Passaic High School

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Passaic High School
Passaic High School is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Passaic High School
Passaic High School
Passaic High School is located in New Jersey
Passaic High School
Passaic High School
Passaic High School is located in the US
Passaic High School
Passaic High School
170 Paulison Avenue
Passaic, NJ 07055
Type Public high school
School district Passaic City School District
Principal Francisco Velez Jr.
Asst. principals Antonio Garcia
Osvaldo Matos
Graciella Romero
Jeannette Torres-Gomez
Jennifer Welch
Faculty 200.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,940 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.7:1[1]
Color(s)      Scarlet and
     Navy Blue[2]
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Indians[2]

Passaic High School is a four-year community public high school, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Passaic, in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Passaic City School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[3]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,940 students and 200.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.7:1. There were 2,929 students (99.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 317th-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.[4] The school had been ranked 282nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 313th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 312th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 310th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]


Passaic High School's first graduating class, in 1873, was made up of eight students, who attended the Acquackanonk District School. The first Passaic High School was constructed in 1886-87 at the corner of Lafayette Avenue and Bloomfield Avenue (now Broadway). The district's second high school was built in 1910 across the street from the original building on Lafayette Avenue. The present high school on Paulison Avenue was completed in May 1957.[8]


The Passaic High School Indians[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.[9] With 2,256 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.[10] For the 2009-10 school year, the school was part of the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, a conference established on an interim basis to facilitate the realignment. Prior to the realignment in 2009, the school competed in Division B of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League (NNJIL) which included public and private high schools located in Bergen County and Passaic County.[11]

Between 1915 and 1924, Ernest Blood coached the school's basketball team to a 200-1 record. Passaic was unbeaten for 159 games over more than five seasons, a feat which is considered to be the longest winning streak in basketball history.[12]

The boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1920-1922 (defeating Trenton Central High School in the tournament final in each of the three years), 1923 (vs. Asbury Park High School), 1925 (vs. Union Hill High School) and 1929 (vs. Atlantic City High School); the four consecutive state championships won from 1920-1923 are tied for the most by any public school program in the state.[13] The team won the 2001 North I, Group IV state sectional championship, edging Teaneck High School 64-62 in the tournament final.[14]

The football team won the North I Group IV state championship in 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985 and 1989.[15]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Passaic High School hosts one of the largest Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) programs in the country.[16] In 2004 the unit was awarded the Navy's Unit Achievement award, and in both the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 school years was recognized with the Distinguished Unit Award. Also in 2006 and 2007, under the command of Chelsea Woodson, the unit's Color Guard drill team won First Place at the National JROTC Championship in Daytona Beach, Florida. Also in 2007 at the National Drill Championship in Daytona Florida Senior Yasser Acosta earned a Fourth Place trophy for Platoon Armed. In 2008, the unarmed exhibition team under the command of Senior, Anthony Palma, came in a strong fourth-place finish on a national level in Daytona Beach, Florida. This second only to Karla Ramos 4th-place trophy earned in 2004.

In 2006, at the USSBA National Championships at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland, Passaic High School was recognized with the Best Percussion National Championship title and the Best Color Guard National Championship title in Class V.[17]


Core members of the school's administration are:[18]

  • Francisco Velez, Principal
  • Antonio Garcia, Assistant Principal
  • Osvaldo Matos, Assistant Principal
  • Graciella Romero, Assistant Principal
  • Jeannette Torres-Gomez, Assistant Principal
  • Jennifer Welch, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Passaic High School include:


