Freehold High School

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Freehold High School
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"Commitment to Excellence"
2 Robertsville Road
Freehold Borough, NJ 07728

Type Public high school
Established 1923
School district Freehold Regional High School District
Principal Linda Jewell
Assistant principals Shae-Brie Dow
John Schollenberger
David Bleakley
Faculty 82.2 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 1,519 (as of 2010-11)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 18.48:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Team name Colonials

Freehold High School (sometimes called Freehold Boro, Freehold Borough High School or Boro to distinguish it from Freehold Township High School) is a four-year public high school located within Freehold Borough, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Freehold Regional High School District. The school serves students from all of Freehold Borough and from portions of Freehold Township.[2] Freehold High School is the home of the Medical Sciences Learning Center, the Computer Science Academy and the Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management Academy. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1928.[3]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,540 students and 98.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.63:1. There were 205 students (13.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 69 (4.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In Newsweek's May 22, 2007, issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Freehold High School was listed in 1338th place, the 47th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.[4]

The school was the 164th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 132nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 129th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 95th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7] ranked the school 112th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 34 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.9%) and language arts literacy (95.1%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[8]

In 2008 the school was recognized by the Jostens Yearbook Company for their flashback-themed yearbook putting live pictures on both the front and back covers.[citation needed]

Academic Learning Centers and Academies[edit]

The Medical Sciences Learning Center is a magnet program in which exceptional students in the sciences and mathematics are able to advance their studies in those fields. Some required classes in this program include Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology, and Statistics. A unique required class, Research, involves the creation and experimentation of year long individual research projects culminating in presentations of each students findings. In previous years, students' research projects have been selected for statewide presentations and competitions as well as the Intel Science Talent Search.

Freehold also houses the Computer Science Academy. This specialized academy teaches students about computers, with most of its focus on programming in languages such as Java, Visual Basic, and C++. The program also features study in topics such as data structures and discrete mathematics.

The Culinary Arts / Hospitality Management Academy allows students to work in the student-run, one hundred-seat, fine dining restaurant serving the public, catered events, and school functions. In 2005, the program was selected to present sample menu / recipes at Princeton University's Garden State Series.[9]

Current student body[edit]

The Class of 2010 had a 97.4% graduation rate. Among 2010 graduates, 59.1% planned to attend four-year colleges after graduating, while 30.5% pursue education at two-year colleges and 6.7 to pursue employment.[10] As of the 2011-2012 school year, the school's population is 62.3% White, 18.6% Hispanic, 10.2% Asian, 7.6% African-American and 1.0% Two or more Races.[1]

Freehold High School is by far the most ethnically diverse school in the district. The school has had to face significant enrollment raises during the last decade, going from 941 in 2000-2001 to 1,540 during 2011-2012 school year, a 64% increase. [11] (Statistics as of 2011-2012 school year[1])

Subset Number of students Percent
All 1,540 100%
White, non-Hispanic 960 62.3%
Black, non-Hispanic 117 7.6%
Asian 157 10.2%
Hispanic 287 18.6%
American Indian 3 0.2%
Two or More Races 16 1.0%
Male 771 50.1%
Female 769 49.9%


Core members of the school's administration are:[12]

  • Principal: Linda C. Jewell
  • Assistant Principal: Shae-Brie Dow
  • Assistant Principal: John Schollenberger
  • Assistant Principal: Joseph Iacullo


Freehold High School was originally located on the corner of Husdon and Bennett Street in Freehold Borough. At the time it was called the Hudson Street School. It has been at its present location, Robertsville Road and Broadway since 1925. The school is the oldest in the Freehold Regional High School District, having been the original facility that drew students from several Western Monmouth County communities.

Freehold High School, as such, came into being as a result of a referendum vote on October 6, 1953, in which seven districts united to form the Freehold Regional High School District. Freehold High School was purchased by the Regional District from the Freehold Borough Board of Education.

Medical Sciences Learning Center[edit]

The Medical Sciences Learning Center (or Med Sci), a specialized academic program within Freehold High School, is a specific course load designed for students interested in continued study of the Medical Sciences. Admittance to the program is highly selective and requires a high enough score on a Mathematics/English Standardized Test and compelling short essays regarding motivation for application.

