Newark Tech High School is a regional public high school located in Newark, that offers occupational and academic instruction for students in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Essex County Vocational Technical Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 758 students and 55.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.6:1. There were 569 students (75.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 89 (11.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Students were informed of wearing school uniforms as of the 2011-2012 school year.
In 2015, Newark Tech was one of 15 schools in New Jersey, and one of nine public schools, recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in the exemplary high performing category by the United States Department of Education.
The school was the 156th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 165th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 204th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Newark Tech Terriers compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 569 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. The school had previously competed in the Mountain Valley Conference before the 2010 realignment. Colors are purple, silver, and black.
As of 2011, the girls' track and field was ranked number 3 in the nation for the Shuttle hurdles relay and the boys 4x400 team competed in the New Balance nationals. Both boys and girls team were successful in the Penn Relays track meet, with the boys winning first place in their heat in the 4x400 relay meter dash.
In 2012, the girls' track team won their second consecutive Group I outdoor track and field championship with 93 points, more than double the 44 points earned by the second-place team Weequahic High School which earned 44 points.
The boys' basketball team won the Group II state championship in 2013 (defeating Burlington County Institute of Technology Medford Campus in the tournament final) and 2014 (vs. Camden High School).
The girls' basketball team won the North II Group II state sectional championships in 2015, defeating top-seeded Lincoln High School by a score of 47-39 in the tournament final. The NJSIAA considered forcing the team to vacate the sectional title, after finding that two players who had attended a charter school had played on the team, in violation of eligibility rules.
The team repeated as North II Group II sectional champion in 2016 with a 40-26 win against Ridgefield Park High School and won third title in four years in 2018 with an 81-50 victory against Hanover Park High School in the tournament final.
The team won the Essex County Tournament for the first time in 2017, defeating West Orange High School with a last second layup in overtime to win 55-53 in the final. The team went on to repeat as Essex County Tournament Champion in 2018, defeating University High School by a score of 71-62.
The principal is Carmen Morales.
Newark Tech had its first-ever All Alumni Class Reunion at the new gym on April 23, 2011, with alumni from the 1950s and onwards present. A majority of the alumni were from the late 1980s and early 1990s. There were VIP teachers and staff from various decades present as well. The oldest alumni was a 1954 graduate, John Scranton, who was a Print Shop Teacher/Coach in later years. Mr. Scranton as well as other VIPs worked at the old school (Sussex Avenue) and the new school (West Market Street.) A video presentation was done of yearbooks and alumni's private photos. The reunion was a goal of Vandovese "Makepiece" Williams, an English teacher with 42 years at the school who died on January 26, 2011, short of seeing his vision, but his students accomplished his dream with the All Alumni Class Reunion.
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