Hanover Park Regional High School District (27-1990)

Hanover Park Regional High School District

The Hanover Park Regional High School District is comprised of two high schools. Hanover Park High School is located in East Hanover, receives students from East Hanover and Florham Park, and has an enrollment of 827 students. Whippany High School is located in Hanover Township, receives students from Hanover Township and has an enrollment of 706 students. The district enjoys a tradition of excellence with an ongoing commitment to academics, the arts, athletics, service learning, character education and community service.

Both schools continue to be ranked as one of New Jersey’s Monthly Top 100 High Schools; listed on Newsweek’s Top 500 Schools in the Nation; recognized in the Washington Post as one of the 2014 America’s Most Challenging High Schools; recognized as a 2016 Best High School by Niche.com and, ranked as one of New Jersey’s Top Performing Public High Schools for Academics and the Arts in 2014 by Inside Jersey magazine. Combined, the schools administered 1126 Advanced Placement exams in the 2015-2016 school year with an average of 74.3 scoring a 3 or higher in twenty-five subject areas. Many district students achieved honors status from the College Board Advanced Placement Scholar Awards recognition program: fourteen Advanced Placement National Scholars; sixty-six Advanced Placement Scholars with Distinction, thirty-five Advanced Placement Scholars with Honor; and, sixty-eight Advanced Placement Scholars. Besides the availability of twenty Advanced Placement courses, the district’s enrollment in dual credit courses in which students receive college and high school credit from Fairleigh Dickinson, Seton Hall and/or Rutgers was over 400 students. Hanover Park Regional High School District has been honored as a District College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll for Expanding Opportunity and Improving Performance for Advanced Placement Students for the fourth consecutive year.

The schools scored above the State and National average in the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT). Combined, the schools recognized five students as National Merit Finalists; sixteen students declared National Merit Commended Scholars; four students accepted to New Jersey Governor’s School; four nominated as New Jersey Scholars with one student selected; seventy-nine students received US Presidential Academic Awards of Excellence; one student selected as a Chief State School Officer and nominee for the US Presidential Scholars Program; two students were candidates for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program; four students selected to the BASF Science Academy; and, 223 students inducted into the National Honor Society Inductees. Twenty-one students achieved a perfect score of 800 on twenty-four different occasions on either the SAT I or the SAT II. One student scored a perfect score on the ACT. For the 2015-2016 school year, the district administered 683 PSAT’s to students in grades 9-11. Thirty students were selected for Boys/Girls State. Ninety-five percent of graduates are continuing formal higher education.

Students continue to compete in the Academic Team Competition achieving amazing results-Hanover Park High School placed first in the North Jersey Division 2 Regional Competition and one student achieved the Gold Award for the highest score in New Jersey. Whippany Park High School had six students receive honors-three Silver Medals, four Bronze Medals, and six Honorable Mentions in the Regional Competition while also winning one Silver Medal and four Honorable Mentions in the State Competition.

The Forensics and Debate Teams at Hanover Park had one student place first in New Jersey in Informative Speaking; one student placed fourteenth in the nation in Informative Speaking and qualified for the National competition in Original Oratory; one student received the Garden State Arts Education Governor’s Award for dedication and excellence in service, speech and theater. The Math Team at Whippany Park High School took third place at the Joseph A. Andrushkiw Mathematics Competition. One student tied for first place and two students received an Honor Roll Distinction. One student received statewide Honorable Mention for the Association of Math Teachers of New Jersey Competition while eighteen students participated in the American Mathematics Competition with one student scoring in the top 1% of students in New Jersey qualifying for the Invitational Mathematics Examination and winning Bronze.

Both high schools excelled this year in the visual arts. Thirty-three students’ artwork/photographs were accepted in the Annual Blackwell Street Art Show and twelve won awards; one student’s artwork was displayed in the Morris Museum’s Fresh Perspectives High School Art Exhibit; two students had artwork accepted into the 2014 Congressional Art Competition at the Morris Museum; one student won the New Jersey Student Excellence Award in Visual Arts and the Governor’s Award in Arts Education.

