• Welcome from the Principal


    On behalf of our exceptional faculty and students, I welcome you to Hackensack High School and thank you for visiting our website.  I would like to formally welcome the Class of 2027.  The faculty of Hackensack High School is committed to make your four years at HHS successful and enjoyable. Our mission is to instill Comet Pride into each and every one of our new students. 


    Our school is about building a rigorous and relevant academic curriculum with teaching for comprehension as its foundation, which will prepare Hackensack High School students for the 21st Century.  My goal as principal of Hackensack High School is to establish a common goal among all of the school’s stakeholders, including but not limited to students, parents, teachers, custodians, secretaries, security, and support staff.  Our main priority is to continue to improve student academic achievement. 


    In 2010, 2011, 2013, 2017, 2021 and 2022 Hackensack High School was selected as one of the top high schools in the United States as determined by Newsweek Magazine.  We are all very proud of this accomplishment. 


    As Principal, I am proud to work with outstanding teachers and staff who work hard at delivering the best possible instruction to HHS students each day.  My door is always open and I encourage you to stop in anytime!


    Comet Pride,

    Jim Montesano







    The following is a brief biographical sketch of the Principal of Hackensack High School:



    High School:  Graduated from Hackensack High School


    Undergraduate:  Graduated from Hofstra University with a BA in Biology and minor in Education


    Graduate:  Received Master's Degree in Educational Leadership from Montclair State University


    Favorite HHS experience as a student - Winning a state championship in football


    Favorite HHS experience as an Administrator - Participating/announcing names during graduation


    Hobby:  Playing with children - Jimmy (18) Danny (16) and Katie (13); the outdoors


    Books:  Unbroken by Lauren Hillenbrand


    Mr. Montesano can be contacted at: