Eastside High School (Paterson, New Jersey)

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Eastside High School
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Eastside High School is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Eastside High School
Eastside High School
Eastside High School is located in New Jersey
Eastside High School
Eastside High School
Eastside High School is located in the US
Eastside High School
Eastside High School
150 Park Avenue
Paterson, NJ 07501

United States
Coordinates40°54′54″N 74°09′37″W / 40.915048°N 74.160167°W / 40.915048; -74.160167Coordinates: 40°54′54″N 74°09′37″W / 40.915048°N 74.160167°W / 40.915048; -74.160167
TypePublic high school
School districtPaterson Public Schools
PrincipalGerald Glisson, Principal of Operations
Michael "Mike" Ollo, School of Government and Public Administration
Edgard Nieves, School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism
Vivian Gaines, School of Information Technology[1]
Color(s)     Navy blue and
Athletics conferenceBig North Conference
Team nameGhosts[2]

Eastside High School (or EHS) is a four-year public high school in Paterson in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, that serves the eastern section of Paterson. The nickname "Ghosts" for the school's athletic teams derives from a cemetery used in the 1800s that stood at the site of the current high school building.[3] EHS, which serves grades students in ninth through twelfth grades, operates as part of the Paterson Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[4]

The Eastside campus hosts three separate academy programs that operate independently but share a facility and athletic programs:[5]

Eastside High School opened on February 1, 1926. The school mascot is the Ghost.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 311th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 309th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[9] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 370th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[10]

Demographics and achievement[edit]

EHS is 55% Hispanic of various Latin American nationalities, 43% Black, 2% White. 37% of the school speaks Spanish in their homes while another 32% speaks another language other than English. There are also limited English proficiency students or LEPs who compose 12% of the school. Limited English Proficient students cannot speak, read, or write in English and are placed in "bilingual" classes. 45% of the students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program.

The average class size is 39 students, excluding special education. The school's ratio of students to computers is 9 to 1, with the state average being 4 to 1.

On the Language Arts section of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 51% scored proficient and 46% scored partial. On the Math section of the test, 39% scored proficient and 57% scored partial. The average SAT score is 736 out of 1600. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) participation is 2%. The average attendance rate is 87%. As of the 2004-05 school year, EHS had a suspension rate of 10%. 60% of Eastside High School seniors graduated. 71% of the school graduated via the SRA process and 10% graduated through the LEP SRA process. Roughly 38% of the graduating seniors go on to four-year colleges and another 34% of the graduating seniors go on to two-year college.

The faculty gets paid $46,500 a year while the state average is $52,563. The administrators get paid $105,000; the state average is $102,755.

Since the school is in a "special needs" or one of the Abbott Districts,[11] the district receives almost 85% of its budget from the state.


The Eastside High School Ghosts[2] compete in the Big North Conference, a super conference of about 40 public and private high schools in Bergen County and Passaic County that operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[12] With 2,193 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 1,090 to 2,568 students in that grade range.[13] For the 2009-10 season, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, an interim conference established to facilitate the forthcoming realignment.[14] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division B of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification.[15]

Eastside plays an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Kennedy High School. In 2011, Eastside won the 87th annual match-up between the two schools by a score of 17-12, ending the series at 40 wins, 40 losses and 7 ties.[16] At the 93rd annual game in 2017, Kennedy defeated Eastside by a score of 16-6 to win their fourth game in a row in the annual rivalry.[17]

The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1960.[18]

Popular culture[edit]

Paterson Eastside High is famous for its renaissance in the mid-1980s under the leadership of Joe Clark as principal. The school was depicted in the 1989 film Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman.

