Hackensack High School

Hackensack High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Hackensack, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Hackensack Public Schools. Hackensack High School serves students from the Bergen County, New Jersey communities of Hackensack, South Hackensack (80 students in 2011-12), Rochelle Park (120 students).[3][4] In March 2020, the Maywood Public Schools received approval from the New Jersey Department of Education to end the relationship it had established with Hackensack in 1969 and began transitioning incoming ninth graders to Henry P. Becton Regional High School starting with the 2020–21 school year.[5]

Hackensack High School
Hackensack High School seal.jpg
First & Beech Streets

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United States
Coordinates40°53′06″N 74°03′08″W / 40.88505°N 74.052119°W / 40.88505; -74.052119Coordinates: 40°53′06″N 74°03′08″W / 40.88505°N 74.052119°W / 40.88505; -74.052119
TypePublic high school
Motto"There is no limit to the good a man can do, if he doesn't care who gets the credit."

Seal motto: Scientia Terras Irradiamus (We irradiate the Earth with knowledge.)
School districtHackensack Public Schools
NCES School ID340627000496[1]
PrincipalJames Montesano
Faculty137.8 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,806 (as of 2020–21)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.1:1[1]
Color(s)  Navy Blue and
Athletics25 Teams
Athletics conferenceBig North Conference (general)
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
Team nameComets[2]
RivalTeaneck High School
NewspaperThe Voice
YearbookThe Comet
School song"Old Hackensack"

As of the 2020–21 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,806 students and 137.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.1:1. There were 799 students (44.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 164 (9.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 242nd-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.[6] The school had been ranked 206th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 198th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 184th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was ranked 203rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[9] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 266th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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).[10]


Hackensack High School's graduates date from the 1880s, and include Warren Terhune[11] and William J. Snow.[12] The cornerstone for its present location at First and Beech Streets in Hackensack was laid on December 2, 1916. The new building opened to students in March 1918.[13] By 1920, twenty-two Bergen County towns sent their students to Hackensack High School. New wings were built in the 1950s. The 1966 expansion of Hackensack High School encompassed neighboring Beech Street School and extended a two-story bridge over First Street and in 1967 the Beech Street elementary school became the "east wing" of the high school as it stands today.[14]

Students from Emerson had attended the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Emerson School District that was ended with the completion of Emerson Jr./Sr. High School in March 1963. Those students already enrolled in Hackensack completed their attendance in Hackensack through their graduation.[15][16]

Students from Maywood began attending Hackensack High School in September 1966, after the district ended a longstanding sending relationship under which students attended Bogota High School.[17]


The Hackensack High School Comets[2] compete in the Big North Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools in Bergen and Passaic counties, and was established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[18] In the 2009-10 school year the school's athletic teams competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, a conference established on an interim basis to facilitate realignment.[19] Hackensack had been a founding member of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League.[20] Hackensack High and Ridgewood High School were the only founding members of the NNJIL to remain in the league, though Hackensack was the only school to remain continuously in the league.[21] With 1,431 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.[22] The football team competes in the Freedom Red 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.[23][24] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group V North for football for 2018–2020.[25] Since the 1912 visit of Halley's Comet, Hackensack's athletic teams have been known as the Comets; the teams were known as the "Colts" before 1912.[citation needed]

The school participates with Lyndhurst High School in a joint ice hockey team in which Paramus High School is the host school / lead agency. The co-op program operates under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.[26]

The boys' basketball team won the Group III state title in 1945 vs. North Plainfield High School and in 1952 vs. Princeton High School.[27] On February 6, 1925, the Hackensack Comets boys' basketball team won 39-35 against the Passaic High School, ending that school's 159-game winning streak.[28] The ball commemorating this feat is kept in the trophy case in the gym named for that team's captain, Howard Bollerman Sr. (later principal of Hackensack High School). The 1945 team won the state title with a 44-22 win in the championship game played at the Elizabeth Armory against North Plainfield, a team described as "a weak sister in the tourney.[29] Chet Forte led the 1952 team to the Group III title with a 74-59 win against Princeton in the championship game.[30]

