Linden High School (New Jersey)
|Linden High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Linden Public Schools|
|Vice principals||Lizzie Ortiz|
|Enrollment||1,706 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.2:1|
|Color(s)|| Orange and|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
Linden High School is a comprehensive community public high school located in Linden in Union County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Linden Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,706 students and 129.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.2:1. There were 733 students (43.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 187 (11.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 253rd-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 326th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 284th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 299th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 293rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Linden High School Tigers 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 1,316 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,114 to 4,800 students in that grade range. Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association made up of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County.
The boys' baseball team won the Group IV state championship in 1979 (against Middletown High School South in the final game of the tournament), and won the Group III title in 1981 (vs. Moorestown High School) and 1982 (vs. Freehold Township High School).
The football team won the North II Group III state sectional title in 1985 and the North II Group V title in 2014. In 2014, the team defeated Elizabeth High School by a score of 27-20 in the tournament final to win the North II Group V championship.
The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1988.
The boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 2000 (defeating Bridgewater-Raritan High School in the tournament final), 2004 (vs. Atlantic City High School), 2007 (vs. South Brunswick High School) and 2014 (vs. Trenton Central High School); the girls' basketball team won the Group IV state title in 1991 (vs. Piscataway High School), 1993 (vs. East Brunswick High School) and 1994 (vs. Washington Township High School). Coached by Phil Colicchio, the boys' basketball team won the 2006 North II, Group IV sectional championship with a 64-38 win over Plainfield High School. In 2007 the team won the Group IV NJSIAA state championship, edging Passaic County Technical Institute 57-56 in the semifinals and defeating South Brunswick High School 63-54 for the title.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Yelena Horré, Principal
- Lizzie Ortiz, Vice Principal
- Gwendolyn Long, Vice Principal, Alternative Education/Adult Education
- Kevin Thurston, Vice Principal
- David Walker, Vice Principal
- Frank Bandinelli, Vice Principal
- Tiffany Andrade (born 1985), Miss New Jersey 2008.
- John Charles (born 1944), former American football cornerback and safety who played eight seasons in the National Football League.
- Waliyy Dixon (born 1974), aka "Main Event" on the AND1 Mixtape Tour; one of the original players on the famous AND1–sponsored streetball tours.
- Stanton T. Friedman (born 1934), nuclear engineer who broke the story of the 1947 Roswell UFO Incident.
- Eddie Kasko (born 1932), a former infielder, manager, scout and front office executive in Major League Baseball.
- Vincent Obsitnik (born 1938), American diplomat of Slovak descent.
- Jon Rua (born 1983, class of 2001), actor, singer and choreographer who appeared in the Broadway hit Hamilton.
- Troy Stradford (born 1964),former professional American football running back who played for six seasons in the NFL.
- Craig Taylor (born 1966), former running back for three seasons for the Cincinnati Bengals.
- Muhammad Wilkerson (born 1989), defensive end for the New York Jets of the National Football League.
- John J. Fay Jr. (1927–2003), history and economics teacher from member 1958 to 1978, who was elected to the New Jersey General Assembly and the New Jersey Senate.
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- Linden High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed May 1, 2008.
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- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 7, 2011. Accessed December 16, 2014.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Kratch, James. "Juwan Dolbrice leads Linden to first title in 29 years with win over Elizabeth in North 2 Group 5 final", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 7, 2014. Accessed December 26, 2016. "Juwan Dolbrice returned a kickoff 75 yards for the game-winning touchdown when Linden defeated Elizabeth, 27-20, in the NJSIAA/SportsCare Institute North Jersey, Section 2, Group 5 final Saturday evening at MetLife Stadium.... The victory ends a 29-year championship drought for Linden, which was playing in its first sectional final since it won North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 in 1985 for the only sectional crown in school history prior to Saturday night."
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2006 Boys Basketball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2007.
- 2007 Boys Basketball - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 29, 2007.
- 2017-18 Student Handbook, Linden High School. Accessed June 25, 2015.
- Helfand, Candice Leigh. "Dancing queen", The Star-Ledger, November 2, 2007. Accessed November 21, 2007. "Yesterday, she came back to her alma mater to teach current Linden High School dance majors the same steps she performed with the other Miss New Jersey-USA contestants in the Oct. 21 pageant, and to discuss her experiences."
- Markus, Robert. "Charles Smiles Now in Glory of Rose Bowl", Chicago Tribune, December 28, 1966. Accessed September 11, 2012. "There may be some who have waited longer for Purdue to get to the Rose Bowl, but none could be happier to be here at last than John Charles.... 'I probably got my scholarship at Purdue as a player, because I was an All-State and All-America on offense at Linden High in New Jersey.'"
- Linden Athletic Hall of Fame Archived 2009-04-03 at the Wayback Machine.. Accessed January 30, 2009.
- Gibson, Lydialyle. "Science? Fiction? For 41 years Stanton Friedman, SB'55, SM'56, has traveled the world with a simple message: UFOs are real.", The University of Chicago Magazine, September / October 2011. Accessed October 27, 2011. "In 2001, decades after challenging his fifth-grade teacher on the motion of the solar system, Friedman returned to Linden for his 50th high school reunion."
- Sales, Bob. "'I'll Treat Sox Like Men'--Kasko", Boston Globe, October 3, 1969. Accessed July 23, 2011. "Born June 27, 1931 Linden N.J. Home Richmond Virginia Graduate of Linden High School"
- Caroom, Eliot. "U.S. ambassador returns to Linden", copy of article from The Star-Ledger, may 5, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2010.
- Ross, Ruth. "Linden is In The Heights with Mystic Vision Players", NJ Arts Maven, July 8, 2013. Accessed August 29, 2017. "Jon Rua, who recently originated the role of 'Jesus Pena' on Broadway in Hands On A Hardbody, graduated from Linden High School in 2001 and went on to appear in the ensemble of the premiere off-Broadway production of In The Heights."
- Thomsen, Ian. "He's In A State Of Anticipation; Bc's Stradford Eyes A Big Year", The Boston Globe, August 27, 1985. Accessed July 20, 2012. "He was a 5-foot-8-inch basketball player who could dunk two- handed, but [Troy Stradford] was mainly a 1,000-yard tailback each of his last two years at Linden High School."
- Craig Taylor player profile Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., database Football. Accessed August 27, 2007.
- Vrentas, Jenny. "Former Linden High star Muhammad Wilkerson likely to be first New Jerseyan selected in 2011 NFL Draft", The Star-Ledger, April 25, 2011. Accessed July 23, 2011. "Raised in Elizabeth and Linden, Wilkerson grew up a Giants fan until he became simply a fan of the game. The third of four children, he and his mother share a close connection, reinforced by their tradition of sending 'hugs' in daily text messages."
- Martin, Douglas. "John J. Fay Jr., 76, Ombudsman For the Elderly of New Jersey", The New York Times, October 29, 2003. Accessed July 7, 2010.