Clifton High School (New Jersey)
|Clifton High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Clifton Public Schools|
|Vice principals||Ahmad Hamdeh (South)|
Patrica DeLotto (Central)
Luis Ros (North)
Susan Schnepf (East)
Pete Cumba (Annex)
|Enrollment||3,036 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.4:1|
|Color(s)|| Maroon and|
|Athletics||Big North Conference|
Clifton High School (CHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from the city of Clifton in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Clifton Public Schools. It has the largest student body in a single facility amongst high schools in New Jersey; Elizabeth High School had more students, but its students have been spread over multiple campuses. An additional overflow site, the Clifton High School Annex, was constructed at a cost of $17 million and opened in September 2009 to accommodate 540 of the school year's 850 incoming freshmen to alleviate overcrowding.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,036 students and 226.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.4:1. There were 1,402 students (46.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 265 (8.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 239th-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 274th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 259th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 223rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 280th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Clifton High School is divided into four wings; North, Central, South and East. Between the South and East wings, the William F. Shershin Memorial Technology and Media Center provides students access to many books, music, movies and computers with internet access.
Due to overcrowding, a walkway that runs alongside the four wings was added. There is also an annex building which now contains ASPIRE students. Originally, it had both freshmen students and ASPIRE students in the building.
The Clifton High School Mustangs compete in over 50 sport programs as part of the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 2,370 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,290 to 2,568 students in that grade range. For the 2009-10 season, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, an interim conference established to facilitate realignment. Prior to the reorganization, the school had participated in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) an athletic conference of twenty high schools in Bergen County and Passaic County.
Interscholastic athletics offered at the school include:
- Fall sports include boys' and girls' cross country, girls' gymnastics, football, girls' Volleyball, girls' tennis, boys' and girls' soccer, and marching band.
- Winter sports include hockey, boys' and girls' indoor track, wrestling, basketball, swimming, and bowling.
- Spring sports include baseball, boys' volleyball, boys' and girls' outdoor track, boys' and girls' lacrosse, boys' tennis, softball, and golf.
The boys' baseball team won the North I Group IV state sectional championships in 1960 and 1961.
The boys' bowling team won the state championships in 1970, 1980, 2000 and 2002. The four state team titles are tied for third most of all high schools in the state.
The boys' wrestling team won the North I Group IV state sectional title in 1984, 1986 and 2014.
The boys' cross country team won the NNJIL for eight years in a row (1998–2006) and the girls' team won for three years (2004–2007).
The 2007 girls' softball team won the North I, Group IV Softball sectional championship with a 10–0 win over top-seeded Bloomfield High School. The team moved on to win the Group IV state championship defeating North Hunterdon High School and then Toms River High School East in the final game, both by a score of 2–0.
The 2007 boys' soccer team, under the direction of Coach Joe Vespignani, won the North I, Group IV state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over defending Group IV state champion West Orange High School in the tournament final. In the state semi-final, Clifton defeated Columbia High School by an identical 1–0 score. The spectacular goal was scored by Manuel Caicedo with a brilliant Bicycle Kick from the penalty spot. Manny Caicedo was named Passaic County Player of the Year and Second Team All State. The team moved on to share the Group IV state championship with a 1-1 tie against Manalapan High School.
The 2008 boys' soccer team repeated as the North I, Group IV state sectional champion with a 3–2 overtime win against North Bergen High School. In the state semi-final, Clifton defeated Elizabeth High School 2–1 in overtime in a match-up of the two largest high schools in the state, before falling in the state final to Rancocas Valley Regional High School by a score of 2–0.
The 2009 boys' soccer team completed a threepeat as the North I, Group IV state sectional champion with a 3–0 win over Livingston High School. In the state semi-final, Clifton defeated Ridge High School 1–0 in double overtime, before falling in the state final to Toms River High School South by a score of 1–0, a goal was the only goal allowed through the five games of the state tournament, in a season in which Clifton had a record of 19–6–1, including 16 shutouts. The team averaged 20 wins a season over the three-year period. In Coach Vespignani's eight years at the helm, the team is a combined 149–36–7.
The Clifton boys' soccer team won the Passaic County Championship for nine consecutive years, from 1997 to 2005, before their streak was ended by Wayne Valley, which had lost to Clifton in the tournament finals in both 2004 and 2005 before defeating Clifton in both 2006 and 2007.
The girls' soccer team at Clifton, under Coach Dan Chilowicz, shared the Passaic County Championship title with Wayne Valley High School in 2007 with a deadlocked score of 0–0. The girls' team, led by Stan Lembryk, was declared county co-champion again in 2009 after a 1–1 tie with Wayne Hills High School.
Clifton High School has over 60 clubs. In its auditoriums, many plays and dance performances are held, many occurring annually. The Chemistry II "Dream Team" members came in second out of 127 schools in the state science competition in 2011.
