|Manasquan High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Manasquan Public Schools|
|Asst. principals||Donald Bramley|
|Enrollment||963 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.0:1|
|Color(s)|| Navy blue and|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Mascot||Big Blue Warrior|
Manasquan High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Manasquan, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone high school of the Manasquan Public Schools. In addition to students from Manasquan, the high school also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights, who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 963 students and 68.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.0:1. There were 116 students (12.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 23 (2.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Manasquan High School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1935. In March 2004, a validation team visited the school and recommended that the school's accreditation should be extended.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 143rd-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 145th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 124th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 115th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 108th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 58th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 3 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.8%) and language arts literacy (96.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In 1996-97, Manasquan High School's Horticultural Botany program, taught at Barlow's Flower Farm, was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as a "Best Practice" of educational partnership.
Students have the option to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in their Junior and Senior years. After taking these classes, students can take the national administered AP examinations, which can earn students credit at most institutions of higher learning (the exact score required for credit may vary depending on the college or university). The high school offers AP courses in Language and Composition, Literature, World History, United States History, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Calculus (AB and, more recently, BC), Spanish, and French.
The Academy of Finance program focuses on the field of finance, using a curriculum that combines traditional classroom instruction, with lectures from experts in the subject, mentoring and job shadowing with industry specialists. Students gain practical knowledge and skills through a paid summer internship that is required as part of the program. Students are awarded a Certificate in Financial Studies upon satisfactory completion of the Academy curriculum mandates.
Manasquan High School offers many clubs and after school activities. Clubs include the Environmental Club, Film Club, Friends Helping Friends, Amnesty International, Ping-Pong Club, History Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Key Club, the National Honor Society, the Academy of Finance (see below), DECA, Academic Team, and others.
The Manasquan High School Warriors 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 and operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 749 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 498 to 750 students in that grade range.
The school is the host school / lead agency / host for joint boys' / girls' bowling, gymnastics, ice hockey and boys' / girls' swimming programs with Point Pleasant Beach High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.
The school is known for its intense sports rivalry with Wall High School in Wall Township. The rivalry culminates every year on Thanksgiving, where the football teams face off with MHS always holding their homecoming, whether they are the home or away team. The school had a longstanding rivalry with Point Pleasant Boro High School.
The boys tennis team won the Group III state championship in 1976, defeating Collingswood High School in the tournament final; The team lost to Christian Brothers Academy for the overall state title.
The girls field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1976, and won the Central Jersey Group II titles in 1990, 1995 and 1998.
The girls' basketball team won the Group II state championship in both 1987 and 1988 vs. Jefferson Township High School and in 2014 vs. Newton High School, and won the Group III title in 2012 vs. Teaneck High School.
The football team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1990 and 1991, 1993, 1998 to 2002, 2005 and 2008, as well as the South Jersey Group II title in 2006. The 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 teams all won divisional championships. The 2006 team went 12-0 and won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title with a 28–0 win over West Deptford High School in the sectional title game, one of 10 state titles won by coach Vic Kubu during his 22-year tenure at Manasquan before his death in 2007. The 2008 football team also won the Central Jersey Group II sectional title, coming from a touchdown behind at the half to a 19–14 win against Arthur L. Johnson High School at Rutgers Stadium, the program's 11th sectional title. The team won the program's 12th title in 2016 with a 42-6 win against Bernards High School in the Central Jersey Group II tournament final.
The Manasquan Warrior Band performs at all football games, playing music both in the stands and during halftime. The Manasquan High School Warrior Band has performed a Queen Extravaganza themed show, in which songs include Don't Stop Me Now, Bohemian Rhapsody, Bicycle Race, We Are the Champions, and the Manasquan High School "School Song". The band has a repertoire of over 70 songs. The Warrior Band Drum Line also features a Percussion Ensemble using trash cans instead of drums, called Big Bang, as a part of the Warrior Jazz Band.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Richard Coppola, Principal
- Donald Bramley, Assistant Principal
- Richard Read, Assistant Principal
- John C. Bogle (1929-2019), investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He was the founder and chief executive of The Vanguard Group.
