North Hunterdon High School

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North Hunterdon High School
North Hunterdon High School is located in Hunterdon County, New Jersey
North Hunterdon High School
North Hunterdon High School
North Hunterdon High School is located in New Jersey
North Hunterdon High School
North Hunterdon High School
North Hunterdon High School is located in the US
North Hunterdon High School
North Hunterdon High School
1445 Route 31
Annandale, NJ 08801
Type Regional public high school
Established 1951
School district North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District
Principal Dr. Richard A. Bergacs[1]
Asst. principals Greg Cottrell
John Deutsch
John Hahola[1]
Faculty 134.8 FTEs[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,747 (as of 2014-15)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 13.0:1[2]
Color(s)      Green and
Athletics conference Skyland Conference
Team name Lions[3]

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.[4]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,747 students and 134.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. There were 41 students (2.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 4 (0.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

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[edit]

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,[5] the highest award an American school can receive.[6][7]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 623rd in the nation among participating public high schools and 48th among schools in New Jersey.[8]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 23rd in New Jersey and 759th nationwide.[9] The school was ranked 654th nationwide, the 19th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools.[10] 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.[11]

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.[12] 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.[13] The magazine ranked the school 43rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[14] The school was ranked 37th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[15] 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).[16]

In 2016, U.S. News & World Report ranked North Hunterdon as the 39th best high school in New Jersey and 895th in the nation.[17]


The North Hunterdon High School Lions[3] 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).[18] 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.[19]

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.[20]

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.; [21]

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).[22] 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.[23] The team lost in the Tournament of Champions to Neptune High School by a score of 53-47.[24]

The field hockey team won the North II, Group III state sectional championship in 1986 and 1993.[25]

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.[26] The 2008 team repeated as sectional champions with a 9-8 nine inning nailbiter over Bridgewater-Raritan High School.[27]

North Hunterdon won the boys team foil state championship in 2002.[28] 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.[29] 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.

On May 12, 2012, the girls' lacrosse team won the Hunterdon-Warren-Sussex Championship against their rivals, Hunterdon Central, 14-10, on their home field. Once again in 2013, the girls lacrosse team defended its HWS title against the undefeated Sparta, 20-12, on their home field.

Marching band[edit]

The North Hunterdon High School Golden Lion Marching Band performs at the football games. The band currently has 100 members and is led by Vincent Angeline and Charlie Hopta.

In the 06-07 marching season, the band won first place in the Columbus Day Parade, and performed New York, New York with Joe Piscopo.

In April 2010 they went to Disney World to perform in the Dreams Come True Parade. In the 2010-11 season, they played the music of Billy Joel.

The band also performs annually in the New York City Columbus Day Parade, the Clinton Christmas Parade, and the Flemington Memorial Day Parade.

In the 15-16 season, the band performed at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World, they played a Disney-themed medley and a patriotic song.


Core members of the school's administration are:[1]

  • Dr. Richard A. Bergacs, Principal
  • Greg Cottrell, Assistant Principal
  • John Deutsch, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director
  • A. Richard Broan, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Administration, North Hunterdon High School. Accessed November 5, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d School data for North Hunterdon High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c North Hunterdon High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 5, 2015.
  4. ^ a b 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"
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  6. ^ "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."
  7. ^ "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."
  8. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  9. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: North Hunterdon High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  10. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools: The List", Newsweek, June 13, 2010. Accessed March 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  12. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  13. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012.
  14. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 28, 2011.
  15. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  16. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 26, 2012.
  17. ^ Staff. North Hunterdon High School, U.S. News & World Report. Accessed January 4, 2017.
  18. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  19. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  20. ^ Bevensee, Rich. "North Hunterdon football rolls past Voorhees in 41st Milk Can Game (with PHOTOS)", NJ Advance Media for, 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."
  21. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2017.
  22. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2017.
  23. ^ 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."
  24. ^ 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."
  25. ^ History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2017.
  26. ^ 2007 Softball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2007.
  27. ^ 2008 Softball Tournament - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
  28. ^ 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."
  29. ^ 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."
  30. ^ 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."
  31. ^ 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!"
  32. ^ 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."
  33. ^ 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."
  34. ^ 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."
  35. ^ 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."
  36. ^ 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."
  37. ^ USATF News & Notes, June 5, 2002.
  38. ^ 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."
  39. ^ Sidney Rivera, Major League Soccer. Accessed September 8, 2015. "Birthplace: Hampton, NJ... High School: North Hunterdon H.S. (Annandale, N.J.)"
  40. ^ 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."
  41. ^ 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."
  42. ^ Regis. North Hunterdon High School Yearbook, 1999, p. 44.

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