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Eastside High School (or EHS) is a four-year public high school in Patersonmarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker, that serves the eastern section of Paterson. EHS, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Paterson Public Schools.

Eastside High School opened on February 1, 1926. The school mascot is the Ghost.

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.

Demographics and achievement

As of the 2006-07 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,855 students and 307 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.3.

EHS is 70% 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 that isn't English at home. 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 colleges.

The student to faculty ratio is 9 to 1. The faculty gets paid $46,500 a year while the state average is $52,563. The administrators get paid $105,000 as the state average is $102,755.

Since the school is in a “special needs” or one of the Abbott Districts, the district receives almost 85% of its budget from the state. The total cost per pupil in the school district is $14,280.


The Eastside High School Ghosts compete in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, made up of high schools located in Bergen Countymarker and Passaic Countymarker, New Jerseymarker. The NNJIL is separated into three divisions, according to the classification they are given from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.

The 2008 boys basketball team won the North I, Group IV state sectional championship defeating East Orange Campus High Schoolmarker by a score of 83-71 in the tournament final. The win was the team's first sectional title since 1992.

Popular culture

Paterson Eastside High is famous for its renaissance in the mid-1980s under the leadership of then-principal Joe Clark. The school and Joe were the subject of the 1989 film Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman.

Notable alumni

  • Corwin Belfield (class of 1996) All-State Baseball and Track Star. Named to the Passaic County All-Century Baseball team. Corwin set the school record for stolen bases going 70 for 71 in his career, also set the school record for hits in a season with 50 in 1996
  • Johnny Briggs (born 1944), major league baseball player with Phillies, Brewers, and Twins.
  • Essence Carson - 7th draft pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. Played college basketball at Rutgers University.
  • Christos Cotsakos, (born 1948), former CEO of E*TRADE.
  • Tim Thomas- NBA Player Of The Dallas Mavericks
  • Bernie Wayne, songwriter ('There she is, Miss America...')
  • Larry Doby (1923-2003), Hall of Fame baseball player.
  • Allen Ginsberg (1926-1997), beat poet.
  • Paul Plishka, principal basso, Metropolitan Opera Company
  • Gary Jennings (1928-1999), author of historical novels
  • Bernard Kerik (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner.
  • Gerald Berkowitz, author, educator, theatre critic
  • Ken Parker, NFL cornerback for the New York Giants
  • Rory Sparrow (born 1958), NBA basketball player
  • Joseph Weber (1919-2000), physicist, developer of the laser and the gravitational wave detector.


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