Phillipsburg High School (New Jersey)

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Phillipsburg High School
PHS Varsity Letter.jpg
Phillipsburg High School is located in Warren County, New Jersey
Phillipsburg High School
Phillipsburg High School
Phillipsburg High School is located in New Jersey
Phillipsburg High School
Phillipsburg High School
Phillipsburg High School is located in the US
Phillipsburg High School
Phillipsburg High School
1 Stateliner Boulevard
Phillipsburg, NJ 08865
Type Public high school
Established 1871
School district Phillipsburg School District
Principal Janice Trent
Asst. principals John Stillo
Kyle Rovi
Derrick Forsythe
Faculty 121.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,628[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 13.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Garnet and
Mascot Suzy Stateliner
Team name Stateliners[2]
Newspaper Karux
Yearbook Karux

Phillipsburg High School, also known locally as P'Burg High School, is a comprehensive, four-year public high school located in Phillipsburg, in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. The school was first established in 1871 and is located in the eastern part of the Lehigh Valley, at the Pennsylvania border.[3] For this reason, the school's nickname is the "Stateliners." The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2000.[4]

The school is part of the Phillipsburg School District, one of 31 former Abbott Districts in the state.[5] The district serves students from the town of Phillipsburg and from five other municipalities: Alpha, Bloomsbury (in Hunterdon County), Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township, who attend as part of sending/receiving relationships.[6][7][8]

The site of the new Phillipsburg High School, which began construction in January 2014, is in Lopatcong Township. The three-story, 330,000-square-foot (31,000 m2) building, with more than double the floor space of the existing high school, is planned for completion for the 2016-17 school year.[9]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,628 students and 121.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.5:1. There were 384 students (23.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 101 (6.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1] Phillipsburg High School's enrollment is in excess of the school's capacity. To compensate for this, the Phillipsburg School District either owns or leases 31 trailers.

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 183rd-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.[10] The school had been ranked 215th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 276th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[11] The magazine ranked the school 275th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[12] The school was ranked 234th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[13]

New high school[edit]

Original plans for a new high school campus stalled due to lack of funds. (See New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation) However, in July 2008, new state funding was secured and on October 5, 2009, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the new high school located on Belvidere Road in Lopatcong Township. Then-Governor Jon Corzine was in attendance as well as former Governor James Florio, Phillipsburg School District Superintendent Mark B. Miller and then-State Education Commissioner Lucille Davy.[14]

The new campus had been expected to cost $174.4 million and was planned to hold a 326,000 sq ft (30,300 m2) school and seven athletic fields. After the initial plans had been put on hold, Governor Chris Christie announced in February 2012 that the plan was back online, with a revised estimate of $675 million for the project.[15] The school has moved forward, as of May 2013, with initial contracts awarded and an expected open date falling sometime in 2016. The current plan calls for a 330,021 sq ft (30,660.0 m2) facility that will house 1846 students.[16]

After many delays, construction started in January 2014. The new school opened for its first day of classes on September 12, 2016.The class of 2020 is the first to have never attended the old high school. [17]


The Phillipsburg High School Stateliners[2] compete as a member of NJSIAA Skyland Conference.[18] With 1,172 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,087 to 3,896 students in that grade range.[19] The school was a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's defunct East Penn Conference.[20]

The Stateliners have an athletic rivalry with neighboring Easton, Pennsylvania's Easton Area High School, which celebrated its 100th annual football game on Thanksgiving 2006, making it one of the oldest rivalries in the nation.[21] The 100th meeting between the two schools, which Easton won 21-7, was broadcast nationally on ESPN2 on Thanksgiving Day 2006.[22] The game, which typically draws some 15,000 - 20,000 fans before Thanksgiving dinner is served, was broadcast nationally on ESPN in 1988, with games played on Lafayette College's Fisher Field in Easton.

In 2009, the 1993 teams from the Easton P-Burg Game met again for the Gatorade REPLAY Game to resolve the game, which ended in a 7-7 tie, with more than 13,000 fans watching as Phillipsburg won by a score of 27-12.[23]

As of 2016, the Stateliners have 670 wins which is first in New Jersey and 124th in the nation.[citation needed] In 2008, the Stateliners completed a 10-2 season beating Rahway High School20-6 in the North II Group III state sectional final to win the program's fourth sectional title.[24] 2008 postseason rankings put the Stateliners at 13th in the state, 1st in West Jersey, and 5th in Group III.

The wrestling team won the 2007 North II, Group IV state sectional championship with a 34-25 win against Bridgewater-Raritan High School.[25]

In 2005, the boys' cross country team won the Group IV meet at Holmdel and placed third at the Meet of Champions.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Phillipsburg High School include:


