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Paramus High School

Paramus High School
East Century Road
Paramus, NJ 07652

Type Public high school
Established 1957
School district Paramus Public Schools
Principal Anthony Panico
Vice Principals Lina Gudelis (Grade 10 and Grade 9, Last Names A-G)
Louis Natalo (Grade 12 and Grade 9, Last Names H-O)
Dr. Michael J. Pilacik (Grades 9 Last Names P-Z & Grade 11)
Faculty 79.9 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,348 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 16.87:1[1]
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Nickname Spartans

Paramus High School is an American four-year comprehensive public high school, located in Paramus, New Jersey, operating as part of the Paramus Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 2006.[2]

Historically Paramus shared many municipal services with the township of Rochelle Park, including schooling. In 1922, the school situation was the hot topic of discussion. Residents felt that the schools were too far away and wanted to make sure that their children were safe when they went to school. It was because of this that Paramus decided to become a borough of its own, and it built the high school on Spring Valley Road in 1957.[3] The school's 50th anniversary was celebrated in 2007.[4]

Paramus High School offers a wide range of course offerings to its students, including. Advanced Placement courses available in 21 subjects.

As of the 2010-11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,348 students and 79.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 16.87:1. There were 31 students (2.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 9 (0.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings

For the 1988-89 school year, Paramus High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[5] the highest award an American school can receive.[6][7]

The school was the 111th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 98th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 77th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 45th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[10] ranked the school tied for 124th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 44 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (83.3%) and language arts literacy (97.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 50th in New Jersey and 1,527th nationwide.[12]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 705th in the nation among participating public high schools and 54th among schools in New Jersey.[13]


The Paramus High School Spartans now compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[14] The school had participated in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League prior to the realignment that took place in 2010. The Paramus High School sports program has had much success over the years, most notably in baseball, volleyball, and wrestling. The ice hockey team ended a 12-year drought with a league title, league championship, and also a holiday tournament championship in the 2011-12 season.

The baseball program has won over 800 games since its inception in 1960 which includes four state championships, a county championship, and thirteen league championships. Many players have gone on to graduate and continue to play baseball at the collegiate level, several of which played at the NCAA Division 1 level or professionally.[15] Former head coach Joe Cervino, who managed the team for 30 seasons from 1982-2011, was one of the most successful coaches in Bergen County history, one of only four coaches to win more than 500 games.[16]

The girls volleyball team has won seven state championships, winning the Division A title in 1981 against Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, taking the Group IV title in 1982 against Hackensack High School, and earning Group III titles in 1988 (vs. Ramsey High School), 1999 (Old Tappan), 1994 (River Dell Regional High School), 1995 (Lakeland Regional High School) and 2005 (Ramapo High School).[17] The team won the Tournament of Champions in 2005, defeating Secaucus High School in the tournament finals with a two-game sweep by scores of 25-22 and 25-23.[18]

The 1994 girls volleyball team finished the season with a record of 22-2, winning the league and Group III state title, but lost to Paramus Catholic High School in the Bergen County tournament.[19] The 1995 team won the Group III title for a second consecutive year, and took the Bergen County title with a win over Paramus Catholic.[20]


Core members of the school's administration are:[21]

  • Anthony Panico, Principal
  • Lina Guidelis, Vice Principal, Grade 12 and Grade 9 (Last Names A-G); Supervisor of English and Social Studies
  • Louis Natalo, Vice Principal - Grade 11 and Grade 9 (Last Names H-O); Supervior of Business and World Languages
  • Dr. Michael Pilacik, Vice Principal - Grade 10 and Grade 9 (Last Names P-Z); Supervisor of Mathematics and Science

Notable alumni

Some notable Paramus High school alumni include:

Notable faculty

  • Bill Pascrell (born 1937), Congressman who taught at the school for 12 years.[33]
  • Frank L. Ryerson (1905–1995), trumpeter who wrote the alma mater lyrics, sung to the tune "Aura Lee".


External links

  • Paramus High School web page
  • New Jersey Department of Education
  • National Center for Education Statistics
  • - Paramus High School Cross Country and Track & Field Teams Website

Coordinates: 40°55′40″N 74°03′44″W / 40.927748°N 74.062185°W / 40.927748; -74.062185

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