Raritan High School
|Raritan High School|
School sign along Middle Road (CR 516)
|419 Middle Road
Hazlet, NJ 07730
|Type||Comprehensive public high school|
|Motto||Home of the Rockets|
|School district||Hazlet Township Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||341368003826|
|Principal||Andrew R. Piotrowski|
|Asst. principals||Dara Van Pelt
|Enrollment||968 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.4:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||The Rocket Review|
|Last updated: February 2017|
Raritan High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Hazlet Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Hazlet Township Public Schools. The school was named after the former community name, Raritan Township, and opened in September 1962 with an enrollment of 778 students, increasing to over 2,300 students by 1979.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 968 students and 77.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.4:1. There were 124 students (12.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 33 (3.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Raritan High School is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2013. The school offers students a comprehensive program of education ranging from an academically oriented, college preparatory curriculum to courses in the vocational and career oriented field.
In May 2010, the Hazlet Township Board of Education embarked on a trial of "Going green to save green" by agreeing to enter into a power purchase agreement with a third-party vendor. Under this agreement, solar panels are to be erected on awnings over the student parking lot at Raritan High School and on the rooftop of Hazlet Middle School. The $7.5 million project will be funded by the vendor to cover the costs of construction and maintenance in their entirety and in return the Hazlet school district has contractually agreed to purchase the electricity at a below market cost. The district expects to save $1.7 million in energy costs over the next 15 years.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 166th-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 175th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 166th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 164th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 153rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 137th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 19 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (83.5%) and language arts literacy (95.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Raritan High School Rockets compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore. All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 692 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 498 to 750 students in that grade range.
The boys' cross country team won the Group II state championship in 1964 and the Group III title in 1969 and 1970.
The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1971.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championships in 2004. The team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 2015 with a 28-26 win over Lincoln High School on a touchdown that came with 10 seconds left on the clock.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2004. The team won the 2006 Shore Conference Class A Central title. With a 19-4 record, the team reached the finals of the NJSIAA Central Jersey. The 2012 wrestling team won the Class A Central title, with a 24-6 team record, the team won the Central Jersey Group II sectional championship (the team's second state sectional title and first time since 2004) and the program's first NJSIAA Group II state championship.
The girls' track and field team won the 2007 Shore Conference A-Central Division title and in that same season defeated Red Bank Catholic High School's girls' track and field team for the first time in the school's 45-year history.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Andrew R. Piotrowski, Principal
- Dara Van Pelt, Assistant Principal
- Pamela A. Massimini, Assistant Principal
- Sammi Giancola (born 1987, class of 2005), appeared on MTV's Jersey Shore from 2009-2012.
- Doug Hamilton (1963-2006, class of 1981), Major League Soccer executive.
- Bennett Jackson (born 1991, class of 2010), cornerback for the New York Giants who attended the University of Notre Dame.
- Daniel O'Brien (born 1986), humorist, author, writer, comedian and songwriter.
- Denise Reddy (born 1970), former professional soccer player who has been head coach of Sky Blue FC in the National Women's Soccer League since November 2017.
- Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) details for Raritan High School; United States Geological Survey (USGS); December 31, 2007.
- "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Raritan High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
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- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed August 13, 2017.
- 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.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 21, 2017.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 21, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 21, 2017.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 21, 2017.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Parker, Chris. "Football: Raritan stuns Lincoln late, wins CJ2 title; Late fourth quarter drive leads Raritan to Central Group II title", Asbury Park Press, December 6, 2015. Accessed December 6, 2015. "Marc Carnivale's 11 yard touchdown pass on fourth down with 10 seconds left in the game to Nick Pasquin will go down in the history books for the Raritan football program. The late touchdown helped Raritan shock previously undefeated Lincoln for the NJSIAA Central Group II title by a final, 28-26, at Kean University on Saturday night."
- Raritan could compete with Shore's elite teams Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., Holmdel Independent, December 13, 2006.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 6, 2015.
- Sam Giancola - 2009 Women's Soccer, William Paterson University. Accessed June 26, 2013. "Prior to William Paterson: Was a four-year varsity letterwinner at Raritan H.S. and was named the team's Most Improved Player."
- Rutgers Men's Soccer Hosts Connecticut in the Second Annual Doug Hamilton Memorial Soccer Classic Archived 2012-03-23 at the Wayback Machine., Rutgers University press release dated April 4, 2008. Accessed June 23, 2011. "The Doug Hamilton Memorial Classic is a tribute to Hazlet native, who starred on the Raritan High School soccer team (Raritan class of 1981) and went on to a distinguished career including President and General Manager of both the Miami Fusion (2000-2002) and the Los Angeles Galaxy (2002-2006) of Major League Soccer."
- Dunleavy, Ryan. "Bennett Jackson of Hazlet starts anew in Giants rookie mini-camp", Asbury Park Press, May 9, 2015. Accessed May 17, 2015. "Jackson is one of 17 second-year pros among the 66 players in rookie mini-camp with the Giants, though the Raritan High School product has the same amount of regular-season game experience as those new to the NFL."
- Mullen, Maryrose. "Daniel O'Brien: Fighting Words; The author of the historical non-fiction book How To Fight Presidents talks with us about the eccentricities of past commanders-in-chief, and why Millard Fillmore is dead meat.", New Jersey Monthly, April 10, 2014. Accessed February 8, 2018. "The 28-year-old O'Brien, a graduate of Raritan High School and Rutgers University (class of 2008), is head writer and creative director of video at the humor website cracked.com (one-time counterpart to the now-defunct Cracked magazine)."
- "Wildcats Add Reddy to Staff; Former Malmö, Rutgers Star Named Assistant Coach", New Jersey Wildcats, April 26, 2006. Accessed November 17, 2017. "Following her standout career at Rutgers, the Hazlet, NJ native joined the Swedish club Umeå IK for one season in 1995 before moving to Malmö DFF for the next 10 seasons.... A Raritan High School graduate, Reddy appeared in 336 games during her career with Malmö and was a fan favorite."