Wildwood High School

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This article is about the public high school in Wildwood, New Jersey. For others of a similar name, see Wild Wood High School (disambiguation).
Wildwood High School
Wildwood High School is located in Cape May County, New Jersey
Wildwood High School
Wildwood High School
Wildwood High School is located in New Jersey
Wildwood High School
Wildwood High School
Wildwood High School is located in the US
Wildwood High School
Wildwood High School
4300 Pacific Avenue
Wildwood, NJ 08260
Type Public high school
School district Wildwood Public School District
Principal Philip Schaffer
Asst. principal Travis LaFerriere
Faculty 46.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 252[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 5.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Maroon and
Athletics conference Tri-County Conference
Team name Warriors[2]

Wildwood High School is a comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Wildwood, in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Wildwood Public School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1991.[3] Students from North Wildwood, West Wildwood and Wildwood Crest attend Wildwood High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective school districts.[4]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 252 students and 46.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 5.5:1. There were 165 students (65.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 22 (8.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In September 2013, the school was one of 15 in New Jersey to be recognized by the United States Department of Education as part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, an award called the "most prestigious honor in the United States' education system" and which Education Secretary Arne Duncan described as honoring schools that "represent examples of educational excellence".[5][6]

The school was the 285th-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.[7] The school had been ranked 244th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 279th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 253rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 299th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[10] Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 321st out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 11 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]


The Wildwood High School Warriors[2] compete as a member school of the Tri-County Conference,[12] which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 182 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 182 to 473 students in that grade range.[14]

The girls basketball team won the 1991 Group I state championship vs. Cresskill High School, in 2000 vs. North Warren Regional High School and in both 2001 and 2002 against Mountain Lakes High School. The boys basketball team won the Group II state title in 1940 vs. Bogota High School and 1941 vs. Pompton Lakes High School, and won the Group I title in 1942 against Bernardsville High School, in 1961 vs. North Arlington High School and in 1964 vs. Wallington High School.[15][16]

Notable alumni[edit]


Core members of the school's administration are:[21][22]

  • Phil Schaffer, Principal
  • Travis LaFerriere, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Wildwood High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 5, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Wildwood High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Wildwood High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed December 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Wildwood High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 5, 2016. "Wildwood High School services all of the districts on the island (Wildwood, Wildwood Crest, North Wildwood and West Wildwood.)"
  5. ^ Rundquist, Jeanette. "15 N.J. schools named as national 'Blue Ribbon' winners", The Star-Ledger, September 24, 2013. Accessed September 25, 2013. "Five Catholic schools, six county vocational-technical schools and a Yeshiva are among the list of honored schools in New Jersey. Also named as 2013 Blue Ribbon Schools were Dover, Harrison and Wildwood high schools."
  6. ^ 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools All Public and Private, pp. 15-17. United States Department of Education, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. Accessed September 25, 2013.
  7. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed December 4, 2011.
  10. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  11. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 5, 2012.
  12. ^ Home page, Tri-County Conference. Accessed December 4, 2011.
  13. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  14. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  15. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  16. ^ McGarry, Michael. "BOYS HIGH SCHOOL STATE BASKETBALL PREVIEW / THREE'S COMPANY / 60 YEARS AGO, WILDWOOD BOYS WON THIRD CONSECUTIVE STATE TITLE", The Press of Atlantic City, March 10, 2002. Accessed August 5, 2007. "Wildwood defeated Bogota 34-18 to win the 1940 state Group II title. The Warriors beat Pompton Lakes 39-35 in the 1941 state Group II title game.... Senekoff did it his way, and it worked. He made both to give Wildwood a 38-37 victory and its third straight state title - a feat no other local team has matched."
  17. ^ .LeConey, Bill. "NFL FOOTBALL / WILDWOOD NATIVE HELPED JETS MAKE HISTORY 30 YEARS AGO", The Press of Atlantic City, January 31, 1999. Accessed August 5, 2007. "They knew their favorite son - a three-sport star at Wildwood High School, Class of 1962 - had made a big play for the underdog New York Jets in Super Bowl III against the Baltimore Colts."
  18. ^ Dubin, Murray. "A Journey From Songs To Seashells", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 4, 1999. Accessed May 28, 2013. "NORTH WILDWOOD, N.J. — He has worked for and with people you read about or listen to: Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Elton John, Aerosmith, Madonna, Rick Springfield and hundreds more.... Antonio Fulginiti was one of the first Italians on the island in 1900, but his grandson, Gregory, left for New York as quickly as he could, one day after his graduation from Wildwood High School in 1969."
  19. ^ via Associated Press. "Pittsburgh's Osborn Plays Three Sports", Los Angeles Times, May 31, 1987. Accessed August 10, 2016. "His friends call the Wildwood Crest, N.J., native 'The Wizard of Oz.'... Osborn won 11 varsity letters at Wildwood High before being recruited by former Pitt football coach Foge Fazio."
  20. ^ Staff. "Wildwood High School graduate Frank Vogel promoted to interim head coach of Indiana Pacers", The Press of Atlantic City, January 30, 2011. Accessed January 30, 2011. "Vogel, a 1991 Wildwood High School graduate who was promoted from assistant coach, will take over for the rest of the season."
  21. ^ Administration, Wildwood School District. Accessed December 8, 2015.
  22. ^ Cunniff, Brian. "New athletics director at Wildwood High", Shore News Today, July 1, 2015. Accessed December 8, 2015. "Phil Schaffer did such a good job in his one year as athletic director and vice principal at Wildwood High School that he needed to be replaced, since a vacancy was created due to his recent promotion to principal.... LaFerriere was approved last week as Wildwood High's new athletic director and assistant vice principal for discipline."

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