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Teaneck High School (known as The Castle on the Hill) is a four-year comprehensive public high school, which is part of the Teaneck Public Schoolsmarker district in Teaneckmarker, New Jerseymarker, United Statesmarker.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,460 students and 111.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 13.1.

The school was renovated in 2003–04, giving students new classrooms as well as a new student center.

Teaneck has also implemented two new academies for focuses in the sciences and the arts.

Teaneck's sports teams are nicknamed the Highwaymen (girls' teams are called the Highwaywomen) for the highwaymen who would seize money and belongings from those traveling along highways during the 17th and 18th century and for the school's location overlooking Route 4.

The school was the 121st-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 102nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.

Awards and recognition

In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Teaneck High School was listed in 1080th place, the 33rd-highest ranked school in New Jersey.


The school was opened in the current building, which resembles a Tudor palace in 1928, and a new wing was added in 1936. Honors courses were introduced in the 1960s. Teaneck has been a four-year high school since the 1980s.

Principal Joseph White resigned after being arrested following taped discussions in which he engaged in sexual conversations with a high school student. White had been acquitted of molestation charges in 2003 in an incident involving a different youth. In May 2007, White was offered a plea deal that would have him serve a year in prison in exchange for pleading guilty to third-degree charges of child endangerment and official misconduct.

In 1987 the school was the subject of a 20/20 documentary on the effects of Heavy Metal on students.

Teaneck High School has a rich chess legacy, having among its alumni state and national champions Shearwood McClelland III '96, Kimberly McClelland '98, and Joan Santana '00. In March 1997, the Highwaymen captured the New Jersey State High School Chess Championship.


In the fall of 2002, two academies, or "schools within a school," were launched. The T.E.A.M.S. Academy (Technology-Enriched Academy for Mathematics and Science) is a three-hour daily program that seeks to integrate technology, mathematics, science, and computer science in a smaller learning environment. The TAA Performing Arts Academy aims to integrate various art forms such as dance, film making, instrumental music and technical theatre to prepare students for college majors and internships in the Fine and Performing Arts.


Teaneck High School competes in the Northern New Jersey Interscholastic League, made up of public and private high schools from Bergen, Essexmarker and Passaicmarker Counties. A decrease in enrollment in recent years has resulted in reclassification by the NJSIAA as a Group III school relative to athletics. For the 2007–08 school year, Group IV is made up of schools with 1,162–2,523 students, while in Group III, Teaneck is the school with the largest enrollment, which ranges from 813–1,133.

The boys basketball team won the 2003 Group IV state championship with a 61–54 win over Elizabeth High Schoolmarker in the semis and a 68–56 win over Trenton Central High Schoolmarker in the finals.The boys team won the Group IV state championship in 1999 and advanced to the Tournament of Champions Final, finally losing to Seton Hall Preparatory Schoolmarker.

The THS homecoming football game has been held annually on Thanksgiving Day against rival Hackensack High Schoolmarker since 1931, alternating each year with each school as host.


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