North Hunterdon High School
|North Hunterdon High School|
|1445 Route 31
Annandale, NJ 08801
|Type||Regional public high school|
|School district||North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District|
|Principal||Dr. Gregory Cottrell|
|Asst. principals||John Deutsch
|Enrollment||1,707 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.9:1|
|Athletics conference||Skyland Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
North Hunterdon High School is a four-year regional public high school serving students from six municipalities in northern Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States, as one of two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Students in the high school hail from Bethlehem Township, Clinton Town, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, Lebanon Borough and Union Township; the school is located in Clinton Township. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,707 students and 132.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. There were 35 students (2.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 7 (0.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school opened in September 1951 and has undergone several additions over the course of time. Clifford G. Singley was the school's first principal and the football field currently bears his name. Its team nickname is the Lions and its mascot's name is Reggie, in recognition of the early days, when the school was known as Regional.
Awards, recognition and rankings
For the 2001-02 school year, North Hunterdon High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 23rd in New Jersey and 759th nationwide. The school was ranked 654th nationwide, the 19th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007, issue, ranking the country's top high schools, North Hunterdon High School was listed in 587th place, the 11th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.
The school was the 45th-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 66th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 60th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 43rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 37th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 36th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 7 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.0%) and language arts literacy (98.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The North Hunterdon High School Lions compete in the Skyland Conference, which includes public and parochial high schools covering Hunterdon County, Somerset County and Warren County in west Central Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,262 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.
Since 1976, North Hunterdon High School's football team has competed in the annual Milk Can Game against rival Voorhees High School. After the conclusion of the game, a golden milk can is awarded to the winner. This school receives bragging rights and ownership of the can until the next year's game. The 41st annual Milk Can Game was played in November 2016, with North Hunterdon winning 42-10, earning its fifth consecutive victory to extend its record in the series to a 28-12-1 record. The football team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1975. In 2017, the Lions football team won the North II, Group IV state sectional championship, the program's second state title, with a 21-20 win against top-seeded Phillipsburg High School in the final game of the tournament at MetLife Stadium; the Lions finished the season with a record of 11-1, their only loss being to Phillipsburg, during the regular season.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1980, 1982, 1984, 1993-1997, 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003, and won the North II Group IV title in 2009; the team won the Group III state championship in 1982, 1984, 1993 and 2002. The program's 13 sectional titles are tied for tenth-most among all public schools.;
The girls' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1985 (defeating Malcolm X Shabazz High School in the tournament final), 1986 (vs. Hanover Park High School) and 1987 (vs. West Morris Mendham High School), and won the Group IV title in 2010 (vs. Eastern Regional High School). In 2010, the Lady Lions varsity basketball team went 27-3, winning the Group IV title, the program's fourth state championship, with a 53-36 win over Eastern Regional. The team lost in the Tournament of Champions to Neptune High School by a score of 53-47.
The field hockey team won the North II, Group III state sectional championship in 1986 and 1993.
The girls' softball team won the 2007 North II, Group IV state sectional championship with an 8-0 win over J. P. Stevens High School. The 2008 team repeated as sectional champions with a 9-8 win in extra innings over Bridgewater-Raritan High School.
North Hunterdon won the boys team foil state championship in 2002. The boys fencing team took home the épée state title in the 03-04 season. In the 08-09 season, the boys fencing team took home the foil state title. The girls fencing team has taken home foil district champions in 05-06, and 06-07 seasons in addition to a sabre district championship title during the 05-06 season.
In 2012, the boys' cross country team won the Skyland Conference Cross Country Championship.
From 2012 to 2014, the girls' lacrosse team won the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Tournament championship in each of the three years. They won their first tournament title in 2012 against their rivals, Hunterdon Central, 14-10, on their home field. Once again in 2013, the girls lacrosse team defended its HWS title, winning against previously undefeated Sparta High School by a score of 20-12, in the tournament final played on their home field. The team won their third consecutive title in 2014, with a 21-7 win against Voorhees High School in the final game of the tournament playoff.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Gregory Cottrell, Principal
- John Deutsch, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director
- Yulee Kim, Assistant Principal
- Timothy Flynn, Assistant Principal
- Christopher Schumann, Assistant Principal
- Carol Skidmore, Assistant Principal
- Christian Bauman (born 1970), novelist (In Hoboken, Voodoo Lounge and The Ice Beneath You).
