Woodbury Junior-Senior High School

Woodbury Junior-Senior High School

Infobox School
name = Woodbury Junior-Senior High School

imagesize =
motto = "Excellence Through Tradition and Innovation"
streetaddress = 25 North Broad Street
city = Woodbury
state = NJ
zipcode = 08096
coordinates = coord|39.8399|N|75.1533|W|type:edu_region:US|display=inline,title
url = [http://www.woodburysch.com/schools/displayschool.php?s=hs School website]
district = Woodbury Public Schools
principal = Denise Dunham
viceprincipal =
viceprincipal_label =
staff = 65.5 (on FTE basis)
fundingtype =
schooltype = Public high school
grades = 6-12
language = English
communities = Woodbury
teamname = Thundering Herd
colors = White colorbox|White
Gold colorbox|gold
Blue colorbox|blue
founded = 1902
enrollment = 752
enrollment_as_of = 2005-06
grade9 = 131
grade10 = 95
grade11 = 72
grade12 = 111
bgcolor_section = 3399FF
bgcolor_label = FFFFCC

Woodbury Junior-Senior High School is a comprehensive community middle school and public high school that serves students in sixth through twelfth grades from Woodbury, in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Woodbury Public Schools.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 752 students and 65.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 11.5. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3418150&ID=341815002688 Woodbury Junior-Senior High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 30, 2007.]

In 2004, it was selected as a [http://explorerschools.nasa.gov/portal/site/nes/menuitem.4f6d7384560b1dba5ef008bcc41a5ea0/ NASA Explorer School] , one of only 50 in the entire country to work hand-in-hand with NASA on improving technology and science education within the school. In 2006, Woodbury was the #1 ranked high school in Gloucester County by "New Jersey Monthly" and "Philadelphia Magazine", and in 2008 it was ranked as the 111th-ranked high school (out of 316) in all of New Jersey. [ [http://www.woodburysch.com/ School website verification] , accessed June 19, 2007.] [ [http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/highschoolrankings/top-high-schools-101-200.html Top 200 High Schools in New Jersey - "New Jersey Monthly"] , accessed February 6, 2008.] In 2007, NASA selected Woodbury to experience a 'Weightless Wonder' flight on a C-9 aircraft so that they could test their proposed experiment examining the performance-related effects of reduced gravity on simple robotic designs. [ [http://www.nasa.gov/centers/goddard/news/woodbury_school.html NASA Selects Woodbury School for 'Weightless Wonder' Flight] , NASA press release dated February 13, 2007.] The high school is also home to the 2007-08 Gloucester County Teacher of the Year, Robyn Sole. [ [http://www.woodburysch.com/district/dnews.php#5107 Woodbury Schools District Information] , accessed October 16, 2007.] The class of 2003 was the school's 100th graduating class, which makes Woodbury High School one of the oldest secondary schools in New Jersey and the oldest in its conference.

The school was the 203rd-ranked public high school 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". The school was ranked 111th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. [ [http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/highschoolrankings/top-new-jersey-high-schools-by-rank.html "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank"] , "New Jersey Monthly", September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.]


Woodbury High School is the oldest member school in the Colonial Conference, which is composed of small schools whose enrollments generally do not exceed between 750-800 students for grades 9-12. It is classified by the NJSIAA as a Group I public school, the smallest category a New Jersey high school can be designated. As of the 2006-07 school year, the South Group I consists of 22 high schools ranging in enrollment from 110 to 490 students, with Woodbury's enrollment of 287 students placing it in the middle of the range. [ [http://www.njsiaa.org/NJSIAA/06South.pdf 2006-2007 Public Group Classifications: South] , NJSIAA, revised July 7, 2006. Accessed June 14, 2007.] The boys' tennis team won the 2005 South, Group I state sectional championship with a 3-2 win over Schalick High School. [ [http://infoweb.newsbank.com/iw-search/we/InfoWeb?p_action=doc&p_docid=10A57994F790FE45&p_docnum=2&p_queryname=NaN&p_product=NewsBank&p_theme=aggregated4&p_nbid=M59R5ETVMTE4NTg0NzQ0OS4yODY4NjU6MTo3OnJhLTE4ODg "BOYS TENNIS SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS"] , "The Daily Journal" (Vineland), May 25, 2005. Accessed August 2, 2007. "A hungrier, more aggressive Woodbury team won key points early en route to a 3-2 victory over Schalick in the South Jersey Group I boys tennis championship at James Atkinson Park."] In 2007, the girls' track & field team won the NJSIAA Group I State Championship, and the boys' track & field team came in second in the state, losing by 1 point to Metuchen. [ [http://njhotshots.com/Track-Field/2007-Group-results-G1.htm NJSIAA Girls Track Group I Results] , accessed June 3, 2007.] [ [http://njhotshots.com/Track-Field/2007-Group-results-B1.htm NJSIAA Boys Track Group I Results] , accessed June 3, 2007.] Sports that are offered at Woodbury High School are:

