West Side High School (New Jersey)

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West Side High School
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West Side High School is located in Essex County, New Jersey
West Side High School
West Side High School
West Side High School is located in New Jersey
West Side High School
West Side High School
West Side High School is located in the United States
West Side High School
West Side High School
403 South Orange Avenue
Newark, NJ 07103

United States
Coordinates40°44′28″N 74°12′11″W / 40.741149°N 74.20292°W / 40.741149; -74.20292Coordinates: 40°44′28″N 74°12′11″W / 40.741149°N 74.20292°W / 40.741149; -74.20292
Typepublic high school
School districtNewark Public Schools
PrincipalAkbar Cook[1]
Color(s)     Green and
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference
Team nameRoughriders[2]

West Side High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school complex in Newark, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools.

The West Side campus hosts two separate high school programs that operate independently but share a facility and athletic programs:

  • Newark Early College High School, which prepares students in grades 7-12 to complete up to 60 college-level credits during their high school career[3] As of the 2015-16 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 469 students and 41.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1.[4]
  • Newark Vocational High School prepares students in grades 9-12 for college and career options.[5] As of the 2015-16 school year, the high school had an enrollment of 312 students and 29.0 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 10.8:1.[6]


West Side High School opened on September 14, 1925, in a building designed to provide students with classrooms, an auditorium, gyms, and other facilities, serving 520 boys and 809 girls.[7]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 326th-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 268th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 319th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 313th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 313th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11]

The school has twice received gifts of $50,000 from Ellen Degeneres.[12]


The West Side High School Roughriders[2] 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).[13] With 675 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 508 to 770 students in that grade range.[14] Prior to the 2009 realignment, the team had been in the Skyline Division of the Northern Hills Conference.[15][16]

The boys' cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1949, 1950 (as co-champion with Asbury Park High School), 1951, 1953 and 1954.[17]

The boys' track team won the Group III indoor relay state championship in 1988.[18]

The girls' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1993, defeating Egg Harbor Township High School in the tournament final.[19]

