Whippany Park High School
|Whippany Park High School|
|165 Whippany Road
Whippany, NJ 07981
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Hanover Park Regional High School District|
|Principal||Christoper N. Kelly|
|Enrollment||713 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.8:1|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
Whippany Park High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Hanover Township in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as one of the two secondary schools of the Hanover Park Regional High School District. The other school in the district, Hanover Park High School, serves students from East Hanover and Florham Park. The school is located in the Whippany section of Hanover Township.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 713 students and 51.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.8:1. There were 10 students (1.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 6 (0.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
Whippany Park High School was the 46th-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 38th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 42nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 45th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 54th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 102nd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 1 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (87.2%) and language arts literacy (95.8%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 429th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 48th among all high schools in New Jersey and 31st among the state's non-magnet schools.
The Whippany Park High School Wildcats compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference which is composed of public and parochial high schools covering Morris County, Sussex County, and Warren County, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 542 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. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 reorganization, the school had competed in the Colonial Hills Conference.
The school participates in joint boys' and girls golf, lacrosse and boys' and girls' swimming programs with Hanover Park High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
The boys' soccer team won the 1988 Group I state title with a 1-0 win over Haddonfield High School in double overtime and was co-champion with Arthur P. Schalick High School after a scoreless tie in 2001. The boys soccer team won the 2003 NJSIAA Group I Sectional Championship with a 2-1 win over Bernards High School. The boys soccer team won the 2006 NJSIAA North II Group II Sectional Championship with a 1-0 victory over Cliffside Park High School. On their way to the sectional final they defeated and shut out Harrison High School who was previously undefeated and ranked 3rd in the state at the time. The team went on to become North Jersey Group II champs with a 2-0 victory over Newton High School. They lost in the Group II finals by a score of 1-0 to Haddonfield High School who finished the season ranked 18th in the state.
The 2004 girls' soccer team won the North II, Group I sectional championship with a 3-0 win against Lyndhurst High School in the tournament final. The 2004 team moved on to win the NJSIAA Group I state championship with a pair of shutout victories, defeating Butler High School 1-0 in the semifinals and Arthur P. Schalick High School 1-0 to win the championship.
Whippany Park is also well known for its softball program. They won the Morris County Championship back to back in 2006 and 2007 and hold the record for most Morris County tournament championships with 9. Whippany Park softball also holds the state record for consecutive victories with 75, a mark set by the teams which played from 1989 and 1991.
In 2007 the boys' cross country team won the Group I State Sectional Title. In 2007 the boys track team finished as Co-Champs in the North II Group I Sectional Finals for Spring Track. In 2008 the boys track team were the North II Group I Section Champions. In 2008 the boys Spring Track team was the North II Group I Section Champions.
Whippany Park's 2008 wrestling team went 16-5 in the season and won their first ever state sectional championship, beating county-ranked Parsippany High School and won the North Jersey Section II Group I sectional championship. The team brought six members to the regions that year and had one fourth-place finisher.
The Whippany Park hockey team won back-to-back Haas Cup Championships in 2004 and 2005. In 2010-11 and 2011–12, the team (combined with Hanover Park) won back-to-back Haas Cup Championships once again (2001, 2012 and 2013). In February 2016, Park hockey won the Haas Cup for the seventh time since 2000, beating Vernon Township High School by a score of 4-2 in a game played in front of 3,500 people at Mennen Arena.
In 1980, the football team won their first New Jersey North Section II, Group II state football championship, beating Madison High School 10-9. The victory culminated a 10-1 record for the season, in which the team beat two other state champions that year, Delbarton School 21-13 and Glen Ridge High School 17-6.
The girls field hockey team won the North II Group II state sectional title in 1980 and the North II Group I title in 1981.
The boys track team won the 2004 Group I indoor relay championship.
The baseball team won back to back conference championships (2009-2010), and won the North II Group I Sectional Championship in 2010 with a 6-5 win over High Tech High School. After winning the Group I semifinal against Emerson High School, the team lost in the Group I State Finals to Pitman High School 5-0, finishing the season with a record of 20-4.
The softball team were North II Group I sectional champions in 2010 with a 13-2 win against Hoboken High School. In 2011, the team won the North II Group I title with an 8-0 shutout in the championship game against New Providence High School, but lost to New Egypt High School in the Group I State finals by a score of 9-2.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Christoper N. Kelly, Principal
- Joe Righetti (born 1947), former NFL defensive tackle who played two seasons with the Cleveland Browns.
- School data for Whippany Park High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Whippany Park High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 21, 2015.
- Hanover Park Regional High School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 31, 2015. "The Hanover Park Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools. Hanover Park High School is located in East Hanover, receives students from East Hanover and Florham Park, and has an enrollment of 855 students. Whippany High School is located in Hanover Township, receives students from Hanover Township and has an enrollment of 714 students."
