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Tenafly High School

Tenafly High School
19 Columbus Drive
Tenafly, NJ, 07670
Type Public
Principal James O. Morrison
Faculty 99.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,220[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.29:1[1]
Color(s)      Black
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Tigers[2]

Tenafly High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school in Tenafly in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Tenafly Public Schools. Students from the neighboring community of Alpine attend the school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Alpine Public School.[3]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,220 students and 99.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.29:1. There were 32 students (2.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 7 (0.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


  • Awards, recognition and rankings 1
  • Athletics and extracurricular activities 2
  • Administration 3
  • Notable alumni 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Awards, recognition and rankings

Tenafly High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon School Award by the United States Department of Education at a special assembly to the Tenafly High School community on September 20, 2005. Tenafly was the only high school in New Jersey and one of 38 public high schools in the U.S. to receive the 2005 Blue Ribbon School Award.[4]

The school was the 17th-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.[5] The school had been ranked 3rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 3rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[6] The magazine ranked the school third in 2008 out of 316 schools.[7] The school was ranked 2nd in the magazine's 2006 rankings out of 316 schools included across the state.[8] ranked the school 68th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 42 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (89.2%) and language arts literacy (97.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[9]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 19th in New Jersey and 720th nationwide.[10] Tenafly High School was the 2nd-highest ranked school in New Jersey in a 2007 listing by Newsweek magazine of the top 1,200 U.S. high schools .[11]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 253rd in the nation among participating public high schools and 20th among schools in New Jersey.[12] The school was ranked 198th in the nation and 16th in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.[13]

Athletics and extracurricular activities

The Tenafly High School Tigers[2] compete in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[14] With 883 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 754 to 1,076 students in that grade range.[15] Before the 2010 realignment, Tenafly competed in the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Conference, which was made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County and Hudson County.[16] The school nickname is the Tigers, and its school colors are black and orange, with a nod to those of Princeton University.

Tenafly is noted for its tennis team (currently being coached by Anthony Zorovich).[17][18] The boys tennis team won the 2006 Group II State Championship, defeating Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School 3-2 in the semifinals and West Essex High School 3-2 in the finals to take the title.[19] In 2007, the Boy's Tennis Team won the state sectionals defeating Dwight Morrow High School 5-0 to win the North I, Group II championship, the team's sixth consecutive sectional title.[20][21] The team moved onto win the 2007 NJSIAA Group II State Championship, defeating Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School 3-2 in the final match to earn their fourth consecutive Group II State Championship.[22][23][24]

In 2007, the girls tennis team took the North I, Group II state sectionals with a string of 5-0 wins over Westwood Regional High School in the quarterfinals, Newton High School in the semis and Pascack Hills High School in the finals.[25] The win was the eighth sectional title in team history.[26] The team took the Group II State Championship with a 3½-1½ win over Haddonfield Memorial High School in the semifinals and Manasquan High School in the finals by a 3-2 score.[27]

Tenafly also has had very successful Ice Hockey and football teams. The Tenafly ice hockey team made the state finals in 2012 but fell to Summit High School by a score of 2-1 in overtime.[28]

In 2012, the Tenafly High School Marching Band came in first place for group 3A in the USBands Marching Band Competition in Fair Lawn, New Jersey.[29]

Tenafly is noted for its competitive debate team which has been awarded numerous awards over the years. In recent years, the debate team came in first in overall standings in 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, and 2006–07. The team placed second in 2005-06.

In 2014, the boys soccer team won their first state sectional title in 11 years with a 4-1 win against Wayne Hills High School in the North I, Group III state sectional final.[30] The Tigers were eventually named as the 8th-best public school team in the state of New Jersey at the Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey annual banquet.


