Garfield High School (New Jersey)

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Garfield High School
Garfield High School is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Garfield High School
Garfield High School
Garfield High School is located in New Jersey
Garfield High School
Garfield High School
Garfield High School is located in the United States
Garfield High School
Garfield High School
500 Palisade Avenue
Garfield, NJ 07026

United States
Coordinates40°52′54″N 74°06′44″W / 40.881798°N 74.112094°W / 40.881798; -74.112094Coordinates: 40°52′54″N 74°06′44″W / 40.881798°N 74.112094°W / 40.881798; -74.112094
TypePublic high school
MottoTo promote success
School districtGarfield Public Schools
Faculty100.0 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,052 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio10.5:1[1]
Color(s)     Gold and
Athletics conferenceNorth Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team nameBoilermakers

Garfield High School is a four-year public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Garfield, Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Garfield Public Schools.

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,052 students and 100.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.5:1. There were 580 students (55.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 137 (13.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 294th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 337 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2016 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools".[2] The school was the 307th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's 2014 rankings of the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[3] The school had been ranked 321st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 286th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 285th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] ranked the school 292nd out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 19 positions from the 2009 rank) 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).[6] In 2012, ranked Garfield High School 306th out of 389 New Jersey High Schools in combined HSPA scores in the state, an increase of 10 positions from 2011.[7]


The Garfield High School Boilermakers compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 794 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 786 to 1,074 students in that grade range.[9] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Garfield was a member of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).[10]

The 1939 football team defeated Miami (Fla.) High School in a game played at the Miami Orange Bowl in front of a crowd of 25,000 by a score of 16-13, capturing the program's first ever national championship.[11]

The boys baseball team won the North I Group IV state sectional championships in both 1962 and 1965.[12]

The girls volleyball team competed in the Group II state championships, falling to Tenafly High School in 1982 and Fort Lee High School in 1988.[13]

The wrestling team won the North I Group II state sectional championship in 1990.[14]

The 2015 boys soccer team defeated Dover High School by a score of 4-2 in the tournament final to win the North II Group II state sectional championship, the program's first state title since 1975.[15] The team defeated Holmdel High School by a 2-1 margin, scoring twice with a little more than two minutes remaining in the game, to win the Group II state title at Kean University to capture the program's first state championship.[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

• Alex Rodriguez (born 1999) Amateur Boxer

Notable faculty[edit]

Notable current and former faculty members include:

  • Dick Vitale (born 1939), sports broadcaster who coached a single season at Garfield High School (1963–64).[23]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Garfield High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Davis, Tom. "337 N.J. High Schools Ranked Highest By NJ Monthly", Morristown Patch, September 8, 2016. Accessed December 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed March 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 1, 2011.
  6. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed January 9, 2012.
  7. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2011-2012, Accessed February 4, 2013.
  8. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  9. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  10. ^ 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 October 25, 2014.
  11. ^ Conrad, J.J. "H.S. football: Garfield to commemorate 1939 national championship", The Record (Bergen County), October 10, 2014. Accessed December 10, 2016. "Garfield went 10-0 and captured a national championship that year, defeating Miami (Fla.) High School, 16-13, in a game coined the 'Infantile Paralysis Bowl' in honor of then President Franklin D. Roosevelt, who suffered from the affliction better known as polio. The Boilermakers — who were invited to play what would be considered today as a "plus-one" game — were hand-picked to take on the undefeated Florida power riding an 18-game winning streak in the prestigious Orange Bowl before a crowd of what Young estimated to be approximately 25,000."
  12. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 30, 2015.
  13. ^ NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 30, 2015.
  14. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Staff. "H.S. boys soccer: Garfield wins North 2, Group 2 state sectional championship", The Record (Bergen County), November 14, 2015. Accessed March 27, 2016. "The Garfield boys soccer team won its first state sectional championship since 1975 by beating host Dover, 4-2, in the North 2, Group 2 championship on Friday at the Dover Middle School."
  16. ^ Olivero, Antonio. "Look back at live analysis: Garfield shocks Holmdel with 2 goals in 27 seconds, wins 1st ever G2 title", NJ Advance Media for, November 21, 2015. Accessed March 27, 2016.
  17. ^ Miles Austin, Cleveland Browns. Accessed October 25, 2014. "A native of Garfield, N.J., Austin was a two-year letterman as a wide receiver and defensive back at Garfield High School."
  18. ^ Staff. "Wide Reception: NFLer Miles Austin cherishes his Garfield roots",, October 10, 2012. Accessed October 25, 2014.
  19. ^ La Gorce, Tammy. "Rascal on the Rebound: Eddie Brigati Back On Stage; Bitter memories aside, Eddie Brigati, singer of the hitmaking '60s group the Rascals, is stoked to be back on stage with his mates, thanks to a boost from Steve Van Zandt.", New Jersey Monthly, February 11, 2013. Accessed May 26, 2016. "If Brigati thinks so too, he's not saying—partly out of humility, partly because he doesn't want to talk about the past. 'It's all documented, you can read about that,' he says in the living room of one of his New Jersey homes—the one he calls his 'music house,' in North Jersey, where he keeps his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame statuettes directly across from his 1963 Garfield High School diploma."
  20. ^ Luis Castillo player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 24, 2007. "Hometown: Garfield, N.J....SuperPrep All-America at Garfield High School in Garfield, New Jersey…first-team all-state and all-county as junior and senior by Associated Press and Newark Star-Ledger…three-time first-team all-league choice…team captain and team MVP as senior…also lettered in track and wrestling as state's top heavyweight"
  21. ^ Hermoso, Rafael. "Garfield's Chrebet Hopes To Impress Jets", The Record (Bergen County), May 4, 1995. Accessed December 5, 2007. "Wayne Chrebet wasn't exactly overconfident when he began his football career as a sophomore at Garfield High School."
  22. ^ Sam Sebo, Accessed August 20, 2018
  23. ^ Dick Vitale bio, Accessed June 13, 2011. "He began coaching at the high school level at Garfield High School, where he coached for one season (1963-64)."

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