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Princeton High School (New Jersey)

Princeton High School
151 Moore Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Type Public
Established 1898
Principal Gary R. Snyder
Assistant principals Harvey Highland
Lori Rotz
Faculty 115.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 1,375 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 11.93:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Colonial Valley Conference
Team name Little Tigers

Princeton High School (PHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Princeton, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Princeton Public Schools district, which serves all public school students in Princeton. Students from Cranbury Township also attend PHS as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Cranbury Township School District.[2] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1932.[3]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,375 students and 115.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.93:1. There were 73 students (5.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 38 (2.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

PHS is notable for its high academic standards and strong arts programs that rival many of the nation's private schools. The school consistently ranks amongst the top open-admissions public high schools in the state concerning SAT scores, and was ranked first in the state amongst open-admissions schools in 2009.[4]


This image of PHS from above (with old municipal boundaries pre-dating the January 1, 2013, consolidation of Princeton highlighted) predates the 2000s construction. The building complex to the right of the athletic fields and track is John Witherspoon Middle School, also pre-construction.

PHS is located between Moore Street and Walnut Lane. The district middle school, John Witherspoon Middle School, is located across from the high school athletic fields on Walnut Lane.

PHS offers courses in many subjects and levels, including most of the courses in the Advanced Placement Program. Additionally, the High School Program at Princeton University permits qualified juniors and seniors to take free courses at Princeton University. Students must have exhausted all high school course alternatives within a discipline and receive high school credit only for any university courses successfully completed.[5]

As of 2014, the school's principal is Gary R. Snyder, and its assistant principals are Harvey Highland and Lori Rotz. The Athletic Director is John Miranda.[6]

Princeton High underwent significant reconstruction from 2003 to 2007 as part of an $86 million project to renovate the Princeton Regional School District's school buildings. At the start of the 2006-07 school year, the new auditorium, science labs, gymnasium, and the bulk of the new wings and staircases in the school opened. The renovated library (now located in the former auditorium) opened in May 2007. During the summer of 2007, finishing touches such as the removal of classroom trailers, installation of tennis courts, repaving of parking lots, finishing of renovations to old portions of the building, and work on the new, state-of-the-art fitness center took place. The district-wide renovations were declared officially complete at the beginning of the 2007-08 school year.[7]

Residents of Princeton University's housing complexes for graduate students with families, Butler Apartments, Lawrence Apartments, and Stanworth Apartments, are zoned to Princeton High School.[8]

Awards, recognition and rankings

In the December 9, 2009 issue of U.S. News & World Report, Princeton High School was the 94th ranked public high school in the nation and was the highest ranked open-admissions high school in New Jersey.[9]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 8th in New Jersey and 371st nationwide.[10] The school was ranked 210th in Newsweek's 2009 ranking of the top 1,500 high schools in the United States and was the third-ranked school in New Jersey, with 2.943 AP tests taken in 2008 per graduating senior and 60% of all graduating seniors passing at least one AP exam. The school was ranked 142nd nationwide in 2008.[11] In Newsweek's 2007 ranking of the country's top high schools, Princeton High School was listed in 208th place, the seventh-highest ranked school in New Jersey.[12] The school was listed in 133rd place, the third-highest ranked school in New Jersey, in Newsweek's May 8, 2006, issue listing the Top 1200 High Schools in The United States.[13] Princeton High School was ranked as number 212 in Newsweek's 2005 survey[14] and 113th in its 2004 survey.

The school was the 67th-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.[15] The school had been ranked 59th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 44th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[16] The magazine ranked the school 6th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[17] The school was ranked 13th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[18] ranked the school 75th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 16 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.3%) and language arts literacy (94.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[19]

The November 30, 2007, issue of The Wall Street Journal, ranking the country's high schools based on a percentage of 2007 high school seniors sent to eight selective colleges, placed Princeton High School at #27.[20] PHS was the second highest ranked publicly funded school, with a total of 31 students matriculating the select eight schools. The eight colleges were Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Pomona, University of Chicago, Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, and Williams. Princeton High School's rank was aided by the fact that 19 students from the school matriculated to Princeton University.

