Hillsborough High School (New Jersey)

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Hillsborough High School
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Front of the school
Hillsborough High School is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough High School is located in New Jersey
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough High School is located in the US
Hillsborough High School
Hillsborough High School
466 Raider Boulevard
Hillsborough, NJ, Somerset County, 08844
Coordinates 40°29′46″N 74°39′22″W / 40.49611°N 74.65611°W / 40.49611; -74.65611Coordinates: 40°29′46″N 74°39′22″W / 40.49611°N 74.65611°W / 40.49611; -74.65611
School type Public, high school
Established 1969
School district Hillsborough Township School District
Principal Karen Bingert
Vice principals Evette Chaney
Steven Jablonski
Michael Simborski
Colin Simpson
Faculty 192.9 FTEs[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 2,290 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.9:1[1]
Color(s)      Cardinal and
Athletics conference Skyland Conference
Team name Raiders[2]
Publication The Voice
Yearbook Ramrod

Hillsborough High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Hillsborough Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Hillsborough Township School District. Students from Millstone also attend the school, after Millstone was integrated into the Hillsborough district, prior to which they had attended as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[3]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,290 students and 192.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.9:1. There were 118 students (5.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 52 (2.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

Aerial view of the campus

The school was the 74th-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.[4] The school had been ranked 106th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 81st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 84th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 100th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[7] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 69th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 12 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (89.1%) and language arts literacy (97.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[8]

In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 217th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 34th among all high schools in New Jersey and 17th among the state's non-magnet schools.[9]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 740th in the nation among participating public high schools and 57th among schools in New Jersey.[10]


Hillsborough High School has 74 different clubs and activities. Students can make a new club with a faculty member and administration approval.

Marching band[edit]

Under the direction of Jules Haran, HHS Raider Marching Band took the title of 2010 Group V Open Northern State Champion with a score of 97.175 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. In 2006, at the USSBA National Championships at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, Hillsborough High School was recognized as Best Color Guard National Championship title in Class IV.[11] Also in 2006. at the USSBA-hosted state championships at Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey, Hillsborough High School took the title of Group IV Open state champions for the fourth consecutive year.[citation needed]

Debate club[edit]

One of the most popular and successful clubs at the school is Model United Nations and Model Congress, collectively known as HHS Debate. HHS Debate regularly wins delegation awards and many individual awards at conferences all across the country. In 2008, HHS Debate picked up the Best Delegation Award from Duke Model United Nations, with every individual member of the team winning an individual award. In 2009, the team won Best Delegation at Virginia Model United Nations. At Hillsborough's flagship conference, Rutgers Model Congress, the team has won a first or second place delegation award for nine out of ten years.


In 2007, the robotics team of Hillsborough High school helped pass legislation through the New Jersey Senate recognizing FIRST. This dedicated the week of February 26 through March 3 of 2007 to FIRST in an effort to support science, technology, as well as all the participants at FIRST. The robotics team, known formally as Team 75, has continuously worked with NJ legislature to support recognition for science and technology, and is the oldest active FIRST team in New Jersey. The team also won the 2007 Chesapeake Regional and the 2007 Chairman's Award at the NJ Regional.[12]


The Hillsborough High School Raiders[2] competes in the Skyland Conference, which includes public and parochial high schools covering Hunterdon County, Somerset County and Warren County in west Central Jersey, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 1,693 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.[14]

The field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1977-1979 and 1981-1983; the team was Group III c-champion in 1983 with Montville Township High School.[15]

The girls' soccer team was Group III co-champion in 1992 with Northern Highlands High School.[16]

The football team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1980 and the Central Jersey Group IV title in 2000.[17]

The baseball team won the Group IV state championship in 2005, defeating Watchung Hills Regional High School in the tournament final.[18]

The boys swimming team won the 2007 Central - A state championship with a 103-67 win against Montgomery High School.[19]

The boys' track team was Group IV indoor relay co-champion in 2008 with Trenton Central High School.[20]

The boys baseball team won the Somerset County Championship, the Central Jersey Group IV Sectional Final, and the Group 4 Finals in 2005.[21]

In 2008, Mary Kate Lynch was honored at the NJSIAA Annual Scholar Athlete Luncheon representing Hillsborough High School.[22]

In 2009, David Wilson broke his own school record (21.05) for the 50 freestyle to win the individual state championship and claim the title of "fastest man in the state." At the Meet of Champions, Wilson earned All-American status for the butterfly 200 medley relay.[23]

In 2009, Steven Wu won the singles title at the Somerset County Boys Tennis Tournament.[24]

The rugby team participates in a competitive league with schools such as Delbarton School, Xavier High School, and Darien High School.

In 2009, the girls' cross country team won overall state champion by defeating Randolph High School by a single point to win the Meet of Champions in Holmdel. In 2010, the Girls Cross Country Team won the Group IV state title and was the overall State Champion again by winning the Meet of Champions by a wide margin over Voorhees, earning the team recognition by The Star-Ledger as its team of the year.[25]

Graduation requirements[edit]

New Jersey State law requires that every student pass the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and successfully complete the following courses:

Department Minimum Credits
Language Arts 20
Mathematics 15
Science 15
Social Studies 15
Physical Education, Health, or JROTC 20
Visual and Performing Arts 5
World Language 5
Career Education or Life Skills 5
Electives 20
Total Minimum Credits 120

All students must carry at least 30 credits to be promoted to the next grade level.[26] These graduation requirements only apply to students currently in 10th-12th grade.

