Cliffside Park High School
|Cliffside Park High School|
538 Palisade Avenue|
Cliffside Park, NJ 07010
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Cliffside Park School District|
|Enrollment||1,121 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Team name||Red Raiders|
|Publication||The Cliffside Courier|
Cliffside Park High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Cliffside Park, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Cliffside Park School District.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,121 students and 84.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.3:1. There were 595 students (53.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 121 (10.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. As of the 2011-12 school year, 36.1% of students at the high school spoke English as their first language at home, while 44.4% spoke Spanish, 4.4% speak Arabic, 3.8% speak Portuguese, 1.9% speak Korean, 1.9% speak Turkish and 7.6% speak other languages. Among the graduates of the Class of 2010, 51.2% planned to attend four-year colleges, while 38.5% planned on attending two-year colleges.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 297th-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 256th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 235th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 220th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 195th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Cliffside Park High School Red Raiders compete in the Big North Conference following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 862 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. Cliffside Park had previously competed in the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Conference, which included private and public high schools located in Bergen County and Hudson County.
The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championships in 1941 vs. Bound Brook High School, 1943 vs. Merchantville High School, 1946 vs. Woodrow Wilson High School, 1948 vs. Edison High School, 1954 vs. Linden High School and 1955 vs. Springfield High School, and won the Group II title in 1971 vs. Haddon Heights High School.
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group III state sectional championships in 1977.
The 2007 boys soccer team won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over Hackettstown High School in the tournament final for the team's second sectional title, the program's only other win coming in 1992 when it won the North I, Group III sectional title. The 2008 team shared the Group II state championship with Delran High School after a 2-2 tie in which Cliffside Park took a 2-1 lead with a goal with 74 seconds left in regulation but Delran tied the score with a goal nine seconds later. In 2010, the team won its four consecutive state sectional title with a 3-1 win against Bernards High School. The 2010 boys soccer team was recognized by The Record as the North Jersey Boys Soccer Team of the Year after winning the Group II state championship with a 1-0 win over Haddon Heights High School, the first sole possession of the state title in the program's history after sharing the Group II title in 2008.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Lawrence Pinto, Principal
- John Lombardo, Vice Principal
- Kenneth Schmitt, Vice Principal
- Nick Borelli (1905-1992), professional football player who spent one season in the National Football League with the Newark Tornadoes in 1930.
- Gerald Calabrese (born 1925), longtime mayor of Cliffside Park, who played in the NBA for two seasons with the Syracuse Nationals.
- Bruce Elia (born 1953), former NFL linebacker, primarily with the San Francisco 49ers.
- Luke Higgins (1921–1991), football guard who played one season with the Baltimore Colts of the All-America Football Conference.
- Ed Mioduszewski (born 1931), quarterback in the NFL for the Baltimore Colts.
- Joe Pantoliano (born 1951), character actor.
- Patrick J. Roma (1949-2017), lawyer and politician who represented the 38th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1988 to 1997.
- Ted Rzempoluch (born 1941), defensive back in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
- School data for Cliffside Park High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Cliffside Park High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- Profile 2013 – 2014, Cliffside Park High School. Accessed November 19, 2014. "Cliffside Park is a residential community of approximately 23,600 residents and a geographical size of one square mile. It is a suburb of and less than one mile from New York City. The neighboring town of Fairview is a K – 8 district and Cliffside Park is the receiving district for Fairview's 9 – 12 students. Fairview has a population of approximately 13,600."
- Cliffside Park High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 25, 2016. "Cliffside Park High School services approximately 1135 students of Cliffside Park and the neighboring community of Fairview."
- Cliffside Park High School 2011-2012 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 13, 2013.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 21, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, 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.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
- Staff. "Cliffside captures first title since '92", The Record (Bergen County), November 10, 2007. Accessed May 26, 2016. "Jaafar scored on a header in the 57th minute Friday to give the top-seeded Red Raiders a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Hackettstown in the North 2, Group 2 final at Cliffside Park. This marked Cliffside Park's second sectional title and first since it won the North 1, Group 3 crown in 1992, coach Jim Fucci said."