Core members of the school's administration are:

  • James O. Morrison, Principal.[31] Morrison took over as principal in August 2015, replacing Dora Kontogiannis, who had served for 17 years as the school's principal.[32]
  • Brian P. Cory, Vice Principal.[33]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Tenafly High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Tenafly High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  3. ^ Alvarado, Monsy. "Alpine to keep sending students to Tenafly", The Record (Bergen County), April 4, 2003. Accessed January 2, 2008."ALPINE - The borough's high school students will continue to attend Tenafly High School under a new contract approved by the Board of Education this week."
  4. ^ Schools selected as No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools in 2005, United States Department of Education. Accessed August 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  6. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 25, 2012.
  7. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  9. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Accessed March 10, 2012.
  10. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Tenafly High School", The Washington Post. Accessed August 2, 2011.
  11. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  12. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 8, 2013.
  13. ^ Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2012", The Daily Beast / Newsweek, May 20, 2012. Accessed May 22, 2012.
  14. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  15. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  16. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  17. ^ "All-County Tennis - Bergen", The Record (Bergen County), December 6, 2006.
  18. ^ "Bergen all team tennis", The Record (Bergen County), December 6, 2006.
  19. ^ 2006 Boys Team Tennis - Public Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2007.
  20. ^ 2007 Boys Tennis - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2007.
  21. ^ "Palisades Park wins sectional", The Record (Bergen County), May 22, 2007. "Top-seeded Tenafly won five matches in straight sets to defeat third-seeded Englewood, 5-0, for its fourth straight sectional title. The Tigers also won North 1, Group 3 in 2002 and 2003, giving them six sectional titles in the past six years."
  22. ^ Celentano, Rob."Lee digs deep to clinch title", The Record (Bergen County), May 25, 2007. Accessed January 12, 2015. "Lee worked his way through a couple of cramps in the second set and rallied to beat Sean Pahler, 6-4, 3-6, 6-2, at first singles as Tenafly defeated Rumson-Fair Haven, 3-2, at Mercer County Park to win its fourth straight Group 2 tennis title."
  23. ^ 2007 Boys Tennis - Public Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2007.
  24. ^ DigitalSports article (from Rumson-Fair Haven's perspective) of Tenafly Boys Tennis' Group II championship win over Rumson. Accessed November 28, 2009.
  25. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  26. ^ Pompton Lakes captures crown, The Star-Ledger, October 13, 2007. Accessed October 25, 2007. "Tenafly defeated Pascack Hills, 5-0, in the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 final at Old Tappan, marking the eighth sectional victory in the school's history."
  27. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  28. ^ Czerwinski, Kevin T. "Ice hockey state final: Tenafly falls to Summit in overtime, 2-1", The Record (Bergen County), March 9, 2012. Accessed September 25, 2012. "Going to OT for a fifth consecutive game proved too much for Tenafly, which clearly was worn down by the time Summit’s Riley Flynn scored the game-winner to give the Hilltoppers a 2-1 overtime victory and the Public B championship."
  29. ^
  30. ^ Bevensee, Rich. "H.S. boys soccer: Tenafly flying high after winning North 1, Group 3 title", The Record (Bergen County), November 14, 2014. Accessed January 12, 2015. "Avrassoglou, a senior captain, sparked his team’s relentless attack with a goal and an assist, and fourth-seeded Tenafly defeated sixth-seeded Wayne Hills, 4-1, in the championship of the North 1, Group 3 tournament."
