|7th and Madison St playground - Circa 1974|
While this situation did not happen overnight, it happened quickly and in less than 4 years. Decisions such as the manner of removal of Dr. Lorraine Cella as principal of Hoboken High School, the decision to replace Dr. Cella with a retired interim high school principal with questionable past success, a high school with 4 principals in less than 3 years, and the recruiting of hundreds of "choice" students from out of the district for financial reasons certainly may be contributing factors.
It is worth noting that a few short years ago, before Kids First took majority control of the Hoboken Board of Education, Hoboken High School was recognized as the 2nd Most Improved High School in the State of New Jersey by New Jersey Monthly Magazine to the bottom 50 of high school in New Jersey and was awarded consecutive US News and World Report Bronze Medal awards. However, since the political group known as "Kids First" came into full majority rule in May of 2009, the school and district has experienced a significant drop in academic standing, graduation rates, attendance, and disturbing news about violence and vandalism.
Data for the following analysis (see attachment) were obtained from the NJ DOE websites including: