Madison High School (New Jersey)
|Madison High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Madison Public Schools|
|Asst. principal||David Drechsel|
|Enrollment||849 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.9:1|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
Madison High School is a four-year public high school serving students in ninth to twelfth grades in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Madison Public Schools. The school is located in the borough of Madison, and a portion of its property extends into the neighboring borough of Florham Park. Students from Harding Township attend the school as part of a sending/receiving relationship.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 849 students and 66.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. There were 37 students (4.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 9 (1.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. Over 90% of the district's graduates move on to a four-year college, with half of those attending highly competitive schools.
In May 1974, the Harding Township School District was given permission by the State Commissioner of Education to end their sending / receiving relationship with the Morris School District at Morristown High School and begin sending their students to Madison High School starting with the 1975–76 school year, ruling that the withdrawal of the mostly white students from Harding Township would not "cause a disproportionate change in the racial composition of Morristown High School".
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 32nd-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. The school had been ranked 6th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 15th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 35th in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools and was ranked 48th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 66th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 33 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.9%) and language arts literacy (98.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 115th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 22nd among all high schools in New Jersey and ninth among the state's non-magnet schools.
Madison High School offers four world languages (Spanish, French, and Italian, and new in the 2009–10 school year, Mandarin), in addition to a full array of academic majors in English, History, Mathematics and Science. A selection of Studio Art courses are also offered. Among the Advanced Placement courses offered are AP English Literature and Composition, AP English Language and Composition, AP US History, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Psychology, AP Human Geography, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, AP Spanish, AP French, AP Italian, AP Chinese, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP Environmental Science, AP Studio Art, and AP Music Theory.
The school offers the Personal Development Program in addition to the Peer Group Connections Program, a freshman orientation, and guidance program led by upperclassmen. The music program includes an orchestra, concert band, chorus, jazz band and chorus, guitar ensemble, show band, marching band and musical theater.
The Madison High School Dodgers compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) including football, basketball, and field hockey. With 634 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015–16 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 508 to 770 students in that grade range. Prior to the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in the Suburban Division of the Northern Hills Conference.
Madison High School offers dozens of clubs and 23 interscholastic sports, most notably including its field hockey and boys' lacrosse teams. Madison is one of the very few schools in the division to have a synthetic turf field. The Sportexe "PowerBlade" turf was completed on September 22, 2006, and publicly unveiled the following day in a varsity football game against their division rival Delbarton School.
The boys' baseball team won the North II Group II state sectional championship in 1963 and the North II Group III state sectional championship in 1968. The team won the North II, Group II sectional championship in 2012, defeating Bernards High School by a score of 5–2 in the tournament final.
The football team won the NJSIAA North II Group II state sectional championship in 1975, 1977, 1978, 1979, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and won the North II Group I title in 1998. In 2010, the Madison football team won the North II Group II state sectional title with a 28–21 win against James Caldwell High School, ending the season with a 12–0 record and earning the program's sixth sectional title. In 2011, the Madison football team again won the North II Group II state sectional title with a 47–7 win against Summit High School, ending the season with a 12–0 record and earning the program's seventh sectional title. In 2012, the team won their third consecutive state championship, beating Mountain Lakes High School by a score of 13–0 in a game played at Kean University, finishing the season with a 12–0 record and marking their 37th consecutive victory. In 2015, the team won the North II Group II sectional title with a 27–6 win against Rutherford High School, the fourth title under head coach Chris Kubik and the program's ninth state title. In 2016, the program won its tenth sectional title and its second consecutive championship, winning the North II Group II state sectional title with a 13–7 win against Lenape Valley Regional High School in the tournament final.
The boys' soccer team were Group II co-champions in 1982 after a tie in the tournament final against West Deptford High School. The team won the Group I state championships in 1994 against A.P. Schalick High School and won the 1996 title over Riverside High School.
The girls' track team won the Group II indoor relay state championship in 1985 and 2008.
The girls' field hockey team won the North Jersey II Group II state sectional championships in 1990, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007; won the North II Group I titles in 1994 and 1997; won the North I Group I titles in 1995, 2000 and 2006; and won the North I Group II sectional titles in 2009 and 2014. The team won the Group I state championship in 1995, and the Group II titles in 1997, 2003 and 2009. In 2003, the field hockey team won the Group II state championship with a 5–1 win over Pequannock Township High School in the semifinals and a 2–1 win against Allentown High School in the tournament's final match. In 2007, the field hockey team won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 4–2 win over Hackettstown High School (which like Madison, is now part of the new Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference) in the tournament final. In 2009, the field hockey team finished the season ranked 4th in the state by The Star-Ledger, having won the North II, Group II state sectional championship, the Morris County Championship (for the 4th consecutive year), the NJAC Conference Championship, and, most notably, the Group II state championship with a 3–1 win against Bishop Eustace Preparatory School. In 2015, under coach Ann Marie Davies, the field hockey team won the NJAC title, Morris County Tournament, North II Group II state sectional title, and the Group II state title with a 5–0 win against Wall High School. The field hockey team won the 2015 Morris County Tournament with a 2–1 win against West Morris Mendham High School in the tournament final, winning the team's fifth consecutive county title and their 21st overall.