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Passaic High School # 12, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Passaic High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2015.
  3. ^ Passaic High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 24, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 27, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ Passaic City Schools: School - School History, Passaic High School. Accessed May 2, 2011.
  9. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, 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 July 8, 2014. Accessed September 19, 2014.
  11. ^ Home page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League. Accessed August 28, 2011.
  12. ^ Ernest Blood profile, Basketball Hall of Fame. Accessed August 19, 2014. "From 1915 to 1924, Blood coached the Passaic High School 'Wonder Teams' to a 200-1 mark that included a high school record 159-game winning streak over five seasons. The streak, believed to be the longest in basketball history, began on December 17, 1919, and ended February 6, 1925, when Hackensack Hill High School defeated Passaic 39-35."
  13. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 15, 2017.
  14. ^ 2001 - North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 16, 2007.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Santora, Joseph A. "A Case Study of the Naval JROTC Program at Passaic High School", Seton Hall University, 2006. Accessed August 27, 2012. "A JROTC program with one of the largest enrollments in the nation today, is the Naval JROTC program sponsored by Passaic High School in Passaic, New Jersey. In 2006, the program earned the Distinguished Unit Award---the highest award recognized by the Department of the Navy for a NJROTC unit."
  17. ^ USSBA National Championship Titles, United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) press release dated November 14, 2006.
  18. ^ Home Page, Passaic High School. Accessed June 18, 2016.
  19. ^ Amod Field, Accessed January 2, 2015.
  20. ^ Hezekiah Griggs III - A Self-made Man, Self-made Man. Accessed August 26, 2014.
  21. ^ Art Harris, Marshall University November 14, 1970 ... Remembered. Accessed August 28, 2011.
  22. ^ Litsky, Frank. "Craig Heyward, Who Was N.F.L.'s Ironhead, Is Dead at 39", The New York Times, May 29, 2006. Accessed August 28, 2011. "From ages 10 to 12, Heyward lived in a training school for wayward boys. He became an all-state player at Passaic High School before starring at Pittsburgh."
  23. ^ Dennis Johnson, database Football. Accessed January 28, 2008.
  24. ^ Augie Lio profile database Football. Accessed August 7, 2007.
  25. ^ William J. Martini, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 13, 2007.
  26. ^ William G. "Bill" Mokray enshrined as a contributor in 1965, Basketball Hall of Fame. Accessed July 13, 2007. "Mokray's romance started while a student at Passaic High School during the era of the 'Passaic High School Wonder Teams.'"
  27. ^ "Col. John Roosma Dead at 83; Basketball Star at West Point", The New York Times, November 14, 1983. Accessed August 27, 2012. "He was born in Passaic, N.J., and was captain of the Passaic High School basketball team that was known as the Passaic Wonder Team, having won 179 games in a row."
  28. ^ Sonia Rosado Freeholder profile, Passaic County, New Jersey. Accessed July 13, 2007.
  29. ^ Barry, Jan. "MARK ROSENBERG, FILMMAKER; FORMER PASSAIC RESIDENT WAS 44", The Record (Bergen County), November 8, 2008. Accessed June 3, 2013. "Mark Rosenberg, a Hollywood film producer who grew up in Passaic, died Friday of a heart attack while on location in Texas for his latest film. Mr. Rosenberg, 44, was a 1966 graduate of Passaic High School."
  30. ^ Santos makes most of opportunity: Non-roster invitee enjoying breakthrough season,, August 4, 2004. "One the pitches Santos offers, his fastball, was nowhere to be seen when he graduated from Passaic High School in New Jersey in 1995.
  31. ^ Nutt, Amy Ellis. "Passaic dedicates street to the Shirelles", The Star-Ledger, September 21, 2008. Accessed August 28, 2011. "The Shirelles were just teenagers when they sang their own doo-wop song, 'I Met Him on a Sunday,' and brought down the house at the annual Passaic High School talent show in 1957."
  32. ^ Tyronne Stowe Past Stats, Statistics, History, and Awards, Accessed February 19, 2008.
  33. ^ via Associated Press. "Jack Tatum", The Star-Ledger, July 27, 2010. Accessed November 8, 2010. "Tatum was born in North Carolina but grew up in Passaic, where he was named an All-American as a senior at Passaic High School."
  34. ^ Jack Tatum player profile, DatabaseFootball. Accessed December 17, 2006.

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