Pemberton Township High School

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Pemberton Township High School
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Pemberton Township High School is located in Burlington County, New Jersey
Pemberton Township High School
Pemberton Township High School
Pemberton Township High School is located in New Jersey
Pemberton Township High School
Pemberton Township High School
Pemberton Township High School is located in the US
Pemberton Township High School
Pemberton Township High School
148 Arney's Mount Road
Pemberton, NJ 08068

United States
Coordinates 39°59′23″N 74°41′10″W / 39.989648°N 74.68616°W / 39.989648; -74.68616Coordinates: 39°59′23″N 74°41′10″W / 39.989648°N 74.68616°W / 39.989648; -74.68616
Type Public high school
Motto (PTHS) Peace-Truth-Honor-Spirit
Established 1935
School district Pemberton Township School District
Principal Eder Joseph
Asst. principals John Bamber
Ron Dickenson
Danielle Strother
Faculty 101.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,079 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 10.7:1[1]
Color(s)      Green and
Athletics conference Burlington County Scholastic League
Team name Hornets[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

Pemberton Township High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Pemberton Township, in Burlington County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Pemberton Township School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2012.[3]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,079 students and 101.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.7:1. There were 333 students (30.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 82 (7.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


A united high school for grades nine through twelve opened at the Arney's Mount Road site in 1990; the high school was previously split with grades 9 and 10 attending Pemberton High School No. 1 on Fort Dix Road (now the Helen A. Fort Middle School) and grades 11 and 12 attending school at this building then known as Pemberton High School No. 2.[4]

In 1999, as part of its efforts to discourage students from smoking, the Pemberton Township Council established fines for students caught smoking in school bathrooms, with fines assessed at $100 for a first offense and $200 for each additional incident.[5]

In 2014 the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression "awarded" Pemberton Principal Ida Smith a "Muzzle" for censoring student publications.[6][7]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 293rd-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.[8] The school had been ranked 195th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 266th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 257th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 277th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11] ranked the school as tied for 309th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 14 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).[12]

Pemberton Township High School won first place in the New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl Burlington County competition, held at the Palmyra Cove Nature Park and Environmental Center in Palmyra as part of the 10th annual New Jersey High School Consumer Bowl.[13] PTHS has won the statewide competition in 2000, 2003 and 2004.[14]

Pemberton Township High School Choral Music Department students have successfully auditioned into the National Association for Music Education All National Honors Mixed Chorus, New Jersey Music Educators Association All State Mixed Chorus and All State Women's Chorus as well South Jersey Choral Directors Association (SJCDA) Region III District Chorus.


The Pemberton Township High School Hornets[2] compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League, which includes public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in central New Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15] With 822 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.[16] The football team competes in the Patriot Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[17] and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group IV for football for 2017-18.[18] The school colors are dark green and white, and the school's mascot is the hornet.[2]

The football program has enjoyed the school's most success with several winning seasons and a state championship under the guidance of former Head Coach William McDowell. The current head coach is John Rosnick. Parade All-Americans include Octavius Gould who went on to play for the Florida Gators[19] and Irv Smith who went on to play for Notre Dame.[20] The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 1977.[21]

The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group IV state championship in 1980.[22]


Core members of the school's administration are:[23]

