Jonathan Dayton High School
|Jonathan Dayton High School|
139 Mountain Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|Principal||Dr. Norman Francis Jr.|
|Asst. principal||Ronald Slate|
|Enrollment||610 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.4:1|
|Color(s)|| Royal Blue and|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Publication||Jargon (literary magazine)|
|Newspaper||The Dawg Print|
Jonathan Dayton High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Springfield Township, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Springfield Public Schools. The school is named after Jonathan Dayton, a signer of the United States Constitution. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 610 students and 45.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.4:1. There were 44 students (7.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 27 (4.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 60th in New Jersey and 1,732nd nationwide. The school was the 991st-ranked public high school in the United States out of over 26,000 schools in the country, 29th in the state of New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's "America's Top High Schools 2010" edition.
The school was the 113th-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 26th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 40th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 32nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 44th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 76th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 109 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (89.5%) and language arts literacy (96.4%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Jonathan Dayton offers Advanced Placement (AP) classes in the humanities (AP English Language and Composition, AP Art History, AP Studio Art, AP Music Theory, AP United States History, AP European History, and AP Psychology), sciences (AP Chemistry, AP Physics, and AP Biology), and (AP Calculus BC and AP Statistics) and AP Computer Science. All students have laptops.
- Junior State of America (JSA)
- Student Council
- Italian Club
- French Club
- Spanish Club
- Alternatives Club
- Ski/Snowboard Club
- Math League
- Science League
- Medical Careers Club
- Newspaper (The Dawg Print)
- Literary Magazine (Jargon)
- Spring Musical
- Fall Drama
- Marching Band
- Glee Club (A Capella)
- Mock Trial Team
- Quiz Bowl
- Bulldog Banger Student Section
- Mixed Choir
- Art Club
- Peer Leadership
- Peer Mediation
- Prom Committee
- Volunteer Club
- Environmental Club
- Student-Principal Advisory Committee (SPAC)
- Book Club
- National Honor Society (NHS)
Jonathan Dayton is home to three publications, The Dawg Print, Jargon, and the yearbook. The former is the school's newspaper, which is released tri-yearly. Jargon is Jonathan Dayton's Literary Magazine, which displays the school's body of creative writing. Jargon's content can be submitted through the school's creative writing classes, or of the writer's own accord.
The Jonathan Dayton High School Bulldogs compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 471 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 73 to 457 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Mountain Valley Conference, which included schools in Essex County and Union County.
Sports offered at Jonathan Dayton High School include:
- Fall Sports: Football (Varsity, JV & Freshman), Soccer (Boys', Varsity & JV), Soccer (Girls', Varsity & JV), Cross Country (Boys & Girls, Varsity), Volleyball (Varsity & JV), Gymnastics (Varsity), Cheerleading (Varsity) and Tennis (Girls' Varsity & JV).
- Winter Sports: Bowling (Co-ed JV, Varsity) Basketball (Boys' Varsity, JV & Freshman), Basketball (Girls' Varsity & JV), Indoor Track (Boys' & Girls' Varsity), Swimming (Co-ed, Varsity), Ice Hockey (co-op with David Brearley High School), Cheerleading (Varsity & JV) and Wrestling (co-op with David Brearley High School).
- Spring Sports: - Baseball (Varsity & JV), Softball (Varsity & JV), Spring Track (Boys' & Girls, Varsity & JV), Tennis (Boys' Varsity & JV) and Golf (Co-ed Varsity)
Jonathan Dayton is the host school / lead agency for cooperative programs with David Brearley High School in ice hockey (which also includes Union High School), gymnastics, co-ed swimming expiring in 2018-19; the school participates in a cooperative wrestling program with David Brearley High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires in 2018-19.
The boys' track team won the Group I/II indoor relay state championships in 1971; the girls' track team won the Group II title in 1984.
The wrestling team, operated in combination with David Brearley High School, won the 2006 and 2007 Central Jersey Group I state sectional title defeating Roselle Park High School 39-20 in 2006 and 46-10 in 2007. In 2008 the wrestling team won the North 2 Group 2 Sectional Title defeating South Plainfield High School by a score of 34-23 at South Plainfield High School. The team was a finalist in the Group I state championship before losing to Paulsboro High School at the Ritacco Center in Toms River in 2007 and a Group II state finalist in 2008, losing to Long Branch High School by a score of 30-27.
The boys tennis team won the North II Group I state sectional championship in four consecutive years 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and the Mountain Valley Conference in 2008 and 2009. The boys tennis team has won the Group I state championship in three consecutive years 2007, 2008, 2009 and four times overall including a state championship in 2000. The 2008 boys tennis team won the North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 3-2 win in the tournament final over Ridgefield Memorial High School. The boys tennis team won the 2007 North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 4-1 win against Ridgefield Memorial High School. The team moved on to win the 2007 NJSIAA Group I state championship, defeating Pennsville Memorial High School 4-1 in the final matches.
