Butler High School (New Jersey)

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Butler High School
Butler High School is located in Morris County, New Jersey
Butler High School
Butler High School
Butler High School is located in New Jersey
Butler High School
Butler High School
Butler High School is located in the US
Butler High School
Butler High School
38 Bartholdi Avenue
Butler, NJ 07405

United States
Coordinates 40°59′50″N 74°20′26″W / 40.997173°N 74.340576°W / 40.997173; -74.340576Coordinates: 40°59′50″N 74°20′26″W / 40.997173°N 74.340576°W / 40.997173; -74.340576
Type Public high school
Established 1903
School district Butler Public Schools
Principal Kevin Kelly
Vice principal Julia Placko
Faculty 43.6 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 500 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Royal blue and
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Bulldogs[2]

Butler High School is a four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Butler, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Butler Public Schools.

Students from Bloomingdale attend Butler High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Bloomingdale School District.[3][4]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 500 students and 43.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.5:1. There were 70 students (14.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 21 (4.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The Academy for Law and Public Safety is a full-time, four-year high school program located at Butler High School. The Academy focuses on Law, Government and Public Affairs with concentrations in Law, Criminal Justice, Technology, Humanities and Law Enforcement. The Academy was founded in September 2000, as a collaborative effort of the Morris County Vocational School District, the Butler Public Schools and the Morris County Board of Chosen Freeholders.[5]


Students from Butler attended high school in Paterson, New Jersey until Butler High School was opened in 1903. From the time the school opened, the school served students from much of Morris County, along with those from Bloomingdale, Ringwood, Wanaque and West Milford in Passaic County until they built their own schools or established alternate arrangements with other school districts.[6] In September 1954, the Butler district notified its eight sending communities that growing enrollment of borough residents would mean that there would be no space available at Butler High School and that the local districts serving students from Passaic County communities and Pequannock Township would have to make alternate arrangements by 1958.[7] While Pequannock, Ringwood and Wanaque met the 1958 deadline, West Milford left four years later and Jefferson Township, Kinnelon and Riverdale ended their sending relationship in 1964.[8]

The original building occupied by Butler High School was built in the late 1800s and soon expanded with an annex (Still existing, "Annex Building") constructed in 1916. The school then doubled its size with an addition parallel to Bartholdi Avenue in the mid 1930s. After part of the original Butler High School caught fire in the 1963, the school was shut down briefly for renovations. The gymnasium was unusable due to water damage caused during the fighting of the fire and physical education classes were held outside for the reminder of the school year. Several classrooms in the original 1888 building were also heavily damaged and that building was town down. The school day was increased and the freshmen and some sophomores began classes later in the morning. Trailers were used for the guidance offices, freeing space in the main building for classrooms. The "Art Building" was then built to the left of the original school and opened after 1964. The "Art building" (as of 2011): four locker rooms, a gymnasium, cafeteria and kitchen, five bathrooms, nurse's office, athletic director's office, physics lab, forensic science, two art rooms, an English classroom, culinary arts, health room, photo lab, auxiliary gym, and library w/ media center. The "Main building" (as of 2011): Main and attendance offices, Principal and Vice Principal's offices, guidance offices, and academic offices. Band and choir room, auditorium, foreign language, history, mathematics, and English classrooms, and science laboratories. Also, an updated computer lab; TLC lab, and six bathrooms (two for the use of faculty) The "Annex building" (as of 2011): Butler Board of Education, student resource center, one marketing and financial classroom, and two computer labs: (Business and computer animated design).

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 162nd-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.[9] The school had been ranked 94th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 176th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[10] The magazine ranked the school 123rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[11] The school was ranked 116th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[12] Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 224th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 14 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).[13]


The Butler High School Bulldogs[2] compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[14] With 368 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.[15] Before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern Hills Conference an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.[16]

The girls field hockey team won the North II Group II state sectional championships in both 1978 and 1979. The team was the Group II co-champions in 1978, together with Haddonfield High School.[17]

The football team won the NJSIAA North II Group II state sectional championship in 1982 and 1983, and won the title in North II Group I in 1990 and from 1994-97.[18]

