Bloomfield High School (New Jersey)
Bloomfield High School (BHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Bloomfield, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Bloomfield Public Schools. 2011 featured celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the current school building, which replaced the original high school that had been constructed in 1871.
|Bloomfield High School|
160 Broad Street
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Bloomfield Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||3401830|
|Enrollment||1,931 (as of 2018–19)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.4:1|
|Color(s)|| Cardinal red and|
|Athletics conference||Super Essex Conference (SEC)|
As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,931 students and 169.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.4:1. There were 737 students (38.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 121 (6.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit
The school was the 217th-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 221st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 226th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 181st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 225th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 277th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 9 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Bloomfield High School Bengals compete in the Super Essex Conference, which is made up of all high schools in Essex County divided by size, talent and classification by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division A of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification. With 1,489 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,090 to 2,568 students in that grade range. The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group V North for football for 2018–2020.
The boys basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1937 (defeating Asbury Park High School in the tournament finals), 1953 (vs. Thomas Jefferson High School (New Jersey)), 1957 (vs. Trenton Central High School), 1958 (vs. Linden High School) and in 1971 (vs. Ewing High School).
The boys cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1956 and 1968.
The girls' softball team made it to the 2006 North I Group IV state sectional championship, falling to Ridgewood High School by 3-0.
The boys' volleyball team won the 2006 Essex County Championship for the first time in Bloomfield's History, after defeating Livingston High School. The team advanced to the State Sectional quarterfinals over Livingston High School once again, and fell to Fair Lawn High School.
The Bengal bowlers, with three female and two male team members, won the Essex County Tournament for the first time in the 1998-99 season.
Bloomfield won the boys all-group cross country state championship in 1956 and 1968.
The school's principal is Christopher Jennings. His administration team includes four assistant principals.
- Alaa Abdelnaby (born 1968), professional basketball player.
- Hank Borowy (1916–2004), professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball from 1942 to 1951.
- Joe Duckworth (1921-2007), football]] end who played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
- Bud Ellor (1905-1932), professional football player who spent one season in the National Football League with the Newark Tornadoes in 1930.
- Tom Fleming (1951-2017), distance runner who won the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathon.
- Bill Geyer (1919-2004), football halfback in the National Football League who played three seasons for the Chicago Bears.
- Johnny Gibson (1905–2006), Olympic athlete.
- Roger Lee Hall (born 1942; class of 1960), musicologist.
- Ernie Hambacher (1906–1990), American football fullback who played in the NFL for the Orange Tornadoes.
- Benjamin Holman (1930–2007), pioneering African American newspaper and television reporter.
- Mike Kochel (1916-1994), one of the seven blocks of granite at Fordham University, he played in the NFL for the Chicago Cardinals.
- Andy Kostecka (1921–2007), Basketball Association of America player for the Indianapolis Jets.
- Bob Ley (born 1955), ESPN sportscaster.
- Frank Muehlheuser (1926–2006), American football fullback and linebacker who played in the NFL for the Boston Yanks and New York Bulldogs.
- Robert A. Pascal (born 1934), politician who served as County executive of Anne Arundel County, Maryland from 1975 to 1982.
- Charlie Puleo (born 1955) a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1981 to 1989 for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves.
- Jack Robinson (1921-2000), professional baseball pitcher whose MLB career consisted of three games played for the Boston Red Sox in 1949.
- Mark Sceurman (Class of 1975), graphic artist who is co-creator and publisher of Weird NJ magazine, his fellow graduates voted him "most likely to spontaneously combust".
- Anish Shroff (born 1982), ESPN sportscaster.
- Kristjan Sokoli (born 1991), NFL defensive end for the New York Giants.
- Robert Stempel (1933–2011), former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, former Chairman and CEO of ECD Ovonics.
- Mildred Fairbanks Stone (1902–2002), the first woman officer of a major American life insurance company (Mutual Benefit).
- Frank Tripucka (1927–2013), former pro football quarterback.
- Kelly Tripucka (born 1959), former NBA player and commentator for the New Jersey Nets.
- Todd Tripucka (born 1954), former college basketball standout for Lafayette
- Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018), jazz and pop vocalist whose body of work centered on big band jazz, the American songbook and cabaret.
- Bob Woollard (born 1940), former professional basketball player for the Miami Floridians of the American Basketball Association.
- School data for Bloomfield High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2020.
- Bloomfield High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Eustachewich, Lia. "BHS to Celebrate 100 Years with 'Reunion of All Reunions'", BloomfieldPatch, April 6, 2011. Accessed April 11, 2012. "Former Bloomfield High School students will be treated to a night of dancing and reminiscing at the school's 100th anniversary April 16, organized by the Bloomfield Educational Foundation."
