Weehawken High School
|Weehawken High School|
53 Liberty Place|
Weehawken, NJ 07086
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Weehawken School District|
|Asst. principal||Robert Ferullo|
|Enrollment||538 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.2:1|
Weehawken High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in seventh through twelfth grade from Weehawken, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Weehawken School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 538 students and 48.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.2:1. There were 263 students (48.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 46 (8.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Campus and student body
The campus, located across the Hudson River from New York City, just west of Boulevard East atop the New Jersey Palisades, consists of a three-story brick structure located in a residential area completed in 1940. The building includes three computer labs; a science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) lab; an ITV room, a modern library/media center, science labs, an auditorium that can accommodate 800, and a newly renovated gymnasium with a seating capacity of 1,200. The facility has been used by Hudson Theatre Works, a non-profit regional performance group based in Weehawken.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 189th-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 91st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 104th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 119th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 109th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. SchoolDigger.com ranked the school 170th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 34 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (82.5%) and language arts literacy (91.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Students are offered Advanced Placement (AP) classes in many subjects, including AP United States History, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Macroeconomics and AP Spanish Language. College preparatory classes throughout high school, as well as electives offered in conjunction with St. Peter's College in Jersey City, New Jersey.
In 2012 and 2013, the Weehawken High School Marching Band, under the direction of Michael Lichtenfeld and his band staff, ranked first in the state of New Jersey winning the USBands Group 1A state championship title. (Group 1A division is a band with 40 or fewer people on the field during competition). In November 2013, the band won the USBands Group 1A National Championship title.
In 2015, under the direction of band director Natalie Kerr and the band staff, the band won the USBands Group 1 Open Class New Jersey State Championships. Also under Band Director Natalie Kerr, the Weehawken marching band competed in Tournament of Bands Group 1A in 2016, going undefeated and winning the NYC Metro Regional Championships as well as defeating 25 other bands for the ACC Group 1A championships. The band's score was above 95, and helped promote them to Open Class for the 2017 season.
The Weehawken High School Indians compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, which includes private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Hudson County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 245 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 73 to 487 students in that grade range. Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Weehawken was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) National Division.
The school participates in a joint wrestling program in partnership with Bogota High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
Interscholastic sports teams offered at the school include:
- Fall - USBands Competition Marching Band and Color Guard, Cheerleading, Football, Soccer (boys/girls) and Volleyball (girls)
- Winter - Basketball (boys/girls), Cheerleading and Wrestling (in conjunction with Bogota High School)
- Spring - Baseball (boys) and Softball (girls)
The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1933 (defeating Hamilton High School in the tournament final) and 1938 (vs. Rutherford High School), and won the Group II title in 1942 (vs. Neptune High School), 1943 (vs. Highland Park High School), 1946 (vs. Verona High School), 1953 (vs. Red Bank Regional High School), 1954 (vs. Sayreville High School) and 1955 (vs. Palmyra High School). The eight group championships won by the program is tied for seventh-most among all schools in the state and the third-most among public schools.
The boys' soccer team was awarded the Group II state championship in 1951 and 1952.
Extracurricular clubs offered include:
- Student Council
- Indian Ink, the school's student-run newspaper
- The Zenith, the school's student-run yearbook, an award winner in the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's annual contest
- Debate Team, a member of the BCDL
- Chess Club
- Peer Leadership
- National Honor Society
- Jazz Band
- String Ensemble
- Kid Witness News
- Math League
- Mock trial
- Science Club
- Academic Team, Hudson County Champions in 2003 and 2004, National Academic Championship Competitors in 2004
- Drama Club
- Lunch on Tuesdays
- Future Teachers of America
- Future Business Leaders of America
- Gay-Straight Alliance
- International Club
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Anthony Collasurdo, Principal High School
- Robert Ferullo, Assistant Principal
Notable alumni include those inducted into the school's hall of fame.
- James L. Brooks (born 1940), director, producer and screenwriter.
- John Diebold (1926–2005, class of 1943), computer scientist, considered to be an automation evangelist.
- Anthony Impreveduto (c. 1948–2009, class of 1967), member of the New Jersey General Assembly from 1987–2004.
- Edward Feigenbaum (born 1936, class of 1953), computer scientist who collaborated on the development of the first expert system Dendral.
- David Mearns (born 1958, class of 1976), marine scientist and deep water search and recovery expert, specializing in the discovery of the location of historic shipwrecks.
- Lori Majewski, entertainment writer, communications strategist and consultant.
- Steven Massarsky (1948-2007, class of 1966), lawyer and businessman who founded Voyager Communications, parent company of the early 1990s comic book company Valiant Comics.
- Jerome Robbins (1918–1998, class of 1935 at Woodrow Wilson High School), choreographer, best known for West Side Story and many works for the New York City Ballet.
- School data for Weehawken High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Weehawken High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2016.
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- "History", Weehawken High School. Accessed June 4, 2016.
- Hoersch, Joanne. "'Cuckoo's Nest' in our future; Theater group emphasizes community involvement, low ticket prices", The Hudson Reporter, March 30, 2014. Accessed July 29, 2014. "Hudson Theatre Works, a not-for-profit regional group based in Weehawken, will launch its second production at the theater at Weehawken High School in early May."
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011. SchoolDigger.com Accessed March 6, 2012.
- Weehawken High School 2013 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 29, 2014.
- Weehawken High School 2015 New Jersey School Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 4, 2016. "In partnership with St. Peter's University, Weehawken High School also offers two popular college-level program-for-credit courses: Poetry and Drama Honors, and Perspectives on Sociology Honors."
- "Weehawken High School Receives Middle States Accreditation", Weehawken Schools Report, Summer 2010. Accessed July 2, 2012. "In addition, to help seniors prepare for college, the school will continue to conduct Princeton Review Courses and pre-PSAT mini workshops for Weehawken students taking SATs. The Princeton Review program consists of nine sessions of four hours each, six on Saturdays and three at night."
- Passantino, Joseph. "Band wins major awards; Weehawken H.S. squad garners back-to-back state titles; home festival on Nov. 3", The Hudson Reporter, November 3, 2013. Accessed March 30, 2015.
- Lin, Jonathan. "Weehawken High School: The best little marching band in the state", The Jersey Journal, October 17, 2013. Accessed March 30, 2015.
- Michaelangelo, Conte. "Weehawken High's marching band captures USBands national title", The Jersey Journal, November 24, 2013. Accessed March 30, 2015. "The Weehawken High School Marching Band completed an undefeated season by winning its first national title at the USBands 'Group 1A' National Championships in Allentown, Pa., earlier this month." In 2016, the Weehawken Marching Band also won the Group 1A state championship and national championship titles under the direction of music teacher, Natalie Kerr. The following year, she left the Weehawken school system, and new band director Minesh Shah, led the successful marching band to the state and national victory. The WHS Marching Band switched to the Tournament of Bands circuit for their 2015-2016 season. The went on to win the Atlantic Coastal Championship for the 1A Division after an undefeated season. Due to their score, they will be competing in the 1 Open Division starting in September 2017.
- 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 July 8, 2014. Accessed November 17, 2014.
- League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 17, 2014.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 14, 2017.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed March 14, 2017.
- Clubs and Activities, Weehawken High School. Accessed March 14, 2017.
- Staff Directory, Weehawken High School. Accessed March 14, 2018.
- Hague, Jim. "Academic awards aplenty; Weehawken honors top students, inducts Pasquale into Hall of Fame", The Hudson Reporter, May 13, 2000. Accessed October 23, 2015. "Pasquale becomes the 17th inductee into the school's Hall of Fame. The others are John Diebold (Class of '43) in 1984; beer distributing baron Leo Van Munching (Class of '44) in 1985; Larry McClure (Class of '63) in 1986; Howard Wolf (Class of '39) in 1987; Judge Theodore Botter (Class of '41) in 1988; former Weehawken Mayor Stanley Iacono (Class of '51) and Francis Pizzuta (Class of '57) in 1989. Also: Bernard Baggs (Class of '36) in 1990; famed author Cathy Cash Spellman (Class of '59) in 1991; Barbara Murphy (Class of '40) in 1992; Robert Leonard (Class of '64) in 1993; David Dworkin (Class of '51) in 1994; Janet Pray (Class of '57) in 1995; Edward Feigenbaum (Class of '53) in 1996; Nola Safro (Class of '60) in 1997; Mehran Goulian (Class of '47) in 1998; and Steven Massarsky (Class of '66) in 1999."
- Horgan, Richard. "When James L. Brooks Interviewed Louis Armstrong", Adweek, October 27, 2011. Accessed October 23, 2015. "Right off the bat, Pollak wondered if those stories of Brooks having interviewed Louis Armstrong for the Weehawken High School newspaper were Internet hooey. Brooks was happy to confirm a semi-wonderful New Jersey journalism world:"
- Yost, Jeffrey R. Making IT Work: A History of the Computer Services Industry, p. 29. MIT Press, 2017. ISBN 9780262036726. Accessed January 17, 2018. "John Diebold was born in 1926 in Weehawken, New Jersey. After graduating from Weehawken High School, the 18-year-old Swarthmore College, but soon took a hiatus to entire the US Merchant Marine Academy, where he developed a fascination with machines and particularly with radar-controlled automatic tracking and firing systems,"
- "Impreveduto dies from heart complications". The Hudson Reporter. August 7, 2009. Accessed August 22, 2012. "A 1967 graduate of Weehawken High School, Impreveduto grew up in Hoboken, where his family operated a food store."
- Lederberg, Joshua. "How DENDRAL was conceived and born", United States National Library of Medicine, November 5, 1987. Accessed October 23, 2015. "I became an expert on its use. I even remember dragging it with me miles on the bus to Weehawken High School, heavy as it was, just to show off my skill with this marvelous technology that no other kid in the high school knew anything about."
- Hague, Jim. "Weehawken native finds HMS Hood on ocean's floor Mearns' six-year journey ends with mixed emotions; leads to documentary, book", The Hudson Reporter, November 9, 2001. Accessed December 29, 2016. "When David Mearns was a youngster growing up in Weehawken, he was always fascinated by water.... Upon graduating from Weehawken High School in 1976, Mearns headed to Fairleigh Dickinson University to major in marine biology."
- Staff. "The 1980s rock again; Weehawken writer chronicles New Wave era in new book", The Hudson Reporter, July 26, 2015. Accessed October 23, 2015. "Majewski was recently inducted into the Weehawken Academic Hall of Fame."
- Kisselgoff, Anna. "Jerome Robbins, 79, Is Dead; Giant of Ballet and Broadway", The New York Times, July 30, 1998. Accessed October 23, 2015. "When his father went into corset manufacturing in Union City, N.J., the family moved to nearby Weehawken, where Mr. Robbins graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1935."
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