Penns Grove High School
|Penns Grove High School|
|334 Harding Highway
Carneys Point, NJ 08069
|School district||Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District|
|Asst. principal||Juan Arbelaez
|Enrollment||554 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.5:1|
|Athletics conference||Tri-County Conference|
|Team name||Red Devils|
Penns Grove High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Carneys Point Township and Penns Grove in Salem County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Penns Grove-Carneys Point Regional School District. A majority of students in grades 9-12 from Oldmans Township, New Jersey attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Oldmans Township School District, with the balance attending Woodstown High School in the Woodstown-Pilesgrove Regional School District. The school is located in Carneys Point Township.
Penns Grove High school hosts the regional Academy of Chemical and Technological Engineering program, which prepares students for college majors in engineering fields. The Academy of Chemical and Technological Engineering operates in partnership with Rowan University, Salem Community College, DuPont and various other contributors.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 554 students and 53.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.5:1. There were 324 students (58.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 42 (7.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 256th-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. The school had been ranked 251st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 253rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 266th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 220th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Penns Grove High School Red Devils compete as one of the member schools in the Tri-County Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 450 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 78 to 478 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Diamond Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group I for football for 2017-18.
The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group II state championship in 1981.
The boys' track team won the Group I state indoor relay championship in 1986.
The boys' cross country team won the Tri-County Diamond Division Championship in 2006 and 2007, the South Jersey Group I sectional title for outdoor track in 2007 and 2008, and a number of relays won by the Outdoor Track team.
The football team went 9-3 in 2008 reaching the school's first state championship game before falling to rival Glassboro High School. The team was also able to win their first home playoff game in school history in the semifinals.
The 2012 Red Devils football team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship, the program's first, defeating Woodbury Junior-Senior High School by a score of 30-14 in the title game. The team finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record and set state records by scoring 621 points, breaking a previous record of 599 that had been set by Bergen Catholic High School in 1998, and scoring an average of 51.7 points per game, breaking the record of 51.5 set by Don Bosco Preparatory High School in 2003.
In 1986, the boys' track team set the New Jersey state record for most consecutive dual meet wins with 117. That same year, the track team not only went 10-0 in its dual meets but won every relay meet entered, won the Salem County Meet (10th straight), Tri-County Conference Meet (10th straight), South Jersey Group 1 sectional meet (10th straight) and its second state group title (its first coming in 1984). The indoor track team that year also won the state Group I relay championships.
The 1988 baseball team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship with a 7-5 win against Pitman High School. The team lost by a score of 13-5 to Glen Ridge High School in the Group I championship game. The team had won the Group II state championship in 1958, which was the most recent time that the team had won a sectional title.
The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1973-1975, 1977 and 1979 (Group 1). The marching band was Atlantic Coast Champion in Group 1 (1975, 1977 and 1979) and Atlantic Coast Champion in Group 2 in 1976. The band also won the Cavalcade of Bands Group 1 Open Championship in 2006.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Lori O'Brien, Principal
- Juan Arbelaez, Assistant Principal
- Anwar Golden, Assistant Principal and Athletic Director
- Don Bragg (born 1935), Olympic gold medalist in the pole vault at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
- William J. Hughes (born 1932), member of the U.S. House of Representatives from 1975 to 1995 who was appointed by President Bill Clinton as United States Ambassador to Panama, a post he held until October 1998 leading up to the historic turnover of the Panama Canal to Panamanian control.
- Bruce Willis (born 1955), actor best known for his role of John McClane in the Die Hard series.
- Curly Ogden (1901-1964), former pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and Washington Senators who coached at Penns Grove for 18 years.
- School data for Penns Grove High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Penns Grove High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 29, 2015.
- Oldmans Township School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 26, 2017. "Oldmans sends students in grades 9-12 to the Penns Grove-Carneys Point and Woodstown School Districts, as well as the Academy Programs, and the Salem County Vocational Technical School."
- Bumpus, Robert L. "Salem County Report on Consolidation and Regionalization", Office of the Executive County Superintendent of Salem County, March 15, 2010, available at the website of the Asbury Park Press. Accessed July 5, 2011. "A contiguous elementary district, Oldmans Township, sends its students primarily to Penns Grove High School and a smaller number of students to Woodstown High School."
- Salem County Education, Discover Salem County. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Penns Grove High school is also home to the regional Academy of Chemical and Technological Engineering program that prepares students for engineering majors that they might seek when entering college."
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 5, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 26, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 16, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 16, 2017.
- S. Jersey Scoreboard, Philly.com, October 10, 2007. Accessed October 24, 2007. "(1, Robert Konopka, PG, 17:55; Penns Grove clinched Tri-County Diamond Division.)"
- Callaway, Rob. "Despite loss, Penns Grove is on the rise", Today's Sunbeam, December 8, 2008. Accessed June 26, 2011. "The Red Devils were playing in a South Jersey final for the very first time. Although it didn't end the way they wanted it to, they're clearly a program on the rise. Penns Grove finished at 9-3 and is miles ahead of where the program was when coach Kemp Carr took over the program five years ago."
