CRANFORD - Cranford High School has been named the No. 46 top public high school in New Jersey for athletes, according to the latest Niche best school rankings.

"The athletic success of our students is a direct reflection of the Cranford community," said athletic director Darren Torsone. "Traditionally, our students exhibit a strong work ethic, a keen sense of fair play, and a desire for success. These values are taught at home by our parents and reinforced by a dedicated coaching staff here at the high school. We are fortunate to have organizations in Cranford that offer a variety of opportunities to our students during their youth and continue to support them throughout their high school years." 

The 2020 Best Highs Schools for Athletes ranking is based on data from the U.S. Department of Education along with millions of reviews from students and parents, according to

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Factors Considered:

Factor Description Source Weight
Parent/Student Surveys on Sports Niche survey responses scored on a 1-5 scale regarding sports at the school. Self-reported by Niche users 50.0%
Total High School Enrollment Total number of students enrolled in grades 9-12. National Center for Education Statistics* 20.0%
K12 Sports Championships Total number of sports championships won by a school. Source Varies by State 10.0%
Number of Sports Number of interscholastic sports offered at the school. Civil Rights Data Collection* 10.0%
Boys Athletic Participation Measure of boys participating in an interscholastic sport. Civil Rights Data Collection* 5.0%
Girls Athletic Participation Measure of girls participating in an interscholastic sport. Civil Rights Data Collection* 5.0%

Cranford High School Coaches List:

Athletic Director - Darren Torsone

Fall Season

Football - Erik Rosenmeier

Girls Soccer - Andrew Gagliardo

Boys Soccer - Greg Campbell

Field Hockey - Samantha Berk

Girls Tennis - Lisa Williams

Gymnastics - Michele Charney-Hulse

Cross Country - John Schiano

Volleyball - Taylor Antoniewicz

Cheerleading - Theresa Pallitto

Winter Season

Boys Basketball - Sean Trotter

Girls Basketball - Jackie Dyer

Ice Hockey - Mike Ozolnieks

Girls Swimming  - Barbara Kolesa

Boys Swimming - Colleen Donnelly

Wrestling - Pat Gorman

Bowling - Jim Fealey

Winter Track - John Schiano

Cheerleading - Theresa Pallitto

Spring Season

Baseball - Dennis McCaffery

Softball - Christine Pemoulie

Boys Tennis - Robert Caparruva

Boys Lacrosse - Albert Reinoso

Girls Lacrosse - Brianna Musco

Spring Track Girls - John Schiano

Spring Track Boys - Michael Dow

Golf - William Ray

Top 50 List

50. Delsea High School

49. Morris Hills High School

48. Glen Rock High School

47. South Brunswick High School

46. Cranford High School

45. Rutherford High School

44. Piscataway High School

43. Montclair High School

42. Egg Harbor Township High School

41. Southern Regional High School

40. Manasquan High School

39. Mainland Regional High School

38. Cinnaminson High School

37. Roxbury High School

36. Long Branch High School

35. Allentown High School

34. Pascack Valley High School

33. Morris Knolls High School

32. Nottingham High School

31. Hillsborough High School

30. Toms River North High School

29. Rancocas Valley High School

28. Eastern Regional High School

27. Phillipsburg High School

26. West Morris Central High School

25. West Deptford High School

24. Pompton Lakes High School

23. Ridge High School

22. Manalapan High School

21. Summit High School

20. Washington Township High School

19. Old Tappan High School

18. Westwood High School

17. Jackson Memorial High School

16. Somerville High School

15. Cherokee High School

14. Toms River South High School

13. Moorestown High School

12. Shawnee High School

11. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

10. Haddonfield High School

9. Ridgewood High School

8. Northern Highlands Regional High School

7. Westfield High School

6. Cedar Creek High School

5. Middletown South High School

4. West Essex High School

3. River Dell Regional High School

2. Ramapo High School

1. Wayne Hills High School