Harrison High School (New Jersey)

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Harrison High School
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Harrison High School is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Harrison High School
Harrison High School
Harrison High School is located in New Jersey
Harrison High School
Harrison High School
Harrison High School is located in the US
Harrison High School
Harrison High School
800 Hamilton Street
Harrison, NJ 07029
Type Public high school
School district Harrison Public Schools
Principal Matthew D. Weber
Asst. principals Steve Lipski[1]
Kim McDonough-Huaranga
Faculty 52.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 670[2] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 12.9:1[2]
Color(s)      Columbia Blue
     Navy Blue and
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Blue Tide[3]
Yearbook Harrisonian

Harrison High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Harrison, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Harrison Public Schools. Students from East Newark attend Harrison High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the East Newark School District,[4] though the East Newark district has sought to switch to sending students to Kearny High School, citing potential cost savings.[5]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 670 students and 52.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. There were 473 students (70.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 106 (15.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In September 2013, Harrison High School was recognized by the United States Department of Education as an Exemplary Improving School, as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program.[6][7]

The school was the 289th-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.[8] The school had been ranked 205th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 213th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 216th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 227th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11]

Schooldigger.com ranked the school 285th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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).[12]


The Harrison High School Blue Tide[3] compete as a member of the Meadowlands Division of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 499 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 493 to 732 students in that grade range.[14] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL).[15]

Sports played at Harrison High School include:[3]

  • Boys' Sports - Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, and Baseball
  • Girls' Sports - Volleyball, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, and Softball
  • Co-Ed - Football, Cross Country, Swimming, Cheerleading, and Bowling

The boys soccer team holds the United States high school record with 25 state championships.[16] It won the 2006 North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 2-1 win against Glen Ridge High School,[17] then won the Group I state championship with a 2-0 win over Waldwick High School in the semifinals and a 6-0 win against Metuchen High School in the finals.[18] The 2007 team repeated as North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 3-1 win over Jonathan Dayton High School in the tournament final.[19] The 2007 team won the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over Arthur P. Schalick High School, the team's 23rd state championship. The 2008 team won the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over South River High School.[20][21]

The new Harrison High School[edit]

The new Harrison High School opened its doors in September 2007 for the 2007-08 academic year. The new school, located on the former site of Clayton Container, initiated construction in January 2005 and lasted over two years, with the bulk of its electrical work completed in the summer of 2007. A new athletic complex constructed adjacent to the school building was completed in September 2006, which includes a football/soccer field, baseball diamond, softball diamond, track around the fields, and three tennis courts. Spaces for the high school include thirty general classrooms, four special education classrooms, two classrooms for small group instruction, two gymnasiums (one big, one small), a dance/aerobics studio, instrumental/vocal music room, cafeteria, auditorium, media center, science labs, three computer rooms, and faculty spaces. The building has three floors. The first floor consists of the main office, the nurse's office, the gymnasiums, and the main places. The classrooms are located on the second and third floors. There is a block scheduling of classes (84 minutes per period, with four periods per day and lunch straddling the 3rd period. Schedule alternates between 'A' and 'B' days). The building formerly known as Harrison High School opened as the new Washington Middle School in September 2007 for students in grades 6-8.[22]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ McDonald, Terrence T. "Harrison names former Jersey City Councilman as assistant principal of high school", The Jersey Journal, July 12, 2012."Former Jersey City Councilman Steve Lipski is giving up his role as head of the city Economic Development Corporation and accepting an assistant principal position at Harrison High School."
  2. ^ a b c d School Data for Harrison High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 27, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d Harrison High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2016.
  4. ^ Duger, Rose. "East Newark Harrison merging dispatch service", The Jersey Journal, December 30, 2010. Accessed March 25, 2011. "Kearny handles all health-related functions through its Board of Health, while East Newark high school children attend Harrison High School and the borough contracts with Harrison to provide street cleaning, snow removal, ambulance and library services."
  5. ^ Leir, Ron. "Getting serious about separating", The Observer Online, December 18, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2014. "East Newark school officials, who've been doing a lot of talking about a permanent 'recess' for borough students who attend Harrison High, have taken a big step to try to make that happen.... That action could mean that after completing eighth grade at East Newark Public School, borough kids would go to Kearny High School, instead of Harrison High, where they've gone, essentially, since the neighboring communities have existed."
  6. ^ Rundquist, Jeanette. "15 N.J. schools named as national 'Blue Ribbon' winners", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2013. Accessed September 24, 2013. "Five Catholic schools, six county vocational-technical schools and a Yeshiva are among the list of honored schools in New Jersey. Also named as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools were Dover, Harrison and Wildwood high schools."
  7. ^ 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, pp. 15-17. United States Department of Education, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed September 24, 2013.
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 1, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed December 29, 2011.
  13. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2016.
  14. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  15. ^ 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 7, 2014.
  16. ^ NSCAA Boys High School Records, National Soccer Coaches Association of America. Accessed July 27, 2007.
  17. ^ 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 1, 2007
  18. ^ 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 25, 2007.
  19. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  20. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  21. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Harrison flexes its muscles", The Record (Bergen County), November 18, 2007. Accessed May 27, 2016. "Harrison has won a record 23 State boys soccer championships. But Saturday's 2-1 victory over Schalick in the Group 1 final may have been the sweetest of all."
  22. ^ Schools Construction Corporation: Harrison District Information, New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation. Accessed May 7, 2006.
  23. ^ Dave D'Errico Interview, Goal Seattle.com. Accessed October 11, 2007. "My high school, Harrison High, had and still has an amazing tradition. We have won the most state championships in NJ history despite having a total of 700 plus kids."
  24. ^ "Harrison has advantages", Jersey Journal, March 3, 2005. Accessed August 1, 2007. "And, Harrison's melting pot is further evident in the school system, which includes Lincoln No. 3 for kindergarten through grade 5, Washington No. 1 for grades 6 through 8, and Harrison High School, the alma mater of television personality/model Daisy Fuentes."
  25. ^ Archer, Todd. "RAY LUCAS MAY HAVE A NEW UNIFORM, BUT THE QB WILL ALWAYS BE NEW JERSEY", The Palm Beach Post, April 30, 2001. "Harrison is where Lucas grew up dreaming of playing in the NFL. He was the starting quarterback at Harrison High School beginning midway through his freshman year."
  26. ^ via Associated Press. "Dreamer fighting for shot with Patriots", Bangor Daily News, August 20, 1996. Accessed May 27, 2016. "Lucas lettered in basketball and football at Harrison, N.J., High School — 14 miles from Parcell's birthplace of Englewood — before setting a school record at Rugers with 43 career touchdown passes."

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