Nutley High School

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Nutley High School
Nutley High School is located in Essex County, New Jersey
Nutley High School
Nutley High School
Nutley High School is located in New Jersey
Nutley High School
Nutley High School
Nutley High School is located in the United States
Nutley High School
Nutley High School
300 Franklin Avenue
Nutley, NJ 07110

United States
Coordinates40°49′04″N 74°09′37″W / 40.817889°N 74.160284°W / 40.817889; -74.160284Coordinates: 40°49′04″N 74°09′37″W / 40.817889°N 74.160284°W / 40.817889; -74.160284
TypePublic high school
School districtNutley Public Schools
PrincipalDenis Williams
Faculty89.9 FTEs[2]
Enrollment1,253 (as of 2015-16)[2]
Student to teacher ratio13.9:1[2]
Color(s)     Maroon and
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference
Team nameRaiders[3]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
PublicationThe Maroon and Gray

Nutley High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in the Township of Nutley, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Nutley Public Schools. The school's colors are maroon and gray.[3] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[4] All students pursue an appropriate academic program to prepare for post-secondary education or for employment.

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,253 students and 89.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.9:1. There were 131 students (10.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 49 (3.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 130th-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.[5] The school had been ranked 140th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 160th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 141st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 129th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8]

Graduation requirements[edit]

Students must pass the New Jersey High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and earn a minimum of 120 credits in English, mathematics, science, social studies, world languages, physical/health education, visual/performing/practical arts, computer applications, and electives.


The Nutley High School Raiders[3] compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[9] With 935 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 778 to 1,062 students in that grade range.[10] The school had previously participated in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League.[11]

School colors are maroon and gray. Interscholastic sports offered include crew (men and women), golf (men and women), track and field spring (men and women), soccer (men and women), cross country (men and women), bowling (men and women), softball (women), basketball (men and women), tennis (men and women), football (men), track and field winter (men and women), wrestling (men), baseball (men), volleyball (women), ice hockey (men), cross country (women) crew (men) and lacrosse (men).[3]

The school operates as the host school / lead agency for a joint ice hockey program with Columbia High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2018-19 school year.[12]

The girls' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1977, defeating Willingboro High School in the tournament final.[13]

The football team won the North II, Group III state sectional championships in 1992.[14]

The baseball team won the 2001 North II, Group III sectionals, defeating Cranford High School by a score of 5-3 in the final.[15] The 2004 team won the North I, Group III title, edging Paramus High School 4-3.[16]


The school's principal is Denis Williams.[17]

Notable appearances[edit]

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler performed on stage at the Nutley prom in June 1966 as part of a predecessor group called "The Strangeurs".[18][19]

