Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan
|Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan|
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Control what you can control|
|School district||Northern Valley Regional High School District|
|Enrollment||1,258 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.1:1|
|Color(s)|| Navy blue and|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
|Team name||Golden Knights|
Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan is a comprehensive four-year public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from the suburban communities of Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States. Students from Rockleigh attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The school joins Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest as the two secondary schools that are part of the Northern Valley Regional High School District, which also serves students from Closter, Demarest and Haworth.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,258 students and 103.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.1:1. There were 3 students (0.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was opened in March 1962 to address overcrowding in the district's original school at Demarest that opened in 1955. When it was first established, the school served students from Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan, as well as those from the northern portion of Closter.
Awards, recognition and rankings
For the 1994-96 school years, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan 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 29th in New Jersey and 1,051st nationwide. The school was ranked 829th, the 23rd-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools.
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 227th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 37th among all high schools in New Jersey and 20th among the state's non-magnet schools.
The school was the 55th-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 53rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 30th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 18th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 25th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 58th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (unchanged from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (90.6%) and language arts literacy (97.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The school offers a variety of sports, social and academic club activities.
The school offers 60 co-curricular and intramural activities as well as over 23 sports, which include participation at the freshman, junior varsity, and varsity level (46 teams). The Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan Golden Knights compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. The school had previously competed in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment. With 968 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 786 to 1,074 students in that grade range.
The field hockey team won the North I Group III state sectional championship in 1982, 1985, 1989 and 1998.
The football team won the North I Group III state sectional championships in 1985. Moved p from Group III for 2017, the football team finished undefeated, with a 12-0 record, capping off the season with a 31-28 win at MetLife Stadium against third-seeded Mount Olive High School in the final game of the North I Group IV state sectional tournament.
The 2007 girls' volleyball team won the NBIL league title ending with a record of 21-3. The 2010 girls' volleyball team won the Tournament of Champions, having already won the county, sectional and Group III titles, earning recognition from The Record as having "proved that they're the best team in New Jersey."
The 2008 baseball team won the North I, Group III sectional title over Montville High School before winning the school's first ever New Jersey Group III state championship with a 16-4 victory over Wall Township. The team repeated as North I, Group III sectional champions in 2009.
The 2009 boys' bowling team won the League championship and North I Group III state sectional title.
The 2010 wrestling team won the Bergen County Championship, with senior Mike Shannon, at 285 lbs., becoming the school's first county champion in 20 years.
The Old Tappan girls' volleyball team finished the 2010-11 season with a record of 26-1, winning the Bergen County championship and the Group III state title, on their way to winning the program's first Tournament of Champions with a two-game sweep of Ramapo High School in the tournament final, 25-20 and 25-12.
The boys' cross country team won the 2011 and 2012 league and county championships, as well as the North 1, Group III state sectional titles.
In the 2015 winter track season, James Weissenborn set the school record in the 1000m run, with a time of 2:36.3 seconds.
There are cheerleading teams for both football and basketball. Cheerleading is both a fall and winter sport, and it includes after school gymnastic classes, competitions, and cheer camp.
In 2018, the school's Ultimate Frisbee team, Northern Valley Coalition, were ranked 5th statewide. The team, which was formed in 2015, overcame great odds to enjoy a historic 2018 season.
The department presents six public concerts per academic year: The Fall Instrumental Concert, The Fall Vocal Concert, The Holiday Concert, The Prism Concert, The Spring Choral Concert, and The Awards Concert.
The Instrumental Department is composed of Concert Band, Wind Symphony, Marching Band, Jazz Band, and String Ensemble as well as select small ensembles. The Vocal Department is composed of Freshman Chorus, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers (a select mixed group), Beautyshop and Barbershop.
The all-school musical production every winter is one of the most popular events in the school.
Every other year, the music department, choir and band, attend a state competition in Disney World.
Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan offers 50 extracurricular clubs, that are run by students and have faculty advisers. The most popular clubs are Model United Nations, National Honor Society, Ski Club, and Diversity Club. The Model United Nations club is the high school's fastest growing club since 2007. The National Honor Society hosts various events during the year and also offers peer to peer tutoring. The Ski Club offers students trips to various ski locations to learn how to ski and snowboard. The Diversity Club's most prominent day is Diversity Day; the club allows students to present their culture and heritages to the entire school. This day informs students of different traditions, foods, and customs of countries they are not accustomed with. In order to create a new club, a petition must be created and submitted to the principal.
The principal is Bruce Sabatini.
- Craig Beardsley (born 1961), swimmer who held the world record for the 200m butterfly, but never swam at the Olympic level due to the boycott of the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow.
- Cory Booker (born 1969), U.S. Senator from New Jersey and former Mayor of Newark, New Jersey.