School policy


School is held Monday through Friday from 7:51 a.m.-2:51 p.m. for a total of 180 days per year. The daily schedule consists of eight academic periods (45 minutes), with a homeroom period (12 minutes) on Wednesdays between the second and third periods, and a break (30 minutes) between the fifth and sixth periods.[21] There are four minutes between each class period for the students to get to their next class.[21]

Every Wednesday, (termed "Short Wednesdays" or "one-forty-nine days") and on other days when special events are planned, the school day is shortened and ends at 1:49 p.m. Students still attend all eight class periods on Short Wednesdays, though they are shortened to 35 minutes. Homeroom and break periods are not shortened. Short Wednesdays exist to permit the operation of the Peer Group program (which is mandatory for freshmen) between 1:49 and 2:51. This period of time is also used for community service group meetings for sophomores, other optional extracurricular activities, and school-wide events such as pep rallies, the Fall Festival, and Spring Fling. The 2010-2011 school year changed the time for the end of classes to 1:49, as school ended at 1:39 before.[21]

Lab days

The school days are assigned letter labels, cycling from A through G. This is done to accommodate double periods for science classes, which are scheduled so that there is a gym class during the preceding or following period. For two out of these seven days (either A and E, B and F, or C and G depending on the class, so that D day is the same for everyone) the science class meets two periods in a row to give the class opportunity for a lab experiment. For example, if a student has lab on B and F days, he or she will not have gym or health (or, if they are a sophomore, Driver's Education) on those cycle days, and will instead have a double science period.[21]

Graduation requirements

In order to receive a diploma from Princeton High School, students must pass the Grade 11 High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA 11) in language arts literacy and mathematics. Students must pass the Biology State Assessment the year they are enrolled in a Biology course. They must also successfully complete a minimum of 120 credits beginning in grade 9 and concluding in grade 12. Each year-long class counts for 5 credits; each semester class counts for 2.5. Science classes that have one or two lab periods, however, count for 5.7 and 6.4 credits, respectively (because of the additional lab periods). Quarterly Gym and Health classes count for 1 credit, or 4 credits per year. Additionally, each student must have completed 50 hours of community service to graduate. These community service requirements are usually completed during students' sophomore years.

Required courses include English I and English II (which must respectively be taken in the first two years) and two more years of English; three years of science, including biology and chemistry; one year of a foreign language (though three years is recommended); three years of mathematics; one year of gym for every year that the student is enrolled (if the student graduates in three years they only need three classes); two years of United States History, one year of World History; one year of Visual/Performing Arts; one half year of Financial Literacy; and one year of Practical Arts.

PHS has a policy of revoking credit for a student's course if a certain amount of unexcused absences in a class are reached. More than 18 absences from a year-long course, 9 absences for a semester course, and 5 absences for a marking period course will lead to credit revocation. Starting in 2005, tardiness has been counted as one-third of an absence for the purposes of revoking credit.[21]

Extracurricular activities

Princeton High School offers many Chess Club, the Chinese Club, the Crew Club, the Cricket Club, the Environmental Club, the Gay-Straight Alliance, the Indian Club, The Ivy (a literary magazine), the Latin Club, the Math Team, the Debate team, the Mock Trial Team, Model United Nations, the Numina Gallery group, The Prince (the Yearbook), the Princeton High Ultimate Club (PHUC), the Robotics and Computer Club, the New Rubik's Cube Club, the Science Bowl Team, the Science Olympiad Team, the Statistics Club, The Tower (the newspaper), the Quidditch Club, the Bibliophile club, French Club, the Circolo Italiano (Italian Club), the Pen Spinning Club, Philosophy Club, Princeton Tiger Tech, and a Junior Statesmen of America Chapter. The following are some of the high school's oldest and most celebrated extracurricular traditions:


The Princeton High School Little Tigers participate in the Colonial Valley Conference, which includes high schools from Mercer, Middlesex and Monmouth Counties, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[22] With 1,083 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,083 to 2,230 students in that grade range.[23] The high school boasts teams in girls' field hockey, soccer, football, cheerleading, cross country, swimming, ice hockey, basketball, winter track, lacrosse, spring track and field, baseball, softball, golf, fencing, girls' volleyball, and tennis. The track and field team of the early 1950s was notable for a series of State Championships and was recently inducted into the Princeton High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

The golf team went five for five in its 2007 tournaments, including the Group III State Championships, the Mercer County Tournament, Sectional Championships, the Bunker Hill Tournament, and the Cherry Valley Tournament. The team over had a record of 47-2 during the 2007 and 2008 seasons. The 2008 team repeated as Group III champion.[24]

The varsity girls' swim team won the 2007 NJSIAA Central - B State Sectional Championship with an 87-83 win over Ocean Township High School.[25] They again beat Ocean Township High School in 2008 for the second year in a row, claiming their 6th consecutive NJSIAA Central - B sectional championship.

