In the beginning...
Here is a consolidated chronological history of the school.
- 1812 - New Brunswick purchases a building on Schureman Street to be used as a school open to the public. This is considered the beginnings of a public school system in the city.
- 1850s - Local leader Charles P. Deshler brings ideas back from New York City to establish a true free public school system. New Brunswick Public Schools is formed.
- 1855 - The Bayard Street School building opens as the city's main school. The upper floors house the first version of a high school.
- 1860s - Official High School Department created in Bayard Street School consisting of 3 grade levels. Rigorous college prep curriculum established.
New High School Construction
- 1875 - New larger high school structure built on Livingston Avenue. Serves as NBHS until 1915. Features like a spiral fire escape tube make it an innovative building.
- 1883 - Students found one of the first high school newspapers in the country, originally called The Advocate. It helps cement student life as a core part of the NBHS tradition.
- 1909 - Manual training and vocational courses introduced.
- 1915 - As enrollment grows, current NBHS facility opens with 30+ classrooms and an 800-seat auditorium, the largest high school in the area.
Evolution of Programs, Culture & Campus
- 1920s - School's mascot becomes the Zebras, a nod to school colors. Numerous championship-winning sports teams give Zebras fame.
- 1934 - First driving courses allow students to prepare for licenses.
- 1940s - Distributive education department, driver's training car, and new wings/additions aim to meet demand.
- 1960s/70s - Activism and experimental academic programs show up. Alternate campuses house students at times to relive overcrowding.
- 1980s+ - Focus on bolstering academics via advanced courses, special support programs, technology upgrades and innovative approaches.
- 2010 - State-of-the-art $185 million facility opens on Route 27 to usher in latest phase. Old building gets converted to New Brunswick Middle School.
Over its 200+ year history, New Brunswick High School has expanded tremendously while staying committed to being a transformative place for generations of students. The future is bright as the school builds on its pillars of scholarship, community, school spirit, and advancement toward students' goals. More history is still being written!