Fetty Wap, an alumnus of Eastside, filmed the music video for his song "Wake Up" in the school.[19]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ a b c d Eastside High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  3. ^ Read, Philip M. Paterson, p. 64. Arcadia Publishing, 2003. ISBN 9780738512303. Accessed March 6, 2018. "On land now home to Eastside High School's football team, the Ghosts, once stood a portion of the Sandy Hill Cemeteries dating from 1814."
  4. ^ Eastside High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed December 9, 2017.
  5. ^ Schools, Paterson Public Schools. Accessed November 21, 2014.
  6. ^ School data for School Of Culinary Arts Hospitality And Tourism, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  7. ^ School data for School Of Government & Public Administration, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  8. ^ School data for School Of Information Technology, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
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  11. ^ Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2016.
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  14. ^ League Memberships - 2009-1010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2014.
  15. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 16, 2014.
  16. ^ Staff. "Paterson Kennedy (12) at Paterson Eastside (17) - Football", The Star-Ledger, November 24, 2011. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Cequan Wharton and Jaron Addison each scored first-half touchdowns for Paterson Eastside, which held off a late rally to defeat Paterson Kennedy, 17-12, yesterday in Paterson.The Eastside victory evened the Thanksgiving series at 40-40-7."
  17. ^ Iseman, Chris. "Football: Kennedy outlasts Eastside in heated rivalry game", The Record (Bergen County), November 23, 2017. Accessed March 6, 2018. "Kennedy maintained control of a rivalry that led to some heated moments on the field on Saturday.The Knights scored two first-half touchdowns and their defense posted a solid showing as they defeated Eastside, 16-6, in the 93rd annual Thanksgiving Day game between the schools.Kennedy has now won four straight games against the Ghosts."
  18. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 1, 2017.
  19. ^ Josephs, Brian (27 May 2016). "Fetty Wap Returns to High School for 'Wake Up' Video". Spin. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  20. ^ Idec, keith. "Tardy Mets might have had Paterson's Briggs", The Record (Bergen County), May 17, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2014. "Johnny Briggs and his wife, Renvy, at the field in West Side Park named after the former Eastside star and major-leaguer."
  21. ^ White, Nicola M. "Paterson senior shines in many pursuits", The Record (Bergen County), April 29, 2004. Accessed August 1, 2008.
  22. ^ Reiss, Richard. "Trading on a great education WP's Richard Reiss has a conversation with E*TRADE CEO Christos Cotsakos" Archived March 11, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., WP: The Magazine of William Paterson University, Fall/Winter 1999. Accessed December 6, 2007. "Born and raised in Paterson, New Jersey, Cotsakos was a 1965 graduate of Eastside High School. He will tell you -- 'barely.'"
  23. ^ Stapleton, Art. "He was just Mr. Doby", The Record (Bergen County), June 24, 2003. Accessed May 31, 2007. "On Monday morning, Bradley stood on the corner outside the Trinity United Presbyterian Church and reminisced with friend Vince Fiasconaro, both of whom were varsity teammates of Doby's at Eastside High School."
  24. ^ via Associated Press. "Paterson Hails Doby; Indians' Negro Star Welcomed by Mayor, Band and Ex-Coaches", The New York Times, October 19, 1948. Accessed September 30, 2017. "Larry Doby, center fielder for the world champion Cleveland Indians, got a royal welcome home today, especially from the pupils of East Side High School, who were given half a day off for the purpose."
  25. ^ Contributions to Periodicals by Allen Ginsburg, Questia. Accessed May 31, 2007.
  26. ^ Bob Giraldi: Partner, StarChefs. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1939, Bob Giraldi was educated at Paterson Eastside High School and Pratt Institute, where he graduated with a BFA in 1960."
  27. ^ Jennings, Gary. "The Journeyer, p. 785. Macmillan Publishers (United States), 2010. ISBN 0765323494. Accessed January 30, 2011. "The family moved to New Jersey in the early '40s and he graduated from Eastside High School (of Lean on Me fame) in Paterson, New Jersey.