The 2009 boys swimming team won the Central Jersey Group B Sectional title with a 99-71 win against Ocean Township High School.[26]

In 2011, the boys swimming team won the Central Jersey Group B Sectional title with a 102-68 win against Freehold Borough High School.[27] Following that, the team advanced to the NJSIAA Public B finals, ultimately losing to Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, 80-90.[28]

In 2012, the boys swimming team again won the Central Jersey Group B Sectional title. After that, Princeton once again faced-off against their rivals last year Scotch Plains-Fanwood. This time Princeton boys swimming team won 109-61, giving them the NJSIAA Public B state champion title.[29]

In 2008, the Varsity cheerleading squad competed in the Colonial Valley Conference Competition, and won Best Dance, First place in Medium Division and Overall Grand Champions. They competed against 13 other teams in order to win the Grand Champion Award.

In 2009, the varsity boys' soccer team won the Group III state championship, capping off an undefeated season with a 2-1 win over Millburn High School.[30]

In 2010, the Varsity cheerleading squad competed in the 6th Annual Colonial Valley Conference Competition, and won First Place in Small division.

The Princeton High School Choir

PHS Choir is technically an elective and not an "extracurricular" activity, as it is a regularly scheduled course for which credits and grades are given.

Founded in 1944, the Choir is nationally and internationally known as one of the top high school choirs in the world and is widely regarded as the high school's strongest musical tradition. The Choir is composed of 60 to 80 students in grades 10 through 12 every year, with auditions conducted at the end of each academic year for entry in the following year. Students who are not accepted during their first audition may try again in subsequent years. The Choir tours internationally (and occasionally nationally) once every two years. Past tours of special significance include the 1977/78 invitation from the American composer Gian Carlo Menotti to participate in Spoleto, a world-renowned summer festival where they premiered Menotti's opera, "The Egg" and an invitation to perform at the 850th anniversary of the city of Moscow.[31] Though the Choir has toured internationally since 1962, more recent destinations (since 1993) include the nations of Austria, Canada, China, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. The Princeton High School Chamber Choir, composed of members of the PHS Choir, has performed at the White House on numerous occasions. A national tour with the entire Choir to Washington D.C. in the spring of 2009 included a performance at the Washington National Cathedral.[32] The Choir toured Barcelona, Spain, in February 2011, appearing on national Spanish television as well as gaining special permission to perform in the Cathedral of Montserrat.[33]

The Choir has been under five directors in its history, including founding director Harvey Woodruff from 1944 to 1948, Thomas Hilbish from 1948 to 1965, William Trego from 1965 to 1993, and Dr. Charles "Sunny" Sundquist from 1993 to 2008. After Dr. Sundquist's move to Mountain Lakes High School in 2008, Mr. Vincent Metallo took over as director, along with veteran Associate Director Ms. Sarah Pelletier.[34]

Since December 1944, the Choir has performed its annual winter concert in the Princeton University Chapel, often filled to capacity with over 1,200 attendees, including numerous Choir alumni.[34]

A cappella

PHS also is home to four student-run a cappella groups. There are two "choir affiliated" groups, The Cat's Meow (all female) and Around 8 (co-ed), and two non "choir affiliated groups" Testostertones (all male) and Cloud Nine (all female). The four groups perform at various school and non-school related events year round, singing songs arranged by current and former members. They all hold weekly, student-run rehearsals. The a cappella groups hold auditions at the end of each school year and admit a small number of new members. Admission overall is very selective, although selectivity varies from year to year and some groups are generally more selective than others. To have the ability to audition for a "choir affiliated" a cappella group, one must first be admitted to PHS choir by audition with the choir directors.

The Cat's Meow was established by 9 females in the early 1980s and features their 5 "classic" songs each year along with 15 to 20 new arrangements by former and current members. All of their songs are featured on a CD each year. Around Eight was formed second, in 1992, and originally included eight members—two each of the four basic voice parts. Around Eight started out as a mainly madrigal oriented group, but as time progressed it became more pop oriented. The name "Around Eight" came from the fact that the group originally consisted of eight members and also practiced at 8 pm on Fridays and many members were usually a few minutes late or early. Around Eight has been known to feature a lot of complex beatboxing. Cloud 9 and the Testostertones are more recent additions to the school's rich a cappella history. Cloud 9 was formed originally to give girls not in the choir a chance to show off their abilities. The Testostertones were formed by Stephen Hood, Alex Lowenstein, Ryan O'Grady and Ozzie Crocco.