- P. J. Byrne (born 1974), film and television actor who has appeared in Horrible Bosses, Final Destination 5 and Wolf of Wall Street, as well as being the voice of Bolin on Nickelodeon's animated TV series The Legend of Korra.
- Brian Daley (1947-1996; class of 1965), science fiction novelist.
- Rob Debrino (born 1974), former minor league pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization.
- Devin Fuller (born 1994), football player on the Atlanta Falcons.
- Gregory Jacobs, film director, producer and screenwriter, who has frequently collaborated with several film directors, most notably Steven Soderbergh.
- Jeffrey Maier (born 1984), best known for deflecting a ball in play during Game 1 of the 1996 American League Championship Series between the New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles.
- Frank Messina (born c. 1968), poet and author.
- Esmeralda Negron (born 1983), professional soccer player who played for the New Jersey Wildcats.
- Dan Pasqua (born 1961), former MLB outfielder for the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox.
- Michael Reilly (born 1991), linebacker for the Cleveland Browns.
- Jon Rudnitsky (born 1989), comedian and cast member on Saturday Night Live.
- Angela Santomero (born c. 1968), television producer, co-creator of Blue's Clues.
- Rob Segedin (born 1988), drafted in the third round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the New York Yankees.
- Northern Valley Regional High School at Demarest, which serves students from Closter, Demarest and Haworth.
- School data for Northern Valley Regional High School At Old Tappan, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Northern Valley Regional at Old Tappan, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 13, 2016.
- Home Page, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan. Accessed July 29, 2011. "Welcome to Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, home of the Golden Knights. Old Tappan is one of two high schools in the Northern Valley District. Our students reside in the towns of Harrington Park, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan."
- Rockleigh Public Services, Rockleigh, New Jersey. Accessed November 7, 2009.
- Northern Valley Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Our long standing successful and cost efficient Pre-K-12 consortium remains an exemplar model of shared services including seven local Pre-K-8 districts that send their students to the regional high schools: Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood and Old Tappan."
- Our Communities, Northern Valley Regional High School District. Accessed May 31, 2016. "The seven towns that make up the Northern Valley Regional High School District - Closter, Demarest, Harrington Park, Haworth, Northvale, Norwood, and Old Tappan - are situated in the northeast corner of Bergen County, New Jersey."
- Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- Slocum, John W. "New Jersey; Bergen, The New York Times, September 3, 1962. Accessed April 25, 2012. "In the Northern Valley district, there will be a referendum on Oct. 18 on a $1,875,000 bond issue for extensive alterations and additions to the school in Demarest. This was opened in September, 1955 to serve seven municipalities. The rapid growth of the area forced the district to open another school, opened last March. This building, in Old Tappan, serves that borough, Northvale, Norwood, Harrington Park and the northern half of Closter."
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
- "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."
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- Conrad, JJ. "Redemption sweet for Old Tappan's Antinori, Lukas in N1G4 title win", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2017. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Facing adversity -- and a competitive game (save for a Week 9 matchup against Ramapo) -- for virtually the first time all season, top-seeded Old Tappan made the plays when it had to in a thrilling, 31-28 win over third-seeded and upset-minded Mount Olive to cap a perfect 12-0 season for its second title in three years."
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- Vasquez, Andy. "Volleyball Team of the Year: Old Tappan", The Record (Bergen County), December 8, 2010. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Old Tappan accomplished every one of its goals this season, winning the Bergen County, North Group 3, State Group 3 and Tournament of Champions titles. It's an impressive run that makes Old Tappan the North Jersey Girls' Volleyball Team of the Year. And along the way, the Knights also proved that they're the best team in New Jersey."
- 2008 Baseball Tournament - North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 18, 2008.
- Baumiller, J. C. "Golden Knights cop first state title", Northern Valley Suburbanite, June 18, 2008. Accessed August 18, 2008. "Under Coach Tim Byron, the NVOT Knights have become a prestigious athletic team in baseball. Key Players: Eric Katzman (Michigan) Ali Caravella (Junior) and Tim Fougere (Senior)."
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- Staff. "Old Tappan 49, Teaneck 47", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2010. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Thomas Messina scored 19 points and Sammy Elias added 11 as Old Tappan edged Teaneck, 49-47, for the NJSIAA/ShopRite, North Jersey, Group 3 title last night in Old Tappan.The victory puts Old Tappan in tomorrow's Group 3 state semifinal against Mendham at 7:30 p.m. at East Orange. It also avenged its one-point loss to Teaneck in last year's sectional semifinal round."
- 2010 All-Bergen Wrestling, Bergen County Coaches Association, March 25, 2010. Accessed August 23, 2011. "Michael won the District 8, Region 2, and BCCA championships, becoming Old Tappan's first county champion since 1991 and helping the school to its first overall title."
- Vasquez, Andy. "Old Tappan captures Tournament of Champions volleyball title", The Record (Bergen County), November 21, 2010. Accessed August 23, 2011. "Old Tappan won its first Tournament of Champions title on Sunday, beating Ramapo, 25-20, 25-12, at William Paterson."
