Hopatcong High School
2 Windsor Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°55′38″N 74°40′15″W / 40.927203°N 74.670788°W / 40.927203; -74.670788Coordinates: 40°55′38″N 74°40′15″W / 40.927203°N 74.670788°W / 40.927203; -74.670788
TypePublic high school
School districtHopatcong Public Schools
NCES School ID340744005362[3]
PrincipalStephanie Martinez[2]
Faculty51.3 FTEs[3]
Enrollment499 (as of 2020–21)[3]
Student to teacher ratio9.7:1[3]
Color(s)  Green and
Athletics conferenceNorthwest Jersey Athletic Conference (general)
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
RivalLenape Valley Regional High School

Hopatcong High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Hopatcong, in Sussex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Hopatcong Public Schools.

As of the 2020–21 school year, the school had an enrollment of 499 students and 51.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.7:1. There were 92 students (18.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 48 (9.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[3]


During the 1960-61 school year, there were 200 students from Hopatcong attending Sparta High School.[5]

Awards, recognition and rankings

The school was ranked 235th in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide sure okay in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[6] The school had been ranked 289th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 200th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 174th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was ranked 158th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[9]

In the 2013–2014 school year, Hopatcong High School ranked eighth in Sussex County out of nine other public high schools in SAT scores.[10]

Extracurricular activities

The Hopatcong High School Chiefs[4] compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, which is comprised of public and private high schools in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties, and was established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[11][12] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the Sussex County Interscholastic League until the SCIL was dissolved in 2009.[13] With 312 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 75 to 476 students in that grade range.[14] The football team competes in the National 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.[15][16] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group I North for football for 2018–2020.[17]

Hopatcong High School maintains a variety of boys' and girls' interscholastic sports teams including cross country, soccer, cheerleading, wrestling, basketball, bowling, golf, track and field, softball, baseball and tennis.[4]

The school participates as the host school / lead agency for joint cooperative boys / girls bowling teams with Mount Olive High School, while Mount Olive is the host school for a co-op ice hockey team that also includes Hackettstown High School. These co-op programs operate under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.[18] The ice hockey partnership with Mount Olive started in the 2014-15 school year and plays under the Mount Olive name.[19]

The boys' wrestling team won the 1997 North I Group II state sectional championship.[20]

The football team was the North I Group II state sectional champion in 2001 and 2005.[21] The 2001 team finished the season with a 10-2 record, coming back from a 21-point deficit to defeat Mahwah High School in the North I Group II championship game by a score of 36-35 on a field goal scored with seconds left on the clock.[22] In 2005, the team beat Sparta High School 20-14 in overtime in the final game of the tournament.[23]

In 2004, the varsity cross-country team became the North I, Group II state champions. In 2005, the boys' cross country team finished 15th in the state at the New Jersey Meet of Champions.[24] The same year, the team successfully defended its state sectional title and was second in Group II

The school's track team had three consecutive undefeated seasons, from 2010 to 2012.[25]


The school's principal is Stephanie Martinez.[2]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ School Profile 2019-2020, Hopatcong High School. Accessed November 16, 2019.
  2. ^ a b High School Staff, Hopatcong High School. Accessed March 17, 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e School data for Hopatcong High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 15, 2022.
  4. ^ a b c Hopatcong High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 12, 2015.
  5. ^ Bagby, Scott. Master Plan Study for the Township of Sparta, p. 43. Accessed April 5, 2022. "As of October 31, 1960 there were a total of 206 Hopatcong high school students and 92 Byram students. The Hopatcong school board has estimated that its high school enrollment will increase 11 percent each year."
  6. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 3, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 25, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  10. ^ New Jersey School Performance Report for 2013-14 for Hopatcong High School. New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 2, 2015. Accessed March 17, 2022.
  11. ^ Home Page, Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference. Accessed August 27, 2020. "The Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference prides itself on being one of New Jersey's premier high school conferences and is comprised of 39 high schools located in Northwest New Jersey."
  12. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  13. ^ Home Page, Sussex County Interscholastic League, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of February 4, 2012. Accessed November 19, 2014.
  14. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  15. ^ Cooper, Darren. "Here's what we know about the new Super Football Conference 2020 schedule", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference (SFC) is a 112-team group, the largest high school football-only conference in America, and is comprised of teams from five different counties."
  16. ^ Cooper, Darren. "NJ football: Super Football Conference revised schedules for 2020 regular season", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference has 112 teams that will play across 20 divisions."
  17. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  18. ^ NJSIAA Winter Cooperative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  19. ^ Corbett, Kayla. "Hopatcong's New Hockey Team", Hopatcong Arrow, January 2015. Accessed December 12, 2015. "This year HHS did something new—we collaborated with Mount Olive HS to bring a sport to Hopatcong students. Beginning with this winter season, Hopatcong High School now has a hockey team."
  20. ^ NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  21. ^ NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  22. ^ Costello, Brian. "Hopatcong roars back to defeat Mahwah", The Record December 2, 2001. Accessed December 7, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "A Mahwah masterpiece became a horror story in a matter of minutes Saturday. The Thunderbirds watched a 21-point lead evaporate in a 36-35 loss to Hopatcong in the Group 2, North 1 championship game. Dan McNamara's 36-yard field goal with seven seconds left gave the Chiefs the victory.... The Chiefs (10-2) began their drive at their own 35 and drove to the Mahwah 34 before Moloughney picked off his second pass of the day."
  23. ^ 2005 Football - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2008.
  24. ^ New Jersey Meet of Champions 2005 Archived March 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, DyeStat. Accessed March 11, 2008.
  25. ^ Staff. "3rd Perfect Season for Hopatcong Track; Capwell, Olugbenga lead Chiefs to another flawless season.", Hopatcong-SpartaPatch, May 8, 2012. Accessed October 7, 2012. "The Chiefs finished their third straight undefeated season Thursday with a road win over formidable Newton. The victory gave Hopatcong a 6-0 finish and its third consecutive Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference Freedom Division crown."
  26. ^ a b c Staff. "5 Hopatcong Grads You Need to Know: The borough has seen its share of stars, from athletes to brainiacs." Archived April 25, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, Hopatcong Patch.com, June 22, 2011. Accessed October 12, 2011. "You Need to Know About Joe Hewitt: Chances are you've seen his work without knowing it. Best known for helping create Firefox, Hewitt also played a key role in developing Facebook's iPhone app."
  27. ^ Faces in the Crowd. Sports Illustrated. January 8, 2007. Accessed March 25, 2010.
  28. ^ Dave Yovanovits Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2018.