In 2010, the girls' volleyball team came in second place in the Morris County Tournament after losing a close game against West Morris. They won the Group I South sectional finals against Secaucus High School, but lost to Bogota High School in two sets in the Group I state finals, ending their season with a 24–4 record.
In 2012, the boys' winter track team coached by Dr. Mark Ladolcetta won the North II Group I sectional title.
In 2012, Madison discontinued their high school cheerleading program.
In 2015, the boys' ice hockey team won their first ever Haas Cup and finished with a record 27 wins and 2 losses.
Madison High School added a musical to its list of extracurriculars in 1961. Recent productions include Bright Star (2019), Footloose (2018), Oklahoma! (2017), The Little Mermaid (2016), Les Misérables (2015), Bye Bye Birdie (2014), The Music Man (2013), The Wizard of Oz (2012), Sweeney Todd (2011), and, as its 50th annual spring musical, 42nd Street, in 2010, under the direction of former choir director Caryn Elefante.
Madison High School staged a Fall Drama/Comedy Production for the first time in 1978. These productions include Barefoot in the Park (1978), Arsenic and Old Lace (1979), Don't Drink the Water (1980), Shubert Alley (1981), Blithe Spirit (1982), See How They Run (1983), The Murder Room (1984), You Can't Take it With You (1985), The Man Who Came to Dinner (1986), Don't Drink the Water (1987), The Odd Couple-Female Version (1988), Play On! (1989), Morning at Seven (1990), Brighton Beach Memoirs (1991), Night of January 16th (1992), The Odd Couple-Male and Female Version (1993), The Diary of Anne Frank (1994), A Murder is Announced (1995), The Miracle Worker (1996), The Enchanted April (1997), Exit the Body (1998), The Importance of Being Earnest (1999), I Remember Mama (2000), Our Town (2001), The Mousetrap (2002), The Odd Couple-Male and Female Version (2003), Twelve Angry Men (2004), Murder at the Vicarage (2005), Father of the Bride (2006), Play On! (2007), The Crucible (2008), You Can't Take It With You (2009), The Importance of Being Earnest (2010), The Odd Couple (2011), "The Real Inspector Hound" (2012), and "Midsummer Jersey" (2013). The productions were under the direction of Julie Harding, an English teacher at the school until 2012. Megan Niper is currently the director of these productions, with assistance from Doug Oswin, also an English teacher at the school.
Madison Marching Dodgers
In 2009, Madison High School revived its marching band, which hadn't performed since its departure almost 25 years earlier. Russ Batsch, the band director, is the head of the marching band along with a staff composed of his former students, who are mainly volunteers. In 2010, the Marching Dodgers embarked upon their first competitive season. The Marching Dodger Band placed 1st in each regular season competition, taking home awards for High Music and High Visual, and placed 1st at the Championship Competition held at West Essex High School. The Marching Dodger Band went on to win 2nd place in Class 2A of the Tournament of Bands at the Atlantic Coast Championships out of almost 135 other bands on the East Coast within their region. In their 2011 season, they won every competition they entered. In their 2012 season, the Marching Dodgers competed as a part of the chapter 2 open class, in Tournament of Bands. In their 2016 season, their field show, called "Cityscape", won 9th place in the Group 3 Open Atlantic Coast Championships.
During Madison High School's 2008 graduation ceremony, School Board President Melissa Elias gave a commencement address plagiarized from a graduation address delivered by Anna Quindlen at Mount Holyoke College in 1999. Before Elias' resignation, the Madison School Board released a statement declaring that "the board does not condone nor tolerate plagiarism within the Madison School community and expects all members of our community to adhere to the highest ethical standards."
Core members of the school's administration are:
- David Drechsel, Principal
- Currently Vacant (2019), Assistant Principal
- Brett Levine, Director of Guidance
- Helena Antonaccio (born 1949, class of 1967), Playboy Playmate in June 1969.
- Dean Faiello (born 1959, class of 1977), pleaded guilty to murdering and burying Maria Cruz under his Staten Island house after performing illegal plastic surgery on her.
- Janeane Garofalo (born 1964), comedian and actress attended, but did not graduate from Madison High School.
- Vincent Larusso (born 1978), actor best known for his roles as "Adam Banks" from The Mighty Ducks trilogy.
