Metuchen High School
|Metuchen High School|
|400 Grove Avenue
Metuchen, NJ 08840
|School district||Metuchen School District|
|Vice principal||Susan La Fauci|
|Enrollment||643 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.1:1|
Royal blue and|
|Athletics conference||Greater Middlesex Conference|
Metuchen High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Metuchen in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Metuchen School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 643 students and 53.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. There were 43 students (6.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 6 (0.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 77th-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 19th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 54th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 86th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 56th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 99th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 26 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.6%) and language arts literacy (94.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Metuchen High School Bulldogs compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, made up of public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area. Metuchen is placed in the Gold Division for Football. The league operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 500 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 498 to 750 students in that grade range.
The school participates in a cooperative ice hockey program together with J.P. Stevens High School, under an agreement with Edison High School as the lead agency / host that expires at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The school was recognized as the Group I winner of the NJSIAA ShopRite Cup in 2006-07, which recognizes overall athletic achievement by schools in Groups I-IV, Group A and Group B, based on the all-around best athletic program within each group in the state of New Jersey. The award for the 2006-07 ShopRite Cup recognized the school for achieving 2nd place in Girls Soccer, 2nd in Boys Soccer, 1st in Girls Cross Country, 4th in Boys Cross Country, a tie for 3rd in Football, and 1st in Boys Track and Field. The team repeated as Group I winner in the 2007-08 ShopRite Cup, with first-place finishes in Girls Soccer, Boys Winter Track Relays and Boys Spring Track, a second-place finish in Boys Winter Track Individual and a third place in Girls Cross-Country, with an additional nine points awarded for having no disqualifications in all three athletic seasons.
The boys' track team won the indoor relay championship in Group I/II in 1972 and 1973 (as co-champion with Saddle Brook High/Middle School), and the Group I title in 1992, 1997, 1999, 2003 and 2008; The seven titles are tied for third-most among public high schools in the state. The girls team won the indoor relay title in Group I in 1996.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 1985.
In 2007, the girls' soccer team won the Central Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over Robbinsville High School in the tournament final. The win marked the team's third consecutive sectional title, their first three-peat since 1988-90. The team moved on to win the Group I state championship with a 1-0 win over Glen Ridge High School in the tournament final, the team's first ever state title.
The Pride of Metuchen High School Marching Band consists of over 80 wind, percussion, and color guard members. The band performs at all school football games and participates in many Tournament of Bands and USBands competitions located in the New Jersey area. At the 2013 New Jersey state championships at Rutgers University, the marching band won 3rd place in Group 4 Open competition. The Pride of Metuchen were the 2015-16 Tournament of Bands Group 3 A, Atlantic Coast Champions.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Bruce Peragallo, Principal
- Susan La Fauci, Vice Principal
Notable alumni of Metuchen High School include
- Marqus Blakely (born 1988), basketball player who has played for the Houston Rockets.
- David Copperfield (born 1956), illusionist.
- Scott Cowen (born 1946, class of 1964), 14th president of Tulane University.
- Jim Fielding, track star.
- Gail Fisher (1935-2000), pioneering African American actress best known for her role in Mannix TV series.
- Robert Hegyes (1951-2012), TV actor, best known for his role as Epstein on the 1970s sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter.
- Dejuan Miller (born 1990), football player at the University of Oklahoma.
- School data for Metuchen High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 3, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2015-2016 Archived 2015-12-16 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 23, 2015.
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- Fourth Annual ShopRite Cup: 2006-2007 Final Standings Archived 2009-03-27 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2008.
- Fifth Annual ShopRite Cup2007-2008 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 10, 2011.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 23, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2007 Girls Soccer - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- Layton, Shawn. "Metuchen claims another Group I crown: Girls soccer wins third title in a row", Edison Sentinel, November 14, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- "Metuchen wins girls soccer Group I title", Home News Tribune, November 17, 2004. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 28, 2016.
- NJ state championships - 2 10/19/2013 New Brunswick, NJ, USBands, October 20, 2013. Accessed December 23, 2015.
- Meet Our Administrators, Metuchen High School. Accessed December 23, 2015.
- Staff. "Metuchen's Marqus Blakely carries success to Vermont, NCAA Tournament", The Star-Ledger, March 18, 2010. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Marqus Blakely is an impact player. Metuchen had endured 16 straight losing seasons before Blakely's emergence as a junior in the 2004-05 season, when he led the school to a 17-9 record. As a senior, he led the Group 1 school to the Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament championship game and a 22-3 record, the best in school history."
- Gelt, Gary. "Lear jet disappears on illusion artist's fourth TV special", Los Angeles Times, October 25, 1981. Accessed August 10, 2011. "After graduating from Metuchen High School he enrolled at Fordham University."
- Pope, John. "Tulane University President Scott Cowen receives Times-Picayune Loving Cup", The Times-Picayune, April 4, 2010. Accessed August 10, 2011. "When Scott Cowen was a student at Metuchen High School in New Jersey, he was class president for three years, then Student Council president, and he was captain of the Metuchen Bulldogs football team, on which he played defensive end. So it was no surprise that when Cowen graduated in 1964, he was honored as the student who had done the most for the school."
- Staff. Best Track Boys of the Decades, The Star-Ledger. Accessed August 10, 2011.
- Jarmon, Laurie. "Gail Fisher", p. 223 in Notable Black American Women, Jessie Carney Smith, editor, VNR AG, 1996. ISBN 0-8103-9177-5. Accessed December 23, 2015.
- About Robert Hegyes, Cinema Without Borders. Accessed September 30, 2007. "Mr. Hegyes was born in Perth Amboy, New Jersey and began studying acting in earnest at Metuchen High in the mid 1960s."
- Layton, Shawn. "Bulldogs football team looking to duplicate '08 success", Edison Sentinel, September 9, 2009. Accessed August 10, 2011. "The Bulldogs lost a number of key players from last year's 8-4 squad. Wide receiver Phil Lewis is gone after setting a new single-season mark for reception yards. Lewis' 754 yards for a season beat the old mark set by current Oklahoma Sooner Dejuan Miller."
- Metuchen High School
- Metuchen School District
- Metuchen School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Metuchen School District, National Center for Education Statistics