Somerville High School (New Jersey)

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Somerville High School
Somerville High School is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Somerville High School
Somerville High School
Somerville High School is located in New Jersey
Somerville High School
Somerville High School
Somerville High School is located in the United States
Somerville High School
Somerville High School
222 Davenport Street
Somerville, NJ 08876

United States
Coordinates40°34′41″N 74°36′47″W / 40.577989°N 74.613026°W / 40.577989; -74.613026Coordinates: 40°34′41″N 74°36′47″W / 40.577989°N 74.613026°W / 40.577989; -74.613026
TypePublic high school
Establishedc. 1909
PrincipalGerard T. Foley
Asst. principalScott E. Hade
Faculty92.5 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,177 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio12.7:1[1]
Color(s)     Orange and
Athletics conferenceSkyland Conference and Mid-State 38 (football only)
Team namePioneers[2]

Somerville High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Somerville and Branchburg Township in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the secondary school for Somerville Public Schools. Students from Branchburg Township attend Somerville High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Branchburg Township School District.[3][4]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,177 students and 92.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.7:1. There were 143 students (12.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 42 (3.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Advanced Placement (AP) courses (such as AP United States Government and Politics) and the Senior Options Program at Raritan Valley Community College allow students the opportunity to earn college credits while attending high school. AP offerings include AP Biology, AP Calculus (AB/BC), AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP French Language, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language and AP United States History.

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 54th in New Jersey and 1,635th nationwide.[5]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 911th in the nation among participating public high schools and 68th among schools in New Jersey.[6]

The school was the 110th-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.[7] The school had been ranked 76th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 77th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 73rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] ranked the school tied for 122nd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 13 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (85.0%) and language arts literacy (95.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[10]


The Somerville High School Pioneers[2] have historically competed in the Skyland Conference, consisting of public and non-public high schools located in west Central Jersey.[11] With 864 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 778 to 1,062 students in that grade range.[12] The Skyland Conference football programs have re-organized into the Mid-State 38, adding Union County schools to the existing mix of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren County programs.

The Pioneers have won 8 Central Jersey Group Sectional Football Championships: 1976, 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, 1986, 1994 and 2017.[13]

In January 2015, former Devils owner Jeffrey Vanderbeek was named head Football coach.[14] On October 2, 2015, Somerville won its first home game in nearly three years.[15] In the following 2016 season, Vanderbeek led the Pioneers to an undefeated regular season, the fourth in the program's history.[16] The 2017 team won Somerville's eighth sectional championship, its first in 23 years, against Rumson-Fair Haven High School in the playoff final of the Central Jersey Group III state sectional tournament, in a game played at High Point Solutions Stadium on the campus of Rutgers University. Rumson-Fair Haven had defeated Somerville in the 2016 sectional final.[17][18]

Pioneer football teams reached the Central Jersey Group II sectional playoffs in 1994, 1999-2001, 2004-2005, and 2016-2017, winning seven Skyland Conference championships over that time period.[19]

The boys' basketball team reached the Central Jersey Group Sectional finals in 1992 and 2007 and won the Somerset County Tournament in 1999.

The Pioneers' baseball team has won Central Jersey Group Sectional titles in 1963 and 1973, and the Somerset County Tournament 5 times (1951, 1974, 1987, 1992 and 1995).

The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group II sectional championship in 1991, 1992 and 2003.[20]

The boys' soccer team won the 2006 Central Jersey Group II sectional championship with a 3-1 win over Raritan High School.[21] In 2007, the boys soccer team repeated as sectional champion with a 2-0 win over Shore Regional High School.[22]

The girls' soccer team defeated Shore Regional High School 3-1 to win the 2006 Central Jersey Group II sectional title.[23]

The boys' outdoor track and field team won the New Jersey State Group III title in 1942 and State Group II titles in 1973, 2001, 2003-2005 and 2007.[24]The team won 72 consecutive dual meets and was Central Jersey Group II sectional champion for eight straight seasons (2001-2008). [25]

The boys' cross country team won the New Jersey State Group II championship in 1984.[26]

The boys' lacrosse team, founded in 2004, won Central Jersey Group II sectional championships in 2013 and 2014, compiling a 35-game home winning streak dating back to 2011.[27]

Somerville's newest athletic program, boys' ice hockey, competes in a co-operative program with Bernards High School.[28]


Somerville's robotics team is Team 102, The Gearheads. Team102 participates in the New Jersey and Connecticut FIRST Regionals.[29]


Core members of the school's administration are:[30]

