Plainfield High School (New Jersey)

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Plainfield High School
Plainfield High School is located in Union County, New Jersey
Plainfield High School
Plainfield High School
Plainfield High School is located in New Jersey
Plainfield High School
Plainfield High School
Plainfield High School is located in the US
Plainfield High School
Plainfield High School
950 Park Avenue
Plainfield, NJ 07060

United States
Coordinates 40°36′43″N 74°24′45″W / 40.611948°N 74.412515°W / 40.611948; -74.412515Coordinates: 40°36′43″N 74°24′45″W / 40.611948°N 74.412515°W / 40.611948; -74.412515
Type Public high school
Established 1857
School district Plainfield Public School District
Principal Dr. Heather Jackson (acting)
Vice principals Terry Jefferson Shareef
Detria Smith-Snead
Faculty 117.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,634 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.0:1[1]
Color(s)      Scarlet and
     royal blue[2]
Athletics conference Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference
Team name Cardinals[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

Plainfield High School is a comprehensive community four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Plainfield, in Union County, New Jersey, United States. The school is part of the Plainfield Public School District, one of New Jersey's 31 former Abbott districts.[4] Plainfield High School was established in 1857, making it the second-oldest high school in New Jersey.[citation needed] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[3]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,634 students and 117.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.0:1. There were 1,075 students (65.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 93 (5.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 318th-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.[5] The school had been ranked 280th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 307th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 293rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 307th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8]


The Plainfield High School Cardinals[2] compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[9] With 1,472 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,114 to 4,800 students in that grade range.[10] Before the 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association that consists of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County.[11]

Plainfield's football rivalry with Westfield High School dates back to 1900, making it one of the oldest active public high school football rivalry in the state.[12]

The boys' track team won the Group IV state indoor relay championship in 1980 and 1981 (as co-champion with Trenton Central High School); the girls' track team won the title in 1981, 1985, 1986 and 1991.[13]

The boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1976 (defeating Neptune High School in the tournament final), 1983 (vs. Trenton Central High School), 2011 (vs. Burlington Township High School) and 2012 (vs. Neptune HS).[14] The squad advanced to the NJISAA Tournament of Champions final in 2011 and 2012, both times losing to national private school powerhouse St. Anthony High School. Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley called Plainfield, "the best basketball community in New Jersey."[15] The team won the 2004 North II, Group IV state sectional championship, defeating Elizabeth High School 47-42 in the final.[16]


Core members of the school's administration are:[17]

