North Bergen High School again named one of America’s ‘Best High Schools’


For the third consecutive year, North Bergen High School was named a U.S. News 
& World Report Bronze Medal Award Winner, ranking it as one of the ‘Best High Schools’ in the United States for 2016.

“Today is another day we get honored by a national organization and I believe it truly shows the students, the teachers, the administrators how well we work with academics and the social aspect of the high school setting,” says Superintendent of Schools, George Solter.

“My hard work paid off, even if it’s the hard work of the student body, the hard work of everyone,” says Valedictorian Rene Lopez, who’s off to Johns Hopkins University in the fall to study biomedical engineering.  “They give you the opportunities to succeed, even if you’re at a disadvantage.”

Sinai Majano is going to miss a lot of her teachers because they were the ones who guided her.

“And motivated me to keep going and to never stop believing in my dreams and that anything is possible,” says Majano, Class of 2016 salutatorian, who will be attending New York University in the fall.

This award is a reflection of the quality of students they have at North Bergen High School.

“Which is a reflection of the beautiful community we have here in North Bergen and the parents that support this high school and view this high school as the ability for their children to have a great future,” says Principal Paschal Tennaro.

Senior year everybody’s tired and ready to graduate.

“I tell them the cure to senioritis is to fall in love with your future,” Senior Class President Erick Giraldo says.  “I tell them to keep striving forward.  This is first hand example to why hard work pays off.  It’s just amazing to have this award.”

In a very diverse school short funded by $38 million many of the students come to this country with less of a grasp of English.

“Shows the type of backgrounds that these children are from that their parents take it very seriously,” says Sen. Nicholas Sacco, mayor of North Bergen.  “I feel fantastic that our students are being recognized by a national magazine for their success and they deserve it.”

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