Barringer High School

Barringer High School

Barringer Academy of the Arts & Humanities (formerly Barringer High School and Newark High School), is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Newark, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Newark Public Schools. Some consider it to be the third oldest public high school in the United States. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1981.

As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,263 students and 56.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 22.6:1. There were 796 students (63.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 24 (1.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 327th-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 313th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 311th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 306th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 303rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.

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In 1838, Nathan Hedges opened a high school in a building on Bank Street. On January 7, 1853, a three-story building was opened at the corner of Washington and Linden and had an enrollment of 498 boys and girls.

In 1875, Dr. William N. Barringer was hired to succeed George B. Sears as Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Barringer oversaw the construction of a second high school building at a cost of $300,000, which is the site of the current faculty parking lot. Construction started in 1878 and was completed in 1899. In 1907, the name of Newark High School was officially changed to Barringer, in honor of Dr. Barringer.


The Barringer High School Blue Bears compete in the Super Essex Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,115 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,060 to 5,049 students in that grade range. Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division B of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Essex County and Passaic County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification. The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group IV North for football for 2018–2020.

In 1918, during future major league baseball player Moe Berg's senior season, the Newark Star-Eagle selected a nine-man "dream team" from the city's best prep and public high school baseball players, and Berg was named the team's third baseman.

The boys track team won the indoor track public school state championship in 1930, 1934 and 1939.

The boys track team won the spring track state championship in Group IV in 1933 and 1934.

The boys fencing team was the overall state co-champion in 1969 with Essex Catholic High School.

The 1975 football team finished the season with a 9–1–1 record after winning the North II Group IV state sectional title with a 14–13 victory against Livingston High School in the championship game played in front of a crowd of 7,500.

The boys basketball team won the 1980 Group IV state championship, defeating Trenton Central High School in the tournament final.

Notable alumni

Arts and literature

  • Amiri Baraka (1934-2014), poet and playwright, New Jersey Poet Laureate.
  • Hilda Belcher (1881-1963), artist known for her paintings, watercolors, and portraits.
  • Albert Boni (1892-1981), publisher.
  • Ted Fio Rito (1900–1971), singer and songwriter.
  • Jerome Kern (1885–1945), composer of musical theatre and popular music.


  • Moe Berg (1902–1972), Major League Baseball player, and spy for the CIA, "the brainiest guy in baseball".
  • Robinson Canó (born 1982), baseball player, attended for one year.
  • Norm Granger (born 1961, class of 1980), former fullback in the National Football League, who played for the Dallas Cowboys and the Atlanta Falcons.
  • Pete Shaw (born 1954, class of 1972), safety who played in the NFL for the San Diego Chargers and New York Giants.
  • Andre Tippett (born 1959), Hall of Fame former linebacker with the New England Patriots.


  • William J. Brennan (1906-1997), Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Robert L. Carter (1917–2012), civil rights leader and United States District Judge.
  • Michael Giuliano (1915–1976), politician who served two terms in the New Jersey Senate.
  • Donald M. Payne (1934-2012, class of 1952), Member, United States House of Representatives from New Jersey's 10th congressional district.
  • Peter W. Rodino (1909–2005), member of the United States House of Representatives from New Jersey's 10th congressional district.
  • Norman Schwarzkopf Sr., (1895–1958), first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police and father of General "Stormin' Norman" Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.
  • Anthony M. Villane (born 1929), dentist and politician who was elected to serve seven terms in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1976 to 1988.
  • George M. Wallhauser (1900–1993, class of 1918), Member of United States House of Representatives from New Jersey's 12th congressional district.


  • Steve Adubato Sr. (born 1932; class of 1949), founder of Robert Treat Academy Charter School.
  • MacDella Cooper (born 1977), Liberian philanthropist and founder of the MacDella Cooper Foundation.
  • August Meier (1923–2003), professor of history at Kent State University and a scholar on African American history.
  • Arthur A. Schmon (1895–1964), business executive who became a leading figure in the paper industry of Ontario and Quebec.


External links

  • Barringer High School web pages
  • Newark Public Schools
  • History of Barringer High School
  • Barringer High School's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the Newark Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics

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