Parsippany High School

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Parsippany High School
Parsippany High School is located in Morris County, New Jersey
Parsippany High School
Parsippany High School
Parsippany High School is located in New Jersey
Parsippany High School
Parsippany High School
Parsippany High School is located in the US
Parsippany High School
Parsippany High School
309 Baldwin Road
Parsippany-Troy Hills, NJ 07054

United States
Coordinates 40°52′07″N 74°23′40″W / 40.868506°N 74.394327°W / 40.868506; -74.394327Coordinates: 40°52′07″N 74°23′40″W / 40.868506°N 74.394327°W / 40.868506; -74.394327
Type Public high school
Established 1957
School district Parsippany-Troy Hills School District
Principal Dr. Denis Mulroony
Asst. principals Keith Bush
Lisa Garofalo
Thomas Rizk
Faculty 89.6 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 943 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 10.5:1[1]
Color(s)      Red and      Gray[2]
Athletics conference Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference
Team name Redskins (1957-2000)
Redhawks (2000-present)[2]
Publication The Drumbeat

Parsippany High School (also known as PHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, one of two high schools in the township of Parsippany-Troy Hills, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Parsippany-Troy Hills School District. The school serves students in ninth through twelfth grades who live in the eastern half of Parsippany-Troy Hills. Its companion school in the district is Parsippany Hills High School, which serves the western portion of the township.[citation needed]

As of the 2015–16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 943 students and 89.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.5:1. There were 164 students (17.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 40 (4.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards and recognition

The school was the 105th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 86th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 84th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 104th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 84th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


The Parsippany High School Red Hawks[2] participate in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, which operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[7] With 709 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.[8] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had competed as part of the Iron Hills Conference, which was made up of public and private high schools in Essex County, Morris County and Union County.[9]

Interscholastic sports and activities offered at Parsippany High include football, soccer, cross-country running, marching band (in which they were the 2015 New Jersey State & National Champions), field hockey(in which they were the undefeated conference champions in 2012 and 2013, state sectional finalists 2013, county tournament semi-finalists 2013 and finalists 2012), volleyball, and cheerleading in the fall, swimming, basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, track (in which the girls were the 2004 New Jersey State Champions), and cheerleading in the winter, and baseball, softball, track (in which the girls were the 2006 New Jersey state champions), tennis, and golf in the spring. Richard Fonti is the Athletic Director.[2]

The school's mascot was originally a caricature of a Native American, and the teams were referred to as the Redskins. However, that was changed recently due to concerns that the mascot was a racist caricature, and the official mascot was changed to that of a Redhawk in 2001, based on student body nominations.[10]

The school participates in a joint ice hockey program with Parsippany Hills High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[11]

The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1999, defeating Lawrence High School in the final game of the tournament.[12]

The wrestling team won the North II Group II state sectional title in 1999 and 2000, and won the North I Group II title in 2009.[13] The team won the 2000 North II, Group III with a 29-26 win over Rahway High School in the tournament final.[14]

The school's marching band won the USBands Group IV A National Championship in 2015 with their program Cloud 9.[15]


Core members of the school's administration are:[16]

  • Dr. Denis Mulroony, Principal
  • Keith Bush, Assistant Principal
  • Lisa Garofalo, Assistant Principal
  • Thomas Rizk, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Parsippany High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Parsippany High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2016.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 26, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 2, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  8. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  9. ^ Home Page, Iron Hills Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive as of February 2, 2011. Accessed December 3, 2014.
  10. ^ Sullivan, Patrick J. "A look at Redhawks, Riptide, Sasquatch", The Leader, April 9, 2014. Accessed November 1, 2015. "High schools have changed, too: Marist High in Illinois and Parsippany High in New Jersey in 1997 and 2001, respectively, went from Redskins to Redhawks."
  11. ^ NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 18, 2018.
  12. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 12, 2017.
  13. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 12, 2017.
  14. ^ Team Wrestling - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 23, 2007.
  15. ^ "Congratulations to Our National Champions!" Archived 2016-02-01 at the Wayback Machine., USBands. Accessed January 24, 2016.
  16. ^ Contact School, Parsippany High School. Accessed October 5, 2016.
  17. ^ Epstein, Nadine (2008). "The Google Seder". Moment. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
  18. ^ Gainor, Brian. "Spicing it up", NFL Europe, April 5, 2005. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Growing up in Parsippany, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City, Clarence was an all-conference basketball player and track athlete at Parsippany High School."
  19. ^ Leave It to Jane, Accessed March 10, 2006.
  20. ^ Westhoven, William. "Parsippany native leads charge against cyber attacks", Asbury Park Press, December 29, 2014. Accessed February 22, 2018. "Kurtz, who spent much of his time in Parsippany fly fishing or playing for the Parsippany High School football team, started out as an accountant after graduating from Seton Hall University, after which he worked for firms such as Price Waterhouse."
  21. ^ Giannantonio, Christina. "Parsippany High School to induct members to hall of fame", The Star-Ledger, January 29, 2017. Accessed December 5, 2018. "Fei-Fei Li, '95. Li earned a BA in physics at Princeton University and an MS and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the California Institute of Technology."
  22. ^ 2017 Hall of Fame Induction, Parsippany High School. Accessed December 5, 2018.
  23. ^ a b Taveras, Danny. "Classroom a thrill for teacher: Students say Caprio gives and receives respect, offers encouragement", Daily Record (Morristown), November 9, 2004. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Caprio fondly recalls some of his former students who achieved success in the world of sports -- Joe Orsulak, the former professional baseball player, and Johnnie Morant, a recent graduate who is now a rookie playing football for the Oakland Raiders. 'My most famous student is Richie Zisk,' he says of the former professional baseball player."
  24. ^ Paul Mirabella player profile, accessed May 14, 2007.
  25. ^ Astronaut Bio: Garrett E. Reisman, NASA. Accessed May 14, 2007. "Education: Parsippany High School, Parsippany, New Jersey, 1986."

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