  28. ^ Roberts, Sam. "Joseph B. Keller, Mathematician With Whimsical Curiosity, Dies at 93", The New York Times, September 16, 2016. Accessed September 19, 2016. "Joseph Bishop Keller was born in Paterson, N.J., on July 31, 1923. His father, Isaac Keiles — whose name, he said, was changed when he arrived in the United States — was a Russian refugee who fled pogroms against Jews.... Joseph Keller competed on the math team at East Side High School in Paterson."
  29. ^ "N.J. native to lead Homeland Security", The Record (Bergen County), December 3, 2004. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Kerik, 49, was born in Newark and grew up in Paterson, where he attended Eastside High School."
  30. ^ via Associated Press. "Former NYPD top cop now asked to protect nation", USA Today, December 2, 2004. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Kerik, 49, grew up without knowing his birth mother, a tough kid in Paterson, N.J., where he usually cut classes from the trouble-filled Eastside High School later depicted in the 1989 film Lean on Me."
  31. ^ a b Idec, Keith. "Where are they now? Eastside's Ricardo McDonald", The Record (Bergen County), March 7, 2011. Accessed May 5, 2012. "While many of them suffer from debilitating physical ailments, financial difficulties and marital problems that often lead to divorce in their post-NFL lives, McDonald is in good physical condition, is a happily married father of four and is part-owner of a thriving truck stop 90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, where the ex-Eastside star was a collegiate standout for the Panthers.... He and his twin brother, former Kennedy star and NFL linebacker Devon McDonald, were among the best high school football players in North Jersey during the 1980s. They also experienced personal tragedy that made them want to provide positive examples to Paterson's youth."
  32. ^ Tony Murphy, Norfolk State Spartans men's basketball. Accessed February 14, 2018. "averaged 26 points and 9.9 rebounds and made 52 3-pointers in leading Eastside to its first Passaic County title since 1993"
  33. ^ Wallace, William N. "Rookie Linebacker From Grambling Is Impressive at Giants' Tryout Camp", The New York Times, June 20, 1968. Accessed January 30, 2011. "Parker last played football for East Side High in Paterson, NJ, in 1963."
  34. ^ Ken Parker Archived 2011-07-08 at the Wayback Machine., databaseFootball.com. Accessed January 30, 2011.
  35. ^ Hamill, Denis. "Brighton Beach Memoir; Falcone, A New CBS-TV Series For The Fall, Comes To Life (and Death) On The Streets Of Brooklyn", New York Daily News, April 18, 1999. Accessed March 6, 2018. "Pistone is standing with childhood pal Lou DiGiaimo, a top casting director who is also one of five executive producers on the pilot, which will air in September. 'Oh, man, looking great,' says DiGiaimo. 'If it looks anything like yesterday's dailies, it'll be amazing,' says Pistone. These two men have been friends since Eastside High in Paterson, N.J., in the early '60s. After high school, they lost touch."
  36. ^ Staff. "Opera Delights 150 Jersey Pupils; Housewife Appears as Mimi as Patterson Group Plays at Public School", The New York Times, October 26, 1958. Accessed January 30, 2011.
  37. ^ James Scott, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
  38. ^ Fox, Ron. "Study Hall On Eastside Inductees", The Record (Bergen County), April 26, 1999. Accessed August 26, 2008.
  39. ^ Staff. "Knicks Acquire Sparrow", The New York Times, February 14, 1983. Accessed December 9, 2017. "Sparrow, who attended Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., was waived by the Nets on Oct. 7, 1980."
  40. ^ Sandomir, Richard. "Joe Taub, Basketball Fan Who Became Part Owner of the Nets, Dies at 88", The New York Times, November 5, 2017. Accessed November 20, 2017. "Joseph Albert Taub was born in Paterson, N.J., on May 29, 1929.... Mr. Taub played forward on the basketball team at Eastside High School, in Paterson, and attended Rutgers University but did not graduate."
  41. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy. "How Paterson's Fetty Wap conquered the music charts with 'Trap Queen'", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 10, 2015. Accessed June 20, 2015. "Mr. Trap Queen, who attended Paterson's Eastside High School, refers to what he did before music as 'illegal activities.'"
  42. ^ Paterson Eastside High School Senior Mirror, 1935. Jewish Historical Society of North Jersey, High School Yearbook Collection. Paterson, NJ. p. 67.

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