- Frankel, Jeff. "Bloomfield High School celebrating 100 years of education", Bloomfield Life, May 5, 2011. Accessed April 11, 2012. "The first high school, located at 155 Broad St., was erected in 1871 at a cost of nearly $30,000. The school now houses the district's administration building.... Since its completion in 1911, thousands of students have walked the halls, and all have unique memories to share. Bloomfield Life spoke with several alumni and a school administrator for a glimpse of life at the high school."
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- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 15, 2020.
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- History of NJSIAA Boys Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Girls Basketball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- 2006 Softball - North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 26, 2006.
- 2006 Boys Volleyball - North, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 14, 2007.
- NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
- 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - North I, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2007.
- Behre, Bob. "Bloomfield clicked under Fusaro", The Star-Ledger, March 30, 2007. Accessed September 19, 2007. "And it was Fusaro who molded a team devoid of stars into the school's first sectional champion.... It was senior James Chauncey who came to Bloomfield's rescue in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 final. Chauncey's pin in the meet-closing bout at 125 pounds against Hackensack clinched a 34-33 victory by criteria and secured the sectional championship for Bloomfield (20-3)."
- NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
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- Bonk, Thomas. "NCAA Basketball Tournament; Duke's Abdelnaby Is Driven Blue Devils: After three inconsistent seasons and some off-court difficulties, the center has finally established himself heading into his biggest games.", Los Angeles Times, March 30, 1990. Accessed August 11, 2008. "Playing for Coach Paul Palek at Bloomfield High School, [Alaa Abdelnaby] yearned for a chance at the NBA. Palek, now assistant principal at Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey, thought the sky was the limit for Abdelnaby."
- Alaa Abdelnaby profile, Basketball Reference. Accessed August 11, 2008.
- Staff. "Fordham's Hall of Fame to Add Four Members", The New York Times, April 18, 1971. Accessed September 17, 2008. "Borowy was born in 1916 in Bloomfield, N. J. He starred as a right-handed pitcher at Bloomfield High School, where he was on the state championship team in his senior year."
- Obituary for Hank Borowy Archived 2006-05-07 at the Wayback Machine, Asbury Park Press, August 25, 2004, text copied at thedeadballera.com. Accessed September 17, 2008.
- Joe Duckworth, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 9, 2018. "High School: Bloomfield (NJ), Bordentown Military Institute (NJ)"
- Bud Ellor, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 9, 2018.
- Jongsma, Joshua. "New Jersey native Tom Fleming inducted into NY Road Runners Hall of Fame", The Record, November 2, 2017. Accessed November 3, 2017. "Days before his favorite marathon, longtime Montclair Kimberley Academy coach Tom Fleming joined a prestigious group of running icons.... Fleming, born in Long Branch and raised in Bloomfield, attended Bloomfield High School, where he began competitive running."
- Bill Geyer, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 8, 2018. "High School: Bloomfield (NJ)"
- Litsky, Frank. "Johnny Gibson, 101, Track Coach With a Long Legacy, Is Dead", The New York Times, January 1, 2007. Accessed June 5, 2008. "Gibson was 5 when his father died, and he attended Bloomfield (N.J.) High School and then Fordham at night, working days running messages on Wall Street (he actually ran from building to building)."
- Frankel, Jeff. "Bloomfield Bicentennial: Notable people", Bloomfield Life, October 26, 2012, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 22, 2014. Accessed November 8, 2018. "According to American Music Preservation, Roger Lee Hall is 'one of most active American music specialists, working in popular, folk and classical music.' He graduated Bloomfield High School in 1960."
- Ernie Hambacher, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed July 27, 2020. "Born: December 12, 1906 in Bloomfield, NJ... High School: Bloomfield (NJ)"
- Lamb, Yvonne Shinhoster. "Journalist Benjamin F. Holman, 76; Advised Nixon, Ford on Racial Issues", The Washington Post, January 27, 2007. Accessed July 18, 2011. "Mr. Holman, who went by Ben, was born in Columbia, S.C. At age 4, his father died, and his mother moved with him and his sister to Bloomfield, N.J. As a youngster, he dreamed of writing musicals -- to combine his passion for writing and music, his sister said -- and also of training to be an engineer. But by his junior year in high school, he knew he wanted to become a journalist."
- Mike Kochel, Pro-Football-Reference.com.Accessed November 3, 2019. "High School: Bloomfield (NJ)"
- Andy Kostecka. basketball-reference.com. Accessed January 26, 2013.
- Sandomir, Richard. "TV Sports; Disney Making a Commitment to Complete Soccer Coverage", The New York Times, June 7, 1998. Accessed November 9, 2018. "'The American games are important,' said Ley, who became a soccer enthusiast when he attended Bloomfield High School in New Jersey during the North American Soccer League's heyday."
