Award Year: 2013

High Tech High School

2000 85th Street
North Bergen, NJ, 07047-4715

(201) 662-6801

Joseph Giammarella, Principal at time of Nomination

Hudson County Schools of Technology

School Website


We are a dynamic, nurturing learning community empowering students to reach their individual potential by providing a creative atmosphere for innovative learning and academic excellence.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 8%
  • White: 35%
  • Hispanic: 37%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 19%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

High Tech High School is a place of pride and accomplishment. Our students and staff understand that what goes on within these walls is a microcosm of the world at large. Everyone works towards improvement. Students work closely with educators who are consummate professionals in their fields.

The great tradition of High Tech High School is mutual respect. Students are treated as young professionals who are teeming with potential. “Yes” is the preferred answer from teachers and administrators at High Tech. Hence, there is a host of community events and productions that make High Tech unique and draws the best students from Hudson County. The mutually respectful environment of High Tech builds interpersonal skills and teaches tolerance while also challenging students academically.

The end of the school day is not the end of the learning day at High Tech. LEAP classes, where students can earn high school or college credits, are offered after school. These classes demonstrate the needs and desires of our students and instructors. With classes from Intro to Psychology, taught by local professors for college credit, to French Cinema and Judo and Musical Theater Band, we aim to satisfy the diverse interests of our accomplished student body.

U.S. News and World Report recently cited High Tech as one of the best high schools in the nation with a ranking of 508 out of 21,776 in the United States and placed 30th in New Jersey. We have worked hard to make our school a place of respect and reputation and a school worthy of national acclaim.