- Staff. "Late goal gives Delran share of title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 23, 2008. Accessed July 25, 2011. "The Delran boys' soccer team admittedly was deflated after Cliffside Park took a 2-1 lead yesterday with 74 seconds remaining in regulation of their Group 2 state title game at Hillsborough High. What looked like a grim situation turned into an improbable comeback, which is why the Bears didn't mind sharing the championship after playing to a 2-2 tie with Cliffside Park through regulation and two overtime periods."
- Lewis, John. "Delran's Allibone fulfills role of captain to the end", Burlington County Times, November 24, 2008. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Beyond his defensive contributions, Bob Allibone took it upon himself to be the one who rallied the Delran High School boys soccer team after it fell behind with just 1:14 remaining in Saturday's state Group 2 championship game.Dominic Nocito, who re-tied the game nine seconds later, said it was Allibone, a senior captain, who rallied the team at that point and got them ready for one more run ..."
- Staff. "Cliffside Park rallies to capture North 2, Group 2 title", The Record (Bergen County), November 12, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "Cliffside Park's seniors completed their sweep Thursday, coming back with three goals in the second half to beat Bernards, 3-1, and win their fourth consecutive North 2, Group 2 boys soccer championship."
- Giuffra, Brian A. "Boys soccer Team of the Year: Cliffside Park", The Record (Bergen County), December 14, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "It won three straight State sectional titles, three straight league titles, been to two straight Group 2 championships and shared a Group 2 title. But even with that success, the Red Raiders never were content, even when it seemed things couldn't get any better. This year, they did. Cliffside Park put together the best season in school history and earned the North Jersey Boys Soccer Team of the Year honor after duplicating its success from the last three years and finishing the season with its first Group 2 championship in school history."
- Staff. "Haddon Heights falls to Cliffside Park in Group 2 boys' soccer championship", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 22, 2010. Accessed July 25, 2011. "A Cliffside Park team that played picturesque possession soccer used a first-half goal from Exau Paz and defeated Haddon Heights, 1-0, in Sunday's state Group 2 championship at the College of New Jersey."
- High School Faculty, Cliffside Park High School. Accessed March 14, 2018.
- Nick Borelli, Pro Football Archives. Accessed September 10, 2017.
- Tribute To Gerald Calabrese -- Hon. Robert G. Torricelli, United States House of Representatives, March 13, 1991. Accessed June 2, 2007. "I have known Gerry Calabrese for many years. He has been a leader in Cliffside Park, NJ since he led Cliffside Park High School to a State basketball championship."
- Bruce Elia Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 14, 2018.
- Levin, Jay. "Alan 'Bucky' Kempton, former HS football coach, dies at 78", Bergen.com, March 10, 2009. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Alan 'Bucky' Kempton, who coached Cliffside Park High School football for 14 years and led the squad to a state title in 1977, died Friday. He was 78 and lived in Gettysburg, Pa.... One of Mr. Kempton's players from 1969-71, Bruce Elia, had a pro career with the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers."
- Luke Higgins Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 14, 2018.
- Ed Mioduszewski Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 14, 2018.
- Smith, Ray. "'Hoboken was a very wild community' Actor Joe Pantoliano inspires; honored at the Boys and Girls Club", The Hudson Reporter, December 12, 2010. Accessed September 10, 2017. "Pantoliano and his lifelong friend Rich Pepe have teamed up to create their own pasta sauce (or gravy, depending on your ethnicity) called 'Pepe and Pants Pasta Sauce,' of which 100 percent of the net proceeds are donated to 'No Kidding, Me Too!' The two men graduated from Cliffside Park High School together after their families moved from Hoboken."
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Volume 206, p. 271. J.A. Fitzgerald., 1994. Accessed August 27, 2018. "Assemblyman Roma was born in New York City July 20, 1949. He attended Cliffside Park High School and Seton Hall University. He received his law degree at Samford University, Birmingham, Ala., and a post-graduate law degree at NYU."
- Ted Rzempoluch Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 14, 2018.
- Staff. "Prep Finds He Has Broken Leg--4 Games Later", Chicago Tribune, November 20, 1958. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Ted Rzempoluch, Cliffside Park High school football player, was hurt four games ago, but no matter. In three games since, Rzempoluch, who plays fullback, has become his team's leading scorer, with 42 points."