  • Gerard T. Foley, Principal
  • Scott E. Hade, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Somerville High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Somerville High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 6, 2015.
  3. ^ Somerville High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Somerville High School is a community that endorses the concept of facilitating a learner-centered environment with an emphasis on preparing students for success in a 21st century global society. We proudly serve a diverse population of approximately 1,200 students from the communities of Somerville and Branchburg."
  4. ^ Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed June 2, 2016. "Branchburg K-8; Grades 9-12 Sent To Somerville"
  5. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Somerville High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 9, 2011.
  6. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 26, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 4, 2011.
  10. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011[permanent dead link], Accessed March 4, 2012.
  11. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  12. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  14. ^ Frezza, Harry; and Deak, Mike. "Vanderbeek hired as co-head football coach at Somerville H.S.", Courier News, January 22, 2015. "By an 8-1 vote on Tuesday night, the board of education appointed Vanderbeek as co-head football coach for $1 a year. Vanderbeek will serve on the sidelines with Chris Casamento, whose team will begin the 2015 season determined to snap the state's second longest losing streak of 22 games."
  15. ^ LoGiudice, Daniel. "Somerville football wins first game since 2012", Courier News, October 2, 2015. Accessed October 6, 2015. "The Somerville High School football team did something Friday evening that it hasn't done since 2012. The Pioneers won a game. Somerville defeated North Plainfield 26-20 in overtime on a cold and rainy night. It was the first victory since October 27, 2012, when the Pioneers defeated Roselle 31-20."
  16. ^ "Somerville goes Undefeated in Regular Season", Somerville Football, November 4, 2016. Accessed November 5, 2017. "On the final day of the regular season, the Somerville Pioneers defeat the Summit Hilltoppers in a showdown between two of the Mid-State 38's best teams. With Friday night's 42-7 win, the Pioneers secured their first undefeated season in over a decade and for only the fourth time in the history of the program."
  17. ^ Deakyne, Brian. "Football: Late TD drive lifts Somerville to first sectional crown since 1994", NJ Advance Media for, December 2, 2017. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Trailing by a point, Somerville marched down the field and seized the lead – and state championship – back as Jalahn Dabney punched in his second touchdown from 1 yard out with just 53 seconds left. Somerville's defense did the rest, carrying Somerville to a 20-15 win over four-time defending champion Rumson-Fair Haven at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway on Saturday night."
  18. ^ "Football - 2017 NJSIAA Central, Group 3 Playoffs", Accessed December 5, 2017.
  19. ^ Coach Kevin Carty Sr., Somerville Football. Accessed February 26, 2018. "At SHS from 1994 to 2006 he guided The Ville to a 92-42 record. In his first season as head coach he took a team that was previously 0-9 to 8-3 winning the 1994 Central Jersey Group II State Championship versus Manasquan in Giants Stadium. He won seven Skyland Conference Championships and was in the sectional playoffs in 1994, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004, and 2005."
  20. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 29, 2017.
  21. ^ 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 4, 2007.
  22. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  23. ^ 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 4, 2007.
  24. ^ "2014 Outdoor Track & Field state championships Program"], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2015.
  25. ^ Moretti, Mike; and Lambert, Jim. "Somerville's sectional streak ends at 8; Tasco ties for 800 title (High school Boys Outdoor Track news)" Archived 2015-05-27 at the Wayback Machine, The Star-Ledger, May 23, 2009. Accessed May 26, 2015. "For the first time since 2000, Somerville failed to come home with a sectional trophy. Loaded with superstars the last eight years, Somerville boasts no such athletes this spring and finally had to settle for less than gold after butting heads with Matawan.``We met our match today," said Somerville coach Carl Weigner after his squad bowed to Matawan, 125-60, in the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger Central Jersey, Group 2 meet yesterday at Monmouth Regional in Tinton Falls."
  26. ^ Cross Country State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 29, 2017.
  27. ^ Somerville Pioneers, LAX Power. Accessed May 30, 2014.
  28. ^ 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs[permanent dead link], New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  29. ^ About Us, FRC Team 102 Gearheads. Accessed November 29, 2015.
  30. ^ Staff Directory, Somerville High School. Accessed December 5, 2017.
  31. ^ "Interview with Raymond Bateman" Archived 2013-05-15 at the Wayback Machine, Rutgers University Eagleton Institute of Politics Center on the American Governor. Accessed September 10, 2013. "A lifelong resident of Somerset County, Raymond Bateman was born in Somerville on October 29, 1927, and graduated from Somerville High School in 1945."
  32. ^ Frezza Jr., Harry. "Raritan man attends Final Four for 57th time", Courier News, April 1, 2001. Accessed August 2, 2007. "Ben Carnevale, who turns 86 on Oct. 30, has had the kind of life some people might call legendary. In fact, when you look at his life, which began in a house just off the last trolley stop on Gaston Avenue in Raritan Borough, you might agree. The 1934 Somerville High School graduate is a member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. He is also the winningest coach in United States Naval Academy history, a survivor of a ship that was torpedoed during World War II, and somebody who had a lot to do with building the NCAA basketball tournament."
  33. ^ Paul Robeson - High School Archived 2007-05-17 at the Wayback Machine, accessed April 15, 2007. "Paul attended school in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School in 1915."
  34. ^ Fitzgerald's Legislative Manual, 1984, p. 189. Accessed February 20, 2018. "Elliott F. Smith, Rep., Hillsborough - Mr. Smith was born in New York City Feb. 11, 1931. He attended Hillsborough Township elementary schools, Somerville High School, and Rutgers University, where he studied agriculture and was graduated in 1953."
  35. ^ Hatala, Greg. "Glimpse of History: 'Being born with a pair of beady eyes was the best thing that ever happened to me' - Lee Van Cleef", The Star-Ledger, August 26, 2013. Accessed November 4, 2017. "Looking at this photo of Clarence Leroy Van Cleef Jr. from the 1943 Somerville High School yearbook, it's hard to imagine him acquiring the sobriquet 'ugly.' Yet he was tagged just that 23 years later when he starred with Clint Eastwood and Eli Wallach in Sergio Leone's classic western The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
  36. ^ Jon Williams, Accessed November 25, 2018.

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