The schools met with success with the Performing Arts:
• Hanover Park High School had one student accepted into All National Choir; one student accepted into All Eastern Chorus; two students accepted into the New Jersey All State Mixed Choir; two students accepted into the North jersey Regional Chorus; eight students were accepted into North Jersey Region Mixed Chorus; one student accepted into the North Jersey Region Orchestra; received a first place Superior and Excellent rating for the Chamber Singers at the Hershey Park Music in the Parks Festival. The Hanover Park High School Marching Band was ranked second on the East Coast by the Festivals of Music organization.
• Whippany Park High School had one student selected to the All National Concert Band; four students selected to Region Band; one student selected to the Junior Region Band; two students selected to All State Band; twelve students selected to North Jersey Area Band. The Marching Band received a Silver Rating in the NJMEA State Festival. The Choir performed at Carnegie Hall for the 12th time.
The schools fared well in the Future Business Leaders of America Competition:
• Hanover Park High School-Twenty-five students competed in the Northern New Jersey Regional Competition where five students placed in the Top Ten; seven students qualified to compete at the State level where three received awards-the Gold Officer Award, the Gold Member Award, and the FBLA’s Who’s Who Award. One student qualified to compete at the National Level and one student was elected to serve as the State Historian of New Jersey FBLA.
• Whippany Park High School-Twenty-two students competed in the Northern New Jersey Regional Competition where six students placed in the Top Eight; one qualified to compete at the State level where one student place in the Top Two and one student won second place Accounting at Nationals.
Both schools earned honors for their publications. Hanover Park High School’s newspaper, The Forum, received a First Place by the American Scholastic Press Association. The Hornet Sting, the Hanover Park Literary Magazine, earned a Second Place award from the American Scholastic Press Association. Whippany Park High School’s literary magazine, Etcetera, earned a First Place with Special Merit with one student receiving a “Special Category Award—Outstanding Photograph” entitled “Before the Storm.”
Athletically, both schools won championships:
• Hanover Park High School-The school received a 2016 Safe Sports School Award by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association. The Girls Winter Track Team was crowned North II Group II State Sectional Champions. Conference championships were won in Football, Boys Basketball, Girls Basketball, Wrestling, Softball, Boys Lacrosse and Girls Spring Track. The Park Hockey Team won the HAAS Cup. The Girls Tennis Team was awarded the NJAC Conference Sportsmanship Award. There were three State Place Winners and one County Champion in Wrestling; two Meet of Champion Place winners in Girls Spring Track; one Group 2 State Champion in Girls Spring Track; two State Sectional Champions in Girls Spring Track and two County Champions in Girls Spring Track.
• Whippany Park High School-Whippany Park won six conference championships-Boys Basketball, Boys Cross Country, Girls Spring Track, Boys Spring Track and Boys Lacrosse. Girls Soccer, Boys Winter Track, Girls Winter Track and Girls Spring Track won a State Sectional Championship with the Girls Winter Track winning a Group 1 State Championship. Whippany Park won six County Titles in Track, the All Daily Record Girls Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Year, a State and National Champion in the shot put, second place in the New Balance nationals, and sixth at the 16/17 Year Old World Championships representing Team USA. For the second year in a row, the Spring Girls Track and Field Team was named the “Team of the Year” by the Daily Record.
Community service, service learning and character development complement each other at the schools. The Character Counts program supports the district’s six pillars of character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship by giving student awards for Kindness and Justice, Student of the Month, and a student selected quarterly who exemplifies the elements for Character Counts. Students who exemplify these values are selected and recognized throughout the year. Many clubs and activities encourage and support student volunteerism such as: cleaning parks, partnering with senior citizens, partaking in hunger walks, sponsoring food drives, collecting educational supplies and clothing for the needy, organizing blood drives, and tutoring students. The district takes pride in being recognized as a New Jersey School District of Character and a National School District of Character-the first New Jersey District to receive both awards. The staff and students maintain the school climate of a caring environment by initiating new community and service-learning projects each year while keeping with those that have become “tradition.” Visit the schools’ websites to see the many service learning/character education projects and lessons that have been implemented: whippanypark.org or hanoverpark.org. Click on About Us, Character Education.
Hanover Park High School was awarded five Promising Practice Awards from the Character Education Partnership for its promotion of service learning and the construction of the Outdoor Classroom; Change for Change Poverty Project which benefitted the Market Street Mission; the summer reading project One Book, One School; the Teddy Bear Project; Voter Registration Drive; and, Whippany Park High School received four Promising Practice Awards from the Character Education Partnership for the Garden Project; the Gallery Walk; Tomorrow’s Teachers Lessons in Respect, and Sharing Character Education through Literature and the Arts. The Garden Project at Whippany was also honored with an award by the New Jersey School Boards Association as part of the Innovations in Special Education Awards Program. For the second consecutive year, both schools received the recognition as a “No Place for Hate” by the Anti-defamation League with Gold Star status. The District earned top honors by receiving the 2016 Magna Award from the National School Board Association and the Aaron A. Flanzbaum 21st Century Democratic Heritage Award for the Genocide Studies Gallery Walk. One of our Genocide Studies teachers was honored by the State of New Jersey Commission on Holocaust/Genocide Education for being selected to receive the Margit Feldman Teaching Award.

The professional staff of the Hanover Park Regional High School District continues to inspire students to be the best they can be. The district continues to support teachers with meaningful professional development that encourages them to learn strategies that foster the development of critical thinking and problem solving skills as they prepare the students with the 21st century skills needed to succeed in a global society.