|Manalapan High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders"|
|School district||Freehold Regional High School District|
|Asst. principals||Michael Dillon|
Dr. Lavetta Ross
|Enrollment||1,939 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.2:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Manalapan High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Manalapan Township, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Freehold Regional High School District. The school serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from all of Englishtown and portions of Manalapan. The Freehold Regional High School District also serves students from Colts Neck Township, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township and Marlboro Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1975.
Manalapan High School is home to the Science/Engineering Specialized Learning Center, or S&E, which is a program for students with an affinity for mathematical and scientific subjects. The program has anywhere between 10 and 40 students in each class and the curriculum consists of courses related to engineering, science and high level mathematics. The high school houses the Law Enforcement Public Safety Academy (LEPS), in which students undergo a course load learning about such fields as criminal justice, first responder procedures, evidence collection, first aid certifications, investigative procedures, civics, Homeland Security, fire science and safety, and emergency medical technicians. Manalapan also houses the Automotive Technical Academy, which helps students prepare for a career in the automotive service industry. Students learn about how engines and vehicles work, how to diagnose, and how to repair vehicles. Students also learn how to use equipment such as scan tools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,939 students and 127.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.2:1. There were 130 students (6.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 37 (1.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 93rd-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 152nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 127th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 125th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was also ranked 125th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 61st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 7 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.6%) and language arts literacy (96.2%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In 2009, of the 460 students who graduated, 97% went on to continue their education at two- or four-year colleges or universities. Also there are others who graduated and are now attending trade or technical schools. The Class of 2009 also produced 11 commended students, 4 semi-finalists and 1 complete finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program, as well as 42 Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars.
The Manalapan High School Braves compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore in Monmouth County and Ocean County. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 1,461 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.
The boys' basketball team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 1988.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 1986, 1991 and 1992.
Manalapan's bowling team were the winners of the 2005-06 New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association state championship. The Brave's score of 2,840 defeated runner-up Woodbridge High School (2,830) at Carolier Lanes.
In 2007, the boys soccer team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship with a 1-0 win over Howell High School in the tournament final. The team moved on to share the Group IV state championship with a 1-1 tie against Clifton High School.
In 2008, Robby Andrews won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Meet of Champions in the 800m run. He followed this up with the 1600m Group IV state championship in the 1600m run. Additionally he placed second in both the Millrose Games and Penn Relays, participating in the mile run on both occasions. In 2009, Robby Andrews won the Meet of Champions in the 800m run, set two national records in the 1000m and 800m runs, won the Millrose Games and won two national championships.
The baseball team won the Group IV state championship in 2011 (defeating Westfield High School in the tournament final) and 2012 (vs. Hillsborough High School). The 2011 baseball team finished the season with a record of 29-3 and won the Group IV state championship with a 29-14 victory against Westfield in a game in which the team pounded out 32 hits on way to the program's first state title.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group V state sectional championship in 2014.
The school has a longstanding athletic rivalry with Marlboro High School, another school in the Freehold Regional High School District, which includes a longstanding Thanksgiving Day football matchup between the teams. A more recent rivalry with Freehold Township High School has also developed throughout each sport.
In popular culture
- Manalapan High was featured on MTV's High School Stories, NBC’a today (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhtDzA8TdTY) and on TruTV's The Principal's Office.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Adam Angelozzi, Principal
- Michael Dillon, Assistant Principal
- Dr. Lavetta Ross, Assistant Principal
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. In order to balance enrollment, district lines are redrawn for all six schools to address issues with overcrowding and spending in regards to transportation. The other five schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) with their attendance zones for incoming students are:
- Colts Neck High School - 1,468 students from Colts Neck Township (all), Howell (part), Marlboro (part).
- Freehold High School - 1,505 students from Freehold (all) and Freehold Township (part).
- Freehold Township High School - 2,111 students from Freehold Township (part), Howell (part), Manalapan (part).
- Howell High School - 2,290 students from Farmingdale (all) and Howell (part).
- Marlboro High School - 1,986 students from Marlboro (part).
- Robby Andrews (born 1991, class of 2009), middle distance runner, who specializes in the 800 and 1500 meters.
- Jason Bergmann (born 1981), pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization.
- Saeed Blacknall (born 1996), wide receiver for the Oakland Raiders.
- Lou Brutus (born 1962), radio host, musician and photographer.
- David DeJesus (born 1979), MLB outfielder for the Tampa Bay Rays.
- Val Emmich (born 1979), singer, songwriter and actor.
- Anthony Firkser (born 1995), tight end for the Tennessee Titans.
- Jack Perri (born 1975), head men's basketball coach at Southern New Hampshire University.
- Michael "The Situation" Sorrentino (born 1982, class of 1999), television personality who has appeared on MTV's Jersey Shore.
- Rashod Swinger (born 1974), former player for the Arizona Cardinals.
- School data for Manalapan High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
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- Manalapan High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 29, 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. One of six high schools in the Freehold Regional High School District, which opened in 1971, Manalapan High School has enjoyed an outstanding reputation throughout the state for its academic and extracurricular programs."
- FRHSD Attendance Boundaries; Which High School Will My Child Attend?, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Freehold Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 9, 2017. "The Freehold Regional High School District, the largest regional high school District in New Jersey, has six high schools with over 11,000 students and over 1,500 employees and spans 200 square miles. District members include the townships of Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan, and Marlboro, and the boroughs of Englishtown, Farmingdale, and Freehold."
