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Bayonne High School
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Bayonne High School is located in Hudson County, New Jersey
Bayonne High School
Bayonne High School
Bayonne High School is located in New Jersey
Bayonne High School
Bayonne High School
Bayonne High School is located in the US
Bayonne High School
Bayonne High School
669 Avenue A
Bayonne, NJ 07002

United States
Coordinates 40°40′18″N 74°07′16″W / 40.67176°N 74.121234°W / 40.67176; -74.121234Coordinates: 40°40′18″N 74°07′16″W / 40.67176°N 74.121234°W / 40.67176; -74.121234
Type Public high school
Established 1936
School district Bayonne Board of Education
Principal Richard Baccarella[1]
Asst. principals Karen Fiermonte (House 1)
Christopher Romano (House 2)
Eric Ryan (House 3)
Robert Pierce (House 4)
John Rickard (House 5)
Kathleen Bingham (House 6)[1]
Faculty 221.0 FTEs[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,405 (as of 2015-16)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 10.9:1[2]
Color(s)      Garnet and
Athletics conference Hudson County Interscholastic League
Team name Bees[3]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[4]
Publication The Beacon

Bayonne High School (BHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Bayonne, Hudson County, New Jersey, operated by the Bayonne Board of Education. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools.[4]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,405 students and 221.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.9:1. There were 1,347 students (56.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 224 (9.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2] As of the 2013-14 school year, the school's reported racial/ethnic make-up was 44% White (including Arab), 35% Hispanic, 13% Black, 7% Asian, and 1% Multiracial.[5]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

For the 1995-96 school year, Bayonne High School was named a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.[6]

The school was the 263rd-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.[7] The school had been ranked 317th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 242nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 248th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 273rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[10] ranked the school 219th out of 367 public high schools statewide in its 2009-10 rankings 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).[11]

Academic offerings[edit]

Advanced Placement courses are offered in AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Music Theory, AP Psychology, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP United States Government and Politics and AP United States History.[5] College credit can be earned through articulation agreements with New Jersey Institute of Technology, Rutgers University, Saint Peter's University and Seton Hall University.[5]


The school was created in 1936, when the Sweeney Senior High School and the Pulaski Vocational / Technical School were established. The technical school occupied what is now the vocational wing of BHS. The two schools were officially amalgamated in 1953. In 1973, the school was reorganized into six houses.[12]

After an incident in 1997 in which two students were stabbed, one fatally wounded, the school instituted wide-ranging measures to reduce violence, from discussion groups to metal detectors.[13] In 2000, it was reported to be known as a model of school safety.[14]


Bayonne High School is divided into six houses and has an ice rink. Also located in the ice rink building are a gymnasium, offices, bathrooms, indoor track, and workout/ meeting rooms. The campus also has three gymnasiums, a planetarium, an in-house biological conservatory, a 600-seat auditorium, four tennis courts, a football stadium, and one baseball field. It borders the Newark Bay. The high school is sized for approximately 3,000 students.


The Bayonne High School Bees[3] compete in the Hudson County Interscholastic League (HCIAA), following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15] With 1,895 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,114 to 4,800 students in that grade range.[16]

Sports offered include:[3]

  • Boys: Baseball, Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Wrestling, Hockey
  • Girls: Softball, Volleyball, Basketball, Swimming (11 consecutive County Championship wins), Soccer, Tennis, Cheerleading (Over 6 National Titles, 2 State Titles)
  • Co-ed: Fencing, Golf, Bowling, Stepping, X Country, Hockey, Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field

The boys track and field team won the 2002-03 HCIAA and HCTCA Indoor championships. Later that year the team went on to win the HCTCA outdoor championships.[citation needed]

The school's football team won the 2002 North I Group IV state championship, defeating Hackensack High School 25-23 in the championship game, for the school's first and only state championship to date in football.[17][18]

The boys tennis team has been in the HCIAA championship for 19 consecutive years, from 1993 to 2011. The team had won four consecutive titles from 1996 to 1999, and again from 2001 to 2004, and won their fifth consecutive county championship in 2011 with a 3-2 win over Secaucus High School in the tournament finals.[19][20]

The ice hockey team won the 1999-2000 Public School state championship, with a 6-3 win over Summit High School at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, before falling by a score of 4-2 to Hudson Catholic Regional High School for the overall championship.[21]

The boys volleyball team has been ranked in the top 10 in the state and won four straight HCIAA championships from 2006 to 2009 over their county rival St. Peter's Preparatory School, a streak broken by St. Peter's in 2010's final.[22] In 2007 they reached the state final four before losing in the North Sectional to St. Peter's Prep.[23] In 2008 they lost in the elite eight of the state tournament to Vernon Township High School in three games, despite being ranked #1 in the North.[24] In 2009 they reached the state final four once again, only to be defeated by St. Peter's Prep again in the North final, 25-15, 25-23.[25]