- Neil O'Donnell (born 1966), quarterback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Tennessee Titans.
- Daniel Silverstein (class of 2006), fashion designer and finalist on NBC's Fashion Star.
- Eddie Trunk (born 1964), heavy metal radio host.
- School data for Madison High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
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- Madison High School 2016-17 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed Februae=ry 13, 2018. "Madison High School also enjoys the benefits of our sending-receiving relationship with Harding Township, a nearby K-8 school district. Students from Harding and Madison become a cohesive class in their four years together. "
- "Commissioner Reverses Plan for Morris Schools", The New York Times, May 2, 1974. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Contending that it would not significantly 'cause a disproportionate change in the racial composition of Morristown High School,' the state's Acting Commissioner of Education, Edward W. Kilpatrick today allowed Harding Township to send its high school students to. Madison High School rather than to Morristown after June 1975.... In 1971, during the time the regionalization of the Morris districts was pending before the Commissioner, Harding Township, an affluent semirural town of three‐acre‐minimum residential zones, petitioned the county superintendent to allow sending of high school pupils to the smaller Madison High School with a much smaller black population. Subsequently, Harding began to send its ninth graders to Madison despite objections from Morristown."
- Staff. "Morristown High School Closed After Racial Fight", The New York Times, May 7, 1974. Accessed November 9, 2017. "Morristown High School has about 400 black students, most of them from Morristown. Most of the high school student from Morris Township, Morris Plain: and Harding Township are white. Morristown and Morris Township were forced to merge their school systems two years ago to advance racial integration. Last week Harding Township was given permission by the State Education Commissioner to withdraw its students from Morristown High and send them to Madison High."
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- Davidove, Gerry. "Football - 2010 NJSIAA Tournament - North 2, Group 2 - Madison 28, Caldwell 21", The Star-Ledger, December 4, 2010. Accessed August 17, 2011. "Holding off a Caldwell team that produced three touchdowns in the fourth quarter, Madison came away with a 28–21 victory in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 final last night before 2,500 at Kean University in Union. The victory earned Madison its first state title since 1998 and its sixth overall playoff title."
- Kitchen, Mark. "Dodgers Dominate Summit for State Title" Archived 2011-12-10 at the Wayback Machine, MadisonPatch, December 3, 2011. Accessed December 3, 2011. "Last year, the Madison football team proved it could handle the spotlight of a state title game. This year, the Dodgers put on a show. Junior tailback Justin Goodwin rushed for 164 yards and two touchdowns and passed for another to lead Madison to a 47–7 rout of Summit in the NJSIAA North 2, Group II state title game held on the turf at Kean University's Alumni Field on Friday night."
- Michelin, Robert. "Football: Madison beats Mountain Lakes, 13-0, for North 2, Group 2 championship", The Star-Ledger, December 8, 2012, Accessed December 10, 2012. "The feeling should have been expected though after Madison, No. 13 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, captured its third straight section title by defeating Mountain Lakes, 13-0, in the NJSIAA North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 final Saturday morning at Kean University in Union.... Madison ends the season by extending its state-leading winning streak to 37 games."
- Schneider, Jeremy. "P.J. Mulcahy's big night on the ground leads Madison past Rutherford for N2G2 title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2015. Accessed January 18, 2016. "Madison overcame giving up a 68-yard touchdown on its first defensive play with a dominant rushing attack headed by P.J. Mulcahy out of the Wildcat offense as the Dodgers topped the Bulldogs, 27–6, to win the NJSIAA/Sports Care North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 title at MetLife Stadium on Thursday. The victory clinched Madison's first sectional title since 2012 and ninth in program history."
- Lanni, Patrick. "Dramatic ending, game-winning score power Madison to 2nd straight title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2016. Accessed December 9, 2016. "Another year and another title. Madison's championship streak will carry over to 2017.Sophomore Matt Mulcahy caught a pass and went 16 yards into the end zone to give Madison the game-winning score with 15 seconds remaining when the Dodgers defeated Lenape Valley, 13-7, Friday night in the North Jersey, Section 2, Group 2 final at MetLife Stadium.... Madison claimed its second straight sectional championship and fifth title in the last seven years. The win also extended Madison's two-year winning streak to 21 games in a row as the Dodgers claimed their 10th title since 1974."
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- Iezzi, Bill. "Eustace lacks finishing touch, falls to Madison", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 16, 2009. Accessed August 17, 2011. "In their third trip to the state tournament, the Crusaders went home for the third time without a trophy as Madison ran to a 3–1 victory yesterday to capture the state Group 2 crown at Toms River East."
