Bogota High School

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Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School is located in New Jersey
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School is located in the US
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Bogota Jr./Sr. High School
Two Henry C. Luthin Place
Bogota, NJ 07603
Type Public high school
School district Bogota Public Schools
Principal Damian Kennedy
Vice principal Kelly Foley DeCongelio
Faculty 39.6 FTEs[1]
Grades 7 - 12
Enrollment 496 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Purple and
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Buccaneers[2]

Bogota Jr./Sr. High School is a comprehensive public high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grade from Bogota, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Bogota Public Schools.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 496 students and 39.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.5:1. There were 178 students (35.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 63 (12.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 200th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 259th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 151st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 173rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 132nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6] ranked the school as 278th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 48 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).[7]


The Bogota High School Buccaneers[2] compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[8] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Bogota was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) in the Olympic Division.[9] With 238 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 187 to 490 students in that grade range.[10]

The school operates as the host school / lead agency for a cooperative wrestling program with Weehawken High School that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[11]

Interscholastic sports offered include:[2]

The 1969 boys' baseball team, led by Rich Graham, won the Bergen County Baseball Tournament defeating Bergenfield High School. Rich Graham was recognized by The Record as its Athlete of the Week for his efforts as well as being named the MVP of the tournament.[citation needed]

The 1990 boys basketball team, led by former North Carolina Tar Heel Pat Sullivan, won the NJ Group I state basketball title, as well as the Bergen County Tournament defeating non-public power Bergen Catholic High School in the championship game.[12]

The Buccaneers came into the 2006 state football tournament ranked first in their bracket, and proceeded to beat #8 seed Cresskill High School 36-7 in the first round and fourth-ranked Hasbrouck Heights High School by 24-17 in the semifinal game.[13] On December 1, 2006, Bogota beat #6 seed Mountain Lakes High School 28-0 at Giants Stadium, to take home the North 1, Group I state championship. This was Bogota's first football state championship since 1957, and their first since the playoff era started in the 1970s.[14][15]

The boys cross country team won the 2006, 2007 and 2008 Bergen County Division D Championship.[16]

On March 8, 2009, Emmanuel Ajagbe became Bogota's first wrestling state champion, claiming the 145 pound title at the state finals at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.[17]


Clubs and extracurricular activities include:[18]

  • YAC
  • DECA
  • Yearbook Committee
  • MultiCultural Club
  • Math Club
  • Chess Club
  • The Klaxon Committee
  • The Drama Club
  • Sporting Teams


Core members of the school's administration are:[19]

  • Damian Kennedy, Principal
  • Kelly Foley DeCongelio, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Bogota Jr./Sr. High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Bogota High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 17, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed February 15, 2012.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
  9. ^ League Memberships - 2009-1010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed September 17, 2014.
  10. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  11. ^ NJSIAA 2016 - 2018 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Mattura, Greg. "Bogota basketball coach Jay Mahoney resigns", The Record (Bergen County), April 1, 2011. Accessed June 12, 2011. "He is the only coach from a Group 1 school to twice win the Jamboree title (1990, 1993) in its 55-year history. He won the State Group 1 title in 1990.... Bogota's finest season under Mahoney was 1989-90, when the Bucs won Jamboree and State titles and forged a 31-game winning streak before losing to Snyder in the Tournament of Champions."
  13. ^ 2006 Football Tournament - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 14, 2006
  14. ^ Czerwinski, Mark J. "Destiny finally gets its due -- String of frustrations ends", The Record (Bergen County), December 2, 2006. Accessed September 17, 2014. "Even in the darkest moments three years ago when the Bogota football program was on life support, the Bucs dared to dream of Friday night.... And perhaps it's only fitting that the seniors, the ones who almost had their football lives turned upside down, led the way to a 28-0 romp past Mountain Lakes in the North 1, Group 1 title game."
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Aberback, Brian. "Bogota to honor football team that won state championship", The Record (Bergen County), December 10, 2006. Accessed September 17, 2014.
  17. ^ Mills, Ed. "Good as Gold", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2009. Accessed June 1, 2011. "Earning a pulsating and spectacular 5-3 comeback overtime victory over Kittatinny's Troy Hernandez at 145 pounds, Ajagbe became the first Bogota High School wrestler to win a state championship."
  18. ^ Clubs and Activities, Bogota High School. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  19. ^ Staff Directory, Bogota Jr./Sr High School. Accessed October 23, 2016.
  20. ^ "Extension Oral History Project - Walt Schroeder – Part 1", Oregon Digital, October 28, 2007. Accessed May 17, 2016. "I went to school in Maywood; we did not have a high school in that town of Maywood, so all our tenth grade kids after we graduated from ninth grade went over to Bogota High School and they had about the same size population as we had and so we made a full high school - 120 in my graduating class."

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