The boys soccer team won the Group III state championship in 1949 (awarded by NJSIAA), 1950 (co-champion with Edison High School) and 1954 (awarded by NJSIAA), and won the Group IV title in 1960 (vs. Irvington High School), 1968 (co-champion with Ewing High School), 1969 (as co-champion with Steinert High School) and 1970 (co-champion with Steinert).[31] The 1969 team finished the season with a record of 17-2-1 after the Group IV title game against Steinert ended in a 1-1 tie, making the two teams co-champions.[32]

The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1961, 1965 and 1989. The program's three state titles are tied for seventh-most in the state.[33]

The school was co-champion of the 1971 Group IV outdoor track and field championship when they shared the title after a tie with Henry Snyder High School and again in 2010 after East Brunswick High School tied Hackensack in the final event[34][35]

The boys track team won the winter track Meet of Champions in 1974.[36]

The field hockey team won the North I Group IV state sectional title in 1980 and 1997.[37]

The wrestling team won the North I Group IV state sectional title in 1980 and 2013.[38]

The girls volleyball team won the Group IV state championship in 1984 (defeating runner-up Fair Lawn High School in the final match of the playoff tournament) and 2000 (vs. Eastern Regional High School).[39] After dropping the first game, the 1984 team came back to win the Group IV title against Fair Lawn in three games (12-15, 15-2, 15-5) in the playoff finals.[40]

The girls track team won the Group IV indoor state championship in 1987 (as co-champion). The boys track team won the Group IV title in 1988, 1992, 1993 and 1999 (co-champion).[41]

The football team won the North I Group IV state sectional championships in 1992-1996, 1999 and 2000.[42] The team won their first North I Group IV state title in 1992 with a 7-3 win against North Bergen High School in the championship game.[43] The 1993 team finished the season with a 10-1 record and repeated as North I Group IV champion with a 54-27 win against North Bergen, earning the team a second-place ranking statewide from the Asbury Park Press.[44] The team finished the 1994 season unbeaten after winning its third consecutive title with a 27-10 win in the championship game against North Bergen for the third year in a row.[45][46] A fourth consecutive win in the Borth I Group IV finals against North Bergen in 1996, this time by a score of 7-6, gave the team a 10-1 record for the year.[47] The 1996 team finished the season with an 11-0 record and was ranked 15th in the nation by USA Today.[48] The 2000 team finished the season with a record of 12-0 after defeating Teaneck High School by a score of 21-12 in the North I Group IV championship game at Rutgers Stadium.[49] The HHS homecoming football game has been held annually on Thanksgiving Day against rival Teaneck High School since 1931, alternating each year with each school as host.[50] Hackensack has won 62 of the 85 games through the 2017 season. NJ.com listed the rivalry as 27th best in their 2017 list "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football".[51] Vince Lombardi was offered $6,000 to coach football at Hackensack High School, but couldn't get out of his contract with St. Cecilia High School in nearby Englewood.[52] Hackensack turned to Tom DellaTorre to coach the football team, he responded by winning 13 championships. DellaTorre later served as the schools athletic director. Upon his retirement in the early 1980s the football field was renamed "Tom DellaTorre Athletic Field".

The baseball team won the Group IV state championship in 1995 (defeating runner-up Edison High School in the tournament final) and 1997 (vs. Toms River High School North).[53] The team won the program's first state title in 1995 with a 2-1 win against Edison in the Group IV finals.[54] The 1997 team finished the season with 27-7 record after winning the Group IV title with a 5-3 win against Toms River North in the championship game.[55]

The boys track team won the Group IV indoor relay championship in 1999.[56]

The ice hockey team won the McInnis Cup in 2000.[57]


In 2017 the graduating class numbered 429, with 46% being Hispanic, 27% being black, 20% being white, and 7% being Asian. Rodrigo Torrejon of The Journal News characterized the school's student body as being "diverse".[58]

School songEdit

The alma mater of Hackensack High School was written by W. Demarest and B. Pratt of the Class of 1918. It is to the tune of the alma mater of New York University, Palisades (used by permission).


