Glen Rock High School
|Glen Rock High School|
|400 Hamilton Avenue
Glen Rock, NJ 07452
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||In scientia vis ("Power in knowledge")|
|School district||Glen Rock Public Schools|
|Asst. principal||Mike Pasciuto|
|Enrollment||747 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.4:1|
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
|Newspaper||The Glen Echo|
Glen Rock High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Glen Rock, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Glen Rock Public Schools.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 747 students and 71.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.4:1. There were 3 students (0.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 3 (0.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 137th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 25th among all high schools in New Jersey and 12th among the state's non-magnet schools. In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 218th in the nation among participating public high schools and 17th overall (tenth of non-magnet schools) in New Jersey. Glen Rock was ranked 30th in New Jersey and 287th nationwide in Newsweek magazine's 2012 issue of "America's Best High Schools." In the 2012 "Ranking America's Best High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 40th in New Jersey and 1,028th nationwide. In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 31st in New Jersey and 1,070th nationwide. Glen Rock was ranked 874th, the 24th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007, issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Glen Rock High School was listed in 964th place, the 28th-highest ranked school in New Jersey. The school was ranked as number 614 in the April 30, 2006 issue, the 18th highest ranked school in New Jersey.
The school was the 8th-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 4th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 28th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 28th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 6th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 31st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 7 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.5%) and language arts literacy (98.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Glen Rock High School Panthers 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). With 558 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 495 to 762 students in that grade range. Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Glen Rock was a member of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).
Glen Rock's athletic teams have been successful in recent years. The football team won five consecutive state championships, from 1998-2002, one short of the state record. The football team has also won the North I Group I state sectional championships in 1980 and 1996, in addition to winning in North I Group II in 1988. The football team won the 2001 North I, Group I state sectional championship with a 22-14 win against Cresskill High School. The team won its fifth consecutive sectional championship with a 41-0 win against Henry P. Becton Regional High School in 2002.
The girls soccer team has also been a state power for a decade. In 2012, the girls soccer team won the North I, Group II state sectional final with a 1-0 win against Ramsey High School. They went on to win the Group II State title with a 4-0 win against Bordentown Regional High School.
Glen Rock is one of the smallest high schools in New Jersey to support ice hockey and lacrosse programs. Because the NJIC does not offer competition in these sports, Glen Rock is a member of the Big North Conference for hockey and competes in lacrosse-specific leagues for both boys' and girls' lacrosse. The ice hockey team specifically has been very successful in recent years, including winning 4 straight Big North Silver/Freedom championships (2013–16), making the semi-finals of the Public B state tournament twice (2012, 2015) and making the championship in 2016.
- State titles
- Women's Soccer - 11 - Group I (1986, 1987, 1996, 1999, 2002, 2003) Group II (1984, 1989, 1995, 1997, 2012); The 11 titles won by the program are the second-most of any public school in the state
- Football - 8 - Group I (1980, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002) Group II (1988)
- Women's Spring Track & Field - 7 - Group II (1994) Group I (1995, 1997, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) 
- Women's Cross Country - 3 - Group I (2001, 2002, 2003) 
- Wrestling - 2 - Group I (1999, 2000) 
- Women's Tennis - 2 - Group I (2000, 2001) 
- Men's Cross Country - 1 - Group I (2001) 
- Men's Tennis - 1 - Group I (2000) 
- Baseball - 1 - Group II (1999) 
Core members of the school's administration are:
- John Arlotta, Principal
- Mike Pasciuto, Assistant Principal
- Keith Cardona (born 1992), goalkeeper for the Indy Eleven of the North American Soccer League.
- Daniel Flaherty (born 1993), actor, known for his role as Stanley Lucerne on the MTV television teen drama Skins.
- Paul Melicharek, professional football player for the Green Bay Blizzard of the Indoor Football League.
- Samuel Petrone (born 1989), professional soccer player who plays for Swedish football club, Mjällby AIF.
- Patrick Stickles (class of 2004), singer, guitarist, and songwriter of the band Titus Andronicus.
- Charlie Tahan (Class of 2016), actor, known for his roles in Frankenweenie, I Am Legend and Charlie St. Cloud.
- Floyd Vivino (born 1951), star of The Uncle Floyd Show.
- Jimmy Vivino (born 1955), musician.
- School data for Glen Rock High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Glen Rock High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 21, 2015.
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- "Ranking America's Best High Schools", The Washington Post. Accessed August 27, 2012.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Glen Rock High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 14, 2011.
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- "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools" Archived May 23, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
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- "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 February 26, 2012.
- DeSanta, Richard. "Glen Rock High School students take paper digital", Glen Rock Gazette, November 23, 2012. Accessed September 29, 2013. "Emulating a potential trend in professional publishing, Glen Rock High School's student newspaper is moving to a digital-only format to spur immediacy and spike printing costs.... The Glen Echo's first all-electronic issue hit the website on Tuesday, Nov. 13, about a month after the national news magazine Newsweek announced that its Dec. 31, 2012 edition will be the last one it prints."
