Malcolm X Shabazz High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school in Newark in Essex County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Newark Public Schools. The school was founded as South Side High School in 1914 until it was renamed in 1972 in memory of Malcolm X.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 562 students and 53.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 10.6:1. There were 377 students (67.1% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 6 (1.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was the 310th-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. The school had been ranked 291st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 314th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 296th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 312th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Malcolm X Shabazz has scored 20.4 and 46.1 in the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) test results in the subjects of math and language arts respectively.
The Malcolm X Shabazz High School Bulldogs compete in the Super Essex Conference, which includes schools in Essex County and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 450 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 73 to 457 students in that grade range. The school had previously participated in the Watchung Conference, which included high schools in Essex County, Hudson County and Union County in northern New Jersey. Varsity sports include basketball, volleyball, track and field, football, soccer, wrestling, golf, baseball and softball.
The girls' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1983 (vs. Sterling High School), 2003 and 2004 (vs. Willingboro High School both years), 2006 (vs. Monmouth Regional High School), 2008 (vs. Ocean City High School), 2009 (vs. Neptune High School), the Group II title in 2010 (vs. Chatham High School), 2011 (vs. Pascack Hills High School), 2012 (vs. Point Pleasant Borough High School) and 2013 (vs. Willingboro High School), and won the Group I title in 2014 (vs. Haddon Township High School); the 11 state championships and 14 appearances by the girls' basketball program in title games are the most of any public school in the state and the five consecutive titles from 2010 to 2014 is tied for the longest streak by a public school program. The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1979 (vs. Long Branch High School), 1995 (vs. Rancocas Valley Regional High School), 1997 (vs. Steinert High School), 2001 and 2005 (both vs. Camden High School), and the 2010 Group II title (vs. Pequannock Township High School); as South Side High School, the boys' basketball team won the Group III title in 1962 (vs. Neptune High School), 1965 (vs. South Plainfield High School), 1969 (vs. Lincoln High School) and 1971 (vs. Ocean Township High School). The girls' basketball team won the 2003 Tournament of Champions, defeating Marlboro High School 48-45 in the tournament final.
The boys' basketball team won the 2001 North II, Group III state sectional title with a 56-45 win against Cranford High School. The team won the 2005 Group III state championship, defeating Ramapo High School 64-59 in the semifinals and Camden High School 76-58 in the championship game. The team won the 2006 North II Group III state championships. In the Group III state tournament, the team knocked off North I Group III champion Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan 77-68 in the semifinals, before falling to Hamilton High School 66-34 in the Group III championship game at Rutgers University.
The football team won the North II Group I state sectional championship in 2014. The team defeated Dunellen High School by a score of 14-6 to win the program's first championship and the first title for a Newark high school since 2007. In 2017, the team defeated the top-seeded Weequahic High School by a score of 35-0 in the North II Group I state sectional final played at Kean University, in a rematch of the 2016 final that had been won by Weequahic.
The Future Project
According to Ted Dintersmith and Tony Wagner, the authors of the book Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era, Divine Bradley of The Future Project and the school's principal, Gemar Mills, worked together to address what they described as one of the "country's most troubled high schools". The school was being considered for closure, and when Mills joined in 2011 there had been four principals in as many years. The city's schools had been part of an unsuccessful $100 million effort to improve the schools.
According to Dintersmith and Wagner, Shabazz High School students are being prepared to be successful through innovative methods. Divine reaches out to students on an individual basis and asks, "What's something big and bold you'd like to do with your life to make your world better? I'm here to help you." Dintersmith and Wagner state that "Most students have never been asked about life goals before. As a result of this kind of engagement, students at Shabazz rise to challenges, take on ambitious projects, and approach education and life with newfound purpose." School attendance has improved and students participate in programs during lunch, and outside of school hours, like classes that develop writing, communication, and collaboration skills.
- Matee Ajavon (born 1986), current WNBA player for the Washington Mystics.
- John Alexander (1896-1986), football player who played in the NFL for the Milwaukee Badgers and New York Giants, who is best known for becoming the first person to have played outside linebacker.
- Anthony Avent (born 1969), former NBA player for several teams, most recently of the Los Angeles Clippers.
