Haddon Heights High School
|Haddon Heights High School|
|Type||Public middle school / high school|
|Motto||"Where Tradition and Progress Meet"|
|Grades||7 - 12|
|Enrollment||801 (as of 2016-17)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.2:1|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Conference|
Haddon Heights High School, also called Haddon Heights Junior/Senior High School, is a six-year comprehensive public middle school / high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grades from Haddon Heights, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Haddon Heights School District. The school also serves students from the neighboring communities of Barrington, Lawnside and Merchantville, who attend the high school for grades 9-12 as part of sending/receiving relationships. The Haddon Heights district approved a plan in September 2013 with the Merchantville School District that would add nearly 80 students a year from Merchantville to the high school, in addition to the average of more than 260 students from Barrington and 120 from Lawnside that are sent to Haddon Heights each year. The plan was approved by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, and students from Merchantville began attending the school in September 2015. Students from Merchantville already in high school before 2015 will continue to attend Pennsauken High School until their graduation, as part of a longstanding sending/receiving relationship with the Pennsauken Public Schools in Pennsauken Township.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 741 students and 72.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.2:1. There were 95 students (12.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 31 (4.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 207th-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 151st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 129th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 168th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 135th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 159th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 69 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (84.0%) and language arts literacy (91.8%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Haddon Heights High School Garnets compete in the Colonial Conference, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 468 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 78 to 478 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Memorial Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group II for football for 2017-18.
The boys' team won the Group II state title in 1974, defeating Verona High School in the tournament championship game, and won the Group I state title in 2012, winning by a score of 3-0 against Harrison High School in the tournament final in a game played at The College of New Jersey.
Track & Field
The team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1985.
The 1991 boys' cross country team finished a perfect season of 11-0 for the first time in 17 years, won the South sectional title and finished second in the state meet. The 1992 boys' team won the South sectional title and won the Group I state championship for the first time in the school's history. The 2007 team claimed the South Jersey Group I sectional title; they also claimed the Group I state title. Haddon Heights won the Group I cross country state championship in 1992 and 2007. The school's John Salisbury was the individual champion in Group I in 1992, while Mickey Borsellino won the Group I individual title in 2007.
Marching band: The school's marching band finished in third place at the 2007 United States Scholastic Band Association National Championships, competing as a Group I band at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Maryland on November 16, 2007, with a score of 94.175, missing second place by 1/20th of a point.
The marching band was Tournament of Bands Atlantic Coast Champions in Group 1 in 1994. They were also the TOB Chapter 1 Champions in Group 1 from 1992-1997.
Color guard: The school's indoor color guard, known as High Voltage, was the Scholastic Open Class champions at the Tournament Indoor Association All-Chapter Championships in 1994 and 1996. They were the Scholastic World Class Champions from 1998-2001, the Independent Open Class Champions in 2005 and 2006, and the Independent A Class Champions in 2002, 2004, 2007, and 2008. They were the Independent A Class Champions in the MAIN circuit in 2004, 2005, and 2009.
Indoor percussion ensemble: The school's indoor percussion ensemble was the Tournament Indoor Association Scholastic A Champions in 2006. The school's indoor percussion ensemble also attended the 2007 WGI (Winter Guard International) World Championships in Dayton, Ohio. In 2008, the percussion ensemble was the 2008 Tournament Indoor Association Scholastic Open All Chapter Champions performing their award-winning show entitled, Illusions.
- Sarah K. Elfreth (born 1988, class of 2006), member of the Maryland Senate representing the 30th district, comprising Annapolis and southern Anne Arundel County.
- Ray Fisher (born 1988) actor in 2008 short film The Good, the Bad, and the Confused and Cyborg in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
- Kristin Hunter (1931-2008), author best known for her first novel, God Bless the Child, published in 1964
- Steve Israel (born 1969), former football cornerback who played nine seasons in NFL
- Herb Kelleher (1931-2019), co-founder, Chairman and former CEO of Southwest Airlines
- Bill Manlove (born 1933, class of 1951), National Champion football coach at Widener University, member of College Football Hall of Fame
- Walter E. Pedersen (1911-1998, class of 1929), union leader and politician who served as Mayor of Clementon and a two-year term in the New Jersey General Assembly.
- Haason Reddick (born 1994), football linebacker selected 13th overall in 2017 NFL Draft by Arizona Cardinals
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- Merchantville School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 28, 2017. "In the Spring of 2015, Merchantville School won a ruling to start a send/receive relationship with Haddon Heights. We continue to work closely with Haddon Heights High School to ensure that our students are well prepared to meet their expectations. We will continue to phase in one grade level at a time into Haddon Heights High School until all high school students are enrolled for the 2018-2019 school year."
- Romalino, Carly Q. "Merchantville school decision 'historic'", Courier-Post, April 17, 2015. Accessed November 1, 2015. "The state's final authorization this week allowing Merchantville to choose Haddon Heights High School over Pennsauken, is a 'landmark decision' for a state focused on school choice, according to education officials."
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- "Schlichtig lifts Haddon Heights to Group 2 title", Courier-Post, June 1, 2001. Accessed August 18, 2007. "The Haddon Heights High School softball team won its second straight South Jersey Group 2 championship Thursday when it turned back Manchester Township 2-0 in the title game at Washington Township."
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- Staff. "Warriors edged in first title game appearance", Shore News Today, May 29, 2015. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Wildwood High School's baseball team proved it belonged in the South Jersey Group I championship game Friday afternoon.... But, ultimately, the Warriors didn't get enough runs against an excellent Haddon Heights club and fell, 4-2, in the sectional championship game.... Third-seeded Haddon Heights (18-7), which will play the Central Jersey champion in a state Group I semifinal game early next week, scored three times in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 1-1 tie."
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- Points of Pride Archived 2015-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, Haddon Heights High School. Accessed April 27, 2017. "Fisher, Class of 2005, has won the role of a cyborg in the upcoming Batman-‐Superman movie."
- Morrison, John F. "Kristin Hunter Lattany, novelist and activist, dies at 77", Philadelphia Daily News, November 21, 2008, copied at AlYoung.org. Accessed September 28, 2017. "Kristin was born in Philadelphia to George L. Eggleston and the former Mabel Manigault. She graduated from Haddon Heights High School in 1947 and majored in elementary education at the University of Pennsylvania."
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- Kern, Mike. "Widener legend Bill Manlove entering College Football Hall of Fame", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 14, 2011. Accessed August 29, 2012. "Manlove graduated Haddon Heights High School in 1951 and enlisted with the U.S. Army."
- Hagenmeyer, S. Joseph. "Walter E. Pedersen, 87, Political And Union Leader", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 23, 1998, backed up by the Internet Archive as of October 20, 2016. Accessed November 14, 2017. "Walter E. Pedersen, 87, a former Republican assemblyman and Camden County union leader, died Wednesday at his Clementon home. Mr. Pedersen, who was born in Berlin Borough, had lived in Clementon since he was 9. He was a 1929 graduate of Haddon Heights High School and, while a student, caddied at Pine Valley Golf Club for 10 years."
- Dunleavy, Ryan. "Temple's Haason Reddick, walk-on to NFL Draft fast-riser: 'I came so far: Literally from the bottom'", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 9, 2017. Accessed April 27, 2017. "To understand why Reddick is afraid to pinch himself, consider that he thought his football career was over after injuries marred his final two seasons at Haddon Heights High School."