Bound Brook High School

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Bound Brook High School
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Bound Brook High School is located in Somerset County, New Jersey
Bound Brook High School
Bound Brook High School
Bound Brook High School is located in New Jersey
Bound Brook High School
Bound Brook High School
Bound Brook High School is located in the US
Bound Brook High School
Bound Brook High School
111 West Union Avenue
Bound Brook, NJ 08805
Type Public high school
School district Bound Brook School District
Principal Edward Smith
Asst. principals Marc DeMarco
Sheena Nicholson
Faculty 41.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 527[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 12.7:1[1]
Color(s)      Red and
Athletics conference Skyland Conference
Team name Crusaders[2]

Bound Brook High School is a comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Bound Brook, in Somerset County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Bound Brook School District. Students from South Bound Brook attend the district's high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the South Bound Brook School District.[3][4]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 527 students and 41.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.7:1. There were 269 students (51.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 80 (15.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1] The student body was 60.5% Hispanic, 22.0% White, 13.9% Black and 3.0% Asian / Pacific Islander.[1]

Bound Brook High School is the only high school in Somerset County with the "School Choice" designation. Students outside of Bound Brook can apply to attend one of Bound Brook's two academies: Bio-medical Sciences or Engineering.[5] The school began a 1:1 iPad initiative program in the 2012-13 school year. Since then, the school has gone wireless providing each student and teacher with an iPad and equipping every classroom with smart boards and projectors.

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 290th-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.[6] The school had been ranked 290th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 288th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 243rd in the magazine's September 2008 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[8]

The school has improved drastically over the past few years, with the average SAT score improving from 2008 to 2012 by 14.9%, the highest percentage increase during that time period among the 11 community public high schools in Somerset County and the 27th-highest percentage increase in SAT scores among the schools included in the survey.[9]


Honors placement[edit]

Students may be recommended for Honors placement if they have an average grade of 92 or above, and have completed summer assignment/project that is assigned to them, also requires teacher's recommendation. If at any time during the school year, a student from an Honors placement course grade point drops below an expected range, he/she will be dismissed from the course and be placed into an academic level course.

Advanced Placement offerings[edit]

Bound Brook High School offers few Advanced Placement courses, due to its small student population and limited resources. AP courses rotate yearly.

The following AP programs are offered by Bound Brook High School:

Extracurricular activities[edit]


The Bound Brook High School Crusaders[2] compete in the Skyland Conference, which consists of public and parochial high schools covering Somerset County, Union County and Warren County in northern New Jersey and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[10] With 335 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 49 to 476 students in that grade range.[11]

The boys soccer team won the 2004 Central, Group I state sectional championship with a string of three shutout wins, defeating Jonathan Dayton High School 3-0 in the first round, Highland Park High School 2-0 in the semifinals, and edging Metuchen High School 1-0 in the finals to take the title.[12]

In March 2011, Andrew Campolattano became just the second four-time New Jersey state champion, when he pinned Cherokee's Mike Zeuli in just 47 seconds in the state final, finishing his high school wrestling career with a 175-1 record.[13] Craig DeLaCruz won the 2013 state championship in dramatic fashion, becoming Bound Brook's 19th state champion, the most of any in Somerset County.[14]

The 2012 boys wrestling team, guided by head coach Kyle Franey, the Courier News Coach of the year, won its first Group I state championship, defeating Hanover Park High School in the final. The 2013 team, led by head coach Shaun Cleary, won its second consecutive Group I state championship, again defeating Hanover Park.[15]

The past 2013 Spring track and Field season has great success with its athletes, who are the current somerset county champion in 100m, 200m and 400m races and also state finalist

The girls' basketball team won the 2016 Central Jersey Group 1 championship during the 2015-16 season. They made it all the way to the Group 1 State final, the furthest the program has ever reached.

Sports Offered[edit]

  • Boys and Girls Cross County
  • Boys and Girls Soccer
  • Boys and Girls Tennis
  • Football
  • Cheerleading
  • Wrestling
  • Boys and Girls Basketball
  • Spring Track and Field
  • Softball
  • Baseball

Active clubs[edit]

National Honor Society[edit]

The National Honor Society is an organization that recognizes outstanding students from grades 10 through 12. It was formed in 1921 as a result of the desire of educators to promote student excellence. The Bound Brook High School chapter was founded in June, 1962. The pillars of the Society are Scholarship, Character, Service, and Leadership. Chapter meetings are held bi-monthly and community services are provided through various ongoing projects.

Team 56-Robbe Xtreme[edit]

Team 56 is the result of a 17-year partnership between Bound Brook High School and Ethicon. Team 56was the first team created by Johnson & Johnson, and one of the very first FIRST Robotics teams in the state of New Jersey. '56 was part of the four teams that organized a competition at Drexel University in Pennsylvania, which led to the establishment of the Philadelphia Regional Competition for FIRST. Bound Brook' and Ethicon have had a long history of FIRST spirit.

Robotics has led to the high school's involvement with programs Project Lead the Way like the engineering and Biomedical Program, where students practically have firsthand experience as to what professionals do in their respective fields, Bound Brook High School Robotics has also brought about the start of robotics in the Smalley Middle and elementary schools, so students can begin an interest with STEM(science, math, and technology) at an even younger age.