The Clifton High School Mustang Marching Band, "The Showband of the Northeast", is modeled after the fast-paced, high-stepping, Big-10 bands. It was under the leadership of band director Robert D. Morgan from 1972 through 2013–14. The band is currently under the direction of Bryan Stepneski, a Clifton Mustang Band alumnus. The group forms the letters "C-H-S", similar to the script "O-H-I-O" of The Ohio State University Marching Band. The marching band unravels from a tight block, following one another, forming the school's initials in cursive. The band is showcased in many venues within the city of Clifton. It appears annually in the North Jersey Band Festival, (formally known as the Clifton Band Festival, or Herald News Band Festival) the West Milford Military Tattoo, all Clifton High School football games, and city parades. The Clifton High School Mustang Band has traveled extensively across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, and Canada. The Clifton High School Mustang Marching Band won first place in "Best in Parade" during the 2007 and 2008 Columbus Day Parade in New York City, second place in the 2009 Columbus Day Parade, and first place again in 2010. They won first place in the Columbus Day Parade in 2014. In 2016, the band won second place in the Columbus Day Parade once again. Among the other activities in Clifton High School, the city of Clifton placed the marching band on its list of the most recognized activities in the city of Clifton.
Marine Corps Junior ROTC
Core members of the school's administration include:
- Michael Doktor, Principal chosen in June 2017 to succeed the principal who retired.
- Peter J. Cumba, Vice Principal (Annex)
- Patrica DeLotto, Vice Principal (Central Wing)
- Ahmad Hamdeh, Vice Principal (South Wing)
- Luis Ros, Vice Principal (North Wing)
- Susan Schnepf, Vice Principal (East Wing)
- Greg Bajek (born 1968), retired soccer player, coach and team owner who played professionally in the American Professional Soccer League and owned a franchise in the USL Premier Development League.
- Sofia Black-D'Elia (born 1991), actress who has appeared as Tea Marvelli in Skins, Sage Spence in Gossip Girl and Andrea Cornish in The Night Of.
- Jonathan Borrajo (born 1987), professional soccer player, who currently plays for Miami F.C. in the NASL
- John J. Cali (1918-2014), real estate developer.
- Russ Carroccio (1931-1994), American football offensive lineman who played in the NFL for the New York Giants and the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Dan Garrett, head football coach at Kean University.
- Bob Holly (born 1960), former American football quarterback in the NFL for the Washington Redskins, Philadelphia Eagles and Atlanta Falcons.
- Chris Karcz (born 1983), former professional soccer midfielder/forward
- Wojtek Krakowiak (born 1976), football (soccer) midfielder who was the head coach of the Montana State University Billings women's soccer team after playing professionally in Major League Soccer.
- Stan Lembryk (born 1969), retired professional soccer player.
- Ernest Mario (born 1938), pharmaceutical executive
- Ronald F. Maxwell (born 1949), director and producer of several movies, including the 2003 Civil War film Gods and Generals
- Larry Mialik (born 1950), tight end who played for the Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers.
- Matt Miazga (born 1995), professional soccer player who played for the New York Red Bulls.
- Nikki Phillips (born 1987), soccer defender and midfielder who plays with FC Kansas City in the National Women's Soccer League.
- Giuseppe Rossi (born 1987), American-born Italian soccer player, who currently plays for ACF Fiorentina.
- Ed Sanicki (1923-1998), former MLB outfielder.
- Jon Seda (born 1970), actor best known for his role as Detective Paul Falsone on NBC's Homicide: Life on the Street
- Dave Szott (born 1967), offensive lineman who played for the New York Jets
- Dave White (born 1979), Derringer Award-winning mystery writer
- Ivan Wilzig (born 1956), techno mix musician known as Peaceman
- School data for Clifton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Clifton High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
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- Gicas, Tony. "Clifton High annex nearly ready", The Record (Bergen County), July 14, 2009. Accessed August 21, 2014. "The Clifton High School annex building, a lightning rod for controversy since its approval in 2004, is complete and almost ready to be occupied.... The $17 million school at 290 Brighton Road, in the renovated former Mayer Textile building, will hold about 540 of the total 850 freshmen expected to be enrolled for classes in September."
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- Bondy, Stefan. "Clifton rallies, captures share of State crown", Herald News, November 17, 2007. Accessed December 8, 2015. "The Mustangs had plenty of reasons to celebrate their 1-1 tie with Manapalan in Friday's Group 4 boys soccer final. Few expected them to be in this position, raising a trophy for their first State title in 13 years (albeit as co-champions)."
- Staff. "Clifton 3, North Bergen 2", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Milton Gutierrez scored with three minutes remaining in the second overtime period to secure Clifton's 2–1 victory over North Bergen and the NJSIAA/MAC Testing North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship yesterday in North Bergen."
