Cedar Grove High School (New Jersey)
|Cedar Grove High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Cedar Grove Schools|
|Vice principal||Steve Gallagher|
|Enrollment||503 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.1:1|
|Color(s)|| Black and|
|Athletics conference||Super Essex Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Cedar Grove High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from the Cedar Grove, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Cedar Grove Schools. "Committed to Excellence" is the school's motto. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1968.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 503 students and 41.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. There were 18 students (3.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 4 (0.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 103rd-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 74th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 103rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 70th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 55th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 171st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 79 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (78.9%) and language arts literacy (95.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Cedar Grove High School was originally named Memorial High School. With the establishment of Cedar Grove Memorial Middle School in the same building as the high school, the name of the high school was changed to Cedar Grove High School.
The Cedar Grove High School choirs (Select Choir and Concert Choir) and band are led and conducted by Jennifer Jessen-Foose. Choir members audition for prestigious choirs such as the NJ Region I Chorus or NJ All State Choir (NJMEA), or National American Honor Choir (NAfME) and many succeed in being accepted. The choir annually competes in choral competitions. The choir and band annually perform in various locations such as Europe. Annually, the Choir and Band hold 3 or 4 concerts: Winter, Spring, Musical (in Concert). The Cedar Grove High School's choirs and band have won many awards in previous years. The Cedar Grove High School's choir and band are committed to excellence.
The Cedar Grove High School Orchestra was formed in 1968. The current Conductor is Robert Savino. The orchestra continues to compete in competitions and play concerts yearly.
There were several years when the orchestra had no director and was completely student directed. This was done by a small group of students which consisted of 3 violins, one cello, one piano, and one bass. They were asked to perform throughout the community in the late 90's and continued to pursue music despite the school's inability to provide them with an adequate instructor.
The Cedar Grove High School Panthers compete in the Super Essex Conference which is made up of public and parochial high schools covering Essex County and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 371 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. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Colonial Hills Conference, which included schools in Essex County, Morris County and Somerset County in central North Jersey.
The softball team has won the Group I state championship in 1977 and 1979 (defeating Hammonton High School in the tournament final both years), 2015 (vs. Henry Hudson Regional High School) and 2017 (vs. Metuchen High School). In 1979, the softball team went undefeated, and finished the year ranked #1 in the state. In 2004, the softball team defeated Midland Park High School 2–0, to win the North I, Group I championship. The 2006 softball team returned as sectional champion, edging Wallington High School 5–4 in the tournament final. The team won the Group I state title in 2017 against Metuchen High School behind a 13-strikeout perfect game by pitcher Mia Faieta in the final game of the tournament. The team advanced to the inaugural New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association softball Tournament of Champions as the sixth seed, defeating third-seeded Group II champion Robbinsville High School by a score of 2-1 in the first round before failing to the second-seeded eventual champion Immaculate Heart Academy by 3-0 in the semifinal game, on three runs allowed in the game's first inning.
In 2007, Cedar Grove sophomore Matthew Giacobbe won the state sectional championship in the 3200m run in North I Group I.
The football team won the NJSIAA North II Group I state sectional championship in 1978, 1983, 2000, 2004, 2007, 2009 and 2011. The football team won the 2004 North II Group I state sectional championship with head coach Ed Sadloch by defeating Hoboken High School 6–0 in the tournament final. In 2007, the team defeated Belvidere High School 17–0 to win the North II, Group I state sectional championship in a game played at Rutgers Stadium. The win was the team's fifth sectional title, all of which have come without giving up a point, including shutouts in 1983, 2000 and 2004, and the team was declared champion in 1978 as the only team eligible for the playoffs in its section. In 2009, the football team beat Secaucus High School by a score of 30–14 at Giants Stadium to win the North II Group I state sectional title for the fourth time in the decade.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group III title in 1990. In 2016 and 2017, the wrestling team upset heavily favored Bound Brook High School in consecutive years to win the North II Group I sectional title.
The cheerleading team won the NJCDCA Group I state championship title in 2017.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Richard Mangili, Principal
- Steve Gallagher, Vice Principal
- Mark Burstein (class of 1979), President of Lawrence University.
- Amanda Freitag, celebrity chef featured on the Food Network.
- Ellen Kuras (born 1959), cinematographer,
- Jonathan Lebed (born 1984), stock trader prosecuted by the SEC at age 15 for stock manipulation.
- David Njoku (born 1996), tight end drafted 29th in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns.
- Kevin J. O'Toole (born 1966), member of the New Jersey Senate who served three terms as mayor of Cedar Grove.
- School data for Cedar Grove High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Cedar Grove High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 8, 2015.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 6, 2012.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Home Page, Colonial Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of November 19, 2010. Accessed December 15, 2014.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs[permanent dead link], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2017.
- 2004 Softball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 4, 2007.
- Miller, Sheila G. "Cedar Grove rallies in 7th - Erases Wallington lead to capture sectional crown", The Record (Bergen County), June 2, 2006. Accessed August 2, 2007. "After scoring first and holding a lead for most of the game, Wallington watched its sectional title hopes disappear Thursday as it lost a nail-biter in the North 1, Group 1 final to Cedar Grove, 5-4."
- 2006 Softball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 2, 2007.