The school had the only female football player in the state of New Jersey for the year 2007-2008, Cynthia Ibe.
As of the 2006 - 2007 school year:
Total Teachers = 46
Teacher - Student Ratio = 1:12 (NJ Average = 1:14)
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Norman Francis Jr., Principal
- Ronald Slate, Assistant Principal
- Dan Avidan (born 1979), singer-songwriter of Ninja Sex Party and Starbomb; co-host of Let's Play webseries Game Grumps.
- Anthony Cioffi (born 1994), football safety who played college football for Rutgers University and was signed by the Oakland Raiders.
- Curt Merz (born 1938), guard who played in the NFL for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Jeff Ross (born 1965), comedian (born Jeffrey Ross Lifschultz).
- Joe Schaffernoth (born 1937), pitcher who played on the Chicago Cubs.
- Roger C. Smith (born 1937), Brigadier General, United States Air Force. Joint Chiefs of Staff Representative to the U.S.- Soviet Union Defense and Space Talks 1986-1988, Geneva Switzerland. Commander of a 150 Minuteman Missile Wing ; Chief of Policy Analysis for three Secretaries of the United States Air Force.
- James Yee (born c. 1968), United States Army chaplain.
- School data for Jonathan Dayton High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Jonathan Dayton High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 29, 2015.
- JDHS Athletic Department, Jonathan Dayton High School. Accessed October 29, 2015.
- Jonathan Dayton High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Jonathan Dayton High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 10, 2011.
- "America's Top High Schools 2010: # 991 Dayton Springfield, NJ", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed June 11, 2011.
- 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 August 23, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 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 February 27, 2012.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- 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.
- Home Page, Mountain Valley Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
- 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 17, 2016.
- 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2007.
- 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - Group I Championship, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2007.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Chando, Matt. "Eagles fall to defending state champs", Today's Sunbeam, May 22, 2009. Accessed September 10, 2011. "Dayton (13-4) captured its third consecutive state Group I title and fourth overall by defeating Point Pleasant Boro/New Milford in the final."
- 2008 Boys Team Tennis - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2014.
- New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. "2007 Boys Tennis - North II, Group I". Retrieved June 6, 2007.
- 2007 Boys Tennis - Public Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2007.
- History of Boys' Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2017-2018 Student/Parent Handbook, Jonathan Dayton High School. Accessed November 29, 2017.
- "Jonathan Dayton High School Regionalogue". Archive.org. Internet Archive. Retrieved June 16, 2016.
- Monaco, Lou. "Dreams Do Come True: Springfield's Anthony Cioffi to Sign with Oakland Raiders", TAP into Springfield, April 30, 2017. Accessed November 11, 2017. "The dream has come true for the Springfield kid.... Anthony Cioffi, the 5-foot-11, 205-pound four-year defensive back out of Rutgers and Jonathan Dayton High School alum, signed as a priority undrafted free agent with the Oakland Raiders."
- Curt Merz, The Pro Football Archives. Accessed May 10, 2013.
- Ross, Jeffrey. I Only Roast the Ones I Love: How to Bust Balls Without Burning Bridges, p. 66. Simon & Schuster, 2010. ISBN 1439102791. "However, it wasn't until I reached Jonathan Dayton Regional High School in Springfield that I discovered the great power of the put-down."
- Joe Schaffernoth, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed May 10, 2013.
- "Brigadier General Roger C. Smith", United States Air Force. Accessed February 5, 2018. "General Smith was born in 1937, in Orange, N.J., and graduated from Jonathan Dayton Regional High School, Springfield, N.J., in 1955."
- Goodstein, Laurie; Kershaw, Sarah; and Lewis, Neil A. "Army Chaplain in Detention Sought to Teach About Islam", The New York Times, September 25, 2003. Accessed May 10, 2013. "Rick Iacono, Captain Yee's wrestling coach, said he had recruited Captain Yee, who weighed only 100 pounds in high school, and that he had quickly made an impression as someone who could deeply focus on what he was doing. Captain Yee kept in close touch with Mr. Iacono and would return sometimes to the high school, Jonathan Dayton High School, to speak to students about wrestling."
- Fonda, Daren. "Were They Aiding The Enemy?", Time, September 28, 2003. Accessed May 10, 2013. "One of five children born to devout Chinese Lutherans, Jimmy, as he was known at Jonathan Dayton High School in Springfield, N.J., was a champion wrestler, an ace student and "a low-maintenance guy," according to his coach."
- Jonathan Dayton High School
- Springfield Public Schools
- Springfield Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Springfield Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- National Public Radio's report on AP United States History teacher Mandee Bellarosa's innovative implementation of conflict resolution debates