Hopatcong High School

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Hopatcong High School
Hopatcong High School is located in Sussex County, New Jersey
Hopatcong High School
Hopatcong High School
Hopatcong High School is located in New Jersey
Hopatcong High School
Hopatcong High School
Hopatcong High School is located in the US
Hopatcong High School
Hopatcong High School
2 Windsor Avenue
Hopatcong, NJ 07843
Type Public high school
School district Hopatcong Public Schools
Principal Lewis Benfatti
Asst. principal David Pierson
Faculty 50.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 551 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.0:1[1]
Color(s)      Green and
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Rival Lenape Valley Regional High School

Hopatcong High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Hopatcong, in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Hopatcong Public Schools.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 551 students and 50.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1. There were 89 students (16.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 67 (12.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

According to the New Jersey Herald, the graduation rate for Hopatcong High School is 86.8%, which exceeds the national high school graduation rate of approximately 70%.[citation needed]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 235th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 289th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 200th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 174th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 158th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]

In the 2013-14 school year, Hopatcong High School ranked eighth in Sussex County out of nine other public high schools in SAT scores.[7]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Hopatcong High School Chiefs[2] 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).[8] With 394 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 187 to 490 students in that grade range.[9] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the Sussex County Interscholastic League until the SCIL was dissolved in 2009.[10]

Hopatcong High School maintains a variety of men's and women's interscholastic sports teams including: Cross Country, Soccer, Cheerleading, Wrestling, Basketball, Bowling, Golf, Track and Field, Softball, Baseball and Tennis.[2]

The school operates as the host school lead agency for a joint bowling program with Mount Olive High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year, while Mount Olive is the host school for a joint ice hockey team.[11] In 2014, Hopatcong began partnering with Mount Olive High School on a co-op boys ice hockey team, which plays under the Mount Olive name.[12]

The boys wrestling team won the 1997 North I Group II state sectional championship.[13]

In 2001 and 2005 the varsity football team were the North I, Group II state champions. In 2005, the team beat Sparta High School 20-14 in overtime.[14][15]

During 2004 the varsity cross-country team became the North I, Group II state champions. In 2005 the boys cross country team placed 15th in the state at the New Jersey Meet of Champions.[16] The same year the team successfully defended their state sectional title and placed second in Group II

The school's track team had three consecutive undefeated seasons, from 2010 to 2012.[17]


Core members of the school's administration are:[18]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Hopatcong High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hopatcong High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 3, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ http://www.state.nj.us/education/pr/1314/37/372240030.pdf
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  9. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Home Page, Sussex County Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of February 4, 2012. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  11. ^ NJSIAA 2016 - 2018 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  12. ^ Corbett, Kayla. "Hopatcong's New Hockey Team", Hopatcong Arrow, January 2015. Accessed December 12, 2015. "This year HHS did something new—we collaborated with Mount Olive HS to bring a sport to Hopatcong students. Beginning with this winter season, Hopatcong High School now has a hockey team."
  13. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 11, 2015.
  14. ^ 2005 Football - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2008.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  16. ^ New Jersey Meet of Champions 2005, DyeStat. Accessed March 11, 2008.
  17. ^ Staff. "3rd Perfect Season for Hopatcong Track; Capwell, Olugbenga lead Chiefs to another flawless season.", Hopatcong-SpartaPatch, May 8, 2012. Accessed October 7, 2012. "The Chiefs finished their third straight undefeated season Thursday with a road win over formidable Newton. The victory gave Hopatcong a 6-0 finish and its third consecutive Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Freedom Division crown."
  18. ^ High School Staff, Hopatcong High School. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  19. ^ a b c Staff. "5 Hopatcong Grads You Need to Know: The borough has seen its share of stars, from athletes to brainiacs.", Hopatcong Patch.com, June 22, 2011. Accessed October 12, 2011. "You Need to Know About Joe Hewitt: Chances are you've seen his work without knowing it. Best known for helping create Firefox, Hewitt also played a key role in developing Facebook's iPhone app."
  20. ^ Faces in the Crowd. Sports Illustrated. January 8, 2007. Accessed March 25, 2010.
  21. ^ Dave Yovanovits, database Football. Accessed April 12, 2008.

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