East Side High School (Newark, New Jersey)

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East Side High School
East Side High School is located in Essex County, New Jersey
East Side High School
East Side High School
East Side High School is located in New Jersey
East Side High School
East Side High School
East Side High School is located in the United States
East Side High School
East Side High School
238 Van Buren Street
Newark, NJ 07105

United States
Coordinates40°43′27″N 74°09′34″W / 40.724107°N 74.159538°W / 40.724107; -74.159538Coordinates: 40°43′27″N 74°09′34″W / 40.724107°N 74.159538°W / 40.724107; -74.159538
TypePublic high school
EstablishedApril 1, 1911
School districtNewark Public Schools
PrincipalMichael West
Vice principalsMichael De Antonio
Brian Donovan
Filipe Dos Santos
Elizabeth Haden
Luis Henriques
Meg Murray
Carlos M. Rodriguez
Maria V. Queiruga Pessoa
Anthony Tavares
Faculty115.0 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,799 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.6:1[1]
Color(s)     Red and
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference
Team nameRed Raiders[2]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

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.[4] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.[3]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,799 students and 115.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.6:1. There were 937 students (52.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 59 (3.3% 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 2015-16 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 ice hockey program at any Newark public high school.[13] The school offers the city's only public high school lacrosse team.[14]

The boys indoor track team won the Group IV indoor relay state championship in 1991.[15]

The boys' 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.[16] 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.

Through September 2017, the football team has a 54-game losing streak, which dates back to an October 2011 win against crosstown rival West Side High School and has included five seasons in which the team didn't win a single game.[17]


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."[18][19] 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".[20]


Core members of the school's administration are:[21]

  • Michael West, 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
  • Carlos M. Rodriguez, Vice Principal of Climate and Culture
  • Anthony Tavares, Vice Principal of Operations

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for East Side High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c East Side High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  3. ^ a b East Side High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Lawlor, Julia. "A Home Away From Home for Immigrants", The New York Times. January 11, 2004. 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 & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  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. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championship, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 14, 2016.
  16. ^ Group Basketball Past Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  17. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "2,168 days of losing: Can a Hail Mary save N.J.'s most tortured team?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 14, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2017. "The streak had lasted 2,168 days. It had spanned five consecutive winless seasons. It had dated to a victory over Newark West Side on Oct. 1, 2011, when President Barack Obama was in his first term and every current East Side player was in elementary school.... All told, East Side's 53 straight losses had spanned five years, 11 months and six days.... Incredibly, the losing streak survives, growing to 54 games."
  18. ^ Fernandez, Manny. "School Officials Black Out Photo of a Gay Student's Kiss", The New York Times, June 24, 2007. Accessed June 5, 2011.
  19. ^ Fahim, Kareem. "Metro Briefing - New Jersey; Newark: Impact of Yearbook Kiss Photo", The New York Times, June 27, 2007. Accessed October 30, 2018.
  20. ^ 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.""
  21. ^ Administration, East Side High School. Accessed October 25, 2015.
  22. ^ Staff. "Heinie Benkert, 71, Played Halfback for Giants in 20's", The New York Times, July 17, 1972. Accessed January 17, 2018. "Henry (Heinie) Benkert, halfback in the 1920's for the New York Giants football team, died here yesterday. He was 71 years old. Mr. Benkert was a star in the early 1920's at Rutgers University, which he attended after winning all‐state honors in New Jersey on the Newark East Side High School team."
  23. ^ DiIonno, Mark. "NJ life: 'Monuments Men' member tells his story", The Star-Ledger, March 4, 2014. Accessed October 23, 2018. "Harry Ettlinger is back home in his meticulous apartment in Rockaway Township, back from the movie premieres in Berlin, Milan, London, Paris and Washington.... The family settled in Newark, Ettlinger graduated from East Side High School, and when his draft notice came, the Navy was out of the question."
  24. ^ Randy Foye profile, NBA.com. Accessed June 14, 2007.
  25. ^ Shapiro, Leonard. "Redskin Grant Has Overcome Long Odds", The Washington Post, October 7, 1977. Accessed October "'If you knew where he came from, what his background was, you'd know what I'm talking about,' said Bert Nanhoff, Grant's football coach at East Side High in Newark and now a guidance counselor at a suburban school in northern New Jersey.... That determination showed up early, because Manhoff once told Grant, then a puny 140-pound freshman, that he was simply too small to play high school football."
  26. ^ 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."
  27. ^ 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."
  28. ^ 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."
  29. ^ 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."
  30. ^ 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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