Hoboken High School

Hoboken High School (HHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Hoboken, in Hudson County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Hoboken Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[5]

Hoboken High School
Hoboken High School is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Hoboken High School
Hoboken High School
Hoboken High School is located in New Jersey
Hoboken High School
Hoboken High School
Hoboken High School is located in the United States
Hoboken High School
Hoboken High School
9th and Clinton Streets
Hoboken, NJ 07030

United States
Coordinates40°44′53″N 74°01′57″W / 40.74809°N 74.032439°W / 40.74809; -74.032439Coordinates: 40°44′53″N 74°01′57″W / 40.74809°N 74.032439°W / 40.74809; -74.032439
TypePublic high school
School districtHoboken Public Schools
NCES School ID3407350[2]
PrincipalRobin Piccapietra
Vice principalAnna Gullo
Faculty44.9 FTEs[2]
Grades9 - 12[3]
Enrollment412 (as of 2017–18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio9.2:1[2]
Color(s)     Red and
Athletics conferenceHudson County Interscholastic League
Team nameRedwings[4]

Starting in the 2013-14 school year, the school had operated as a combined junior-senior high school.[6] In 2016-17, the middle school was split off to serve grades seven and eight, with plans to move the middle school to the A.J. Demarest building.[7]

As of the 2017–18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 412 students and 44.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.2:1. There were 286 students (69.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 24 (5.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]


The current Hoboken High School was built in 1962.[1] Prior to that time, A. J. Demarest High School, dedicated in the autumn of 1911, served as the city's high school.[8] When the current high school was built, Demarest became a junior high school serving grades 7 - 9, and it is currently the site of the city's pre-K 3 and pre-K 4 program.[citation needed] Hoboken High School serves grades 9 - 12.[3]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 274th-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.[9] The school had been ranked 298th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 187th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[10] The magazine ranked the school 139th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[11] The school was ranked 260th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. The September 2008 issue of New Jersey Monthly magazine noted Hoboken High School as the second most improved high school in the state, having jumped from 260 in 2006 to 139 in 2008.[12] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 327th 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).[13]

In the early 2011 Rachel Grygiel, a Social Studies teacher at HHS, was honored as an "exceptional" secondary school teacher by Princeton University. An alumnus of Georgetown University and St. Peter's Graduate School, Grygiel was recognized along with three other teachers throughout the entire state.[14]

Student bodyEdit

As for the 2012-13 school year, the student body of the school is 63.7% Hispanic, 20.4% Black, 14% White and 1.9% Asian.[15]


As of the 2011-12 school year, the school began a transition from the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program to a program based on Advanced Placement courses.[16]

Students are also able to select from a variety of classes that would not otherwise be available or to complete advanced coursework beyond what is offered at the high school through the Virtual High School Collaborative.[17]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


Hoboken High School offers over 24 athletic programs with over 30% student participation. The Hoboken High School Redwings[4] compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League, which includes private and parochial high schools in Hudson County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[18] With 390 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 73 to 457 students in that grade range.[19]

Interscholastic sports offered at the school include:[4]


  • Football: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman
  • Boys' Soccer: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls' Soccer: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls' Tennis: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Girls' Volleyball: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Cross Country Track: Varsity
  • Cheerleading: Varsity
  • Strutters: Varsity


  • Boys' Basketball: Varsity, Junior Varsity, Freshman
  • Girls' Basketball: Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Swimming: Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Bowling: Varsity
  • Boys' and Girls' Indoor Track: Varsity
  • Cheerleading: Varsity
  • Strutters: Varsity


  • Baseball: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Softball: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys' Tennis: Varsity, Junior Varsity
  • Boys' Outdoor Track: Varsity
  • Girls' Outdoor Track: Varsity

In 1924, the boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship, defeating Trenton Central High School in the tournament final.[20]

The football team won the NJSIAA state sectional championships in North I Group III in 1980, 1994–96 and again in 1998-99, and won the sectional title in North II Group I in 2005 and 2012-2013.[21] The 1998 football team won the state sectional title over Wayne Hills High School with a 14-7 win in the tournament final at Giants Stadium. The win was the team's fourth title in five years. From 1995 to 1998, the team went 50-1, their only loss coming in 1997 in overtime against Ramapo High School.[22] The 2005 football team won the North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 21-6 win over Verona High School.[23] The football team won back-to-back North II, Group I state sectional titles, beating Roselle Park High School 39-9 in 2012[24] and edging Malcolm X Shabazz High School 13-7 in 2013.[25]

The softball team won the North II, Group I sectional title in 2007, edging Secaucus High School 8-7 in 14 innings in the tournament final.[26][27] The baseball team matched the feat, earning the North II, Group I title with a 5-4 win against Lyndhurst High School.[28][29]

Theater and dramaEdit

Hoboken High School's Musical Theatre and Drama program began in 1997 with the school's production of The Wiz (which was later revived by the high school in 2007) and has since produced popular shows such as Fiddler On The Roof, Once On This Island, West Side Story, Aida and Hairspray.[30]

Under the leadership of theater director Paula O'Haus, students in the program earned numerous Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, STANj Governor's Awards and were profiled by The New York Times.[31]

Harvard Model CongressEdit

Hoboken High School participates in Harvard Model Congress, an annual four-day congressional simulation conference in which students, assuming the role of specific U.S. congressmen and other government, debate and enact legislation, in order to gain the experience of how government works.[32][33]


  • African American Club
  • Agape Club
  • Computer Club
  • Drama Club
  • Emergency Response Team
  • Environmental Science Club
  • French Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance Club
  • Harvard Model Congress
  • Hispanic Culture Club
  • Italian Club
  • CREATE literary magazine[34]
  • Math Club
  • Model United Nations
  • National Honor Society
  • Rebel Club
  • Science Fair
  • School Newspaper
  • Outdoor/Sierra Club
  • Student Council
  • Yearbook
  • Senior Class Club
  • Junior Class Club
  • Sophomore Class Club
  • Freshman Class Club


  • Robin Piccapietra, Principal[35]
  • Anna Gullo, Vice Principal[35]

Notable alumniEdit

Note that alumni include those students who attended A. J. Demarest High School from 1911 to 1962.


