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Fair Lawn High School
14-00 Berdan Avenue
Fair Lawn, NJ 07410

Type Public High School
Asst. Principal Frank Guadagnino
Timothy Wilson
Faculty 104.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment 1,539 (as of 2006-07)[1]
Student:teacher ratio 14.8[1]
Color(s) Crimson      and Grey     
Athletics conference North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League
Mascot Captain Cutter
Team name Cutters
Information 201-794-5450

Fair Lawn High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Fair Lawn, New Jersey, United States, serving students as part of the Fair Lawn Public Schools. The school is for those residing in Fair Lawn, a borough in Bergen County in Northern New Jersey.

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,539 students and 104.0 classroom teachers (on a FTE basis, for a student–teacher ratio of 14.8.[1]


Awards and recognition

For the 1990-91 and 1997-98 school years, Fair Lawn High School received the Blue Ribbon Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.[2][3]

Then-Principal was named the 1998 State Principal of the Year by the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association in recognition of her work, which included being the principal of the only public high school in New Jersey (as of that time) to have won two Blue Ribbon Awards for Excellence.[4]

In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Fair Lawn High School was listed in 808th place, the 19th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.[5]

The school was the 81st-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 316 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's Top Public High Schools. The school was ranked 62nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[6]

The school musical is regularly nominated for both the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards as well as Helen Hayes' Metropolitan High School Theatre Awards.

In 2008, the Fair Lawn High School Destination Imagination team won the New Jersey Affiliate Finals for the first time in school history. The team competed in the Obstacles, Of Course Challenge.


The school offers numerous classes of various levels, including an extensive Advanced Placement Program (AP) program. Students consistently perform above the state average on the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA) and SAT. The town's demographics are reflected in the languages spoken at home by students (English 64.1%, Russian 13.0%, Spanish 7.6%, Hebrew 4.2%, Other 11.1%).[citation needed]


Fair Lawn High School has an active extracurricular program encompassing diverse interests. The school has an award-winning musical theater program [1] , as well as shows performed by the Masques (drama group), the Boptones (school rock band), and the orchestra.

The Fair Lawn High School musical won a Rising Star Award for Best overall production in 2004 for their production of Company. In 2009, the school also received the Metropolitan High School Theatre Award for their production of Thoroughly Modern Millie.

On November 11, 2006, the Fair Lawn High School Marching Band and Color Guard won the Class IV national championship in percussion at the 2006 United States National Marching Band Championships held in Annapolis, Maryland at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The color guard also placed fourth. The team finished third overall in Group IV with a score of 94.225.[7][8]

Both Junior and Senior Math Leagues do well in state and national competitions. The Senior Math League, previously under Mrs. Irene Stein's command, swept the Bergen County Math League earning the first, second, and third place individual scores in 1999-2000. Other successful teams include, the Chemistry League, Academic Decathlon, Debate Team, and Computer League.

Another club in the school is Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA). Many students represent Fair Lawn High School at conferences around the nation every year, and bring back many awards. Fair Lawn High School is known to be a strong FBLA chapter and students run for NJ FBLA state office consistently.

Also, the Model United Nations delegation of Fair Lawn High School is one of the top delegations in New Jersey, and has named the Best Delegation at the AMUN Conference the last four years. Furthermore, because the school district provides no funding, unlike other clubs, Model UN is solely funded through the delegates.

The Student Government is a large part of all student activities and is at the base of many school sponsored events.

Marching Band

The Fair Lawn High School Marching Band is a highly acclaimed high school musical program. Directed by Paul Kafer, they placed third in Nationals in Annapolis, Maryland in 2006. They won Best Percussion, also. In 2007, they placed fifth in Nationals in Baltimore Maryland.

Some past shows include: The Best Way Out is Always Through, Cascades: A Series of Stages, Festival of Lights, A New Century Dawn, Perspectives, and An American Portrait,

Paul Kafer is assisted by Jaime Szeinberg, Alex Knox, Gina Monahan, Ashley Davison, and others

Last year's show - Hypnotize, is an original composition by musician Alex Knox. "Hypnotize," got 13th place at National Championships in Baltimore, Maryland.

The 2009 show "Passages" got 13th place at Nationals, as well, in Annapolis, Maryland.


The Fair Lawn High School Cutters compete in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIL/NBIAL). Depending on the sport, there is at most a Varsity, Junior Varsity, and Freshman team. Some sports do not have all three levels.

Teams marked with an asterisk (*), although they officially compete and score as separate teams, usually have their events and practices with each other.

