Pompton Lakes High School

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Pompton Lakes High School
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PLHS on Commencement Day, 2008
Pompton Lakes High School is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Pompton Lakes High School
Pompton Lakes High School
Pompton Lakes High School is located in New Jersey
Pompton Lakes High School
Pompton Lakes High School
Pompton Lakes High School is located in the US
Pompton Lakes High School
Pompton Lakes High School
44 Lakeside Avenue
Pompton Lakes, NJ 07442

United States
Coordinates 41°00′17″N 74°17′24″W / 41.004822°N 74.289902°W / 41.004822; -74.289902Coordinates: 41°00′17″N 74°17′24″W / 41.004822°N 74.289902°W / 41.004822; -74.289902
Type Public high school
Motto "Pride and Tradition"
Established 1933
School district Pompton Lakes School District
Principal Vincent Przybylinski Jr.
Asst. principal Anthony Mattera
Faculty 52.0 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 646 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 12.4:1[1]
Color(s)      Red and
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Cardinals[2]
Publication The Cardinal
Yearbook Pioneer

Pompton Lakes High School (PLHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school in the borough of Pompton Lakes in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Pompton Lakes School District. The school serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Pompton Lakes and Riverdale, in neighboring Morris County, whose students attend as part of a sending/receiving relationship.[3][4][5][6] The high school is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[citation needed]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 646 students and 52.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.4:1. There were 82 students (12.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 14 (2.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The school mascot is the Cardinal.[2] The actual structure of the building displays a classic colonial revival exterior, a product of the New Deal Era. The building was constructed in 1932 and was opened to students in September 1933.[5]

Awards, recognition and rankings

During the 1986-87 school year, Pompton Lakes High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[7] the highest award an American school can receive.[8][9]

The school was the 153rd-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.[10] The school had been ranked 85th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 173rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[11] The magazine ranked the school 156th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[12] The school was ranked 188th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[13] Schooldigger.com ranked the school as 127th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 2 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).[14]


Built in 1932 in Colonial Revival style, the High School opened to students in September of that year and graduated its first class the following June. Students from Pompton Lakes attended Butler High School before the opening of Pompton Lakes High School. At its opening in 1933, the school received students from Wayne, Oakland, and Midland Park as well as Pompton Lakes. Since then, the school has maintained much of its original structure, with additions of a larger library, another locker room, and an entirely new wing erected in the 1960s.[5]


Many different courses and programs are offered at Pompton Lakes High School, including: Physical Education, Independent Study, Teacher Aide, Language Arts Literacy (including elective courses), Social Studies (including elective courses), Science (including elective courses), Mathematics, World Languages (Spanish, French, German), Business/Technology, Industrial/Technology, Family and Consumer Sciences, Art, and Music.

Advanced Placement (AP) courses offered include AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP United States History, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Spanish Language, AP German Language, AP French Language


There are many different clubs that students can participate in at Pompton Lakes High School, including: Assembly Planning Committee, Environmental Club, FBLA, Health Careers Club, Interact, Marching Band, Spring Musical, National Honor Society, Peer Helpers, Performing Arts Club, Student Council, Student Movement Against Cancer (SMAC), Student Opportunities for Academic Recognition (SOAR), Yearbook, Varsity Club, and Zonta club.


The Pompton Lakes High School Cardinals[2] compete as part of the 37-member North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), which comprises private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15] With 515 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 495 to 761 students in that grade range.[16] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Pompton Lakes was part of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).[17]

Boys sports offered include: football, soccer, cross country, basketball, wrestling, fencing, bowling, winter track, baseball, spring track and tennis. Girls sports include field hockey, soccer, cross country, tennis, basketball, fencing, winter track, bowling, softball and spring track.[2]

The field hockey team won the North I Group II state sectional championship in 1975, 1977 and 1997-1999, the North I Group I title in 1986-1988, 1991 and 2008-2010, and won the North I / II Group I title in 1993; the team won the Group II state championship in 1999, defeating Collingswood High School in the final game of the tournament.[18]

The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group I state sectional title in 1982, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2013 and won the North I Group II state sectional title in 1997.[19] The 1998 boys football team were the North I, Group II state football champions, beating Westwood Regional High School 7-6 on a snowy field.[20] In the fall of 2005, the Football and Boys Soccer teams advanced all the way in their respective playoffs, both bringing home state championships. The football team won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North I, Group I title, defeating Hasbrouck Heights High School 27-7 in the final.[21][22] The team won the North I Group I state title in 2011 and 2012 with a win over Glen Rock High School and Cedar Grove High School, respectively.[23]

