Voorhees High School

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Voorhees High School
256 County Route 513
Glen Gardner, NJ 08826
Type Public high school
Established 1975[1]
School district North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District
Principal Ronald Peterson
Asst. Principal Susan Hammerstone
Janice Van Etten
Faculty 92.4 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,141[2] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.34:1[2]
Color(s) Cardinal & Gold
Athletics conference Skyland Conference
Team name Vikings

Voorhees High School is a four-year public high school located in Lebanon Township, New Jersey, named for Foster MacGowan Voorhees, the 30th Governor of New Jersey. It is one of two high schools in the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from six municipalities in northern Hunterdon County, New Jersey, United States. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1977.[3]

Students come from the sending districts of Califon Borough, Glen Gardner Borough, Hampton Borough, High Bridge Borough, Lebanon Township and Tewksbury Township.[4]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,141 students and 92.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.34:1. There were 37 students (3.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 19 (1.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 24th in New Jersey and 830th nationwide.[5] In Newsweek's May 22, 2007, issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Voorhees High School was listed in 1118th place, the 36th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.[6]

The school was the 43rd-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 48th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 59th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 41st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 30th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[10]

Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 83rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 40 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.1%) and language arts literacy (97.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]

The school was the Consumer Bowl 2006 and 2007 state champion, a program that evaluates the skills of students as informed consumers.[12]


Voorhees High School competes in the Skyland Conference, which is composed of public and parochial high schools in Hunterdon County, Somerset County and Warren County in west central New Jersey. The conference operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 805 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 758 to 1,061 students in that grade range.[14]

Voorhees High School's football team competes in the annual Milk Can Game against rival North Hunterdon High School. After the conclusion of the game, a golden milk can is awarded to the winner. This school receives bragging rights and ownership of the can until the next year's game. The 36th annual Milk Can Game was played on November 18, 2011, with Voorhees winning 13-7 at Voorhees.[15] The 1995 Voorhees football team won the Central Jersey Group II state championship.[16]

Voorhees approved a plan in 2010 for an $850,000 artificial turf field to be completed by 2011. It will mainly be used for football. Voorhees' football team was unable to use its grass field between 2008 and 2009 when glass shards and other debris was found in the turf.[17]

The field hockey team won the 2002 North II, Group II sectional championship, edging Madison High School 3-2 in the final game.[18] The 2006 team won the North II, Group III tournament with a 1-0 win over Ocean Township High School.[19]

The girls basketball team won the 2000 Central, Group II title over Delaware Valley Regional High School, 62-42.[20]

The boys fencing team won the 2005 state championship, defeating Ramapo High School 14-13 in the tournament final.[21]

The baseball team won the 1998 NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship, defeating Raritan High School by a score of 1-0 in the first round and Manasquan High School by 4-1 in the semifinals, before defeating Carteret High School 8-2 in the tournament final. They lost 1-0 to a nationally ranked Audubon High School team in extra innings on a controversial call at the plate to end their playoff run in the Group II championship.[citation needed]


Core members of the school's administration are:[22]

  • Ronald Peterson, Principal
  • Susan Hammerstone, Assistant Principal
  • Janice Van Etten, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ North Hunterdon Regional High School NHRHS Alumni Class Reunion, North Hunterdon Regional High School. Accessed April 18, 2012. "In 1975, Voorhees High School was founded as a four-year public high school located in Glen Gardner Borough."
  2. ^ a b c d School Data for Voorhees High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Voorhees High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 30, 2012. Accessed March 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Voorhees High School 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 30, 2015. "Voorhees High School has consistently ranked among the top high schools in New Jersey. With an enrollment of 1,097 students in grades 9-12, the school serves the communities of Califon, Glen Gardner, Hampton, High Bridge, Lebanon Township, and Tewksbury Township."
  5. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Voorhees High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  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 September 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 11, 2011.
  10. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  11. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 1, 2012.
  12. ^ Voorhees High School Wins 2007 State Consumer Bowl Competition, New Jersey Attorney General press release dated May 22, 2007. Accessed February 27, 2008. "Voorhees High School in Glen Gardner, Hunterdon County, is the State Champion in the 11th Annual New Jersey Consumer Bowl, a quiz show-style competition that encourages students to become well-informed consumers."
  13. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  14. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  15. ^ Loigu, Andy. "Voorhees High School upsets North Hunterdon in Milk Can Game", Lehigh Valley Live, November 19, 2011. Accessed November 19, 2011. "The seniors for Voorhees High School walked off Rich Degnan Field as winners of The Milk Can for the first time in their rivalry game against North Hunterdon on Friday evening after a 13-7 win over North Hunterdon."
  16. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 6, 2011.
  17. ^ Robbins, Gene. "Board endorses an $850,000 artificial turf field at Voorhees High School", Hunterdon County Democrat, January 15, 2010. Accessed January 26, 2010. "In 2008, Voorhees High School had to stop using its football field in mid-season when glass, pottery and pipe shards and other debris were found in the turf, presumably from topsoil used in resodding the field that summer."
  18. ^ 2002 Field Hockey Tournament - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 14, 2007.
  19. ^ 2006 Field Hockey Tournament - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 14, 2007.
  20. ^ Public Sectionals - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 14, 2007.
  21. ^ 2005 Fencing - Boys Fencing, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 14, 2007.
  22. ^ Contact The Main Office, Voorhees High School. Accessed October 7, 2014.
  23. ^ Laniawe, Vanessa. "1999 Voorhees valedictorian is now a cable TV star", Hunterdon Review, January 27, 2011. Accessed February 11, 2011. "Alison Haislip, 29-year-old gamer, tech-lover, actress, expert zombie-slayer and card-carrying member of The Lord of the Rings fan club, is best known for her appearances on G4TV, a national cable station based in Los Angeles. She often co-hosts G4’s Attack of the Show, available on Comcast. The Tewksbury native was valedictorian of Voorhees High School’s class of 1999."
  24. ^ Brett 'gank' Jungblut Professional Poker Player Bio, Gankowns.com. Accessed February 11, 2011.
  25. ^ Hall of Fame, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 26, 2008.
  26. ^ Frezza, Harry Jr. "Cloud has gold", Courier News (New Jersey), October 2, 2000. Accessed February 11, 2011. "Smith, one of the key players on the U.S. gold-medal-winning Olympic softball team in Sydney, Australia, still is the girl from Califon, the 1985 graduate of Voorhees High School in Lebanon Township."

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