Lyndhurst High School
|Lyndhurst High School|
400 Weart Avenue
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Lyndhurst School District|
|NCES School ID||340921000568|
|Enrollment||760 (as of 2020–21)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.2:1|
|Color(s)|| Blue and |
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
|Team name||Golden Bears|
Lyndhurst High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Lyndhurst, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Lyndhurst School District.
As of the 2020–21 school year, the school had an enrollment of 760 students and 62.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 141 students (18.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 17 (2.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 165th-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 162nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 178th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 182nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 179th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 188th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 38 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the two components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), mathematics (80.3%) and language arts literacy (91.7%).
The Lyndhurst High School Golden Bears participate in the Meadowlands Division of the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, which is comprised of small-enrollment schools in Bergen, Hudson, Morris and Passaic counties, and was created following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 547 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 758 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's realignment that took place in the fall of 2010, Lyndhurst was part of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL). The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group II North for football for 2018–2020.
The school participates as the host school / lead agency for a joint cooperative boys / girls swimming and wrestling teams with North Arlington High School. Lyndhurst and Hackensack High School participate in a joint ice hockey team, in which Paramus High School is the host school. These co-op programs operate under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.
The boys track team won the Group II spring track state championship in 1949.
The boys track team won the overall public school indoor track state championship in 1967, 1975 (as co-champion) and 1982 The girls team was the all-group co-champion in 1979.
The boys baseball team won the North I Group III state sectional championship in 1964 and 1966, and won the North I Group II state sectional title in 1970. In 2008, the baseball team won its first ever Group I state championship with a 7–3 win against Robbinsville High School, its first group championship in 40 years, since they won the Group III state championship. On their way to the state championship they won the North II Group I state sectional championship over Weehawken High School, and the BCSL National Division Title.
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group II state sectional championship in 1983 and 2019. Finishing the season 11–0, the 1983 team defeated Newton High School by a score of 28–6 in the North I Group II championship game. The 2019 team defeated Parsippany High School by a score of 26–7 in the finals of the playoffs to win the North I Group II sectional championship for the second time.
The 1990 girls volleyball team finished the season with a 19–2 record after winning the Group II state championship against runner-up Rutherford High School in two games (15-4, 15–3) in the tournament final.
Led by Patrick Rono (son of Olympian gold-medalist Peter Rono) who won the 2010 Group I individual title, the Golden Bears men's cross country team won their first North Jersey Group I sectional title, and would repeat as champions in 2013 and 2014. 2010 marked the first time the Bears qualified for the Bergen County Meet of Champions as a team. Rono finished seventh at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, New York; The finish earned a spot to Foot Locker Nationals, held in Balboa Park in San Diego, making Rono the first male runner from North Jersey to earn an invitation in two decades. Rono finished 24th in a race with 40 of the nation's elite runners.
The school's principal is Laura Vuono. Her administration team includes the assistant principal.
- Gabriel M. Ambrosio (1938-2013), politician who served in the New Jersey Senate, representing the 36th Legislative District.
- Anthony J. Cirone (born 1941), percussionist with the San Francisco Symphony under Maestro Josef Krips.
- Christine Ann Denny (class of 2001), neuroscientist whose research focuses on the molecular mechanisms underlying learning and memory.
- Melissa Fumero (born 1982), actress who has appeared in Brooklyn Nine-Nine and One Life to Live.
- Elizabeth Lindsay (1912-2013), track and field athlete and Girl Scout activist.
- Tom Longo (1942-2015), defensive back who played in the NFL for the New York Giants.
- Donny Pritzlaff (born 1979, class of 1997), freestyle wrestler who represented the United States in international competition, winning bronze medals at the 2006 World Wrestling Championships and at the 2007 FILA Wrestling World Cup, after being a three-time NJSIAA individual state champion at Lyndhurst and finishing his high school wrestling career with a record of 127–4.
- Carmine Savino (1911–1993), lawyer, newspaper editor and politician who served for ten years in the New Jersey General Assembly
- Jimmy Smagula (born 1976), actor who has appeared in The Sopranos, Bones, Grey's Anatomy, Parks and Recreation and Rizzoli & Isles as well as films such as The Island and The Producers.