- The Science and Engineering Learning Center, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed January 16, 2017.
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- Benjamin, Dave. "Career night promotes h.s. auto tech academy", Tri-Town News, November 6, 2003. Accessed January 16, 2007. The automotive technology academy is a four-year training program in the automotive field offered by the Freehold Regional High School District at Manalapan High School."
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- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Braves are state's best on the bowling alleys, News Transcript, March 1, 2006. Accessed January 13, 2007.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2007.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- Bondy, Stefan. "Mustangs finish state champions", Herald News, November 17, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- "ROBBY ANDREWS, Manalapan, Boys Track", Asbury Park Press, June 14, 2008. Accessed August 28, 2008.
- Newman, Josh. "ROBBY ANDREWS, Manalapan, Boys Indoor Track", Asbury Park Press, March 28, 2009. Accessed June 27, 2011.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- Lerner, Gregg. "Manalapan (29) at Westfield (14), NJSIAA Group Tournament, Final Round, Group 4 - Baseball", The Star-Ledger, June 11, 2011. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Manalapan saw every starter in its lineup contribute at least two hits as it finished with a stunning total of 32 and put away a resilient Westfield squad en route to a wild 29-14 triumph for the NJSIAA/Star-Ledger Group 4 championship before close to 500 at Toms River South.... Manalapan (29-3), which claimed its first state title, came out sizzling."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Morris, Tim. "Rivalries bring football season to its conclusion", News Transcript, November 27, 2002. Accessed July 26, 2011. "The oldest Thanksgiving Day rivalry is Manalapan-Marlboro. They will be meeting for the 31st time tomorrow."
- Principal's Office: Bagels to Go, Season 1, Episode 5, Yahoo! TV. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Originally Aired: September 04, 2008 - At Manalapan High, two kids attempt to make an off-campus coffee break, but are nabbed by Principal Tague and his surveillance cameras."
- Administration, Manalapan High School. Accessed May 30, 2016.
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- Howell High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed May 30, 2016.
- Marlboro High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed May 30, 2016.
- Lambert, Jim. "N.J.'s Robby Andrews uses big heart and big kick to make U.S. World Championship Team", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 14, 2015. Accessed August 9, 2016. "Everything seemed to be falling into place perfectly for Robby Andrews. After finishing a legendary career at New Jersey's Manalapan High School in 2009 with two national indoor records (1,000 and 800), two national 800 titles, and a meet record victory in the 800 at the outdoor Meet of Champions in his pocket, Andrews went on to set the track on fire at the University of Virginia."
- "Sports Shorts", Farmingdale News Transcript, July 11, 2007. Accessed May 2, 2017. "Jason Bergmann has settled in as a starter for the Washington Nationals. The right-hander from Manalapan High School has a 3.47 earned-run average in his 10 starts for the Nats."
- Bellano, Anthony. "Manalapan Football Player Saeed Blacknall Changes Commitment From Rutgers to Penn State Blacknall committed to Rutgers in August, but announced he would go to Penn State Sunday night.", New Brunswick, NJ Patch, January 26, 2014. Accessed September 26, 2019. "Manalapan High School standout Saeed Blacknall has de-committed from Rutgers University and will play college football at Penn State."
- Popper, Steve. "What Shea is like", NorthJersey.com, September 30, 2007. Accessed February 21, 2015. "On a different note, my fellow Manalapan High School alum Jason Bergmann — we're not talking Lou Brutus here, the creator of the Blue Jewel phenomenon and another proud alum — is on the mound for the Nationals today against the Phillies."
- David DeJesus, Tampa Bay Rays. Accessed July 19, 2007. "Full name is David Christopher DeJesus...graduated from Manalapan (N.J.) High in 1997."
- La Gorce, Tammy. "A Rocker Who Rocks to His Own Beat (and CD)", The New York Times, December 2, 2007. Accessed June 8, 2008. "'So I just went,' said Mr. Emmich, who grew up in Manalapan and graduated from Manalapan High School."
- Anthony Firkser, Tennessee Titans. Accessed September 28, 2019. "Attended Manalapan (N.J.) High School, where he was named All-Shore Offensive Player of the Year as a senior wide receiver."
- Morris, Tim. "Perri in control of LIU basketball; Manalapan High School graduate now leading NCAA Division I squad", News Transcript, August 1, 2012. Accessed July 5, 2018. "Manalapan High School graduate Jack Perri was named the head men’s basketball coach at Long Island University, Brooklyn, N.Y., this past spring and will lead the Blackbirds into action this season."
- Staff. "Mike The Situation's high school yearbook photo", Life & Style (magazine), December 23, 2009, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 26, 2010. Accessed September 28, 2019. "Mike, pictured as a high school sophomore in this yearbook photo obtained exclusively by Life & Style, attended Manalapan High School in New Jersey, graduating in 1999."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Broken date Swinger's eight-month race for readiness falls short of Giants", Asbury Park Press, September 3, 2000. Accessed February 3, 2011. "for Swinger, a Manalapan High School graduate, the numbers over the past eight months were a bit more humbling, ranging from how many degrees he was able to bend his surgically reconstructed left knee to the amount of leg lifts he could do, if any, with the ability to jog or cut at half speed treated like momentous occasions."