New Brunswick High School

New Brunswick High School (NBHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in New Brunswick, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the main secondary school of the New Brunswick Public Schools.

New Brunswick High School
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New Brunswick High School is located in New Brunswick, NJ
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School is located in Middlesex County, New Jersey
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School is located in New Jersey
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School is located in the United States
New Brunswick High School
New Brunswick High School

United States
Coordinates40°28′50″N 74°28′54″W / 40.48056°N 74.48167°W / 40.48056; -74.48167Coordinates: 40°28′50″N 74°28′54″W / 40.48056°N 74.48167°W / 40.48056; -74.48167
TypePublic high school
School districtNew Brunswick Public Schools
PrincipalKen Redler
Vice principalsRene Edghill-Smith
Alba Lugo
Michelle Shelton
Steven Suznovich
Faculty150.8 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,845 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio12.2:1[1]
Color(s)     Navy Blue
Athletics conferenceGreater Middlesex Conference
Team nameZebras[2]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,845 students and 150.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 704 students (38.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 287th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 293rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 282nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 303rd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 302nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


The 1875 NBHS building
The 1916 NBHS building (before expansions)

The first dedicated high school facility in New Brunswick, known as Livingston Avenue High School, was built in 1875 on the Livingston Avenue property where Roosevelt Elementary School currently stands. Previously, the "high school department" took up the second and third floors of the Bayard Street School, and the New Brunswick's first graduating high school class was in July 1869.[7]

The second high school facility was completed in 1916, and contained 30 classrooms and an 800-seat auditorium. A new gymnasium was built as part of an addition in 1941, and another addition was built in 1945. This facility was repurposed as A. Chester Redshaw Elementary School following the construction of the current high school facility. Redshaw Elementary was closed in 2005 and demolished in 2006, and a new elementary school is planned for the site.

The next facility was located on Livingston Avenue, near the North Brunswick Township border, and was completed in 1964.[8][9] The 166,000-square-foot (15,400 m²) facility contains 67 classrooms (including dedicated classrooms for music and industrial arts classes), a gymnasium, a cafeteria, an auditorium, a library, and office space. The school was originally built to hold 1,200 students, and overcrowding necessitated the use of modular classrooms.

The North Brunswick Township Public Schools had sent students to New Brunswick High School until North Brunswick Township High School was completed in 1973 at a cost of $10 million and had been opened to the district's students in grades seven through nine. The New Brunswick Public Schools sought to prevent the shift of 280 students who would have attended high school in New Brunswick from attending the new facility, arguing that the withdrawal of the almost entirely white students from North Brunswick and Milltown would leave the New Brunswick school with an overwhelmingly black student body.[10]

The current high school building opened in January 2010. The 400,000-square-foot (37,000 m²) facility, constructed at a cost of $185 million, is located on Route 27.[8] The previous high school building was converted into a middle school for grades 6 through 8, to open in September 2010.[11]

Student bodyEdit

The Class of 2014 had a 63% graduation rate.[12]

As of 2013-14 school year, the school's population was 82.6% Hispanic, 15.9% African-American, 0.7% were Asian / Pacific Islander, 0.7% were White.[1] Among students, 51.5% speak English as their first language at home, while 48.1% speak Spanish; 17.0% of students had a disability, 86.2% were economically disadvantaged and 10.6% of students had limited English proficiency.[12]

The school has a Student Exchange Program, with various nations. Some neighboring countries went through with the program and students from NBHS went to China, India, and Japan.[citation needed]


The New Brunswick High School Zebras[2] compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference (GMC), which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[13] With 1,393 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.[14]

Interscholastic athletic programs offered by NBHS include football, baseball, basketball, softball, soccer, cross country, tennis, golf, bowling, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling. The school's mascot is the zebra.[2] The school's athletic facilities include a gymnasium, a football stadium (Memorial Stadium), baseball diamonds and a running track.

The boys' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 1930 against Union Hill High School, in 1938 against West New York Memorial and in 1944 defeated Camden High School in the tournament final, in addition to a Group I title in 1984 vs. Mahwah High School.[15]

The football team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2003 and the North II Group III title in 2006.[16]

Electives and extracurricular activitiesEdit

NBHS currently offers a significant variety of extracurricular activities for students, including over 40 clubs, and nearly 20 student organizations. There are clubs devoted to languages and cultures, academic fields, sports, fitness, music, art, computers, and other interests and skills. Student organizations include chapters of the National Honor Society, the Key Club, and the International Thespian Society, as well as a student council, a school newspaper, and groups that design the school's yearbook and Spectrum Literary & Art Magazine. NBHS also offers the U.S. Army JROTC program as an elective.

Theatre programEdit

NBHS offers courses and clubs focusing on various aspects of theatre arts, including music and acting. In the spring of 2002, participants in these groups, as well as several art-related classes, became involved in the school's first musical theatre presentation in years - a production of Once on This Island, which was followed by West Side Story the next year.[17] Since then, NBHS has put together productions of such shows as A Chorus Line, Grease, Seussical the Musical, Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Wiz, High School Musical, Footloose, Two By Two, Little Shop of Horrors, The Apple Tree, In the Heights, They're Playing Our Song, Putting It Together, Hello, Dolly! and The Fantasticks.

In 2008, the theatre program added a fall play each season in addition to the spring musical. Play productions have included A Christmas Carol, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet Too!, Dracula, Oedipus Rex, The Tempest, Twelve Angry Jurors, Gallery of One-Act Plays, Blinders, Project Othello, Almost, Maine and State of Independence, a collection of student-written plays.

