East Side High School (Newark, New Jersey)

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East Side High School
238 Van Buren Street
Newark, NJ 07105
Type Public high school
Established April 1, 1911
School district Newark Public Schools
Principal Dr. Mario Santos
Vice Principals Michael De Antonio
Brian Donovan
Filipe Dos Santos
Elizabeth Haden
Luis Henriques
Meg Murray
Maria V. Queiruga Pessoa
Anthony Tavares
Michael West
Faculty 119.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,479[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.43:1[1]
Color(s)      Red and
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Team name Red Raiders[2]

East Side High School is a four-year public high school in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools. The school serves the city's Ironbound neighborhood.[3] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.[4]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,479 students and 119.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.43:1. There were 1,130 students (76.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 140 (9.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The planned opening date for the school was February 1, 1911, which was delayed to April 1, 1911, with about 250 students beginning classes at was initially called the East Side Commercial and Manual Training High School.[5]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 316th-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.[6] The school had been ranked 319th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 293rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 301st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was also ranked 301st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[9]


The East Side High School Red Raiders[2] compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[10] With 1,264 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,114 to 4,800 students in that grade range.[11] Prior to the 2010 reorganization, the school had competed in the Watchung Conference, which consisted of public and private high schools in Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey.[12]

The school offers the only high school ice hockey program at any Newark public school.[13] The school offers the city's only public high school lacrosse team.[14]

The boy's basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 2002 vs. Shawnee High School, and won the Group III championship in 2013 vs. Camden High School and in 2014 vs. Ewing High School.[15] The team has been successful in recent years under Head Coach Bryant Garvin, and Assistant Coach Anthony Tavares. From 2001-2013, Tavares and Garvin have won five Newark Public Schools Christmas Tournament Championships, three Essex County championships, four sectional titles and a two state championships. NBA guard Randy Foye played for the Red Raiders, and led them to one of their state titles.


In June 2007, the Newark Public Schools superintendent made the decision to block out a kiss between two male students out of the high school's yearbook. New Jersey gay rights group, Garden State Equality, demanded that the superintendent publicly apologize, saying “The school district’s erasure of this student and his boyfriend is a tragic metaphor of the school district trying to erase the lesbian and gay community from its schools, and we won’t stand for it.”[16][17] By the end of June, the district changed its mind about the photo, issuing a statement in which it apologized to Jackson, stated that copies of the yearbook would be reissued and affirming that the district respects its diversity and "supports all our students, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation".[18]


Core members of the school's administration are:[19]

  • Dr. Mario Santos, Principal
  • Michael De Antonio, Vice Principal of Mathematics Instruction
  • Brian Donovan, Vice Principal of Bilingual and ESL
  • Filipe Dos Santos, Vice Principal of Health and Physical Education
  • Elizabeth Haden, Vice Principal of Special Education
  • Luis Henriques, Vice Principal of Social Studies Instruction
  • Meg Murray, Vice Principal of Language Arts Instruction
  • Maria V. Queiruga Pessoa, Vice Principal of Science Instruction
  • Anthony Tavares, Vice Principal of Operations
  • Michael West, Vice Principal of Innovative Programs

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for East Side High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 25, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c East Side High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Lawlor, Julia. "A Home Away From Home for Immigrants", The New York Times. January 11, 2004. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  4. ^ East Side High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  5. ^ Historical Information, East Side High School, last updated March 12, 2011. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  6. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 24, 2014.
  11. ^ 2015-2016 NJSIAA General Public Schools Group Classifications, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  12. ^ Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 7, 2011. Accessed December 16, 2014.
  13. ^ Coyne, Kevin. "Hockey in Newark? It’s Not Just for Pros", The New York Times, April 16, 2009. Accessed July 5, 2011. "To the coaches of the only high school hockey team in Newark, though, it looked like salvation.“We started with six kids,” said Keith Veltre, 33, about the team at East Side High School that was about to fold when he and Dennis Ruppe, his old roommate and hockey teammate from William Paterson University, took over in 2003."
  14. ^ Araton, Harvey. "Planting the Seeds of Lacrosse in Newark", The New York Times, May 16, 2010. Accessed July 5, 2011. "At East Side, in the Ironbound section, the only public school in the city where lacrosse is played, the game was a mystery that had to be solved and then sold by John Dudley, the coach."
  15. ^ Group Basketball Past Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  16. ^ Fernandez, Manny. "School Officials Black Out Photo of a Gay Student’s Kiss", The New York Times, June 24, 2007. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  17. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "METRO BRIEFING | NEW JERSEY; Newark: Impact of Yearbook Kiss Photo", The New York Times, June 27, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2011.
  18. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "School Official Apologizes for Removing Photo of Kiss", The New York Times, June 26, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Yesterday, the school district reversed course, and released a statement apologizing to Mr. Jackson and saying the yearbook would be reissued with the picture unmarked. “Superintendent Marion A. Bolden personally apologizes to Mr. Jackson and regrets any embarrassment and unwanted attention the matter has brought to him,” read the statement, which was issued by the Newark public schools’ general counsel, Perry L. Lattiboudere. “The district takes pride in its diverse student population and supports all our students, regardless of race, gender, ethnic background or sexual orientation.”"
  19. ^ Administration, East Side High School. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  20. ^ Randy Foye profile, NBA.com. Accessed June 14, 2007.
  21. ^ Whitlow, Joan. "Newark's first black woman to serve as municipal court judge dies at 66", The Star-Ledger, April 29, 2010. Accessed October 25, 2015. "Johnson graduated from Newark’s East Side High School in 1961, and graduated from Douglass College of Rutgers University in New Brunswick with a degree in microbiology."
  22. ^ Fitzgerald, Barbara. "Who Is Dina Matos McGreevey?", The New York Times, December 8, 2002. Accessed July 5, 2011. "The family settled in the Ironbound section of Newark, a neighborhood dominated by Portuguese families. Maria Matos ran a gift shop while Ricardo Matos worked for the railroad. Dina attended Wilson Avenue School, East Side High School and Rutgers University in Newark, where she studied political science but did not earn a degree."
  23. ^ Mandel, Stewart. "Another black eye for the Buckeyes?Lawsuit reveals more allegations against Ohio State basketball program", Sports Illustrated, June 9, 2004, last updated March 10, 2006. Accessed July 5, 2011. "Before coming to Columbus, Savovic played his senior year of high school at East Side High School in Newark, N.J. According to a 1998 New York Daily News story, he lived with his 'uncle,' Spomenko (Semi) Pajovic. A 2001 Dayton Daily News report alleged that Pajovic was a de facto agent who helped place numerous Serbian players at American colleges and high schools, among them Savovic and his brother, Predrag, who played at UAB and Hawaii."
  24. ^ Sarah Vaughan, Newark Symphony Hall. Accessed August 16, 2008. "Vaughan initially attended Newark's East Side High School, later transferring to Arts High School, which had opened in 1931 as the United States first arts magnet high school."
  25. ^ Raskin, Alex. "Knicks links: Toure' Murry, Hassan Whiteside, Renaldo Balkman rumored to be on New York's radar", NJ.com, September 6, 2013. Accessed October 25, 2015. "A North Carolina native, Whiteside played one season at Newark's East Side High School."

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