Passaic County Technical Institute

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Passaic County Technical Institute
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Passaic County Technical Institute is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Passaic County Technical Institute
Passaic County Technical Institute
Passaic County Technical Institute is located in New Jersey
Passaic County Technical Institute
Passaic County Technical Institute
Passaic County Technical Institute is located in the US
Passaic County Technical Institute
Passaic County Technical Institute
45 Reinhardt Road
Wayne, New Jersey 07470
Type Vocational Public high school
Motto "Where Learning Has No Limit!"
School district Passaic County Vocational School District
Principal Michael Parent
Faculty 297.5 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,355 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.3:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue and
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Bulldogs[2]
Asst. principals Robert Gray
Kenneth McDaniel
Barbara Moschetta
Lois Paterson
Joseph Sabbath

Passaic County Technical Institute (also known as PCTI, Passaic County Tech, the Passaic County Technical Vocational High School or simply Tech), is a vocational public high school in Wayne, that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from all of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. It is located near the city of Paterson. PCTI offers some vocational classes in addition to several college credit courses.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,355 students and 297.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. There were 1,399 students (41.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 290 (8.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit] ranked the school 212th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 21 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[3]


In 1917, a small group of businessmen in Paterson helped form Paterson Vocational School so that the city would have a school to train young men to enter the textile industry, accepting boys who were at least 14 years of age or in the sixth grade, and trained them for two years or until they were ready to assume a job in a factory or trade, whichever came first. From 1917 to the early 1940s, Paterson Vocational School continued to operate as a two-year school, gradually expanding its curriculum to include a wider variety of trades. During World War II, the school remained open around the clock providing men and women with the training to become machinists and draftsmen to design and construct the engines used in bombers, fighters and transport aircraft flown in the Pacific and European theaters. For its service, the school was honored by the War Department.

Aware of the part technology would play in the booming postwar economy, Paterson Vocational School applied for and received approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to become a full-fledged high school in 1946. Academic subjects were added, as were new trades like Refrigeration, Industrial Electric and Electronics. The school was renamed Paterson Technical and Vocational High School and quickly gained the name Paterson Tech. Agriculture was offered to shared-time students attending Central High School (now Kennedy High School), with Paterson Tech renting a farm close to PCTI's present Wayne site where students learned to raise farm animals and grow crops.

By the 1960s, the importance of vocational and technical education was becoming obvious, and in 1964, Paterson Mayor Frank X. Graves Jr. turned over Paterson Tech to the Passaic County Board of Chosen Freeholders, thereby providing all youngsters in Passaic County access to Passaic County Technical and Vocational High School. With students flooding in from all over the county, Passaic County Tech, now reaching a student population of 500 young men and one girl, was bursting at the seams. The school's two buildings — one dating from the Civil War located at the corner of Summer and Ellison, the other a refurbished factory on Market Street — could not meet the demands. By 1965 plans were well underway to build a new school that would accommodate students for generations to come.

Armed with a Federal grant of $3,925,000 — the largest ever awarded to that date — and research from a Citizens' Study Committee, the county chose a 59-acre (240,000 m2) tract of land which it owned in Wayne, previously the site of Camp Hope.

Ground breaking ceremonies were held in November 1966 and construction began 15 months later. On September 8, 1970, Passaic County Technical and Vocational High School — at the time, the largest technical/vocational high school in the state and third largest in the nation — opened its doors to close to 1,500 young men and women. In the 25 years since, PCTI has added two wings and an additional Special Needs building, a variety of academic courses and special programs and has kept abreast of technological advances and economic trends by constantly updating vocational, occupational and technical courses. Passaic County Tech has since been renamed Passaic County Technical Institute.


With construction completed, a brand new library (F-Wing Library), a separate gymnasium (the Athletic Center, which consists of an indoor pool, a basketball court, an indoor track, a room with DDR used by the physical education department, and a top notch athletic training room), and an extension to the school's F-Wing (now the FX Wing) were added to PCTI. Also, part of the H-Wing was remodeled to comply with the new H-Wing bridge that connects to the lower end of the FX-Wing, which added a new BlackBox Theater. While not yet complete; several trailer type classrooms are being installed behind the F and FX wing.

Shops / majors[edit]

PCTI consists of 14 schools (as shown on the school's student application):

  1. Computer Repair
  2. Computer Science
  • Academy of Medical Arts
  1. Medical Arts
  2. Allied Health
  1. Logistics
  2. Marketing
  3. Management
  • School of Applied Technology
  1. Drafting (CAD)
  2. Electronics
  3. Manufacturing Technology
  1. Advertising Art & Design
  2. Graphic Arts
  3. Audio Visual Production
  1. Dance
  2. Theater
  3. Instrumental
  4. Vocal
  • School of Service Careers
  1. Criminal Justice/Public Safety
  2. Landscape Design

Extracurricular activities[edit]

