James Caldwell High School

James Caldwell High School is an American four-year comprehensive public high school in West Caldwell, in Essex County, New Jersey, as part of the Caldwell-West Caldwell Public Schools. The school is named after American Revolutionary War figure Reverend James Caldwell.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 845 students and 65.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 13.0.

Awards and recognition

The school was the 57th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 314 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 43rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.


James Caldwell High School's teams, nicknamed the Chiefs and Lady Chiefs respectively, compete in the Suburban Division of the Northern Hills Conference, and in the NJSIAA's North Jersey II, Group II Section. The school has had past successes in its beloved football and baseball programs, but is a perennial contender in girls volleyball and softball.

On October 11, 2006, a 16-year-old football player by the name of James Bliss (Jamie) died during a football practice.

The softball team won the 2007 North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 2-1 over West Essex High School.


Support has been mounting in the two towns in recent years to change a number of customs associated with the school's team nicknames or to get rid of the Chiefs nickname altogether. This appears as being concurrent with a similar trend in the NCAA of removing Native American nicknames from college sports teams.

Extracurricular activities

In September 2005, six student editors and reporters of the high school's newspaper, The Caldron, reached a settlement with the Caldwell-West Caldwell School District, through the ACLU, forbidding most censorship by the high school principal and allowing an article about sexual mores to be published.


  • Dr. Kevin Barnes - Principal
  • James Brown - Vice Principal
  • Sallie Liberio - Supervisor of Secondary Education
  • Richard Porfido - Director of Athletics
  • Maryanne Melnyk - Supervisor of Guidance
  • Scott Chamberlain - Supervisor of Music


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