  • Dr. Heather Jackson, Acting Principal
  • Terry Jefferson Shareef, Vice Principal
  • Detria Smith-Snead, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Plainfield High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Plainfield High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 15, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Plainfield High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
  4. ^ Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Access June 1, 2016.
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 12, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 18, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  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 December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  11. ^ Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  12. ^ "Oldest Thanksgiving High School Football Rivalries", Mitchell & Ness. Accessed January 18, 2017. "NJ: Westfield High School - Westfield, NJ vs. Plainfield High School - Plainfield, NJ since 1900 overall record of 57-45-7"
  13. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 18, 2017.
  14. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 18, 2017.
  15. ^ [1], Courier-News, March 23, 2011. Accessed October 29, 2012.
  16. ^ 2004 Boys Basketball - North II, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 26, 2007.
  17. ^ Contact Us, Plainfield High School. Accessed March 14, 2018.
  18. ^ Ernest R. Ackerman, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 16, 2008.
  19. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Joe Black, Pitching Pioneer for the Dodgers, Dies at 78", The New York Times, May 18, 2002. Accessed September 12, 2012. "Black was born in Plainfield, N.J., where he was an all-around athlete in high school."
  20. ^ McKenzie, Doug. "South River's Pearson to be inducted to N.J. Hall of Fame" Archived 2009-07-29 at the Wayback Machine., East Brunswick Sentinel, February 7, 2001. Accessed October 8, 2007. "Also on this year's list of inductees are Joe Black, a Plainfield High School graduate who became the first African-American pitcher to win a World Series game"
  21. ^ Assembly Republican Leader Jon Bramnick, New Jersey Assembly Republicans. Accessed September 12, 2015. "Bramnick grew up in Plainfield and graduated from Plainfield High School."
  22. ^ The New York Red Book, p. 63. Williams Press, 1977. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Jack E. Bronston 5th District (8th, 9th and 10th Assembly districts of Queens county) Jack E. Bronston, Democrat-Liberal, was born in Plainfield, N. J., on January 10, 1922. He attended Plainfield High School and was graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. degree from Harvard College in 1942."
  23. ^ "mtvU Dean's List hosted by Taiwan Brown". MTV Networks. Retrieved December 26, 2012. 
  24. ^ "Taiwan Brown (PHS Class of 2006) wins Overcoming Obstacles 2006 Achievement Awards". Archived from the original on July 18, 2011. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  25. ^ Margaret Bourke-White Archived 2006-09-12 at the Wayback Machine., Photography at Temple University. Accessed June 21, 2007. "She grew up in Bound Brook, NJ, and graduated from Plainfield High School."
  26. ^ "Campbell Captures Two Newark Events", The New York Times, February 28, 1953. Accessed November 6, 2007. "Milt Campbell, Plainfield High School star, won the first two events in the twenty-ninth Newark Athletic Club track and field championships today."
  27. ^ "71st Annual Hot Stove Awards Dinner, Feb. 11, Honors Union County Athletes, Young and Old", Union County, New Jersey press release dated February 2, 2007. Accessed November 14, 2007. "Manny Collins was a standout at both wide receiver and defensive back for the Plainfield High School Cardinals and earned All-County, All-Conference and All-Area honors."
  28. ^ Boyer, Zac. "After four years, Davis ready to move on", November 17, 2007. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Davis' hard-hitting mentality was rooted deep within him as a child growing up in Plainfield, N.J., a city of approximately 50,000 located a half-hour southwest of Newark.... According to Davis, many of those who attended Plainfield High School with him failed to move on to college and instead ended up involved either in jail or, worse, dead."
  29. ^ Staff. "(I Can't Wait To) Meet Virginia", UConn Huskies football, October 9, 2007. Accessed September 12, 2012. "UConn's Dan Davis and UVa's Eugene Monroe used to go head-to-head every day at Plainfield High School in New Jersey."
  30. ^ Staff. "Former NFL wide receiver Donald Jones works out with Somerset Patriots", The Messenger-Gazette, April 18, 2014. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Former NFL wide receiver and Plainfield native Donald Jones will be working out with the Somerset Patriots during Spring Training.... Now Jones is looking to make a return to the baseball diamond, where he last played for Plainfield High School."
  31. ^ Pete Liske profile Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., database Football. Accessed September 8, 2007.
  32. ^ Staff. "Queena Mario Sings to Students", The New York Times, May 26, 1927. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Queena Mario of the Metropolitan Opera Company, formerly of this city, was a guest of the Plainfield High School today where she sang a group of four numbers to the student body.... The opera star whose family name was Tillotson is a graduate of the local high school and has been a guest of Mr. and Mrs. Albert L. Coddington of Sheridan Avenue."
  33. ^ "Plainfield honors seven outstanding black citizens", Courier News, February 21, 1985. Accessed November 9, 2017. "A 1981 Plainfield High School graduate, Marshall broke the 800-meter collegiate record in 1982 and was named to the U.S. Junior National Team."
  34. ^ Faber, Charles F. "Jack Martin", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed November 9, 2017. "John Christopher Martin was born in Plainfield, New Jersey, in the central part of the state, on April 19, 1887. The son of Adeline and James B. Martin, a trolley conductor, Jack played baseball at Plainfield High School and for the town's amateur clubs."
  35. ^ Apgar, Evelyn. "Diversity reflected in Plainfield Hall of Fame inductees", The Courier-News, October 4, 2000. Accessed November 9, 2017. "The late Peter McDonough Sr., class of 1942, served as a Union County Freeholder from 1960 to 1963 and as a state assemblyman from 1964 to 1973."
  36. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "Plainfield High graduate Eugene Monroe ends holdout, signs with the Jacksonville Jaguars", The Star-Ledger, August 14, 2009. Accessed March 18, 2011.
  37. ^ "Rev. Henry Soles Jr., Longtime Chicago Bulls Chaplain, Dies at 82", Earned Media, January 29, 2018. Accessed February 4, 2018. "Reverend Henry Soles Jr. (photo) was born on August 17, 1935 in Anniston, Ala. He grew up in Plainfield, N.J. and attended Plainfield High School, Manhattan Bible Institute, and Rutgers University."
  38. ^ McShea, Nancy Gill. "A Model Ambassador", Tennis Week, April 24, 2008, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 21, 2008. Accessed September 12, 2012.
  39. ^ Genovese, Peter. "Black History Month: Plainfield man is a 'guardian angel' for tennis athletes", The Star-Ledger, February 19, 2010. Accessed September 12, 2012 "Asked why he is wearing a Jets sweatshirt when he is an avowed Giants fan, he says it's to earn points with Wallace, a Jets fan. Asked if he was a good student at Plainfield High School, Van Blake smiled. 'It took me a long time to become a good student,' he said. 'I was too much of a dreamer.'"
  40. ^ "Plainfielder Chosen for Girls Baseball League Tryout; Helen Walulik Selected From Drills in Newark", Courier News, March 29, 1948. Accessed November 9, 2017. "The youngest of the New Jersey winners, Helen Walulik, honey-haired and slim, was graduated from Plainfield High School last June."
  41. ^ Martin, Douglas. "Adella Wotherspoon, Last Survivor of General Slocum Disaster, Is Dead at 100", The New York Times, February 4, 2004. Accessed September 12, 2012. "In Watchung, Adella attended a one-room schoolhouse and then went to Plainfield High School, where she graduated in 1921."

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