Hanover Park High School
|Hanover Park High School|
63 Mount Pleasant Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hanover Park Regional High School District|
|NCES School ID||340666004244|
|Principal||Thomas J. Callanan|
|Enrollment||816 (as of 2019–20)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.1:1|
|Color(s)|| Black and|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (general)|
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
Hanover Park High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from East Hanover Township and Florham Park, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as one of the two secondary schools of the Hanover Park Regional High School District. Hanover Park's sister school is Whippany Park High School, which serves students from Hanover Township, where the school is located. The school opened in 1956.
As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 816 students and 73.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1. There were 12 students (1.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 4 (0.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The first campus-style high school facility in New Jersey, the school was designed to accommodate 1,000 students when complete and was estimated to cost $2.25 million. The architect received an award in 1956 recognizing its design.
The school's original master plan envisioned a series of one-story buildings (labeled A-H, with A-F academic, G for the gymnasium, H for wood/metal shop) A-F consisting of five classrooms, H in two, 32 in all. A spacious central core building housed administration, an auditorium, and separate wings with more classrooms for music (band and choir), drama, arts, and home economics. Until 2008, the students had no lockers and walked outdoors after each succeeding period. The design, good for West Coast schools, was quickly deemed inappropriate for the heavy rains and harsh winters of northern New Jersey. The school was reconfigured in the 2000s, and by enclosing buildings between existing structures, the campus now has five larger structures rather than the original ten smaller ones. As part of a construction project, students were provided with individual book lockers that were available at the start of the 2007-08 school year.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 26th-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 57th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 96th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 67th in 2008 out of 316 schools. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 117th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 2 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (85.2%) and language arts literacy (96.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 365th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 41st among all high schools in New Jersey and 24th among the state's non-magnet schools.
Hanover Park High School was recognized as a 2013 New Jersey and National District of Character. Hanover Park Regional High School District is the first New Jersey School District to receive a Character Education Partnership National School District of Character.
The Hanover Park High School Hornets compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, and was established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school competed in the Iron Hills Conference. With 633 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 758 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the American Blue division of the North Jersey Super Football Conference, which includes 112 schools competing in 20 divisions, making it the nation's biggest football-only high school sports league. The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group II North for football for 2018–2020.
The school participates as the host school / lead agency for joint cooperative boys / girls golf, boys lacrosse and boys / girls swimming teams with Whippany Park High School, while Whippany Park is the host school for co-op ice hockey and girls lacrosse teams. These co-op programs operate under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.
The boys cross country team won the Group III state championship in 1962 and 1963.
The ice hockey team won the Gordon Cup in 1964; the Hanover Park / Whippany Park co-op team won the Haas Cup in 2000, 2005, 2006 and 2011-2013. In the 2010–11, 2011–12, and 2012–13 seasons, the Park Regional Hockey Team (Hanover Park combined with Whippany Park) won back-to-back-to-back Haas Cup Championships.
The baseball team won the Group II state championship in 1997 (against John F. Kennedy High School (Woodbridge) in the title game) and 2006 (vs. Governor Livingston High School). The team has won the Morris County Tournament three times, tied for the fourth-most in tournament history, winning in 1978, 1984 and 2003. The 1997 pulled ahead 5-0 in the first inning and held off multiple rallies by JFK Woodbridge to win the Group II state title by a score of 11-10 in the playoff finals. The 2006 team finished the season with a 23-8 record after winning the Group II title by defeating Governor Livingston by a score of 8-0 in the championship game.
The wrestling team won the Group II state championship in 2015. The team won the North II Group II state sectional title in 1997, 1998, 2002, 2014, 2015 and 2017-2019, and the North I Group II title in, 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013.
The Hanover Park High School Academic Decathlon Team, led by Coach Joseph Lunetta, won the 2008 New Jersey state championship. They scored 42,405.5 out of 60,000 possible points for a 102.7-point victory over runners-up Parsippany Hills High School.
At the national finals held in Garden Grove, California, the Academic Team placed sixth in Division III and twentieth overall with a score of 39,337.0. Senior Stephanie Wang was the highest scorer on the team, obtaining 8199.8 out of a possible 10,000 points. The team won the Division III Rookie Award, given to the school competing at the finals for the first time that amasses the largest number of points.
The school's principal is Thomas J. Callanan. His core administration team includes two assistant principals.
