West Morris Central High School
|West Morris Central High School|
|259 Bartley Road
Chester, NJ 07930
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||West Morris Regional High School District|
|Assistant principals||Anne P. Meagher
|Faculty||96.0 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||1,417 (as of 2010-11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.76:1|
|Color(s)||Columbia Blue, White and Grey|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
|Nickname||Wolfpack and Highlanders|
West Morris Central High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in grades 9 through 12 from Washington Township, New Jersey, United States, where the school is located, operating as part of the West Morris Regional High School District. The school has a Chester Township mailing address. Other communities served by the district are Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough and Mendham Township, whose students attend West Morris Mendham High School.
As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,417 students and 96.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.76:1. There were 20 students (1.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The school has offered the IB Diploma Programme, as part of the International Baccalaureate Organization, since January 1998.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 56th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 43rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 42nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 41st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 92nd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 32 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (87.1%) and language arts literacy (96.8%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 535th in the nation among participating public high schools and 43rd among schools in New Jersey. The school was ranked 226th in the nation and 20th in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.
The West Morris Central High School Highlanders compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, an athletic conference made up of high schools located in Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Morris, Sussex and Warren Counties, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. While the original school mascot was the Highlander, many West Morris Central teams have taken on the name Wolfpack, though some teams still call themselves the Highlanders out of respect for school tradition.
The athletics at West Morris Central include: Cross country, baseball, basketball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis, track, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, ice hockey, softball, volleyball, wrestling, and the newly added swim team.
Boy's wrestling won its first ever Iron Hills-Iron title in the school history in 2006. The Wolfpack wrestlers were considered as high as number two in the Daily Record area, and was voted a top ten team in the prestigious Region 1 of the NJSIAA wrestling. The team was led under the guidance of Ken Rossi who was a two-time state finalist for Jefferson High School.
The football team won the North II Group III state sectional championships in 2001, 2004, 2009, and 2012. The 2001 football team won the North II, Group III state championship against West Morris Mendham High School by a score of 15-14. The 2004 football team won the North II, Group III state championship against West Morris Mendham High School by a score of 10-7. The 2009 football team won the North II, Group III state championship against Passaic Valley High School by a score of 28-19.
The 2008-09 girls basketball team won the Morris County Tournament by advancing to the finals and defeating top-seeded Hanover Park High School by a score of 42-32 for the championship, winning the county title for the third time in program history, having most recently won in 1993.
The 2009 women's Volleyball team won the Group III State Championship against Northern Highlands High School, for the program's first group title in school history, in a season in which they also won the Morris County Tournament and were American Division champions in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference. The Lady Highlanders currently have the most County Championships in Morris County, including four consecutive MCT titles from 2000 to 2003.
The clubs at West Morris Central include: Bowling Club, Academy of Science, Art Club, Jazz Band, Book Club, Cheerleading, Chess Club, Color Guard, Concert Choir, Debate Club, Musical, Environmental Club, Film Club, Fly Fishing Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Future Educators, GSA (Gay–straight alliance), Habitat for Humanity, Literary Magazine, Marching Band, Math League, National History Club, Newspaper, Pep Band, Photography Club, Prayer Group, Science League, Self Defense Club, Ski Club, Sound and Lighting, Stage Craft, Student Council, SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions), The Howlers (A Capella singing group), TSA (Technology Student Association), TV/Radio Club, Veterans Oral History Club, Women's/Men's Ensemble and the Yearbook.
West Morris Central also has three a cappella groups, the Loreleis the Noteworthys, and the Howlers. The Loreleis are a student run all-female singing group. The Noteworthys are their counterpart, all-male and student run singing group. The Howlers are the mixed male and female student run singing group. Every year in June they host their own Cabaret in which they sing all of the music they perform throughout the year.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Steve Ryan, Principal
- Anne P. Meagher, Assistant Principal
- Bob Perkins, Assistant Principal
- Data for West Morris Central High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 11, 2012.
- About WMRHSD, West Morris Regional High School District. Accessed July 14, 2011. "West Morris Central High School (WMC) serves Washington Township. West Morris Mendham High School (WMM) serves Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough and Mendham Township."
- West Morris Regional High School District 2011 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 9, 2013. "Established in 1958, the West Morris Regional High School District operates two schools, West Morris Central High School and West Morris Mendham High School. The district serves the students of five Morris County communities, Chester Borough, Chester Township, Mendham Borough, Mendham Township and Washington Township, in grades 9 through 12. Students from Washington Township attend West Morris Central High School, and students from the Chesters and the Mendhams attend West Morris Mendham High School."
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- Staff. "Villa Walsh players go ape over new mascot", Daily Record (Morristown), September 24, 2004. Accessed July 24, 2011. "The official nickname for the West Morris athletic teams is the Highlanders but many of the school's sports teams, including recently the girls soccer team, have requested to be called the Wolfpack following the school's football team."
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- Brooks, Maurice. "Football", Daily Record (Morristown), December 4, 2004. Accessed July 24, 2011. "Critchley's theft was the signature play in a hard-fought Section 2, Group III championship game won by West Morris 10-7."
- Hague, Jim. "WEST MORRIS CAPTURES FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP: North 2, Group III Championship", Daily Record (Morristown), December 4, 2009. Accessed July 24, 2011. "Burton carried the ball 16 times for 158 yards and scored a touchdown, returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown and threw a 47-yard touchdown pass, leading West Morris to a 28-19 victory over Passaic Valley in the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2, Group III championship game at Giants Stadium."
- Staff. "West Morris 42, Hanover Park 34 — MORRIS COUNTY TOURNAMENT (High school Girls Basketball scores & results)", The Star-Ledger, February 27, 2009. Accessed March 2, 2012. "Third-seeded West Morris, No. 19 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, improved to 22-2 by winning its third MCT final and first since 1993. It was its 12th straight victory in a streak that includes triumphs over Morris Knolls and Columbia, the teams it lost to earlier in the season. Top-seeded and No. 17 Hanover Park fell to 22-2."
- Fenton, Kelly. "West Morris Central girls volleyball team wins crown", Observer-Tribune, November 20, 2009. Accessed July 24, 2011. "After falling to Northern Highlands a year ago in the Group 3 finals, the Lady Highlanders wanted another shot. While they would have played whoever was across the net from them on Saturday in the Group 3 championship at William Paterson University, they were happy to see those other Highlanders make it through their side of the bracket. For one game and the first part of the next, it appeared the script was headed for a repeat of last year. But West Morris rallied, and won its first-ever volleyball group title, beating Northern Highlands 18-25, 25-20 and 25-17."
- Havsy, Jane. "West Morris reached all its goals", Daily Record (Morristown), December 17, 2009. Accessed July 24, 2011. "During preseason, the West Morris volleyball players wrote their goals on the white squares of a poster made up to look like a checkered flag. West Morris lived up to all three, winning the MCT for the first time since '07, a share of the inaugural NJAC-American Division, and finally earning the first NJSIAA Group III title in school history."
- Staff. "West Morris makes it four titles in a row", Daily Record (Morristown), November 1, 2003. Accessed July 24, 2011. "Devon Brothers and her West Morris volleyball team were not superstitious leading up to Saturday's Morris County Tournament final against Morris Knolls "We were just thinking 'four times in a row,'"Brothers said. [...] she had 24 assists, four kills and four aces to lead West Morris to its fourth-straight MCT title 25-14, 25-21, 25-8 over the rookie Golden Eagles."
- School Administration, West Morris Central High School. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- West Morris Central High School
- West Morris Regional High School District
- West Morris Central High School's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the West Morris Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- Class of 1983