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Eastside High School is a four-year public high school in Paterson
Paterson, New Jersey
Paterson is a city serving as the county seat of Passaic County, New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, its population was 146,199, rendering it New Jersey's third largest city and one of the largest cities in the New York City Metropolitan Area, despite a decrease of 3,023...

, New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey is a state in the Northeastern and Middle Atlantic regions of the United States. , its population was 8,791,894. It is bordered on the north and east by the state of New York, on the southeast and south by the Atlantic Ocean, on the west by Pennsylvania and on the southwest by Delaware...

, United States, that serves the eastern section of Paterson. EHS, which serves grades 9 through 12, operates as part of the Paterson Public Schools
Paterson Public Schools
The Paterson Public Schools is a comprehensive community public school district that serves students in prekindergarten through twelfth grade from Paterson, New Jersey, United States...


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
New Jersey Monthly
New Jersey Monthly is a monthly glossy publication featuring issues of possible interest to residents of the United States state of New Jersey...

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 2008-09 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,731 students and 295.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE
Full-time equivalent
Full-time equivalent , is a unit to measure employed persons or students in a way that makes them comparable although they may work or study a different number of hours per week. FTE is often used to measure a worker's involvement in a project, or to track cost reductions in an organization...

 basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 5.9.

EHS is 70% Hispanic
Hispanic is a term that originally denoted a relationship to Hispania, which is to say the Iberian Peninsula: Andorra, Gibraltar, Portugal and Spain. During the Modern Era, Hispanic sometimes takes on a more limited meaning, particularly in the United States, where the term means a person of ...

 of various Latin American nationalities, 43% Black
Black is the color of objects that do not emit or reflect light in any part of the visible spectrum; they absorb all such frequencies of light...

, 2% White
White people
White people is a term which usually refers to human beings characterized, at least in part, by the light pigmentation of their skin...

. 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
English language learning and teaching
English as a second language , English for speakers of other languages and English as a foreign language all refer to the use or study of English by speakers with different native languages. The precise usage, including the different use of the terms ESL and ESOL in different countries, is...

 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
High School Proficiency Assessment
The High School Proficiency Assessment is a standardized test administered by the New Jersey Department of Education to all New Jersey high school students in March of their junior year...

 (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
The SAT Reasoning Test is a standardized test for college admissions in the United States. The SAT is owned, published, and developed by the College Board, a nonprofit organization in the United States. It was formerly developed, published, and scored by the Educational Testing Service which still...

 score is 736 out of 1600. The Advanced Placement Program
Advanced Placement Program
The Advanced Placement program is a curriculum in the United States and Canada sponsored by the College Board which offers standardized courses to high school students that are generally recognized to be equivalent to undergraduate courses in college...

 (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 college.

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 District
Abbott District
Abbott districts are school districts in New Jersey that are provided remedies to ensure that their students receive public education in accordance with New Jersey’s state constitution. They were created in 1985 as a result of the first ruling of Abbott v. Burke, a case filed by the Education Law...

s, the district receives almost 85% of its budget from the state. The total cost per pupil in the school district is $14,280.

Popular culture

Paterson Eastside High is famous for its renaissance in the mid-1980s under the leadership of then-principal Joe Clark
Joe Louis Clark
Joe Louis Clark is the former principal of Eastside High School in Paterson, one of New Jersey's toughest inner city schools. He is also the subject of the 1989 film Lean on Me, starring Morgan Freeman. Clark gained public attention in the 1980s for his unconventional and controversial...

. The school and Joe were the subject of the 1989
1989 in film
-Events:* Batman is released on June 23, and goes on to gross over $410 million worldwide.* Actress Kim Basinger and her brother Mick purchase Braselton, Georgia, for $20 million...

 film Lean on Me
Lean on Me (film)
Lean on Me is a 1989 dramatized biographical written by Michael Schiffer, directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Morgan Freeman. Lean on Me is loosely based on the story of Joe Louis Clark, a real life inner city high school principal in Paterson, New Jersey, whose school is at risk of being...

, starring Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, aviator and narrator. He is noted for his reserved demeanor and authoritative speaking voice. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, The Shawshank Redemption and Invictus and won...


Notable alumni

  • Johnny Briggs
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     (born 1944), major league baseball player with Phillies, Brewers, and Twins.
  • Essence Carson (born 1986), 7th draft pick in the 2008 WNBA draft. Played college basketball at Rutgers University.
  • Christos Cotsakos
    Christos Cotsakos
    Christos M. Cotsakos is Founder, Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President of EndPlay, Inc.-Early Life & Education:Christos M. Cotsakos is a first-generation Greek-American from Paterson, New Jersey and is fluent in Greek. He is the fourth of five children...

     (born 1948), former CEO of E*TRADE.
  • Larry Doby
    Larry Doby
    Lawrence Eugene "Larry" Doby was an American professional baseball player in the Negro leagues and Major League Baseball....

     (1923–2003), Hall of Fame baseball player.
  • Allen Ginsberg
    Allen Ginsberg
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     (1926–1997), beat poet.
  • Gary Jennings
    Gary Jennings
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     (1928–1999), author of historical novels.
  • Bernard Kerik
    Bernard Kerik
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     (born 1955), former New York City Police Commissioner
    New York City Police Commissioner
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  • Ken Parker (born 1946), NFL cornerback for the New York Giants
    New York Giants
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  • Paul Plishka
    Paul Plishka
    Paul Plishka is a Ukrainian-American bass opera singer.Mr Plishka comes from Old Forge, Pennsylvania and Paterson, New Jersey; his parents were American-born children of Ukrainian immigrants...

     (born 1941), principal basso, Metropolitan Opera Company.
  • Rory Sparrow
    Rory Sparrow
    Rory Darnell Sparrow is a retired American professional basketball player in the NBA.Sparrow played at Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey, and was an inaugual inductee into the school's Hall of Fame....

     (born 1958), NBA basketball player
  • Joseph Weber
    Joseph Weber
    Joseph Weber was an American physicist. He gave the earliest public lecture on the principles behind the laser and the maser and developed the first gravitational wave detectors .-Early education:...

     (1919–2000), physicist, developer of the laser and the gravitational wave detector.
  • Joseph D. Pistone
    Joseph D. Pistone
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     (Born 1939), former FBI agent, subject of the film Donnie Brasco.
  • Bob Giraldi
    Bob Giraldi
    Bob Giraldi is an American film and television director best known for directing the music video for Michael Jackson's song "Beat It." His work has garnered many accolades, including several , , NY International Awards, Addy Awards, and hundreds of Clio Awards...

     (Born 1939), film/tv director.

Alma mater

Fair Eastside, by thy side we'll stand and always praise thy name,

And ever lend our hearts and hands to help increase thy fame.

The honor of old Eastside High brings forth our loyalty.

So cheer for dear old Eastside High! Lead on to victory!

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