- Madeline Bell (born 1942), singer, known for her hits with Blue Mink and her solo hit, "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me".
- Vivian Blaine (1921-1995), actress.
- Li'za Donnel (born 1967, class of 1985), basketball standout at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill who played in the WNBA with the Washington Mystics during their inaugural season.
- Cleo Hill (1938-2015), professional basketball player who played one season in the NBA for the St. Louis Hawks.
- Cissy Houston (born 1933, as Emily Drinkard), Grammy Award-winning singer.
- Ed Koch (1924-2013), former Mayor of New York City, graduated from the school in 1941 when it was South Side High School.
- Greg Latta (born 1952), former tight end for the Chicago Bears.
- Al Lavan (born 1946), former college football head coach for the Delaware State Hornets, who played in the NFL for the Atlanta Falcons.
- Bernard Marcus (born 1929), co-founder of Home Depot.
- Helen Miller (born 1945), politician who has served in the Iowa House of Representatives since 2003.
- Amir Pinnix (born 1985), former college football running back for the Minnesota Golden Gophers.
- Stylez G. White (born 1979 as Greg White), defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
- Eric Williams (born 1972), basketball player who played 13 seasons in the NBA.
- Lonnie Wright (born 1944), who played in the AFL with the Denver Broncos and the ABA with the Denver Nuggets.
- ^ Principal's Message Archived 2014-11-06 at the Wayback Machine., Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Accessed November 20, 2014.
- ^ Vice Principals Archived 2014-11-29 at the Wayback Machine., Malcolm X Shabazz High School. Accessed November 20, 2014.
- ^ a b c d School data for Malcolm X Shabazz High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- ^ a b c d Malcolm X Shabazz High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 29, 2016.
- ^ Lee, Felicia R. "Newark Students, Both Good and Bad, Make Do", The New York Times, May 15, 1993. Accessed November 20, 2014. "Malcolm X Shabazz opened in 1914 as South Side High School. By 1972 it had been renamed for the fiery former Nation of Islam leader."
- ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
- ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 3, 2011.
- ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- ^ Malcolm X Shabazz High School Performance Results. Accessed December, 2009.
- ^ League Memberships - 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- ^ Home Page, Watchung Conference, backed up by the Internet Archive, as of February 7, 2011. Accessed November 20, 2014.
- ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 27, 2016.
- ^ Narducci, Marc. "Shabazz girls outlast Marlboro, 48-45", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 26, 2003. Accessed July 17, 2007. "The seeds held form as top-seeded Shabazz held off second-seeded Marlboro, 48-45, in the championship game at the Continental Airlines Arena."
- ^ 2003 Girls Basketball - Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 17, 2007.
- ^ 2001 - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2007.
- ^ 2005 Boys Basketball - Group III, Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 4, 2007.
- ^ 2006 Boys Basketball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 7, 2006.
- ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- ^ Lambert, Jim. "Shabazz wins 1st ever title with 14-6 win over Dunellen in North Jersey Section 2 Group 1 final", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 6, 2014. Accessed December 27, 2016. "With the bad taste of a last second loss in the sectional final last year still in their mouths, Shabazz returned to the scene of that setback on Saturday and replaced that frustration with jubilation with a heart-pounding 14-6 victory over Dunellen in the NJSIAA/SportsCare Institute North Jersey, Section 2 Group 1 final at Kean University in Union. Shabazz, which lost to Hoboken in the final last year 13-7 after the Redwings scored with 12 seconds left in the game, rushed the field at Alumni Stadium when the final seconds ticked off as the Bulldogs celebrated its first ever sectional title and the first for the city of Newark since West Side won North Jersey, Section 2 Group 3 in 2007."
- ^ Lanni, Patrick. "Shabazz rolls to redemption win over Weequahic in N2G1 final", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Shabazz was not going to let last year's outcome happen again. That much was clear as Shabazz jumped out to an early lead and never looked back to top rival Weequahic en route to a dominant 35-0 victory in Saturday's North Jersey, Section 2, Group 1 final at Kean University's Alumni Stadium in Union."
