Hoboken Junior Senior High School

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Hoboken Junior Senior High School
9th and Clinton Streets
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Type Public high school
Opened 1962[1]
School district Hoboken Public Schools
Principal Robin Piccapietra
Faculty 54.0 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 7 - 12
Enrollment 592[2] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 10.96:1[2]
Color(s) Red and White
Athletics conference Hudson County Interscholastic League
Team name Redwings

Hoboken Junior Senior High School is a six-year comprehensive public high school serving students in seventh through twelfth grades, located in Hoboken, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Hoboken Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[3] Since the 2013-14 school year, the school has operated as a combined junior-senior high school.[4] As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 592 students in grades 8-12 and 54.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.96:1. There were 411 students (69.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 68 (11.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Hoboken High School has been an IB World School since August 1994, offering students the IB Diploma Programme.[5]


The current Hoboken High School was built in 1962.[1] Prior to that time, A. J. Demarest High School, dedicated in the autumn of 1911, served as the city's high school.[6] When the current high school was built, Demarest became a junior high school serving grades 8-9, and it is currently a vocational high school.[citation needed]

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 274th-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 298th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 187th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 139th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 260th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. The September 2008 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine noted Hoboken High School as the second most improved high school in the state, having jumped from 260 in 2006 to 139 in 2008.[10] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 327th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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]

In the early 2011 Rachel Grygiel, a Social Studies teacher at HHS, was honored as an "exceptional" secondary school teacher by Princeton University. An alumnus of Georgetown University and St. Peter's Graduate School, Grygiel was recognized along with three other teachers throughout the entire state.[12]

Student body

As for the 2012-13 school year, the student body of the school is 63.7% Hispanic, 20.4% Black, 14% White and 1.9% Asian.[13]


The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program was a comprehensive and rigorous two-year curriculum for juniors and seniors, in which students are prepared for rigorous examinations offered at the end of the year. As an international program, the IB offers a common experience for students around the world. IB courses are college preparatory courses within high schools complete with the expectations of increased reading and oral and written reports. The final exams are evaluated by a panel of professors from around the world who are experts in their respective fields. Courses involve an internal assessment factor requiring teachers to submit essays and student tapes for grading to external examiners. As of the 2011-12 school year, the school has begun a transition from IB to a program based on Advanced Placement courses.[14]

Students are also able to select from a variety of classes that would not otherwise be available or to complete advanced coursework beyond what is offered at the high school through the Virtual High School Collaborative.[15]

Extracurricular activities


Hoboken High School offers over 24 athletic programs with over 30% student participation. The Hoboken High School Redwings compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[16] With 329 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 61 to 478 students in that grade range.[17]


  • Football: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman
  • Boys' Soccer: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls' Soccer: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls' Tennis: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls' Volleyball: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Cross Country Track: Varsity
  • Cheerleading: Varsity
  • Strutters: Varsity


  • Boys' Basketball: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman
  • Girls' Basketball: Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Swimming: Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Bowling: Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Indoor Track: Varsity
  • Cheerleading: Varsity
  • Strutters: Varsity


  • Baseball: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Softball: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys' Tennis: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys' Outdoor Track: Varsity
  • Girls' Outdoor Track: Varsity

The football team won the NJSIAA state sectional championships in North I Group III in 1980, 1994–96 and again in 1998-99, and won the sectional title in North II Group I in 2005, 2012-2013.[18] The 1998 football team won the state sectional title over Wayne Hills High School with a 14-7 win in the tournament final at Giants Stadium. The win was the team's fourth title in five years. From 1995 to 1998, the team went 50-1, their only loss coming in 1997 in overtime against Ramapo High School.[19] The 2005 football team won the North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 21-6 win over Verona High School.[20] The football team won back-to-back North II, Group I State sectional titles, beating Roselle Park High School 39-9 in 2012,[21] and edging Malcolm X Shabazz High School 13-7 in 2013.[22]

The softball team won the North II, Group I sectional title in 2007, edging Secaucus High School 8-7 in 14 innings in the tournament final.[23][24] The baseball team matched the feat, earning the North II, Group I title with a 5-4 win against Lyndhurst High School.[25][26]

Theater and drama

Hoboken High School's Musical Theatre and Drama program began in 1997 with the school's production of The Wiz (which was later revived by the high school in 2007) and has since produced popular shows such as Fiddler On The Roof, Once On This Island, West Side Story, Aida and Hairspray.[27]

