|Howell High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Freehold Regional High School District|
|NCES School ID||3405610|
|Enrollment||2,118 (as of 2017-18)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.2:1|
|Color(s)|| Navy blue and|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Howell High School (HHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades located in Howell Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as one of six secondary schools of the Freehold Regional High School District. The school serves all students from Farmingdale and those from some portions of Howell Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1970. Although located in Howell, the school is assigned a Farmingdale mailing address.
As of the 2017-18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,118 students and 139.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.2:1. There were 114 students (5.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 31 (1.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 107th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology. The school had been ranked 187th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 174th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 159th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 181st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 67th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 16 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.0%) and language arts literacy (98.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
- The Howell High School mascot is the Rebel, which looks like Yosemite Sam, a character based off a Confederate soldier, with white hair and a gray uniform. The mascot was selected due to the school's original name, "Southern Freehold Regional High School," which lasted until the district expanded to three schools in 1968.
- Blue and gray are the school colors, although originally all schools in the district had blue and gold as the school colors at least until the late 1970s. This was originally done so the district could attempt to realize some cost savings on uniforms for extracurriculars.
- The school hosts the Fine & Performing Arts Center (FPAC) and the Scholar's Center for the Humanities.
Fine and Performing Arts Center
The FPAC program consists of actors, dancers, and entertainment technology students. Students work for four years to hone their skills in one of these three aspects. Although many students of the FPAC program work in the Drama Club, it is open to any student of Howell High School. Classes that can be taken through the learning academy are: Honors Acting I, Honors Acting II, Honors Music Technology, Honors Video Technology, Honors American Media Study, Honors Dance I, Honors Dance II, Honors Dance IV, Honors Acting IV, Honors Music Studio, Honors Video Studio, Honors Music/Video Production, and Honors Video Production.
Humanities Learning Center
The Humanities Program consists of a wide variety of students, who take part in advanced classes on history, art, literature, computer applications and philosophy. Their history class, English class and elective are exclusively for Humanities students. Courses that can be taken are: Honors Literature and Arts I and II, Process Skills I and II, AP English Literature and Composition, Honors Modern American Cultures, Honors Topics in Philosophy, AP US History, Honors Modern Art in America, Honors US History and Cultures, Honors World Cultures, and AP English Language and Composition.
The Howell High School Rebels compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore. All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,659 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range.
The 2007 football team won the Central Jersey, Group IV state sectional championship with a 46-13 win over West Windsor-Plainsboro High School South in a game played at Rutgers Stadium. The win was the first sectional title in team history.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 2014. In 2017, the wrestling team won the overall Group V state championship, the program's first, with a 28-27 win against Hunterdon Central Regional High School, earning the team a ranking of fifth in the state in the final season rankings by the New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association.
The school's principal is Jeremy Braverman, whose administration team includes three assistant principals.
Other high schools in the district
Attendance at each of the district's high schools is based on where the student lives in relation to the district's high schools. While many students attend the school in their hometown, others attend a school located outside their own municipality. In order to balance enrollment, district lines are redrawn for the six schools to address issues with overcrowding and spending in regards to transportation. The other five schools in the district (with 2017-18 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) with their attendance zones for incoming students are:
- Colts Neck High School - 1,423 students from Colts Neck Township (all), Howell (part) and Marlboro (part).
- Freehold High School - 1,400 students from Freehold (all) and Freehold Township (part).
- Freehold Township High School - 2,072 students from Freehold Township (part), Howell (part), Manalapan (part).
- Manalapan High School - 1,941 students from Englishtown (all) and Manalapan (part).
- Marlboro High School - 1,871 students from Marlboro (part).
- Jay Alders (born 1973), fine artist.
- Bonnie Bernstein (born 1970), ESPN sports reporter.
- Biggie Biggs (born 1974), professional wrestler.
- Tom Fitzgerald (born 1966), News Anchor WTTG Fox 5 News, Washington D.C.
