Nottingham High School (New Jersey)

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Nottingham High School
Nottingham High School, NJ.jpg
School as seen from Klockner Road
Nottingham High School is located in Mercer County, New Jersey
Nottingham High School
Nottingham High School
Nottingham High School is located in New Jersey
Nottingham High School
Nottingham High School
Nottingham High School is located in the US
Nottingham High School
Nottingham High School
1055 Klockner Road
Hamilton, NJ 08619
Coordinates 40°13′47″N 74°42′31″W / 40.229847°N 74.708564°W / 40.229847; -74.708564Coordinates: 40°13′47″N 74°42′31″W / 40.229847°N 74.708564°W / 40.229847; -74.708564
Type Public high school
School district Hamilton Township School District
Principal Frank Ragazzo
Vice principals Michael Walsh
Dawn White
Faculty 97.5 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,360 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 13.9:1[1]
Color(s)      Navy Blue and
Athletics Football, Basketball, Baseball, Wrestling, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Ice Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Track, Lacrosse
Athletics conference Colonial Valley Conference
Mascot Star
Team name Northstars[2]

Nottingham High School (also known as Hamilton High School North) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades located in Hamilton Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, operating as one of the three secondary schools of the Hamilton Township School District.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,360 students and 97.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.9:1. There were 567 students (41.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 155 (11.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 231st-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.[3] The school had been ranked 276th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 264th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 260th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 246th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


The Nottingham High School Northstars[2] compete in the Colonial Valley Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] With 1,027 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range.[8]

The school operates as the lead agency for an ice hockey program with Hamilton High School (West), under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2016-17 school year.[9]

Nottingham's 2012 football team won the Central Jersey Group III state championship game after defeating Neptune High School by a final score of 35-24 in a game played at The College of New Jersey. The team finished with a record of 11-1, earning the program's first state title and becoming the first Mercer County team since 1989 to win a football championship.[10][11]

The girls' softball team won the Group III state championship in 1987 (vs. West Morris Mendham High School by a score of 2-1[12]) and 1990 (vs. Morris Hills High School by a score of 6-4[13]).[14]

Nottingham's wrestling team is referred as the "Swamprats." The Nottingham boys' swimming team had been to the NJSIAA state tournament for seven consecutive years from 2000-2006. The boys' baseball team won the 2008 Mercer County Tournament beating Notre Dame. The 2009 girls' spring track team was the first in Nottingham history to participate in the Penn Relays. The 2011 Nottingham Boys' Track Team was the first ever team in Nottingham history to go undefeated, winning the Mercer County Tournament and the Central Jersey Group III sectional championships.

Fall Coach Winter Coach Spring Coach
Football Jon Adams Girls' Basketball Lauren Kelly Girls' Spring Track Melissa Foley
Girls' Soccer Elyse Diamond Boys' Basketball Chris Raba Boys' Spring Track Jason Marasco
Boys' Soccer Mike Braender Baseball Mike Braender Field Hockey Jennifer Cicale
Ice Hockey Mike Bendorf Softball Danielle Wilson Cheerleading Melinda Haines
Girls' Tennis Jon Schwartz Wrestling Jason Marasco Boys' Tennis Andrew Pursell
Cross Country Melissa Foley Girls' Swimming Andrew Parsons Athletic Trainer John Telencio
Debate Kenneth Klek Boys' Swimming Anthony DeBonis Dance Team Lauren Flaherty
Boys' Lacrosse Jerry Lynch Girls' Lacrosse Kristen Bell Step Team Melinda Haines


Nottingham offers Advanced Placement program (AP) courses in AP United States History, AP European History, AP Computer Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP French, AP Spanish, AP English Literature and Composition, and AP United States Government.

There is a FIRST robotics team available. (TEAM 2191)


The school has two core shows every year:

The annual Murder Mystery Dessert Theater and The Spring Musical.

Previous murder mysteries include "Offed at the Bake Off" (premiere workshop) - 2013, "Til Death Do Them Part" (premiere) - 2012, "An All You Can Murder Buffet" (premiere) - 2011, "Murderous Night at the Museum" (premiere) - 2010, and "A Family Reunion to Die For" (premiere) - 2009

Previous musicals include Damn Yankees (2011), High School Musical (2010) and Footloose (2009).


In March 1999, a State grand jury indicted Social Studies teacher Lewis Shinkle on criminal charges of engaging in sexual relations with a minor after it was alleged that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student between 1997 and 1998.[15] Although that indictment was subsequently dismissed, The New Jersey Department of Education Board of Examiners revoked Shinkle's teaching license on August 19, 2004 based on tenure charges of unbecoming conduct resulting from his criminal indictment and a preponderance of evidence that Shinkle engaged in sexual misconduct with a student.[16]


Core members of the school's administration are:[17]

  • Frank Ragazzo - Principal
  • Michael Walsh - Vice Principal
  • Dawn White - Vice Principal
  • Debra Taylor - Athletic Director

Sister schools[edit]

The two other high schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[18]) are:


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Hamilton North-Nottingham, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Hamilton High School North, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2016.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed November 14, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 6, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  8. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  9. ^ NJSIAA 2016 - 2018 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  10. ^ Behre, Bob. "'Star Power: Nottingham High football wins program's first state title", The Times (Trenton), December 8, 2012. Accessed October 18, 2013. "Nottingham unleashed those weapons and, appropriately, came up with a number of big stops in the second half when it wrested control of the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group III championship game yesterday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Senior quarterback Luke Westerberg was efficient and deadly, going 9-for-12 passing with 218 yards and two long touchdowns and he ran for another score as second-seeded Nottingham defeated fourth-seeded Neptune, 35-24, in front of a roaring and packed Lions Stadium."
  11. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  12. ^ Tatum, Kevin. "Florence Girls Take First Title; Delsea Falls", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 1987. Accessed September 30, 2015. "In the other state finals, Hamilton North beat Mendham, 2-1, in Group 3, and Edison took the Group 4 title by beating Belleville, 8-0."
  13. ^ 1990 NJ STATE CHAMPIONS SOFTBALL TEAM, Northstar Hall of Fame. Accessed September 30, 2015. "A 6-4 victory over Morris Hills earned the team the New Jersey Sate Group III title."
  14. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 30, 2015.
  15. ^ "In the Matter: Tenure Hearing of Lewis Shinkle", Accessed December 3, 2014.
  16. ^ "In the Matter of the Certificate of Lewis Shinkle", New Jersey Department of Education State Board of Examiners Order of Revocation DOCKET NO: 0405-239. Accessed December 3, 2014.
  17. ^ Administration, Nottingham High School. Accessed March 29, 2016.
  18. ^ District data for the Hamilton Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.

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