The program course load comprises the following:[13]

  • Freshman Year - AP Biology, Honors Research I/Intro to Computers, Honors Geometry/Algebra II
  • Sophomore Year - AP Chemistry, AP Statistics, Precalculus (H)
  • Junior Year - Honors Research II/Intro to computers II, Biochemistry/Organic Chemistry (H), AP Calculus BC
  • Senior Year - Anatomy/Physiology (H), AP Physics B

In the senior year of the program, a monthly externship with the local hospital, CentraState Healthcare System, is required of all the medical sciences students.[14] Students are separated into small groups in which they are sent to different divisions of the hospital to learn hands-on about the different health care occupations. Several areas students have been sent to include the Morgue, Orthopedics, Cardiology, Radiology, etc.

In Junior year, every student must develop his/her own research project over the course of the year. These projects culminate in an individual presentation at the end of the year at the annual Medical Sciences Research Symposium. The best work is then selected and submitted to statewide competitions. In previous years, individuals have also competed in the Intel Science Talent Search for semifinalist placement.

Computer Science Academy[edit]

The Computer Science and Technology Academy (also CSA or Comp Sci) is a four-year program meant to immerse students in the field of computer science early, allowing them to be highly prepared when they enter an undergraduate program. As an academy as opposed to a learning center, students still take those classes that they are most prepared for outside of the academy. Many of the classes the students take are honors or advanced placement.

The academy's classes are designed to give students a little taste of everything with the following three goals:

  • To give students a solid and rigorous background in computer science principles, including the requisite mathematical foundations.
  • To build proficiency in the problem solving techniques of Computer Science.
  • To provide graduates of the Academy with the background and the skills necessary to continue their education in college.

The four computer science and four math classes are as follows:

Freshman Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year

  • Honors Computer Science IV: C++ and SQL using Microsoft Access
    • A Senior Project is also completely in which 1 to 2 students work on a project of their choosing in any field of computer science. Past projects have included instant messaging programs, 64-bit games, and AI programs.
  • Either AP Calculus (AB or BC) or AP Statistics

The computer science math courses include discrete math topics such as graph theory and Boolean algebra.

The Comp Sci Academy has also won a number of computer competitions, participating in events including the ACSL All-Star round for several years. In 2005, the Freehold High School five-person team came in fourth in the Senior Division of the American Computer Science League 2005-06 International All-Star Competition.[15] The academy has also won the New Jersey Institute of Technology high school programming contest, in 2006 (7 of 8 programs complete) and 2008 (8 of 8 programs complete). This was the first time in the competition's history that a team has won twice, and only the second time all 8 programs have been completed. Two teams later won first place in the NJIT high school programming contest in 2011 with 7 out of 8 programs completed and fourth place in 2011's ACSL All-Stars contest for the five-person Senior Division. The 2012 Senior 5 Team won first place in the international ACSL All-Stars contest.

Graduates from the Computer Science Academy have gone on to work at Microsoft and Apple.

Culinary Arts Academy[edit]

The Culinary Arts Academy is a four-year program of study that consists of a wide range of courses, training, experiences, and activities in culinary, hospitality management, and food science. Traditionally, all of the academy’s graduates continue their education completing an associate, bachelor, or master level degree in the culinary field. The traditional course work is enhanced by relevant action research projects with the opportunity for “hands on” professional skill development through all operational phases of a fully licensed restaurant, the Five Star Café, a 100-seat restaurant located within Freehold High School. College degree or placement credit, in the culinary content area, may be earned through high school course work tied to an articulation agreement with the [(Culinary Institute of America)]. Students are prepared and have the opportunity to take safety and sanitation certification tests that are nationally recognized by the [(National Restaurant Association’s ServSafe)]. Career portfolios are developed and serve as a means for career placement opportunities and college articulation credits. Career exploration and leadership activities include community service learning projects and professional skill competitions. Students maintain active membership in the nationally recognized [(Skills USA Club and National Technical Honor Society)]. [16]

Graduating students annually receive over $250,000 in scholarships and articulation awards. Many graduates of the academy attend the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY and Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI and Miami, FL. Facilities of the Academy feature the 100-seat dining room, state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, bakery, and lecture room. On March 14, 2007 the Culinary Arts Academy hosted Governor of New Jersey Jon Corzine and members of the New Jersey State Legislature.