In 2011, the girls' basketball team won their third Hudson County title in a row with a 48-32 win over North Bergen High School.[26]

In popular culture[edit]


Core members of the school's administration are:[1]

  • Richard Baccarella, Principal
  • Karen Fiermonte, House 1 Assistant Principal
  • Christopher Romano, House 2 Assistant Principal
  • Eric Ryan, House 3 Assistant Principal
  • Robert Pierce, House 4 Assistant Principal
  • John Rickard, House 5 Assistant Principal
  • Kathleen Bingham, House 6 Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


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  13. ^ Petersen, Melody. "Fatal High School Stabbing Prompts Security Measures", The New York Times, March 10, 1997. Accessed November 17, 2011. "The police are still searching for the assailant, who entered the school as students were heading into homeroom, wounded one student and killed another in the school's second-floor hallway, and then slipped away."
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  19. ^ Sullivan, Al. "Five years in a row: Bayonne High School's tennis team honored", The Hudson Reporter, July 6, 2011. Accessed July 13, 2011. "When Bayonne High School's tennis team beat Secaucus last month in the Hudson County Team Tournament, it was the team's fifth straight time they had become the Hudson County Interscholastic League champions. The team achieved a record of a perfect 18-0 against other teams in Hudson County, and an overall record of 25-3 for the year... Bayonne has made the finals the last 19 years, winning the championships 14 times during that stretch. Previously, Bayonne teams have won only four straight championships, from 1996 to 1999, and from 2001-2004. This is the first time Bayonne has won five championships in a row."
  20. ^ Staff. "Secaucus (2) at Bayonne (3), Hudson County Tournament, Final Round - Boys Tennis", The Star-Ledger, May 27, 2011. Accessed July 13, 2011. "Andro Mossad's three-set triumph at second singles was the clincher as Bayonne defeated Secaucus, 3-2, yesterday at the Hudson County Tournament team final in Bayonne.It was the fifth straight title for Bayonne and 20th in 34 years under coach Bill Broderick."
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  22. ^ Villanova, Patrick. "Prep downs Bayonne for HCT title", The Jersey Journal, May 14, 2010. Accessed July 13, 2011. "The Marauders, ranked No. 2 in the state, had been edged by the Bees in four straight HCIAA championship matches, from 2006 to 2009. After the match, Bayonne coach Pat Longo called this St. Peter's team the best the school has produced in the last five years."
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  24. ^ Kamaras, Jacob. "New-look Bees hoping for deep run", The Jersey Journal, April 4, 2009. Accessed July 13, 2011. "With a few returning leaders but a mostly new cast of characters, Bayonne High will go for a fourth straight HCIAA championship this season - and then try to make up for last year's state playoff heartbreak. This edition of the Bees has just two seniors - compared to five on last year's team, which lost to Vernon in the NJSIAA North semifinals during a match that was tied at 23-23 in the third game."
  25. ^ Staff. "Year in review (High school Boys Volleyball news)", The Star-Ledger, June 13, 2009. Accessed July 13, 2011. "Team of the year: Despite having six juniors in the starting lineup, St. Peter's Prep, No. 6 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, captured its third consecutive NJSIAA North Jersey title with a 25-15, 25-23 victory over No. 7 Bayonne on June 2."
  26. ^ Barton, Rich. "Bayonne gets revenge and a third straight Hudson County title",, February 27, 2011. Accessed July 13, 2011. "Rovatsos finished with game-highs of 21 points and 16 rebounds as top-seeded Bayonne won its third consecutive Hudson County title with a 48-32 triumph over second-seeded North Bergen at the Yanitelli Center on the campus of St. Peter's College."
  27. ^ Paul, Mary. "Time after time Jersey produces talent in entertainment". Bayonne Journal. July 5, 2007.
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  31. ^ Reed, Ben. "Bayonne High is the reel deal for 'Strangers with Candy'", copy of article from, July 16, 2004. Accessed July 13, 2011. "Yesterday afternoon a group of teenage boys surrounded a car in the Bayonne High School parking lot and beat it senseless with baseball bats, shattering windows and denting doors. Luckily, parents of Bayonne high schoolers need not worry. The boys were actors, not juvenile delinquents, and were filming a scene for the upcoming movie Strangers with Candy, parts of which have been filmed at the high school since the students began their summer vacation."
  32. ^ Staff. "Montel Williams Going Prime Time", Akron Beacon-Journal, December 31, 1995. Accessed July 13, 2011. "So Matt Waters is being done in New Jersey's Bayonne High School (fictionalized to Bayview for the series) on Saturday through Wednesday, with Thursday and Friday saved for talk-show taping."
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