Malcolm X Shabazz High School

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Malcolm X Shabazz High School
Shabazz HS SW jeh.jpg
Home of the Bulldogs
80 Johnson Avenue
Newark, New Jersey 07108 USA
Type public high school
Established 1914
School district Newark Public Schools
Principal Damon Holmes[1]
Vice principal Rhonda Baskerville
Allison DeVaughn
Regina Covington
Daniel Cruz
Faheem Ellis
Robin Williams[2]
Faculty 59.9 (on FTE basis)[3]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 831 (as of 2011-12)[3]
Student to teacher ratio 13.87:1[3]
Athletics conference Super Essex Conference
Nickname Bulldogs

Malcolm X Shabazz High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Newark Public Schools. The school was founded as South Side High School in 1914 until it was renamed in 1972 in memory of Malcolm X.[4]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 831 students and 59.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.87:1. There were 663 students (79.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 33 (4.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 310th-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.[5] The school had been ranked 291st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 314th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 296th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 312th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8] Malcolm X Shabazz has scored 20.4 and 46.1 in the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) test results in the subjects of math and language arts respectively.[9]


The Malcolm X Shabazz High School Bulldogs compete in the Super Essex Conference, which includes schools in Essex County and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[10] With 470 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 61 to 478 students in that grade range.[11] The school had previously participated in the Watchung Conference, which included high schools in Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey.[12]

The girls' basketball team won the 2003 Tournament of Champions, defeating Marlboro High School 48-45 in the tournament final.[13][14]

The boys' basketball team won the 2001 North II, Group III state sectional title with a 56-45 win against Cranford High School.[15] The team won the 2005 NJSIAA Group III State Championship, defeating Ramapo High School 64-59 in the semifinals and Camden High School 76-58 in the championship game.[16]

The boys' basketball team won the 2006 North 2 Group III State Championships. In the Group III State Tournament, the team knocked off North 1 Group III champion Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan 77-68 in the semifinals, before falling to Hamilton High School 66-34 in the Group III championship game on March 12, 2006, at Rutgers University.[17]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Principal’s Message, Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Vice Principals, Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d Data for Malcolm X Shabazz High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  4. ^ Lee, Felicia R. "Newark Students, Both Good and Bad, Make Do", The New York Times, May 15, 1993. Accessed November 20, 2014. "Malcolm X Shabazz opened in 1914 as South Side High School. By 1972 it had been renamed for the fiery former Nation of Islam leader."
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ Malcolm X Shabazz High School Performance Results. Accessed December, 2009.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  11. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  12. ^ Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of February 7, 2011. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  13. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Shabazz girls outlast Marlboro, 48-45", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2003. Accessed July 17, 2007. "The seeds held form as top-seeded Shabazz held off second-seeded Marlboro, 48-45, in the championship game at the Continental Airlines Arena."
  14. ^ 2003 Girls Basketball - Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2007.
  15. ^ 2001 - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
  16. ^ 2005 Boys Basketball - Group III, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2007.
  17. ^ 2006 Boys Basketball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed December 7, 2006
  18. ^ Araton, Harvey. "High School Foes Form a Family at Rutgers", The New York Times, April 3, 2007. Accessed August 16, 2012. "“Don’t you want to be able to look up in the stands and see your mom?” Carson, from Paterson’s Rosa Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts (for academics and music) and Paterson Eastside (for basketball) asked Ajavon, from Newark’s Malcolm X. Shabazz."
  19. ^ "Anthony Avent statistics". Retrieved June 8, 2009. 
  20. ^ Grimes, William. "Vivian Blaine, the First Adelaide In 'Guys and Dolls,' Is Dead at 74", The New York Times, December 14, 1995. Accessed August 16, 2012. "Ms. Blaine was born in Newark. Originally her last name was Stapleton. While she was still in elementary school, her father, a theatrical agent, booked $1-a-night singing dates for her at nightclubs, company parties and police benefits. At 14 she began singing with the Halsey Miller Orchestra, and after graduating from Southside High School went on the road with little-known bands."
  21. ^ Jackson, Chanta L. "Malcolm X alum plan meeting", The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2008. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  22. ^ Cissy Houston, Accessed August 16, 2012.
  23. ^ "Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, whose new book is 'Buzz: How to Create It and Win with It'", The Bob Rivers Show, June 26, 2007. Accessed July 25, 2007. "Koch graduated in 1941 from Newark's South Side High School in 1941 (now called Malcolm X Shabazz High School)."
  24. ^ Greg Latta, database Football. Accessed April 14, 2008.
  25. ^ Amir Pinnix profile, Minnesota Golden Gophers. Accessed August 26, 2008.
  26. ^ Greg White player profile, Accessed September 3, 2007.
  27. ^ Lonnie Wright, Accessed February 3, 2011.

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