- ^ "Football - 2017 NJSIAA North 2, Group 1 Playoffs", NJ.com. Accessed December 4, 2017.
- ^ a b c Wagner, Tony; Dintersmith, Ted (2015). Most Likely to Succeed: Preparing Our Kids for the Innovation Era. New York: Scribner. ISBN 978-1-5011-0432-9. Retrieved 2016.
- ^ Araton, Harvey. "High School Foes Form a Family at Rutgers", The New York Times, April 3, 2007. Accessed August 16, 2012. "'Don't you want to be able to look up in the stands and see your mom?' Carson, from Paterson's Rosa Parks School of Fine and Performing Arts (for academics and music) and Paterson Eastside (for basketball) asked Ajavon, from Newark's Malcolm X. Shabazz."
- ^ John Alexander Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2018.
- ^ Anthony Avent statistics, basketball-reference.com. Accessed May 29, 2016.
- ^ Grimes, William. "Vivian Blaine, the First Adelaide In 'Guys and Dolls,' Is Dead at 74", The New York Times, December 14, 1995. Accessed August 16, 2012. "Ms. Blaine was born in Newark. Originally her last name was Stapleton. While she was still in elementary school, her father, a theatrical agent, booked $1-a-night singing dates for her at nightclubs, company parties and police benefits. At 14 she began singing with the Halsey Miller Orchestra, and after graduating from Southside High School went on the road with little-known bands."
- ^ Jackson, Chanta L. "Malcolm X alum plan meeting", The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2008. Accessed February 3, 2011.
- ^ Resolution In Memoriam of Cleo Hill, Essex County, New Jersey Board of Chosen Freeholders. Accessed December 4, 2017. "WHEREAS, Cleo Hill of Orange, New Jersey, passed from this life on Monday, August 10, 2015, at the age of 77;and WHEREAS, Cleo Hill was born and reared in Newark, New Jersey. He attended Eighteenth Avenue Elementary School, Cleveland Junior High School, and South Side (Shabazz) High School"
- ^ Cissy Houston, VisionaryProject.org. Accessed August 16, 2012.
- ^ "Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, whose new book is 'Buzz: How to Create It and Win with It'" Archived 2007-10-06 at the Wayback Machine., The Bob Rivers Show, June 26, 2007. Accessed July 25, 2007. "Koch graduated in 1941 from Newark's South Side High School in 1941 (now called Malcolm X Shabazz High School)."
- ^ Greg Latta Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2018.
- ^ Al Lavan Stats, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed March 11, 2018.
- ^ Bernard Marcus, New Jersey Hall of Fame. "Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus grew up in Newark and graduated from South Side High School in 1947."
- ^ GA/85_miller_helen_webster.pdf Representative Helen Miller, Iowa Legislature. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Education: She attended South Side High School in Newark, New Jersey"
- ^ Amir Pinnix profile Archived 2009-09-18 at the Wayback Machine., Minnesota Golden Gophers. Accessed August 26, 2008.
- ^ Greg White player profile, NFL.com. Accessed September 3, 2007.
- ^ Diamos, Jason. "The Prince Returns, This Time as a Net", The New York Times, October 13, 2014. Accessed December 4, 2017. "As a blossoming basketball star at Malcolm X. Shabazz High School in Newark, Eric Williams was once dubbed -- or anointed, as he likes to put it -- the Prince of New Jersey."
- ^ Lonnie Wright, Basketball-Reference.com. Accessed February 3, 2011.
- ^ Wagner, Tony; and Dintersmith, Ted. "How a Newark school went from 'Baghdad' to 'Possibility High'", Fortune (magazine), August 18, 2015. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Principal Mills teamed up with The Future Project, which hired an extraordinary visionary named Divine Bradley. Bradley is the head Dream Director at Shabazz, and part of the audacious nonprofit called The Future Project."
- ^ Hernandez, Raymond. "Donald M. Payne, First Black Elected to Congress From New Jersey, Dies at 77", The New York Times, March 6, 2012. Accessed December 4, 2017. "A graduate of Seton Hall University, he taught English and social studies and coached football in Newark at South Side High School (now Malcolm X Shabazz High School)."