- 2011 NJSIAA/The Star-Ledger/M-F Athletic State Group Track and Field Championships South Plainfield - Groups 2, 3 & Non-Public B - 6/3/2011 to 6/4/2011, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2012.
- 2011 NJSIAA/STAR-LEDGER/M-F ATHLETIC TRACK & FIELD state championshipS - 6/9/2011, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2012.
- NJSIAA/Star-Ledger/M-F Athletic North I Boys' & Girls' Sectional Cross-Country Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2015.
- Lambert, Jim. "Tom Rienas' dive leads Old Tappan to dramatic win in boys 1,600 meter relay in Meet of Champions, 2016", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 8, 2016. Accessed January 9, 2017. "The senior lounged forward and dove over the finish line to propel the Golden Knights to a first place finish. Both Old Tappan and East Orange finished with an identical time of 3:15.43.... Following the dive, the judges reviewed video and determined that Rienas was given the edge."
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- Rohan, Virginia. "Old Tappan's P.J. Byrne co-stars on new CBS series 'Intelligence'", The Record (Bergen County), January 7, 2014. Accessed January 22, 2014. "It's a great time for P.J. Byrne. On the big screen, the actor with roots in Old Tappan can be seen as one of Leonardo DiCaprio's debaucherous crew in Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street.... 'Fourth grade all through high school, that was Old Tappan,' says Byrne, whose older sister Courtney was in the same Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan graduating class as Cory Booker."
- Biography, Brian-Daley.com. Accessed August 12, 2015. "He went to Nathan Hale Elementary School in Norwood, NJ, and a consolidated High School - Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan, NJ."
- Czerwinski, Kevin T. "Debrino Settles Into The Pro Life", The Record (Bergen County), November 24, 1993. Accessed July 7, 2011. "It isn't "Bull Durham," but Rob DeBrino is happy just the same. The former Northern Valley at Old Tappan baseball star just finished his first full season in pro ball with an affiliate of the Minnesota Twins, and his progress has been remarkable."
- McClain, Tim. "Devin Fuller of Old Tappan picks UCLA over Rutgers, Nebraska", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, January 29, 2012. Accessed June 6, 2016.
- Amdur, Neil. "Award-winning TV producer got start in Harrington Park Elementary film class", The Record (Bergen County), August 7, 2014. Accessed November 15, 2018. "Jacobs played varsity tennis at Northern Valley High School in Old Tappan and worked as a summer teaching pro at various Bergen tennis clubs.... Besides his Harrington Park roots, Jacobs' father, Rafael Jacobs, is an attorney in Tenafly."
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- Desimone, Bonnie. "Princeton's Soccer Gem, in Spirit and in Name", The New York Times, December 2, 2004. Accessed May 13, 2016. "Negron excelled at Northern Valley-Old Tappan (N.J.) High School and on her club team but was not heavily recruited, in part because she was set on attending Princeton."
- "Another Chance White Sox Gamble By Playing Pasqua", The Record, October 6, 1993. "You might remember Dan Pasqua, star for Northern Valley at Old Tappan, Division III All-American for two years at William Paterson College, third-round draft pick of the Yankees."
- Staff. 'Browns sign OL Eric Olsen, LB Mike Reilly", Cleveland Browns, May 26, 2015. "The 6-3, 261-pound Reilly participated in the Browns' rookie minicamp on May 8–10 on a tryout basis. He finished second at the College of William & Mary's with 27 career sacks, including 11 last season. A native of Old Tappan, N.J., Reilly graduated from Northern Valley Regional High School."
- Sheridan, Angeline. "Here's What's Buzzing in Bergen This Week", Macaroni Kid Northeast Bergen, September 3, 2015. Accessed September 8, 2015. "NBC recently announced the addition of 25 year old Jon Rudnitsky as a featured player on Saturday Night Live. Rudnitsky, who grew up in Harrington Park, is a stand-up comedian who got his start at Northern Valley Old Tappan High School."
- Yorio, Kara. "My Hometown: 'Blue's Clues' co-creator Angela Santomero of Harrington Park", The Record (Bergen County), May 12, 2013. Accessed February 9, 2015. "'For me, the small town enabled me to feel safe and grounded and experiment, test the boundaries of what it is I wanted or knew," said Santomero, who was a year ahead of Newark Mayor Cory Booker at the Harrington Park School and went on to Northern Valley Regional High School in Old Tappan."
- Rowe, John. "Old Tappan's Rob Segedin signs with Yankees", The Record (Bergen County), August 13, 2010. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Rob Segedin always has dreamed of playing for the Yankees. He just might in the near future. A third-round pick in the June draft, Segedin, the Tulane third baseman from Old Tappan, has signed with the Yankees for a $377,500 bonus."