All of the a cappella groups are featured in many of the classic group performances such as: Back To School Night, Fall Festival, Friday Night Live (FNL), Winter Arch Sing WWP-South's Acappellooza, Spring Fling, and Final Arch Sing, among others.

Each usually contain large crowds as many support friends and enjoy the high quality of a cappella at PHS. Each group with the exception of Tones has recorded a CD annually, but 2011 marked the first in several years that Tones released a CD.

PHS Studio Band

The band program is technically an elective and not an "extracurricular" activity, as it is a regularly scheduled course for which credits and grades are given.

Band Program

Princeton High School has several levels of bands to accommodate all levels of playing from beginning to professional skill. Tiger I & II, Nassau I & II, Jazz Ensemble, and Studio Band are the 6 bands by order of pure playing ability. Students are assigned to their respective band level according to skill, being an upperclassman holds no extra sway.

The Princeton High School Studio Band, currently directed by Joe Bongiovi, selects its members by audition only. All Studio Band members are expected to excel in sight-reading, master finger positions, and be familiar with all techniques that apply to their instrument (e.g., trombone F-attachment). They are also expected to attend all rehearsals both during and after school. During the band's preparation for competition, ensemble rehearsal can be over 12–20 hours in 1 week.

The Studio Band is known to play a wide variety of genres arranged for Big Band. About one Friday evening each month throughout the school year the Studio Band hosts dances known as Big Band Dances.

Band History

The original director and founder of the Studio Band was Dr. Anthony Biancosino. Biancosino was the director of the Studio Band for 26 years. During those years the Studio Band had many successes, including playing at the inaugural balls of both Presidents George H. W. Bush.

When Biancosino died in December 2003, his brother, Joseph Downey, took over as director of the Studio band. Under his direction the Studio Band continued to play and compete. In 2007 the Studio Band took first place at the Berklee College of Music High School Jazz Festival. Prior to performing, Downey dedicated the set to Dr. Biancosino. Incidentally, his brother Joe stepped in to direct the band at the 1982 Berkee Festival, when they won the competition for the first time, while Dr. Biancosino was at the bedside of his ailing daughter. The set in 2007 consisted of three pieces: Whiplash, Of Another Time, and Cherokee; the same set the Studio Band had played when they won previously at Berklee twenty-five years earlier. Joe Bongiovi later took over the band director's position, with the help of band director Scott Grimaldi. Under the direction of Joe Bongiovi in 2009, PHS Studio Band won first place overall, best woodwind section, and best brass section at the Disney Jazz Festival. Later in the year, they also won first place overall and best saxophone section at the NJAJE State Finals. The set consisted of Heat of the Day, Mumuki, and What is This Thing Called Love. At the Berklee Jazz Festival of 2010, the PHS studio band took first place in Division 2 for large ensembles. The set was It Don't Mean a Thing (If it Ain't Got That Swing), The First Circle, and Besame Mucho. The band played well once again at the Berklee Jazz Festival of 2011, winning first in Division 2 for large ensembles, second in Division 1 for small combos, and second in miscellaneous BandSlam groups (this time Wake'N'Ska).

Jazz Festival

The Princeton High School band program also hosts an annual Jazz Festival, nicknamed "Jazz Fest", at which local high school jazz bands are invited to perform for adjudication. Like many other similar high school jazz festivals, the host band traditionally plays last and is not scored for competition. Each year, the band program invites a guest artist to perform after the festival for its attendees.[35]

Jazz Festival Guest Artists: 2008- Berklee School Of Music Concert Jazz Orchestra 2009- Tierney Sutton 2010- Cherry Poppin' Daddies 2011- Tim Hagans & Marvin Stamm 2012- Denis DiBlasio 2013- Peter Erskine

Spectacle Theatre

Spectacle Theatre is Princeton High School's student-run drama club. Each year, students will act in and produce a fall play (generally in November) and a spring musical (generally in March). After the conclusion of the musical, seniors have the opportunity to direct single-act plays in a Student Directed Play production. Each production involves tech, make-up, lighting, and costume departments as well as a stage crew.

The program was the first high school to premiere "Brigadoon" and "Carousel". They have also performed operas at Princeton High School, the first of which was Cavalleria Rusticana, a one act opera written by Pietro Mascagni.

Spectacle Theatre is currently directed by Pat Wray, the PHS drama teacher and former Broadway dancer and actress.

