Harrison High School is located at 800 Hamilton Street in Harrison, NJ. Photo: DailyHarrison.com
Harrison High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Harrison, New Jersey, operating as part of the Harrison Public Schools. Students from East Newark attend Harrison High School as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the East Newark School District.
As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 646 students and 48 classroom teachers, for a student–teacher ratio of 13.46.
The school was the 213th-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 216th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 227th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 285th 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.
Boys Sports: Football, Cross Country, Soccer, Bowling, Swimming, Basketball, Tennis, Volleyball and Baseball
Girls Sports: Cheerleading, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Cross Country, Basketball, Swimming, Bowling and Softball
Co-Ed: Football, Cross Country, Swimming, Cheerleading, and Bowling
The boys soccer team holds the United States high school record with 23 state championships, and has enjoyed a renaissance under coach Michael Rusek. Rusek has led the boys soccer team to 7 consecutive conference titles, as well as 5 sectional championships, 5 state championships (3 of which were in Group II play, the 4th and most recent championship in Group I), and a Star-Ledger and NJSCA top ranking in 2002.
The boys soccer team holds the United States high school record with 24 state championships. It won the 2006 North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 2-1 win against Glen Ridge High School,
then won the Group I State Championship with a 2-0 win over Waldwick High School in the semifinals and a 6-0 win against Metuchen High School in the finals. The 2007 team repeated as North II, Group I state sectional championship with a 3-1 win over Jonathan Dayton High School in the tournament final. The 2007 team won the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over Arthur P. Schalick High School, the team's 23rd state championship. The 2008 team won the Group I state championship with a 2-1 win over South River High School.
The New Harrison High School
The new Harrison High School opened its doors in September 2007 for the 2007-08 academic year. The new school, located on the former site of Clayton Container, initiated construction in January 2005 and lasted over two years, with the bulk of its electrical work completed in the summer of 2007.
A new athletic complex constructed adjacent to the school building was completed in September 2006, which includes a football/soccer field, baseball diamond, softball diamond, track around the fields, and three tennis courts. Spaces for the high school include thirty general classrooms, four special education classrooms, two classrooms for small group instruction, two gymnasiums (one big, one small), a dance/aerobics studio, instrumental/vocal music room, cafeteria, auditorium, media center, science labs, three computer rooms, and faculty spaces.
The building has three floors. The first floor consists of the main office, the nurse's office, the gymnasiums, and the main places. The classrooms are located on the second and third floors. There is a block scheduling of classes (84 minutes per period, with four periods per day and lunch straddling the 3rd period. Schedule alternates between 'A' and 'B' days). The building formerly known as Harrison High School opened as the new Washington Middle School in September 2007 for students in grades 6-8.