In 2004, Nutley High School's football team and other student organizations were featured on MTV's Total Request Live, when high school student Corey Smith directed the short three-minute film Making the Grade, starring Hugh Jackman as a high school math teacher.[20]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ History, Nutley High School. Accessed December 31, 2018. "In 1889 the Upper and Lower districts of Franklin united informing a high school department."
  2. ^ a b c d School data for Nutley High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Nutley High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 5, 2015.
  4. ^ a b Nutley High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 9, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed November 22, 2014.
  12. ^ 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs[permanent dead link], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 9, 2017.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  15. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Baseball - North II, Group III Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 29, 2007.
  16. ^ 2004 Baseball - North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 29, 2007.
  17. ^ Home Page, Nutley High School. Accessed July 31, 2019.
  18. ^ Aerosmith, Davis, Stephen. Walk This Way: The Autobiography of Aerosmith, p. 42. HarperCollins, 2003. ISBN 0-06-051580-5. "We played a lot ofproms: New Rochelle, Eastchester, West Point, Nutley High in New Jersey on June 17, the week after Steven got arrested, and he's still very upset. Nutley is a wealthy, conservative town and their prom was very formal, uptight. We walked in, they took one look at us, and I knew we were in trouble."
  19. ^ Staff. "Steven Tyler's forgotten 1966 high school prom appearance", The Record (Bergen County), February 2, 2012. Accessed January 2, 2017. "Did American Idol judge and Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler actually perform for students at Nutley High School? The answer, according to Aerosmith's autobiography, is 'yes'. On June 17, 1966, three years before Aerosmith was formed, Tyler was singing for a group called 'The Strangeurs.'"
  20. ^ Bunko, Anthony. Hugh Jackman - The Biography: The Biography, p. 106. John Blake Publishing, 2012. ISBN 9781782190820. Accessed January 2, 2017. "Making the Grade, written and directed by high-school student director Corey Smith, was produced for a segment of MTV's Total Request Live and was shot at Nutley High in Nutley, New York [sic]."
  21. ^ Hague, Jim. "History and tradition abounds in latest Nutley Athletic Hall class", The Observer, September 26, 2017. Accessed January 13, 2018. "Alan Branigan (Class of 1993, soccer)"
  22. ^ Kuraj, Hasime. "Buono describes humble Nutley upbringing", Nutley Sun, January 21, 2013. Accessed January 23, 2013. "Buono credits Nutley schools system for her strong foundation. She attended Washington Elementary School, the former Franklin Middle School, and Nutley High School."
  23. ^ Olivier, Bobby. "How this Nutley artist became New Jersey's latest music pioneer", NJ Advance Media for, December 21, 2016. "The EDM bleed has paid dividends for Mike Volpe, a Nutley native better known as Clams Casino, who has become one of the most sought-after digital designers in hip-hop's experimental universe.... The Nutley High School grad first began to tinker with beats as a teen, fooling around with basic keyboards and synthesizers, much simpler ones than the machines now scattered around his basement home studio."
  24. ^ Fox, Ron. "Nutley Proud To Call Fraser A Native Son", The Record (Bergen County), August 2, 1992. Accessed May 3, 2007. "Three years ago, the first induction ceremony for the Nutley High School Sports Hall of Fame was being planned. Word got around school that Ron Fraser, the University of Miami baseball coach, would be the guest speaker."
  25. ^ 2005 Hall of Fame InducteeRonald Fraser Archived 2013-03-31 at the Wayback Machine, Nutley Hall of Fame. Accessed January 23, 2013. "Nicknamed 'The Wizard of College Baseball,' this 1952 Nutley High School graduate never had a losing season in 30 years as head baseball coach at the University of Miami."
  26. ^ "Paul Goldberger" Archived 2013-12-16 at the Wayback Machine, Nutley Hall of Fame.
  27. ^ a b Burnap, Campbell. "Obituary: Jackie Paris", The Independent, June 25, 2004. Accessed May 3, 2007. "Jackie Paris was born in Nutley, New Jersey, to an Italian family rather more interested in professional boxing than music. He graduated from the local high school two years ahead of the pianist Al Haig, but had already taken his first showbiz steps, as a juvenile song-and-dance act in vaudeville."
  28. ^ U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Archived 2013-08-06 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed November 21, 2007.
  29. ^ 2011 Hall of Fame InducteeThe Honorable Frank R. Lautenberg Archived 2013-04-14 at, Nutley Hall of Fame. Accessed January 23, 2012. "While in Nutley, he lived with his family in a second floor flat across the street from the high school on Franklin Avenue. He recalls his year at Nutley High School as one of the best years of his life. He was graduated from Nutley High School in 1941."
  30. ^ Assemblyman Frederick Scalera, New Jersey Legislature, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 4, 2007. Accessed December 29, 2012.
  31. ^ LaGorce, Tammy. "Class Behind Bill to Ban Youths' Public Smoking", The New York Times, April 27, 2008. Accessed January 23, 2012. "The matter has its seeds in a visit the class had back in October from Assemblyman Fred Scalera, a Democrat from Essex and a 1976 graduate of Nutley High."
  32. ^ Curran, John. "In her New Jersey hometown, Martha Stewart's downfall stings", The San Diego Union-Tribune, March 14, 2004. Accessed October 22, 2007. "A straight-A student, she belonged to almost every club there was at Nutley High School."
  33. ^ Lehmann, John. "True To Her Schoolgirl Mantra: 'I Do What I Please'", New York Post, January 18, 2004. Accessed January 23, 2013. "Right, senior Martha Kostyra graces the pages of the Nutley, N.J., HS yearbook in 1959."

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