The principal is James Montesano. His core administration team includes four assistant principals.[59]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Hackensack High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 15, 2022.
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  3. ^ Tarrazi, Alexis. "Agreement reached between Maywood, Hackensack", Hackensack Chronicle, March 9, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2022. "The Maywood school district has been sending its students to Hackensack High School for decades and currently sends 250 students. The high school also serves about 120 students from Rochelle Park and 80 students from South Hackensack, according to The Record."
  4. ^ Rochelle Park School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 26, 2016. "Upon graduation, our students attend Hackensack High School, as part of a long-term sending/receiving relationship or have the option of applying to the Bergen County Academies and Technical Schools or a private school."
  5. ^ Stoltz, Marsha A. "Here's why Maywood will send its students to Becton instead of Hackensack High School", The Record, March 9, 2020. Accessed April 6, 2020. "Maywood high school students will have four years to phase out of Hackensack High School and into Henry P. Becton Regional High School in East Rutherford. The process will begin in September, when current Maywood eighth-graders will be the first to attend Becton as freshmen, according to a March 7 joint announcement by the superintendents of the two districts."
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  11. ^ Lee, Francis Bazley (1910). Genealogical and Memorial History of the State of New Jersey. Vol. 1. New York, NY: Lewis Historical Publishing. p. 286.
  12. ^ "Memorial, William J. Snow 1890". westpointaog.org/. West Point, NY: West Point Association of Graduates. 1947.
  13. ^ "Students Enter New High School Today", The Record, March 25, 1918. Accessed May 10, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The Hackensack High school student body and faculty today moved into its handsome new building on the corner of First and Beech streets."
  14. ^ Hackensack High School pictures, Hackensack High School, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 14, 2007. Accessed March 24, 2022.
  15. ^ "Board Expects Big Hike In Emerson School Tax; Increase of $20.50 For $1,000 Valuation Predicted By Trustees", The Record, December 16, 1960. Accessed March 24, 2022, via Newspapers.com. "Local students currently attend Hackensack High School.... The trustees said the proposed school will house 860 students and be located on a 40-acre tract on Main Street, across from the Armenian Home for the Aged."
  16. ^ "Emerson School to Open in Fall; Junior-Senior High Is Planning For First Full Year", The Record, August 21, 1963. Accessed March 24, 2022, via Newspapers.com. "The Junior-Senior High School will open its doors next month for its first full year of operation. The school, originally scheduled to open last September, was delayed due to labor trouble and last summer's tornado, and students did not enter until March. The new $1.5 million structure will house students up to the 11th grade this year, with seniors completing their secondary education at Hackensack High School. The local school will have its first graduating class in June 1965."
  17. ^ "Maywood Students Leave Bogota High", The Record, August 17, 1966. Accessed March 30, 2022, via Newspapers.com. "Parents who have become accustomed to planning their attendance at two or three schools' P.-T. A. meetings will add a fourth or in some cases, a fifth next month when the town's 10th graders enter Hackensack High School. The shift from Bogota High School, used by local youngsters for decades, will begin with this class, and will be completed in 2 years when the last of Maywood's students graduate from Bogota High."
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  20. ^ Home Page, Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 9, 2009. Accessed November 25, 2014.
  21. ^ a b c Staff. "Induction Night; New Jersey Sports", The New York Times, April 26, 1974. Accessed June 13, 2011. "The Hackensack High School Sports Hall of Fame will induct nine former graduates tomorrow night, bringing its total to 323 men and women.... Chet Hanulak played football under Jim Tatum at Maryland and then with the Cleveland Browns. The late Stan Pitula pitched for the Cleveland Indians. Probably the best-known member of the Hackensack Hall is a nonathlete - Robert Schmertz, owner of the Boston Celtics, New England Whalers and the New York Stars. He was inducted last year."