The football team won the 2007 North II Group III state sectional championship with a 20-0 win against South Plainfield High School in a game played at Giants Stadium, earning the team its first ever sectional title.[20][21] Since 2009, the football team plays their home games at Untermann Field, which is shared with other public school in Newark, following the closure and demolition of Newark Schools Stadium.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ School Leadership, West Side High School. Accessed November 15, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c West Side High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2016.
  3. ^ Newark Early College (NEC), Newark Public Schools. Accessed March 29, 2017. "The mission of the Newark Early College High School is to prepare students for post-secondary academic work, with the goal of completing 30-60 credits of college before high school graduation."
  4. ^ School data for Newark Early College High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Newark Vocational, Newark Public Schools. Accessed March 29, 2017. "The school's mission is to prepare youngsters for post-secondary education, including certificate bearing programs, apprenticeships, and immediate productive employment."
  6. ^ School data for Newark Vocational High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  7. ^ History of West Side, West Side High School. Accessed March 30, 2017.
  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 24, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 30, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ https://www.nj.com/essex/2019/03/ellen-degeneres-really-likes-this-nj-principal-she-just-gave-him-another-50k-check.html
  13. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2016.
  14. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ Falzarano, Brian. "Schools Compete in Super Essex Conference; University, West Side High schools enjoying move to competitive, re-aligned conference", Newark Patch, May 18, 2011. Accessed June 11, 2012. "Previously, West Side played in the Northern Hills Conference — Skyline Division, which featured lengthy road trips to Passaic County Tech (Wayne), Passaic Valley (Little Falls), Wayne Valley, West Milford that often took an hour-plus between distance and traffic."
  16. ^ Home Page, Northern Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 28, 2011. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  17. ^ State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2017.
  18. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2017.
  19. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2017.
  20. ^ Kinney, Mike. "Newark West Side rolls to first title, 20-0", The Star-Ledger, December 3, 2007. Accessed December 3, 2007. "That's how on-top-of-the-world West Side was feeling after its 20-0 victory over South Plainfield for the NJSIAA/Gatorade North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 championship yesterday in snowfall at Giants Stadium. It was the first championship for West Side (10-2), which became only the third Newark school to claim a crown but second in as many years."
  21. ^ 2007 Football - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 3, 2007.
  22. ^ Alma Shealey Adams, Civil Rights Greensboro. Accessed January 26, 2013. "Alma Adams was born in High Point, NC, in 1947, but her family moved to Baltimore, Maryland, while she was an infant. They left Maryland for Newark, New Jersey, where Adams, an African American, attended predominantly white West Side High School."
  23. ^ The North Carolina Manual 2009-2010, p. 365. North Carolina Secretary of State, 2009, Raleigh, North Carolina. Accessed January 26, 2013. "Alma S. Adams; Democrat, Guilford County... Educational Background: West Side High School, Newark, N.J., 1964"
  24. ^ Barbanel, Josh. "Hugh J. Addonizio 67, Convicted Of Extortion As Newark's Mayor", The New York Times, February 3, 1981. Accessed November 15, 2018. "The son of Italian immigrants, Mr. Addonizio was born in Newark on Jan. 31, 1914, and attended West Side High School and St. Benedict's Prep in Newark, where he was an oustanding [sic] athlete and was named allstate quarterback."
  25. ^ Booker, Cory. United: Thoughts on Finding Common Ground and Advancing the Common Good, p. 33. Random House Publishing Group, 2016. ISBN 9781101965160. "The other person I met was a man named Ray Chambers. Ray was born in Newark in 1942 and later graduated from Newark's West Side High School."
  26. ^ Miller, Jonathan. "For a City Hall Widow, Politics Can Wait, for Now", The New York Times, September 16, 2004. Accessed November 15, 2018. "She grew up in Newark, the daughter of a preacher, and graduated from West Side High School and Bloomfield College."
  27. ^ Selman, Carol. "Newark Visual, Performance Artist Jerry Gant: From Slave Ship to Mother Ship; Work by leading Newark-based artist on view now", Newark Patch, August 24, 2011. Accessed February 18, 2018. "Gant was born in Newark, grew up in a succession of Newark apartments — 'my mother Shirley was a gypsy;' lost his Dad young to alcohol and cirrhosis, graduated West Side High School and went to Essex County College to study graphic design — just as desktop publishing was coming in and decimating the print industry."
  28. ^ Sherman, Ted. "Frederick B. Lacey, former U.S. Attorney who took on the mob, dead at 96", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 4, 2017. Accessed November 15, 2018. "Born in Newark, Lacey was the son of a former Newark police chief and attended West Side High School."
  29. ^ Kanzler, George. "Charli Persip", All About Jazz, February 12, 1999. Accessed November 15, 2018. "Went to West Side High School (in Newark) because Arts High didn't have a team. The West Side football team wasn't any good and neither was I. In my junior year I joined the marching band and that was a lot of fun because I'd never played in any kind of band before."
  30. ^ via Associated Press. "Virginia Squires Sign Aulcie Perry", The Gettysburg Times, August 21, 1974. Accessed June 11, 2012. "Perry, 24, played high school basketball at Newark, N.J., West Side High, then at Belknap College in Center Harbor, N.H."
  31. ^ Goldstein, Richard. "Richie Regan, 72, Star Player And Then Coach at Seton Hall", The New York Times, December 26, 2002. Accessed November 15, 2018. "Richie Regan, a star guard on Seton Hall's 1953 National Invitation Tournament champions and later the university's basketball coach, athletic director and fund-raising director for athletics, died Tuesday at a hospital in Neptune, N.J. Regan, who lived in Sea Girt, N.J., was 72.... A native of Newark who gained all-New Jersey honors playing basketball at West Side High School, Regan helped Seton Hall reach the N.I.T. in all three of his seasons there."
  32. ^ Staff. "Rod Steiger", The Daily Telegraph, July 10, 2002. Accessed February 29, 2016. "He started acting while still at Newark's West Side High School but quit at 16, enlisting in the US Navy by lying about his age."
  33. ^ Art Weiner, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 15, 2018.
  34. ^ Stanmyre, Matthew. "NFL Draft 2012: Detroit Lions select Newark native Tahir Whitehead in fifth round", The Star-Ledger, April 28, 2012. Accessed June 11, 2012. "They informed Whitehead, a 2008 graduate of Newark's West Side High School, they had selected him with their fifth-round pick — the 138th overall — of the 2012 NFL draft."

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