Indian Hills High School (New Jersey)
|Indian Hills High School|
|97 Yawpo Avenue
Oakland, NJ 07436
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District|
|Principal||Dr. Gregory Vacca|
|Asst. principals||Matthew Bushta
|Enrollment||1,222 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.9:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
Indian Hills High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. The school is a part of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, serving students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff. The high school is located in Oakland. Ramapo High School is the other high school in the district. Students from the three feeder districts may make the choice in eighth grade of which high school to attend.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,222 students and 112.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1. There were 26 students (2.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 60th-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 43rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 35th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 40th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 36th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 89th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 5 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.9%) and language arts literacy (97.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Historically, the Indian Hills Academic Decathlon Team has been noted for its excellent achievement. Under the guidance of coach Lisa Acquaire (1995-2009), the team represented New Jersey in the National Competition in 2001 (Anchorage, AK), 2006 (San Antonio, TX), and 2007 (Honolulu, HI). At the competition in Alaska, the Indian Hills Team was awarded Rookie of the Year and member Brent Morris earned a medal for his overall score that placed him as the third highest scoring decathlete at his level. In 2010, under coach Michael Catelli, the team ranked second in the state and the 2012 team finishing third in the statewide competition. In 2014 the team competed in the online national competition and was ranked second in the nation in their division. The team made it to the National Competition in 2018 held in Texas.
The Indian Hills High School Braves compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 946 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 786 to 1,074 students in that grade range. The school had previously participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League before the 2010 realignment.
Indian Hills High School has a long-standing rivalry with Ramapo High School, most notably with the school's football, lacrosse, and ice hockey teams. The Indian Hills-Ramapo football rivalry had been a yearly tradition since the founding of Indian Hills in 1964. Ramapo won the first two games of the series as only the class of 1966 was eligible to play for Indian Hills. However once that class became seniors Indian Hills began a dominant streak winning 20 of the next 24 games. After a period of even play Ramapo has dominated the modern era winning 12 of 13 games. Ramapo won the 2009 by a score of 41-0, though realignment and the disparity in size between the two schools makes continuation of the series for scheduled games increasingly unlikely.
The girls' soccer team won the all groups state championship in 1980 and 1981 (defeating Steinert High School in the tournament final in both years), won the Group III/IV combined state title in 1984 (vs. Ewing High School), the Group III title in 1989 (vs. Holy Cross Academy), and the Group II title in 2002 (as co-champion with Delaware Valley Regional High School) and 2003 (vs. Cinnaminson High School). The 2003 girls soccer team won the North I Group II tournament, defeating River Dell Regional High School 1-0 in the final.
The 2010 softball team won leagues, counties, state sectionals and state groups with only two losses the entire season. Indian Hills got its 31st win of the season, defeating Pequannock Township High School by a score of 1-0 to take the North I, Group II, sectional title, making it the 14th team in New Jersey history to win 31 games in a season.
The 2009-10 winter track team won the League, North I Group II sectional Championship, and Group II state championship.
The 2010 spring track Team won the League, County Group B, and North I Group II Sectional Championship making them triple crown winners two years in a row.
The 2014 softball team won the Group III state championship, defeating Ewing High School in the tournament final by a score of 8-5 to become the first team to finish their season undefeated with a 34-0 record.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Gregory Vacca, Principal
- Matthew Bushta, Assistant Principal
- Daniel Guido, Assistant Principal
- Jonathan Ames (born 1964), writer, artist and actor.
- Sheeri Cabral (born 1978, née Kritzer), MySQL community activist.
- Cindy Callaghan (born c. 1970, class of 1988), author of children's books whose first book, Just Add Magic, was adapted into an Amazon television series by the same name.
- Doug McKeon (born 1966), actor, director and screenwriter who first achieved notability as a juvenile performer in the television series The Edge of Night and the films Uncle Joe Shannon and On Golden Pond.
- Karen McCullah, screenwriter and novelist.
- Joe Russo (class of 1995), musician
- School data for Indian Hills High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Indian Hills High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 16, 2015.
- Eighth Grade School Choice, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District. Accessed November 12, 2017.
- 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 December 1, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 1, 2012.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Indian Hills High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 21, 2011.
- N.J. State Academic Decathlon Results - March 2010, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. Accessed June 25, 2012.
- 2012 State Results, Academic Decathlon of New Jersey. . Accessed June 25, 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.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2014.
- Cummins, Jeff. "Indian H. stuns Ramapo", The Record (Bergen County), November 29, 2003. "Nathanson kicked a 38-yard field goal in The driving rain with 42 seconds left to give Indian Hills a 16-14 win over arch-rival Ramapo on Friday night."
