Central High School (Newark, New Jersey)

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Central High School, Newark
Central High School, Newark is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Central High School, Newark
Central High School, Newark
Central High School, Newark is located in New Jersey
Central High School, Newark
Central High School, Newark
Central High School, Newark is located in the US
Central High School, Newark
Central High School, Newark
246 18th Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07108
Type Public high school
Established 1911[1]
Principal Sharnee Brown
Vice principals Brenda Lee
Terri Mitchell
Faculty 87.0 FTEs[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 766 (as of 2014-15)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 8.8:1[2]
Color(s)      Columbia blue and
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Team name Blue Devils[3]

Central High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Newark, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 766 students and 87.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.8:1. There were 618 students (80.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 19 (2.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 300th-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.[4] The school had been ranked 277th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 274th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 278th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 304th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]


Central is made up of three academic academies. The pre-engineering, the liberal arts academy and the health/dental sciences academy. Students choose their career track once they have enrolled and began the academic year.

Some aspects of the pre-engineering academy curriculum are; Computer-aided drafting, Computer integrated manufacturing, Introduction to engineering design, digital electronics, and Principles of engineering. These courses expose students to the instruments and practices that may be used when they enter the field of engineering.

Project Grad Scholarship[edit]

Central students are given the opportunity to earn a scholarship towards their college education, called the Project Grad Newark College Scholarship [1]. The students and the students' parents read and sign a pledge stating that the student will meet minimum requirements. Some include; maintaining an average GPA of 2.5 or better, completing two college-bound summer institutes, graduating in four years. When the student completes these requirements, they are awarded $6,000 which is paid in installments over the span of four years to the college they plan to attend.


The Central High School Blue Devils[3] compete in the Super Essex Conference, which includes public and private high schools in Essex County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 584 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 504 to 770 students in that grade range.[9] Before the 2009 realignment, the school had competed in the Mountain Valley Conference, which consisted of public and parochial high schools covering Union County and Essex County in northern New Jersey.[10]

Athletic programs offered at the school include:[3]

  • Fall sports: Football, Cross Country, Soccer, Cheerleading and Girls Volleyball
  • Winter sports: Boys Basketball, Bowling, Indoor Track, Girls Basketball and Cheerleading
  • Spring sports: Baseball, Track and Field

The school's football team won the 1924 state football championship, defeating Asbury Park High School by a score of 39-0, in a game that was mandated by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association after the two teams ended the regular season tied in the standings.[11]

The boys basketball team won the Group IV championship in 1947 against Union Hill High School, in both 1963 and 1964 against Hillside High School and in 2001 against Ewing High School.[12]

The girls track team won the Group III indoor relay state championships in 1982 and 1989, and in Group II in 1983.[13]

The boys basketball team won the 2006 North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 65-48 win over Madison High School.[14]


Core members of the school's administration are:

  • Sharnee Brown, Principal[15]
  • Brenda Lee, Vice Principal[16]
  • Terri Mitchell, Vice Principal[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Joe Louis Clark (born 1938), educator and former principal, who is also an author and motivational speaker.[17]
  • Al DeRogatis (1927-1995), football player who later became a television and radio sportscaster.[18]
  • Kenneth A. Gibson (born 1932), former Mayor of Newark.[19]
  • DeMingo Graham (born 1973), NFL athlete who has played for the Houston Texans.[20]
  • Dore Schary (1905-1980), motion picture director, writer, and producer, and playwright who became head of production at Metro-Goldwyn Mayer and eventually president of the studio.[21]


  1. ^ History Archived June 25, 2013, at the Wayback Machine., Central High School. Accessed May 6, 2013. "Central High School, founded in 1911, is located in Newark, New Jersey: the largest school district in the state and one of the oldest systems in New Jersey, dating back to 1676."
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Central High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Central High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed August 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  9. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Home Page, Mountain Valley Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "NEWARK TEAM WINS NEW JERSEY TITLE; Central High School Beats Asbury Park, 39-0, for Scholastic Football Honors.", The New York Times, December 7, 1924. Accessed September 30, 2015. "The Newark Central High School eleven yesterday won the interscholastic football championship of New Jersey, defeating the eleven representing the Asbury Park High School before a crowd of 8,000 persons in the stadium at East Orange, N.J. The final score was 39 to 0."
  12. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  13. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  14. ^ 2006 Boys Basketball - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 7, 2007.
  15. ^ Principal’s Message, Central High School. Accessed December 13, 2016.
  16. ^ a b Vice Principals, Central High School. Accessed December 13, 2016.
  17. ^ Kwiatkowski, Jane. "A Principled Man", Buffalo News, July 1, 1990. Accessed May 6, 2013. "Was getting tough the answer for Joe Clark? The former high school principal and Army drill instructor made his name nine years ago in Paterson, N.J., as a hard-nosed disciplinarian.... All you have to do is call Central High School in Newark. That was an all-white school, and ironically I was No. 6 in my class."
  18. ^ via Associated Press. "Al DeRogatis, 68, Sports Broadcaster", The New York Times, December 28, 1995. Accessed October 15, 2013. "Born in Newark, DeRogatis attended Central High School."
  19. ^ Staff. "No. 1 in Newark Vote; Kenneth Allen Gibson", The New York Times, May 14, 1970. Accessed May 6, 2013. "While attending Central High School, Mr. Gibson played the saxophone in a dance band to help support the family."
  20. ^ Staff. "Chargers' draft mistakes are a boon to free agents", The San Diego Union-Tribune, December 2, 1999. Accessed May 6, 2013. "DeMingo Graham grew up in Newark, NJ, and lettered in football, wrestling and track and field at Central High School."
  21. ^ Phillips, McCandlish. "Schary Named City's First Cultural Chief", The New York Times, February 25, 1970. Accessed May 6, 2013. "He was born in Newark and attended Newark Central High School, dropping out at 14 to work but later making up the missed credits."

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