The team has won numerous awards and made many improvements over the years and brought great publicity to the town:

  • 1997: 3rd place, J&J Mid-Atlantic regional, and J&J Mid-Atlantic regional Chrysler spirit award
  • 1998: AutoDesk Animation finalist, Philadelphia invitational finalist,and 3rd place J&J Mid-Atlantic regional
  • 1999:1st place national AutoDesk animation contest, 4th place Philadelphia Alliance Regional, and Best Offensive at Philadelphia Alliance Regional
  • 2000:J&J Mid-Atlantic regional Chrysler spirit award, Made scholarships available to BBHS students, 1st place "Havoc at the hill" invitational,4th place Philadelphia Regional,and AutoDesk animation finalist
  • 2001:1st place at J&J Mid-Atlantic regional, Philadelphia Regional, Mt.olive invitational, Leadership in control at Philadelphia Regional, and Divisional semi-finalist, nationals at Epcot
  • 2002:SBPL regional imagery award, FIT FIRST scholarship,3rd place Long Island regional and a feature in Design News
  • 2003: J&J Mid-Atlantic regional sportsmanship Award, semi-finalist at Philadelphia regional
  • 2004: 1st place, J&J Mid-Atlantic regional, 2nd seed finish Philadelphia regional and featured in Discovery Channels " first Robotics"
  • 2005: 1st place, Philadelphia regional, New Jersey regional finalist,General Motors Industrial Design Award,4th-place finish Sacramento regional,finalist at J&J Mid-Atlantic regional,Motorola Quality Award at J&J Mid-Atlantic regional,National Galileo Divisional champions,and National Championship Finalist
  • 2006: General Motors Industrial Design Award,Chesapeake Regional,and NJ regional judges award
  • 2007: Finalist and Rockwell automation innovation in control award at Florida regional Finalist and Rockwell automation innovation in control award at New York City regional
  • 2008: Chief Delphi technology Award and Xerox creativity award
  • 2009: New York City regional winner,Philadelphia Regional winner,and National Galileo Divisional Finalist
  • 2010: Philadelphia Regional Winner
  • 2011: Philadelphia Regional semi- finalist and Xerox creativity award
  • 2012: RU district Champions


Core members of the district's administration are:[16]

  • Edward Smith, Principal
  • Marc DeMarco, Assistant Principal
  • Sheena Nicholson, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e School Data for Bound Brook High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c Bound Brook High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
  3. ^ Minutes of August 20, 2009 Regular Meeting, South Bound Brook Board of Education. Accessed October 28, 2009. "Motion to accept the following costs for sending students to Bound Brook High School for the 2009-2010 school year (September 1, 2009- June 30, 2010)".
  4. ^ Somerset County School Districts-Sending/Receiving/Regional, Somerset County, New Jersey. Accessed June 5, 2016. "BOUND BROOK PreK-12 RECEIVES 9-12 FROM SOUTH BOUND BROOK"
  5. ^ School Choice Approved, Bound Brook School District. Accessed September 8, 2013.
  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 October 16, 2012.
  8. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2010: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2010, Accessed January 1, 2011.
  9. ^ Kaimann, Frederick. "New Jersey's Top Performing Public High Schools", The Star-Ledger, August 19, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2013.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
  11. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 18, 2014.
  12. ^ 2004 Boys Soccer - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 21, 2007.
  13. ^ McPherson, Gary. "WRESTLING: Mike Zeuli's run ends in Atlantic City", The Central Record, March 16, 2011. Accessed September 8, 2013. "Bound Brook's Andrew Campolattano became only the second wrestler in New Jersey history to win four straight NJSIAA titles, pinning Zeuli in under a minute.... His 116 career pins is a state record and he finished his high school career with an astounding 175–1 career mark."
  14. ^ Kratch, James. "Wrestling state championships, 2013: Craig De La Cruz of Bound Brook wins 120-pound championship", The Star-Ledger, March 10, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2013. "Bound Brook's Craig De La Cruz has gotten pretty good at winning close the past few weeks, and it all paid off yesterday in the state tournament's final round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.The sophomore stunned the two-time state champion, Brenden Calas of Seton Hall Prep, with a takedown in sudden victory for a 3–1 triumph and his first career state championship in the 120-pound final.... Bound Brook's Craig De La Cruz has gotten pretty good at winning close the past few weeks, and it all paid off yesterday in the state tournament's final round at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.The sophomore stunned the two-time state champion, Brenden Calas of Seton Hall Prep, with a takedown in sudden victory for a 3-1 triumph and his first career state championship in the 120-pound final."
  15. ^ Kratch, James. "Wrestling: Bound Brook stops Hanover Park in Group 1 final", The Star-Ledger, February 17, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2013. "Bound Brook defeated unranked Hanover Park for the second straight season in the Group 1 final, posting a 49-12 victory at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River."
  16. ^ Administration Contact List, Bound Brook High School. Accessed November 18, 2014.
  17. ^ Tamari, Jonathan. "Jeff Chiesa settles in, with Senate debates looming", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 20, 2013. Accessed September 8, 2013. "Chiesa, 47, has worked in the public eye but has not held elected office, he said, since being senior class president at Bound Brook High School."
  18. ^ Dunlap, LucyAnn. "A Play Where Art Imitates Art", U.S. 1 Newspaper, July 13, 2005. Accessed October 16, 2012. "A 1971 graduate of Bound Brook High School, he graduated from Salem University in West Virginia with a major in philosophy and theology, and earned a graduate degree from Notre Dame University in ethics."
  19. ^ William Ozzard, Bound Brook High School Alumni Association Hall of Fame. Accessed March 24, 2015.
  20. ^ Mike Sandusky, Accessed April 29, 2014.

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