- Lindsey Gallo (born 1981), middle-distance runner.
- Karl Girolamo (born 1986), actor, writer and producer.
- Bill Hill (born 1959), NFL football player
- Chris Hill (born 1994), soccer defender who currently plays for Harrisburg City Islanders in the USL.
- Kevin Interdonato (class of 1997), actor who appeared on several episodes of the HBO series The Sopranos.
- Brian Jude (born 1971, class of 1989), filmmaker, producer of Under the Raven's Wing and other feature films.
- Tom Pelphrey (born 1982), actor, Guiding Light and Daytime Emmy Award winner.
- Kal Penn (born 1977), actor who attended the Performing Arts program at Howell but transferred to and graduated from Freehold Township High School.
- Frankie Perez (born 1989), mixed martial artist specializing in Brazilian jiu-jitsu who has competed in Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Amy Polumbo (born 1984), Miss New Jersey 2007.
- Denny Walling (born 1954), Major League Baseball player in the 1980s who played predominantly for the Houston Astros.
- School data for Howell High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
- Administration, Howell High School. Accessed November 11, 2019.
- Howell High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2015.
- Howell High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed January 16, 2020.
- Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, Freehold Regional High School District, June 30, 2018. Accessed January 15, 2020. "Geographically, the District is comprised of the Townships of Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan and Marlboro and the Boroughs of Englishtown, Farmingdale and Freehold. Established in 1953, the District's total area is 198 square miles."
- FRHSD Attendance Boundaries; Which High School Will My Child Attend?, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020. "The following is a list of streets, by municipality, that are assigned to a Freehold Regional District high school outside of their hometown."
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 29, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 27, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011[permanent dead link], Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 27, 2012.
- Howell High School, backed up by the Internet Archive as of December 23, 2014. Accessed September 17, 2017. "As the schools were built, Freehold Regional High School was renamed Freehold High School and Southern Freehold Regional High School was renamed Howell High School."
- "Passing of a legend", News Transcript, July 11. 2007. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Goldwater was a fixture in the district for several decades, first at Southern Freehold Regional High School (later renamed Howell High School) and then at Freehold Township High School."
- http://www.frhsd.com/district/index.php?q=node/305 Archived 2015-03-21 at the Wayback Machine FPAC Courses
- http://www.frhsd.com/district/index.php?q=node/306 Archived 2015-03-21 at the Wayback Machine The Humanities Learning Center
- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed April 9, 2017.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017 Archived 2012-11-09 at the Wayback Machine, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Behre, Bob. "Howell cruises to crown", The Star-Ledger, December 1, 2007. Accessed December 5, 2007. "Howell, No. 16 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, never took its foot off the gas en route to a 46-13 victory and the NJSIAA/Gatorade Central Jersey, Group 4 championship last night at Rutgers Stadium. It is the first sectional title for Howell, which had lost in its first final-round appearance a year ago, 42-24 to Hunterdon Central."
- 2007 Football - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 5, 2007.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Falk, Steven. "HS Wrestling: Final NJWWA Top 20, Howell ranked No. 5", Asbury Park Press, February 16, 2017. Accessed August 28, 2017. "Three Shore Conference teams, led by NJSIAA Group V champion Howell, are ranked in the final New Jersey Wrestling Writers Association Top 20 of the 2016-17 season. Howell, which won its first NJSIAA group wrestling championship with a dramatic 28-27 win over Hunterdon Central this past Sunday at Pine Belt Arena on the campus of Toms River High School North, is ranked No. 5."
- School Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
- Our Schools, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 29, 2016.
- Colts Neck High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020.
- Freehold High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020.
- Howell High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020.
- Manalapan High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020.
- Manalapan High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2016. "Manalapan High School is a fully accredited comprehensive high school serving a community of nearly 39,000 residents living primarily in the Township of Manalapan and the Borough of Englishtown."
- Marlboro High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 15, 2020.