- Jim Tooey (born 1954), actor.
- School data for Lyndhurst High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 15, 2022.
- Lyndhurst High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- The Lighthouse Newspaper, Lyndhurst High School. Accessed April 13, 2022.
- Tartaglia, Greg. "State of the Program: Lyndhurst looking to build off momentum of championship season", The Record, August 26, 2020. Accessed April 13, 2022. "Lyndhurst High School opened in 1926 and fielded a football team that fall. Five years later, the NJSIAA awarded the Golden Bears the North Group 3 sectional title."
- "Lyndhurst High School To Be Dedicated Tomorrow Evening", Passaic Daily News, March 28, 1927. Accessed April 13, 2022, via Newspapers.com.
- "Beautiful New Lyndhurst High School Dedicated Last Evening", Passaic Daily News, March 3, 1927. Accessed April 13, 2022, via Newspapers.com.
- 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 2, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 5, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 9, 2012.
- Mattura, Greg. "Small-school NJIC may debut its own league championship", The Record, January 9, 2017.Accessed August 30, 2020. "The small-school North Jersey Interscholastic Conference may debut its own boys basketball tournament this season, one season after introducing its girls hoops championship. The NJIC is comprised of schools from Bergen, Passaic and Hudson counties and the event offered to the 36 boys teams would serve as an alternative to likely competing against larger programs in a county tournament."
- Member Schools, North Jersey Interscholastic Conference. Accessed August 30, 2020.
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed August 14, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Winter Cooperative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- Behre, Bob. "Lyndhurst 7, Robbinsville 3", The Star-Ledger, June 7, 2008. Accessed October 7, 2008.
- "2008 Baseball Tournament - Public Semis/Finals", New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 7, 2008.
- 2008 Baseball Tournament - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 7, 2008.
- NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- "Passaic (11-0) Tops North Bergen, 24-13", The New York Times, December 4, 1983. Accessed December 24, 2020. "Wayne Kanter, a senior quarterback, completed three touchdown passes and lifted Lyndhurst (11-0) over Newton (7-3-1), 28-6, in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 final at Riggin Field in East Rutherford."
- Gantaifis, Nick. "Inside Lyndhurst football's first sectional championship win since 1983", The Record, November 22, 2019. Accessed September 30, 2020. "The Golden Bears defeated Parsippany, 26-7, Friday in the NJSIAA North 1 Group 2 title game at Joe Cipolla Field, winning their first sectional crown since 1983."
- NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
- DeMarrais, Kevin G. "Late goal foils Mahwah in quest for State crown", The Record, November 18, 1990. Accessed January 23, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Paramus Catholic, Northern Valley at Old Tappan, and Lyndhurst, each a loser in last year's State volleyball Section 1 finals, got second chances Saturday and won one-sided matches at Fair Lawn to win group championships. Unbeaten Paramus Catholic needed just 34 minutes to defeat Lakeland, 15-1, 15-6, for the New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association Group 4 title; Old Tappan stopped Pascack Valley, 15-3, 15-13, for the Group 3 crown; and Lyndhurst rolled over Rutherford, 15-4, 15-3, for the Group 2 championship.... Dana DeSimone (14 service points, eight spikes), Angiola DiPotolo (20 spikes), and Elaine Rocha (25 sets) led top-seeded Lyndhurst (19-2) past No. 7 Rutherford (15-8)."
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- "Lyndhurst's boys bowling team takes first team state championship in program history", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, February 20, 2015, updated August 24, 2019. Accessed October 14, 2020. "When Daijon Smith saw his team drop the first game in the Tournament of Champions final at the NJSIAA Team Championships on Friday, the Lyndhurst senior was determined to pick up the energy and secure the program's first overall state title. Smith and the Bergen County school responded by defeating Freehold Township, No. 13 in the NJ.com Top 20, in three of the final four games in the Baker format to win the best-of-five T of C, 3-2, at Carolier Lanes.... Taking the Group 1 title for the first time in program history with a 3,202 after three traditional games, Lyndhurst went into the stepladder tournament seeded first."
- NJSIAA North I Sectional Cross Country Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2022.
