|New Brunswick High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||New Brunswick Public Schools|
|Vice principals||Rene Edghill-Smith|
|Enrollment||1,845 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.2:1|
|Color(s)|| Navy Blue |
|Athletics conference||Greater Middlesex Conference|
New Brunswick High School (NBHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in New Brunswick, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the main secondary school of the New Brunswick Public Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,845 students and 150.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 704 students (38.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was the 287th-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. The school had been ranked 293rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 282nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 303rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 302nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The first dedicated high school facility in New Brunswick, known as Livingston Avenue High School, was built in 1875 on the Livingston Avenue property where Roosevelt Elementary School currently stands. Previously, the "high school department" took up the second and third floors of the Bayard Street School, and the New Brunswick's first graduating high school class was in July 1869.
The second high school facility was completed in 1916, and contained 30 classrooms and an 800-seat auditorium. A new gymnasium was built as part of an addition in 1941, and another addition was built in 1945. This facility was repurposed as A. Chester Redshaw Elementary School following the construction of the current high school facility. Redshaw Elementary was closed in 2005 and demolished in 2006, and a new elementary school is planned for the site.
The next facility was located on Livingston Avenue, near the North Brunswick Township border, and was completed in 1964. The 166,000-square-foot (15,400 m²) facility contains 67 classrooms (including dedicated classrooms for music and industrial arts classes), a gymnasium, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a library, and office space. The school was originally built to hold 1,200 students, and overcrowding necessitated the use of modular classrooms.
The North Brunswick Township Public Schools had sent students to New Brunswick High School until North Brunswick Township High School was completed in 1973 at a cost of $10 million and had been opened to the district's students in grades seven through nine. The New Brunswick Public Schools sought to prevent the shift of 280 students who would have attended high school in New Brunswick from attending the new facility, arguing that the withdrawal of the almost entirely white students from North Brunswick and Milltown would leave the New Brunswick school with an overwhelmingly black student body.
The current high school building opened in January 2010. The 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m²) facility, constructed at a cost of $185 million, is located on Route 27. The previous high school building was converted into a middle school for grades 6 through 8, to open in September 2010.
The Class of 2014 had a 63% graduation rate.
As of 2013-14 school year, the school's population was 82.6% Hispanic, 15.9% African-American, 0.7% were Asian / Pacific Islander, 0.7% were White. Among students, 51.5% speak English as their first language at home, while 48.1% speak Spanish; 17.0% of students had a disability, 86.2% were economically disadvantaged and 10.6% of students had limited English proficiency.
The New Brunswick High School Zebras compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC), which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,393 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.
Interscholastic athletic programs offered by NBHS include football, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, cross country, tennis, golf, bowling, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The school's mascot is the zebra. The school's athletic facilities include a gymnasium, a football stadium (Memorial Stadium), baseball diamonds and a running track.
The boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1930 against Union Hill High School, in 1938 against West New York Memorial and in 1944 defeated Camden High School in the tournament final, in addition to a Group I title in 1984 vs. Mahwah High School.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2003 and the North II Group III title in 2006.
NBHS currently offers a significant variety of extracurricular activities for students, including over 40 clubs, and nearly 20 student organizations. There are clubs devoted to languages and cultures, academic fields, sports, fitness, music, art, computers, and other interests and skills. Student organizations include chapters of the National Honor Society, the Key Club, and the International Thespian Society, as well as a student council, a school newspaper, and groups that design the school's yearbook and Spectrum Literary & Art Magazine. NBHS also offers the U.S. Army JROTC program as an elective.
NBHS offers courses and clubs focusing on various aspects of theatre arts, including music and acting. In the spring of 2002, participants in these groups, as well as several art-related classes, became involved in the school's first musical theatre presentation in years - a production of Once on This Island, which was followed by West Side Story the next year. Since then, NBHS has put together productions of such shows as A Chorus Line, Grease, Seussical the Musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Wiz, High School Musical, Footloose, Two By Two, Little Shop of Horrors, The Apple Tree, In the Heights, They're Playing Our Song, Putting It Together, Hello, Dolly! and The Fantasticks.
In 2008, the theatre program added a fall play each season in addition to the spring musical. Play productions have included A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet Too!, Dracula, Oedipus Rex, The Tempest, Twelve Angry Jurors, Gallery of One-Act Plays, Blinders, Project Othello, Almost, Maine and State of Independence, a collection of student-written plays.
The Theatre Program regularly has participated in residencies and talks with many professional arts organizations, including CoLAB Arts, McCarter Theatre, Spotlight on Festivals, State Theatre (New Brunswick, New Jersey), Arts Across America, George Street Playhouse, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and TADA! Youth Theater.
In addition to these activities, the theatre program currently collaborates with other NBHS teachers and students (of Dance, Television Production and Fine Arts) to curate the Annual Festival of the Arts and the Annual Themed Institute Project.
Core members of the school's administration are: