Elizabeth High School (New Jersey)

Elizabeth High School (New Jersey)

name = Elizabeth High School

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established =
grades = 9 - 12
district = Elizabeth Public Schools
type = Public high school
principal = Jeffrey Roszkowski
enrollment = 5,216 (as of 2005-06)
faculty = 404.0 (on FTE basis)
ratio = 12.9
nickname = Minutemen
conference = Watchung Conference
colors = Scarlet, Black and White
publication =
location = 600 Pearl Street
Elizabeth, NJ 07202
information = 908-436-6868
website = [http://sc.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/education/school/school.php?sectionid=37&sc_id=1192728708 School website]

Elizabeth High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Elizabeth, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Elizabeth Public Schools. With over 5,200 students, it is the largest high school in New Jersey, and one of the largest single district high schools in the country. [ [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjczN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MTkmZmdiZWw3Zjd2cWVlRUV5eTcwMzI0NjcmeXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk0 Clifton High's hallway gridlock] , "The Record (Bergen County)", December 6, 2006. Accessed August 26, 2007. "Clifton High School, circa 1962, is the largest single high school in the state. Only Elizabeth High School has more students, but they are spread out over five campuses."]

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 5,216 students and 404.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.9. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&SchoolID=340459005478&ID=340459005478 Elizabeth High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 28, 2007.]

The school was the 302nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in "New Jersey Monthly" magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools". The school was ranked 287th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. [ [http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/highschoolrankings/top-new-jersey-high-schools-by-rank.html "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank"] , "New Jersey Monthly", September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.]

With over 5,216 students, Elizabeth High School is the most populated high school in the nation. [cite web|url=http://www.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/news/ehslargest/index.pdf?year=2006|date=2006|title=This school should be a city|accessdate=2006-06-25]


Elizabeth High School is composed of the following eight houses (or campuses), plus an administration building, and an indoor sports center:

*Peter B. Gold Administration Building
*Thomas Dunn Sports Center"
*William F. Halsey House
*John Dwyer House
*Thomas Jefferson House
*Sam E. Aboff House
*Thomas A. Edison vocational and technical Academy
*Upper Academy
*Lower Academy
*Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy

Main Complex

The Halsey House, Dwyer House, The Gold Administration Building, and Dunn Sports Center share one large building, forming the "Main Complex" of Elizabeth High School, most commonly known as "The Main". The Main complex holds the most students, teachers, and administrators than thee other houses in the city. The Main complex is known as the heart of Elizabeth High School.

Thomas Jefferson House

Located in front of the city hall and war monuments, The Thomas Jefferson House is the school's oldest house. First built in 1928 as an all-boys high school and named for the author of the Declaration of Independence and third president of the United States, Jefferson is now a house of Elizabeth High School and the center for the district's performing arts program.

Thomas A. Edison vocational and technical Academy

Thomas A. Edison vocational and technical Academy was originally built as Thomas Edison High School in 1935 and named for the great inventor who worked on many of his major contributions to the scientific and commercial world right here in New Jersey. The Edison Academy is the center for vocational and technical education in the city.

Williams' Field, which holds the school's football field and outdoor track field, is adjacent to the Edison House.

am E. Aboff House

The Sam E. Aboff House is the Elizabeth High School's smallest house in terms of both population and area. It is home to troublesome students and students who are excessive absent and/or tardy. It is located less than 100 yards from the main complex.

The Upper and Lower Academies

Established in 2006, it is the highest academic house in the school. The Upper and Lower Academics require a maintained 3.0 Grade Point Average. The Upper Building holds 10-12 grade students (Upper Classmen). While the Lower Building holds 9th graders (Lower Classmen). It's curriculum prepares students for Ivy League colleges and beyond. Students enrolling in these Academies take honors and AP level courses. Students are required to wear school uniforms.

You need to establish and maintain at least an 3.0 Grade point average to enroll or continue to stay in The upper and lower Academies.

Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy

Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy, the newest house, accommodating grades 9-12, bringing a total of eight houses serving the largest high school population in the United States.

The Preparatory Academy integrates a curriculum with the philosophies of the Advancement Via Individual Determination(AVID) program.

AVID is a research-based instructional model that encourages students to prepare for andparticipate in a challenging college preparatory curriculum. In addition to enrolling in honors andAP level courses, students will receive academic support through a specially designed AVIDelective taught by AVID-trained instructors. Students are required to wear schooluniforms.

