Hanover Park High School
|Hanover Park High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hanover Park Regional High School District|
|NCES School ID||3406660|
|Principal||Thomas J. Callanan|
|Asst. principal||Michael Menditto|
|Enrollment||839 (as of 2018–19)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.0:1|
|Color(s)||Black and |
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
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 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 839 students and 76.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1. There were 20 students (2.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 11 (1.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
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 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. Up 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.
The Hanover Park High School Hornets compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 664 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 508 to 770 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school competed in the Iron Hills Conference.
The school operates as the host school / lead agency for joint boys' and girls golf, lacrosse and boys' and girls' swimming programs with Whippany Park High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2018-19 school year; Whippany Park is the host school / lead agency for joint programs between the two schools in ice hockey and girls' lacrosse.
The football team won the North II Group II state sectional championships in 1990.
The boys wrestling team won the North II Group II state sectional championship in 1997, 1998, 2002 and 2014, and the North II Group I title in 2004, 2005, 2012 and 2013.
The girls track team won the 2004 Group I indoor relay championship.
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 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.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Thomas J. Callanan, Principal
- Michael Menditto, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director
- Sergio Silva, Assistant Principal
- 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.
- 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, 2020.
- Hanover Park High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 9, 2015.
- 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."
- 2010-2011 School Profile, Hanover Park High School. Accessed June 22, 2011.
- 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.
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- 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.
- Staff. "Hanover Park Regional has new superintendent", Daily Record (Morristown), 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."
- 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.
- Home Page, Iron Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 9, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 9, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 9, 2015.
- 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."
- Academic Decathlon of New Jersey, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. Accessed January 29, 2009.
- United States Academic Decathlon Archived 2009-04-11 at WebCite, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed January 29, 2009.
- United States Academic Decathlon, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed January 29, 2009.
- Administration, Hanover Park High School. Accessed April 3, 2020.
- 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."
- 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."
- 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."