Sterling High School (New Jersey)

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Sterling High School
501 South Warwick Road
Somerdale, NJ 08083
District information
Grades 9-12
Superintendent Mark Napoleon
Business administrator Betty Giambrone
Schools 1
Students and staff
Enrollment 961 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty 71.5 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 13.4:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group CD
Ind. Per pupil District
 %± vs.
1A Total Spending $18,922 11 $18,891 0.2%
1 Budgetary Cost 15,390 19 15,592 -1.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 8,613 19 8,807 -2.2%
6 Support Services 2,085 16 2,294 -9.1%
8 Administrative Cost 1,479 14 1,592 -7.1%
10 Operations & Maintenance 2,108 29 1,954 7.9%
13 Extracurricular Activities 1,107 37 873 26.8%
16 Median Teacher Salary 62,100 11 71,726
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of 9-12 districts with any number of students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=47
Sterling High School
Sterling High School is located in Camden County, New Jersey
Sterling High School
Sterling High School
Sterling High School is located in New Jersey
Sterling High School
Sterling High School
Sterling High School is located in the US
Sterling High School
Sterling High School
501 South Warwick Road
New Jersey Somerdale, NJ 08083
Type Public high school
Principal Mark Napoleon
Vice principal Robynn Considine
Sean Redman
Color(s)      Royal blue
     silver and
Athletics conference Colonial Conference
Team name Silver Knights[3]

Sterling High School is a comprehensive regional public high school and school district serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from five communities in Camden County, New Jersey, United States. The district serves students from Magnolia, Somerdale, Stratford, along with students from Hi-Nella and Laurel Springs who attend as part of sending/receiving relationships.[4][5] The school is located in Somerdale.

Sterling High School has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Education (2000) and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1964.[6]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 961 students and 71.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.4:1. There were 229 students (23.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 73 (7.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "CD", the third-lowest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.[7]

Board of education[edit]

The district's board of education is made up of nine members, elected to serve three-year terms of office on a staggered basis, with three seats up for election each year. Two members are elected from Somerdale, three from Magnolia and four from Stratford. The Laurel Springs district appoints a representative to serve on the Sterling board of education.[5]

Awards, recognition and honors[edit]

The school was the 234th-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.[8] The school had been ranked 266th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 231st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 225th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 228th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11] ranked the school 240th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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).[12]


Advanced Placement (AP) courses are offered in AP English Literature, AP United States History, AP Calculus, and AP Biology. Honors courses are offered in Algebra I, Geometry, Pre Calculus, Spanish V, Calculus, and Physics. High School Plus credit with Camden County College is offered in History, Spanish, French, Biology, Software Systems, Latin, and World Civilizations. A variety of languages are offered including: Spanish, Latin, French, and Italian II.


The Sterling High School Silver Knights[3] compete as a member school in the Colonial Conference, which is composed of small schools whose enrollments generally do not exceed between 750-800 students for grades 9-12 and operates under the auspices of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 730 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.[14]

The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III state sectional championships in 1974, 1976 and 1977.[15] In 1974, Sterling won the first ever South Jersey Group III football championship determined by playoffs, defeating Woodrow Wilson High School by a score of 15-12 in a game played at the Atlantic City Convention Center.[16][17]

The boys' soccer team was the Group III co-champion in 1976, after a tie with Summit High School in the final game of the tournament.[18]

The softball team won the Group II state championship in 1981 (defeating Jefferson Township High School in the tournament's final game) and 2008 (vs. Kittatinny Regional High School).[19] In 2008, the softball team won the New Jersey Group II state championship with a 1-0 win against Kittatinny Regional High School.[20] The softball team won the South, Group II state sectional championship in 2007 with a 9-4 win over Haddon Township High School.[21]

The girls' basketball team won with Group II state championships in 1989 (vs. Glen Rock High School), 1990 (vs. Boonton High School), 2000 (vs. West Morris Mendham High School) and 2001 (vs. Hanover Park High School).[22] The Lady Knights basketball squad is one of only two South Jersey teams to win the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions, winning it in 2001. The other is Woodrow Wilson High School, who accomplished the feat in 2005.[23][24]