- Scott Bradlee (born 1981), pianist, composer and arranger who is the creator of the Postmodern Jukebox.
- Gregg Cagno (born 1969), songwriter and touring performer in the singer/songwriter and folk genres.
- Daryl Cobb (born 1961), children's book author.
- Julie Culley (born 1981), member of the 2012 US Olympic Team for the women's 5000m competition.
- Brendan Cusack (born 1992), international fencing competitor.
- Jason Knapp (born 1990, class of 2008), professional baseball pitcher in the Texas Rangers organization.
- Leonard Lance (born 1952), serves in the U.S. House of Representatives and served in both the New Jersey Senate and New Jersey Assembly.
- Anne Marie Letko (born 1969), runner who competed in the Summer Olympic games in 1996 (10th place in marathon) and 2000 (5000m).
- Kyp Malone (born 1975), member of the band "TV on the Radio".
- Peter Ostrum (born 1957), actor, Charlie Bucket in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.
- Sidney Rivera (born 1993), professional soccer player.
- Sarah Schneider, actor and writer for the comedy videos and show, CollegeHumor.
- James Valenti (born 1977), tenor.
- Sharon Van Etten (born 1981), singer-songwriter.
- Gary Vaynerchuk (born 1975), Host of Wine Library TV (1994).
- Jessica Vosk (born 1983, class of 2002), Broadway actress who has starred as Elphaba in the Second National Tour of Wicked.
- Voorhees High School, which serves students from Glen Gardner Borough, Lebanon Township, Tewksbury Township, High Bridge Borough, Califon Borough, and Hampton Borough.
- List of high school football rivalries
- Administration, North Hunterdon High School. Accessed November 5, 2015.
- School data for North Hunterdon High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- North Hunterdon High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 5, 2015.
- North Hunterdon High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- About the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District. Accessed August 29, 2015. "North Hunterdon High School educates students from: Bethlehem Township, The Town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, Lebanon Borough, Union Township"
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed March 28, 2011.
- "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
- "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: North Hunterdon High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 2, 2011.
- Staff. "America's Best High Schools: The List", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed March 27, 2011.
- "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
- 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 September 7, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 26, 2012.
- Staff. North Hunterdon High School, U.S. News & World Report. Accessed January 4, 2017.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Bevensee, Rich. "North Hunterdon football rolls past Voorhees in 41st Milk Can Game (with PHOTOS)", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, November 4, 2016. Accessed January 4, 2017. "Host North Hunterdon wasted no time in asserting its desire to extend its winning streak and carve out a rivalry game record. A touchdown by Matt Busher and two scores by Mitchell Finnegan in the first quarter allowed the Lions to keep Voorhees in its rear view mirror en route to a decisive 42-10 victory in the 41st Milk Can Game before 600 on a crisp, 40-degree Friday evening. North Hunterdon won its fifth straight in this series -- a first for the game which began in 1976 -- and owns a 28-12-1 record against Voorhees in the rivalry clash."
- NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 4, 2017.
- Bevensee, Rich. "Disputed interception sparks North Hunterdon rally to North 2, Group 4 title (with PHOTOS)", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The second-seeded Lions, No. 16 in the NJ.com Top 20, exacted some revenge with a 21-20 victory over top-seeded and No. 15-ranked Phillipsburg in the NJSIAA/Wilson Sporting Goods North Jersey, Section 2, Group 4 championship game Saturday at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, then pointed to an interception that never should have been as their main source of motivation.... North Hunterdon's lone blemish on its 11-1 championship season – its first since winning the Central Jersey, Group 3 title in 1975 -- was a 20-7 regular season loss at Phillipsburg on Oct. 27."
- "Football - 2017 NJSIAA North 2, Group 4 Playoffs", NJ.com, December 4, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2017.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2017.
- Miller, Barry. "North Hunterdon girls capture Group 4 basketball championship", The Express Times, March 14, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Sophomore guard Jess Pellechio scored 21 points as the North Hunterdon girls' basketball team captured its fourth state championship, knocking off Eastern Regional, 50-36, at the Ritacco Center at Toms River North High School.North Hunterdon had previously won three Group 3 championships."
- Dunleavy, Ryan. "North Hunterdon girls' basketball team falls to Neptune in NJ Tournament of Champions semifinal", Home News Tribune, March 18, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Fifth-seeded North Hunterdon was made to digest a sour taste of its own medicine Thursday by top-seeded Neptune, which scored 10 of the first 11 points and led by 14 at the end of eight minutes on the way to a 53-47 win in the Tournament of Champions semifinals at the Ritacco Center."
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2017.
- 2007 Softball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2007.
- 2008 Softball Tournament - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
- Prunier, Tom. "North Hunterdon boys capture state foil title; Pingry girls win sabre", Courier News, March 3, 2002. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Senior Raph Mannino won nine of his 10 matches to lead the North Hunterdon High School boys fencing team to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association team foil championship Saturday at Voorhees High School."
- Staff. "Columbia, North Hunterdon and Ramapo take titles at boys squad tournament", The Star-Ledger, March 1, 2009. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Columbia won epee, North Hunterdon took foil and Ramapo earned the sabre title at the NJSIAA/Bollinger squad championships yesterday at North Hunterdon in Annandale."
- Girls Lacrosse, Hunterdon / Warren / Sussex Athletic Association. Accessed December 4, 2017.
- Craig, Kyle. "Whitney Bercaw leads North Hunterdon High School girls lacrosse team to Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament title over rival Hunterdon Central", The Express-Times, May 13, 2012. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The North Hunterdon goalie was rock solid, leading the Lions to a 14-10 victory in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament final Saturday afternoon at Singley Field.... Saturday's victory gave the Lions their first county championship in the five-year history of the tourney. Hunterdon Central was vying for its fourth H/W/S crown. "
- Schneider, Jeremy. "Sparta (12) at North Hunterdon (20), Hunterdon/Warren/Sussesx Tournament, Final Round - Girls Lacrosse", The Star-Ledger, May 15, 2013. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament championship game would have been played at North Hunterdon whether or not the Annandale squad made it there. But North Hunterdon did make it to the final, and Caroline Jaeger made sure her club enjoyed a celebration on its home turf. Jaeger scored seven goals to power North Hunterdon in a 20-12 victory over previously undefeated Sparta, No. 19 team in The Star-Ledger Top 20, for its second straight H/W/S title."
- The North Hunterdon High School girls lacrosse team's dominance started at the center of the field, but it quickly spread across every inch of turf today. The Lions, powered by an overwhelming performance from senior midfielder Allison Lane, defeated rival Voorhees 21-7 in the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament final at the Phillipsburg Athletic Complex. It is the third consecutive county championship for North Hunterdon."
- Nawalsky, Chris. "North Hunterdon Lions are victorious at the Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 26, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2017. "The North Hunterdon girls tennis team dethroned Hunterdon Central and won the 2017 Hunterdon/Warren/Sussex Tournament Monday afternoon at Warren Hills. The Lions finished with three winners of the five flights and totaled 23 points. The Red Devils, who won from 2012-16, finished in second place with 21 points and had the remaining two winners. It is the North Hunterdon's first HWS Tournament title since 2011."
- Hyman, Vicki. "Literary Jersey: a look at the state's most famous characters and locations", The Star-Ledger, March 15, 2010. Accessed May 4, 2011. "Christian Bauman, who graduated from North Hunterdon High School and spent a year couch-surfing in Hoboken after getting out of the Army, writes of that time in his novel In Hoboken, set in the mid-'90s, as the Mile-Square City transitioned from In the Waterfront to Friends, a river removed."
- Post Modern Jukebox Coming to Lehigh!, North Hunterdon High School, October 16, 2015. Accessed November 5, 2015. "Scott Bradlee, the creator of Post Modern Jukebox (the band that covers contemporary pop songs in jazz, ragtime, etc. styles), WENT HERE! That's right; the father of PMJ was once in your shoes as a North Hunterdon High School student!"