  • Fall sports teams: Cheerleading, Cross country (boys/girls)*, Football, Gymnastics, Soccer (boys/girls), Tennis (girls), and Volleyball (girls)
  • Winter sports teams: Basketball (boys/girls), Bowling (boys/girls)*, Ice hockey, Swimming (boys/girls)*, Track (boys/girls)*, Wrestling and Fencing (boys/girls)*
  • Spring sports teams: Baseball (boys), Softball (girls), Track (boys/girls)*, Tennis (boys), Lacrosse (boys/girls), Volleyball (boys) and Golf

The boys tennis team won the 2007 North I, Group III state sectional championship with a 3-2 win over Ramapo High School.[9]

The boys wrestling team was started in 1947 by Frank Bennet (who also founded Washington Township's (now Warren Hills) wrestling program and has been inducted in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame). The most successful coach in the program's history was Frank Guadagnino who retired in the beginning of the 2006 season. Guadagnino had over 300 career victories for the Cutters and 14 League Championships. The 1987 Fair Lawn High School wrestling team has been recognized as the best team in Bergen County for the 1980s decade, also led under the guidance of Guadagnino. The wrestling program is now under the guidance of Head Coach Jon Piela who earned his first League title in his first year of coaching.

The boys volleyball team won the first-ever NJSIAA state championship in 1995, finishing with a 25-1 record. The No. 2 seeded Cutters defeated No. 1 and undefeated Bridgewater-Raritan, in Bridgewater, 2-1 (15-13, 13-15, 15-13). That FLHS team remains the first and only North Jersey team to ever win the state title.


Core members of the school's administration include:[10]

  • James Marcella - Principal
  • Matthew Cahn - Vice Principal
  • Timothy Wilson - Assistant Principal Grade Level Administrator for Classes of 2011 and 2009
  • Frank Guadagnino - Assistant Principal Grade Level Administrator for Classes of 2012 and 2010
  • Corey Robinson - Director of Athletics

Notable alumni

Notable faculty

  • Harrison Bernstein (born 1978), football coach and trainer.[16]
  • Hubie Brown (born 1933), former NBA basketball coach, who coached the Fair Lawn High School basketball team in the 1960s.[17]
  • Donald Fagen (born 1948) Graduating in 1965, Donald, co-founder of Steely dan, the classic rock/jazz fusion band renowned in Classic Rock. He formed Steely Dan alongside Walter Becker in 1972 and released his first debut album in 1982.
  • Paul Brachfeld (born 1957) - Inspector General National Archives and Records Administration 1999 to Present


  1. ^ a b c d Fair Lawn High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed June 15, 2009.
  2. ^ "SCHOOLS BASKING IN GLOW OF TOP AWARD", The Record (Bergen County), May 28, 1998): pL1. "Fair Lawn High School learned recently that it captured its second Blue Ribbon Award this year"
  3. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  4. ^ "PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR; FAIR LAWN EDUCATOR IS NO. 1 IN NEW JERSEY.", The Record (Bergen County), August 28, 1998: pL1.
  5. ^ "The Top of the Class: The complete list of the 1,200 top U.S. schools", Newsweek, May 22, 2007. Accessed May 24, 2007.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ Fair Lawn band, color guard excel in national competition, The Record (Bergen County), November 19, 2006.
  8. ^ USSBA National Championship Titles, United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) press release dated November 14, 2006.
  9. ^ 2007 Boys Tennis - North I, Group III, NJSIAA. Accessed June 6, 2007.
  10. ^ Contact - Administration Contact, Fair Lawn High School. Accessed July 14, 2008.
  11. ^ Bruce Jankowski, database Football. Accessed March 30, 2008.
  12. ^ "Class of '54", Fair Lawn News, April - May 2002 Edition. Accessed October 6, 2008.
  13. ^ Schwartz, Paul. "Bob Potts dead at 73; Fair Lawn native heart and soul of Met League.", The Record (Bergen County), October 24, 2007. "In 1954, as a 17-year-old Fair Lawn High School student, Potts established the Fair Lawn Athletic Club baseball team to give himself and his friends a chance to play summer baseball. The team soon became the Paterson and later the Clifton Phillies, which was the one of the most successful teams of its kind in the country until it folded in 1999. Among the first players on the Phillies was Potts' high school teammate, Ron Perranoski, who later starred as a relief pitcher on several Los Angeles Dodgers world championship teams."
  14. ^ Bloom, Nate. "Noshes: Worth Checking Out", The Jewish Standard, June 29, 2007. "Spektor, 27, is far better known... She went to middle school yeshiva in New York and, for her first two years in high school, she went to the Frisch School in Paramus. She graduated from Fair Lawn High School."
  15. ^ Vivina, Donna. "Biography",, May 27, 2009. "After starring in PIPPIN, HELLO DOLLY, and WILL ROGERS FOLLIES at Fair Lawn High School under the direction of John Giresi, Donna's final high school performance would ironically be ME AND MY GIRL—the very show that started it all!"
  16. ^ Harrison Bernstein, Washington Redskins. Accessed July 14, 2008. "Bernstein received his C.S.C.S. (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) degree from the National Strength and Conditioning Association and briefly played Indoor Professional Football while coaching defense for Fair Lawn High School's football team."
  17. ^ Hubie Brown, Fair Lawn News, Summer 2004, accessed April 17, 2007. "Brown was coach of the Fair Lawn High School basketball team in the 1960s and the offensive coordinator for its undefeated football team."

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