Hightstown High School
|Hightstown High School|
Main entrance of the school
|25 Leshin Lane
Hightstown, NJ 08520
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||East Windsor Regional School District|
|Principal||Dennis M. Vinson Jr.|
|Asst. principals||William Delaney
|Enrollment||1,503 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Valley Conference|
|Publication||The Ram Page|
Hightstown High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from three communities in Mercer County and Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the East Windsor Regional School District. Students come from East Windsor Township and Hightstown Borough, both in Mercer County. Students from Roosevelt Borough (a community in Monmouth County) attend the district's high schools as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Roosevelt Public School District.
The school building opened during the 1965-66 school year. Additions to the original structure were completed in 1973, 1982 and 2005. The school is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.
Hightstown High School offers a wide range of courses. Included are Advanced Placement, honors, vocational and standard academic courses. The curriculum is broad in scope and flexible to meet general and individual needs. After meeting basic curricular proficiency standards, students may choose from the wide variety of elective courses that will meet their individual interests and needs.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,503 students and 121.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1. There were 397 students (26.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 139 (9.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 126th-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 161st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 180th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 175th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 119th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 225th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 4 positions from the 2009 rank) 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).
The Hightstown High School Rams compete in the Colonial Valley Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Mercer County, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,147 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.
Interscholastic sports include cross country, football, soccer, field hockey, cheerleading, wrestling, indoor track and field, basketball, swimming, ice hockey, baseball, softball, tennis, golf, and lacrosse. The school participates in a joint ice hockey program with Ewing High School and Lawrence High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
The boys' soccer team was awarded the Group I state championship in 1946 (as co-champion with Chatham High School), 1947, 1949, 1950, 1951 (won vs. Harrison High School), 1956, 1957 and 1964 (won vs. Harrison), was awarded the Group II title in 1958 and 1959, and won the Group II title in 1961 vs. Irvington Tech, 1962 vs. West Morris Central High School and 1963 vs. Harrison High School.
The girls' field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 1983.
FIRST Robotics Team
Hightstown High School is also home to First Robotics Team #1089, Team Mercury. Since the team's inception in 2003, Team Mercury has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Chairman's Award in 2009. Team Mercury is sponsored by Credit Suisse, Comcast, and the East Windsor Board of Education.
Hightstown Marching Rams
The Marching band competed in the USBands national championships and state championships in Group 3A in 2015 with their field show "España". The band placed 2nd out of 23 in the state championships with a score of 93.663 and placed 3rd out of 27 in the national championships with a score of 96.275 beating Hightstown's record and won the Cadets award for Excellence in Creativity and Overall Effect.
In 2016, the Marching Rams competed in the USBands state championships and national championships, with their field show "Pure Imagination". The band won the state championship title, placed 1st out of 22 bands with a score of 93.500 and won the caption for Best Overall Effect. In the 2016 Group III A national championships the band placed 4th out of 26 with a score of 94.738.
Core members of the school's administration include:
- Dennis M. Vinson Jr. - Principal
- William Delaney - Assistant Principal
- Robert Scott - Assistant Principal
- Melissa Smith - Assistant Principal
- Melanie Balcomb, Head Women's Basketball Coach at Vanderbilt University.
- Jim Barlow, two-time high school soccer All-American and current head soccer coach at Princeton University.
- William R. Forstchen, (born 1950, class of 1968), author and historian.
- Hilly Kristal (1931–2007), owner and founder of CBGBs, graduated from Hightstown in 1949.
- Marlon LeBlanc, Head Men's Soccer Coach at West Virginia University.
- Randal Pinkett (born 1971), Chairman and CEO of BCT Partners, Rhodes Scholar, the winner of the reality show, The Apprentice 4, attended and graduated from Hightstown High School.
- Hightstown High School. Accessed October 6, 2015.
- School data for Hightstown High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Hightstown High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 8, 2016.
- East Windsor Regional School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 27, 2016. "The East Windsor Regional School District, located in central New Jersey at New Jersey Turnpike Exit 8, is a stable K-12 public school district serving the communities of the East Windsor Township and the Borough of Hightstown as well as Roosevelt Borough students' grades 7 through 12."
- About Us, Hightstown high School. Accessed November 8, 2012.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 1, 2012.
- League Memberships – 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.
- NJSIAA 2016 - 2018 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- NJSIAA 2015 Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 8, 2016.
- Hockey%20Program-TofC%202015.pdf History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 8, 2016.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 8, 2016.
- Batista, Amy. "HIGHTSTOWN: HHS marching band experiences the sweet sounds of success", CentralJersey.com, November 12, 2015. Accessed December 20, 2016. "The Hightstown High School Marching Rams took second place at the USBands New Jersey State Championships last month and placed third at the Nationals this past weekend."
- Morsch, Mike. "HIGHTSTOWN: HHS band marches to state title", CentralJersey.com, November 3, 2016. Accessed December 20, 2016.
- USBands A Class National Championships (Group III A) Saturday, November 05, 2016 Allentown, PA, USBands. Accessed December 20, 2016.
- HHS grad coaches team to Southeastern Conference title, Princeton Packet, March 16, 2007.
- Staff. "Six-Member Freshmen Class to Join Princeton Men's Soccer in 2006: Group includes players from Colorado, California.", CBS Sports, June 5, 2006. Accessed February 2, 2011. "Head coach Jim Barlow, in his 11th season in 2006, welcomes a group that includes players from six states, including California and Colorado. One will become the third member of his family to play for Barlow at Princeton, while another is a graduate of Hightstown High School, Barlow's alma mater."
- Forstchen, William R. Pillar to the Sky, p. 5. Macmillan Publishers, 2014. ISBN 9780765334381. "And thus this dedication to Betty Keller, librarian at Hightstown High School, and Russ Beaulieu, history teacher who shaped my life at such a crucial and sensitive time."
- Men's Soccer Coaching Staff: Marlon LeBlanc - Head Coach, West Virginia Mountaineers. Accessed July 9, 2008. "A Hightstown High School four-year starter, the New Jersey native received All-State, All-Area, and All-County honors during his scholastic career."
- Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Hightstown; A Borough With Respect for Its Roots", The New York Times, February 6, 1994. Accessed February 2, 2011.
- Hightstown High School
- East Windsor Regional School District
- East Windsor Regional School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the East Windsor Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Hightstown High School Athletic Hall of Fame