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- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
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- Staff. "HADDONFIELD LOSES STATE TITLE ON FLUKE GOAL IN SECOND OT", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 1988. Accessed October 19, 2011. "It just worked out that way. Ferentinos' bizarre goal - a corner kick that curved into the net with 7 minutes, 43 seconds left in the second overtime - gave Whippany Park a 1-0 win over Haddonfield in the Group 1 state final at Trenton State College."
- Narducci, Marc. "Schalick boys share state Group 1 title after scoreless tie", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2001. Accessed October 19, 2011. "There were long faces, tears, and a genuine lack of enthusiasm by the Schalick boys' soccer team yesterday, moments after a scoreless tie against Whippany Park in the state Group 1 championship game at Kean University."
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 21, 2017.
- 2003 NJSIAA Group 1 Boys' Soccer State Tournament - NJSIAA, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 29, 2007.
- 2004 Girls Soccer - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2007.
- 2004 Girls Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2007.
- Reilly, Sean. "Softball season preview, 2011", The Star-Ledger, April 1, 2011. Accessed May 15, 2012. "On paper, this is the most dominant Group 1 team since the Whippany Park squads that won a state-record 75 consecutive games in the early 1990s."
- History of The NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 21, 2015.
- Teodoro, Nick. "Ice Hockey: Panthers Ice Hockey Falls In OT Thriller of Haas Cup Finals", Suburban Trends, February 27, 2012. Accessed May 15, 2012. "With six minutes remaining and clinging to a 2-1 lead the Pequannock ice hockey team could taste a Haas Cup Championship, but much like their previous semifinal victory Park Regional proved their resilience scoring with 5:28 remaining in regulation and going on to eventually win in overtime over the Panthers for their second consecutive Haas Cup Championship."
- Breeman, Dan. "Park Regional wins Haas Cup", Daily Record (Morristown), February 19, 2016. Accessed June 5, 2016. "After an up-and-down season that saw Park Regional struggle through a seven-game losing streak in December before finding its skating legs, the Haas Division regular-season champions claimed their seventh Haas Cup title on Friday night when they skated past Vernon, 4-2, at Mennen Arena."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 21, 2015.
- 2015 NJSIAA Field Hockey Tournament of Champions Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 5, 2015.
- Staff. "Whippany Park 6, High Tech 5", The Star-Ledger, May 28, 2010. Accessed October 19, 2011. "Gary Falkman's RBI single in the bottom of the eighth inning gave Whippany Park a 6-5 victory over High Tech in the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 final yesterday in Whippany."
- Anastasia, Phil. "only to lose in the Group I State Finals to Pitman High School 5-0.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 5, 2010. Accessed October 19, 2011. "But one thing was typical for the Pitman Panthers in the Group 1 state baseball championship game: the superb pitching of Steve Schuler.The senior lefthander worked a complete game, allowing seven hits with 13 strikeouts, as Pitman beat Whippany Park, 5-0, Saturday at Toms River East."
- Staff. "Whippany Park 13, Hoboken 2 (High school Softball scores and results)", The Star-Ledger, May 27, 2010. Accessed March 3, 2012. "Casey Reggiani pitched a six-hitter and also went 2-for-3 with a solo home run when Whippany Park defeated Hoboken, 13-2, for the championship of the NJSIAA/Blue Ribbon Awards North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament yesterday in Hoboken."
- Reilly, Sean. "New Providence (0) at Whippany Park (8), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 - Softball", The Star-Ledger, June 2, 2011. Accessed March 3, 2012. "The game had ended and the sectional championship was secured, so the Whippany Park players posed for a team picture after they had defeated New Providence, 8-0, in the final of the NJSIAA/Blue Ribbon Awards North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 tournament yesterday in Whippany."
- Reilly, Sean. "New Egypt (9) at Whippany Park (2), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Final Round, Group 1 - Softball", The Star-Ledger, June 12, 2011. Accessed March 3, 2012. "Consider it more than done after yesterday's 9-2 triumph over Whippany Park in the final of the NJSIAA/Blue Ribbon Awards Group 1 tournament at Toms River North.... And the most heralded New Egypt senior of all, Lehigh-bound pitcher Emily Bausher, fired a one-hitter with 13 strikeouts and four walks as the Ocean County team (25-3), ranked 12th in The Star-Ledger, won its second straight title and third overall with the victory. Whippany Park (22-4) was bidding to win its seventh state group title."
- School Profile, Whippany Park High School. Accessed November 20, 2015.
- St. John, Allen. "The Star Next Door: Rosemarie DeWitt's ability to bring depth to supporting roles in Rachel Getting Married and United States of Tara has thrust her into the limelight.", New Jersey Monthly, June 15, 2010. Accessed February 23, 2011. "As a child DeWitt lived in Hanover Township and attended Whippany Park High School."
- Staff. "Joe Righetti To Be Honored", Cleveland Browns Alumni Newsletter, Spring 2008. Accessed May 5, 2015. "Joe currently resides in Randolph, (NJ) with his wife, Rachael. He has two sons, Jonathon and James. He currently teaches high school at Whippany Park High School in New Jersey."