Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School
|Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School|
667 Westfield Road
|Type||Public high school|
|Principal||Dr. David Heisey|
|Asst. principals||Timothy Donahue|
|Enrollment||1,567 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.8:1|
|Campus||Suburban, 29 acres (12 ha)|
|Color(s)|| Royal blue and|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, or SPFHS, is a comprehensive regional four-year public high school in Union County, New Jersey, which serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood, operating as the lone secondary school of the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District. The facility is located in Scotch Plains and was built in 1957. Originally, the high school was located in another part of town on Park Avenue, which currently houses Park Middle School. That building was established in 1926.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,567 students and 113.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1. There were 70 students (4.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 44 (2.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
In order to qualify for graduation, students must complete 120 credits of course work. Over 80% of students participated in clubs, athletics, service organizations, and music programs in 2008. In the class of 2008, there were ten National Merit Commended Students. In the class of 2003, 21 students were named Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars. There were 89 Advanced Placement (AP) examinations administered in 21 subject areas; 71% of the students received a score of 3 or better giving them exemption from certain required courses at various colleges and universities. 98% of the class of 2003 was enrolled in the college preparatory course of study. A total of $2,407,154 in scholarship money was awarded to graduates for their academic achievements.
- 1 Awards, recognition and rankings
- 2 Publications
- 3 Music
- 4 Theater
- 5 Athletics
- 6 Administration
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 Controversies
- 9 References
- 10 External links
Awards, recognition and rankings
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 210th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 33rd among all high schools in New Jersey and 16th among the state's non-magnet schools.
In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 918th in the nation among participating public high schools and 69th among schools in New Jersey. In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 42nd in New Jersey and 1,349th nationwide.
The school was the 54th-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 60th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 62nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 69th in 2008 out of 316 schools. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 86th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 14 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.6%) and language arts literacy (96.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
SPHFS's quiz bowl team, founded in 1982, won the New Jersey state championship of the Rutgers University-run College Bowl competition in 1988 
The school is host to an annually published literary magazine, Muse, which features poetry, stories and art by the students. The school's newspaper, The Fanscotian, was ranked by the GSSPA as the best newspaper in New Jersey. The school's yearbook is called Culmen.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School is host to an extensive music department. The department is home to multiple choruses, including concert choir and five auditioned groups: Select Choir, Men's Choir, Women's Choir, Chamber Choir, and the Sensations a cappella group. The instrumental music program is made up of a plethora of groups. Non-auditioned groups include Freshman Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, two jazz lab bands, as well as the SPF Raiders Marching Band. Auditioned groups include the Wind Ensemble, RhythmSense, SPF Jazz, and the Moonglowers.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood is also home to the Repertory Theatre program, which in the past few years has put on such shows as Footloose, Les Misérables, West Side Story, 42nd Street, Once Upon a Mattress, Urinetown, Guys and Dolls, Curtains, Hairspray, and The Mystery of Edwin Drood garnering a number of Rising Star Award nominations from the Paper Mill Playhouse, including one win for Outstanding Student Orchestra, for 42nd Street in 2006.
SPF's top level ("A") jazz band, the Moonglowers, is the oldest continuously operated high school jazz band in the state of New Jersey. It was formed in 1942 to play contemporary big-band songs during lunch periods and at the high school's senior prom. Beginning in 1979, the Moonglowers started competing in the New Jersey International Association of Jazz Education (now the North Jersey Association for Jazz Education) jazz band circuit. Since then, the Moonglowers have won a McDonald's National Jazz Band title and 10 New Jersey State titles. Since 2007, when the NJIAJE reformed into the New Jersey Association for Jazz Education, the Moonglowers have competed in Division II. Notably, in 2008, both the Moonglowers and SPF Jazz, SPF's second tier ("B") jazz band, competed together at the New Jersey State Final festival, and SPF Jazz took first place. This is the only time in the 21-year competition history of the school that SPF Jazz scored higher than the Moonglowers in competitions.
When not competing, the Moonglowers play old time big band swing songs for various community events and organizations. From community concerts to retirement homes, the Moonglowers play songs from the golden age of jazz for those who remember them. Since 2007, the Moonglowers have headlined the Susan G. Komen for the Cure race in New York City in early September.
SPF Raiders Marching Band
The marching band's 2006 program was entitled "Mystic Journey" with selections from Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings movies. The band competed in the USSBA NJ State finals and won with a score of 86.6. It also competed in the USSBA All State finals, and won second place, with a score of 90.1.
