Colonia High School
|Colonia High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Woodbridge Township School District|
|Principal||Kenneth D. Pace Sr.|
|Vice principals||Jennifer Murphy|
|Enrollment||1,360 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.3:1|
|Color(s)|| Blue and|
|Athletics conference||Greater Middlesex Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Colonia High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades in the Colonia section of Woodbridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States. It operates as part of the Woodbridge Township School District, along with two other high schools, John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and Woodbridge High School. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1973.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,360 students and 120.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. There were 312 students (22.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 124 (9.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 127th-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 182nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 192nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 188th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 208th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 93rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 61 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.2%) and language arts literacy (97.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Colonia High School Patriots compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which includes 33 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). With 1,012 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.
The school operates as the host school / lead agency for a cooperative ice hockey program with John F. Kennedy Memorial High School and Woodbridge High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1984 and won the Group II title in 2012.
In 2008, the Patriots finished their basketball season with a record of 22-7. This included a state tournament semi-final win against the seventh-ranked team in the state of New Jersey, Rahway High School. In the 07-08 school year, Colonia High School introduced three new sports, volleyball (boys and girls), ice hockey and swimming.
In 2015, the football team finished the season with an 11-1 record and went to the North II, Group III state sectional championship and lost to Phillipsburg High School in overtime by a score of 28-21 in the tournament final.
Colonia High School's official newsletter is titled The Declaration.
The Arch is Colonia High School's annual yearbook. In addition to the physical yearbook, the yearbook club has worked to develop an interactive yearbook CD.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Kenneth D. Pace Sr., Principal
- Jennifer Murphy, Vice Principal
- Jamison Panko, Vice Principal
- Tom Higgins (born 1954), NFL and Canadian football player and coach.
- Stewart Krentzman (born 1951, class of 1969), business executive.
- Eric LeGrand (born 1990), college football player who suffered a severe spinal injury during a game for the Rutgers Scarlet Knights football team.
- Glen Mason (born 1950), sports commentator and football coach.
- Zack Rosen (born 1989), basketball player for Maccabi Ashdod in the Israeli Basketball Premier League.
- Dagmara Wozniak (born 1988, class of 2006), sabre fencer named to the U.S. Olympic team at the 2008 Summer Olympics in women's sabre competition as a substitute and as a competitor at the 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011[permanent dead link], Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 2, 2012.
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- Hinkel, Tom. "Phillipsburg football team works overtime to defeat Colonia for second straight sectional title", The Express-Times, December 6, 2014. Accessed December 13, 2016. "Guarino scored on a 1-yard sneak in overtime and the defense then came up with a big stand as the Stateliners held on for a dramatic 28-21 victory over Colonia in the NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 title game at Rutgers University's High Point Solutions Stadium.... Colonia (11-1), which also enjoyed an outstanding season, rallied from a 21-6 halftime deficit to send the game into overtime."
- Home page, Colonia High School. Accessed May 26, 2016.
- Tom Higgins Archived 2008-02-13 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed November 14, 2007.
- Stewart Krentzman Video | Interviews Archived 2015-02-12 at the Wayback Machine, OVGuide. Accessed September 7, 2012. "Krentzman graduated from Colonia High School (1969) in Colonia, New Jersey and from Fairleigh Dickinson University."
- via Associated Press. "High schools to honor paralyzed Rutgers player Eric LeGrand", USA Today, October 22, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011. "High school players around the state will pay tribute to the Rutgers University junior defensive tackle who was paralyzed from the neck down during a kickoff against Army last Saturday. Their helmets will feature Eric LeGrand's No. 52 in Rutgers' scarlet color. The idea came from LeGrand's alma mater, Colonia High School."
- Kerkhoff, Blair. "Kickoff Classic Notebook", Kansas City Star, August 28, 1993. Accessed March 28, 2011. "Mason grew up in Woodbridge, NJ, and graduated from nearby Colonia High."
- Finley, Bill. "Freshman May Give Penn a Lift It Needs", The New York Times, November 14, 2008. Accessed December 4, 2016. "After playing two years at Colonia High School in his North Jersey hometown, Rosen transferred to St. Benedict's, a Newark prep school that is a perennial power under Coach Dan Hurley."
- Chang, Kathy. "Young fencer enjoys living on the edge: Woodbridge resident hoping for a spot on 2008 Olympic team", Woodbridge Sentinel, August 16, 2006. Accessed August 10, 2017. "Wozniak graduated from Colonia High School in June. She heads to St. John's University in Queens, N.Y., this fall on a full athletic scholarship."