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Repeating perfection: Mia Faieta's third perfect game wins Group 1 title for Cedar Grove", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 4, 2017. Accessed December 2, 2017. "It didn't occur to Mia Faieta that she was once again flirting with perfection until the seventh inning of Sunday's Group 1 final. Having thrown two perfect games and a no-hitter already this season, the feat is nothing new for the Cedar Grove sophomore. Faieta tossed a perfect game with 13 strikeouts as the Panthers, No. 20 in the NJ.com Top 20, blanked Metuchen, 4-0, to win the NJSIAA Group 1 title at Kean University on Sunday for their second state title in three years and fourth overall."
- Evans, Bill. "Mia Faieta, Cedar Grove advance in Softball Tournament of Champions with win over Robbinsville", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 6, 2017. Accessed December 2, 2017. "Mia Faieta continued her incredible postseason run and the sixth-seeded Cedar Grove High School softball team advanced in the Tournament of Champions with a 2-1 win over third-seeded Robbinsville on Tuesday night."
- Schneider, Jeremy. "No. 18 Immaculate Heart rides plate discipline into T of C final", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 7, 2017. Accessed December 2, 2017. "Cedar Grove pitcher Mia Faieta's utter dominance has been one of the biggest stories of the state tournament, as the sophomore threw a pair of perfect games en route to a Group 1 title. But on Wednesday in the Tournament of Champions, Immaculate Heart made sure the story was about its plate discipline. The Blue Eagles, No. 18 in the NJ.com Top 20, took advantage of an uncharacteristically wild first inning from Faieta en route to a 3-0 victory over No. 20 Cedar Grove in the NJSIAA Tournament of Championship semifinals at Ivy Hill Park."
- NJSIAA/Star-Ledger Track & Field Championship Sectionals - North I - Groups I and II - 5/25/2007 to 5/26/2007, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 8, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2004 Football Tournament - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 4, 2007.
- Behre, Bob. "Cedar Grove stymies Belvidere, 17-0", The Star-Ledger, December 3, 2007. Accessed December 3, 2007. "It stifled Belvidere's inside running game, blanketed its talented wideouts and frustrated the Warren County school at every turn en route to a 17–0 victory and Cedar Grove's fifth NJSIAA/Gatorade North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 championship yesterday at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway."
- 2007 Football - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 3, 2007.
- Pangilinan, Noel. "Cedar Grove tops Secaucus 30–14 in state championship", Veorna–Cedar Grove Times, December 4, 2009. Accessed January 9, 2012. "Cedar Grove defeated Secaucus, 30–14, to win the State's North II Group I football championship on Friday night at the Giants Stadium. The Panthers used their speed to neutralize the Patriots' size in bagging the school's fourth state title during the decade."
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 6, 2015.
- Staff. "Wrestling: Cedar Grove Wins Second Straight Sectional Title", Tap Into Verona / Cedar Grove, February 11, 2017. Accessed February 15, 2017. "For the second year in a row, No. 2 Cedar Grove took the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 title, defeating No. 1 Bound Brook 42-32 in Bound Brook on Friday night."
- 2003 Baseball Tournament - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 4, 2007.
- 2008 Boys Basketball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 9, 2008.
- Deegan, Matt. "Cedar Grove foils Verona for title", The Star-Ledger, March 5, 2008. Accessed March 9, 2008. "Cedar Grove scored the first five points of the second half and never surrendered the lead, defeating Verona, 43–34, in the NJSIAA/ShopRite North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 final to earn its first sectional championship in more than 30 years in front of two raucous student sections at St. Peter's College in Jersey City."
- 2017 NJCDCA Cheerleading State Champions, New Jersey Cheerleading and Dance Coaches Association, March 5, 2017. Accessed October 15, 2017.
- Board of Education, Cedar Grove Schools. Accessed October 15, 2017.
- "Princeton University executive vice president and Cedar Grove native Mark Burstein has been named Lawrence University's 16th president.", PR Newswire, December 13, 2012. Accessed February 13, 2016. "'I was drawn to Lawrence's rigorous academic environment, its commitment to providing an individualized learning experience to all students and its unique combination of a strong liberal arts education with a nationally-recognized conservatory of music,' said Burstein, a 1979 Memorial High School graduate."
- Rosenblum, Dan. "What's Amanda Freitag's secret ingredient? A dash of Cedar Grove", Verona-Cedar Grove Times, May 25, 2013. Accessed September 22, 2013. "However, her first taste in the cooking profession happened at Memorial High School (now Cedar Grove High School), when Freitag's home economics teacher told her about the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, N.Y."
- Staff. "Teen Stock Broker Profits from Manipulation", ABC News, October 20, 2000. Accessed October 15, 2017. "'Well, I'm not aware of one investor that exists that I cheated,' said Lebed, a junior at Cedar Grove High School."
- Aitken Jr., Robert. "Cedar Grove native David Njoku awaits call to NFL", The Record (Bergen County) April 26, 2017. Accessed April 28, 2017. "At Cedar Grove, Njoku was a 220-pound wide receiver and a track star, clearing a 7'1" high jump as a senior and clearing 6'11" at the 2014 New Balance Outdoor Nationals."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 296. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed February 13, 2016. "Born in Cedar Grove Oct 5., 1964, the assemblyman attended Cedar Grove High School."