The marching band's 2007 show was entitled "Quest: Visions of a Dream" with selections from Zorro and Man of La Mancha. The SPF Raiders Marching Band competed at the USSBA Yamaha Cup in Giant's Stadium and took second place. At the USSBA New Jersey State Finals, the Marching Band took first place for the second year in a row while also receiving the award for best percussion for the third year in a row. Moving on to the All-Eastern Finals in Allentown, Pennsylvania, the band received the award for second place as well as the caption award for best percussion.
The 2008 program was entitled "Destiny: Past, Present, And Future". For the first time in the band's history, it competed in USSBA Group VI Open, the most prestigious of all USSBA groups. The show included large props, actors, and narration. At the 2008 All Eastern Finals, Scotch Plains-Fanwood took 7th place with a historic score of 94.375.
The 2010 show, entitled "Generation Millennium", featured selections of music from Epcot's IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks show. The band competed in the USSBA NJ State Finals in Union, NJ and was named the state champion of Group VIA. At the All-Eastern Finals in Allentown, PA, the band received 3rd place but received the caption awards for best color guard and best music.
In 2012, the Marching Raiders went into the USBands National Championships (Groups 2 Open & 4 Open PLUS 3A &6A) at MetLife Stadium, with a show entitled "On The Brink Of Change: Gold Rush To A Better Tomorrow". They ended the competitive marching band season ranked 2nd place, with a score of 95.8 in group 6A, with a caption award of Best Effect.
In 2014, the show was entitled Il Cuore Di Romano: The Heart of the Roman Empire. The band had an undefeated season and were Group VIA NJ State and Group VIA National Champions, winning all captions at the latter.
For the 2015 season, the Raider Marching Band was promoted to Group VI Open with their show "Chance Love: Tales Beneath a Persian Moon".
In the 2016 season, the band displayed a medieval themed show entitled "The Code: Of Kingdoms and Glory", featuring narration by Morgan Freeman taken from a documentary.
In 2017, the show was entitled Elements and featured parts such as "Water", "Mother Earth", and "Fire". The band took third place at the Group VI Open New Jersey state championships.
In 2018, the show was called "On Point"-- The band took third place at the Group VI Open USBands New Jersey State Championships with a score of 90.938. They also took 6th place at the 2018 USBands National Championships with a score of 90.825.
The school has a Repertory Theater, which does yearly stage productions, the most recent one being Once Upon a Mattress. The theater program has also performed Bye Bye Birdie. Additionally, beginning in 2015, the school has put on a yearly fall play, with Peter and the Starcatcher being the most recent production.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raiders 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). With 1,185 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. Prior to the 2010 reorganization, the school had competed in the Watchung Conference, which consisted of public and private high schools in Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood boys swim team won their only NJ Group B State Championship in 2011. The boys have won four Union County Championships (1999, 2002, 2010, 2011).The boys also have won fourteen sectional championships (1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2017) most recently won in 2019. They also returned to the State Championship in 2019 after winning to Ridgewood High School at GCIT in the state semi finals but fell to Mainland Regional High School.
The Scotch Plains-Fanwood girls swim team won their first state championship title in 2005 and won again in 2006. The Lady Raider Swimmers defeated Princeton High School 100-70 to win the 2015 Group B State championship. The Lady Raiders have also won the Union County Championship 5 years in a row (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
The girls' tennis team won the North Jersey state championship in 1971 and 1972.
The boys' baseball team won the Group IV state championship in 1977, defeating Piscataway Township High School in the final game of the tournament. They have also won the 2019 Union County Championship.
The boys' soccer team won the Group III state championship in 1987 vs. Wall High School, in 1989 vs. Bridgewater-Raritan High School, in 1991 vs. Lacey Township High School, in 1992 vs. Wall Township High School, in 1995 as co-champion with Ocean City High School, in 1997 vs. Brick Memorial High School and in 1998 vs. Delsea Regional High School.
The football team won the North II Group III state championship in 1990.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. David L. Heisey, Principal
- Timothy Donahue, Assistant Principal
- Brooke Esposito, Assistant Principal
- Ryan Miller, Assistant Principal
Many of the alumni listed below have been inducted into the Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Hall of Fame.
Business, industry and media
- Amy Ellis Nutt (class of 1973), journalist and New York Times bestselling author, who was the recipient of the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing for her reporting at The Star-Ledger.
- Steve Schnur (class of 1979), Worldwide Executive and President of Music for Electronic Arts.