- Staff. "Red Devils fulfill season of promise, Ryan Finley scored both goals to give Rancocas Valley the state Group 4 crown.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 22, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "With Ryan Finley scoring both goals, Rancocas Valley beat Clifton, 2–0, last night at the College of New Jersey for the state Group 4 championship. Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey since the preseason, Rancocas Valley won its second state title after earning a co-championship in Group 4 in 2004."
- Staff. "Boys Soccer - 2009 NJSIAA Tournament - North 1, Group 4 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Boys Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Victor Manosalvas, a senior midfielder, scored twice and junior midfielder Oscar Gonzalez also scored as Clifton won its third consecutive NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 championship with a 3–0 victory over Livingston yesterday in Clifton."
- Karn, Jeff. "Toms River South 1, Clifton 0", The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "Chrashewsky scored the winning goal with 24:55 on the clock in the second half and O'Neill made 10 saves to lead Toms River South to a 1–0 victory over Clifton in the final of the NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank Group 4 final in front of 500 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing.... On the other hand, Clifton (19–6–1) entered the group final having posted 16 shutouts, including all four of state playoff games... Clifton was appearing in its third straight Group 4 final after tying Manalapan, 1–1, in 2007 and dropping a 2–0 decision to Rancocas Valley a year ago."
- Schutta, Gregory. "Clifton, Wayne Valley advance to Passaic County final", The Record (Bergen County), October 17, 2010. Accessed June 21, 2011. "It will be the first time the two teams meet in the final since playing each other in four straight from 2004 through 2007. Wayne Valley won back-to-back titles in 2006 and 2007, ending Clifton's streak of nine straight County titles."
- Stamboulian, Rich. "Wayne Hills shares Passaic County title with Clifton", Wayne Today, October 29, 2009. Accessed June 21, 2011. "In a result that seemingly pleased no one, Wayne Hills and Clifton battled to a 1-1 overtime tie in Saturday's Passaic County final and were declared Co-Champions. It was the sixth time in tournament history that the championship game went to overtime with two of those ending in ties. Clifton was a part of two of those games having tied Wayne Hills in a scoreless battle at Hawthorne in 2003 and having tied Wayne Valley in 2007."
- Gicas, Tony. "CHS chemistry 'dream team' makes district proud ", Clifton Journal, May 27, 2011. Accessed December 8, 2015. "Led by Vetri Velan and Kevin Lorenc, this year's valedictorian and salutatorian, the Chemistry II team fought its way to the number two overall ranking in the state amongst 127 schools."
- Staff. "Mustang Band orientation scheduled for June 6", Clifton Journal, June 3, 2011. Accessed June 20, 2011. "The Mustang Marching Band performs at all high school football games as well as at various parades and special events. Known as the Showband of the Northeast and The Pride of Clifton, the band will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2013."
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- Gicas, Tony. "Clifton High School principal officially removed", Clifton Journal, June 28, 2013. Accessed July 2, 2013. "Although many students and residents converged on the Board of Education's administration building last Wednesday evening to plead for the reappointment of Clifton High School's former principal. As his replacement, Superintendent Richard Tardalo put forward elementary School 17 Principal Anthony Orlando, a Clifton native who graduated through the school system and has worked in the district as an administrator for several years."
- "Icon FC Will Host Stal Mielec of Poland This Saturday In Clifton, NJ", The Post-Eagle, June 13, 2016. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Bajek is a Clifton High School graduate who earned all-state honors for the Mustangs, and was a three-time All-American at Kean University before launching a long professional career in Poland and the U.S. 'Clifton will always be home. I was raised here, learned to play soccer here and now very proud to return with a professional team and the opportunity to showcase world-class soccer matches at Clifton High School Stadium.'"
- Cotter, Kelly-Jane. "Jersey Girl has starring role in Project Almanac", Asbury Park Press, January 27, 2015. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Clifton's Sofia Black D'Elia stars in sci-fi thriller Project Almanac.... A graduate of Clifton High School, D'Elia might be recognizable to soap opera fans through her breakthrough role as Bailey Wells on All My Children."
- Fensom, Michale J. "Red Bulls sign Clifton native Jonathan Borrajo", The Star-Ledger, January 5, 2012. Accessed November 12, 2013. "Jonathan Borrajo, a former standout at Clifton High School, signed today with the Red Bulls, the team announced through a press release."
- https://www.montclair.edu/emails/03052014/therecord_johnjcali.pdf "Office real estate magnate John Cali dies at 95"], The Record (Bergen County), February 4, 2013, copied by Montclair State University. Accessed September 17, 2018. "John Cali graduated from Clifton High School, and worked his way through Indiana University by playing saxophone and clarinet."
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- Szieber, Tom. "Assistant football coaches make impact for Clifton", The Record (Bergen County), October 10, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2018. "And as far as Anthony, he got educated by [former Clifton graduate and current head football coach at Kean University] Dan Garrett."
