Eastside High School
150 Park Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°54′54″N 74°09′37″W / 40.915048°N 74.160167°W / 40.915048; -74.160167Coordinates: 40°54′54″N 74°09′37″W / 40.915048°N 74.160167°W / 40.915048; -74.160167
School districtPaterson Public Schools
PrincipalEdgar Nieves [1]
(Principal of Operations)
Miguel A. Sosa,
(School of Government and Public Administration)
Pamela Powell,
(School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism)
Dorothy Douge,
(School of Information Technology)[2]
Enrollment686 (School of Government and Public Administration)
720 (School of Culinary Arts, Hospitality and Tourism)
712(School of Information Technology) (2019–20)
Color(s)  Navy Blue
Athletics conferenceBig North Conference (general)
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
Team nameGhosts[3]
RivalKennedy High School

Eastside High School (or EHS) is a four–year public high school located in Paterson section of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States, that serves the eastern section of Paterson. EHS, which serves ninth through twelfth grade students, operates as part of the Paterson Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1928.[4] Eastside High School opened on February 1, 1926.[5]

The school mascot—the Ghosts—derives from the location of Eastside's football field, where a nineteenth-century cemetery once stood.[6][3]


The Eastside campus hosts three separate academy programs that operate independently but share a facility and athletic programs:[7]

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was the 311th-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 309th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 370th out of 376 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).[12]

Demographics and achievement

EHS is 55% Hispanic of various Latin American nationalities, 43% Black, 2% White. 37% of the school speaks Spanish in their homes while another 32% speaks another language other than English. There are also limited English proficiency students or LEPs who compose 12% of the school. Limited English Proficient students cannot speak, read, or write in English and are placed in "bilingual" classes. 45% of the students participate in the free or reduced price lunch program. The average class size is 39 students, excluding special education. The school's ratio of students to computers is 9 to 1, with the state average being 4 to 1.

On the Language Arts section of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 51% scored proficient and 46% scored partial. On the Math section of the test, 39% scored proficient and 57% scored partial. The average SAT score is 736 out of 1600. The Advanced Placement Program (AP) participation is 2%. The average attendance rate is 87%. As of the 2004–05 school year, EHS had a suspension rate of 10%. 60% of Eastside High School seniors graduated. 71% of the school graduated via the SRA process and 10% graduated through the LEP SRA process. Roughly 38% of the graduating seniors go on to four-year colleges and another 34% of the graduating seniors go on to two-year college. The faculty gets paid $46,500 a year while the state average is $52,563. The administrators get paid $105,000; the state average is $102,755. Since the school is in a "special needs" or one of the Abbott Districts,[13] the district receives almost 85% of its budget from the state.


The Eastside High School Ghosts[3] compete in the Big North Conference, a super conference comprised of public and private high schools in Bergen and Passaic counties that operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) and was established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey.[14] For the 2009–10 season, the school competed in the North Jersey Tri-County Conference, an interim conference established to facilitate the forthcoming realignment.[15] Until the NJSIAA's 2009 realignment, the school had participated in Division B of the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, which included high schools located in Bergen, Essex and Passaic counties, and was separated into three divisions based on NJSIAA size classification.[16] With 2,304 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,060 to 5,049 students in that grade range.[17] The football team competes in the Liberty Blue division of the North Jersey Super Football Conference, which includes 112 schools competing in 20 divisions, making it the nation's biggest football-only high school sports league.[18][19] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group V North for football for 2018–2020.[20]

Eastside plays an annual Thanksgiving Day football game against Kennedy High School. In 2011, Eastside won the 87th annual match-up between the two schools by a score of 17–12[21] At the 93rd annual game in 2017, Kennedy defeated Eastside by a score of 16–6 to win their fourth game in a row in the annual rivalry.[22] NJ.com listed the rivalry at 21st on its 2017 list "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football", with Kennedy leading the series by a 43-42-7 margin.[23]

The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1960.[24]

The boys track team won the spring track state championship in Group IV in 1987.[25]

The girls basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 2004 (defeating runner-up Marlboro High School) and 2014 (vs. Shawnee High School).[26] The team won the finals of the Group IV tournament in 2004 with a 43-36 win against Marlboro High School.[27] The team won in Group IV in 2014 with a 60-41 win against Shawnee in the playoff finals.[28]

The boys basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 2011 (against Rancocas Valley Regional High School in the tournament final) and in 2015 (vs. Cherry Hill High School East).[29] The team won the Group IV title in 2011 with a 56-52 win against Rancocas Valley in the championship game[30] and came into the Tournament of Champions as the fourth seed, and failed to hold an 11-point fourth-quarter lead in the quarterfinals before losing to fifth-seeded Newark Central by a score of 73-67 in overtime to finish the season with a record of 21-9.[31][32] The team won its second Group IV title in 2015 with a 50-34 win against Cherry Hill East in the tournament final[33] and lost as the third seed in the ToC to number-six Newark Tech High School in the quarterfinals 66-56.[31]

In popular culture

Paterson Eastside High is known for its renaissance in the mid-1980s under the leadership of Joe Clark as principal. The school was depicted in the 1989 film Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman as Clark.