- Peter C. Schultz (born 1942, class of 1960), co-inventor of the fiber optics now used worldwide for telecommunications.
Government and public service
- Carol Bellamy (born 1942, class of 1959), Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF).
- Donald DiFrancesco (born 1944, class of 1962), elected to the New Jersey General Assembly in 1976 and moved to the New Jersey Senate in 1979, serving as the Senate President for 10 years and as Acting Governor of New Jersey for 11 months.
- Peter Emery (1926-2004, class of 1943), Conservative Party politician in the United Kingdom, who served for 40 years in the House of Commons.
- Christian J. Lambertsen (1917-2011, class of 1934), environmental medicine and diving medicine specialist who developed the United States Navy frogmen's rebreathers in the early 1940s and created the acronym "SCUBA".
- Todd D. Robinson (born c. 1963, class of 1981), American diplomat who was U.S. ambassador to Guatemala and Venezuela, and was a Senior Advisor for Central America in the Bureau of Western Hemisphere Affairs.
- Linda Stender (born 1951, class of 1969), member of the New Jersey General Assembly for the 22nd Legislative District from 2002 to 2016, who was formerly the Mayor of Fanwood.
- Bill Austin (born 1937, class of 1955), former football player.
- David S. Blitzer (class of 1987), minority owner and co-managing partner of the New Jersey Devils and the Philadelphia Sixers.
- Derrick Caracter (born 1988), professional basketball player for Capitanes de Arecibo of the Puerto Rican Baloncesto Superior Nacional, who played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Rashan Gary (born 1997), defensive tackle for the Green Bay Packers team who transferred to Paramus Catholic High School after his sophomore year.
- Scott Goldblatt (born 1979, class of 1997), swimmer who won a Gold medal at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens and a Silver medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, with both medals earned in the 4 × 200 m Freestyle Relay.
- Jeffrey Hammonds (born 1971, class of 1989), baseball Olympian, twelve years in major leagues including one all-star appearance.
- Nate Jones (born 1982), cornerback who played in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys, Miami Dolphins, Denver Broncos and New England Patriots.
- Hillary Klimowicz (born 1987), professional basketball player for Limoges ABC.
- Jim Lambert (born 1966, class of 1984), track & field writer for The Star-Ledger
- Bryan Meredith (born 1989), High-School Adidas All American, Keeper for the Seattle Sounders FC soccer team of the MLS.
- James Murphy (born 1997), soccer player who previously played as a midfielder for MLS club Los Angeles FC. He Currently plays for Arbroath F.C. of Scottish Championship 
- Renaldo Nehemiah (born 1959, class of 1977), held 110 meter hurdles record for years, twice Superstars champion and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver.
- Joe Scarpati (born 1943, class of 1960), former NFL safety for the Philadelphia Eagles and the New Orleans Saints who was the holder for Tom Dempsey's previous record 63-yard (58 m) field goal in 1970.
- Jim Shreve (1926-2018, class of 1945), football, basketball and lacrosse coach, who served as the head football coach at Moravian College from 1951 to 1954.
- Lance Thomas (born 1988), power forward/center for the Brooklyn Nets, who attended Scotch Plains before graduating from St. Benedict's in 2006.
- Amy Lee, better known as Ailee (born 1989), a popular Korean-American singer who grew up in Scotch Plains and graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. She has earned wide recognition in South Korea, most notably as "Best New Female Artist" at the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards.
- Pat DiNizio (1955-2017, class of 1973), lead singer, songwriter, and founding member of the band The Smithereens.
- John Bernard Riley (born 1955, class of 1971), jazz drummer who has recorded on over 40 albums and CDs with internationally renowned artists, winning two Grammy Awards out of 14 nominations.
- Cynthia Sayer (class of 1974), jazz banjoist, vocalist, concert / recording artist and entertainer, who was inducted into the National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Marc Shaiman (born 1959, class of 1974), Tony and Grammy winning composer, five time Academy Award-nominee.
- Sada Thompson (born 1927, class of 1945), actress who appeared in the television series Family.
- David S. Ware (born 1949), jazz musician.
Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School has been the center of several controversies regarding its use of a logo with a Native American mascot. In September 2017, the school came under controversy when students raised concerns through a petition on change.org regarding the use of the former logo at sporting events by spectators in a fan group called Raider Nation. The petition garnered over 400 signatures. A counter petition was also created, stating that the school should return to using its original logo with a Native American head. The petitions gained news attention from NJ 101.5, Fox News, Courier News and NJ.com.
