|Woodrow Wilson High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Camden City Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||3402640|
|Enrollment||747 (as of 2018–19)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.5:1|
|Color(s)|| Orange and|
|Athletics conference||Olympic Conference|
Woodrow Wilson High School is a four-year public high school in the City of Camden, in Camden County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Camden City Public Schools. In June 2020, it was announced that the school would be renamed.
As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 747 students and 60.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.5:1. There were 334 students (44.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 0 (0.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school, named in honor of President Woodrow Wilson, was opened in 1930 as a junior high school. Wilson, a Democrat was the 28th president of the United States and 34th Governor of New Jersey. It was converted to a high school in 1933.
In June 2020, Camden School Superintendent Katrina McCombs announced that the district would rename the school due to Wilson's racist views. A committee consisting of community members, students, alumni and administrators will determine the new name.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 314th-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 300th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 321st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 315th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was also ranked 315th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Woodrow Wilson High School Tigers compete in the Olympic Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Burlington County, Camden County and Gloucester County, and operates under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 942 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 794 to 1,076 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Royal Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified as Group III South for football for 2018–2020.
The girls' basketball team won the 2005 South, Group III state sectional championship with a 67-31 win over Timber Creek Regional High School. The team won the 2005 Group III state championship with a 73-44 win in the semifinals over Monmouth Regional High School and 1 56-47 win over Northern Highlands Regional High School to take the title. The team moved on to face other state champions, and with a 47-32 win over Pascack Valley High School in the tournament semifinal, and a 64-45 win over St. John Vianney High School won the 2005 Tournament of Champions. In 2006, the team won the South, Group III sectional title with a 55-52 win against Ocean City High School in the tournament final. The 2007 team won the South, Group III champions with a 78-60 win versus runner-up Ocean City High School.
- Rashad Baker (born 1982, class of 2000), safety who played in the NFL for the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles.
- James Cardwell (1921-1954), actor who appeared in the film The Fighting Sullivans.
- Donovin Darius (born 1975, class of 1994), played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
- Lorenzo Freeman (1964-2016), defensive tackle who played in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants.
- Angel Fuentes (born 1961, class of 1980), politician who served in the General Assembly from 2009 until June 2015, where he represented the 5th legislative district.
- Jamaal Green (born 1980), American football defensive end who played in the NFL for the Philadelphia Eagles, Chicago Bears, and the Washington Redskins.
- John J. Horn (1917-1999), labor leader and politician who served in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature before being nominated to serve as commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Labor and Industry.
- Turk McBride (born 1985, class of 2003), defensive lineman for the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Fang Mitchell (born 1948), former head coach of the Coppin State Eagles men's basketball team.
- Frank Moran (born 1968), Mayor of Camden since 2018.
- Antwine Perez (born 1988), free safety for the Maryland Terrapins football team.
- Tommy Roberts (born 1928), radio and TV broadcaster who launched simulcast in 1984, a television feed of horse races to racetracks, casinos and off-track betting facilities, enabling gamblers to watch and bet on live racing from all over the world.
- Mike Rozier (born 1961, class of 1979), football player who won the Heisman Trophy in 1983.
- William Spearman (born 1958), politician who has represented the 5th Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2018.
- Howard Unruh (1921-2009, class of 1939), spree killer.
- Thomas Tapeh (born 1980), football coach and former NFL fullback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and the Minnesota Vikings.
- Gary Williams (born 1945), formerly the basketball coach at WWHS and former head coach of the Maryland Terrapins men's basketball team
- Darrell Wilson (born 1958), football coach who began his coaching career at Woodrow Wilson, where he had a 65-18 record.
- School data for Woodrow Wilson High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2020.
- Administration, Woodrow Wilson High School. Accessed July 9, 2020.
- Woodrow Wilson High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2016.
- Duhart, Bill (June 19, 2020). "N.J. district to rename Woodrow Wilson school, citing former president's 'racist values'". Newark Star-Ledger. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
- Alexander, Dan (June 19, 2020). "Woodrow Wilson name removed from two NJ school buildings". New Jersey 101.5. Retrieved June 20, 2020.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 11, 2012.
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- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 15, 2020.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 5, 2020.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Football: Entering 10th season, a new leader for state’s second-largest conference", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 8, 2019. Accessed September 5, 2020. "The WJFL was created in 2010 as a way to help teams play a full schedule and face opponents of similar size, ability and geographical location.... The league is comprised of 16 divisions and includes better than 90 high schools."
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- 2004 Boys Basketball - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- Skaf, Lian. "Wilson coasts to S.J. title", Courier-Post, March 8, 2005. Accessed August 18, 2007. "With a 67-31 win over fourth-seeded Timber Creek in the S.J. Group 3 final Monday, second-seeded Woodrow Wilson won the sectional championship and advanced to play Central Jersey champion Monmouth, a 69-52 winner over Willingboro Monday, in Wednesday's Group 3 state semifinal."
- 2005 Girls Basketball - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- 2005 Girls Basketball - Group III, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- 2005 Girls Basketball - Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- McCann, Sean. "Wilson overcomes mistakes, Ocean City for S.J. Group 3 title", Courier-Post, March 7, 2006. Accessed August 18, 2007. "Wilson eventually prevailed but history did not. The Tigers survived a heroic Ocean City effort to claim a 55-52 victory and their second straight South Jersey Group 3 crown."