  22. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  23. ^ 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."
  24. ^ 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."
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  27. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  28. ^ Staff. "'Prof' a character, winner", The Record, October 13, 2009. Accessed June 13, 2011. "The streak ended on Feb. 6, 1925, at the Hackensack Armory. The Hackensack High School Comets, behind 6-foot-6 center Howie Bollerman, took down the Wonder Team, 39-35. But the loss was mired in controversy for years. Rumors swirled that Hackensack had slicked up the armory floor with sawdust to slow down the Wonder Team's fast break."
  29. ^ "Hackensack, Bergenfield, St; Cecilia Win State Titles; North Plainfield A Cinch For Comet", The Record, March 19, 1945. Accessed December 11, 2020. "The Golden Comet had to whip North Plainfield for the crown on Saturday night and beat them they did by a 44-22 score. The experts had predicted the game would be a mere formality and they proved to be right because North Plainfield was obviously a weak sister in the tourney."
  30. ^ De La Ree, Gerry. "Forte, McCadney Lead Comet Five", The Record, March 24, 1952. Accessed January 3, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Coming up with one of its sharpest performances of the season, Hackensack High School completely outclassed a Princeton High quintet, 74 to 59, here at the Armory Saturday night to annex the Group III N. J. S. I. A. A. basketball championship."
  31. ^ NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  32. ^ "Soccer Crown to Hackensack", The Record, November 30, 1969. Accessed January 14, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Hackensack successfully defended its NJSIAA Group 4 soccer championship by gaining a 1-1 tie with Steinert of Trenton Friday at Princeton University. The two teams will share the 1969 crown. The game was a replay of last year when the Comets also tied for the crown (1-1) with Ewing on the day after Thanksgiving. Hackensack's back-to-back sharing of the championship is believed to be unprecedented.... The tie ended the Comets season at 17-2-1. Steinert, which plays in the rugged suburban Trenton league, finished 18-0-2."
  33. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  34. ^ Summary of Group Titles Boys Spring Track, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  35. ^ Clark, Ronald P. "First-place tie to Hackensack", The Record, May 30, 2010. Accessed August 23, 2011. "The Hackensack boys shared the State Group 4 title with East Brunswick with 34 points each Saturday. It was Hackensack's second Group 4 title, the other being a share of the title in 1971 with Snyder."
  36. ^ NJSIAA Winter Track Previous Team Meet of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
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  38. ^ NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  39. ^ NJSIAA Girls Volleyball Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  40. ^ Brennan, John. "Ramapo wrests area supremacy from Old Tappan", The Record, November 19, 1984. Accessed February 9, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Hackensack, a 12-15, 15-2, 15-5 winner over Fair Lawn in Group 4, is an early favorite to return to the sectional final again next year."
  41. ^ NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
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  43. ^ Mattura, Greg. "Krueger guides Hackensack to mountain top", The Record, December 6, 1992. Accessed November 25, 2020. "One way or the other, Hackensack can move the football. Against North Bergen, there was only one way. With its ground attack virtually reduced to nothing, Hackensack turned to the arm of quarterback John Krueger to come from behind for a 7-3 victory that gave the Comets the Group 4, Section 1 championship."
  44. ^ "New Jersey High School Football Top 20", Asbury Park Press, December 14, 1993. Accessed November 25, 2020. "2 Hackensack, 10-1: 183 points No 6 last week. Defeated North Bergen for the second time this season, 54-27, to capture its second straight North Jersey Section 1 Group IV championship."
  45. ^ "High School Football; Bergen Catholic Is Upset by St. Peter's for Title", The New York Times, December 4, 1994. Accessed November 25, 2020. "In the final game, Hackensack became the North Jersey Section 1, Group 4 champions for the third consecutive season as the Comets defeated North Bergen, 27-10."
  46. ^ Fox, Ron. "Hackensack remains unbeaten", The Record, December 4, 1994. Accessed December 10, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "The junior tailback broke out for 105 of his 146 yards in the second half as Hackensack dashed the Group 4 sectional football championship dreams of North Bergen for the third year in a row, 27-10, Saturday night."
  47. ^ Davidoff, Ken. "King's catch helps Hackensack keep crown", The Record, December 2, 1995. Accessed March 12, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The Hackensack football team did not dominate its competition this season. Working in a new quarterback and offensive line and hampered with injuries, the Comets often struggled in their quest for their fourth consecutive Group 4, Section 1 championship. Friday night's final game against North Bergen proved no easier, but the Comets (10-1) came out victorious, 7-6, over the Bruins (9-2) at Giants Stadium."
  48. ^ "Year-by-year final football rankings", USA Today, June 20, 200. Accessed January 30, 2021.
  49. ^ "A perfect ending; Hackensack justifies No. 1 ranking", The Record, December 4, 2000, December 7, 2020. "Hackensack secured its standing as New Jersey's No. 1 high school football team and one of the nation's best by capping a 12-0 season with Sunday's 21-12 victory over Teaneck in the Group 4, Section 1 final at Rutgers Stadium."
  50. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Hackensack's Carter Buries Teaneck", The Record, November 29, 1991. Accessed August 11, 2008. "Carter ran for 102 yards and three touchdowns as Hackensack trampled Teaneck, 39-21, in the 60th Thanksgiving football meeting between the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League Pacific Division rivals."
  51. ^ Stypulkoski, Matt. "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 27, 2017, updated May 15, 2019. Accessed December 1, 2020. "27-Hackensack vs. Teaneck These two schools have been playing on Thanksgiving since 1931, alternating each year as host school.... All-time series: Hackensack leads, 62-23"
  52. ^ O'Connor, Ian. "St. Vincent's In Lombardi Image, Packers Have A Prayer", New York Daily News, January 10, 1996. Accessed June 13, 2011. "St. Cecilia couldn't stash its treasure forever. Hackensack High School called in a $6,000 bid, but Lombardi couldn't bring himself to leave."
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  54. ^ Kurland, Bob. "Hackensack captures title to complete miracle run", The Record, June 11, 1995. Accessed November 25, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "After stumbling through the regular season, the Comets captured their first State Group 4 championship Saturday. Leading the resurgence was pitcher Marden Medina, who made Edison his fourth straight tournament victim, 2-1, in his second consecutive eight-inning performance."
  55. ^ Graham, Tony. Gold feels left in cold, but still shines", Asbury Park Press, June 8, 1997. Accessed November 25, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Near the pitching mound, Hackensack players were celebrating their 5-3 victory over Toms River North in yesterday's NJSIAA Group IV championship game at Toms River High School East.... The Comets (27-7), who won their second Group IV crown in three years, did most of their hitting in the fifth inning, bunching 6 singles, including 2-run hits by Collin Roache and Eddie Eccelston."
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  57. ^ NJSIAA Ice Hockey State Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  58. ^ Torrejon, Rodrigo (June 23, 2017). "Diverse Hackensack High School class graduates". The Journal News. Retrieved January 28, 2020.
  59. ^ Administration, Hackensack High School. Accessed February 28, 2020.
  60. ^ Staff. "Award-winning Actor Hector Bustamante Guests on Eye on Entertainment on Time Warner Cable", I-Newswire press release dated June 2, 2010. Accessed June 13, 2011. "Bustamante began his acting career in high school (Hackensack, NJ) but was discouraged after being told by an acting teacher that his thick accent would never allow him to be a professional actor."
  61. ^ Levine, Cecilia. "Look For Hackensack Model In Holiday Target Ad", Hackensack Daily Voice, November 27, 2016. Accessed August 13, 2018. "The face of a Hackensack High School graduate has been circulating in a Target ad this holiday season. Barbie Ferreira's big break came last year in curve campaign for Aerie and Target, and has been focusing on promoting body positivity."
