Phillipsburg High School (New Jersey)

Phillipsburg High School is a comprehensive, four-year public high school located in Phillipsburg, in Warren County, New Jersey, United States. The school was first established in 1871 and is located in the eastern part of the Lehigh Valley, at the Pennsylvania border.[4] For this reason, the school's nickname is the "Stateliners." The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 2000.[3]

Phillipsburg High School
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1 Stateliner Boulevard

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United States
Coordinates40°41′49″N 75°11′29″W / 40.696865°N 75.191252°W / 40.696865; -75.191252Coordinates: 40°41′49″N 75°11′29″W / 40.696865°N 75.191252°W / 40.696865; -75.191252
TypePublic high school
School districtPhillipsburg School District
NCES School ID3412960[1]
PrincipalMatthew J. Scanlon
Asst. principalsKyle Rovi
John Stillo
Faculty126.5 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,650 (as of 2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio13.0:1[1]
Color(s)  Maroon and
MascotSuzy Stateliner
Team nameStateliners[2]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

The school is part of the Phillipsburg School District, one of 31 former Abbott Districts in the state,[5] which are now referred to as "SDA Districts" based on the requirement for the state to cover all costs for school building and renovation projects in these districts under the supervision of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority.[6][7] The district serves students from Phillipsburg and from five other municipalities: Alpha, Bloomsbury (in Hunterdon County), Greenwich Township, Lopatcong Township and Pohatcong Township, who attend as part of sending/receiving relationships.[8][9][10]

The site of the new Phillipsburg High School, which began construction in January 2014, is in Lopatcong Township. The three-story, 330,000-square-foot (31,000 m2) building, with more than double the floor space of the existing high school and a capacity to accommodate more than 2,100 students, was completed for the 2016–17 school year and was dedicated in September 2016 at ceremonies attended by Governor of New Jersey Chris Christie.[11][12] Phillipsburg High School's enrollment had been in excess of the school's capacity. To compensate for this, the Phillipsburg School District has purchased or leased 31 trailers.

As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,650 students and 126.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.0:1. There were 455 students (27.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 73 (4.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 183rd-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.[13] The school had been ranked 215th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 276th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[14] The magazine ranked the school 275th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[15] The school was ranked 234th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[16]

New high schoolEdit

Original plans for a new high school campus stalled due to lack of funds. (See New Jersey Schools Construction Corporation) However, in July 2008, new state funding was secured and on October 5, 2009, a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the site of the new high school located on Belvidere Road in Lopatcong Township. Then-Governor Jon Corzine was in attendance as well as former Governor James Florio, Phillipsburg School District Superintendent Mark B. Miller and then-State Education Commissioner Lucille Davy.[17]

The new campus had been expected to cost $174.4 million and was planned to hold a 326,000 sq ft (30,300 m2) school and seven athletic fields. After the initial plans had been put on hold, Governor Chris Christie announced in February 2012 that the plan was back online, with a revised estimate of $675 million for the project.[18] Initial contracts were awarded in 2013, with a projected open date for the 2016–17 school year.[19] After many delays, construction started in January 2014 and the new school opened on September 12, 2016. The class of 2020 will be the first to have never attended the old high school building.[20]


The Phillipsburg High School Stateliners[2] compete as a member of NJSIAA Skyland Conference.[21] With 1,260 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.[22] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group IV North for football for 2018–2020.[23] The school was a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association's defunct East Penn Conference.[24]

The Stateliners have an athletic rivalry with neighboring Easton, Pennsylvania's Easton Area High School, which celebrated its 100th annual football game on Thanksgiving 2006, making it one of the oldest rivalries in the nation.[25] The 100th meeting between the two schools, which Easton won 21–7, was broadcast nationally on ESPN2 on Thanksgiving Day 2006.[26] The game, which typically draws some 15,000 - 20,000 fans before Thanksgiving dinner is served, was broadcast nationally on ESPN in 1988, with games played on Lafayette College's Fisher Field in Easton. In 2009, the 1993 teams from the Easton / Phillipsburg game met again for the Gatorade REPLAY Game to resolve the game, which ended in a 7–7 tie, with more than 13,000 fans watching as Phillipsburg won by a score of 27–12.[27]