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Phillipsburg High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed May 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Phillipsburg High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 1, 2016.
  3. ^ School Information, Phillipsburg High School. Accessed October 3, 2011. "Phillipsburg High School, one of the oldest high schools in New Jersey, was organized by an act of the State legislature in 1871. It offered two programs, the Classical course designed for 'our young men to enter the freshmen class of any American College,' and the Normal Course for those planning to attend the State Normal Schools (later known as State Colleges)."
  4. ^ Phillipsburg 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.
  5. ^ Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2016.
  6. ^ Phillipsburg High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 1, 2016. "At the secondary level, the district serves not only students from the town of Phillipsburg which makes up 37.6% of the high school population, but also students from the surrounding boroughs of Alpha and Bloomsbury, as well as the townships of Greenwich, Lopatcong, and Pohatcong."
  7. ^ About PSD, Phillipsburg School District. Accessed June 1, 2016. "The district serves students from the Town of Phillipsburg and five sending communities at the secondary level: Alpha, Bloomsbury, Greenwich, Lopatcong and Pohatcong Townships."
  8. ^ Municipal Guide to Public School Districts, Warren County, New Jersey. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  9. ^ Peters, Sarah. "New Phillipsburg High School beginning to take shape in Lopatcong Township", The Express-Times, July 7, 2014. Accessed March 29, 2015. "The new Phillipsburg High School is starting to take shape atop a steep hillside off Belvidere Road in Lopatcong Township.... Five school board members and at least four administrators embarked on the tour of the property scheduled to open during the 2016-2017 academic year."
  10. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012.
  12. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 20, 2011.
  13. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  14. ^ Beyer, Sue. "Groundbreaking dignitaries", The Express-Times, October 5, 2009. Accessed October 3, 2012. "Dignitaries of the podium during the ground breaking ceremony for the new Phillipsburg High School. Included in the center is Governor Corzine as well as former governor James Florio."
  15. ^ Wojcik, Sarah M. "Phillipsburg High School back on list for New Jersey Schools Development Authority-funded projects, Gov. Chris Christie says", The Express-Times, February 15, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012. "Christie announced he is recommending approval for construction of eight new schools statewide, including the Stateliners' new home slated for Belvidere Road in Lopatcong Township. The projects total $675 million."
  16. ^ Petty, Todd. "New Phillipsburg High School one step closer, with $80M construction contract", May 7, 2013. Accessed July 17, 2013.
  17. ^ Peters, Sarah. "Work starts on new Phillipsburg High School in Lopatcong Township, superintendent says", January 13, 2014. Accessed January 18, 2014.
  18. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 1, 2016.
  19. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 16, 2014.
  20. ^ #344-05 BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE TOWN OF PHILLIPSBURG, WARREN COUNTY, R.T.C., JR. vs. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 3, 2012. "Beginning in 1976, Phillipsburg was a member of Pennsylvania's East Penn Conference (predecessor to the Lehigh Valley Athletic Conference) for football, having joined for basketball in 1963 and baseball in 1958.... In Fall 1995, because of the increasing difficulty in reconciling East Penn and NJSIAA requirements and the continuing impact of the 50% Rule on the school's ability to enter championship competition, Phillipsburg joined the newly-created Skyland Conference in New Jersey."
  21. ^ Patrick, Dick. "High school rivals are like family", USA Today, September 21, 2005. Accessed August 17, 2012. "Phillipsburg (N.J.)-Easton (Pa.): The game, played on Thanksgiving morning at Lafayette College in Easton, will celebrate 100 years in 2006."
  22. ^ Lawlor, Christopher. "Easton (Pa.) Area High wins 100th game of historic rivalry; state playoffs next", USA Today, November 23, 2006. Accessed October 3, 2011.
  23. ^ Conover, Allan. "Phillipsburg beats Easton in Gatorade Replay football", Warren Reporter, April 29, 2009. Accessed August 17, 2012. "For almost three toasty hours earlier in the day, however, Wargo had been among the most prominent Phillipsburg football players in Lafayette College's Fisher Stadium and was a key performer in the Stateliners' 27-12 triumph over Easton as 13,350 sun-baked spectators looked on. Wargo, a tackle, was selected as the game's 'Outstanding Defensive Player,' an honor he never gave a thought to while helping the 'Exliners' win the rematch of the 1993 Thanksgiving Day battle which ended in a 7-7 stalemate."
  24. ^ Staff. "Phillipsburg 20, Rahway 6", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2008. Accessed October 3, 2011. "Rahway seemed to get just what it wanted yesterday, but Phillipsburg senior quarterback Nick Codis turned the tables by rushing for a touchdown and passing for a score to lead Phillipsburg to a 20-6 victory in the NJSIAA/Gatorade North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 final at Rutgers Stadium. It was the fourth sectional championship for Phillipsburg (10-2), No. 16 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, and first since 2005."
  25. ^ 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 23, 2007.
  26. ^ "Jack's Facts: A Closer Look at the Easton/Phillipsburg Rivalry", The Morning Call, November 21, 2006, accessed April 13, 2007. "The Garnet's Charlie Berry would score all Phillipsburg's points in a 14-7 win. Berry after graduating from PHS went on to have outstanding career at Lafayette College and later became an American League baseball umpire and officiated in the NFL."
  27. ^ Staff. "Warren County Hall of Fame inductees announced", Warren Reporter, August 22, 2014. Accessed May 2, 2015. "A native of Lopatcong Township and a Phillipsburg High School graduate, Bolcar was a 1984 USA Today High School All-American selection."
  28. ^ Tim Brewster, Minnesota Golden Gophers Football.
  29. ^ Staff. "Dailey Comes to heights From Pitt", The Heights (newspaper), October 8, 1937. Accessed July 23, 2014. "Coach Ted Dailey was brought up in Pennsylvania and attended Phillipsburg High School where he played left end on the school football team for three years."
  30. ^ Kita, Joe. "In The Wild World Of Pro Wrestling, It's White Horses And Black Hats", The Morning Call, April 26, 1984. Accessed June 1, 2016. "One of the CWA's most gallant knights is 'D.C.' Drake, whose very name conjures thoughts of Capitol Hill.... A graduate of Phillipsburg High School and an idolizer of Bruno Sammartino, he is living his childhood dream."
  31. ^ Robert B. Meyner, The Robert B. & Helen S. Meyner Center For the Study of State & Local Government at Lafayette College. Accessed February 20, 2011. "Robert Meyner was graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1926, where he was class valedictorian and a member of the debating team."
  32. ^ Charles Rinehart, College Football Hall of Fame. Accessed August 14, 2007.
  33. ^ Brady, Erik. "Every year fields the game of the century" USA Today, November 23, 2006, accessed April 13, 2007. "Dailey was an assistant coach at Syracuse who recruited some P-burg players, including Jim Ringo, who is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame as a center for the Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles."

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