  • Eder Joseph, Principal
  • John Bamber, Assistant Principal
  • Ron Dickenson, Assistant Principal
  • Danielle Strother, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Pemberton Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Pemberton Township High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  3. ^ a b Pemberton Township High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Wiggins, Ovetta. "Construction Delays Mean Some Schools Will Open Late", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 2, 1990. Accessed June 1, 2016. "Pemberton Township is combining its two high schools, formerly called High School No. 1 and High School No. 2. Ninth and 10th graders, who would have attended Pemberton Township High School No. 1 on Fort Dix-Pemberton Road, will be attending Pemberton Township High School on Arney's Mount Road along with 11th and 12th graders. That school was formerly known as Pemberton Township High School No. 2."
  5. ^ Kent, Bill. "IN BRIEF; The Rising Cost of Smoking, And Getting Caught", The New York Times, February 28, 1999. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Students who are caught trying to steal a smoke in the Pemberton Township High School lavatories after March 18 will be hit with a $100 fine if it's the first time, $200 after that."
  6. ^ Clark, Lesley. "White House 'awarded' for press freedom", McClatchy DC, April 10, 2014. Accessed August 11, 2014.
  7. ^ Jefferson Muzzles 2014, Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. Accessed August 11, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 13, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed January 20, 2012.
  13. ^ Pemberton Township High School Takes First Place in Burlington County Consumer Bowl Competition, New Jersey Attorney General press release dated February 6, 2006
  14. ^ Past Consumer Bowl Winners, New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs. Accessed May 14, 2012.
  15. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  16. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  17. ^ Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  18. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  19. ^ Robb, Sharon. "UF Hoping Gould Turns Into Gold", South Florida Sun-Sentinel, February 13, 1986. Accessed July 5, 2012. "Gould, a first team Parade Magazine All-American, rushed for more than 1,000 yards as a junior and senior. He runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds."
  20. ^ Temkin, Barry. "Bloom Guard's Long-range Missiles Penetrate All Kinds Of Defense Systems", Chicago Tribune, February 3, 1989. Accessed July 5, 2012. "Notre Dame has added to its seemingly inexhaustible supply of Parade magazine All-Americas by getting commitments from lineman Junior Bryant of Omaha, tight end-defensive back Irv Smith of Pemberton, N.J., and running back Dorsey Levens of Syracuse."
  21. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  22. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 16, 2017.
  23. ^ Meet the Administration, Pemberton Township High School. Accessed October 1, 2017.
  24. ^ Gorman, Kevin. "Dunn rewarded for sacrifices, wait", The Daily Collegian, October 19, 1995. Accessed October 1, 2017. "At Pemberton Township High School, the Dunn twins started at the swingman and power forward positions for three years, only distinguished by the rubber band that Coach Richard Stahl forced Terry to wear to tell them apart."
  25. ^ Matthew Emmons, Civilian Marksmanship Program. Accessed June 22, 2007. "He once pitched a perfect game for his high school team in Pemberton, NJ."
  26. ^ Transcript of June 15, 2004 Conference Call with RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie and New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos, Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee, provided by the Republican National Committee. Accessed February 16, 2007. "E. Gillespie: Thank you, Chairman. I am very excited about New Jersey as a competitive state because I am a native of New Jersey - Brown's Mills. I went to Pemberton Township High School."
  27. ^ Chris Hall, Accessed August 11, 2014.
  28. ^ Chelcie Ross profile,, accessed February 16, 2007. "A military 'brat', he attended many schools in the United States and abroad, graduating Stateside from Pemberton Township High School in New Jersey."
  29. ^ Staff. "BROTHERS SHARE THE KEY TO THEIR NFL SUCCESS \ IT'S SCHOOL, SAID ED AND IRV SMITH, PEMBERTON GRADS.", Philadelphia Inquirer, May 16, 1999. Accessed January 30, 2012. "At 6 feet, 4 inches and 253 pounds, Ed Smith, a tight end for the Cleveland Browns, is a force to be reckoned with. The same is said of his brother Irv, who at 6-foot-3 and 262 pounds will play the same position next season for the reborn NFL team. But when ``The Boss calls, ``we had better listen, said Ed Smith, 29, the older of the two brothers from Browns Mills."
  30. ^ Irv Smith player profile, Sporting News. Accessed February 17, 2007.
  31. ^ Johnnie Troutman, San Diego Chargers. Accessed October 12, 2014. "three-time All-Burlco/ Olympic-Patriot Football Conference pick at Pemberton Township High in Brown Mills, N.J."

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