160th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 214th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 241st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 311th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 12 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).
The Belleville High School Buccaneers compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division A of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County. With 1,108 students in grades 10-12, the school is classified by the NJSIAA for most sports as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,090 to 2,568. Its school colors are blue, white and gold.
- Caleb Rhodes, Principal
- Joseph Lepo, Assistant Principal
- Marcellino Marra, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director
- Matthew Sullivan, Assistant Principal
- Phil Cuzzi (born 1955, class of 1973), Major League Baseball umpire.
- Tommy DeVito (born 1936), lead guitarist for The Four Seasons who dropped out of school following eighth grade to pursue his music career, but was named an honorary graduate of Belleville High School in 2007.
- Connie Francis (born 1938, class of 1955), singer.
- David Grant (born 1965; class of 1983), defensive end for six NFL seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Green Bay Packers.
- Joe Pesci (born 1943), actor.
- The Delicates, singing group consisting of Denise Ferri, Arleen Lanzotti, and Peggy Santiglia from the Class of 1962.
- Gerard Way (born 1977, class of 1995), frontman of My Chemical Romance and writer of The Umbrella Academy.
- Mikey Way (born 1980, class of 1998), bass guitarist of My Chemical Romance.
- Leonard R. Willette (1921-1944, class of 1949), Tuskegee Airman pilot killed in action in World War II flying over Germany while protecting a group of American bombers.
- Tony Zuzzio (1916-2002), lineman who played for the Detroit Lions during the 1942 NFL season.
- School data for Belleville High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Belleville High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 4, 2015.
- Belleville High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- 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 December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 12, 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 14, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 15, 2014.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Staff Directory, Belleville High School. Accessed September 12, 2017.
- Assistant Principal's Bios, Belleville High School. Accessed September 12, 2017.
- Lamberti, Mike. "Belleville grad/MLB umpire Cuzzi promoted", Belleville Times, February 12, 2015. Accessed October 30, 2016. "A 1973 graduate of Belleville High School, Cuzzi long dreamed of being an umpire, but didn't really begin that quest until nearly a decade after high school."
- Fink, Jerry. "Vegas man knows 'Jersey Boys': Before Tommy DeVito came to town, he started the Four Seasons, gave Frankie Valli a platform", Las Vegas Sun, April 2, 2008. Accessed April 13, 2011. "He quit school after the eighth grade. (Belleville High made him an honorary graduate last year.)"
- Bondy, Halley. "Belleville to honor hometown girl, the resilient Connie Francis", The Star-Ledger, October 22, 2009. Accessed April 13, 2011. "Francis graduated from Belleville High School in 1955. Her first hit, 'Who's Sorry Now?' took off in 1958 after airing on Dick Clark's 'American Bandstand."
- Grushkin, Paul. Rockin' Down the Highway: The Cars and People That Made Rock Roll, p. 190. Voyageur Press, 2006. ISBN 0-7603-2292-9. Accessed June 5, 2011.
- Macadam, Harry. "Geeks become No1 emo stars", The Sun, October 23, 2006. Accessed April 13, 2011. "But old snaps reveal just how much the American goth rocker has changed from his days as a tubby teen. His is taken from the 1995 yearbook for Belleville High School, New Jersey, when Gerard, then 18, posed for the camera alongside other students in his leaving year."
- Uschak, Roman J. "Rock band with Belleville roots, My Chemical Romance, breaks up", Belleville Times, April 18, 2013. Accessed July 15, 2013. "Lead singer and co-founder Gerard Way graduated from Belleville High School in 1995.... Way's younger brother, Mike, the bassist for My Chemical Romance, also grew up in Belleville and is a 1998 BHS graduate."
- Kadosh, Matt. "Belleville Tuskegee Airman soars in history", The Record (Bergen County), February 21, 2018. Accessed March 3, 2018. "Willette, of the Tuskegee Airmen's 99th Fighter Squadron, had died in the crash while escorting B-17 bombers over Germany in 1944. The 1939 Belleville High School graduate was one of 66 black Tuskegee Airmen killed in World War II combat."
- Tony Zuzzio, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed June 10, 2018.