Under the leadership of theater director Paula O'Haus, students in the program earned numerous Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, STANj Governor’s Awards and were profiled by The New York Times.[28]

Harvard Model Congress

Hoboken High School participates in Harvard Model Congress, an annual four-day congressional simulation conference in which students, assuming the role of specific U.S. congressmen and other government, debate and enact legislation, in order to gain the experience of how government works.[29][30]


  • African American Club
  • Agape Club
  • Computer Club
  • Drama Club
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Environmental Science Club
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance Club
  • Harvard Model Congress
  • Hispanic Culture Club
  • Italian Club
  • CREATE literary magazine[31]
  • Math Club
  • Model United Nations
  • National Honor Society
  • Rebel Club
  • Science Fair
  • School Newspaper
  • Outdoor/Sierra Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Senior Class Club
  • Junior Class Club
  • Sophomore Class Club
  • Freshman Class Club


  • Robin Piccapietra, Principal[32]
  • Anna Gullo, Vice Principal[32]

Notable alumni


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  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 School Data for Hoboken High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 11, 2015.
  3. "Hoboken High School". Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 1, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2015.
  4. Moses, Claire. "Seventh Grade to Move into the High School; After months of discussion, the district is switching to a junior-senior high school model. As of next school year, the seventh grade will be taught at Hoboken High School.", Hoboken Patch. Accessed June 11, 2015. "As of the 2013-2014 school year, the seventh graders will move into Hoboken High School. Rather than adopting a middle school model in the district — which was discussed last year — the district will adopt a junior-senior high school model."
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  13. "State of New Jersey: 2012-13". NJ School Performance Report. Accessed February 24, 2014
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  15. "Virtual Learning Enhances High School Experience". Hoboken Board of Education. Accessed February 24, 2014.
  16. League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  17. 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  18. Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 26, 2014.
  19. Glickson, Grant "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL; Second Straight Title for Morristown". The New York Times. (December 6, 1998). Accessed December 29, 2011. "Finally, Hoboken (12-0), appearing in its fifth straight state final, outclassed Wayne Hills (11-1) by 14-7.... With last night's triumph, the Red Wings, ranked fifth in the state, secured their fourth title in five years and their 50th victory in 51 attempts. Hoboken won its first title in 1980.... The triumph appeared to help ease the pain of Hoboken's overtime loss last season to Ramapo, the only team to beat the Red Wings in four seasons."
  20. "2005 Football - North II, Group I". New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2007.
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  23. Mantzouranis, Tom "Hoboken 8 (14) Secaucus 7 NJSIAA Softball: Wings win it in 14th". The Jersey Journal. (June 1, 2007). "Yet inside the park, where third-seeded Hoboken was playing No. 4 Secaucus for the North 2, Group I championship, the only person who went home was the Red Wings' Ashley Classen. As Paige Peguero lilted a ball over second base, Classen broke for home, putting an end to a riveting 8-7 Hoboken victory that stretched 14 innings."
  24. 2007 Softball - North II, Group I. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  25. Mantzouranis, Tom (June 2, 2007). "HOBOKEN 5 - LYNDHURST 4: NJSIAA NORTH 2, GROUP I FINAL. Sweet sweep for Hoboken". The Jersey Journal. "Just minutes after leading the Red Wings to a 5-4 victory over Lyndhurst in the North 2, Group I championship, a game in which Inhulsen overcame a bizarre and trying start to dominate the Lyndhurst lineup, the bleached-blonde hurler offered an opinion that many at the game would vehemently disagree with."
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  27. High/Theater/Theater/Awards/ "Awards". Hoboken Board of Education. Accessed July 23, 2012.
  28. La Gorce, Tammy. "At Home on the Stage ". The New York Times. (April 3, 2009).
  29. "Harvard Model Congress". Hoboken Board of Education. Accessed July 24, 2012.
  30. "About". Harvard Model Congress. Accessed July 24, 2012.
  31. "Hoboken High's Literary Magazine Earns National Ranking". Hoboken Board of Education. Accessed February 24, 2014.
  32. 32.0 32.1 Hoboken Junior Senior High School, Hoboken Board of Education. Accessed June 11, 2015.
  33. Brennan, John "ALL-STAR EFFORTS CARRY NETS". The Record. (January 14, 1995). Accessed August 12, 2008. "Derrick Alston, a second-round draft choice by the 76ers out of Duquesne, is a Hoboken High School graduate."
  34. David Walsh, Basketball Hall of Fame. Accessed August 12, 2008.

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