Students will begin attending the new High Tech High School in Secaucus on Wednesday, Sept. 5, according to the school calendar. Hudson County Schools of Technology Superintendent Frank Gargiulo said officials will hold a “soft” opening on Sept. 7. A grand opening, featuring Gov. Phil Murphy, is set for sometime in October.
The building is one of the county’s group of public high schools, called the Schools of Technology, accepting kids from all towns in Hudson County. It’s very competitive to gain entry. Students must submit a packet of materials, and often have aptitude in the arts or technology.
Twelve hundred students will attend school in the new space.
The main campus was moved from North Bergen to the new suite of buildings in Secaucus over the summer. The old North Bergen campus will be used for a new junior high school in that town.
The new location will feature 100 classrooms inside a 360,000 square foot building, across 23 acres. It is next to Laurel Hill Park and near the Secaucus Junction New Jersey Transit station.
The school offers specialized academies for students in culinary and performing arts, science, architecture, and engineering.
“I’m excited about it.” – Frank Gargiulo.
Multiple schools in one building
The new building will house classes for other schools too. KAS Prep, a countywide alternative high school for at-risk youth, has moved there from the old High Tech campus in North Bergen. Hudson Technical School will also hold post-secondary educational classes in the building.
The new High Tech High School cost the state $160 million to build. “I’m excited about it,” Gargiulo said. “It is definitely a 21st century school.”
The campus will be named for Gargiulo in a ceremony later this year. Gargiulo, who also works as North Bergen’s public works commissioner, is stepping down as superintendent this year.
“I’m 80 years old,” he said. “There’s always a time for everybody.”
But he says he will continue his duties in North Bergen as a DPW commissioner, however, which is a part time position.
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