The Tower

The Tower is the school's newspaper, which was founded in 1911 as The Observer. In 1925, it was again renamed to The Blue & White, and received its present title in 1929 to commemorate the new high school building, which is presently the oldest building on campus. The first incarnation was published fortnightly in a smaller format, while the current edition is published monthly in a traditional newspaper size. It has been printed and typesetted by various local publishers, including the Town Topics and most recently the Princeton Packet. The newspaper is distributed for free in school, in addition to online publication.[36]

The Tower has varied enormously in content and style throughout its publication. The nameplate has changed significantly, with the original pencil drawing of the tower with The New York Times-style lettering continually removed and reinserted in between redesigns, but the current masthead dates to the eighties. Current features in The Tower include a monthly quotes section, "Cheers and Jeers" of various cultural and school-specific events, a two-page topical opinions/forum spread called Vanguard, and a monthly calendar of local events called "Pencil These In". Many of these topics have been resurrected from past issue of The Tower. General topics include opinion pieces, arts and entertainment, and sports news. Once a year a joke issue is published, which is a tradition first created in a 1920s issue called The Black & Blue - more recent examples being a mid-2000s issue alleging that a giant condom had been placed on top of the school, and lolcats being featured in a 2009 issue.

The Tower has faced competition. From 1990 to 1994, a rival "underground" newspaper called The Free Press published after a split between several potential editors of The Tower.[37] Currently, an Onion-style news site called The Dungeon has been publishing since 2013.[38]

The Ivy

The Ivy is the school's visual and literary [39]


Spork is the school's food and dining magazine. It was created during the 2011-2012 school year through funds generating via Kickstarter.[40] The Spork staff writes and adapts recipes, reviews local Princeton restaurants, and publishes food-related features and articles. Spork is is printed and distributed for free in school, in addition to online publication.[41]

The Ideas Center

The Princeton High School Ideas Center provides most of the students in need at the school with peer tutors. Tutors work with their fellow students in one-on-one sessions or study groups. Tutoring is often done as a community service requirement, though this is not always the case.

Achievement gap

PHS has been considered a case study of the achievement gap in elite high schools. The gap between different groups in academic progress received greater attention in 2005, after the school failed the No Child Left Behind Act. The New York Times ran an article entitled "The Achievement Gap in Elite Schools," by Samuel G. Freedman on September 28, 2005, which essentially accused Princeton High School of neglecting its responsibility to educate minorities. While the cause may be due to socioeconomic status rather than racial segregation, many students in the overwhelmingly white-and-Asian-populated advanced classes can spend most of their high school career without sharing but a few classes with their Hispanic or African American peers. According to Freedman's article, "In the early 1990s, an interracial body calling itself the Robeson Group—in homage to Paul Robeson, the most famous product of black Princeton—mobilized to recruit more black teachers and help elect the first black member to the school board."[42]

In 2003, the school became part of the Minority Student Achievement Network, a network of 21 different schools across the country, that share Princeton High School's achievement gap problem. MSAN gathers high achieving minority students, to address and help fix the growing achievement gap, in their schools.[43]

Notable alumni


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  49. ^ Staff. "Olympian Lesley Bush shares gold at library", Princeton Public Library, August 2, 2012. Accessed August 5, 2014. "A Princeton High School student in 1964, Bush was honored with a town parade upon her return from the Olympics."
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  53. ^ Hunt, Mary Ellen. "Arielle Jacobs stars in 'High School Musical'", San Francisco Chronicle, April 13, 2008. Accessed August 5, 2014. "A native of Half Moon Bay, Jacobs was 14 when she moved with her family from California to Princeton, N.J., just as she was to start high school, so she knows what it's like to be the new girl in town."
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  55. ^ LaGorce, Tammy. "John Lithgow Sings of the Sewer, and Other Funny Stuff", The New York Times, November 11, 2007. Accessed July 24, 2011. "The visit will allow Mr. Lithgow, a Princeton High School graduate, to catch up with a few school friends still in the area, he said, and to relive “loads of fond memories” of the 1960s, when his father, Arthur Lithgow, ran the McCarter Theater downtown."
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  61. ^ Staff. "Daniel H. Schulman, Virgin Mobile USA CEO, Inducted to Rutgers Board of Governors", Rutgers Today, July 9, 2009. Accessed October 12, 2014. "Born and raised in Newark, Schulman later attended Princeton High School."
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  63. ^ Staff. "Ask Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter", The Washington Post, January 25, 2008. Accessed July 24, 2011. "Q. I go to Princeton High School. Have you seen the additions? It's pretty weird. Did you like going here? I bet we had some of the same teachers. Michael Showalter: Go Lil Tigers!"

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