The Passaic County Technical Institute Bulldogs[2] compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[4] With 2,568 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,090 to 2,568 students in that grade range.[5] For the 2009-10 school year, PCTI was part of the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, a conference established on an interim basis to facilitate the realignment.[6] Prior to the realignment that took place in 2009, the school participated in the Skyline Division of the Northern Hills Conference.[7]

School colors are Blue and White. Sports offered at the school include tennis (men and women), soccer (men and women), cross country (men and women), bowling (men and women), volleyball (men and women), track and field winter (men and women), football (men), swimming (men and women), track and field spring (men and women), lacrosse (men and women), golf (men and women), softball (women), wrestling (men), basketball (men and women) and baseball (men).[2]

The wrestling team won the North I Group IV state sectional championship in 1994.[8]

The football team won the North I Group IV state sectional championships in 1998 and 2001.[9] The football team won the 1998 North I Section IV title game, defeating Union Hill High School 48-6 in the tournament final at Giants Stadium.[10] The football team won the North I Group V title in 2015, the program's third state championship, defeating Ridgewood High School in the tournament final by a score of 27-0 at MetLife Stadium.[11]

In 2007, the boys' basketball team won the North I, Group IV state championship, edging North Bergen High School by 86-85 in overtime, in a game played at Wayne Valley High School.[12][13]

The swimming team won its first North I Group A sectional title in 2015 and repeated in 2016 with a win against Montclair High School in the sectional final, becoming the first varsity team at PCTI winning back-to-back titles.[14][15]


Core members of the school's administration are:[16]

  • Dr. Michael Parent, Principal
  • Robert Gray, Assistant Principal
  • Barbara Moschetta, Assistant Principal
  • Kenneth McDaniell, Assistant Principal of Discipline/Transportation
  • Lois Paterson, Assistant Principal
  • Joseph Sabbath, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Passaic County Technical Institute, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c d Passaic County Technical Institute, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 8, 2016.
  3. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed January 14, 2012.
  4. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  5. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed August 30, 2014.
  6. ^ League Memberships - 2009-1010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Home Page, Northern Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 28, 2011. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  8. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 15, 2017.
  9. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  10. ^ Glickson, Grant. "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Second Straight Title for Morristown", The New York Times, December 6, 1998. Accessed June 25, 2008.
  11. ^ Lanni, Patrick. "Defense provides championship redemption for Passaic Tech in North 1, Group 5 final", NJ Advance Media for, December 5, 2015. Accessed April 8, 2016. "The Bulldogs made it back to MetLife Stadium surrendering less than eight points per game and they continued that trend with a 27-0 win over Ridgewood in the NJSIAA/SportsCare Institute North Jersey, Section 1, Group 5 final Saturday evening. The win solidified Passaic Tech's third title in school history and first since 2001."
  12. ^ Zagoria, Adam. "Passaic Tech wins in OT", Herald News, March 7, 2007. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  13. ^ 2007 Boys Basketball - North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 7, 2007.
  14. ^ Farrell, Sean. "H.S. boys swimming: NV/Demarest, Passaic Tech repeat as sectional champions", The Record (Bergen County), February 13, 2016. Accessed December 27, 2016. "Passaic Tech took the North 1, Group A title in a 107-63 victory over Montclair.... Passaic Tech's championship was its second straight in North 1, Group A. The Bulldogs are now division, Passaic County and sectional champions because of their strong sophomore class."
  15. ^ Staff. "Montclair (63) at Passaic Tech (107), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Public A - Boys Swimming", The Star-Ledger, February 12, 2016. Accessed December 27, 2016. "Brandon Matos, Laice Baloush, and Garret Pilkington, and Joseph Malicki each had individual wins to guide top-seeded Passaic Tech to a 107-63 win over third-seeded Montclair in the North Jersey, Section 1, Public A final in Wayne.... It is the second straight sectional title for Passaic Tech, which will swim Westfield, No. 1 in the Top 20, in the Public A semifinals on Feb. 17."
  16. ^ Administration, Passaic County Technical Institute. Accessed October 1, 2015.
  17. ^ Staff. "Back to Giants Stadium", The Record (Bergen County), November 28, 2008. Accessed November 23, 2015. "Passaic Tech alums Mike Adams,a safety for the Cleveland Browns, and Gerald Hayes, a linebacker for the Arizona Cardinals, won a North 1, Group 4 championship at Giants Stadium in 1998."
  18. ^ Derrick Etienne, Virginia Cavaliers men's soccer. Accessed October 1, 2015. "High School: Passaic Tech"
  19. ^ Stapleton, Art. "Falcons' Beauharnais on a whole other level", Herald News, September 29, 2006. "Paterson Catholic coach Benjie Wimberly compares him to former Passaic Tech star Gerald Hayes, an All-State linebacker and now a starter for the Arizona Cardinals in the NFL."
  20. ^ DiTrani, Vinny. "Shipp sailing smoothly but may face rough seas", The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2003. Accessed August 30, 2014. "To Shipp's credit, he's been taking the high road - or the high seas - in this potential melodrama. The former Passaic Tech star became Division 1-AA's sixth-leading all-time rusher at UMass, accumulating 5,383 yards (4,922 m)."

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