Waldwick High School
|Waldwick High School|
|155 Wyckoff Avenue
Waldwick, NJ 07463
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Waldwick Public School District|
|Asst. principal||Michael Clancy|
|Enrollment||464 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.1:1|
Columbia blue and
|Athletics conference||North Jersey Interscholastic Conference|
Waldwick High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Waldwick, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Waldwick Public School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1969. In 2008, the school came up for Middle States re-accreditation for the next ten years.
The school complex serves Waldwick students grades six though twelve along with a pre-school program run by students as part of a class. The district's middle school is located on the campus of the Waldwick High School building.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 464 students and 41.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.1:1. There were 4 students (0.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Voters approved a referendum in June 1961 by a better than ten-to-one margin to provide for a $2.6 million bond covering the costs of construction. Until the high school opened, Waldwick students had been enrolled at Midland Park High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship that led to overcrowding at the Midland Park school.
The school was completed in 1963 to accommodate 1,500 students in grades eight through twelve. The school opened with students in grades nine and ten, as students who had already been enrolled at Midland Park High School in previous years completed their education there. The first class of students graduated from Waldwick High School in 1966. The "Kids, Kids, Kids" preschool program was established in the 1970s, in which high school juniors and seniors work with preschoolers three days each week as part of an elective program for students that is available for a fee to the public.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 73rd-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 54th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 68th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 93rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 96th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 161st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 59 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (79.3%) and language arts literacy (95.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The school offers a wide range of extracurricular activities that all students have a chance to join. Drama Club allows students to participate in different musicals and perform them in a series of three shows for one weekend in the spring. In March 2017, Waldwick High School students will perform The Addams Family. Because the school is connected to the Waldwick Middle School, students have a chance to help younger students improve their acting and musical skills.
The school has a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) team where students visit other high schools and compete in these topics.
The Waldwick High School Warriors compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 350 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 187 to 490 students in that grade range. Prior to the realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Waldwick was a member of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).
Interscholastic athletic programs offered include: Varsity Cross Country, Varsity Golf, Junior Varsity Golf, Varsity Football, Junior Varsity Football, Freshman Football, Boys Varsity Soccer, Boys Junior Varsity Soccer, Boys Freshman Soccer, Girls Varsity Soccer, Girls Junior Varsity Soccer, Girls Freshman Soccer, Girls Varsity Volleyball, Girls Junior Varsity Volleyball, Girls Freshman Volleyball, Girls Varsity Tennis, Varsity Wrestling, Boys Varsity Basketball, Boys Junior Varsity Basketball, Boys Freshman Basketball, Girls Varsity Basketball, Girls Junior Varsity Basketball, Girls Freshman Basketball, Boys & Girls Winter Track, Varsity Baseball, Junior Varsity Baseball, Freshman Baseball, Varsity Softball, Junior Varsity Softball, Girls Lacrosse, Boys Varsity Lacrosse, Boys Junior Varsity Lacrosse, Freshman Softball, Boys Varsity Track, Girls Varsity Track and Boys Varsity Tennis.
The school operates as the lead agency / host school for joint football and wrestling programs with Midland Park High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional championship in 1988.
The wrestling team won the North I Group I state sectional championship in 1988 and 1992.
The boys soccer team won the state sectional tournament and Bergen County tournament in 1995. The team went on to win the Group I state championship that year, defeating Arthur P. Schalick High School in the tournament final. It has won numerous North I, Group I state sectional championships, including in the 2006 fall season with a 1-0 victory over local rival Midland Park High School in the tournament final.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Kevin Carroll, Principal
- Michael Clancy, Assistant Principal
- Enzo Amore (born 1986), professional wrestler in the WWE.
- Dave Fiore (born 1974), offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers and the Washington Redskins.
- Joe Harasymiak (born 1986, class of 2004), head coach for the Maine Black Bears football team.
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- Greene, Rebecca. "Waldwick High School celebrates 50 years", Waldwick Suburban News, October 10, 2013. Accessed November 29, 2015. "In 1963, six years prior to her arrival, Waldwick High School opened in its current location at 155 Wyckoff Ave. Meant for 1,500 students, it had an enrollment in its first year of just freshman and sophomores, although it was built for students in Grades 8-12. That year, students in their junior and senior years attended Midland Park High School, where they began their high school careers."
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- 2015-2016 Student Handbook, Waldwick High School. Accessed November 29, 2015.
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- 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2008.
- Kurland, Bob. "WALDWICK STAVES OFF BECTON WITH LATE RUN", The Record (Bergen County), March 8, 2000. Accessed July 31, 2007. "Waldwick captured its second straight Section 1 Group 1 boys basketball championship Tuesday night, but not before Becton threw a huge scare into the Warriors before a standing-room-only crowd at Northern Highlands."
- Public Sectionals - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2007.
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- Locicero, Anthony. "Where are they now? Former Waldwick football player Eric Arndt", The Record (Bergen County), June 11, 2013. Accessed December 17, 2014. "So now, eight years after graduating from Waldwick High School, Arndt is living his dream."
- Dave Fiore profile, database Football. Accessed June 14, 2007.
- Staff. "Football: Waldwick H.S. alum named University of Maine head coach", Waldwick Suburban News, December 24, 2015. Accessed November 23, 2016. "Borough native Joe Harasymiak has been promoted from interim football coach at the University of Maine to head coach on a permanent basis, Black Bears athletic director Karlton Creech announced on Dec. 16. The 2004 Waldwick High School graduate, who quarterbacked the Warriors football team his junior and senior years, served the past two seasons as Maine's defensive coordinator and linebacker coach."
- Waldwick High School
- Waldwick Public School District
- Waldwick Public School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Waldwick Public School District, National Center for Education Statistics