- Callaway, Rob. "Glassboro captures second consecutive S.J. Group I crown", Today's Sunbeam, December 7, 2008. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Stephen Davis isn't sure if football is in his future, so the Glassboro High School senior wanted to make the most of the present. That's exactly what he and the rest of the Bulldogs did on Saturday as they completed their second straight perfect season by beating Penns Grove, 28-8, to repeat as South Jersey Group I champions."
- Edwards, Rob. "Penns Grove High School football team wins Group I championship over Woodbury", NJ.com, December 8, 2012, updated August 22, 2013. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Behind a 36-carry, 307-yard, two touchdown performance from quarterback Nick Elmer, the top-seeded Red Devils defeated Woodbury, 30-14, at Rowan for the South Jersey Group I championship.... 'Perfect season for these guys,' Carr said, noting his team's 12-0 record....The Red Devils can also bring back the state scoring record. Needing just eight points to tie the previous mark of 599, the Red Devils now own the record at 621 points, good for almost 52 points per game."
- Anastasia, Phil. "Record-setting Penns Grove", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 26, 2012. Accessed September 30, 2015. "The state record is 599 by Bergen Catholic in 1998. 53.8 Points per game. The South Jersey record for average points per game is 48.4 by Salem in 1996, and the state record is 51.5 by Don Bosco Prep in 2003."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Tatum, Kevin. "State Track Titles Go To Willingboro And Penns Grove", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 1, 1986. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Penns Grove, with 33 points in Group 1, won its second state title in three years by outlasting Tri-County Conference foe Kingsway (31). Haddonfield was third with 22 points. 'It took a really tough effort,' said Penns Grove coach Jack Ware, whose team has a state-record 117 straight dual-meet victories.... Penns Grove, which won a Group 2 state title in 1984, had 14 points after Friday's competition and received first-place finishes from discus thrower Russ Willitt and hurdler George Bland yesterday."
- Tatum, Kevin. "Penns Grove Wins Track Title For 10th Year In Row", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 25, 1986. Accessed June 26, 2011. "The South Jersey track championships were decided yesterday afternoon at Buena High, and for the 10th straight year, Penns Grove came away with a title.For the Red Devils, winners of a state-record 117 consecutive dual meets, it was their third title in Group 1. The seven others were in Group 2."
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 14, 2017.
- Narducci, Marc. "Surprising Penns Grove Wins Title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 1988. Accessed September 30, 2015. "That was before his young team matured more quickly than expected. So, instead of thinking of next year, Gallagher's focus was very much on the present after Penns Grove defeated Pitman yesterday, 7-5, to win the South Jersey Group 1 championship at Pennsauken.... When the Red Devils got off to an inauspicious 4-6 start, Gallagher wasn't even sure his team would see any postseason action, let alone win its first sectional title since claiming the Group 2 championship in 1958."
- Carchidi, Sam. "Public Champs Shooting For Finals", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 7, 1988. Accessed September 30, 2015. "In that game, Allen, in relief of Robinson, pitched 2 2/3 hitless innings to notch the win and give Penns Grove its first sectional crown since 1958."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 29, 2015.
- McBride, John. "Glen Ridge's Quick Start Halts Penns Grove", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 12, 1988. Accessed September 30, 2015. "Glen Ridge added two more runs in the first and kept scoring as the Ridgers downed Penns Grove, 13-5, to collect their third Group 1 title in eight years.
- Tournament of Bands - Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
- Champions, Cavalcade of Bands. Accessed June 26, 2011.
- Home page, Penns Grove High School. Accessed September 26, 2017.
- 1999 Hall of Fame Inductees, Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey. Accessed February 4, 2007.
- Cronin, Steven; and Shopes, Richard. "REP. (WILLIAM J.) HUGHES CALLS IT QUITS ELECTED 10 TIMES TO SERVE THE 2ND DISTRICT", The Press of Atlantic City, January 25, 1994. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Hughes was born in Salem and graduated from Penns Grove Regional High School."
- Dunn, Phil. "Voices surfacing urging Penns Grove Middle School be renovated, not razed", Today's Sunbeam, January 15, 2011. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Many graduates of the school have gone on to positions of prominence on a national level, notably: Longtime U.S. Congressman and Ambassador to Panama William J. Hughes, actor Bruce Willis, and Olympic athletes Dave Romansky and Don Bragg."
- Petersen, Melody. "Bruce Willis Drops Project, Leaving Town More Troubled", The New York Times, May 9, 1997. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Mr. Willis grew up in Carneys Point, attended Penns Grove High School and even worked in one of the Du Pont factories before he found fame on the television series Moonlighting and through his Die Hard films."
- Lee, Bill. The Baseball Nerology: The Post-Baseball Lives and Deaths of More Than 7,600 Baseball Players and Others, p. 303. McFarland & Company, 2009. ISBN 978-0-7864-4239-3. Accessed November 25, 2017. "Curly Ogden... He taught and coached 18 years at Penns Grove (NJ) High School."
- Penns Grove High School
- Penns Grove - Carneys Point Regional School District
- Penns Grove - Carneys Point Regional School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Penns Grove - Carneys Point Regional School District, National Center for Education Statistics