The girls' basketball team won the 2003 North II Group I championship, defeating runner-up Glen Ridge High School 65-39.[19] The team moved on to the Group I state championship, defeating Wildwood High School by 43 - 37 in the final game.[20]

The girls' soccer team won the 2002 North I Group I state championship over Glen Ridge High School by a score of 2-1.[21] In 2004 they made it to the finals again, defeating Glen Rock High School 1-0 in the final game of the tournament.[22] The team won the sectional state championship again in 2005, with a 3-0 win over Midland Park High School.[23]


Core members of the school's administration are:[24]

  • Kevin Kelly, Principal
  • Julia Placko, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Butler High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Butler High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Butler Public Schools 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 14, 2017. "The district also engages in several Shared Service agreements with the Bloomingdale school district, beyond the send-receive high school experience, including sharing of school Library oversight, Special Education and sharing the services of the Student Assistance Counselor."
  4. ^ Butler High School profile, Butler High School. Accessed November 15, 2014. "Butler High School is a public high school servicing the students of the Borough of Butler and the Borough of Bloomingdale."
  5. ^ Academy for Law & Public Safety, Morris County Vocational School District. Accessed July 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Fagan, Matt. "Butler High School's Hall of Honor accepting nominations", The Record (Bergen County), September 12, 2017. Accessed September 13, 2017. "However, between 1906 and early 1960s, Butler was the high school for vast portions of Morris County and northwestern Passaic County and even portions of Sussex County, Wall said.... At one time the high school served as the regional high school for Bloomingdale, Jefferson, Kinnelon, Pequannock, Ringwood, Riverdale, Wanaque and West Milford. Before 1903, when Butler High School first opened its doors, graduates of the Butler Grammar School attended Paterson High School, Butler school board officials said."
  7. ^ Staff. "ENROLLMENTS TAX SCHOOLS IN BERGEN; Auxiliary Rooms Are Being Converted for Classes and Construction Is Pushed", The New York Times, September 5, 1954. Accessed September 13, 2017. "Butler, in near-by Morris County, is taking drastic action to relieve congestion in its high school... Four of these 'sending districts' -- Riverdale, Jefferson Township, Kinnelon and Pequannock Township -- are in Morris County. The others -- Wanaque, Ringwood, West Milford and Bloomingdale -- are in Passaic County. Butler has given Pequannock Township and the four districts in Passaic until 1958 to complete withdrawal of their students."
  8. ^ History of BHS, Butler High School. Accessed September 13, 2017. "Until 1903, graduates of the Butler Grammar School attended Paterson High School. In 1903, the district's supervising principal, Mr. Clarence J. Howell, oversaw the establishment of Butler High School.... Ringwood, Wanaque and Pequannock withdrew in 1958, following by West Milford in 1962, and Kinnelon, Riverdale and Jefferson in 1964."
  9. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  10. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 23, 2012.
  11. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 22, 2011.
  12. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  13. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 15, 2012.
  14. ^ League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  15. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  16. ^ Home Page, Northern Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 28, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  17. ^ 2015 NJSIAA Field Hockey Tournament of Champions Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  19. ^ 2003 Girls Basketball - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2007.
  20. ^ 2003 Girls Basketball - Group I, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2007.
  21. ^ 2002 Girls Soccer - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2007.
  22. ^ 2004 Girls Soccer - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2007.
  23. ^ 2005 Girls Soccer - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2007.
  24. ^ Home Page, Butler High School. Accessed November 18, 2017.
  25. ^ Larry Hand, NJSports.com. Accessed November 18, 2017. "Larry Thomas Hand was born July 10, 1940 in Paterson and grew up in the nearby town of Butler. Larry was a late bloomer size-wise. When Larry enrolled at Butler High School in 1955, he stood 5'6" and weighed 135 pounds."
  26. ^ Dulavy, Ryan. "NFL personnel notice Butler grad Turzilli at Rutgers Pro Day", Daily Record (Morristown), March 5, 2015. Accessed May 27, 2017. "'I feel like (the key is) just getting an opportunity and I'll make the most of it,' said Turzilli, a Butler High School graduate who spent one year at Rutgers after transferring from Kansas."

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