- 2006 Girls Basketball - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 18, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Basketball - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
- Minnick, Kevin. "Belton raising eyebrows at Winslow Twp.", Courier Post, October 25, 2009. Accessed July 21, 2011. "There's no getting around the fact that Mike McBride has a knack for getting his kids into college. While at Woodrow Wilson, the veteran football coach sent Rashad Baker and Turk McBride to Tennessee. He also had Antwine Perez graduate early to attend Southern Cal before later transferring to Maryland."
- James Cardwell, DVRBS.com. Accessed January 9, 2020. "Albert 'Al' Cardwell graduated from the Alfred Cramer Junior High School at 28th and Mickle Streets in East Camden, and went on to Woodrow Wilson High School on Federal Street, graduating in February of 1940."
- Staff. "Oakland signs Donovin Darius The veteran safety from Camden adds experience to the Raiders' secondary.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 11, 2007. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Darius, who will turn 32 next month, had been a mainstay in Jacksonville's secondary since he was the club's first-round pick in the 1998 draft out of Syracuse. But the Jaguars released him in June, trying to get younger and faster on defense. He is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High in Camden."
- Donovin Darius, National Football League. Accessed November 12, 2007.
- White, Mark. "Obituary: Lorenzo Freeman / Former Steeler was football coach at Plum", Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, October 11, 2016. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Mr. Freeman played high school football at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J., before signing with Pitt in 1983."
- Wiggins, Tracy. "Hispanic Heritage Month: Assemblyman Angel Fuentes eyes empowerment for all residents", South Jersey Times, October 20, 2013. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Fuentes was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, and graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, Camden, in 1980."
- "Ex-NFL player opts for Border Patrol career", ProCanes.com, January 14, 2009. Accessed March 11, 2018. "Green, who was born and raised in Camden, N.J., said it was never his boyhood dream to play football. He started playing football during his junior year at Woodrow Wilson High School at the urging of one of the team's coaches."
- Hagenmayer, S. Joseph. "John J. Horn, 81, Labor Activist, Former N.j. Government Official", The Philadelphia Inquirer, January 11, 1999. Accessed October 6, 2016. "Mr. Horn had lived in Seaside Park, Ocean County, for the last 20 years. Raised in Camden, he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School, where he was an end on the football team."
- Turk McBride, Kansas City Chiefs. Accessed August 26, 2007.
- "Gloucester County builds a power", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 30, 1984. Accessed October 2, 2017. "The architect of the once-fading program is Ron 'Fang' Mitchell, a former Woodrow Wilson High star, now in his seventh year at the college."
- Riordan, Kevin. "Frank Moran, whose first Camden job title was 'laborer,' to be sworn in as city's mayor", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 31, 2017. Accessed January 9, 2020. "It was 1990 and Moran, a Woodrow Wilson High School graduate in his early 20s, had recently gotten hired by the city's Public Works Department."
- Goldstein, Stan. "At the Starting Gate: A Camden TV Network", Courier-Post, November 4, 1972. Accessed January 9, 2020. "Unless you're Tommy Roberts, a canny East Camden native with a flair for fashion, a gift for gab and an insistent 'can do' attitude.... Meanwhile, from the big white building on Mount Ephraim Avenue where he presides over 21 radio station employees and a growing staff of TV people, the Woodrow Wilson High School grad whose classmates will remember him better as Tommy Riccuti, is working hard to bring in his first big winner in the independent video sweepstakes."
- Lowe, Herbert. "Rozier, Wounds Healing, Glad To Join The Heisman Scene", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 15, 1996. Accessed September 24, 2011. "As Mike Rozier readily autographed footballs and miniature helmets in the lobby of the Downtown Athletic Club yesterday, a woman looked at the bandage on his right hand and asked, 'What happened to you?' 'I got shot,' the 1983 Heisman Trophy winner - who set rushing records at the University of Nebraska and at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden - said matter-of-factly."
- Assemblyman Bill Spearman, Camden, Camden County, New Jersey. Accessed January 14, 2020. "Born and raised in Camden City, Assemblyman Spearman is a lifelong resident and a former city councilman. Assemblyman Spearman is a graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School and Rutgers University, where he obtained a degree in Business Management."
- Bezdek, Michael via Associated Press. "What To Do With Man Who Killed 13 People?", Portsmouth Daily Times, March 4, 1982. Accessed July 21, 2011. "A graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, Unruh was a veteran of many artillery battles during World War II."
- Howard Unruh - 1939 Woodrow Wilson High School yearbook entry.
- Narducci, Marc. "Former Eagle to coach Woodrow Wilson", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 1, 2012. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Former Eagles fullback Thomas Tapeh will be taking over as the head football coach at Woodrow Wilson High."
- Gary Williams coach bio. University of Maryland. Accessed May 27, 2010.
- Luicci, Tom. "Rutgers names Darrell Wilson new secondary coach", The Star-Ledger, February 13, 2013. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Wilson, 54, was the former head coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, compiling a 65-18 record there from 1988-95, and served as Rutgers' running backs coach in 1999."