Ewing High School (New Jersey)

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Ewing High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Ewing Township, in Mercer County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Ewing Public Schools. As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,077 students and 95.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.3:1. There were 380 students (35.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 91 (8.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 252nd-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 212th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 258th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 196th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.

Curriculum

Academically, Ewing High School operates on an intensive block schedule, which allows students the opportunity to take eight courses (40 credits) a year, four classes during each semester. Each instructional block is 87 minutes, with an average teacher-student ratio of 1:11.1. Included in the 140 credit requirement are four courses in English, four in Science, three in Math, three in History, and one in a World Language (French, Spanish or Italian) all offered on four ability levels. The school offered over 225 courses during the 2006-07 school year, including a new Computer Science course sequence. The school's Senior Experience program allows students the option of being dually enrolled at local colleges and universities, completing an internship at a local business, school, or government organization, or participating in a supervised work experience during their senior year. Each year several students are selected to attend the Princeton University Preparatory Program and the Sarnoff Corporation's Dixon Mentoring in Engineering Program. Of the 231 students in the 2005 graduating class, 71% were accepted to over 150 colleges and universities nationwide, with the balance moving on to technical schools, the military, or employment. 12 graduated as Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars for 2006-2007.

Extracurricular activities

Clubs offered include Anime Club, Drama Club, Athletic Club, Cheerleaders, Coffee for the Soul, Debate Team, EITC, Environmental Club, Forza Ewing, French Club, Frescoes, Gay-Straight Alliance, Handbell Choir, Key Club, Junior State of America, Math Club, National Honor Society, Newspaper, Odyssey of the Mind, REBEL, Renaissance, a FIRST Robotics team, Rotary Interact Club, SADD, School Show, Sign Language Club, Spanish Club, Spring Musical, Step Team, Student Government and Yearbook.

Music program

Ewing High also offers a comprehensive music program that includes orchestra, jazz band, marching band, choir, and Mastersingers. Their string orchestra includes instruments such as violin, viola, cello, and double bass. In the marching band the main instruments are the flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, tuba, trombone, and drums. The jazz band and Mastersingers are groups that meet outside of school hours, while orchestra, marching band, and choir all have designated classes that meet every other day during school.

Athletics

The Ewing High School Blue Devils compete in the Patriot Division of the Colonial Valley Conference, which consists of public and private high schools located in Mercer County, Monmouth County and Middlesex County, New Jersey, under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 853 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Valley Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as Group III South for football for 2018–2020.Interscholastic athletics include 19 different sports available at a variety of levels (freshman, junior varsity, and varsity). Sports programs offered at the school include (B=Boys', G=Girls', C=Coed): Fall: Cheerleading (C), Cross Country (B,G), Field Hockey (G), Football (B,G), Soccer (B,G) and Tennis (G) Winter Basketball (B,G), Bowling (C), Cheerleading (C), Swimming (B,G), Winter Track (C), Wrestling (C) Spring Baseball (B), Golf (C), Lacrosse (B,G), Softball (G), Tennis (B), Track (B,G)Together with Hightstown High School, the school has participated in a joint ice hockey program with Lawrence High School as the host school / lead agency, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2019-20 school year.The girls' field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 1977.The boys soccer team was the Group IV co-champion in 1968 (with Hackensack High School) and was Group III co-champion in 1975 (with Tenafly High School).The football team has won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1981, beating Somerville High School 21-18, and in 1985 with a 3-0 win versus Colonia High School.The boys' basketball team, under coach Emil Wandishin, won the New Jersey State Group III championships in 1986 vs. Clifford Scott High School and 1992 vs. Orange High School. The boys' basketball team also won the 2007 Central, Group II state championship, topping Somerville High School 57-43. The team won the Central Jersey Group III sectional title in 2000, with a 38-35 win over Wall High School. The boys' basketball team again went on to win the 2011 Central Jersey Group II state championship, defeating Raritan High School 44-42. They went on to lose in the NJSIAA Group II state final to Newark Central by a score of 66-58.The girls' basketball team won the 1999 Group III state championship, defeating Sparta High School in the tournament final. The team won the 2000 Central Jersey Group III sectional championship under coach Shelley Dearden.The boys indoor track team won the Group III state title in 2003.The girls' track team sailed on to victory by placing 6th and becoming All-Americans at the Nike Indoor Nationals in 2005. Jenise Jones placed 4th in the 55m Hurdles making her a two-time All-American.The boys' bowling team was the Group II state champion in 2007, 2008, 2013 and 2014.The softball team won the 2014 Central Jersey Group III sectional championship under coach Dan Bernoski, the team's first sectional title since 1981.

Administration

The school's principal is Ed Chmiel. His core administration includes two assistant principals.

Notable alumni

Mike Aponte, valedictorian of Ewing High School in 1988 and a former member of the MIT Blackjack Team. Terrance Bailey (born 1965), professional basketball player. Peggy Blackford (born 1942), American Ambassador to Guinea-Bissau from 1995 until relations were suspended in June 1998.John Coates Jr. (born 1938), jazz pianist, composer and arranger. Richie Cole (born 1948), jazz musician. Hollis Copeland (born 1955), former basketball player with the New York Knicks. Gerry Davis (born 1958), former Major League Baseball outfielder who appeared in 49 games over parts of two seasons for the San Diego Padres. Dudley Dorival (born 1975, class of 1993), athlete in the 110m hurdles who finished 7th at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia and 3rd at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Canada and holds the national record in this event for Haiti. Janis Hirsch (born c. 1950, class of 1968) is a comedy writer best known for producing and writing for television series. Wayne Krenchicki (1954-2018, class of 1972), former MLB third baseman. Bonnie Watson Coleman (born 1945), politician who has served as the U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district since 2015.
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