- For the high school in Allentown, Pennsylvania known as Allentown High School from 1858-1960, see William Allen High School.
|Allentown High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Upper Freehold Regional School District|
|Principal||Constance DeNicola Embley|
|Vice principals||Brandon Crosby|
|Enrollment||1,275 (as of 2016-17)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.6:1|
|Color(s)|| Red and|
|Athletics conference||Colonial Valley Conference|
Allentown High School is a public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from three communities in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Upper Freehold Regional School District. The school serves students from Allentown Borough and Upper Freehold Township. Millstone Township sends students to the High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1959.
As of the 2016-17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,275 students and 94.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.6:1. There were 76 students (6.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 46 (3.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program at Allentown High School, having been approved on November 2, 1999, as one of the first ten districts statewide to participate in the program. Seats in the program for non-resident students are specified by the district and are allocated by lottery, with tuition paid for participating students by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Students from Plumsted Township had attended the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Plumsted Township School District prior to the passage of a referendum under which New Egypt High School was opened in September 2001 with an initial class of 100 students in ninth grade.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 125th-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 135th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 82nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 90th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was also ranked 103rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 175th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 37 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (81.1%) and language arts literacy (92.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 226th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 36th among all high schools in New Jersey and 19th among the state's non-magnet schools.
The Allentown High School Redbirds compete in the Colonial Valley Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Mercer County, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 958 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Patriot Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as Central Jersey Group IV for football for 2017-18.
The school participates in joint ice hockey and boys' / girls' swimming programs in partnership with Robbinsville High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2018-19 school year.
The girls' field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1997, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2013. The team was Group II co-champion in 1997 with West Essex High School. The 2003 field hockey won the Central, Group II sectional championship, edging Shore Regional High School 3-2 in the tournament final. The 2004 team repeated the championship, defeating Cinnaminson High School 2-0.
In 2006, the girls' softball won the Central, Group II sectional championship over John F. Kennedy Memorial High School, by a 3-0 final score. The team moved on to win the NJSIAA Group II state championship, topping Pascack Valley High School 11-1.
The 2010 football team won their first division title, their record was 6-4. Their biggest win in school history at the time, which also happened in this season, came from defeating Trenton Central High School, the final score was 74-44. In 2015, the football team broke the school record for points in a game, defeating West Windsor-Plainsboro High School North by 81-56, in a game in which quarterback Jordan Winston had 354 rushing yards on 24 carries, and went 4 for 6 for 93 yards. In 2016 the team won the program's first championship, winning the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional title with a 41-6 win against Brick Township High School in the tournament final.
In 2017, the girls' soccer team went 22-1, winning the Central, Group III title over Toms River High School East by a score of 2-1. They then went on to win the Group III state title over Middletown High School South with a score of 2-1. These state titles are the first and only in the girls' soccer program at the high school. The team was also named Area Team of the Year by NJ.com. Nine players were honored with All-CVC awards, four with All-Area awards, and two with All-State awards.
The classes feature block scheduling. The third block is split into four lunch periods.
After paying a fee, eleventh and twelfth grade students are given the privilege to drive their cars to school and park in assigned spots. Twelfth grade students park in the parking lot at the back of the school, while eleventh grade students park their cars at the adjoining Byron Johnson Recreation Area parking lot.
The Allentown High School marching band has received recognition over the years, including winners of the 2000, 2003, 2008 and 2009 USSBA marching band All-State Finals competitions. The percussion section of the band has won the award for Best Percussion at All-State Finals in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, and 2015. The band has gone on to winning many other awards and appearances, such as the St. Patrick's Day Parade on New York City's Fifth Avenue. The band enjoyed back-to-back victories in New York in 1990 and 1991, then five in a row from 1999-2003. Meanwhile, the band repeated their performance in Philadelphia's parade, winning in 1990-93, 1999–2000, and 2005-06.
FIRST Robotics Team
Allentown High School is home to FIRST Robotics FRC Team 1807, Redbird Robotics. Since its rookie year in 2006, Redbird Robotics has accepted such honors as the 2006 New Jersey Star Award, the 2007 Regional Motorola Quality Award, and the 2009 New York City Regional Underwriters Laboratory Safety Award and Regional Champion. The team also qualified for and attended the 2006 and 2009 FIRST Robotics Championships in Atlanta. In the winter of 2017, Redbird Robotics won the FIRST Robotics Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition. As a result, the team moved forward to the World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Constance DeNicola Embley, Principal
- Brandon Crosby, Vice Principal
- Lynn Folino, Vice Principal
- Irwin Lachman (born 1930), one of the inventors of the catalytic converter.
- Ross Scheuerman (born 1993), running back for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League.
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- Vosseller, Bob. "NHS receives high praise for curriculum", The New Egypt Press, September 14, 1999. Accessed August 12, 2014. "History will be made this week when 100 ninth-graders enter the New Egypt high School marking its inaugural class. Two years ago Plumsted Township voters in a strong majority vote withdrew from Allentown High School in the Upper Freehold Regional School District through a referendum vote."
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- Holcombe, Mike. "Allentown knocks off West Windsor North, 81-56, in wild shootout", The Trentonian, September 18, 2015. Accessed December 9, 2016. "It is said that defense wins football games but defense was nowhere in sight Friday night as Allentown ran wild over West Windsor-Plainsboro North, 81-56.... Winston was good for six of those touchdowns, collecting four in the first half alone. He also finished the game with 342 yards on 23 carries."
- Zedalis, Joe. "Allentown defense was every bit as good as its offense, in CJG4 final victory", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 9, 2016. "Saturday night, in the Central Jersey Group 4 final, the Allentown defense played just as big a role in the school's first sectional title as the offense."
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- Collins, Karyn D. "Redbirds march to the beat of St. Paddy's drum", Asbury Park Press, August 20, 2007. Accessed June 22, 2011. "As for St. Patrick's Day, the Allentown Redbirds have won the New York parade five years in a row, a feat no other band has ever accomplished. They've taken top honors in the Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade, too, sometimes snagging the top prize in both cities in the same year."
- Parade Awards Archived 2009-01-31 at the Wayback Machine, Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day Parade. Accessed June 22, 2011.
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- "Redbird Robotics kicks new season into high gear", Examiner, November 2, 2006. Accessed August 10, 2017.
- "Support the Redbird Robotics Team 1807 | The Source". mycommunitysource.com. Retrieved 2017-12-22.
- Administrative & Office Contacts, Allentown High School. Accessed October 1, 2017.
- Staff. "Research Team from Corning Incorporated Earn Nation's Highest Honor for Accomplishments", University of Utah press release, March 14, 2005. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Irwin M. Lachman was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1930, but raised in Roosevelt, New Jersey. He graduated in 1948 from Upper Freehold Township High School, now called Allentown High School."
- O'Gorman, George. "Eagles sign former Allentown High star Ross Scheuerman", The Trentonian, January 21, 2016. Accessed October 1, 2017. "The Eagles signed former Allentown High and Lafayette College running back Ross Scheuerman on Thursday.... A Cream Ridge resident who was twice an All-CVC selection and Mercer County Player of the Year and All-State, Scheuerman was also the Delaware Valley Scholar Athlete in 2012. His Allentown numbers included 1,770 yards and 26 TDs on 246 carries – CVC records at the time."