:::::Boys::Fall - soccer, football, cross country
::Winter - basketball, indoor track, swimmingDue to small enrollment and the inability to field full teams themselves, the swimming and wrestling teams have combined with Gateway Regional High School to form a Woodbury/Gateway athletic partnership.] , wrestling
::Spring - track & field, golf, baseball, tennis:::::Girls::Fall - soccer, tennis, cross country, field hockey, cheerleading
::Winter - basketball, indoor track, swimming, cheerleading
::Spring - track & field, softball

Academic excellence off the field

The boys' soccer team has earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's " [http://www.nscaa.com/awards.php High School Boys Team Academic Award] " for four consecutive seasons (2003-04 through 2006-07). To qualify for the award, the team must have a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for the entire academic year. The team GPA is determined by adding every player’s GPA, then dividing by the number of players. Woodbury is the only South Jersey boys' soccer team to be recognized in each of the past four years. [ [http://www.nscaa.com/subpages/20060403150539239.php 2003-04 High School Boys Team Academic Award - NSCAA.com] , accessed June 13, 2007.] [ [http://www.nscaa.com/articles/2006032910204742.php 2004-05 High School Boys Team Academic Award - NSCAA.com] , accessed June 13, 2007.] [ [http://www.nscaa.com/articles/20061128084642125.php 2005-06 High School Boys Team Academic Award - NSCAA.com] , accessed June 13, 2007.] For the 2006-07 award, Woodbury High School was only one of 61 schools in the nation to receive this honor for both its boys' "and" girls' teams. [ [http://www.nscaa.com/articles/20071128090532245.php 2006-07 High School Boys Team Academic Award - NSCAA.com] , accessed December 29, 2007.]

napping 'the streak'

Woodbury High School is responsible for halting the longest winning streak in New Jersey football history. Long time rival Paulsboro High School had recorded 63 consecutive wins over the span of six years (1992-1998). On September 26, 1998, Paulsboro fell to Woodbury 14-13 after missing a 32-yard field goal with 4 seconds left. The 63 wins still holds as the record to this day. [ [http://www.philly.com/inquirer/columnists/sam_carchidi/20080120_Sam_Carchidi__A_compendium_of_epic_battles_over_the_years.html A compendium of epic battles over the years - Philly.com] . "1998: The Woodbury football team snapped Paulsboro's state-record 63-game winning streak with a surprising 14-13 win on Sept. 26. The game wasn't decided until Paulsboro missed a 32-yard field-goal attempt - it was wide by inches - with four seconds left." Accessed February 17, 2008.] [ [http://www.courierpostonline.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070823/SPECIAL29/708080329/-1/special29 South Jersey's Longest Unbeaten Streaks - courierpostonline.com] . Accessed February 17, 2008.]


Core members of the school's administration are: [ [http://www.woodburysch.com/schools/displayschool.php?s=hs Home page] , Woodbury Junior/Senior High School. Accessed August 24, 2008.]
*Denise Dunham - Principal, Junior/Senior High School

Notable alumni

* Herb Baptiste (Class of 1943), one of "The Star-Ledger"'s top ten best wrestlers in New Jersey during the 1940s. [ [http://www.nj.com/hssports/ledger/index.ssf?/hssports/century/stories/wrestledecades.html Star Ledger's Top 10 Wrestlers of Each Decade - NJ.com] , accessed October 11, 2007.]
* Arthur 'Ted' Browne (Class of 1940), he played baseball in the Negro League on the Zulu Cannibal Giants team, sporting his "Zulu" name Lakola. [ [http://www.nlbpa.com/2feb2002.html Negro League Players' Association news] , accessed October 11, 2007.]
* Van Bruner (Class of 1952), world record holder of 65-yard indoor dirt track high hurdles; ran in finals of 1952 Olympic Trials and also in first round of the 1965 Trials. [ [http://www.thebrunerfirm.com/aboutus.htm The Bruner Firm Products page] , accessed October 11, 2007.]
* Dave Budd (Class of 1956), power forward for the New York Knicks. [ [http://www.databasebasketball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=BUDDDA01 Dave Budd player profile] , accessed March 15, 2007.]
* Richard Caton (Class of 1979), a track star who ran 1:49.7 (800m) as a senior and 4:13.9 (1600m) as a junior. [ [http://talk.dyestat.com/archive/index.php/t-18398.html South Jersey Track Hall of Fame] . Accessed April 15, 2008.]
* Shannon Gantt (Class of 2007), one of only 75 girls in New Jersey prep school history to score 2,000+ points in her basketball career (her 2,141 ranks 42nd all-time). [ [http://www.nj.com/hssports/girlsbasketball/ledger/stories/index.ssf?/hssports/girlsbasketball/stories/yearinhoops.html NJ.com Girls' High School Basketball Year in Review 2007] , accessed October 10, 2007. "The state's 2,000-point scoring list expanded to 75 with the addition of five seniors...Checking in at No. 42 was dynamic 5-5 guard Shannon Gantt of Woodbury with 2,141."]
* Lori Lewis (Class of 1978), one of the "Star-Ledger"'s best New Jersey girl track athletes of the 1960s & 1970s. [ [http://www.nj.com/hssports/ledger/index.ssf?/hssports/century/stories/gtrackdecades.html "NJ.com": Best Track Girls of the Decades] . Accessed April 15, 2008.]
* Mike McBath (Class of 1964), a defensive end for the Buffalo Bills from 1968-1973, part-owner Orlando Predators.
* Bryant McKinnie (Class of 1996), currently an offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings. [ [http://www.nflplayers.com/players/player.aspx?id=32983 Bryant McKinnie player profile] , accessed March 15, 2007.]
* Jack Pierce (Class of 1980), Olympic bronze medalist in the high jump at the 1992 Olympic Games. [ [http://woodbury.nj.us/pdf/events_06BrowningRossRun.pdf South Jersey track & field HOF paragraph] , accessed June 11, 2007.]
* Milt Plum (Class of 1952), quarterback and two-time Pro Bowler for the Cleveland Browns. [ [http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=PLUMMIL01 Milt Plum statistics] , databasefootball.com. Accessed June 11, 2007.]
*Greg Rizzo (Class of 1981), Honorable Mention All-American wrestler. [ [http://www.wrestlingusa.com/003%20wusa%20web%20root/wusahalloffame/80hsallamerican.html "Wrestling USA Magazine": 1979-80 All-America Team] . Accessed April 15, 2008.]
* H. Browning Ross (Class of 1943), an Olympian in long-distance running (1948 & 1952). [Heath, Jack. [http://www.runnersgazette.com/features/pyrah.htm "Jack on Jack: A Look at Coaching Legend Jack Pyrah"] , "Runners Gazette". Accessed June 5, 2007. “I first saw Browning when he was a senior at Woodbury High School. He ran in the AAU championships as a high school kid against grown-ups. He was also New Jersey State Champ in the mile. I don’t think people realize just how good Browning was. Many of the area high school coaches never even heard of him.”]

Popular culture

*Following a devastating fire in 1910 that burned the original high school down, it was rebuilt in 1911 with the then-Governor and future President, Woodrow Wilson, laying the cornerstone for the new Woodbury High School. [ [http://www.woodburysch.com/district/WPShistory.php Woodbury Public Schools history] , accessed June 19 2007.]

*In October 2000, an independent mockumentary movie, " [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291770/ Bottomfeeders] ", filmed scenes in front of the high school's main entrance for a presidential candidate's speech. Local residents and students were used as the rallying crowd who supported the candidate. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291770/locations "Bottomfeeders" Filming Locations - IMDB.com] , accessed April 4 2007.]

chool programs

[http://www.woodburysch.com/schools/jr-srhigh/programs/altpower.php Alternative Power Program] , Junior & Senior High School Yearbooks, National Honor Society, Theater Club, Video Tape/A.V. Club, "White & Gold" newsletter, Choir, Orchestra Band, Marching Band, Jazz Band, Key Club, Interact Club, Bowling Club, Math and Science Leagues, Academic Bowl, French Club, Outdoor Club, Peer mentoring program, Boys/Girls State, Governor's School, Gay and Lesbian Alliance, Student Council.

References & footnotes

External links

* [http://www.woodburysch.com/schools/displayschool.php?s=hs Woodbury Junior-Senior High School]
*NJReportCard|15|5860|0|Woodbury Public Schools
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_list.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3418150 Data for the Woodbury Public Schools] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://woodburysch.blogspot.com/ Superintendent Jones' daily school blog]
* [http://www.sjsports.com/highschool/woodbury/ South Jersey Sports: Woodbury HS]

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