Boonton High School

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Boonton High School
Boonton High School is located in Morris County, New Jersey
Boonton High School
Boonton High School
Boonton High School is located in New Jersey
Boonton High School
Boonton High School
Boonton High School is located in the US
Boonton High School
Boonton High School
306 Lathrop Avenue
Boonton, NJ 07005
Type Public high school
Motto A World Class Education for Tomorrow's Leaders
Established 1875
School district Boonton Public Schools
Principal Jason Klebez
Deans of Students and Programs Ellie Schollmeyer (9th)
Charles Crosby (10th)
Edward Forman (11th)
Debra Ballway (12th)
Faculty 49.3 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 578 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.7:1[1]
Color(s)      Black
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Bombers[2]
Newspaper Wampus

Boonton High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Boonton, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Boonton Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[3]

The high school serves students from Boonton and also those from Lincoln Park, who attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Lincoln Park Public Schools.[4] The two districts have sought to sever the more-than-50-year-old relationship, citing cost savings that could be achieved by both districts and complaints by Lincoln Park that it is granted only one seat on the Boonton Public Schools' Board of Education. In April 2006, the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education rejected the request.[5]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 578 students and 49.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.7:1. There were 71 students (12.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 25 (4.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 212th-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.[6] The school had been ranked 109th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 130th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 112th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was ranked 128th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[9] ranked the school as 259th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 15 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).[10]


The Boonton High School Bombers[2] compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC), which includes public and private high schools in Morris and Sussex counties, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[11] Before the 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Colonial Hills Conference, which includes public and private high schools in Essex, Morris and Somerset counties.[12] With 437 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.[13]

The school participates in a cooperative ice hockey program with Mountain Lakes High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[14]

The boys' lacrosse team defeated Montclair High School to win the 1976 NJSIAA state championship, after losing to Montclair in the state finals in both 1974 and 1975.[15]

The girls field hockey team won the North II Group II state sectional championships in 1987, 1988, 1991, 1992, 1994, North II Group I in 1998, North I Group I in 2004. The team was the runner up for the Group II state championship in 1991 and 1992, and for the Group I title in 1998.[16]

The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional championship in 2003.[17]


Core members of the school's administration are:[18]

  • Jason Klebez, Principal
  • Ellie Schollmeyer, Dean of Programs & Students, 9th Grade, and Director of Gateway Academy
  • Charles Crosby, Dean of Programs & Students, 10th Grade
  • Edward Forman, Dean of Programs & Students, 11th Grade
  • Debra Ballway, Dean of Programs & Students, 12th Grade

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Boonton High School include:[20]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Boonton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Boonton High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Boonton High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 27, 2011.
  4. ^ Lincoln Park School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 25, 2016. "Lincoln Park participates in a sending-receiving relationship with Boonton High School, which offers a comprehensive educational program for children in grades 9 through 12. The Lincoln Park School District sends approximately 295 students to Boonton High School. Approximately 55 high school age students attend The Academies of Morris County."
  5. ^ Commissioner of Education Decision, New Jersey Department of Education, April 25, 2006. Accessed March 21, 2011.
  6. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 23, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed July 19, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  10. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed February 15, 2012.
  11. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016 Archived 2015-12-16 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
  12. ^ Home page, Colonial Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 20, 2009. Accessed August 27, 2011.
  13. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  14. ^ 2016 - 2018 Co‐Operative Sports Programs Archived 2016-12-21 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ History of the NJSIAA Boys' Lacrosse Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 1, 2017.
  16. ^ 2015 NJSIAA Field Hockey Tournament of Champions Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  18. ^ [1] BHS Administration, Boonton High School. Accessed July 15, 2014.
  19. ^ Charlie Weis profile, CSTV. Accessed August 19, 2007. "The Trenton, N.J., native began his coaching career in 1979 at Boonton High School in New Jersey, then spent the next five seasons at Morristown (N.J.) High School as a football assistant."
  20. ^ a b c Paik, Eugene "Boonton Museum Honors Accomplished Alumni", The Star-Ledger, June 19, 2009. Accessed August 27, 2011.
  21. ^ Evans, Thomas. "THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST FROM BOONTON HIGH: `Wall of Fame' hails achievements Twenty-two more to be inducted", The Star-Ledger, November 6, 1997. Accessed August 19, 2007. "Amanda Bennett, class of 1970, will enter the hall this year, based on her career as a journalist for the Wall Street Journal. Bennett, the Journal's Atlanta bureau chief, was one of a team of the paper's reporters who received a Pulitzer Prize last year for a series on the development and effectiveness of new AIDS treatments."
  22. ^ Ragonese, Lawrence. "A new Trenton team: The Buccos", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011. "Father and son. Senator and assemblyman-elect. Anthony Bucco and Anthony Bucco Jr. The Buccos will serve together in the Legislature after the younger Bucco takes the oath of office Jan. 12, the result of his win Tuesday in Morris County's 25th District. The Republican duo will join the small club of parent-child legislators who have served together in New Jersey.... Tony Sr., now 71, was first running for alderman in Boonton when his son was getting elected class president at Boonton High School."
  23. ^ Seman, Rob. "Ex-Morris vet's name to grace Florida school" Archived 2013-01-21 at, Daily Record (Morristown), February 25, 2005. Accessed August 19, 2007. "Cafferata was born in New York City, but moved to Morris County with his family when he was 9 years old and lived in Lake Hiawatha and Montville. He graduated from Boonton High School in 1949, and was one of the first inductees to the school's Hall of Fame in 1996."
  24. ^ Brigadier General Frederick Walker Castle, Mountain Lakes, New Jersey. Accessed August 19, 2007. "He entered the United States Military Academy, from which his father was a 1907 graduate, in July of 1926, after attending Boonton High School and Storm King (NY) Military Academy."
  25. ^ Andrikanich, Ryan. "Honoring a legend", Daily Record (Morristown), December 9, 2006. Accessed July 19, 2011. "On this day 50 years ago, one of the worst commercial aviation disasters in Canadian history took the life of a promising young American football player who began his career as an offensive lineman for Boonton High School.... Mario DeMarco was born and raised in Boonton and played football for four years as a starting offensive lineman."
  26. ^ Pope, Clementina. "BOONTON HONORS KIICK", Daily Record (Morristown), November 7, 1999. Accessed August 27, 2011. "Yesterday, the 53-year-old former NFL great was honored at Boonton High School by family, friends, school officials and his former football coach, now board of education Vice President Joe Molitoris."
  27. ^ Jim Kiick Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., database Football. Accessed August 19, 2007.
  28. ^ O'Brien, Walter. "Boonton's Mike Michalowicz, Films Reality Show in Clinton, New Jersey", Courier News, May 26, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011.
  29. ^ Robertson, Nan. "Heard but Unseen, Seven Actors Share 'Talk Radio' Roles", The New York Times, July 30, 1987. Accessed July 19, 2011. "'My coach at Boonton High School in New Jersey used to say of me, "One hundred seventy-two pounds of blue twisted steel, tempered to perfection",' Mr. Onorati recalled with a laugh..."

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