Carteret High School

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Carteret High School
Carteret High School is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
Carteret High School
Carteret High School
Carteret High School is located in New Jersey
Carteret High School
Carteret High School
Carteret High School is located in the US
Carteret High School
Carteret High School
199 Washington Avenue
Carteret, NJ 07008
Type Public high school
Established 1929
School district Carteret School District
Principal David Salvatore
Vice principals Susan Ackerman
Tara Romero
Faculty 78.5 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,033 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.2:1[1]
Color(s)      Royal blue and
Athletics conference Greater Middlesex Conference
Team name Ramblers[2]

Carteret High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Carteret in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, as the lone secondary school of the Carteret School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.[3]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,033 students and 78.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. There were 548 students (53.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 127 (12.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in AP Biology. The Project Acceleration Program allows students to receive college credit from Seton Hall University and over 200 other colleges and universities. Schedule permitting, students may also earn college credits by attending classes at Middlesex County College.[4]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 261st-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 296th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 302nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 272nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 312th in the magazine's September 2010 issue, which surveyed 332 schools across the state.[8] ranked the school 270th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 17 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).[9]


The Carteret High School Ramblers[2] compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which includes public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[10] With 815 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]

School colors are royal blue and white. Sports offered include Softball, Bowling (men), Track and Field Spring (women), Soccer (women), Basketball (men), Football, Tennis (women), Soccer (men), Bowling (women), Wrestling (men), Track and Field Spring (men), Baseball (men) and Basketball (women).[2]

The boys basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1932 vs. Weehawken High School by a final score of 28-27[12] and the Group II title in 1934 with a victory over Ramsey High School in the tournament final.[13][14]

The football team won the NJSIAA state sectional championships in Central Jersey Group III in 1976 and in Central Jersey Group II in 1992, 1996, 2007 and 2012.[15] The 2007 football team won the Central Jersey, Group II state sectional championship with a 20-14 over Rumson-Fair Haven High School in a game played at Rutgers Stadium, The win was Carteret's fourth sectional title, and its first since 1996. The 2012 football team went undefeated at 12-0 and were crowned Central Jersey Group II champions as well. They beat Weequahic by the score of 13-12 in a game played at Metlife Stadium.[16][17]


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

  • David Salvatore - Principal
  • Susan Ackerman - Vice Principal
  • Tara Romero - Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Carteret High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Carteret High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Carteret High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 5, 2012.
  4. ^ District Information, Carteret School District. Accessed November 8, 2012.
  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 August 29, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed November 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2010: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed December 30, 2011.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2016.
  11. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Staff. "TRENTON'S QUINTET WINS JERSEY TITLE; Beats South Side of Newark, 36 to 30, to Take Class A High School Honors. CARTERET CLASS B VICTOR Downs Woodrow Wilson of Weehawken, 28 to 27 -- Class A Prep Crown to St. Benedict's.", The New York Times, March 20, 1932. Accessed October 28, 2015.
  13. ^ Staff. "TRENTON HIGH FIVE KEEPS STATE TITLE; Halts Union Hill, 29-19, to Score Third Year in Row in New Jersey Tourney.", The New York Times, March 18, 1934. Accessed October 28, 2015. "Carteret conquered Ramsey, 42-28, for the Group 2 high school title."
  14. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 28, 2015.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Moretti, Mike. "Lewin's TD lifts Carteret past Rumson", The Star-Ledger, December 3, 2007. Accessed December 3, 2007. "But with senior tailback Byron Lewin picking up 143 yards on 22 carries and scoring the winning touchdown with 2:18 to go, Carteret defeated Rumson, 20-14, in the NJSIAA/Gatorade Central Jersey, Group 2 championship game before 4,000 at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway. It was Carteret's first state title since 1996 and fourth in six final appearances."
  17. ^ 2007 Football - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 3, 2007.
  18. ^ Staff Directory, Carteret High School. Accessed October 28, 2015.
  19. ^ Cahillane, Kevin. "Not Fade Away: The Smithereens' Monument to Persistence", The New York Times, October 10, 2004. Accessed November 3, 2007. "The band formed in 1980 when three Carteret High School graduates (class of 1975) and childhood friends (Mr. Babjak, Dennis Diken on drums and Mike Mesaros on bass) met Pat DiNizio, a Scotch Plains singer-songwriter-garbage man."
  20. ^ Rutenberg, Jim. "At Fox News, the Colonel Who Wasn't", The New York Times, April 29, 2002. Accessed December 30, 2011. "Born in 1956, he graduated from Carteret High School in Carteret, N.J., military records show."
  21. ^ a b The Smithereens to perform 30th anniversary concert in Carteret, Borough of Carteret, press release dated July 20, 2010. Accessed November 26, 2014. "The Smithereens are known for writing and playing catchy 1960s-influenced power pop. Guitarist Jim Babjak , drummer Dennis Diken, and former bass player Mike Mesaros graduated Carteret High School in 1975, and formed the group with Scotch Plains singer Pat DiNizio in 1980."
  22. ^ Staff. "Ducky Medwick, Slugger For Gas House Gang, Dies", The New York Times, March 22, 1975. Accessed October 19, 2014. "Medwick was born in Carteret, N. J,. on Nov. 24, 1911, and went on to star at Carteret High School in track, football, basketball, and baseball."
  23. ^ Vrentas, Jenny. "Steelers draft Carteret product Jason Worilds in second round of NFL Draft", The Star-Ledger, April 23, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2010.

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