- Doris Burke (born 1965, class of 1983), sideline reporter and color analyst for NBA on ESPN and NBA on ABC games.
- Barbara Friedrich (born 1949, class of 1967), Olympic athlete who won the gold medal at the 1967 Pan American Games in the javelin and represented the U.S. at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, finishing ninth.
- Alexis Krauss (born 1985, class of 2003), lead singer for Sleigh Bells.
- Marina Mabrey (born 1996), basketball player with the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association.
- Jack Nicholson (born 1937, class of 1954), actor.
- Rusty Schweickart (born 1935, class of 1952), astronaut.
- Neal Sterling (born 1992, class of 2010), wide receiver who has played in the NFL for the Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Jets.
- Hal Thompson (1922-2006), football player who played for two seasons in the NFL for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
- Mark Tornillo (born 1954, class of 1972), singer and vocalist of heavy metal band Accept.
- Jason Westrol (born 1988, class of 2006), professional basketball player who has played for the Limburg United of the Belgian Basketball League.
- School data for Manasquan High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Manasquan High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 17, 2015.
- Cheslow, Jerry. "Living In/Belmar, N.J.; Pushing Back on a Rowdy Reputation", The New York Times, June 20, 2004. Accessed September 13, 2017. "From Belmar Elementary, students are slotted to go to either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School, according to a 56-44 percent formula worked out with the New Jersey Department of Education in the late 1940s."
- Manasquan School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed July 12, 2017. "Manasquan High School receives students from seven sending districts; Avon, Belmar, Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights, as well as our Manasquan Elementary School students."
- Sending Districts, Manasquan Public Schools. Accessed May 29, 2016. "Manasquan High School receives students from seven different districts; Avon, Brielle, Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights. Including our Manasquan students, the high school population is just under one thousand students."
- Manasquan High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 30, 2012. Accessed May 17, 2015.
- Middle States Accreditation For Growth Progress Update September 2004, accessed November 1, 2006.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
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- "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, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 27, 2012.
- New Jersey Best Practices Award Recipient, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 1, 2006.
- The Georgian Court Course Ahead Program, Manasquan High School. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- Manasquan High School 2013-14 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- What is the Academy of Finance?, Manasquan High School. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- Students & Services Directory, Manasquan High School. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- NJSIAA 2017 - 2019 Co-Operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Home Page, Manasquan High School. Accessed June 3, 2014.
- James, George. "Thanksgiving, and Goal to Go", The New York Times, November 24, 1996. Accessed January 19, 2012. "Like Manasquan and Point Boro, as it is called, towns around New Jersey will be playing out their traditional rivalries, some of which date back almost to the 19th century."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- History of Boys Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 15, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 201.
- Heininger, Claire. "Legendary Manasquan H.S. football coach Kubu dies", The Star-Ledger, August 26, 2007. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Kubu won 263 career games, the second-highest total among active Shore coaches behind Brick coach Warren Wolf, who has 350 victories. Kubu started his head coaching career at Middletown North and spent the past 22 years at his alma mater, Manasquan, which he turned into a perennial state power. His teams won 10 state championships, including one last season when Manasquan went 12-0 and captured the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 2 title. A weakened Kubu guided the team from the press box when Manasquan defeated West Deptford, 28–0, for the 2006 championship while interim head coach Pete Cahill took over on the sideline."
- Staff. "Manasquan 19, Johnson 14", The Star-Ledger, December 6, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Lorenzo Venable is Manasquan's tailback, and he accepted the enhanced role by carrying 28 times for 191 yards and all three touchdowns to rally Manasquan to a 19–14 victory over Johnson in the NJSIAA/Gatorade Central Jersey, Group 2 championship game at Rutgers Stadium. Venable was at his best after halftime as he ran 13 times for 147 yards and two third-quarter scores as Manasquan (10–2) overcame a 14–7 deficit to claim its 11th NJSIAA football title."
- Ziegler, Robert. "The legacy keeps growing", Asbury Park Press, December 6, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Lorenzo Venable rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns, and the Warriors beat AL Johnson, 19-14, in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II final at Rutgers Stadium to win their Shore Conference-record 11th sectional title."
