Emerson Jr./Sr. High School
|Emerson Junior-Senior High School|
|131 Main Street
Emerson, NJ 07630
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Emerson School District|
|Vice principal||Irene Min|
|Enrollment||572 (as of 2014–15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.6:1|
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
|Team name||Cavaliers ("Cavos")|
Emerson Junior-Senior High School is a six-year public high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grade from Emerson, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Emerson School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1968.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 572 students and 49.5 classroom teachers (on an full-time equivalent [FTE] basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.6:1. There were 37 students (6.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 9 (1.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was constructed at a cost of $2.3 million, opening to students in January 1963 after a tornado the previous August caused over $70,000 in damage and prevented the school from opening in September as originally planned.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 85th-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 77th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 34th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 55th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 51st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 99th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 8 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (85.7%) and language arts literacy (97.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
EHS also has an award-winning journalism program, having won several prestigious awards for its Adopt-A-Journalist Program under the guidance of Ava Annese and The Record. Recent adopted journalists include Pulitzer Prize-nominated photographer Thomas E. Franklin, ESPN-online writer Bob Klapisch, and stand-up comic and The Record columnist Bill Ervolino. Awards received for the program include:
- 1999 NJ Best Practices.
- 2000 A+ for Kids Network Grant
- 2002 Newspaper Association of America Innovators in Newspaper Education Award
In 2003, Ava Annese received the New Jersey High School Teacher of Civics Education award from the VFW. In the national contest, she received third place.
Emerson's Musical Theatre program has been recognized by The Metros, Papermill Playhouse and the New Jersey Metropolitan chapter of The Cappies.
The Emerson High School Cavaliers (commonly known as the Cavos) compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 304 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015–16 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 187 to 490 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Emerson was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL).
The school operates as the host school / lead agency for cooperative ice hockey and wrestling programs with Park Ridge High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2018–19 school year; Park Ridge is the host school / lead agency for cooperative programs in boys' and girls' cross country, boys' and girls' golf, boys' and girls' bowling and boys' lacrosse, all expiring in 2018–19.
Emerson is known for its wrestling team led by coach Stan Woods, who was named District, Region and New Jersey Coach of the Year for the co-operative Emerson/Park Ridge High School team of 2006–07. Woods has led his teams to 30 league championships, 9 county championships, and 8 state sectional championships. Woods' 602nd career victory, achieved in February 2011 with a win against Nutley High School, made him the winningest coach in New Jersey wrestling history. The wrestling team won the North Jersey Group I state sectional championships in 1980, 1983–1987, 2001 and 2003.
The wrestling team won the North I Group I state sectional championships in 1980, 1983-1987, 2001 and 2003.
The baseball team won the Group I state championship in 1982 (defeating Middlesex High School in the tournament final), 1992 (vs. Arthur P. Schalick High School), 2000 (vs. Pitman High School), 2001 (vs. Keyport High School) and 2015 (vs. Middlesex High School).
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional championship in 1983.
The 2003 boys' tennis team, as a second seed seed, won the school's first state championship in decades with a 3–2 win over Waldwick High School. The team again made it to the section final in 2004, but their efforts fell short with a 4–1 loss to Mountain Lakes High School.
Five students represented the school on News 12 New Jersey's and Power to Learn's NJ Challenge. Five students represented the school again in 2009 in the NJ Challenge under the guidance of Lisa Thomas, media technology specialist, and Thomas Lambe, mathematics instructor. The show aired in November 2009. The school had also made an appearance on the show in 2007, under the coaching of then media specialist Clifford Brooks. Two members of the team, including the 2009 captain, competed for the team in both appearances.
In 2010, the Emerson Cavalier Marching Band won the award for best music in the Montclair band festival.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Brian Hutchinson, Principal
- Irene Min, Vice Principal
- Ian Deitchman, screenwriter of Life as We Know It.
- Kevin Higgins, assistant football coach at Wake Forest.
- Andy Papathanassiou, a member of NASCAR's Hendrick Motorsports.
- School data for Emerson Jr Sr High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Emerson Jr.-Sr. High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
- Emerson Junior - Senior High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 21, 2011.
- Slocum, John W. "NEW JERSEY; Bergen", The New York Times, September 3, 1962. Accessed May 22, 2012.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 3, 2012.
- 1998-99 Best Practices Award for Emerson Junior-Senior High School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2007.
- Ms. Ava Annese-Media profile, Emerson Public School. Accessed November 1, 2007.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016 26, 2014.
- New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
- 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2017.
- Fitzsimmons, Brian. "Woods is Second to None", MSG Varsity, February 4, 2011. Accessed August 21, 2011. "Emerson/Park Ridge wrestling coach Stan Woods notched career win No. 602 in a quad meet on Saturday, surpassing Ralph Ross of Highlands Regional as the state's all-time leader.The Cavos defeated Old Tappan to give Woods his 601st, and then upended Nutley, 54-25, for the record-breaking milestone."
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Barton, Rich. "No panic as Emerson wins its first state title since 2001", NorthJerseySports.com, June 7, 2015. Accessed May 7, 2017. "Second baseman Frank Manning made a nice backhanded play and flipped to shortstop Anthony Laureno for the final out of the game as Emerson won its first Group 1 state title since 2001 with a 3-1 victory over Middlesex at Toms River East High School."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2001 NJSIAA Baseball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2007.
- 2003 Boys Team Tennis - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 5, 2017.
- Staff Directory, Emerson Junior-Senior High School. Accessed December 8, 2015.
- Staff. "Emerson scribe tells a funny tale of love", The Record (New Jersey), October 10, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011. "Friendship, Deitchman says, is something he learned about in Emerson, where he moved from his native Englewood at age 6. 'I made lifelong friends growing up in Emerson that I still have to this day,' says Deitchman, a 1985 graduate of Emerson Junior Senior High School."
- Kevin Higgins Archived 2005-02-21 at the Wayback Machine., Detroit Lions. Accessed February 20, 2008. "He was also the head basketball coach and assistant football coach at Emerson (N.J.) High School from 1977-78. A native of Emerson, N.J., Higgins attended Emerson High School where he was captain of the football, basketball and baseball teams during his senior year."
- Schwartz, Paul. "He left his mark -- Papathanassiou still owns Bergen shot put record", The Record (Bergen County), September 14, 2003. Accessed November 26, 2014. "At Emerson High School from 1982-1985, Papathanassiou anchored a line that led Emerson to an 11-0 football season in his junior year and the designation of the best team in school history."
- Emerson Junior-Senior High School
- Emerson Public Schools
- Emerson School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Emerson School District, National Center for Education Statistics