Sterling's wrestling program won back-to-back South Jersey Group II state titles in 1999 and 2000.[25][26] Mark Manchio won three consecutive state wrestling titles in 1999, 2000 and 2001 (125-2 career record).[27] In 2002, Ivan Wiggins won the state wrestling title at 112 lbs.[28][29]

The baseball team won the South Jersey Group II title in 2007 with a win over Gateway Regional High School.[30] In 2002 and 2003 the baseball team won back to back Diamond Classic tournaments.[31]

In 2004, Donald "Sonnie" Pollosco won the South Jersey Coach's Invitational State Title and Camden County Singles title. (112-6 career record)

In 2013, the Sterling Lady Knights volleyball team won the Group II state championship, the program's first, defeating Madison High School in the tournament final.[32]

In 2014, the Sterling Lady Knights soccer team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional championship, the program's first, defeating Point Pleasant Borough High School in the tournament final by a score of 3-2.[33]


Core members of the school's administration include:[34][35]

  • Mark Napoleon, Superintendent / Principal
  • Betty Giambrone, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
  • Robynn Considine, Vice Principal of Curriculum
  • Sean Redman, Vice Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Sterling High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Sterling High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 3, 2015.
  4. ^ Sterling High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 2, 2016. "Sterling High School District is a regional district serving Hi Nella, Laurel Springs, Magnolia, Somerdale and Stratford. Sterling is a suburban residential community, approximately 7 miles southeast of Camden, NJ and part of the Philadelphia, PA metropolitan area."
  5. ^ a b Comprehensive Annual Financial Report For the Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2011, Sterling High School District. Accessed December 8, 2014. "The purpose of the School District is to provide educational services for resident students in grades 9 through 12 that reside in the Borough's of Magnolia, Somerdale and Stratford. In addition, the School District provides educational services for students in grades 9 through 12 received, on a tuition basis, from the Laurel Springs School District and the Hi-Nella School District."
  6. ^ Sterling High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 26, 2011.
  7. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 11, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed June 26, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed December 29, 2011.
  13. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  14. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  16. ^ Ostrum, Gus. "S. Jersey Playoffs A Hit From The Start", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 17, 1989. Accessed December 29, 2011. "It now is 15 years since Sterling and Brick Township won the first South Jersey sectional football championships to be decided on the playing field. Sterling topped Woodrow Wilson, 15-12, on Dec. 7, 1974, to win the South Jersey Group 3 title before 5,000 fans at Atlantic City Convention Hall and a statewide television audience."
  17. ^ History of Football Games inside the Atlantic City Convention Hall. Accessed December 29, 2011.
  18. ^ 2015 NJSIAA Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 2, 2017.
  19. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 2, 2017.
  20. ^ Staff. "Sterling takes second softball crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 8, 2008. Accessed June 26, 2011. "After two consecutive postseason comeback wins, Sterling rode the arm of righthander Sammi Giambri to yesterday's 1-0 win over Kittatinny for the state Group 2 softball championship at Toms River East."
  21. ^ 2007 Softball - South, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 11, 2007.
  22. ^ Public Girls Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 3, 2015.
  23. ^ 2005 Girls Basketball - Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 5, 2007.
  24. ^ A compendium of epic battles over the years - "2001: For the first time in history, a South Jersey team won the Tournament of Champions girls' basketball title. Group 2 state champ Sterling, seeded fourth, upset third-seeded and Group 4 state champ Columbia, 48-40, to bring home the crown. Jessica Copskey scored 34 points to help give retiring coach Bill Ulrich a going-away present." Accessed February 17, 2008.