- Yafet Dawit (born 2002), track and field athlete who specializes in the hammer throw.
- Harry Fanok (born 1940), right-handed pitcher who made 16 appearances, all in relief, for the 1963–64 St. Louis Cardinals.
- Jedd Fisch (born 1976), college and NFL football coach who was offensive coordinator for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Laurel Hester (1956-2006, class of 1974), police lieutenant in Ocean County, New Jersey who was featured in the documentary Freeheld.
- Mary Jane Marcasiano (born 1955), fashion and costume designer, film producer, and social entrepreneur.
- Archie Moore (born 1940), MLB player who appeared in 40 games for the New York Yankees in 1964 and 1965.
- Sylvia Pogorzelski (born 1985; class of 2003), Miss New Jersey USA 2005.
- Randall Rossilli Jr. (class of 1986), media entrepreneur and Emmy Award winner.
- Linda Tripp (1949-2020, class of 1967), central figure in the Clinton/Lewinsky scandal.
- School data for Hanover Park High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
- Hanover Park High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Hanover Park Regional High School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 26, 2016. "The Hanover Park Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools. Hanover Park High School is located in East Hanover, receives students from East Hanover and Florham Park, and has an enrollment of 855 students. Whippany High School is located in Hanover Township, receives students from Hanover Township and has an enrollment of 714 students."
- 2020-2021 School Profile, Hanover Park High School. Accessed May 10, 2021.
- "Architects Win Award", Courier-Post, April 16, 1956. Accessed March 14, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Designing the first campus-type high school in the state has brought the Jay C. Van Nuys and Associates Architects, 205 W. Main St., one of the top awards in a national competition for better school design.... Van Nuy's prize entry was the Hanover Park Regional High School in East Hanover. Construction began last July and, when its second phase is completed, the building will have cost $2,260,000 and will offer facilities for 1,000 students."
- Staff. "Hanover Park Regional has new superintendent", Daily Record, August 12, 2007. Accessed July 19, 2013. "New facilities for the fall include... individual student lockers on newly constructed hallways -- students will no longer have to use their physical education lockers to store books and personal belongings."
- 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 August 26, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 20, 2011.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 4, 2012.
- Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2016", Newsweek. Accessed November 11, 2016.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- 2012-2013 District Highlights - Hanover Park Regional High School District is the first New Jersey School District of Character to be awarded the Character Education Partnership National School District of Character, Hanover Park Regional High School District. Accessed December 31, 2014.
- Hanover Park Regional High School District, Character Education Partnership. Accessed December 31, 2014.
- Home Page, Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference. Accessed August 27, 2020. "The Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference prides itself on being one of New Jersey's premier high school conferences and is comprised of 39 high schools located in Northwest New Jersey."
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Home Page, Iron Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
- NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Cooper, Darren. "Here's what we know about the new Super Football Conference 2020 schedule", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference (SFC) is a 112-team group, the largest high school football-only conference in America, and is comprised of teams from five different counties."
- Cooper, Darren. "NJ football: Super Football Conference revised schedules for 2020 regular season", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference has 112 teams that will play across 20 divisions."
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Fall Cooperative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Winter Cooperative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Spring Cooperative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Ice Hockey State Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Teodoro, Nick. "Ice Hockey: Panthers Ice Hockey Falls In OT Thriller of Haas Cup Finals", Suburban Trends, February 27, 2012. Accessed May 15, 2012. "With six minutes remaining and clinging to a 2-1 lead the Pequannock ice hockey team could taste a Haas Cup Championship, but much like their previous semifinal victory Park Regional proved their resilience scoring with 5:28 remaining in regulation and going on to eventually win in overtime over the Panthers for their second consecutive Haas Cup Championship."
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Shevun, Theresa. "Lakewood girls fall in state final", Asbury Park Press, March 12, 1988. Accessed December 23, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Shannon Breslin will be a name the Lakewood High School girls' basketball team won't soon forget The 5-foot-8 senior scored 33 points last night to lead Hanover Park to a 62-53 victory over Lakewood in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group III championship game at St. Peter's College. The Group III crown was the first ever for Hanover, which lost just two years ago in the final to North Hunterdon."
- NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- "Scotch Plains rallies to beat West Morris", The Record, December 2, 1990. Accessed December 1, 2020. "Hanover Park 51, Roselle 14 Quarterback Frank Franco scored on a pair of 1-yard runs and passed 36 yards to Won Kyu Rim for another score as Hanover Park used a big second half to defeat Roselle, 51-14, and win the Group 2 Section 2 title."
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- "The history of the Morris County Baseball Tournament (Throwback Photos)", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 11, 2019, updated August 24, 2019. Accessed November 17, 2020.
- Skrec, Joseph. "JFK's rallies fall one run short", Home News Tribune, June 8, 1997. Accessed March 14, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "John F. Kennedy High School's baseball team came up one comeback short of winning a state championship yesterday. Despite a pair of five-run rallies and a strong relief pitching performance from Chris Maddock, the Mustangs suffered an 11-10 setback to Hanover Park in the Group II state championship final at Toms River High School East. After falling behind by five runs in the first inning, JFK came back to take a 10-8 lead after four innings."
- Frezza Jr., Harry. "DiRocco tosses gem to deny GL", Courier News, June 11, 2006. Accessed January 11, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The Governor Livingston High School baseball team knew the daunting task it had to face Saturday against Hanover Park in the Group II final....But DiRocco was simply too good perhaps even better, this time around, pitching a two-hitter and striking out 15 to lead Hanover Park to an 8-0 victory and its first baseball state tide since 1997."
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- Summary of Group Titles Girls Spring Track, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Academic Decathlon of New Jersey, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. Accessed January 29, 2009.
- United States Academic Decathlon Archived April 11, 2009, at WebCite, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed January 29, 2009.
- United States Academic Decathlon, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed January 29, 2009.
- Information Handbook 2020-2021, Hanover Park Regional High School District. Accessed January 13, 2021.
- "Hanover Park Scholarship Winner", Hanover Eagle, June 28, 2020. Accessed May 15, 2021. "Hanover Park High School graduate Yafet Dawit received the East Hanover Police Benevolent Association Scholarship for 2020. From left are Ghebremariam and Yafet Dawit and East Hanover Detective Joseph Zeppetelli."
- Costello, Rory; and Fanok, Harry. Harry Fanok, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed October 29, 2017. "After leaving Morristown Prep, I went to Hanover Park High School. My first year was my junior year. I was ineligible to play ball on account of grades.... We had a lot of heart on that Hornet team though. Jim Russin, Archie Moore [1964-65 Yankees], and myself would go on to the pros."
- O'Halloran, Ryan. "Inside the game: Entry-level spot with key duties for Jaguars", The Florida Times-Union, November 19, 2013. Accessed December 31, 2014. "Fisch attended Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, N.J., when Sorrentino's father was the football coach."
- "Community News", New Jersey Hills, April 25, 2002. Accessed June 10, 2021. "Hester is an investigator for the Ocean County Prosecutor's Office with almost 20 years' experience as a police officer and five years as supervisor of the Ocean County Narcotics Strike Force.... In addition to being a well-know expert and speaker, Hester has a special affinity for Hanover Park High School She is a 1974 graduate."
- Rayner, Polly. "Crafted Knitwear Hot Young Designer Weaves A Study Of Easy Luxury", The Morning Call, October 9, 1986. Accessed April 3, 2020. "Mary Jane grew up in East Hanover, N.J. where she attended Hanover [Park] High School and left a year early to go to Montclair State University."
- Sylvia Pogorzelski Miss New Jersey USA 2005, Miss New Jersey USA. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Sylvia grew up in Union, New Jersey with her parents Janusz & Irene Pogorzelski and brother Arthur who is five years younger.... After her freshman year at Union High School, her parents decided to move to East Hanover, New Jersey. She started attending Hanover Park High School in her sophomore year and graduated in 2003."
- "Buono", The Item of Millburn and Short Hills, July 25, 2002. Accessed March 23, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "'It's great to see him here,' said Randall R. Rossilli Jr., passing by in the halls of the Education Center. Mr. Rossilli, the district's director of technology, was a student at Hanover Park High School when Dr. Buono was the director of the school's guidance department."
- Sciolino, Elaine; and Van Natta Jr., Don. "Linda Tripp: The Keeper of Secrets -- Her Own", The New York Times, March 15, 1998. Accessed March 11, 2018. "As a senior at Hanover Park High School in New Jersey, she listed a 'pet peeve' next to her smiling portrait in the 1967 yearbook. 'A certain fair-weather friend,' it read. Even Linda Rose Tripp was afraid of being betrayed."