- Greco, Richard. "Manasquan rolls to 12th sectional title in win over Bernards", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 9, 2016. "Connor Morgan was running at will for Manasquan during the first half of the Central Jersey, Group 2 final, but the junior back was sidelined by an injury in the final minute of the second quarter.... Birch finished with a touchdown and Meyer had two scores to lead Manasquan over Bernards, 42-6, in the sectional final on Saturday night at Kean University..... The title was Manasquan's 12th overall and first since 2008."
- 2007 Girls Team Tennis - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
- "Manasquan High School Warrior Band", Manasquan High School Warrior Band.
- Contact Information, Manasquan High School. Accessed March 11, 2018.
- via Associated Press. "John Bogle dies at 89; fought for lower fees for investors", The Seattle Times, January 16, 2019. Accessed January 21, 2019. "Bogle attended Manasquan High School in Manasquan, New Jersey, for a time, then got a scholarship to the prestigious all-boys Blair Academy in Blairstown, New Jersey."
- "Manasquan Hall of Fame", Manasquan High School Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed June 3, 2016.
- Barbara Ann Friedrich, Kean University Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed January 19, 2012. "As a high school student-athlete, Friedrich shattered the existing national women's and junior record in the event with her toss of 198'8" in the New Jersey State Meet of Champions in Long Branch. She had actually thrown for the same distance earlier in the year at a boys' meet (girls' track and field was minimal at the time) in Manasquan."
- Lynch, Neal. "Sleigh Bells Singer Alexis Krauss Before She Was Famous", Coed.com, February 22, 2012. Accessed April 2, 2015.
- Staff. "Sleigh Bells: The SPIN Cover Photo Shoot", Spin (magazine), February 20, 2012. Accessed April 6, 2015. "Sleigh Bells were photographed in Alexis Krauss' hometown of Manasquan, New Jersey, at locations including her alma mater (Manasquan High School), her favorite pizza place on Main Street, and the train tracks where she used to hang out after school."
- LoGiudice, Daniel. "WNBA Draft 2019: Marina Mabrey selected by Los Angeles Sparks", Asbury Park Press, April 10, 2019. Accessed July 3, 2019. "Mabrey, a Belmar native, became the second player ever from the Shore Conference to be drafted in the WNBA Draft after Neptune and Seton Hall alum Shakena Richardson was selected 30th overall by the Dallas Wings in 2016.... She won two Tournament of Champions titles with Manasquan."
- Nash, Margo. "Film; For Asbury Park, an Unflattering Role", The New York Times, December 24, 2000. Accessed January 19, 2012. "She had hoped to be an extra. Since she retired, she has been studying acting at Union County College, an interest that began when she was in a drama class at Manasquan High School, a few year behind Jack Nicholson."
- Biographical Data for Russell L. (Rusty) Schweickart, NASA. Accessed July 7, 2011.
- Newman, Josh. "Monmouth's Neal Sterling Chosen in NFL Draft by Jacksonville Jaguars", Asbury Park Press, May 3, 2015. Accessed May 17, 2015. "Sterling, a Belmar native and a 2009 graduate of Manasquan High School, finished in the top three on the career list of every receiving category."
- Hal Thompson, Pro-Football-Reference.com. Accessed November 1, 2018.
- Aberback, Brian. "Brielle Native And Former Brick-Based 'Metaler' Leads Band's Revival; Mark Tornillo, a Manasquan High School alumnus, was working as a union electrician when a friend asked him in 2009 to join a jam session with the heavy metal band Accept", Manasquan Patch, April 13, 2012. Accessed November 8, 2016. "Tornillo, a member of the Manasquan High School class of 1972, was working as a union electrician when a friend asked him in 2009 to join a jam session with Accept guitarist Wolf Hoffmann, bassist Peter Baltes and Baltes' son at a recording studio in Long Branch."
- Jason Westrol, Bentley Falcons. Accessed August 15, 2016. "Hometown: Brielle, N.J.; High School: Manasquan... 2006 graduate of Manasquan High School, where he was a four-year letterwinner"