Wood-Ridge High School

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Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
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Location
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School is located in New Jersey
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School is located in the US
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
Wood-Ridge Jr/Sr High School
258 Hackensack Street
Wood-Ridge, NJ 07075
Information
Type Public
Established 1922
School district Wood-Ridge School District
Principal Russell Petrocelli
Asst. principal Joseph Sutera
Faculty 37.7 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 358[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 9.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue and
     White[2]
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Blue Devils[2]
Publication The Devil's Advocate
Website

Wood-Ridge High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in Seventh through twelfth grade from Wood-Ridge, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the third school of the Wood-Ridge School District. The school was established in 1922.

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 358 students and 37.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.5:1. There were 65 students (18.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 16 (4.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Approximately 100 public school students from Moonachie attend Wood-Ridge High School, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Moonachie School District.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 232nd-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.[4] The school had been ranked 176th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 137th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 101st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 143rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]

Athletics[edit]

The Wood-Ridge High School Blue Devils[2] compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference, which includes private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Hudson County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[8] With 279 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 117 to 478 students in that grade range.[9] Prior to the NJSIAA's realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Wood-Ridge was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL).[10]

Interscholastic programs available at the high school include:[2]

Athletic accomplishments[edit]

Baseball[edit]

  • NJC Champions - 1960, 1966, 1972 (Co-Champs)
  • Bergen County Champions - 1972
  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1981, 1987
  • Sectional Champions (North I, Group I), 1960, 1961, 1965 and 1968.[11]

Basketball (Boys)[edit]

  • State Champions (North I Group I) - 1962, 1963, 1977, 1978, 2011[12]
  • Group I State Champions - 1979 (vs. Wildwood High School)[13]
  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
  • BCSL National Champions - 2003, 2006, 2008
  • NJIC Meadowlands Champions - 2011
  • All Century Bergen County - Jimmy Hawthorne
  • All Decade (1970-1979) Bergen County - Fred Ketcho

Basketball (Girls)[edit]

  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1978, 1979

Bowling[edit]

  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2010
  • BCSL National Champions - 2005
  • BCCA Tournament Champions - 1986, 1997

Cheerleading (Competition)[edit]

  • Spirit Unlimited National Champions - 2003
  • Cheer & Dance Extreme National Grand Champions - 2005
  • Americheer International Grand Champions - 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013,2014,2015
  • Quest For the Best Champions - 2007, 2008
  • NJCDCA All-Music State Champions - 2009, 2013,2014,2015

Cross Country[edit]

  • BCSL National Champions - 1989

Football[edit]

  • State Champions (North I Group I) - 1949, 1970, 1977[14]
  • Sectional Champions - 1960, 1965
  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1972, 1977, 1986

Golf[edit]

  • BCSL Champions - 1976

Soccer (Girls)[edit]

  • BCSL National Champions - 1998, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
  • State Sectional Champions (North I Group II) - 2008 (as joint team with Hasbrouck Heights High School)[15]

Softball[edit]

  • State Champions (North I Group I) - 1976, 1977, 1983, 2010[16]
  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1975, 1976, 1978, 1979, 1981
  • BCSL National Champions - 2009

Tennis (Boys)[edit]

  • BCSL National Champions - 2004, 2005, 2009

Tennis (Girls)[edit]

  • BCSL National Champions - 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008 (Co-Champs), 2010

Track & Field (Boys)[edit]

  • State sectional champions - 2007
  • BCSL National Champions - 2008

Track & Field (Girls)[edit]

  • BCSL National Champions - 2004, 2005

Volleyball[edit]

  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1989, 1991
  • BCSL National Champions - 2007 (Co-Champs)

Wrestling[edit]

  • BCSL Olympic Champions - 1976
  • BCSL National Champions - 2003, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008
  • District 5 Champions - 1981
  • District 15 Champions - 2002, 2004, 2006, 2007
  • State Sectional (North II Group I) - 2006, 2007
  • Bergen County Champions - 2007

NJSIAA Sportsmanship Award[edit]

  • 2000-01, 2007–08

Administration[edit]

Core members of the school's administration are:[17]

  • Russell Petrocelli, Principal
  • Joseph Sutera, Assistant Principal / Athletic Director

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Wood-Ridge High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Wood-Ridge High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Gavin, John A. "Council tells district to lower student estimates", The Record (Bergen County), May 17, 2010. Accessed November 25, 2014. "The Borough Council wants the one-school district to lower estimates of how many students will attend Wood-Ridge High School, its receiving school, and predictions about how many students will be placed in special education programs outside the district.... The school had calculated that 104 students would enroll in the high school, Vaccaro said."
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 28, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2016.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  10. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  11. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 28, 2012.
  12. ^ Staff. "Cresskill (51) at Wood-Ridge (65), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2011. Accessed March 29, 2012. "Gary Whritenour dropped in three 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and Mike Gibney scored 18 as Wood-Ridge defeated Cresskill, 65-51, in the North Section 1, Group 1 final yesterday in Wood-Ridge."
  13. ^ PUBLIC SCHOOL - BOYS PAST STATE CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2012.
  14. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  15. ^ Tartaglia, Greg. "GRHS Girls Soccer: Glen Rock gives its all before falling", Glen Rock Gazette, November 20, 2009. Accessed August 28, 2012. "The Panthers (18-3) were making their second straight appearance in the North 1, Group 2 championship game, haven fallen to Hasbrouck Heights/Wood-Ridge in the 2008 finals."
  16. ^ Staff. "Wood-Ridge 4, Saddle Brook 2 (High school Softball scores and results)", The Star-Ledger, May 27, 2010. Accessed March 29, 2012. "Danielle Natoli hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Taylor Timpson drove in Keri Focarino in the sixth to propel Wood-Ridge past Saddle Brook, 4-2, in the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 final in Saddle Brook."
  17. ^ Administration, Wood-Ridge High School. Accessed June 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Feldberg, Robert. "Bergen County native shares role with deaf partner in Broadway's 'Spring Awakening'", The Record (Bergen County), September 20, 2015. Accessed October 18, 2015. "Theater is a collaborative art, but rarely do actors form a partnership as unusual as the one created by Alex Boniello, who was raised in Wood-Ridge, and Daniel N. Durant.... Boniello, who got the acting bug at Wood-Ridge High School before going on to study drama at Wagner College, joined the cast after the production had gotten under way in its Los Angeles debut, so, he said, he had to quickly play catch-up."
  19. ^ Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 258. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed December 14, 2016. "Senator Connors was born in Jersey City April 11, 1929. A graduate of Wood-Ridge High School, he served in the Air Force from 1947 to 1949."
  20. ^ Sloan, Patricia Helbig; and Cassidy, Catherine. 'Wood-Ridge, p. 118. Arcadia Publishing, 2004. ISBN 9780738535562. Accessed January 25, 2017. "John Molinelli was raised in Wood-Ridge. He graduated from Assumption School and Wood-Ridge High School and went on to Rutgers University and New York University Law School."

External links[edit]

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