Farinella Appointed Principal Of Rahway High School

RAHWAY — John T. Farinella, Jr. has been appointed as the next Rahway High School principal, effective July 1.

A lifelong resident of South Plainfield, Farinella attended Penn State University, earning both a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. His postgraduate studies led him to a Masters of Arts degree in education administration and supervision from Saint Peter’s College and a Juris Doctor degree from Seton Hall University School of Law.


Farinella’s work experience in public education includes 17 years in the New Jersey public schools, serving as a teacher of mathematics, vice principal, and high school principal. He is also a member of the New Jersey Bar, the New York Bar, and the United States District Court of New Jersey Bar.

Farinella’s leadership philosophy is framed around his belief that the primary role of the high school principal is to help students to succeed academically and as good citizens. To that end, he focuses on results, encouraging the good-faith efforts of individuals who promote established goals and objectives that embrace honesty, responsibility, competency, respect, and patience.

Furthermore, Farinella strongly encourages the members of the school community to take an active and inclusive role in shaping the landscape of our school community so that stakeholders can collegially promote a professional and productive learning environment. In terms of school culture, Farinella seeks to measure success by seeking to celebrate and expand the individual successes and opportunities for all of our students, teachers, administrators, parents and other interested community members.

In his spare time, Farinella enjoys spending time with his wife and three young children. His hobbies include running, biking, fishing, traveling, and music.

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