  25. ^ Livingston, John Earle. "Sterling ends Point Boro's dreams of a title", Asbury Park Press, February 18, 2000. Accessed June 26, 2011. "Last night, before Point Boro's South Jersey Group II final at defending champion Sterling, Hoffmaster declared this Panther wrestling team to be harder-working than any other Point Boro team."
  26. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 2, 2017.
  27. ^ Iezzi, Bill. "A 3-time champion lends his expertise: Mark Manchio has been an inspiration to Haddonfield.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 11, 2011. Accessed June 26, 2011. "But former Sterling great Mark Manchio, 29, one of only three South Jersey wrestlers to win triple crowns - the others were Highland's Joe Melchiore and Absegami's Labe Black - thinks he is fortunate to be on the staff at Haddonfield."
  28. ^ State Champion Wrestlers, New Jersey Wrestling. Accessed October 27, 2011.
  29. ^ Staff. "South Jersey pins down a record nine titles", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2002. Accessed October 27, 2011. "Paulsboro's Tom Curl and Cherry Hill West's Ryan Cunningham successfully defended their titles, and Sterling's Ivan Wiggins and Camden Catholic's Bob Stinson avenged heart-breaking losses to claim their first titles..."
  30. ^ Staff. "Sterling gets 16 hits to roll past Gateway, The tenth seed upset the No. 4 seed, 11-2, and now moves on to the state semifinals.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2, 2007. Accessed June 26, 2011. "To prepare for facing Gateway's hard-throwing Nick Alloway in yesterday's South Jersey Group 2 baseball final, Sterling had one of its former pitchers, Drew Slickmeyer, throw batting practice Thursday."
  31. ^ Carchidi, Sam. "DiPatri got the most out of his Sterling ballclub", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 13, 2004. Accessed June 26, 2011. "In 2003, his first season as Sterling's coach, the Silver Knights went 25-4-1 and won the Joe Hartmann Diamond Classic crown for the second straight season."
  32. ^ Greco, Richard. "Girls volleyball: Sterling walks away as state champions", The Star-Ledger, November 16, 2013. Accessed May 3, 2015. "The junior outside hitter has been on Sterling's varsity squad since she was a freshman and, even though her teams reached the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger Group 2 final in her first two seasons, the Camden County school never claimed a state championship.That changed Saturday when Kriebel slammed down a pass from senior setter Lori Gorczynski for her sixth kill of the match to give fourth-seeded Sterling its first state title in a 25-18, 25-22 triumph over second-seeded Madison at William Paterson University in Wayne."
  33. ^ Staff. "Sterling (3) at Point Pleasant Boro (2), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, South Jersey, Group 2 - Girls Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 14, 2014. Accessed October 3, 2015 "Lauren McCann scored the deciding goal unassisted with 34 minutes left to lead Sterling over Point Pleasant Boro, 3-2, in the South Jersey, Group 2 final in Point Pleasant."
  34. ^ Staff Directory, Sterling High School. Accessed October 3, 2015.
  35. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Camden County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
  36. ^ Anastasia, Phil. "Jim Combs, 82, was a South Jersey football coaching legend", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 25, 2010. Accessed May 3, 2015. "Brian Broomell, a star quarterback at Sterling and Temple, said Mr. Combs' attention to detail was a key to his success. 'We would go over it, go over it, until we got it right,' said Broomell, a 1976 Sterling grad."
  37. ^ Sam Carchidi - Sterling H.S. Sportswriter - 2007, South Jersey Baseball Hall of Fame. Accessed June 26, 2011. "He has been covering South Jersey high school sports for nearly 35 years, starting while a student at Sterling High School. Carchidi also covered college and professional sports for The Inquirer and has authored 'Bill Campbell The Voice of Philadelphia Sports"
  38. ^ Brooks-Irvine Memorial Football Club. Accessed April 12, 2008.
  39. ^ Finally, Lee earns Big Ten recognition. "Members of the team, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary, expected to attend include quarterback Todd Blackledge, tailback Curt Warner, wide receivers Kenny Jackson and Gregg Garrity, linebacker Scott Radecic and team captains Walker Lee Ashley and Ken Kelley." Accessed February 11, 2009.

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