In 2009, NBHS founded its own local chapter of International Thespian Society (Educational Theatre Association).

The Theatre Program regularly has participated in residencies and talks with many professional arts organizations, including CoLAB Arts, McCarter Theatre, Spotlight on Festivals, State Theatre (New Brunswick, New Jersey), Arts Across America, George Street Playhouse, Mason Gross School of the Arts, and TADA! Youth Theater.

In addition to these activities, the theatre program currently collaborates with other NBHS teachers and students (of Dance, Television Production and Fine Arts) to curate the Annual Festival of the Arts and the Annual Themed Institute Project.


Core members of the school's administration are:[18]

  • Kenneth Redler, Principal
    • Rene Edghill-Smith, Vice Principal
    • Alba Lugo, Vice Principal
    • Michelle Shelton, Vice Principal
    • Steven Suznovich, Vice Principal

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for New Brunswick High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d New Brunswick High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ History Archived 2012-03-25 at the Wayback Machine, New Brunswick High School. Accessed July 19, 2011.
  8. ^ a b Keller, Karen. "High school in New Brunswick opens without stoplight, crosswalk", The Star-Ledger, January 20, 2010. Accessed July 19, 2011. "The brand-new, $185 million public high school in New Brunswick will have energy-providing solar panels on the roof, state-of-the-art lighting for its athletic fields and touch-sensitive, internet-connected 'Smart Boards' instead of traditional blackboards. But when it opened last week, it didn't have a couple of comparatively low-tech necessities — a crosswalk and a stoplight.... Devco designed and managed construction of the school, which replaces the old high school on Livingston Avenue that was built in 1964."
  9. ^ Kaltwasser, Jared. "New high school in New Brunswick earns high marks from visitors", Courier News, December 15, 2009. Accessed September 7, 2012. "It will replace the current high school at 1125 Livingston Ave. That building, which was built in 1964, will be renovated and turned into New Brunswick Middle School."
  10. ^ Johnston, Richard J. H. "School Showdown Looms In New Brunswick Dispute", The New York Times, September 17, 1973. Accessed August 28, 2012. "A showdown was expected this week over whether 280 10th-graders from predominantly white North Brunswick should continue to attend New Brunswick's racially troubled, overcrowded high school."
  11. ^ Kaltwasser, Jared. "Work Nearly complete on new high school in New Brunswick", Home News Tribune, August 30, 2009. Accessed July 19, 2011. "When students do leave the current high school at 1125 Livingston Ave it won't be the end for that building. Officials plan to give the building a facelift, then move the middle school into the facility."
  12. ^ a b New Brunswick High School 2013-14 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 2, 2015.
  13. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  14. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  15. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 2, 2015.
  16. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  17. ^ History, New Brunswick High School. Accessed October 2, 2017.
  18. ^ Course Selection Book 2019-2020.pdf New Brunswick Public Schools. Accessed August 7, 2019.
  19. ^ Gary Brokaw, Accessed September 17, 2007.
  20. ^ Opinion. "Heaven help me if sports betting becomes legal in New Jersey", Home News Tribune, February 20, 2010. Accessed July 19, 2011. "According to early reports, the ball was recovered by Jonathan Casillas, an all-area player at New Brunswick High School in 2004."
  21. ^ Pace, Eric. "J. Edward Crabiel, 75, Who Held Posts in New Jersey Government", The New York Times, June 20, 1992. Accessed September 7, 2015. "J. Edward Crabiel, a New Jersey Democrat who was the state's Secretary of State and the minority leader of the State Senate, died yesterday at St. Peter's Medical Center in New Brunswick, where he was admitted two weeks earlier.... He attended Milltown public schools, graduated from New Brunswick High School and went on to earn a B.S. degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University in 1936."
  22. ^ Andre Dixon, UConn Huskies football. Accessed June 28, 2019. "Hometown: New Brunswick, N.J. High School: New Brunswick"
  23. ^ The Norwalk Hour
  24. ^ Blank, Gerald. "Norwalk Didn't Vote For Marx", PM (newspaper), April 16, 1947. Accessed January 14, 2013. "He had been born, on February 18, 1908, one of five sons, in East Brunswick Township, N. J.... Irving Freese had gone to a one-room elementary school and had been graduated from the New Brunswick High School."
  25. ^ "The Ultimate New Jersey High School Year Book – High School Yearbooks".
  26. ^ Don Highsmith, Accessed June 28, 2019. "Born: March 12, 1948 (Age: 71-108d) in New Brunswick, NJ... High School: New Brunswick (NJ)"
  27. ^ Finley, Bill. "College Football; Big East's Defections Send Recruit Elsewhere", The New York Times, February 5, 2004. Accessed September 7, 2012. "Southern California strengthened its impressive group of incoming talent when it signed wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett of New Brunswick (N.J.) High School, another who had been uncommitted."
  28. ^ Leroy Lins, Peach Basket Society. Accessed June 28, 2019.
  29. ^ George Reynolds, Rutgers University Oral History Archives, October 29, 1999. Accessed June 28, 2019. "Then we had to go to NBHS, New Brunswick High School, for eleventh and twelfth grades. By the time my wife came through Highland Park had its own high school, but I spent my last two years at New Brunswick High School."
  30. ^ Curry, Jack. "A Tough Decision For Rutgers Player", The New York Times, August 22, 1988. Accessed June 28, 2019. "Playing more than one sport is a situation Young is accustomed to. He played football, baseball and basketball all four years at New Brunswick (N.J.) High School without any hitches."
  31. ^ Eric Young, The Baseball Cube. Accessed September 16, 2006.

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