Barringer High School

Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities (formerly Barringer High School and Newark High School), is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Newark, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools. Some consider it to be the third oldest public high school in the United States. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1981.[4]

Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities
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90 Parker Street

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United States
Coordinates40°45′24″N 74°10′45″W / 40.756539°N 74.179286°W / 40.756539; -74.179286Coordinates: 40°45′24″N 74°10′45″W / 40.756539°N 74.179286°W / 40.756539; -74.179286
TypePublic high school
Established1838; 183 years ago (1838)
School districtNewark Public Schools
NCES School ID341134002190[2]
PrincipalJose Aviles[1]
Faculty109.0 FTEs[2]
Enrollment1,610 (as of 2019–20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio14.8:1[2]
Color(s)  Royal Blue and
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference (general)
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
Team nameBlue Bears[3]
RivalEast Orange Campus High School

As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,610 students and 109.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.8:1. There were 1,074 students (66.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 72 (4.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 327th-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.[5] The school had been ranked 313th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 311th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 306th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 303rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8]


In 1838, Nathan Hedges opened a high school in a building on Bank Street. On January 7, 1853, a three-story building was opened at the corner of Washington and Linden and had an enrollment of 498 boys and girls.[9][10]

In 1875, Dr. William N. Barringer was hired to succeed George B. Sears as superintendent of schools. Dr. Barringer oversaw the construction of a second high school building at a cost of $300,000, which is the site of the current faculty parking lot. Construction started in 1878 and was completed in 1899. In 1907, the name of Newark High School was officially changed to Barringer, in honor of Dr. Barringer.[10]


The Barringer High School Blue Bears[3] compete in the Super Essex Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools in Essex County and was established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[11] With 1,115 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,060 to 5,049 students in that grade range.[12] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division B of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which included high schools located in Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification.[13] The football team competes in the Liberty White division of the North Jersey Super Football Conference, which includes 112 schools competing in 20 divisions, making it the nation's biggest football-only high school sports league.[14][15] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group IV North for football for 2018–2020.[16]

The school's football rivalry with East Orange Campus High School, which dates back to a Thanksgiving Day game played in 1897, was listed at 7th on's 2017 list "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football". East Orange leads the rivalry with a 57-39-9 overall record as of 2017.[17]

In 1918, during future major league baseball player Moe Berg's senior season, the Newark Star-Eagle selected a nine-man "dream team" from the city's best prep and public high school baseball players, and Berg was named the team's third baseman.

The boys track team won the indoor track public school state championship in 1930, 1934 and 1939.[18]

The boys track team won the spring track state championship in Group IV in 1933 and 1934.[19]

The boys fencing team was the overall state co-champion in 1969 with Essex Catholic High School after both teams had overall records of 45–9 in competition; Barringer won the team foil competition.[20][21]

The 1975 football team finished the season with a 9–1–1 record after winning the North II Group IV state sectional title with a 14–13 victory against Livingston High School in the championship game played in front of a crowd of 7,500.[22][23]

The 1980 boys basketball team finished the season with a 26–4 record after winning the Group IV state championship, defeating Trenton Central High School by a score of 68–56 in the tournament final.[24][25]