Former student, Fetty Wap, filmed the music video for his song "Wake Up" in the school in 2016.[34]

Notable alumni

See also: Category:Eastside High School (Paterson, New Jersey) alumni


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  5. ^ Office of the Superintendent, Paterson Public Schools, March 2010. Accessed January 26, 2021. "This month, I’d like to talk about an exciting highlight in this effort, which is the transformation of Eastside High School. When Eastside opened its doors in 1926, it was considered one of the finest public schools in all of New Jersey."
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  28. ^ Staff. "State Basketball: Linden, Pitman, Newark Tech, Newark Eastside claim crowns", USA Today High School Sports, March 16, 2014. Accessed November 20, 2020. "Paterson Eastside 60, Shawnee 41: Paterson Eastside (27-3) used a fast start to claim the Group IV title at Pine Belt Arena in Toms River."
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  34. ^ Josephs, Brian. "Fetty Wap Returns to High School for ‘Wake Up’ Video He's also working on his sophomore album", Spin, May 27, 2016. Accessed March 23, 2021. "The Paterson, New Jersey star — SPIN’s 2015 Rookie of the Year — shot the new visuals at his alma mater, Eastside High School. There’s classroom hijinks, there’s twerking, and there’s a pizza pie on a turntable."
  35. ^ Van Hook, Alexander Jacob Biegeleisen 1919–2010: Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences, 2014. Accessed April 12, 2021. "Jacob excelled at Eastside High School, where the enrollment was about 1,200. He enrolled in the classical curriculum, along with about 15 percent of his classmates. This was a rigorous program—four years of Latin, four of English, and three of German, three years of mathematics, two of social science, and one year each of chemistry and physics— and then a number of nonacademic subjects such as machine shop and gym. Jake graduated in 1935, in the midst of the Depression, and there was little certainty of college"
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  37. ^ Idec, keith. "Tardy Mets might have had Paterson's Briggs", The Record, May 17, 2011. Accessed September 20, 2014. "Johnny Briggs and his wife, Renvy, at the field in West Side Park named after the former Eastside star and major-leaguer."
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  41. ^ Bob Giraldi: Partner, StarChefs. Accessed January 2, 2012. "Born in Paterson, New Jersey in 1939, Bob Giraldi was educated at Paterson Eastside High School and Pratt Institute, where he graduated with a BFA in 1960."
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  47. ^ via Associated Press. "Former NYPD top cop now asked to protect nation", USA Today, December 2, 2004. Accessed August 29, 2019. "Kerik, 49, grew up without knowing his birth mother, a tough kid in Paterson, N.J., where he usually cut classes from the trouble-filled Eastside High School later depicted in the 1989 film Lean on Me.... Kerik dropped out of high school, getting an equivalency degree, to join the Army, where he became a military policeman stationed in South Korea."
  48. ^ Idec, Keith. "Where are they now? Eastside's Ricardo McDonald", The Record, March 7, 2011. Accessed May 5, 2012. "While many of them suffer from debilitating physical ailments, financial difficulties and marital problems that often lead to divorce in their post-NFL lives, McDonald is in good physical condition, is a happily married father of four and is part-owner of a thriving truck stop 90 minutes outside of Pittsburgh, where the ex-Eastside star was a collegiate standout for the Panthers.... He and his twin brother, former Kennedy star and NFL linebacker Devon McDonald, were among the best high school football players in North Jersey during the 1980s. They also experienced personal tragedy that made them want to provide positive examples to Paterson's youth."
  49. ^ Tony Murphy, Norfolk State Spartans men's basketball. Accessed February 14, 2018. "averaged 26 points and 9.9 rebounds and made 52 3-pointers in leading Eastside to its first Passaic County title since 1993"
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  53. ^ "Robert Pitofsky obituary Quietly determined chairman of the US Federal Trade Commission who challenged some of the most powerful companies in the world, including BP", The Times, November 24, 2018. Accessed April 15, 2021. "Robert attended Eastside High School, on the wealthier side of Paterson, and had a series of part-time jobs: selling potatoes and bananas, working as a lifeguard at the lakes in northern New Jersey, and even becoming a Sunday school teacher."
  54. ^ Staff. "Opera Delights 150 Jersey Pupils; Housewife Appears as Mimi as Patterson Group Plays at Public School", The New York Times, October 26, 1958. Accessed January 30, 2011.
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  56. ^ "Sheika: With Velazquez in corner, fighter hopes for title", Herald News, September 3, 2005. Accessed March 20, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Sheika is 19-1 (13 KOs) overall when Velazquez is in his corner, and went 5-0 (4 KOs) when Velazquez was his head trainer from 1998-2000. The Eastside High School alum is 22-3 (14 KOs) with Naser in his corner, 3-2 (1 KO) with Naser as his head trainer."
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  58. ^ Staff. "Knicks Acquire Sparrow", The New York Times, February 14, 1983. Accessed December 9, 2017. "Sparrow, who attended Eastside High School in Paterson, N.J., was waived by the Nets on Oct. 7, 1980."
  59. ^ Henry Taub, 1927 - 2011, Hamilton Partnership for Paterson. Accessed August 29, 2019. "From School No. 6 on one side of the Danforth Library to Eastside High School on the other, Henry developed a fervent belief in education as the key to economic advancement."
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  61. ^ Kuperinsky, Amy. "How Paterson's Fetty Wap conquered the music charts with 'Trap Queen'", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, April 10, 2015. Accessed June 20, 2015. "Mr. Trap Queen, who attended Paterson's Eastside High School, refers to what he did before music as 'illegal activities.'"
  62. ^ "Scientist Scorching for Evidence of Gravity Waves Attended School Here", The News, October 3, 1963. Accessed March 23, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The search for them is being conducted from an isolated underground structure at the university by Dr. Joseph Weber, a former Patersonian and graduate of Eastside High School."
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