- Frank Muehlheuser, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed June 12, 2020. "Born: July 2, 1926 in Irvington, NJ... High School: Bloomfield (NJ)"
- Callaghan, Martie. "Robert Pascal United Propane", Inside Annapolis, 2002. Accessed August 16, 2020. "'I grew up on the street corner where The Sopranos is being filmed,' Pascal says, 'and attended Bloomfield High School in Essex County.'"
- Tuite, James. "Mets Endure On Run In 7th, 1-0", The New York Times, April 25, 1982. Accessed January 10, 2012. "Bamberger was exulting over his decision to promote Charlie Puleo to a new four-pitcher rotation that also includes Pat Zachry, Mike Scott and Randy Jones. Puleo, a right-hander who attended Bloomfield (N.J.) High School and Seton Hall University, gave up only three hits in six and one-third innings."
- Charlie Puleo, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed March 8, 2008.
- Nowlin, Bill. "Jack Robinson", Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed September 11, 2019 "Jack, the nickname he reported on his player questionnaire for the National Baseball Hall of Fame, attended the Demarest and Park Grammar Schools, then Bloomfield High School (graduating in 1939), and then spent a year at the Bordentown Military Institute."
- Frankel, Jeff. "Bloomfield Bicentennial: Notable people" Archived 2016-08-11 at the Wayback Machine, Bloomfield Life, October 26, 2012. Accessed December 22, 2014. "Sceurman has been in the publishing industry most of his life as a graphic designer, writer and behind the scenes in New Jersey music front, according to his biography. He still lives in Bloomfield with his wife Shirley and their daughter."
- Federico-O'Murchu, Linda. "BEF Gala Honors a Century of Excellence in Bloomfield; The Bloomfield Educational Foundation's '2nd Century of Excellence' honored four members of the community who made significant contributions to education in the township", Bloomfield Patch, April 28, 2012. Accessed December 22, 2014. "Additional honorees included Mark Sceurman '75, who received the Alumnus of the Year Award, BHS Principal Christopher Jennings, who received the Educator of the Year Award and The St. Valentine's Athletic Club, which received of The Friends of Bloomfield Schools Award."
- Gould, Brandon. "Bloomfield native to lead play-by-play call of NCAA lacrosse final for ESPN", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 19, 2017. Accessed November 8, 2018. "After graduating from Bloomfield High School in 2000, Shroff decided that he wanted to become a broadcaster and follow in the footsteps of Bob Costas, Ian Eagle, Marv Albert and Len Berman."
- Dinki, Tom. "UB's Kristjan Sokoli is relentless on and off the field; Sokoli's journey from an Albanian who had never heard of football to a Division I player with eyes on the NFL", The Spectrum, February 1, 2015. Accessed May 6, 2015. "On Aug. 18, 2009, a few weeks before Sokoli was set to begin his senior season at Bloomfield High School, Edmir and another man entered Rachel Jewelers in Kearny, New Jersey with the intent to rob it."
- Robert C Stempel Bio Archived 2007-10-23 at the Wayback Machine, Energy Conversion Devices Ovonics. Accessed March 8, 2008.
- Tribute to Mildred Fairbanks Stone, National Women's History Museum. Accessed July 18, 2011.
- Frankel, Jeff. "Funeral set for Broncos quarterback Tripucka, formerly of Bloomfield" Archived 2013-10-03 at the Wayback Machine, Bloomfield Life, September 13, 2013. Accessed September 15, 2013. "Funeral plans are set for Frank Tripucka, the Denver Broncos' first quarterback. He was a Bloomfield native.... Tripucka, 85, a 1945 Bloomfield High School graduate, died Thursday at his Woodland Park home."
- Frankel, Jeff. "Tripucka recalls the stadium that started it all" Archived 2012-03-24 at the Wayback Machine, Bloomfield Life, March 4, 2011. Accessed January 10, 2012. "Frank Tripucka credits William Foley, Bloomfield High School's legendary football coach during the 1930s and 40s, for allowing him to enjoy a long, successful career in organized football."
- Frank Tripucka Archived 2016-04-12 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed May 1, 2009.
- "Plus: Basketball; Nets Pick Tripucka As Radio Analyst", The New York Times, September 11, 2001. Accessed January 10, 2011. "He was a two-time basketball all-American at Bloomfield High School."
- Lamberta, Mike (April 8, 2017). "Stellar athletes set to enter Bloomfield Hall of Fame". NorthJersey.com. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
- Genzlinger, Neil. "Marlene VerPlanck, Singer of Jazz and Jingles, Dies at 84", The New York Times, January 26, 2018. Accessed November 8, 2018. "Marlene Pampinella was born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Newark to Anthony Pampinella and the former Pauline Biase. After graduating from Bloomfield High School, she briefly considered a journalism career."
- Bob Woollard, SC ACC Hoops. Accessed March 24, 2015.