- Christie, Sherlon. "Madison field hockey wins state title, gets redemption for 2014", Daily Record (Morristown), November 15, 2015. Accessed January 18, 2016. "Madison field hockey Ann Marie Davies stressed to her team that most teams don't get a second straight chance at a state title. And with that mentality, the Dodgers field hockey team wasted no opportunities on Saturday, Nov. 14 at Bordentown Regional High School and defeated Wall, 5–0, in the NJSIAA Group II state final."
- Stypulkoski, Matt. "Madison field hockey edges Mendham to win Morris County Tournament championship, 2-1", NJ Advance Media, October 21, 2015. Accessed November 11, 2016. "Second-seeded Madison, No. 6 in the NJ.com Top 20, wasted no time in Tuesday night's Morris County Tournament final, opening the scoring after just 50 seconds and doubling its advantage seven minutes later. In the end, those two goals proved to be enough as the Dodgers earned their fifth consecutive and 21st overall county title with a 2–1 win over top-seeded and No. 18 Mendham at Boonton High School."
- Kernan, Brian. "Bogota 2, Madison 0 (High school Girls Volleyball scores and results)", The Star-Ledger, November 13, 2010. Accessed October 16, 2012. "The seniors finished their careers on form, leading Bogota (31-4), No. 10 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a dominant 25-15, 25-12 victory over No. 11 Madison (24-4) for the NJSIAA Group 1 title yesterday."
- 2012 NJSIAA North II Group 1 Section Archived 2012-08-04 at the Wayback Machine, DyeStat, February 9, 2012. "Hanover Park also get 2nd in the boys' team scores behind team champs Madison"
- Breeman, Dan. "Hansen led Madison ice hockey to record year", Daily Record (Morristown), March 23, 2015. Accessed January 18, 2016. "From there, Madison won the Haas Division regular-season title, captured its first-ever Haas Cup championship, and won two rounds in the Public B state tournament before finally bowing out to second seed Ramsey. The Dodgers finished with a 27–2 overall record, their best in school history."
- L. Vernon-Sparks, "Madison board leader quits over 'plagiarism' "
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- Capone, Sally. "What's her secret? Ex-Bunny tells all", Madison Eagle, July 19, 2007. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Born in Morristown, Antonaccio grew up in the home on Roscoe Avenue where her parents still live. A 1967 graduate of Madison High School, Antonaccio remains good friends with classmate Margaret Finn of Sayre Court."
- Staff. "Patient's death earns fake MD 20 years; She was found in suitcase under concrete at his home", NewarkOnline, December 5, 2006. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Faiello, president of the National Honor Society at Madison High School, was a college dropout with no medical training. He operated a medical clinic in Manhattan and also treated patients at home."
- Leung, Rebecca. "Vanished", 48 Hours Mystery, February 11, 2009. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Dean Faiello, who was remembered by friends as being driven in academics and sports, grew up in Madison, N.J., a small affluent town close to New York City. He graduated in 1977, and was voted 'Most Likely to Succeed.'"
- "They Got Game: Today they're all stars. But in school they were all-stars (well, some at least). Celebrities tell us which sports they played--and whether or not they made the cut.", InStyle, May 1, 2004. "JANEANE GAROFALO - I played field hockey for Madison High School in New Jersey. I wasn't good, but I didn't mind the uniforms--they were like gym bloomers with skirts."
- Cohn-Sheehan, Ariana. "Madison's Janeane Garofalo in Film Shot in Passaic", MadisonPatch, May 17, 2012. Accessed August 24, 2012. "Garofalo attended Madison High School, but moved her senior year."
- Vincent A. Larusso[permanent dead link], Filmspot. Accessed October 19, 2007. "He graduated [sic] from Madison High School, Madison in 1996, and later in 2000, from the Boston School of Management [sic]."
- Eskenazi, Gerald. "Pro Football; Jets Waste No Time Wooing O'Donnell", The New York Times, February 17, 1996. Accessed March 7, 2012. "He is a local product, having grown up and played football at Madison High School in New Jersey, not far from where the Giants have run their summer camp."
- Minutes of Madison Borough Council meeting Archived 2006-12-03 at the Wayback Machine, held January 5, 1999.
- Duffy, Jamie. "Madison grad's green designs break the mold" Archived 2014-02-18 at Archive.today, Daily Record (Morristown), March 15, 2012. Accessed February 18, 2014. "Daniel Silverstein, a 2006 graduate of Madison High School, and his business partner, Marge Bacon, have taken their eco-consciousness to the next level by designing carefully crafted clothes without wasting fabric."
- Horowitz, Ben. "Hard-rock jock blares his independence weekly" Archived 2008-06-10 at the Wayback Machine, copy of article from The Star-Ledger, April 16, 2000. Accessed November 8, 2008. "Trunk, 35, grew up in Madison and continues to live in Morris County. His radio career began with a summer show at the Drew University radio station while he was a student at Madison High School."