- NJSIAA Sectional Cross Country Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Schwartz, Paul. "Lyndhurst's Rono advances to Nationals", The Record, November 28, 2010. Accessed September 15, 2015. "Patrick Rono of Lyndhurst became the first North Jersey boy in nearly 20 years to qualify for the Foot Locker National championships by placing seventh in the Foot Locker Northeast Regional championships at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, N.Y., on Saturday. Rono advances to the National championships at Balboa Park in San Diego on Dec. 11 along with fellow New Jerseyans Morgan Pearson of Delbarton and Matt McDonald of North Hunterdon, who were second and tenth, respectively."
- "NJ Cross-Country: Venables finishes fifth at Foot Locker Nationals", The Star-Ledger, December 11, 2010. Accessed September 15, 2015. "On the boys' side, Matt McDonald of North Hunterdon in Annandale finished 23rd among 40 runners in 15:40, Patrick Rono of Lyndhurst took 24th in 15:42 and Morgan Pearson of Delbarton in Morris Township was 27th in 15:48."
- Administration, Lyndhurst High School. Accessed April 13, 2022.
- Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual, 1988, p. 233. Accessed August 13, 2019. "Senator Ambrosio was born in Jersey City Oct. 26, 1938. He attended Lyndhurst High School and Rutgers University, where he was graduated in 1960."
- Weiss, Lauren Vogel. Anthony J. Cirone, Percussive Arts Society. Accessed November 7, 2021. "'During my third year at Lyndhurst High School, we got a new, young band director named William Gee,' recalls Cirone."
- Academic Hall of Fame: Dr. Christine Denny, Lyndhurst High School. Accessed November 7, 2021. "The 2017 Inductee into the Lyndhurst High School Academic Hall Of Fame is Dr. Christine Ann Denny, Phd. Lyndhurst High School Class of 2001."
- Lee, Amy. "Brooklyn Nine-Nine's Melissa Fumero on How Timing Worked Out For the Show and Her Baby (Exclusive)", Entertainment Tonight, May 9, 2019. Accessed April 13, 2022.
- "Elizabeth A. 'Miss Libbie' Lindsay", The Record (North Jersey), March 17, 2013. Accessed February 18, 2020. "Elizabeth was a member of the first graduating class of Lyndhurst High School."
- Winters, Jaimie Julia. "Marshall plane crash will be subject of lecture at Meadowlands Museum", South Bergenite, February 13, 2014. Accessed November 14, 2014. "Tom Longo (New York Giants, Lyndhurst High School alumnus) will speak on his memories of Shoebridge and Lajterman."
- Stanmyre, Matt. "'A more meaningful challenge.' How Donny Pritzlaff finally made it to Rutgers", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 7, 2016. Accessed January 29, 2018. "Donny Pritzlaff steered his blue Dodge Ram down the Turnpike in spring of 1997, fresh off capturing his third state wrestling championship to cap a dazzling career at Lyndhurst High School.... Although he was perhaps the finest New Jersey high school wrestler at the time -- compiling a record of 127-4 -- Pritzlaff said he never received a phone call, recruiting letter or visit invitation from Rutgers."
- O'Shea, Jack. "Carmine Savino: Leader editor, judge, legislator passes", The Commercial Leader of Lyndhurst, November 24, 1993. Accessed November 10, 2021. "Mr. Savino was born in Lyndhurst and lived in the Township all his life. He was a member of the first graduating class at Lyndhurst High School."
- "Jimmy Smagula will host and perform in a benefit concert for Lyndhurst High School featuring numerous Broadway performers May 19 at 7 PM.", Playbill. Accessed May 16, 2016. "Smagula, who is an alumnus of Lyndhurst High School, said in a statement, 'The auditorium is in great need of renovation and I am proud to be able to give back to my hometown that has given me so much. Arts education is often overlooked and I am thrilled to be able to give back.'"
- Stimac, Elias. "Two-Mur Humor Helps the Healing process", New York Cool, August 2007. Accessed May 20, 2013. "My family moved to Lyndhurst, NJ at age 12, where I attended Sacred Heart and Lyndhurst High School."