North Bergen High School
|North Bergen High School|
|7417 Kennedy Boulevard
North Bergen, NJ 07047
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||North Bergen School District|
|Vice principals||Denise Arenas
|Enrollment||2,587 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||16.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Hudson County Interscholastic League|
North Bergen High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school, serving students in ninth through twelfth grade from North Bergen, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the North Bergen School District. It is the city's only high school, and its student body includes residents of both North Bergen and Guttenberg.
In terms of state aid, North Bergen High School is the most underfunded school in New Jersey, according to the Education Law Center, receiving $24 million less than the school would be entitles if it were fully funded under the formula specified by the School Funding Reform Act.
The school provides Advanced Placement course work and exams. The AP participation rate is 9%.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,587 students and 158.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.3:1. There were 1,677 students (64.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 198 (7.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 286th-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 322nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 296th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 294th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 285th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 198th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 39 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In 2014 U.S. News and World Report magazine awarded a bronze medal to North Bergen High School, recognizing it as one of New Jersey's best public high schools, based on criteria such as test scores, student demographics, college readiness and faculty-student ratio. Superintendent Dr. George Solter stated that the school was awarded the medal specifically for it emphasis on reading skills, the dedication of its faculty, and the talent of its students.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Paschal H. Tennaro, Principal
- Denise Arenas, Vice Principal
- Patricia Brando, Vice Principal
- Thomas Liggio, Vice Principal
- Nicholas Sacco, Vice Principal
- Edward Somick, Vice Principal
The North Bergen Bruins compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,942 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,090 to 2,568 students in that grade range. The North Bergen High School track, tennis, football and soccer teams use Bruins Stadium, which is located in James J. Braddock Park. The school's gymnasium serves as the home field for other sports.
Interscholastic sports programs offered include football, boys'/girls' basketball, baseball, softball, boys'/girls' tennis, boys'/girls' cross country, boys'/girls' indoor track and field, boys'/girls' outdoor track and field, boys'/girls' soccer, boys'/girls' volleyball, boys'/girls' bowling and wrestling.
The boys' varsity bowling team won the 1974 overall state championship.
The football team won the North I Group IV state championship in 1977, 1978, 1984, 1988, 1990, 1997 and 2011.
The boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1977, defeating Camden High School in the tournament final. On March 5, 2007, the boys' basketball team played in the North I, Group IV sectional championship, falling to Passaic County Technical Institute by 86–85 in overtime, in a game played at Wayne Valley High School; Students and fans from both schools rioted after the game, with a North Bergen student arrested in the melee for assaulting a police officer.
The wrestling team won the North I, Group IV state sectional championship in 1983, 1991 and 1993.
Other extra-curricular activities
North Bergen High School features various interest groups and clubs that include the Art Club, Academic Decathlon Team, Bible Club, Chess Club, Color Guard, Debate Team, Distributive Education Clubs of America, Environmental Club, FBLA-PBL and the Gay-Straight Alliance Club.
The high school also offers various culture groups and honor societies, including the French Club, Indian Cultural Club, Muslim Cultural Awareness Club (MCAC), German Club, Italian Club, Spanish Club, Russian Club, German Club, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, Italian National Honor Society, Russian National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society.
North Bergen High School students can participate in community service and student government groups, including Rebel, Key Club and Student Council.
North Bergen High School is home to various performance groups, such as the Stage Crew, Modeling club, Drama club, Dance club, Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Wind Ensemble, The Advanced Sciences Club, Music Creation (M.C) and Advanced Music Creation (A.M.C).
- Mohamed Mahmood Alessa, charged in 2010 with planning to travel to Somalia to join an Al Qaeda-linked terrorist group based there.
- Christopher Amoroso (1972-2001; class of 1990) Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) officer who died in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
- Rick Apodaca (born 1980), Puerto Rican professional basketball player who has played in the NCAA, USBL, NBDL, and the National Superior Basketball League of Puerto Rico.
- Dan Callandrillo, former professional basketball player who was part of North Bergen's Group IV state championship in 1977.
- Joey Diaz, standup comedian and actor.
- Evan Rodriguez (born 1988), NFL fullback and tight end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Rena Sofer (born 1968), actress.
- Count Wiley, chiropractor and West New York, New Jersey Commissioner of Public Works.
- Tennaro, Paschal H. "About NBHS: Principal's Message". North Bergen High School. Accessed October 25, 2013.
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- "North Bergen High School Overview". U.S. News & World Report. Accessed May 3, 2014.
- "North Bergen High School recognized as one of NJ's best public high schools", The Hudson Reporter, May 2, 2014. Accessed September 11, 2015. "North Bergen's school district is the most underfunded by state aid in New Jersey, according to the Education Law Center. Last year the district received $24 million less than what it is entitled to receive under the School Funding Reform Act formula."
