Bloomfield High School (New Jersey)

Bloomfield High School (New Jersey)

Bloomfield High School (BHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Bloomfield, in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Bloomfield Public Schools. 2011 featured celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of the current school building, which replaced the original high school that had been constructed in 1871.

As of the 2017-18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,979 students and 165.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.0:1. There were 730 students (36.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 139 (7.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 217th-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 221st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 226th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 181st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 225th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. ranked the school 277th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (a decrease of 9 positions from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).


The Bloomfield High School Bengals compete in the Super Essex Conference, which is made up of all high schools in Essex County divided by size, talent and classification by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division A of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which was made up of high schools located in Bergen County, Passaic County and Essex County, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification. With 1,489 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,090 to 2,568 students in that grade range.

The girls' softball team made it to the 2006 North I Group IV state sectional championship, falling to Ridgewood High School by 3-0.

The boys' volleyball team won the 2006 Essex County Championship for the first time in Bloomfield's History, after defeating Livingston High School. The team advanced to the State Sectional quarterfinals over Livingston High School once again, and fell to Fair Lawn High School.

The wrestling team won the 2007 North I, Group IV state sectional championship, the first in team history, with a 34-33 win over Hackensack High School.

The Bengal bowlers, with three female and two male team members, won the Essex County Tournament for the first time in the 1998-99 season.

Bloomfield won the boys all-group cross country state championship in 1956 and 1968.


The principal is Christopher Jennings.

Notable alumni

  • Alaa Abdelnaby (born 1968), professional basketball player.
  • Hank Borowy (1916–2004), professional baseball player who pitched in Major League Baseball from 1942 to 1951.
  • Joe Duckworth (1921-2007), football]] end who played in the NFL for the Washington Redskins.
  • Bud Ellor (1905-1932), professional football player who spent one season in the National Football League with the Newark Tornadoes in 1930.
  • Tom Fleming (1951-2017), distance runner who won the 1973 and 1975 New York City Marathon.
  • Bill Geyer (1919-2004), football halfback in the National Football League who played three seasons for the Chicago Bears.
  • Johnny Gibson (1905–2006), Olympic athlete.
  • Roger Lee Hall (born 1942; class of 1960), musicologist.
  • Benjamin Holman (1930–2007), pioneering African American newspaper and television reporter.
  • Mike Kochel (1916-1994), one of the seven blocks of granite at Fordham University, he played in the NFL for the Chicago Cardinals.
  • Andy Kostecka (1921–2007), Basketball Association of America player for the Indianapolis Jets.
  • Bob Ley (born 1955), ESPN sportscaster.
  • Charlie Puleo (born 1955) a Major League Baseball pitcher from 1981 to 1989 for the New York Mets, Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves.
  • Jack Robinson (1921-2000), professional baseball pitcher whose MLB career consisted of three games played for the Boston Red Sox in 1949.
  • Mark Sceurman (Class of 1975), graphic artist who is co-creator and publisher of Weird NJ magazine, his fellow graduates voted him "most likely to spontaneously combust".
  • Anish Shroff (born 1982), ESPN sportscaster.
  • Kristjan Sokoli (born 1991), NFL defensive end for the New York Giants.
  • Robert Stempel (1933–2011), former Chairman and CEO of General Motors, former Chairman and CEO of ECD Ovonics.
  • Mildred Fairbanks Stone (1902–2002), the first woman officer of a major American life insurance company (Mutual Benefit).
  • Frank Tripucka (1927–2013), former pro football quarterback.
  • Kelly Tripucka (born 1959), former NBA player and commentator for the New Jersey Nets.
  • Todd Tripucka (born 1954), former college basketball standout for Lafayette
  • Marlene VerPlanck (1933-2018), jazz and pop vocalist whose body of work centered on big band jazz, the American songbook and cabaret.
  • Bob Woollard (born 1940), former professional basketball player for the Miami Floridians of the American Basketball Association.


External links

  • Bloomfield High School
  • Bloomfield Public Schools
  • Bloomfield Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
  • School Data for the Bloomfield Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
  • GreaterSchools Statistics

Bloomfield High School (New Jersey)

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