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- Staff. "Clifton's Karcz joining Red Bulls", The Record (Bergen County), July 3, 2007. Accessed July 28, 2007. "Clifton native Chris Karcz, who played at Rutgers, has been signed by the Red Bulls.... The midfielder/forward was a three-time All-Big East Conference selection at Rutgers and was a first-team All-American in his senior year at Clifton High School."
- Wojtek Krakowiak, Rutgers-Newark Scarlet Raiders. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Krakowiak, a native of Poland who played high school soccer at Clifton High School, went on to Clemson University, where in 1998, he scored 31 goals, earning First Team All-America honors and more importantly, was presented with the Hermann Trophy, symbolic of being the top college soccer player in the country."
- Szieber, Tom. "Clifton's 2001 team set standard for girls soccer program", The Record (Bergen County), July 14, 2017. Accessed September 6, 2017. "A 1987 Clifton High School graduate who was a star player under his mentor, Lembryk took the job on a mission to put the girls on par with the boys team on which he played (and now coaches), as well a contender on the girls circuit."
- Ratish, Robert. "Pharmacy Graduate Pledges $5m Shot In Arm For Rutgers -- School To Be Renamed For Former Clifton Man", The Record (Bergen County), December 16, 2001. Accessed May 13, 2007. "...graduated from Clifton High School when he was 16 years old..."
- Biography: Ronald F. Maxwell - Narrator Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., Horses of Gettysburg. Accessed June 17, 2007. "Ronald F. Maxwell is the son of a World War II veteran and a French war bride. He grew up in New Jersey where he graduated from Clifton High School."
- Doherty, Justin. What It Means to Be a Badger: Barry Alvarez and Wisconsin's Greatest Players, p. 69. Triumph Books, 2011. ISBN 9781617495373. Accessed September 29, 2016. "So I really didn't start until I was a sophomore at Clifton High School in Clifton, New Jersey."
- Cowen, Richard. "Passaic soccer kids meet Clifton player who made it to the Red Bulls" Archived 2017-02-17 at the Wayback Machine., The Record (Bergen County), August 13, 2015. Accessed February 16, 2017. "Miazga said he played for Clifton High School for one year before moving on to the Red Bulls development program."
- Howell, John. "Red Star Nikki Krysik: Living The Dream", Bleacher Report, June 30, 2009. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Hailing from Clifton, NJ, where Nikki attended Clifton High School, she was named the 2004 NSCAA Athlete of the Year. She was a two-time Parade magazine All-American, and holds school records at Clifton for most goals in a season (21) and in a career (55)."
- Lawlor, Christopher. "Women's Soccer: Former Clifton High School star Krzysik lands in Seattle", Clifton Journal, February 7, 2013. Accessed November 12, 2013. "She graduated from Clifton High in 2005, where she was selected twice Parade All-American. She collected 55 career goals with the Mustangs and helped them reach the Group 4 state championship match in 2001."
- Bergeron, Tom. "Clifton's Rossi does it again, scores for Italy in men's soccer", The Star-Ledger, August 10, 2008. Accessed June 21, 2011. "The U.S. team has dreamed of having Giuseppe Rossi in its international pool of players.... Rossi, who played at Clifton High School but was born in Italy, scored his second goal in two games to help Italy clinch a quarterfinal berth with a 3-0 victory over South Korea."
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- Moss, Linda. "Actor Jon Seda felt special connection to World War II hero John Basilone, in HBO's The Pacific", NewJerseyNewsroom.com, May 30, 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 11, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Seda himself was especially moved by the reaction of Charles Tatum, who actually served with Basilone and was on Iwo Jima with him. Tatum, who is portrayed in The Pacific, visited the set of the miniseries when it was shooting in Los Angeles. Seda said that Tatum shook his hand and said, 'We're all in agreement: You're John.' The actor, a graduate of Clifton High School, was left speechless by Tatum's praise."
- Eskenazi, Gerald. "Pro Football: Jets Turn Attention to Offense", The New York Times, March 13, 2002. Accessed June 21, 2011. "The Jets met yesterday with Bob Hallen of the Falcons, who was a second-round pick in 1998; will meet later this week with Chris Naeole, a first-round pick of the Saints in 1997; and Dave Szott, a 31-year-old who started 16 games last year with the Redskins. Szott, who played at Clifton High School in New Jersey, knows Jets General Manager Terry Bradway from their days together at Kansas City."
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- Cook, Michael. "Sir Ivan", Get Out! magazine, September 27, 2012. Accessed September 17, 2018. "I was born in Newark, went to Clifton High School and worked for 20 years in the family business, Trust Company Bank, 'The Bank with Heart,' which was headquartered in Jersey City and had 100 branches in the northern half of the state when it was sold to North Fork Bank (now Capital One)."