Freshmen year: Introduction to Commercial Foods
Sophomore year: Introduction to Commercial Baking
Junior year: Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management I
Senior year: Culinary Arts/Hospitality Management II
Menu Planning and Design

January 10, 2007[edit]

On January 10, 2007, three Freehold High School students were killed in a car accident on Kozloski Road. James Warnock and Michael Dragonetti, both seniors, and Andrew Lundy, a junior, were driving home from school when they hit a van going in the opposite direction. Freehold Boro students held a memorial service for their classmates and gathered at the scene of the accident for days afterwards. The driver of the van, Ruth MacArthur, was killed on impact; the van's only passenger survived.[17]


The Freehold High School Colonials compete in the B-North Division of the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[18] 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 (NJSIAA).[19] With 1,097 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2011-12 school year as Central Jersey Group III, a category that included schools with enrollment of 802 to 1,104.[20] The Athletic Facilities are named after the late Athletic Director Cal Dean Wilson.

The girls soccer team won the 2006 Central Jersey Group III sectional title, defeating Hopewell Valley Central High School 1-0 in the tournament final.[21] Coach Moses, the girls soccer team coach, tied his last game for the state champions, becoming a rarity, co-state champions in the 2006 season, tying Ramapo High School 0-0 in the Group III championship game held on November 28, 2006, at The College of New Jersey.[22][23] In 2007, the girls soccer team won the Central, Group III state sectional championship with a 3-0 win over Hightstown High School in the tournament final.[24][25]

The girls soccer team won the 1999 Public Group Semifinals for Central Jersey, Group II, with a 2-0 win over Somerville High School.[26] The team won the title again in 2001, topping Ridge High School 2-1.[27]

In 2007, the field hockey team won the North II, Group III state sectional championship with a 3-0 win over Warren Hills High School in the tournament final.[28]

In 2007, the Girls Varsity Soccer team beat Ramapo High School 2-1 in double overtime, winning the official title, of New Jersey Group III Girls Soccer Champions.[29][30]

The football team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 2008 and 2010.[31] In 2008, the varsity football team took the sectional group III title, the first sectional title in football in school history, defeating Middletown High School South 21-14 in a game played at Rutgers Stadium.[32] In 2010, Freehold's varsity football team beat Middletown High School South again, this time by a score of 14-12, to earn the school's second Central Jersey Group III title sectional title in three years.[33]

The school has major rivalries with Freehold Township High School and Colts Neck High School.

In 2009, Freehold won back the Thanksgiving Day trophy from Colts Neck High School, the last thanksgiving game between these schools. In 2010, the traditional Thanksgiving Day game between Freehold and Freehold Township High School returned for the first time since 1999.[34] Freehold won back the Thanksgiving Day trophy.

In 2010, the varsity field hockey team won the Group III state sectional championship with a 3-2 overtime win against Wall Township High School.[35]

Notable alumni[edit]

Other high schools in the district[edit]