You need to establish and maintain at least an 2.0 Grade point average to enroll or continue to stay in The Alexander Hamilton Preparatory Academy.

Administrative structure

Elizabeth High School has an interim principal, Jeffrey Roszkowski. [ [http://sc.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=3801&PHPSESSID=36fe6cb8782f51d0c6b3b5c611b0e898 Administration] , Elizabeth High School. Accessed July 11, 2008.] Each house has a House Director and an Assistant House Director who fills the role of Principal and Vice Principal. Dwyer House:Lydia Furnari, House DirectorAnita Champagne, Asst. House DirectorMelissa Espana, Asst. House Director Jefferson House:Deborah


The Elizabeth High School Minutemen compete in the Watchung Conference, a high school sports association under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). The conference consists of public high schools covering Essex County, Hudson County and Union County.

The football team won the 2006 North II, Group IV state sectional championships, defeating Phillipsburg High School, 14-9. [ [http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=188015&tclass=North%20II%2C%20Group%20IV 2006 Football Tournament - North II, Group IV] , NJSIAA. Accessed May 27, 2007.] The team won the 1999 North II, Group IV sectional championship with a 26-14 win over Montclair High School. [ [http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=113&tclass= North II, Group IV] , NJSIAA. Accessed May 26, 2007.]

The boys basketball team won the 2003 North II, Group IV title, topping Linden High School 77-72 in the final. [ [http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=30528&tclass=North%20II%2C%20Group%20IV 2003 Boys Basketball - North II, Group IV] , NJSIAA. Accessed May 26, 2007.]

The Elizabeth High School girls rugby team won the title of Northeast Regional Champions in June 2008. They went on to become the 7th-ranked Girls U-19 rugby team in the nation. The team only formed in 2006.Fact|date=August 2008

Here's a listing of all the sports and the seasons they're played in. Because of the many Championships won within our sports programs, Elizabeth High School is known throughout the State as "The Home of Champions". Fall Sports:-Football-Volleyball-Gymnastics-Girl's Soccer-Boy's Soccer-Girl's Tennis-Cross Country Winter Sports:-Boy's Indoor Track-Girl's Indoor Track-Girl's Basketball-Boy's Basketball-Wrestling-Bowling-Boy's Swimming-Girl's Swimming Spring Sports:-Boy's Outdoor Track-Girl's Outdoor Track-Girl's Softball-Boy's Softball-Boy's Tennis-Golf

Notable alumni

* Todd Bowles (born 1963), former NFL Defensive Back with the Washington Redskins and San Francisco 49ers. Currently, the Defensive Back Coach of the Dallas Cowboys. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=BOWLETOD01 Todd Bowles] , Database Football. Accessed September 19, 2007.]
* Rodney Carter (born 1964), former NFL Running back/3rd Down Receiver with the Pittsburgh Steelers. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=CARTEROD01 Rodney Carter] , database Football. Accessed September 19, 2007.]
* Al Catanho (born 1972), former linebacker in the NFL for the New England Patriots and the Washington Redskins. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=CATANALC01 Alcides Catanho profile] , database Football. Accessed June 10, 2007.]
* Chris Gatling (born 1967), former professional basketball player for numerous NBA teams from 1991 to 2002. [ [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/g/gatlich01.html Chris Gatling profile] , Basketball Reference.]
* Horace Jenkins (born 1974), former player in the NBA. [Coffey, Wayne. [http://www.nydailynews.com/archives/sports/2001/04/22/2001-04-22_make_room_for_daddy__horace_.html "MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY Horace Jenkins, 26, goes from William Paterson to possible NBA first-round pick"] , "New York Daily News", April 22, 2001. Accessed March 1, 2008. "It is a prodigious jump, even for someone with a 44-inch vertical leap. It is even more impressive, considering that Jenkins: Never played his senior year at Elizabeth High School"]
* Luther Wright (born 1971), former player in the NBA for the Utah Jazz. [ [http://www.basketball-reference.com/players/w/wrighlu01.html Luther Wright profile] , Basketball Reference. Accessed June 15, 2007.]



External links

* [http://www.elizabeth.k12.nj.us/schools/ehs/front.html Elizabeth High School web pages]
*NJReportCard|39|1320|0|Elizabeth Public Schools
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3404590 Data for the Elizabeth Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics

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