- Shortell, Tom. "3 candidates on ballot to be Guttenberg's mayor", The Jersey Journal, November 2, 2008. Accessed March 23, 2011. "Scoullos, who has worked as a budget analyst, said he also plans to audit the town's contracts in order to find ways to cut taxes. Scoullos said in the late 1990s, North Bergen overcharged the town for services at North Bergen High School, which takes Guttenberg students as part of a sending/receiving network."
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed December 31, 2011.
- North Bergen High School Handbook 2015 - 2016, North Bergen High School. Accessed September 11, 2015.
- Hudson County Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 15, 2007.
- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 10, 2016.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 12, 2014.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 8, 2016.
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- Hague, Jim. "Riot after state playoff loss One arrest, one youth injured in melee after game", The Hudson Reporter, March 20, 2007. Accessed February 8, 2016. "A riot broke out on Monday after North Bergen High School's boys' basketball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in a state championship game at Wayne Valley High School, leading to the arrest of one North Bergen High School student for allegedly assaulting a police officer. After North Bergen lost to Passaic County Tech, 86-85, in overtime at the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group IV game, some of the fans from both teams made their way onto the floor."
- Zagoria, Adam. "Passaic Tech wins in OT". Herald News, March 6, 2007. Accessed February 8, 2016.
- 2007 Boys Basketball – North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 7, 2007.
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- Hague, Jim. "Shooting for state glory North Bergen's baseball team wins state semifinals, heads to Group IV final to face No. 1 Toms River East", The Hudson Reporter, June 8, 2001. Accessed February 8, 2016. "The Bruins first defeated local rival Memorial (of West New York) by a score of 7-6 in nine innings last Friday to capture the North Jersey Section 1, Group IV championship, a feat in its own right, considering Memorial was ranked No. 2 in the state at the time of the game."
- Henry, Samantha via Associated Press. "2 NJ terror suspects had brushes with authority", The Boston Globe, June 8, 2010. Accessed September 12, 2014. "Alessa transferred to North Bergen High School in December 2004, and Al-Huda officials said they had no further contact with him."
- "School: NJ terror suspect was dangerous as student" Associated Press/Forbes. June 8, 2010.
- Alsbrook, Nina-Louise. "Christopher Amoroso, 29, Port Authority Police officer less than 2 years", Staten Island Advance, September 11, 2010. Accessed September 10, 2015. "Born on Long Island, Mr. Amoroso was raised in North Bergen, N.J. He graduated from North Bergen High School in 1990, and lived briefly in Bayonne, N.J, working six years for Consolidated Dairy."
- Monaco, Lou. "Bob Hurley Sr. & Rick Apodaca to be honored at Dan Finn Classic Saturday", The Star-Ledger, January 8, 2012. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Apodaca, the youngest inductee to date, was an AAU teammate of Dan Finn at St. Michael's in Union City and is currently playing pro ball in Greece. He will be honored at halftime of the 2:15 p.m. tipoff between North Bergen, his alma mater, and Linden."
- "Rick Apodaca". NBA Development League. Accessed September 1, 2013.
- Roberts, Jeff. "Where are they now? Seton Hall's Dan Calandrillo", The Record (Bergen County), March 30, 2010. Accessed August 12, 2016. "Like the story of how he made it out of North Bergen, the youngest of 13 kids born to deaf parents, all crammed into a three-bedroom, fourth-floor walk-up.... He would become an All-State player at North Bergen, winning a State title in 1977 and beating Kelly Tripucka-led Bloomfield in a nail-biter semifinal."
- Hague, Jim. "NB comedian lands role on 'My Name is Earl'", The Hudson Reporter, September 23, 2007. Accessed June 7, 2012. "So how did Joey 'Coco' Diaz begin his life in comedy? 'It all comes down to being from North Bergen,' said Diaz, the comic actor who was born and raised in North Bergen before heading for Hollywood a few years ago to pursue his career. 'I got my comedy start in North Bergen High School. If you don't have a good sense of humor coming from North Bergen, then you better just shoot yourself.'"
- Villanova, Patrick. "Former North Bergen High football star Evan Rodriguez claimed by Miami Dolphins", The Jersey Journal, June 13, 2013. Accessed June 2, 2015.
- "Rena Sofer". Oh, Grow Up. WCHS. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Born in Arcadia, California, Rena moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, following her parents' divorce, and later to North Bergen, New Jersey, where she finished high school."
- Lipton, Michael A. "Heart Condition: For Rena Sofer, Checking into General Hospital Meant Finding a Healing Love with Costar Wally Kurth". People. October 31, 1994. Accessed September 22, 2011. "Neither parent remarried, and today Sofer maintains close relations with both her father, who presides at Temple Beth El in North Bergen, N.J., and her mother, a professor of developmental psychology at the University of North Carolina in Fayetteville.... She took a drama class during her senior year at North Bergen High School and then, after less than a semester at Montclair State College, took acting lessons in New York."
- Elected Officials: Commissioner Dr. Count J. Wiley. West New York, New Jersey. Accessed September 23, 2012.
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- North Bergen School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the North Bergen School District, National Center for Education Statistics