  1. ^ a b Palasciano, Amanda. "Flashback to 1962 Hoboken High School celebrates 50 years", The Hudson Reporter, September 30, 2012. Accessed August 11, 2017. "It's the fall of 1962, a year before President John F. Kennedy would get shot and signal the end of a long period of innocence in American history. The first episode of the Tonight Show airs with host Johnny Carson, a gallon of gas costs about 25 cents, 'Sherry' by the Four Seasons is number one on the charts, and a brand new high school is about to open its doors on Clinton Street. Hoboken High School is replacing the old Demarest High School on Garden Street (which Frank Sinatra attended)."
  2. ^ a b c d e School data for Hoboken High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Hoboken High School". Great!Schools.org. January 8, 2019. Retrieved April 13, 2019.
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  5. ^ "Hoboken High School". Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 1, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2015.
  6. ^ Moses, Claire. "Seventh Grade to Move into the High School; After months of discussion, the district is switching to a junior-senior high school model. As of next school year, the seventh grade will be taught at Hoboken High School.", Hoboken Patch. Accessed June 11, 2015. "As of the 2013-2014 school year, the seventh graders will move into Hoboken High School. Rather than adopting a middle school model in the district — which was discussed last year — the district will adopt a junior-senior high school model."
  7. ^ Baer, Marilyn. "Hoboken will welcome new middle school principal; High school lockdown explained; Board of Ed approves calendar", The Hudson Reporter, March 26, 2017. Accessed February 22, 2018. "Currently, the middle school is adjoining the high school and both are overseen by Hoboken High School Principal Robin Piccapietra. But the district has announced plans to separate the middle school from the high school next fall.... The middle school will occupy the top two floors of the AJ Demarest building located next to Church Square Park on Fourth and Garden streets."
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  24. ^ Hague, Jim. "State Champs!!! Hoboken High wins NJSIAA North 2, Group I crown, defeating Roselle Park, 39-9", The Hudson Reporter, December 16, 2012. Accessed December 20, 2016. "The Red Wings, who once won five NJSIAA state crowns in a span of six years in the 1990s, claimed their second title in this millennium by defeating Roselle Park in impressive fashion, defeating Roselle Park, 39-9, to capture the North Jersey Section 2, Group I title last Friday night at MetLife Stadium.It was the first state title for Hoboken since 2005 and the eighth in the school's history, setting a new record for state championships by a Hudson County school."
  25. ^ Bernstein, Jason. "Football playoffs: Hoboken beats Shabazz, 13-7, on last-minute TD for North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 title", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2013. Accessed December 20, 2016. "The bruising, junior fullback got that shot on the next play and his 1-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds left gave Hoboken a 13-7 victory over Shabazz in the NJSIAA/Atlantic Health North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 final Saturday at Kean University in Union. It was the second straight title for Hoboken (9-3), which was missing six starters to injury."
  26. ^ Mantzouranis, Tom "Hoboken 8 (14) Secaucus 7 NJSIAA Softball: Wings win it in 14th". The Jersey Journal. (June 1, 2007). "Yet inside the park, where third-seeded Hoboken was playing No. 4 Secaucus for the North 2, Group I championship, the only person who went home was the Red Wings' Ashley Classen. As Paige Peguero lilted a ball over second base, Classen broke for home, putting an end to a riveting 8-7 Hoboken victory that stretched 14 innings."
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  37. ^ Staff. "Jersey City native Robert Ayers, an ex-Bronco, signs with Giants", The Jersey Journal, April 3, 2014. Accessed July 15, 2019. "Ayers attended Hoboken High School as a freshman, the same season the Redwings won a state title after beating Wayne Hills at the old Giants Stadium. He transferred to Marlboro County High School in South Carolina the year after that."
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  40. ^ Concert In Sinatra Park: Julio Fernandez And Friends, City of Hoboken. Accessed July 15, 2019. "He was six years old when his family left Cuba and came to Hoboken. Fernandez picked up the guitar at 8 and by the time he was a student at Hoboken High School, he was playing in different bands around town."
  41. ^ Carlevale, Joseph William. Americans of Italian Descent in New Jersey, p. 290. North Jersey Press, 1950. Accessed August 5, 2019. "Gallo, Thomas A. - Businessman. Born, Hoboken, Dec. 5. 1914.... Graduated from Demarest High School and attended Seth Boyden School of Business Administration for two years."
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  43. ^ Newville, Todd. John Romano, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed July 15, 2019. "Romano attended Demarest High School in Hoboken, where, he says, 'My (older) brother Anthony set a record at Demarest by hitting .631 and then I broke it by hitting something like .681 my senior year. I can’t remember exactly, but I had good numbers.'"
  44. ^ Oliver, Greg. "Angelo Savoldi: Wrestler, promoter, agent, gentleman", Canoe.com. Accessed July 15, 2019. "Fornini started wrestling at Demerest High School, and was always a fan of bodybuilding, so [he] built his body up."
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