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Hightstown High School

Hightstown High School
Main entrance of the school
25 Leshin Lane
Hightstown, NJ 08520
Type Public high school
Established 1965
School district East Windsor Regional School District
Principal Dennis M. Vinson, Jr.[1]
Faculty 113.3 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,439[2] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.71:1[2]
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Colonial Valley Conference
Team name Rams
Publication The Ram Page

Hightstown High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from three communities in Mercer County and Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the East Windsor Regional School District. Students come from East Windsor Township and Hightstown Borough, both in Mercer County. Students from Roosevelt Borough (a community in Monmouth County) attend the district's high schools as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Roosevelt Public School District.[3]

The school building opened during the 1965-66 school year. Additions to the original structure were completed in 1973, 1982 and 2005. The school is approved by the New Jersey Department of Education and is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.[4]

Hightstown High School offers a wide range of courses. Included are Advanced Placement, honors, vocational and standard academic courses. The curriculum is broad in scope and flexible to meet general and individual needs. After meeting basic curricular proficiency standards, students may choose from the wide variety of elective courses that will meet their individual interests and needs.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,439 students and 113.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.71:1. There were 286 students (19.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 102 (7.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]


  • Awards, recognition and rankings 1
  • Athletics 2
  • Extracurricular Activities 3
    • FIRST Robotics Team 3.1
  • Administration 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 126th-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 161st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 180th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school 175th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 119th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8] ranked the school 225th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 4 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).[9]


The Hightstown High School Rams compete in the Colonial Valley Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Mercer County, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[10] With 1,062 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 776 to 1,073 students in that grade range.[11]

Interscholastic sports include cross country, football, soccer, field hockey, cheerleading, wrestling, indoor track and field, basketball, swimming, ice hockey, baseball, softball, tennis, and lacrosse.

Extracurricular Activities

FIRST Robotics Team

Hightstown High School is also home to First Robotics Team #1089, Team Mercury. Since the team's inception in 2003, Team Mercury has received a number of awards, including the prestigious Chairman's Award in 2009. Team Mercury is sponsored by Credit Suisse, Comcast, and the East Windsor Board of Education.


Core members of the school's administration include:[1]

  • Dennis M. Vinson, Jr. - Principal
  • William Delaney - Assistant Principal
  • Robert Scott - Assistant Principal
  • Melissa Smith - Assistant Principal

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b Hightstown High School. Accessed October 6, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d School Data for Hightstown High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 26, 2015.
  3. ^ East Windsor Regional School District 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 26, 2015. "The East Windsor Regional School District, located in central New Jersey at New Jersey Turnpike Exit 8, is a stable K-12 public school district serving the communities of the East Windsor Township and the Borough of Hightstown as well as Roosevelt Borough students’ grades 7 through 12."
  4. ^ About Us, Hightstown high School. Accessed November 8, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed October 6, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed January 1, 2012.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  11. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 26, 2014.
  12. ^ HHS grad coaches team to Southeastern Conference title, Princeton Packet, March 16, 2007.
  13. ^ Staff. "Six-Member Freshmen Class to Join Princeton Men's Soccer in 2006: Group includes players from Colorado, California.", CBS Sports, June 5, 2006. Accessed February 2, 2011. "Head coach Jim Barlow, in his 11th season in 2006, welcomes a group that includes players from six states, including California and Colorado. One will become the third member of his family to play for Barlow at Princeton, while another is a graduate of Hightstown High School, Barlow's alma mater."
  14. ^ Men's Soccer Coaching Staff: Marlon LeBlanc - Head Coach, West Virginia Mountaineers. Accessed July 9, 2008. "A Hightstown High School four-year starter, the New Jersey native received All-State, All-Area, and All-County honors during his scholastic career."
  15. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Hightstown; A Borough With Respect for Its Roots", The New York Times, February 6, 1994. Accessed February 2, 2011.

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