Attendance at each of the district's six schools is based on where the student lives. Each year, district lines are redrawn for each of the six schools to reduce issues with overcrowding and spending in regards to transportation. Schools in the district (with 2010-11 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[41]) with their attendance zones for the class entering for the 2009-10 school year are:[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Data for Freehold Borough High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 14, 2014.
  2. ^ a b FRHSD Attendance Boundary Changes Effective 2009 - 2010 School Year, Freehold Regional School District. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Freehold High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 27, 2011.
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  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed November 13, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 5, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed March 4, 2012.
  9. ^ "High Schoolers Are 'Guest Chefs' at Princeton",, May, 2005
  10. ^ Freehold Borough High School 2010 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 2, 2012.
  11. ^ Elementary and Secondary Information System (ELSI), National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 14, 2014.
  12. ^ About Us, Freehold High School. Accessed April 14, 2014.
  13. ^ Medical Sciences Learning Center fact sheet, accessed May 9, 2007.
  14. ^ DCH Freehold Toyota donates to CentraState externship program, press release dated October 29, 2004. "DCH Freehold Toyota recently donated $3000 to the externship program, which brings students participating in the school’s medical sciences program to CentraState Medical Center for hands-on learning experience."
  15. ^ "Computer students excel at Ohio event ", Farmingdale News Transcript, July 12, 2006
  16. ^ Culinary Fact Sheet
  17. ^ Services Held for Four Crash Victims, Asbury Park Press, January 16, 2007
  18. ^ School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  19. ^ League Memberships – 2013-2014, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 13, 2013.
  20. ^ 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification for ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 4, 2012.
  21. ^ 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 9, 2007.
  22. ^ Colonials get their share of a state championship: Freehold Boro girls play 0-0 tie in state final, News Transcript, November 29, 2006.
  23. ^ 2006 Girls Soccer Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed December 6, 2006
  24. ^ 2007 Girls Soccer - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  25. ^ Adelizzi, Joe. "Freehold hits its target: Colonials capture CJ Group III championship", Asbury Park Press, November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "'It's on your back. Everyone is shooting for you. I think it drove us all season long,' said Mayrose, who had a goal and an assist as the Freehold girls soccer team won its second straight NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III championship, defeating Hightstown, 3-0."
  26. ^ Public Group Semifinals - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 9, 2007.
  27. ^ 2001 Girls Soccer - Central, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, accessed May 9, 2007.
  28. ^ 2007 Field Hockey - North II, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
  29. ^ 2007 Girls Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  30. ^ Leonard, Tim. "Ramapo allows title to slip away", The Record (Bergen County), November 18, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  31. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 5, 2012.
  32. ^ Morris, Tim. "Tyson's journey concludes with state championship", News Transcript, December 10, 2008. Accessed June 14, 2011. "Freehold Borough quarterback Nick Tyson (right) shares a moment with his brother (and assistant coach) Noel Kavanagh after winning the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III title game against Middletown High School South at Rutgers Stadium in Piscataway on Dec. 6. The Colonials won, 21-14, en route to their first state sectional title in school history."
  33. ^ Witkowski, Wayne. "Huskies’ win streak snapped in state playoff final’s loss", Holmdel Independent, December 9, 2010. Accessed June 14, 2011. "At Rutgers Stadium on Saturday afternoon, Middletown South lost the Central Jersey Group III final to rival Freehold Borough, 14-12."
  34. ^ Morris, Tim. "Football rivalries on Thanksgiving menu", News Transcript, November 24, 2010. Accessed June 27, 2011. "The highlight of this year’s Thanksgiving football games will be the return of the Freehold Borough vs. Freehold Township gridiron rivalry. Once the marquee Thanksgiving rivalry, the game was discontinued in 1999 with the Colonials picking up Colts Neck High School as its Turkey Day opponent, while Freehold Township hooked up in a holiday tradition with Howell High School."
  35. ^ Morris, Tim. "Colonials win Group III field hockey crown", News Transcript, November 17, 2010. Accessed June 14, 2011. "Wold was on the ground and could not see where her shot ended up, but once she heard that sound she knew she had just delivered the game-winning goal to give the Freehold High School field hockey team the NJSIAA Group III state championship, 3-2, in overtime over Wall High School on Nov. 14 at Toms River East High School in Ocean County."
  36. ^ Scott Conover at
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  38. ^ Morris, Tim. "Mayes, Freeman enter Borough’s Athletic Hall", News Transcript. June 21, 2000. Accessed January 27, 2008. "It was a different time and a different era. In the 1950s Freehold High School was the only high school in the area and drew its students from all over Western Monmouth County.... One of the teams that brought Freehold into the limelight was the legendary 1953 team that went undefeated (9-0) and won Shore Conference and Central Jersey championships. Its marquee name was running back Danny Lewis, who went from Freehold to the University of Wisconsin and then to a National Football League career."
  39. ^ Celano, Clare Marie. "Freehold Hall of Fame inductees to be feted", News Transcript, March 3, 2010. Accessed June 14, 2011. "He attended the Freehold Regional High School District’s Medical Sciences Learning Center at Freehold High School, intending to go into the field of medicine. That did not happen, however. Mazin graduated from the high school in 1988."
  40. ^ Celano, Clare Marie. "Colts' Reid returns home with plan to help youths", News Transcript, June 21, 2006. Accessed May 15, 2007. "Reid, a former Freehold High School football player, is currently a member of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts but a piece of his heart remains in the town in which he grew up - Freehold Borough."
  41. ^ Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 13, 2012.
  42. ^ Manalapan High School 2010 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 27, 2011. "Manalapan High School is a fully-accredited comprehensive high school serving a community of nearly 38,000 residents living exclusively in the Township of Manalapan and the Borough of Englishtown."

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