South Hunterdon Regional High School
|South Hunterdon Regional High School|
|301 Mount Airy-Harbourton Road
Lambertville, NJ 08530
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||South Hunterdon Regional School District|
|Enrollment||423 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Skyland Conference|
South Hunterdon Regional High School is a regional public high school serving students in seventh though twelfth grades from three communities in southern Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the South Hunterdon Regional School District. It has been the smallest public high school in the state. Students attend the school from Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell Township. The high school is located in West Amwell, though its mailing address is in Lambertville. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1977.
In a special election held in September 2013, voters from Lambertville, Stockton and West Amwell Township passed referenda to dissolve the South Hunterdon Regional School District and to combine the three existing school districts from each municipality (Lambertville City School District, Stockton Borough School District and West Amwell Township School District), with majorities in each community passing both ballot items. A single combined regional district was created, serving students in pre-Kindergarten through twelfth grade, in which property taxes are levied under a formula in which 57% is based on property values and 43% on the number of students. The executive county superintendent appointed an interim board of education for the new regional district, which was responsible for implementing the merger.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 423 students and 41.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.3:1. There were 56 students (13.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 14 (3.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
South Hunterdon Regional High School's small size and broad extracurricular offerings provides the opportunity for students from outside the district to attend by paying tuition, as some consider the small class sizes and environment to be similar to that of a private school.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 100th-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 21st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 74th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 58th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 120th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as tied for 180th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 47 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 South Hunterdon High School Eagles compete in the Skyland Conference, which consists of public and parochial high schools covering Hunterdon County, Somerset County and Warren County in west Central Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 225 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 12 to 467 students in that grade range.
The South Hunterdon football team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I state sectional title in both 1975 and 1979. The team defeated Keyport High School by a score of 28-0 in the tournament final to win their first title in school existence, and won the 1979 title with a 28-8 win against Dunellen High School in the final game of the tournament.
The field hockey team won the Central Jersey sectional championship in 1974, and won the Central Jersey Group I title in 1975, 1976, 1980-1982 and 1984-1991, and won the combined North I and II Group I title in 2002; the team was Group I champion in 1976 (together with Chatham Township High School), 1984 and 1988.
The boys' basketball team finished the season with a record of 18-8, won the program's first divisional title and made it to the finals of the 2010 Central Jersey Group I tournament, but fell short to Asbury Park High School by a score of 73-57.
The girls' basketball team won the Group I state championship in 1992, defeating Whippany Park High School in the tournament final. The team made it to the finals of the 2006 Central Jersey Group I tournament, defeating Bordentown Regional High School by a score of 55-45.
Core members of the district's administration are:
- Jennifer MacKnight, Principal
- School data for South Hunterdon High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- South Hunterdon Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2016.
- Leeds, Curtis. "South Hunterdon High sets open house; hoping for school 'choice' OK", The Hunterdon County Democrat, January 9, 2011. Accessed January 28, 2011. "South Hunterdon Principal Mark Collins thinks his school will be an attractive option for some students. It's the smallest public high school in the state."
- Rojas, Cristina. "South Hunterdon, N.J.'s smallest public high school, graduates 55 students in its Class of 2012", Hunterdon County Democrat, June 21. 2012. Accessed June 2, 2016.
- South Hunterdon Regional School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 2, 2016. "Bordering the Delaware River and located in the culturally rich and rural region of Southern Hunterdon County, South Hunterdon Regional School District serves the communities of Lambertville, Stockton, and West Amwell."
- South Hunterdon Regional High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed January 18, 2012.
- Lambertville Public School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 7, 2016. "In September, 2013, the communities of West Amwell, Lambertville and Stockton voted to approve the dissolution of the South Hunterdon Regional High School District and the formation of a new pre K-12 school district."
- Tredrea, John. "LAMBERTVILLE: Schools turn how to make merger work; After historic vote, decisions on buildings, contracts need to be made", The Beacon, October 2, 2013. Accessed October 15, 2013. "Now that the two referendum questions on merging the Stockton, West Amwell, Lambertville and South Hunterdon Regional High School districts into one pre-k to grade 12 district have been overwhelmingly approved, the process of implementing the regionalization can begin."
- 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 7, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed October 4, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 18, 2012.
- South Hunterdon Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2015.
- 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 Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Frezza, Harry. "South Hunterdon seniors eager for one last - very big - game together", Courier News, December 4, 2014. Accessed November 21, 2016. "South Hunterdon has qualified for playoffs 12 times with four final appearances and two titles (beat Dunellen 28-8 in 1979 and Keyport 28-0 in 1975)."
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 30, 2017.
- Staff. "Asbury Park 73, South Hunterdon 57", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2010. Accessed October 4, 2011. "Consider the fact that prior to this season, South Hunterdon had reached the state tournament just two times in school history – the last of which came a season ago. Consider the fact that this group won the first division title in school history, hosted the first playoff game in school history, earned the No. 1 seed for the first time in school history (boys or girls) and won the first three state tournament games in school history – which included Friday night's comeback in which the Eagles scored 34 fourth-quarter points to erase a 17-point deficit and shock Dunellen."
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 30, 2017.
- 2006 Girls Basketball - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 8, 2006.
- SHR Faculty/Staff Directory by Department - Administration, South Hunterdon Regional School District. Accessed February 22, 2014.
- "Staff Directory - South Hunterdon Regional High School". hs.shrsd.org. Retrieved 2017-01-13.
- Tredrea, John. "LAMBERTVILLE: City rallies for hometown Olympian Kyle Tress; Banner wishing him well hangs over Bridge Street", centraljersey.com, January 29, 2014. Accessed April 1, 2016. "He's Kyle Tress, a Lambertville favorite son and 1999 graduate of South Hunterdon Regional High School. A member of the three-man U.S. skeleton team, he will compete in the Winter Olympics in Solchi, Russia, next month."
- South Hunterdon Regional High School
- South Hunterdon Regional High School's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for South Hunterdon Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics