Pitman High School

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Pitman High School
Pitman High School is located in Gloucester County, New Jersey
Pitman High School
Pitman High School
Pitman High School is located in New Jersey
Pitman High School
Pitman High School
Pitman High School is located in USA
Pitman High School
Pitman High School
225 Linden Avenue
Pitman, NJ 08071
Type Public high school
School district Pitman School District
Principal Cherie Hill Lombardo
Asst. principal Shea Murray
Faculty 25.4 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 432[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 17.0:1[1]
Color(s)      Orange
Athletics conference Tri-County Conference
Team name Panthers[2]

Pitman High School is a comprehensive community public high school in Pitman, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Pitman School District.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 432 students and 25.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 17.0:1. There were 51 students (11.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 16 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 198th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 100th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 119th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 102nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 122nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 157th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 45 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (82.6%) and language arts literacy (93.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[7]


The Pitman High School Panthers[2] 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).[8] With 335 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 182 to 473 students in that grade range.[9]

In 1989, 1993 and 1995, the girls soccer team lost the Group II state tournament to Morris Catholic High School, the team that won the title for eight consecutive years from 1988 to 1995.[10]

The boys basketball team won the Group I state championship in 1997 vs. Science Park High School, in 1998 vs. Bloomfield Tech High School and in 2014 vs. Bloomfield Tech.[11]

The girls tennis team won the South, Group I state tournament in 1999, topping Pennsville High School 4–1 in the final match.[12] The team repeated the title in 2000 with a 4–1 win against Haddon Township High School.[13] The team won the 2006 South, Group I state sectional championship with a 4–1 victory over Point Pleasant Beach High School in the Tournament final.[14] The team won the 2006 Group II state championship, topping Highland Park High School 5–0 in the semifinals and Verona High School 3–2 to take the title.[15]

The boys soccer team won the 1999 and 2010 South Jersey Group I sectional titles with wins over Bordentown Regional High School, 2–1, and Maple Shade High School, 3–0, respectively.[16]

In 2010, the girls' track and field team as well as the boys' baseball team won state championships. The girls' track team scored 40 points to tie Westwood.[17] The Group 1 state title followed their NJSIAA Group I Sectional title, their second in school history, after they defeated Lindenwold High School by less than one point. The boys' baseball team won its first state title after finishing as runners-up in 1972 and 2000. They won 5–0 over Whippany Park in the state championship game.

Marching band[edit]

The Pitman High School marching band competes in the 3 Open Class of the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) and fluctuates from 60 to 70 members

The school's marching band was Chapter One Champions in 1999 (Group 1).[18]

The Pitman Panther Marching band won the I class of Cavalcade of Bands in 2003.[19]

The Pitman Panther Marching Band won USSBA NJ state championships in 2006.

With their 2007 show, Spanish Fire, The PHS Marching Band won the 2007 USSBA Group 3A All States Championships in Allentown, PA on November 11, 2007.[20] The win launched the band in to the Open Class of the division where the more seasoned and established programs compete, along with an invitation to the 2008 USSBA Championships in Annapolis, MD at the United States Naval Academy.

Jazz ensemble[edit]

The jazz ensemble began competing in the NJAJE Competitions in the 2010 school year. In 2010 the band earned a Bronze Rating at Preliminary Finals and a Silver Rating in 2011.

In the Cavalcade of Bands circuit in 2010 the Trumpet section was awarded a best section award at Cavalcade of Bands Jazz Championships hosted at Souderton High School.

Competing in the NJ division of Cavalcade of Bands in 2011 the Pitman Jazz Ensemble received awards for Best Trumpet Section, Best Trombone Section, Soloist Award for T.J. Hayden, and was named the Independence Division Champions for the State of New Jersey. In the Cavalcade of Bands Finals for the season the band placed 3rd overall.


Main article: KotoriCon

On January 6, 2012, the school hosted part of the anime convention KotoriCon, namely a concert by Johnny Yong Bosch (Adam Park in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, among other parts) and his band Eyeshine. (The remainder of the convention was at Gloucester County College.)[21][22][23]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Joe Crispin (born 1979, Class of 1997), Gloucester County's all-time leading scorer for boys' high school basketball (2,651 career points) who played in the NBA for the Lakers and Suns. Played collegiately at Penn State and ranks second on the all-time scoring charts (1,986 points). Won the national three-point competition after his senior season at PSU.[24][25]
  • Jon Crispin (born 1981, Class of 1999), Gloucester County's fourth all-time leading boys' scorer (2,319 career points) in high school. Played collegiately for two seasons at Penn State with brother Joe, then transferred and spent last two seasons with the UCLA Bruins.[26]
  • Erica Scanlon (Class of 2000), Miss New Jersey 2004.[27]


Core members of the school's administration are:[28]

  • Cherie Hill Lombardo, Principal[29]
  • Shea Murray, Assistant Principal[30]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Pitman High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Pitman High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 24, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed December 27, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly (September 2008). Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010–2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 8, 2014.
  10. ^ History of NJSIAA Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 27, 2015.
  11. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 27, 2015.
  12. ^ Girls Tennis Public Group Finals – South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  13. ^ 2000 – South, Group I Sectional, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  14. ^ 2006 Girls Team Tennis – South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  15. ^ 2006 Girls Team Tennis – Public Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  16. ^ Public Group Semifinals – South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  17. ^ http://www.mctrack.org/NJSIAAMeets/SpringTrack/10ST/10StateGroupsGrp1g.htm
  18. ^ Tournament of Bands – Chapter One History, Tournament of Bands. Accessed July 5, 2007.
  19. ^ Cavalcade Champions , Cavalcade of Bands. Accessed January 19, 2012.
  20. ^ USSBA – Northern States Champs – 1-3A, USSBA, November 17, 2007. Accessed January 19, 2012.
  21. ^ Davis, Phil (January 8, 2012). "GCC hosts third annual KotriCon". Gloucester County Times. New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Concerts, Culture and Costumes at GCC's KotoriCon". New Jersey Monthly. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  23. ^ Driscoll, Jessica (January 4, 2012). "Gloucester County College to host KotoriCon anime convention". Gloucester County Times. New Jersey On-Line. Retrieved January 9, 2012. 
  24. ^ Penn State MBB History. Accessed July 23, 2007.
  25. ^ SI.com Joe Crispin Player Page. Accessed July 23, 2007.
  26. ^ A pop with 'Pop', Crispin brothers act in Coke commercial. Accessed July 23, 2007.
  27. ^ Staff. "Of pageantry and family pride, A bond with sister, parents propels contestant.", Philadelphia Inquirer, August 22, 2004. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Her parents are proud and Scanlon said overwhelmed helping the 2000 graduate of Pitman High School realize her pageant hopes while juggling their jobs."
  28. ^ Staff, Pitman High School. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  29. ^ Principal's Corner, Pitman High School. Accessed October 27, 2015.
  30. ^ Assistant Principal's Page, Pitman High School. Accessed October 27, 2015.

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