- "Persistence pays off for Hunterdon singer-songwriter", The Courier-News, September 1, 2002. Accessed December 4, 2017. "When Gregg Cagno was at North Hunterdon Regional High School, he played songs by Neil Young and The Band in a rock act."
- About Me, Author Visits by Daryl Cobb. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Daryl and Joanne were both graduates of North Hunterdon High School (Daryl in 1979) in Annendale, N.J., in Hunterdon County."
- Blake, Corky. "Julie Culley advances to U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials final in women's 5,000 meters", The Express-Times, June 26, 2012. Accessed June 30, 2012. "Culley, a North Hunterdon High School and Rutgers University graduate, crossed the tape in Heat 1 in a time of 15 minutes, 41.29 seconds."
- Wilson, Brad. "North Hunterdon's Brendan Cusack competes in World Fencing Championships in Azerbaijan", The Express-Times, April 4, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "To top it all off, Cusack, a junior at North Hunterdon Regional High School in Clinton Township, will be competing for the Republic of Ireland at the worlds. It's not the typical Easter-break jaunt. Then again, Cusack is not the typical athlete. Cusack, 17, has been fencing since he was 10; he started at the club he still trains at, the Clinton Fencing Club, under coach Eric Bowden. Scholastically, he's a three-time, all-state fencer and went 77-2 last season for North Hunterdon."
- Smith, Cory D. "Former Phillies prospect Jason Knapp of North Hunterdon on comeback trail in Myrtle Beach", The Express-Times, June 28, 2014. Accessed October 23, 2014. "After 2008 North Hunterdon High School graduate Jason Knapp tore his anterior shoulder labrum and microfractured his shoulder capsule in 2011, he was told the recovery would take between 10 and 12 months after surgery."
- Biography, Congressman Leonard Lance. Accessed May 4, 2011. "Lance was born in 1952 and raised in Hunterdon County, where he attended North Hunterdon Regional High School."
- USATF News & Notes, June 5, 2002.
- Jordan, Chris. "TV on the Radio's Kyp Malone survives high school in Hunterdon County", Home News Tribune, June 4, 2009. Accessed May 4, 2011. "Kyp Malone of Clinton didn't quite fit in at North Hunterdon High School in the late '80s and early '90s."
- Sidney Rivera, Major League Soccer. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Birthplace: Hampton, NJ... High School: North Hunterdon H.S. (Annandale, N.J.)"
- Staff. "North student producing, directing and acting in fund-raising play", New Jersey Hills, June 13, 2001. Accessed March 28, 2015. "North Hunterdon High School senior Sarah Schneider said that last year she w as inspired by the outpouring of love and support for fellow North student Jason Mann when he was stricken by cancer, and that she vowed to do something herself to help people just like Jason.... The senior, who is headed to Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, N.C., in the fall, began a year-long project that finally comes to fruition this weekend, Friday, June 15, and Saturday, June 16, in the North Hunterdon High School theater."
- Reich, Ronni. "NJ tenor James Valenti sings at the Richard Tucker Gala", The Star-Ledger, November 15, 2010. Accessed May 4, 2011. "He sang pop songs in high school — he's a Billy Joel fan, and he still often pays tribute to his Jersey roots by making Bon Jovi's "Living on a Prayer" his karaoke anthem — but it was his choir teacher at North Hunterdon High School, David Lockart, who convinced him to try out the role of Lt. Cable in South Pacific."
- Regis. North Hunterdon High School Yearbook, 1999, p. 44.
- Staff. "Youth News", New Jersey Hills Media Group, February 27, 2002. Accessed October 10, 2017. "The North Hunterdon High School Theatre Organization will present Rodgers and Hammerstein's The Sound of Music at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 7, Friday, March 8, and at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 9.... Senior Jessica Vosk plays the role of Maria, with senior Scott Spjut playing the part of Captain Von Trapp."
- North Hunterdon High School website
- North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District website
- North Hunterdon High School's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics