West Orange High School (New Jersey)
|West Orange High School|
|51 Conforti Avenue
West Orange, NJ 07052
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||West Orange Public Schools|
|Principal||Hayden N. Moore|
|Asst. principals||Lesley Chung
Louis Della Pia
Dr. Kimberly Juirdano-Mancarella
|Enrollment||2,045 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.8:1|
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|Athletics conference||Super Essex Conference|
West Orange High School (WOHS) is a comprehensive four-year community public high school, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from West Orange in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. WOHS is currently the only secondary school serving the West Orange Public Schools. West Orange High School is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,045 students and 189.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.8:1. There were 796 students (38.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 186 (9.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Faculty and academics
A faculty of 200 includes administration and supervisory personnel, as well as Guidance Staff, two full-time Library Media Specialists, two nurses, a Student Assistance Counselor, and a full-time Child Study Team. The majority of the professional staff members have earned master's degrees, seven have earned doctorates.
West Orange High School has a comprehensive program with a wide variety of course offerings. Graduation requirements are based on study in grades nine through twelve. Students must satisfy the state and local requirements for graduation and take additional courses to total a minimum of 135 credits. In addition to the basic academic courses offered at multiple ability levels, there are Honors and Advanced Placement courses in most disciplines. Programs in business education, technical and industrial education, computer education, performing and fine arts, and English as a Second Language are also offered. Now, West Orange High School offers block scheduling, which operates on a rotation that switches out 2 courses per day.
The Cooperative Education Program provides students with the opportunity to study academics as well as receive on-the-job training. Students can also choose from a wide variety of electives.
The high school was built in 1898 on Gaston Street in West Orange and burned down in 1913. It was rebuilt and then moved to a new building on Northfield Avenue in 1922. The old building became Gaston Street Junior High School (Fairmount Elementary School was built behind it) and was torn down in 1972. The current facility was built in 1960 as Mountain High School. In 1984, the building constructed in 1922 was sold to become Seton Hall Preparatory School, a private Catholic school. Mountain High School and the adjoined Abraham Lincoln Junior High School were converted into the existing facility. In 2004, a new building was added, doubling the size of the school. The current athletic complex includes a football field, two soccer fields, five tennis courts and a baseball field.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 170th-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 136th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 128th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 114th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 98th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
West Orange High School applied for, and was awarded, a Dodge Grant for the 2004-05 academic year through Montclair State University. The focus of the grant is to explore how to develop a Conflict Resolution program responsive to the needs of West Orange High School. The Dodge Grant Team has spent this past year researching and developing a potential Conflict Resolution Model for West Orange High School.
The West Orange High School Mountaineers compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,581 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,090 to 2,568 students in that grade range. Before the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed in the Northern Hills Conference an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools located in Essex, Morris and Passaic counties.
The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1936 (defeating Millville Memorial High School in the tournament final) and won the Group IV title in 1949 (vs. Emerson High School).
The boys' swimming team won the Division B state championship in 1963.
The boys' baseball team won the North II Group III state championship in 1967 and won the Group III state title in 1971.
The girls' tennis team won the Group IV state championship in 1984 (defeating Cherry Hill High School East in the tournament final), 1985 (vs. Ridgewood High School) and 1986 (vs. Cherry Hill High School East); the team lost to Red Bank Catholic High School in the finals of the Tournament of Champions in both 1984 and 1985.
The 2006 boys' soccer team finished the season with a 24-1 record; the team was ranked 4th in the nation at the beginning of the 2006 season and finished 17th in the NSCAA/Adidas National Rankings. The 2006 team won the Group IV state championship with a 4-1 win over Bridgewater-Raritan High School in the semifinals and a 3-0 win against Manalapan High School in the finals.
The school's marching band, the Marching Mountaineers, are three-year United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) Group V Open State Champs (2005, 2006, 2009), USSBA Group V Open Northern State Champs (2009), and ninth in the northeastern region as of 2007 BOA (Bands of America). In addition, their Color Guard is nationally known for their "globe-tossing" performance.
The school hosted a match in 2007 between a team representing the New York Athletic Club and teams from Russia and Romania. The NYAC team beat Russia 14-11 in free style and Romania 14-12 in Greco-Roman matches.
The boys' wrestling team won the North I Group IV state sectional championship in 2012.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Hayden N. Moore – Principal
- Lesley Chung, Assistant Principal & Dean
- Louis Della Pia, Assistant Principal & Dean
- Dr. Kimberly Juirdano-Mancarella, Assistant Principal
- Annette Towson, Assistant Principal
- Anna Easter Brown (born 1879), founder of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.
- Brendan Byrne (born 1924), former governor of New Jersey.
- Ginny Duenkel (born 1947), gold medalist in the 400 meter freestyle at the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
- Chris Gethard (born 1980), actor and comedian.
- Mark Kelly (born 1964), astronaut and identical twin of Scott Kelly.
- Scott Kelly (born 1964), astronaut and identical twin of Mark Kelly.
- General Paul J. Kern (born 1945), commanding general of the United States Army Materiel Command from 2001-2004.
- Okieriete Onaodowan (born 1987; class of 2005), actor who originated the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the 2015 Broadway musical Hamilton.
- Michael Oren (born 1955), served as Israeli Ambassador to the United States.
- Vinnie Politan (born c. 1975), anchor, talk show host for Court TV; radio host for Sirius Satellite Radio.
- Elizabeth Shin (1980–2000), MIT student who died from burns inflicted by a fire in her dormitory room. Her death resulted in the upgrading of MIT's counseling services.
- Andy Stern (born 1950), former President of the Service Employees International Union.
- Scott Wolf (born 1968), actor best known as "Bailey Salinger" on Party of Five.
- Ian Ziering (born 1964), actor best known as "Steve Sanders" on Beverly Hills, 90210.
Popular culture references
In the fifth season of the HBO series The Sopranos an episode entitled "The Test Dream" shows Tony Soprano in a dream scene with his high school football coach, Mr. Molinero. The school letters "W.O.H.S." were shown on a jacket in the coach's office.
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- West Orange High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2015.
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- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
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- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Star School Award recipient detail 1998-99 school year, West Orange High School, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 29, 2006.
- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2016.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Home Page, Northern Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 28, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2014.
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- History of NJSIAA Team Swimming, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2015.
- History of Boys Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 27, 2017.
- NSCAA/Adidas National Rankings: National Final Regular Season Poll Poll, November 21, 2006. Accessed July 27, 2007.
- 2006 Boys Soccer Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 25, 2007.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed March 27, 2017.
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- About Us, West Orange High School. Accessed October 20, 2015.
- Brendan T. Byrne Archive - Biography, Rutgers Program on the Governor / Eagleton Institute of Politics. Accessed January 16, 2011.
- via Associated Press. "WORLD MARK SET BY ROSE IN SWIM; Australian Does 400-Meter Free-Style in 4:13.4", The New York Times, August 18, 1962, pg. 16. Accessed June 13, 2016. "The unheralded 15-year-old Miss Duenkel cracked the listed world record in the 200-meter back-stroke in 2:32.1. The 125-pound sophomore from West Orange High School beat Miss de Varona in a tense duel in the last fifty meters."
- Staff. "One On 1 Profile: Comedian Chris Gethard Offers a Unique Approach to the Entertainment Industry With His Public Access Following", NY1, May 12, 2014. Accessed August 22, 2016. "It's not every comedian who can say they played Giants Stadium. Chris Gethard did with the 1996 West Orange, N.J. High School Marching Mountaineers."
- Mark E. Kelly Biographical Data, NASA. Accessed March 25, 2007.
- Scott J. Kelly Biographical Data, NASA. Accessed March 25, 2007.
- "Major Army Command Says Farewell to Four-Star Commander", United States Army Materiel Command press release. Accessed November 19, 2007. "Kern was raised in West Orange, NJ and graduated from West Orange High School."
- Herzog, Laura. "Broadway baby: 'Hamilton' star returns to N.J. alma mater", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 2, 2016. Accessed June 13, 2016. "Onaodowan grew up in West Orange with his parents and five sisters, and attended Gregory Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, and West Orange High School, graduating in 2005, school officials said."
- Ginsberg, Johanna. "Former New Jerseyan to be Israel's envoy to U.S.; Author Michael Oren was Mountain High and Princeton grad", New Jersey Jewish News, May 7, 2009. Accessed July 30, 2013. "He graduated from West Orange Mountain High School and earned an undergraduate degree from Columbia University before making aliya in 1979."
- Q and A with Vinnie Politan, November 20, 2006, accessed April 12, 2007. "It'll be tough to deal with him, even if I was the two-time captain of the West Orange Cowboys' Group 2 Section 2 state championship basketball team."
- Sontag, Deborah. "Who Was Responsible For Elizabeth Shin?", The New York Times, April 28, 2002. Accessed September 24, 2012. "It is a reference to Elizabeth's admission to psychiatrists that she cut her wrists very superficially after she was bumped from valedictorian to salutatorian of West Orange High School."
- Bildner, Allen I. (Part 1), Rutgers University Oral History Archives. Accessed June 7, 2016. "The service employee unions are those that have janitors, hotel employees, hospital employees. Andy Stern was in my son's class at West Orange High School, the son of an affluent family."
- "Engagements-Weddings-Anniversaries", Belleville News-Democrat, August 3, 2003. Accessed April 5, 2011. "Wolf is a 1986 graduate of West Orange High School in West Orange, NJ, and a 1990 graduate of George Washington University in Washington D.C."
- "Celebrity Proms: Dancing's Ian Ziering", Access Hollywood, May 10, 2007. Accessed April 5, 2011. "We took Ian back twenty-five years to prom 1982 at Mountain High School in West Orange, New Jersey. We found his prom date, Julie Slavitt, happily married with two little girls in Demarest, New Jersey."
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