  62. ^ Staff. "Chet Forte, 60, an Innovator in Television Sports", The New York Times, May 19, 1996. Accessed July 12, 2016. "Fulvio Chester Forte Jr. was born Aug. 7, 1935, in Hackensack, N.J., the only child of his sports-loving mother and of a physician. The class president at Hackensack High School, he became an All-American player at Columbia despite being 5-7 and 145 pounds, small even by 1950s standards."
  63. ^ Mike Fratello, Turner Sports. Accessed June 13, 2011. "Fratello graduated from Hackensack High School, Hackensack, N.J., where he was captain of the basketball, baseball and football teams."
  64. ^ Mike Fratello, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed November 1, 2007.
  65. ^ "Hackensack appoints city's first African American public defender", Community News, September 20, 2013, backed up by the Internet Archive as of August 8, 2016. Accessed January 30, 2018. "Without realizing it, Navarro Gray made history when he was named the city's public defender — becoming the first African-American to hold this position in Hackensack. Before graduating from Hampton University Cum Laude and Hofstra University School of Law, Gray attended Fairmont Elementary School and Hackensack High School — having graduated from the latter in 1997."
  66. ^ Powell, K. Adam. Border Wars: The First Fifty Years of Atlantic Coast Conference Football, p. 3. Scarecrow Press, 2004. ISBN 9780810848399. Accessed July 12, 2016. "Hanulak's story was an interesting one, for he was not highly pursued during his days at Hackensack High School in New Jersey."
  67. ^ Smith, Danyel. "Her Own Space Melina Matsoukas — Grammy-winning director for Beyoncé and Rihanna — makes her Hollywood feature debut with the kind of story Hollywood has overlooked.", California magazine, November 18, 2019. Accessed July 12, 2022. "At Hackensack High School in New Jersey, where her family later moved, Matsoukas was into photography and hip-hop."
  68. ^ "Morrow, Everett Frederic (1909-1994)", BlackPast.org. Accessed November 25, 2017. "Everett Frederic Morrow, the son of John Eugene Morrow, a library custodian who became an ordained Methodist minister in 1912 and Mary Ann Hayes, a former farm worker and maid, was born on April 9, 1909 in Hackensack, New Jersey. He graduated from Hackensack High School in 1925, where he not only served on the debate team for three years, but was their president his senior year."
  69. ^ Danny Oquendo, Maryland Terrapins football. Accessed August 13, 2018. "At Hackensack High School: A three-year starter who played wide receiver and safety"
  70. ^ Nellie K. Parker, Nellie K. Parker Elementary School. Accessed November 26, 2017. "Nellie entered Montclair Normal School and received her teaching certificate in 1922 after graduating from Hackensack High School."
  71. ^ Fullerton Jr., Hugh. "Sports Roundup", Reading Eagle, June 3, 1949. Accessed June 13, 2011. "That path you can see leading to Hackensack, N. J., was worn by major league scouts going to watch Stan Pitula pitch for Hackensack High School... Stan just won ten games this season, making it 16 straight for two years, but seven were shutouts and two were no-hitters."
  72. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, Volume 201, Part 2, p. 247. J. A. Fitzgerald, 1985. Accessed March 8, 2022. "Born in Colombia , Mr. Rod attended schools in South America as well as Hackensack High School. He continued his education at Ocean County and Trenton State Colleges. He served in the Army from 1965 to 1968."
  73. ^ Staff. "Who's Who in the Cast", Playbill, 1981. Accessed August 13, 2018. "Gene Saks (Director) began his theatrical career playing Lord Fancourt Babberley in the Hackensack High School's production of Charlie's Aunt."
  74. ^ Montville, Leigh. "Meet sports' Superfan", The Boston Globe, July 12, 1972. Accessed June 13, 2011. "The last time he played publicly was as 6-foot center for Hackensack High School."
  75. ^ Feitelberg, Rosemary. "Amazon Whistleblower Chris Smalls to Launch Group for Essential Workers The former Amazon employee has sparked a nationwide movement to help protect the health of essential workers.", WWD, May 11, 2020. Accessed February 20, 2022. "At Hackensack High School, Smalls was a student athlete for basketball and track."
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