Notable alumniEdit

Hall of Famer Andre Tippett

Arts and literatureEdit





  1. ^ Administrative Team, Barringer High School. Accessed July 23, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e School data for Barringer High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c Barringer High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Barringer High School Archived April 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed June 28, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
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  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ Our History, Barringer High School. Accessed July 23, 2019.
  10. ^ a b History of Barringer High School, Barringer High School Alumni Association. Accessed November 15, 2016.
  11. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  12. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed December 15, 2014.
  14. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Here's what we know about the new Super Football Conference 2020 schedule", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference (SFC) is a 112-team group, the largest high school football-only conference in America, and is comprised of teams from five different counties."
  15. ^ Cooper, Darren. "NJ football: Super Football Conference revised schedules for 2020 regular season", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference has 112 teams that will play across 20 divisions. This is the first year of the Ivy Division, created for struggling programs that would be ineligible for the state playoffs."
  16. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  17. ^ Stypulkoski, Matt. "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football", NJ Advance Media for, October 27, 2017, updated May 15, 2019. Accessed December 1, 2020. "7-Barringer vs. East Orange: This year marks the 120th anniversary of the inaugural Thanksgiving game and the 105th meeting overall between these two Essex County schools. While the streak of consecutive holiday games was broken in 1986 due to a conference scheduling conflict, it was resumed again in 1988.... All-time series: East Orange leads, 57-39-9"
  18. ^ NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  19. ^ NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  20. ^ NJSIAA History of Boys Fencing Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  21. ^ "Indian Hills' Pete Gaylor Takes State Foil Laurels", The News, February 24, 1969. Accessed March 3, 2021, via "The overall team championship, based on foil and sabre competition, was jointly awarded to Barringer, of Newark, and Essex Catholic. Both teams finished with the same record, 45 wins and nine losses.... Barringer won the team foil title with a record of 23 wins and only four losses while Essex Catholic placed second with 22-5."
  22. ^ NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  23. ^ "Livingston Bows to Barringer", The New York Times, December 7, 1975. Accessed January 2, 2021. "A bungled snap from center on an extra‐point try prevented Livingston High School from gaining a tie yesterday and the team lost a 14–13 decision to Newark Barringer in the North Jersey Section 2, Group 4, championship football game before 7,500 spectators in Livingston.... Barringer, finishing with a 9–1–1 won‐lost‐tied record, scored in the first half on Charles White's 1‐yard sneak and his 39‐yard pass to George Persons."
  24. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  25. ^ Bauman, Greg. "Barringer takes it to Camden, 68-56", Herald News, March 23, 1980. Accessed February 22, 2021, via "When Lenny Carmichael succeeded Fran Pinchot as Trenton High School's basketball coach three years ago, he vowed to turn the Tornadoes sagging program around.... Trenton (24-4) reached the New Jersey State Group 4 finals for the first time in 19 years Saturday night, making good on Carmichael's promise.... Barringer (26-4), behind a devastating fourth-quarter comeback, defeated a shocked Tornadoe club, 68-56, in winning the states Group 4 title."
  26. ^ Message from Amiri Baraka, New Jersey and Newark Schools' Poet Laureate, dated July 1, 2003, accessed April 13, 2007. "Now, in an attempt to prevent my appearance at Barringer High School (my alma mater) June 30, to give the Commencement Address, they threatened to picket Barringer and otherwise cause disruption."
  27. ^ Klacsmann, Karen Towers. "Hilda Belcher (1881-1963)", New Georgia Encyclopedia. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Upon graduating from Newark High School (later Barringer High School) in 1900, Belcher moved to New York City to further her education."
  28. ^ Imholtz Jr., August A. "Albert Boni: A Sketch of a Life in Micro-Opaque", American Antiquarian Society, 2006. Accessed October 21, 2015. "There in Newark he attended Barringer High School and, at age of sixteen, became the youngest secretary of the local chapter of the Socialist Party."
  29. ^ Bodian, Nat. Ted Fiorito: The Newark Son of Italian Immigrants who Became One of Greats of American Music Archived July 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. Virtual Newark. Accessed October 21, 2015. "By the time Ted had reached high school age in 1914, the family was living at 185 Bruce Street, and his ASCAP bio shows that he was 'educated at Barringer High School'."
  30. ^ Slonimsky, Nicholas and Laura Kuhn (ed). Kern, Jerome (David)". Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Volume 3 (Schirmer Reference, New York, 2001), accessed May 10, 2010 (requires subscription)
  31. ^ Acocella, Nick "Moe Berg: Catcher and spy",, July 29, 2004. Accessed November 15, 2016. "Morris Berg was born in a cold-water tenement on East 121st Street in Manhattan on March 2, 1902, to Russian-Jewish immigrant parents – Bernard, a druggist, and Rose.... He later starred at Barringer High School."
  32. ^ Araton, Harvey. "A Fearless Prediction by Yanks' Cano", The New York Times, October 9, 2010. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Cano finished eighth grade and enrolled at Barringer High School, but he failed to make it through his freshman year or to play an inning of high school baseball in New Jersey."
  33. ^ Iowa Board of Parole Annual Report Fiscal Year 2014, Iowa Board of Parole. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Norm Granger, Vice Chair. Appointed to the Board of Parole in 2014. Born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. Graduated from Barringer High School in 1980."
  34. ^ Litsky, Frank. "Giants' Shaw Eager To Work", The New York Times, November 27, 1983. Accessed May 19, 2016. "Shaw has had few breakdowns like that, in or out of football. He was born and raised in Newark, where he played for Barringer High School."
  35. ^ Bergeron, Tom. "Andre Tippett's journey to Pro Football Hall of Fame began in Newark",, August 2, 2008. Accessed October 21, 2015. "Frank Verducci first laid eyes on Andre Tippett during the summer of 1974, when Tippett and his mother dropped by Newark's Barringer High School to file paperwork for him to transfer into the school."
  36. ^ "Resolution Adopted by the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States to Record Our Deep Respect and Affection for Justice William J. Brennan Jr.", Brennan Center. Accessed November 15, 2016. "The Justice graduated from Barringer High School in 1924."
  37. ^ Schwaneberg, Robert. "Education building honors a champion: Rights lawyer Carter argued Brown case" Archived December 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, copy of article from The Star-Ledger, November 21, 2006, at the Warren County Education Association. Accessed March 5, 2012. "Born in Florida, Carter was 6 weeks old when his family moved to Newark. He attended Barringer High School in Newark and East Orange High School, graduating at age 16 after skipping two grades."
  38. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, p. 383. Accessed April 22, 2020. "Michael A. Giuliano (Rep., Newark) - Senator Giuliano was born in Newark on June 13, 1915. He received his education at Barringer High School, Newark, and Rutgers University, Newark."
  39. ^ Donald Milford Payne Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 21, 2015.
  40. ^ Peter Wallace Rodino Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed October 21, 2015.
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  45. ^ Shearn, Ian T. "Scrapbook of Extremes A refugee from the Liberian civil war, MacDella Cooper became a fashion professional and started a foundation to aid Liberian orphans. Now her life of ups and downs has taken another unusual turn.", New Jersey Monthly, June 8, 2009. Accessed July 25, 2019. "The teens moved in with their mother in the Garden Spires housing project in Newark, where drugs and violence were rampant. Cooper entered Barringer High School, where during her first week, a student was shot in the hallway."
  46. ^ August Meier Papers - Part 1 (1930 - 1998), Newark Archives Project. Accessed January 13, 2021. "Born in Newark in 1923, he was a graduate of Barringer High School."
  47. ^ Arthur A. Schmon fonds RG 524, Brock University. Accessed September 3, 2019. "Arthur Albert Schmon was born in 1895 in Newark, New Jersey. During his studies at Barringer High School in Newark, he met Eleanore Celeste Reynolds who was to become his wife in August of 1919."

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