- McGinley, Devin. "GRHS Student School Paper Goes OnlineIn a sign of the times, the traditional student newspaper makes way for the student news site.", Ridgewood-GlenRockPatch, November 13, 2012. Accessed September 29, 2013.
- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2016.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- 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 18, 2014.
- Fox, Ron. "Long Live Rock! - Panthers roll; capture fifth straight title", The Record (Bergen County), December 8, 2002. Accessed July 31, 2007. "But the senior quarterback/safety returned to action quickly enough and contributed another interception and two more scores to the 41-0 rout of the third-seeded Wildcats, which earned the fourth-seeded Panthers their fifth straight sectional title, one short of the State record held by Pope John of Sparta and Paulsboro."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2001 NJSIAA Football - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2007.
- 2002 Football - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2007.
- "Ramsey (0) at Glen Rock (1), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 - Girls Soccer". Retrieved 20 November 2012.
- "Bordentown girls fall to Glen Rock in Group 2 soccer final". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
- "IMMACULATE HEART WINS CHAMPIONSHIP", The Record (Bergen County), October 22, 1999. Accessed July 31, 2007. "In Group 1, freshman phenom Gabby Pasternak, the Bergen County small schools first singles champ, led a 4-1 Glen Rock victory over Becton."
- Girls Tennis Public Group Finals - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2007.
- "2011 Ice Hockey Regulations", New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 28, 2011. (Public School Classification on page 10 lists Glen Rock as 5th smallest school.)
- "2010 Boys Lacrosse Groups", New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 28, 2011. (Glen Rock is 10th smallest school.)
- Conrad, JJ. "H.S. hockey: Glen Rock tops St. Joseph for Big North Freedom Cup", The Record (Bergen County), February 21, 2015. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- Conrad, JJ. "H.S. ice hockey: State semifinals preview", The Record (Bergen County), March 3, 2015. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 28, 2016.
- Spring Track and Field Sectional Records 2014, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- Cross Country Sectional Championship History 2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- History of The NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- History of NJSIAA Girls Team Tennis Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- History of Boys Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- Principal's Office, Glen Rock High School. Accessed July 9, 2015.
- Fox, Ron. "Goalie Keith Cardona must 'save' his best attempt for later", Glen Rock Gazette, August 6, 2010. Accessed November 13, 2016. "It's difficult to believe that Parade Magazine All-American goalkeeper Keith Cardona once was a center-back. That was several years ago when the Glen Rock teen played for the Shooting Stars locally, and he felt content at that position.... Too bad Cardona won't be doing so for the Glen Rock High School team, even though he'll be a senior there next month."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Glen Rock actor stars in MTV's "Skins"", The Record (Bergen County), January 17, 2011. Accessed September 29, 2013. "Now a senior at Glen Rock High School — which, during filming, sent his schoolwork to Toronto, where Danny worked with an on-set tutor — he also sings and plays guitar (and is in a band called MF Killer Starfish)."
- Kleimann, James. "Glen Rock Native Has NFL Dreams; Paul Melicharek is working out at the Jets practice facility, one of the NFL's 11 regional combines open to the public.", Ridgewood-GlenRockPatch, March 5, 2013. Accessed September 29, 2013. "Talented Bridgewood State defensive tackle and 2009 Glen Rock High School graduate Paul Melicharek is working out at the New York Jets practice facility in Florham Park looking to make an NFL roster, according to a report on northjersey.com."
- Wilson, Dennis. "Petrone battles Bermuda while U.S. ties England", Glen Rock Gazette, June 18, 2010. Accessed July 15, 2014. "What does Glen Rock High School's career men's soccer scoring leader do during the summer recess from college? Sam Petrone, who netted 86 goals for the Panthers, 27 as a senior, is a member of the Premier Development League's New Jersey Rangers."
- Aberback, Brian. "Glen Rock's Titus Andronicus to play at soon-to-shut Maxwell's", The Record (Bergen County), July 10, 2013. Accessed July 9, 2015. "'It's important to support local business,' said Stickles (Glen Rock High School class of 2004)."
- Rohan, Virginia. "Glen Rock's Charlie Tahan stars in Fox's Wayward Pines", The Record (Bergen County), June 9, 2015. Accessed September 27, 2016. "'People kind of always assume that if you're a child actor, you don't have friends or anything, but I've never experienced that really,' says Tahan, who is finishing his junior year at Glen Rock High School."
- Jimmy Vivino: Biography, accessed April 21, 2007. "By the mid-seventies, The Uncle Floyd Show was very popular, and Floyd Vivino was selling out the Bottom Line in New York City. At this time Jimmy's band provided the music. On sax was Jerry Vivino; on guitar, Jimmy Vivino; on keyboards the fabulous Ed Alstrom; and on drums, Frank Pagano. Interestingly, all of the band were Glen Rock High School graduates, and they all went on to be successful musicians."
- Glen Rock High School website
- Glen Rock High School's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Glen Rock Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- Glen Rock High School Alumni website