New graduation requirements[edit]

Beginning with the graduating class of 2012, graduation requirements (with course credits listed in parentheses) are Language Arts Literacy (20, aligned to grade 9-12 New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards standards), Mathematics (15, includes Algebra I content, Geometry content, and Algebra II content), Science (15, includes biology, chemistry and additional lab science), Social Studies (15, includes integrated civics, economics, geography, and global content), Economics (2.5, includes financial, economic, business and entrepreneurial literacy), Physical Education, Health, or JROTC (20), Visual and Performing Arts (5), World Language (5), Career Education or Life Skills (5) and Electives (20).[27]


Core members of the school's administration are:[28]

  • Karen Bingert, Principal
  • Evette Chaney, Vice Principal
  • Steven Jablonski, Vice Principal
  • Michael Simborski, Vice Principal
  • Colin Simpson, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Hillsborough High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hillsborough High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 18, 2015.
  3. ^ Sroka-Holzmann, Pamela. "Education's a priority for new Hillsborough school board member", Home News Tribune, September 7, 2009. Accessed January 29, 2011. "Prior to the Millstone district merging with Hillsborough borough students already had attended township schools in a sending district relationship."
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 3, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 27, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2016", Newsweek. Accessed November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  11. ^ USSBA National Championship Titles, Marching Band Planet, November 14, 2006. Accessed May 27, 2016, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 3, 2007. Accessed May 27, 2016. "Passaic High School also took both colorguard and percussion firsts in Class V while in Class IV Hillsborough High School earned the colorguard award and Fair Lawn High School took percussion first place."
  12. ^ Awards, Roboraiders. Accessed December 19, 2012.
  13. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2016.
  14. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ 2015 Field Hockey Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
  16. ^ 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
  17. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  18. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
  19. ^ 2007 Boys Team Swimming - Central - A, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2007.
  20. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 17, 2016.
  21. ^ 2005 Baseball - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 24, 2007
  22. ^ 2008 Scholar Athlete Luncheon, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 6, 2012.
  23. ^ Shanker, Jared. "NJSIAA Boys Swimming - Hillsborough, Wilson gather first pot of gold", Courier News, March 8, 2009. Accessed September 3, 2012.
  24. ^ Staff. "Ridge takes team title, Hillsborough's Wu singles champ at Somerset County boys tennis tournament", The Star-Ledger, April 26, 2009. Accessed January 6, 2012. "Steven Wu of Hillsborough upended top-seeded and defending champion Andrew Weeden of Bridgewater-Raritan, 6-1, 7-5, to take the title at first singles."
  25. ^ Bevensee, Rich. "NJ Girls Cross-Country: Hillsborough is state Team of the Year", The Star-Ledger, December 17, 2010. Accessed September 16, 2011. "A year later Hillsborough earned a one-point victory over Randolph and its first M of C title. And this year, despite the graduation of a First Team All-Stater, Ashley Smolinka, who is now running for Division 1 power Syracuse, Hillsborough managed to put together another season for the ages. Led by senior Julianna Miller, Hillsborough won four of five championship races in a critical five-week stretch which culminated with a 95-111 victory over runner-up Voorhees in the 39th M of C at Holmdel Park."
  26. ^ HHS Student/Parent Handbook 2015 - 2016, Hillsborough High School. Accessed July 9, 2016. "Students in grades 9-11 will pursue a minimum of 30 credits per school year. Seniors are encouraged to carry 30 credits, but may carry 25 credits provided they will complete the remaining graduation requirements."
  27. ^ http://www.hillsborough.k12.nj.us/hillsborough/lib/hillsborough/Graduation_Letter_10-31-08.pdf
  28. ^ Staff Directory, Hillsborough High School. Accessed May 27, 2016.
  29. ^ Makin, Bob. "Hillsborough-raised comic has new book, TV show", Courier News, January 8, 2016. Accessed July 8, 2016. "A sketch comedy troupe founded at New York University shortly after Black graduated from Hillsborough High in 1988, The State was his first claim to fame."
  30. ^ Student Ambassador Adam Mamawala, The College of New Jersey. Accessed August 14, 2012.
  31. ^ Shawn Mayer player profile, New England Patriots. Accessed April 14, 2007. "Played quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back at Hillsborough (N.J.)"
  32. ^ Eisen, Michael. Giants Sign Offensive Lineman O'Hara, New York Giants, March 7, 2004. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Although he was born in Chicago, O'Hara and attended Hillsborough (N.J.) High School. He was an all-state football player as a junior and senior and also a member of the basketball and track teams. O'Hara was a second-team all-county selection in basketball and the county and conference discus champion. "
  33. ^ Ricky Proehl player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed May 14, 2007. "attended Hillsborough (N.J.) High School...earned all-state, New York area all-metro and Somerset County Player-of-the-Year honors as senior"
  34. ^ "Metros sign Rutgers alum Dustin Sheppard; Diop cut", MetroFanatic.com, July 19, 2012. Accessed December 19, 2012. "Sheppard, a native of Belle Mead, NJ who also starred at Hillsborough HS, collected 56 total points (21 goals, 14 assists) over his four-year career at Rutgers, helping to lead the team to the NCAA Sweet 16 this past season."

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