- Staff. "Devonshuk leads Ramapo over rival Indian Hills", Franklin Lakes - Oakland Suburban News, September 24, 2009. Accessed August 4, 2011. "With the start of the 2010-11 school year, Ramapo and Indian Hills will be in different leagues and will not play football against each other due to the disparity in the two schools' enrollment. Ramapo has considerably more students and is a Group 3-sized school; Indian Hills is a Group 2 school."
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2003 Girls Soccer - North I - 2, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 29, 2007.
- "Emerson shuts out Midland Park", The Record (Bergen County), May 30, 2003. Accessed September 16, 2015. "North 1, Group 2: Indian Hills 6, Hopatcong 1 - Danielle DeCarlo, Ashley Funari, and Erin Kindle each had an RBI as the top-seeded Braves jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning of the sectional final."
- 2003 Softball Tournament - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 29, 2007.
- 2005 Girls Team Tennis - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 29, 2007.
- 2007 Baseball - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2007.
- Reilly, Sean. "Softball - 2010 NJSIAA Tournament - North 1, Group 2 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Softball", The Star-Ledger, May 28, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2011. "Perri Goldberg of Indian Hills figured that yesterday's game against Pequannock for the championship of the NJSIAA/Blue Ribbon Awards North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 tournament was going to be a close one.... Katie Enright (29-2) pitched a five-hitter for Indian Hills (31-2), which became the 14th team in state history to win 31 games in a season."
- Vorkunov, Mike. "NJSIAA Group II Track - Zebras' Barlow wins girls hurdles; Rahway boys finish 2nd", MyCentralJersey.com, February 20, 2010. Accessed June 16, 2011. "Rahway finished second in Group II boys with 36 points. Indian Hills won the group with 44 points."
- NJSIAA/Star-Ledger Track & Field Championship Sectionals - North I - Groups II and III - 5/21/2010 to 5/22/2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 4, 2011.
- Holcomb, Dave. "Softball state championships: Indian Hills beats Ewing for Group 3 title and finishes 34-0", The Star-Ledger, June 7, 2014. Accessed June 9, 2014. "Not only was the team defending its Group 3 state title, Indian Hills needed one more victory to become the first New Jersey softball team ever to complete a season 34-0.... St. John Vianney (2004) and Indian Hills (2010) were the only teams in New Jersey to win 33 games in a season. This year's Indian Hills squad was the first team to win 34 and remain unbeaten."
- Administration, Indian Hills High School. Accessed March 11, 2018.
- Staff. "Bored to Death", The Oakland Journal, September 2009. Accessed April 22, 2012. "Jonathan Ames is also the author of several novels, a performance artist, and an occasional actor. He is less well known for being an alumni [sic] of Indian Hills High School."
- Barone, Matt. "Happy to Be 'Bored to Death'", Inside Jersey, April 2011. Accessed April 24. 2012. "The prolific 47-year-old writer was born and raised in Oakland, where he attended Indian Hills High School."
- McAleavy, Teresa M. "Bulletin Board; Two Win Science Honor", The Record (Bergen County), September 28, 1993. Accessed October 19, 2016. "Sheeri Kritzer and Joshua Kritzer, sophomores at Indian Hills High School in Oakland, have earned entry into Columbia University's Science Honors Program."
- "Amazon Prime Conjures More of Cindy Callaghan's Just Add Magic", Broadway World, January 10, 2018. Accessed February 1, 2018. "A New Jersey native (she grew up in Franklin Lakes and is a graduate of Indian Hills High School in Oakland) and Delawarean since 1990, the University of Delaware undergrad and masters graduate frequently uses a fictionalized version of Wilmington, Del., and other areas in the state as settings for her novels."
- Klein, Alvin. "Silver Screen is Gold for Bergen Youth", The New York Times, December 20, 1981. Accessed October 19, 2016. "Oakland... The young actor, who lives in this Bergen County community, considers himself, at 15, a 'veteran of show business'... Having finished three more films since On Golden Pond, Doug is in what he calls a 'hiatus,' which means that he's back in Indian Hills High School as a sophomore and taking exams, instead of traveling around with a tutor."
- Longsdorf, Amy. "N.J. writer puts her mark on Hollywood", The Record (Bergen County), July 20, 2009. Accessed August 4, 2011. "Screenwriter and former Oakland resident Karen McCullah Lutz is the first to admit she owes New Jersey a big debt of gratitude. Spending four years at Indian Hills High School sparked her love of Springsteen and the Paramus Park Mall, but Lutz is particularly grateful for an even more lasting Garden State gift."