Pleasantville High School (New Jersey)
|Pleasantville High School|
|701 Mill Road
Pleasantville, NJ 08232
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Pleasantville Public Schools|
|Principal||Kelvin Cherry (interim)|
|Asst. principals||Edward Bonek
|Enrollment||746 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||8.9:1|
|Athletics conference||Cape-Atlantic League|
Pleasantville High School is a comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from the City of Pleasantville, in Atlantic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Pleasantville Public Schools, an Abbott District.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 746 students and 83.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.9:1. There were 631 students (84.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 52 (7.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
In 2004, the Try-Math-A-Lon Team won the National Championship at the National Society of Black Engineers Conference (NSBE) in Dallas, Texas. In 2010 and 2011, the Try-Math-A-Lon teams won the regional championships and progressed to the Nationals in Boston and Orlando respectively where they placed second both years.
The school was the 311th-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 267th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 299th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 309th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 281st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 363rd out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 6 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).
The Pleasantville High School Greyhounds compete in the National Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference consisting of both parochial and private and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, and Gloucester County, operating under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 566 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 496 to 778 students in that grade range.
Interscholastic sports offered at Pleasantville High School include:
- Fall sports: Football (M), Cross Country, Soccer, Volleyball, Tennis and Cheerleading
- Winter sports: Indoor Track, Basketball, Swim (Co-ed) and Cheerleading
- Spring sports: Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Track & Field.
All sports compete at the Varsity and Junior Varsity level. Some sports may offer a freshman team.
The school has always had a longstanding sports rivalry with Atlantic City High School. The best known is between the basketball teams of both schools, an event that is referred to as "Battle By The Bay" which started in 1994. Atlantic City High won 13 games and Pleasantville has won 6. The cheerleading battle between both schools is considered to be one of the highlights of the event.
The girls' basketball team won the Group II state championships in 1978 vs. Lyndhurst High School and in 1981 vs. Queen of Peace High School. The boys' basketball team won the Group II title in 1974 vs. Hillside High School, in 1995 vs. Boonton High School and in 1996 vs. Dwight Morrow High School.
The boys' track team won the NJSIAA indoor relay championships in Group II in 1991 and in Group I in both 2012 and 2013.
In 2011, Pleasantville's track and field won two state titles at the Group I indoor track and field championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River.
- Nia Ali (born 1988, class of 2006), track and field athlete, who specializes in the 100 m hurdles, heptathlon and other events.
- Dino Hall (born 1955), former running back for the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League who became a Physical Education teacher at the high school.
- Gene Hart (1931–1999), sports announcer for the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League and the Philadelphia Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Kelvin Cherry - Principal (interim)
- Edward Bonek - Assistant Principal
- Sherry Spence-Leslie - Assistant Principal
- School data for Pleasantville High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Pleasantville High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2016.
- Prisament, Steve. "Taxes rising as more Absecon students opt for public high school", Shore News Today, March 10, 2011. Accessed May 23, 2011. "'The increase in high school tuition for 2011-'12 is the reason we qualified for a tuition adjustment and is the reason for our 6.1-cent tax increase,' Superintendent James Giaquinto said Monday, March 7. 'We have budgeted $363,000 for Charter Tech, $370,000 for Pleasantville High School and $375,000 for Atlantic County Institute of Technology.'"
- Brand, John. "PLEASANTVILLE CELEBRATES MATH-A-LON CHAMPIONS", The Press of Atlantic City, March 22, 2004. Accessed February 6, 2012. "'Pleasantville High School is the home of the 2004 national champions of the Try-Math-A-Lon! You let the nation know that we do have students who are high achievers. We do have students who can compete at a national level and win,' she added."
- Staff. "Pleasantville math team takes 2nd place", The Current of Pleasantville, December 1, 2011. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- 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 12, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 1, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed May 24, 2011.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 6, 2012.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Pleasantville High School Sports , NJ.com. Accessed February 6, 2012.
- Rosenfeld, Josh. "NJ BOYS BASKETBALL: Battle By The Bay Highlights Weekend Events", The Star-Ledger, February 4, 2010. Accessed May 24, 2011.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2015.
- Staff. "Cross country roundup: Jacob and Isaac Clark keep Pleasantville boys undefeated", The Press of Atlantic City, September 22, 2010. Accessed May 24, 2011.
- Staff. "Pleasantville wins two state Group I indoor track and field titles", The Press of Atlantic City, February 19, 2011. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Pleasantville High School won two state titles Friday at the Group I indoor track and field championships at the Bennett Center in Toms River. Dontaye Rivera won the shot put in 56 feet, 6 inches. Pleasantville's 1,600-meter relay team of Shelby Williams, Jacob Clark, Jaycob Haines and Isaac Clark won in 3 minutes, 31.98 seconds."
- McGarry, Michael. "Pleasantville grad Nia Ali overcame adversity to make Olympic team", The Press of Atlantic City, July 30, 2016. Accessed August 10, 2016. "The 2006 Pleasantville High School graduate will compete in the 100-meter hurdles when the Olympics begin in Rio de Janeiro on Friday.... Ali moved to Pleasantville for her senior year of high school."
- Narducci, Marc. "Hall Trying To Revive Pleasantville", The Philadelphia Inquirer, October 23, 1986. Accessed May 24, 2011. "When Dino Hall played at Pleasantville, he wanted things very badly. Since he stands only 5-feet-7 and weighs 165 pounds, a good portion of the former running back's skill was derived from his desire to win. Hall enjoyed a prosperous, five-year career with the Cleveland Browns after graduating from Glassboro State in 1979."
- Caller, You're on the Air, Atlantic City Weekly, June 1, 2006. "The late, legendary Gene Hart is best known as the voice of the Philadelphia Flyers, but the Pleasantville High School graduate got his start in the field of broadcasting in Atlantic County."
- Administrative Team, Pleasantville High School. Accessed June 1, 2016.
- Pleasantville High School
- Pleasantville Public Schools
- Pleasantville Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Pleasantville Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Jersey Sports: Pleasantville HS