The softball team won the Central state title in 1972, was overall state champion in 1973 and 1975, and won the Group III state chamoionship in 1976 (defeating Mainland Regional High School).[28]

The field hockey team won the Central sectional championship in 1972, won the North II Group III state sectional title in 1977, the North I / II Group IV title in 1998 and the North II Group IV title in 1999.[29]

The football team won the North II Group III state championship in 1977 and 2008, the North II Group IV in 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013, 2014 and 2018.[30] By the end of the 2019 season, the football program had a total of 703 wins in 114 seasons of play, which include 14 state sectional championships.[31] In 2008, the Stateliners completed a 10–2 season beating Rahway High School by a score of 20–6 in the North II Group III state sectional final to win the program's fourth sectional title.[32] 2008 postseason rankings put the Stateliners at 13th in the state, 1st in West Jersey, and 5th in Group III. The 2018 team won the North II Group IV sectional title with a 42-7 win against Irvington High School[33]

The wrestling team won the North II Group III state sectional championship in 1980–1984, 1989, 1991–1996, 2003, 2004, won the North II Group IV championship in 1985–1988, 1997–2002, 2005–2008, 2012 and 2014–2019, and won the North I Group IV sectional in 2010 and 2011; the team won the Group III state championship in 1983, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1995, 1996, 2003, 2004 and 2009, and won the Group IV state title in 1986–1988, 1997–2000, 2012 and 2014–2018. The 22 group championships are the second most of any school in the state.[34] The team won the 2007 North II, Group IV state sectional championship with a 34–25 win against Bridgewater-Raritan High School.[35]

The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1983, defeating Ewing High School in the tournament final.[36]

In 2005, the boys cross country team won the New Jersey Group IV state championship and placed 3rd at the Meet of Champions.[37] The team finished the season ranked 10th in the Nike Team Nationals Northeast region rankings.[38]


Core members of the schools administration are:[39]

  • Matthew J. Scanlon, Principal
  • Kyle Rovi, Assistant Principal (Grades 11/12)
  • John Stillo, Assistant Principal (Grades 9/10)