- Staff. "Down Memory Lane", Farmingdale News Transcript, September 20, 2006. Accessed September 17, 2017. "The Freehold Regional High School District has sent many athletes on to notable careers, including Bonnie Bernstein, seen here during a late 1980s gymnastics practice at Howell High School."
- Adelizzi, Joe. "Biggs making right moves; Howell High School graduate preaches what he practives to aspiring wrestlers", Asbury Park Press, January 25, 2003. Accessed January 16, 2020. "Life took a sharp turn for Nick Podsvirow shortly after he graduated from Howell High School and entered Ocean County College in 1992."
- Morris, Tim. "Howell's Gallo is No. 1 for Michigan X-country team", Farmingdale News Transcript, October 25, 2001. Accessed April 9, 2017. "Lindsey Gallo has always thrived on challenges. It's that competitive drive that made her a state champion and an all-American at Howell High School, where she established herself as the greatest female distance runner in Freehold Regional High School District history."
- "Seven Minutes With Kevin", Soap Opera Digest, March 1, 2006. Accessed January 16, 2020. "Soap Opera Digest: Where are you from? Karl Girolamo: I’m originally from Staten Island, NY, and then I moved to Howell, NJ, when I was 12 years old. I went to Howell High School and took acting classes there."
- "Bill Hill Profile". Retrieved February 8, 2020.
- Chris Hill, Villanova Wildcats men's soccer. Accessed June 13, 2016. "Hometown: Farmingdale, N.J.; High School: Howell"
- O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "Film Fest marks N.J. ties", Asbury Park Press, April 5, 2008. Accessed June 6, 2008. "Interdonato, a 1997 graduate of Howell High School, is an actor with credits that include TV's "The Sopranos" and two upcoming feature films."
- Grillo, Sara. "Jersey Shore Native Turns Movie Maker", Jersey Shore Online, July 7, 2017. Accessed January 16, 2020. "That meant growing up working in the family construction business, which his dad still runs, joining the Army National Guard his senior year at Howell High School and taking a couple semesters at Brookdale Community College."
- Brian Jude, Mandy Network. Accessed September 17, 2017. "1989 - College Prep - Howell High School"
- Oshinsky, Matthew. "Pelphrey moves from Guiding Light to stage production My Italy Story", The Star-Ledger, June 11, 2009. Accessed September 17, 2017. "It's quite a different place from Howell, N.J., where Pelphrey grew up. He was quarterback on the freshman squad at Howell High School -- until torn ligaments ended that."
- Staff. "Outtakes", Asbury Park Press, April 27, 2008. Accessed August 29, 2012. "Penn, born Kalpen Modi, grew up in Freehold Township. He attended Howell High School's performing arts program and later transferred to Freehold Township High School, where he studied acting with Stephen Kazakoff."
- Jensen, Brian. "Suavemente: Keeping it Real with Frankie Perez", My MMA News, January 29, 2017. Accessed November 21, 2017. "Originally from Wallington, New Jersey, but when I was in 8th grade we moved to Howell, New Jersey.... I played baseball, basketball, and football. I was a wide receiver in football, but I only played one year at Howell High School."
- Hagarty, Keith. "Howell College Student Crowned Miss New Jersey", The Howell Times, backed up by the Internet Archive as of September 21, 2007. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Thanking all her friends and family who supported her every step of the way, 22 year old township resident and 2003 Howell High School graduate, Amy Polumbo, was recently crowned Miss New Jersey 2007."
- Denny Walling, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed September 17, 2017.
- Mulrenin, Patrick. "Walling all about subtle suggestions"[permanent dead link], New York Mets, February 27, 2003. Accessed June 30, 2008. "Walling's reunion with Howe is a homecoming of sorts. The Neptune, N.J., native graduated from Howell High School and attended Brookdale College."
- Howell High School website
- Freehold Regional High School District website
- Howell High School's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- DigitalSports Howell Homepage