- School data for Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2016.
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- Scotch Plains-Fanwood School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 2, 2016. "We are indebted to the communities of Scotch Plains and Fanwood: for their support, involvement, and constant commitment to educational excellence."
- About Us, Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools. Accessed February 24, 2018. "Scotch Plains-Fanwood is a regional school district comprised of students in Grades Preschool-Grade12 from the Township of Scotch Plains and the Borough of Fanwood. The district has five elementary schools (Preschool-Grade 4), 2 middle schools (Grades 5-8), and one comprehensive high school (Grades 9-12)."
- Suzanne Bousquet; Richard Bousquet (October 1, 1995). Scotch Plains and Fanwood. Arcadia Publishing. Retrieved November 14, 2018.
- Local Government Budget Review: Scotch Plains-Fanwood Regional School District
- Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2016", Newsweek. Accessed November 11, 2016.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 9, 2011.
- 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 August 10, 2011.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 1, 2012.
- "Raiders trample Redskins for State Championship!", p.1 & 23, The Times (Scotch Plains, NJ), Vol. 31, No. 24, June 16, 1988
- PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE RISING STAR AWARDS 2006 AWARD RECIPIENTS, presented June 13, 2006
- 2011 Finals, The New Jersey Jazz Ensemble Festival. Accessed February 2, 2012.
- USBAnds National Championship November 11, 2012, United States Scholastic Band Association, November 11, 2012. Accessed November 14, 2012. "6 A Scotch Plains Fanwood HS (NJ) 95.8 Best Effect"
- Staff. "Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S. Marching Band wins Group 6-A Yamaha Cup Competition", Suburban News, November 3, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2017. "The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Raiders Marching Band took first place in Group 6-A at the annual Yamaha Cup competition, held Saturday, Nov. 1, at MetLife Stadium. The musicians and color guard performed their Roman Empire-themed 2014 show, "Il Cuore di Romano," on the home field of the football Giants and Jets. The event came one week after Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School won the US Bands Group 6-A New Jersey State Championship at the Rutgers University stadium in Piscataway."
- Staff. "Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S. Marching Band wins USBands National Championship", Suburban News, November 10, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2017. "The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Marching Band capped an undefeated competition season on Nov. 8, by sweeping the awards in Group 6A at the US Bands A Class National Championships show at J. Birney Crum Stadium in Allentown, Pa. With an overall score of 92.875, the Scotch Plains-Fanwood Raiders band took first place in Group 6A, plus the awards for Best Color Guard, Best Percussion, Best Music, Best Visuals and Best Overall Effect."
- "Birdie Info Packet" (PDF). Scotch Plains-Fanwood Public Schools. Retrieved June 2, 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.
- Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 7, 2011. Accessed December 16, 2014.
- Dzenis, Brian. "Princeton girls swimming loses numbers game to Scotch Plains-Fanwood in Public B final", The Trentonian, February 22, 2015. Accessed February 7, 2016. "Despite taking first place in seven on the 11 events, the No. 2 seed Little Tigers lost the battle of unbeatens with No. 1 seed Scotch Plains-Fanwood, 100-70, in the Public B championship at The College of New Jersey."
- History of NJSIAA Girls Team Tennis Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2016.
- NJSIAA 2015 Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2016.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2016.
- Overview, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Accessed November 13, 2018.
- Alumni Hall of Fame, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. Accessed August 12, 2019.
- Mooney, John. "NJ Devils Co-Owner David Blitzer Will Return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Hall of Fame Induction", TAP into Scotch Plains / Fanwood, December 9, 2018. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Amy Nutt '73, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, investigative and science reporter and author"
- Staff, "New inductees to Scotch Plains-Fanwood H.S. Hall of Fame", Suburban News, October 9, 2014. Accessed June 18, 2016. "Peter Schultz. Class of 1960. He invented an optical fiber which is the basis for the Internet.... Sada Thompson. Class of 1945. Now deceased, Sada starred as an actress in productions off-Broadway, Broadway, TV and films."
- Thompson, Clifford. "Carol Bellamy", Current Biography Yearbook, p. 53. H. W. Wilson Company, 1999. ISBN 0-8242-0988-5. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Bellamy acted in student productions of musicals at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, from which she graduated in 1959."
- DiFulco, Pasquale. "Senate president has eye on new job", Courier News, June 1, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of November 7, 2012. Accessed November 13, 2018. "DiFrancesco was popular enough at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School to be elected senior class president."
- Conklin, Sean. "Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Hall of Fame Inducts Eight New Members", TAP into Scotch Plains / Fanwood, November 19, 2015. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Sir Peter Emery, Class of 1943, member of the British Parliament for more than four decades and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. Emery served as a junior minister and as spokesman for the Treasury, Economics and Trade under Sir Edward Heath, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1970-74."
- Roth, Andrew. "Sir Peter Emery A loyal partisan Tory who was among the last surviving 1959 Commons' entrants from Harold Macmillan's "you never had it so good" era", The Guardian, December 10, 2004. Accessed August 12, 2019. "The second world war caused his evacuation to the United States, where he was educated at the Scotch Plains High School, New Jersey, but he returned for his degree at Oriel College, Oxford, where he was librarian of the Union."
- Conklin, Sean. "Scenes from 2016 Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS Hall of Fame Induction", TAPinto.net, November 16, 2016. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Dr. Christian Lambertsen, (deceased) Class of 1934, a Major in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1944-46, Lambertsen invented the Self-contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA)."
- Straehley, Steve. "U.S. Ambassador to Guatemala: Who Is Todd Robinson?", AllGov.com, August 17, 2014. Accessed November 13, 2018. "Robinson is from Fanwood, New Jersey and graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1981."
- Staff. "Linda Stender", Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, p. 205. Skinder-Strauss Associates, 2005. ISBN 1-57741-216-8. Accessed August 10, 2011. "She attended elementary schools in Union County, and graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School."
- O'Gorman, George. "Rutgers' Bill Austin to be honored by NJ Sportswriters", The Trentonian, January 24, 2011. Accessed October 1, 2015. "Now 74 years old and living in Camarillo, Calif. Austin is still a football legend in New Jersey, and especially on the banks of the Raritan.... Austin, a Fanwood native who earned high school stardom at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High, earned All-American honors in two sports at Rutgers as a senior."
- Mooney, John (December 9, 2018). "NJ Devils Co-Owner David Blitzer Will Return to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School for Hall of Fame Induction". TAPinto Springfield.
- Goodman, Jeff. "Heralded recruit struggles with expectations", USA Today, November 16, 2005. Accessed November 13, 2018.
- Dunleavy, Ryan. "Rashan Gary commits to Michigan as No. 1 recruit in nation", Asbury Park Press, February 3, 2016. Accessed February 7, 2016. "Gary spent the first two seasons of his career at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School before transferring to state powerhouse Paramus Catholic in the summer of 2014. Gary's move sparked always ready-to-flare tensions between public and non-public schools in the state over alleged recruiting."
- Frezza Jr., Harry. "Central Jerseyans chase their Olympic dreams", Courier-News, August 12, 2004, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 19, 2016. Accessed November 13, 2018. "Swimmer Scott Goldblatt, a 1997 Scotch Plains-Fanwood High graduate and a silver medalist at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia, who is returning for his second Olympiad."
- Olson, Drew. "Rich brew: Hammonds breaks bank of Brewers", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, December 22, 2000. Accessed December 13, 2007.
- Malool, Amanda. "District honors NFL’s Nate Jones ’00; retires #22", The Fanscotian, November 27, 2012. Accessed November 13, 2018. "In June, 2000, Nate Jones was graduating Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School. In June, 2012, his jersey was being retired to mark his outstanding academic and athletic career; the first jersey in the football program at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School."
- Professional Donation, The Westfield Leader, February 10, 2005. Accessed July 3, 2007. "Former Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School football star Nathan Jones, now playing for the Dallas Cowboys, donated his jersey to the school."
- Hillary Klimowicz, The College of New Jersey. Accessed November 13, 2018. "High School: Scotch Plains-Fanwood; Hometown: Scotch Plains, NJ"
- Montferrat, Pat. "10 Questions With...\ Jim Lambert", MileSplit, January 11, 2017. Accessed March 30, 2017. "When I got to high school (Scotch Plains-Fanwood) I couldn't wait to join the school paper."
- Staff. "Hawks hosting NEC soccer tournament After clinching sixth straight regular-season crown", The Hub, November 11, 2010. Accessed November 13, 2018. "'Winning the regular-season championship has become a tradition here, and I'm glad that we can keep that going,' added fellow Hermann Trophy candidate Bryan Meredith (Scotch Plains, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School)."