Notable alumniEdit


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  11. ^ Peters, Sarah. "New Phillipsburg High School beginning to take shape in Lopatcong Township", The Express-Times, July 7, 2014. Accessed March 29, 2015. "The new Phillipsburg High School is starting to take shape atop a steep hillside off Belvidere Road in Lopatcong Township.... Five school board members and at least four administrators embarked on the tour of the property scheduled to open during the 2016-2017 academic year."
  12. ^ Novak, Steve. "Christie: New Phillipsburg High School most modern in N.J.", The Express-Times, September 21, 2016. Accessed January 17, 2017. "The 330,000-square-foot high school finally opened for classes this month, and Gov. Chris Christie -- who on Wednesday was the guest of honor at a ceremony marking the $127.5 million project's completion -- thanked the assembled staff, students and other dignitaries for their patience.... The building on a hilltop in Lopatcong Township is designed for 2,172 students in grades 9 to 12, with 50 general classrooms, 12 science labs, 4 computer labs, media center and arts and vocational facilities."
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  18. ^ Wojcik, Sarah M. "Phillipsburg High School back on list for New Jersey Schools Development Authority-funded projects, Gov. Chris Christie says", The Express-Times, February 15, 2012. Accessed October 3, 2012. "Christie announced he is recommending approval for construction of eight new schools statewide, including the Stateliners' new home slated for Belvidere Road in Lopatcong Township. The projects total $675 million."
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  24. ^ #344-05 BOARD OF EDUCATION OF THE TOWN OF PHILLIPSBURG, WARREN COUNTY, R.T.C. Jr. vs. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 3, 2012. "Beginning in 1976, Phillipsburg was a member of Pennsylvania's East Penn Conference (predecessor to the Lehigh Valley Athletic Conference) for football, having joined for basketball in 1963 and baseball in 1958.... In Fall 1995, because of the increasing difficulty in reconciling East Penn and NJSIAA requirements and the continuing impact of the 50% Rule on the school's ability to enter championship competition, Phillipsburg joined the newly created Skyland Conference in New Jersey."
  25. ^ Patrick, Dick. "High school rivals are like family", USA Today, September 21, 2005. Accessed August 17, 2012. "Phillipsburg (N.J.)-Easton (Pa.): The game, played on Thanksgiving morning at Lafayette College in Easton, will celebrate 100 years in 2006."
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  27. ^ Conover, Allan. "Phillipsburg beats Easton in Gatorade Replay football", Warren Reporter, April 29, 2009. Accessed August 17, 2012. "For almost three toasty hours earlier in the day, however, Wargo had been among the most prominent Phillipsburg football players in Lafayette College's Fisher Stadium and was a key performer in the Stateliners' 27-12 triumph over Easton as 13,350 sun-baked spectators looked on. Wargo, a tackle, was selected as the game's 'Outstanding Defensive Player,' an honor he never gave a thought to while helping the 'Exliners' win the rematch of the 1993 Thanksgiving Day battle which ended in a 7-7 stalemate."
  28. ^ NJSIAA Softball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
  29. ^ History of NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  30. ^ NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  31. ^ Scancarella, Doug. "Wayne Valley football delivers playoff shutout at Phillipsburg", The Record, November 17, 2019. Accessed September 15, 2020. "The Phillipsburg football website says it all: 'New Jersey’s Most Victorious Football Program.' It's not wrong. In the program's storied 114-year history, Phillipsburg has 703 wins, 14 state sectional championships and 28 conference titles."
  32. ^ Staff. "Phillipsburg 20, Rahway 6", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2008. Accessed October 3, 2011. "Rahway seemed to get just what it wanted yesterday, but Phillipsburg senior quarterback Nick Codis turned the tables by rushing for a touchdown and passing for a score to lead Phillipsburg to a 20-6 victory in the NJSIAA/Gatorade North Jersey, Section 2, Group 3 final at Rutgers Stadium. It was the fourth sectional championship for Phillipsburg (10-2), No. 16 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, and first since 2005."
  33. ^ Wilson, Brad. "Phillipsburg football ices down Irvington to capture NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 title", Express Times, November 17, 2018, updated September 5, 2019. Accessed October 15, 2020. "Phillipsburg 42, Irvington 7 -- NJSIAA North 2 Group 4 football championship -- Rapid Recap Amid the piles of unexpected November snow decorating Maloney Stadium like early Christmas presents, the Stateliner football entered history Saturday evening with a focused, powerful and near-complete performance to win the N2 G4 championship."
  34. ^ NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 1, 2020.
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  37. ^ NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
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  46. ^ Wojcik, Sarah M. "Phillipsburg honors posthumous Medal of Honor recipient, hometown hero Martin O. May", The Express-Times, May 2, 2009. Accessed March 14, 2011. "Martin O. May, Purple Heart and Medal of Honor recipient, died in April 1945 after a three-day standoff on an island near Japan's Okinawa. His courage inspired the Chapter 700 Military Order of the Purple Heart to install a memorial in his honor at Phillipsburg High School, where he attended as a member of the class of 1941."
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  48. ^ Schoof, Dustin. "Bloomsbury native Jen Ponton to appear on NBC's 30 Rock", The Express-Times, October 18, 2010. Accessed September 4, 2019. "Actress Jen Ponton , a native of Bloomsbury and 2002 graduate of Phillipsburg High School, will appear on the hit NBC comedy. Ponton says she plays an employee of a local Carvel, which becomes the base of a secret operation hatched by Kenneth (Jack McBrayer) and Jenna (Jane Krakowski), who also get assistance from Kelsey Grammer, who plays himself."
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  52. ^ Lauer-Williams, Kathy. "Phillipsburg welcomes home Hell's Kitchen winner", The Morning Call, September 25, 2012. Accessed December 6, 2020. "Christina Wilson, the winner of Hell's Kitchen, came home to a hero's welcome in Phillipsburg.... Wilson, a 1997 Phillipsburg High grad, had spent part of the summer in her hometown visiting friends."

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