  31. ^ There's a new principal in town!, Tenafly High School. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  32. ^ Yellin, Deena. "Tenafly High School principal leaving with record of attending to educational needs of ‘whole child’", The Record (Bergen County), June 22, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Dora Kontogiannis is finding it hard to leave the principal’s office at Tenafly High School where she’s worked for 17 years and relished her daily interactions with students. But on July 31, she will close the door, leaving behind a legacy of progress in the district where she was hired in 1978 as a math teacher, and worked her way up the ranks to student manager, high school vice principal and her current post as principal.... She will be replaced by Jim Morrison, a longtime teacher in the school district, who also serves as director of the summer school program."
  33. ^ Brian P. Cory, Tenafly High School. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  34. ^ a b c d e f g Rohan, Virginia. "Stars who went to Tenafly High School come home to raise money for their alma mater", The Record (Bergen County), June 5, 2013. Accessed June 5, 2013.
  36. ^ a b Rohan, Virginia. "North Jersey-bred and talented too", The Record (Bergen County), June 18, 2007. Accessed July 5, 2007. "Hope Davis: Class of 1982, Tenafly High School.... Ed Harris: Class of 1969, Tenafly High School"
  37. ^ Dicker, Ron. "Ever Hopeful Davis",
  38. ^ Gavin, John A. "AMBITIOUS STAGE FOR TENAFLY TEENS", The Record (Bergen County), May 23, 1997. Accessed October 30, 2008.
  39. ^ Rohan, Virginia, "Tenafly High grad stars in Fox pilot", The Record (Bergen County), March 4, 2008. Accessed March 4, 2008.
  40. ^ Stein, Ruthe. They're Ready For Their Close-Ups: Camped out at Oscars, the starstruck wait to sneak a peek, San Francisco Chronicle, March 25, 2001. Accessed May 31, 2007. "She's hoping to score a seat near the front and catch the eye of Oscar nominee Ed Harris, who went to Tenafly High School in New Jersey with her mother."
  41. ^ Plummer, William. "A Bright, Brief Star: A Tragic On-Set Accident Ends the Sweet, Promising Career of Jon-Erik Hexum, a Nice Guy on His Way to Finishing First", People (magazine), October 29, 1984. Accessed October 25, 2011. "At Tenafly High School, recalls a girlfriend fondly, 'He was so totally straight that in the early days everybody thought he was a narc. He was the sort who wore white socks and black shoes until his junior year.' By senior year Jon-Erik was Mr. Everything: He was president of the senior class, master of ceremonies at the Holiday Show, the first boy in the school's history to become a cheerleader."
  42. ^ Jacobson, Mark. "The $2,000 an-Hour Woman", New York (magazine), July 10, 2005. Accessed September 8, 2008. "As Jason doesn’t mind telling you, he has known many women since he lost his virginity not too long after his bar mitzvah at the Fort Lee Community Jewish Center, doing the deed with the captain of the Tenafly High School cheerleader squad."
  43. ^ RICHARD A. LEVAO NAMED 16th BLOOMFIELD COLLEGE PRESIDENT, Bloomfield College press release dated January 21, 2003. Accessed May 11, 2007.
  44. ^ Newman, Richard; Yellin, Deena; and Superville, Denisa R. "Tenafly grad takes helm at Yahoo", The Record (Bergen County), May 15, 2012. Accessed May 17, 2012. "In choosing former Tenafly resident Ross Levinsohn as its interim CEO on Monday, embattled Yahoo! Inc. picked a man who is focused, driven and confident.... Levinsohn graduated in 1981 from Tenafly High School, where he was a goalkeeper on the soccer team before switching to football to be the team’s kicker in his senior year."
  45. ^ Minutes of Library Board Meeting, Tenafly Public Library, dated October 15, 2007. Accessed January 22, 2008.
  46. ^ Henderson, Kathy. "Lea Michele",, January 17, 2008. Accessed July 6, 2008. "Oh, totally. I went to Tenafly High School [in New Jersey], and I was on the debate team."
  47. ^ Holden, Stephen. "Movies: About Adam Rothenberg", The New York Times. Accessed May 25, 2010.
  48. ^ Steven Rothman, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 7, 2007.
  49. ^ Seung Yeon, Accessed October 25, 2011. "Han Seung-yeon was born on July 24, 1988, in Seoul, South Korea. She left Korea to study at Tenafly High School in the United States. However, she left high school mid-course in order to pursue a singing career."
  50. ^ Voger, Mark. "Hippiefest: Gary Wright interview", NJ Advance Media for, July 29, 2011. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Born in Cresskill and a graduate of Tenafly High School, Wright is coming home to perform on Aug. 9 in Red Bank, Aug. 10 in Morristown and Aug. 12 in Englewood as part of the Hippiefest tour alongside Felix Cavaliere, Mark Farner, Dave Mason and Rick Derringer."

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