The boys' soccer team won the Group II state championship in 1996 (vs. Somerville High School) and won the Group I title in 2005 (vs. Bordentown Regional High School).[24] The 1996 boys' soccer team were league and state champions with an overall record of 23-1. The team's only loss was in the final of the Passaic County tournament to Paterson's John F. Kennedy High School.[citation needed]

The 2001 boys' tennis team won the North I, Group II over Rutherford High School 3½-1½ in the tournament final.[25]

In 2001, the softball team won the North I, Group II sectional championship, edging Mahwah High School 1-0.[26] The team repeated in 2002, again winning by a 1-0 score in the final, this time over top-seeded Hawthorne High School, their first sectional championship since their win in 2002.[27] The 2007 team won the title, with a 4-1 win vs. Saddle Brook High School.[28][29] The 2008 team repeated the North I, Group I title, defeating Park Ridge High School 8-3 in the tournament final.[30][31]

The boys' track and field team won the 2006 and 2007 North I, Group I state sectional championships tying Hasbrouck Heights High School in 2006 and winning outright with 65 points in 2007.[32]

The girls' tennis team won the 2007 North I, Group I state sectional championship with a 4-1 win over New Milford High School.[33] The win was the team's first ever state sectional title.[34]

The field hockey team is a perennial power in northern New Jersey. The Cardinals have won the Passaic County title 14 times,[35] most recently in 2008 when they beat Wayne Hills High School 1-0 in the final.[36] Pompton Lakes also won three consecutive sectional titles from 2008–2010, defeating Boonton High School 2-1 in the 2010 final.[37]

The school also has a marching band and color guard which competes in USSBA competitions. The Cardinal Marching Band has been a part of PLHS sincethe 1930s, with up to 100 students participating.


Core members of the school's administration are:[38]