- Bernstein, Jason. "James Murphy of Scotch Plains is named Gatorade New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year", The Star-Ledger, February 13, 2014. Accessed August 10, 2016. "On the soccer field Scotch Plains' James Murphy has the ability to anticipate just about anything that comes his ways. Despite an already lengthy list awards, he did not expect to be named the 2013-14 Gatorade New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year."
- Konecky, Chad. "Player Profile: Cordera Jenkins (Dickinson, Texas)", RISE Magazine, March 29, 2006. Accessed July 3, 2007. "In 1977, Scotch Plains-Fanwood High (N.J.) senior Renaldo Nehemiah, who later won a Super Bowl ring as a San Francisco 49ers wideout, ran a computer-timed 12.98 in the 120-yard (110 m) high hurdles, which remains the fastest finish over an equivalent distance in scholastic history."
- "Honoring Former High School Greats", The Times of Scotch Plains-Fanwood, November 13, 1997. Accessed November 13, 2018. "Mayor Connelly presented a plaque to Mr. Scarpati, who lettered in football, basketball and track for the Raiders and served as the captain of the football team in 1959. Mr. Scarpati went on to play as a defensive back for the Philadelphia Eagles and New Orleans Saints professional football teams, and was the holder of the record-setting 63-yard (58 m) field goal kicked by Tom Dempsey in 1970 during the game between the Saints and the Detroit Lions."
- Mink, Nate. "Former Syracuse football player, assistant Jim Shreve, 92, has died", The Post-Standard, January 4, 2019. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Shreve arrived at Syracuse University from Scotch Plains High School (N.J.) on a scholarship in 1945, played basketball for Lew Andreas, left school to serve one year in the United State Army, returned to play defensive back for Schwartzwalder and embarked on a coaching career that would eventually lead him back to Syracuse."
- Carino, Jerry. "Lance Thomas' work ethic pays off", Courier News, April 1, 2010. Accessed July 1, 2011. "Six years ago, as a sophomore at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, Lance Thomas filled out Duke University's recruiting questionnaire and faxed it in, hoping he could catch the attention of his dream college basketball program."
- "Congratulations to The Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School Graduating Class of 2008", The Westfield Leader and The Scotch Plains – Fanwood TIMES, July 3, 2008. Accessed January 20, 2013.
- "YMC Entertainment Official Website"
- "Winners from the 2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards", On November 30th, Mnet hosted its '2012 Mnet Asian Music Awards' ('MAMA') in Hong Kong, attracting stars and performers from both Korea and around the world, November 30, 2012. Accessed January 20, 2013.
- Slotnik, Daniel E. "Pat DiNizio, Singer and Songwriter for the Smithereens, Dies at 62", The New York Times, December 13, 2017. Accessed July 23, 2019. "Patrick Michael DiNizio was born in Plainfield, N.J., on Oct. 12, 1955, to Nicholas DiNizio, who ran a waste management business, and the former Antoinette Gallo. He grew up nearby in Scotch Plains and graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School before attending several colleges, including Union County College in Cranford, N.J.; Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.; and New York University."
- "Scotch Plains-Fanwood High to induct 6 alumni into Hall of Fame", Suburban News, October 27, 2016. Accessed November 13, 2018. "John Bernard Riley Class of 1971"
- "Scotch Plains-Fanwood High to induct 6 alumni into Hall of Fame", Suburban News, October 27, 2016. Accessed August 12, 2019. "Cynthia Sayer Class of 1974 International jazz banjoist, vocalist, concert and recording artist, and entertainer 2006 National Four-String Banjo Hall of Fame Inductee"
- "Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman perform benefit for Brook Arts Center", BroadwayWorld.com, March 8, 2004. Accessed July 3, 2007. "Mr. Shaiman was only 13 years old and a 9th grader at Scotch Plains High School at the time."
- La Gorce, Tammy. "A Gift of Life and Music: Musician David S. Ware, of Scotch Plains, recovered from a kidney transplant...with a little help from his fans.", New Jersey Monthly, December 14, 2009. Accessed August 9, 2011. "David S. Ware, 60, a tenor saxophonist from Scotch Plains, got more than support. He got a new kidney.... Having regained his health, Ware, a graduate of Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, is planning to release an experimental jazz album this spring."
- Miscavage, Nick; and Tufaro, Greg. "Scotch Plains-Fanwood students call for ban of 'racist' symbols", Courier News / Home News Tribune, September 22, 2017. Accessed March 4, 2018. "Students at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School have started a petition calling for a ban to be placed on students and fans using Native American symbols."