  • Vincent Przybylinski Jr., Principal
  • Anthony Mattera, Assistant Principal

In popular culture

Selected for its "beautiful auditorium, a great gymnasium" and other aesthetic qualities, the high school was used extensively as a filming location for the 1997 movie In & Out starring Kevin Kline.[39] Many different classrooms and facilities were used as the set for the movie, as well as many students were used as extras.[40]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Pompton Lakes High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Pompton Lakes High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  3. ^ Pompton Lakes High School 2016-17 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 20, 2018. "Part of the #1 safest district in the state and #4 safest district in America as ranked by niche.com, PLHS serves both the boroughs of Pompton Lakes and Riverdale. PLHS also hosts some students from other neighboring towns through the state's Interdistrict Public School Choice Program as well as the school's reputable life skills program for students with autism and other disabilities."
  4. ^ Superintendent's Welcome, Pompton Lakes School District. Accessed June 1, 2016. "Pompton Lakes enjoys a sending-receiving relationship with the borough of Riverdale; these students attend Pompton Lakes High School."
  5. ^ a b c Pompton Lakes Information and Reference Calendar '07-'08, Pompton Lakes, New Jersey. Accessed November 23, 2014. "Pompton Lakes High School initially received students from Oakland, Wayne and Midland Park. Currently, there is a receiving district relationship between Pompton Lakes and Riverdale students."
  6. ^ Laplaca, Bryan. "Back in the Day: Saddened by Pompton/Riverdale rift", Suburban Trends, July 18, 2010. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Tensions between Riverdale and Pompton Lakes concerning their sending/receiving contract for Pompton Lakes High School are nothing new."
  7. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), accessed May 11, 2006.
  8. ^ Staff. "CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department", Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  9. ^ Staff. "Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test", The Washington Post, September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  10. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  11. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 19, 2012.
  12. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 24, 2011.
  13. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  14. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 13, 2012.
  15. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  16. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  17. ^ 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 23, 2014.
  18. ^ History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 18, 2017.
  19. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  20. ^ Staff. "STATE-BY-STATE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF RESULTS", USA Today, December 8, 1997. Accessed February 14, 2012. "II: Pompton Lakes (9-2) d. Westwood (8-3) 7-6"
  21. ^ Czerwinski, Mark J. "Missed chances doomed Heights", The Record (Bergen County), December 4, 2005. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Hasbrouck Heights simply couldn't put its signature on Saturday's North 1, Group 1 title game. 'The ball didn't bounce our way,' senior running back Jeff Seidel said after the 27-7 loss to Pompton Lakes at Giants Stadium."
  22. ^ 2005 Football - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 3, 2007.
  23. ^ Idec, Keith. "Football: Pompton runs past Glen Rock to North 1, Group 1 title", The Record (Bergen County), December 2, 2011. Accessed February 14, 2012. "Moments earlier, the top-seeded Cardinals shut out third-seeded Glen Rock, 20-0, to win the North 1, Group 1 championship at MetLife Stadium. Led by senior tailback Nieko Torres, who rushed for 195 yards and two touchdowns on 35 carries, and a dominant defense, Pompton Lakes won its fourth sectional title, its first since 2005."
  24. ^ 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 18, 2017.
  25. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Boys Team Tennis - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 3, 2007.
  26. ^ 2001 NJSIAA Softball - North I, Group II, accessed May 3, 2007.
  27. ^ 2002 Softball Tournament - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 3, 2007.
  28. ^ Stapleton, Art. "Pompton Lakes finally beats Saddle Brook", The Record (Bergen County), June 1, 2007. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Pompton Lakes junior Chelsea Ott began pacing around the pitcher's circle the moment the softball finally landed beyond the left field fence in the sixth inning of Tuesday's North 1, Group 1 final.... Ott did just that, striking out the next batter before retiring the side in the seventh to seal Pompton Lakes' 4-1 victory over Saddle Brook for its first sectional championship since 2002."
  29. ^ 2007 Softball - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  30. ^ 2008 Softball Tournament - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 28, 2008.
  31. ^ "Pompton Lakes 8, Park Ridge 3", The Star-Ledger, May 29, 2008. Accessed June 30, 2008.
  32. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Pompton Lakes wins outright", The Record (Bergen County), May 27, 2007. Accessed June 6, 2016.
  33. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  34. ^ Pompton Lakes captures crown, The Star-Ledger, October 13, 2007. Accessed October 25, 2007. "Pompton Lakes took home its first sectional crown, defeating New Milford, 4-1, in the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger North Jersey, Section 1, Group 1 championship yesterday at Northern Highlands in Allendale."
  35. ^ "Passaic County Coaches Association Field Hockey", accessed January 27, 2011.
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  38. ^ Leadership Team, Pompton Lakes High School. Accessed June 1, 2016.
  39. ^ Ferguson, Lauren Kidd. "Pompton Lakes Remembers When Debbie Reynolds Came To Town", Teaneck Daily Voice, December 30, 2016. Accessed December 31, 2016. "The late actress — who died Dec. 28, just a day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher — visited Pompton Lakes High School when it was transformed into the fictional Greenleaf High School for the filming of the movie, In & Out....'It has a beautiful auditorium, a great gymnasium, and a wonderful English classroom with a small proscenium stage,' Joe Iberti, the location manager for the production, told The Record at the time."
  40. ^ Scott, Leslie. "Pompton Lakes High School graduate films movie at alma mater", Suburban Trends, April 8, 2013. Accessed June 30, 2016. " The 1997 movie In & Out, starring Kevin Kline was also filmed at the high school."
  41. ^ Barry, Jan. "AUTHOR REVISITS SCENE OF NOVEL -- TELLS STUDENTS DREAMS CAN COME TRUE", The Record (Bergen County), December 12, 2000. Accessed August 14, 2007. "Cathy Bauer couldn't wait to graduate from Pompton Lakes High and get out into the world."
  42. ^ a b Jackson, Kenneth T. "Elgart, Les(ter) Elliot" in The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives, p. 147. Gale, 2000. ISBN 9780684806440. Accessed September 3, 2017. "During the 1930s the family moved several times, finally settling in Pompton Lakes, New Jersey, where the brothers attended Pompton Lakes High School."
  43. ^ Fox, Ron. "WHERE'S WHAT'S-HIS-NAME", The Record (Bergen County), May 1, 1993. Accessed August 13, 2008. "At Pompton Lakes High School, Charlie Getty was All-State in football and track, and a State bronze medalist in wrestling."
  44. ^ Leichman, Abigail Klein. "Patty Shwartz: From Hebrew school to federal bench; Obama's nod for 3rd circuit called 'awesomely hardworking'", Jewish Standard, December 23, 2011. Accessed October 16, 2017. "Shwartz was a cheerleader at Pompton Lakes High School."
  45. ^ Graziano, Dan. "N.J. native Michael Weiner in line to become head of MLBPA" Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine., NewJerseyNewsroom.com, June 26, 2009. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Weiner's New Jersey roots run deep. He was born on Dec. 21, 1961 in Paterson, where his mother and father were raised and went to high school. The family moved to Pompton Lakes when Weiner was two years old, and he went to high school there."

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