Howell High School (New Jersey)
|Howell High School|
|405 Squankum-Yellowbrook Road
Farmingdale, NJ 07727
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Freehold Regional High School District|
|Principal||Zina P. Duerbig|
|Assistant principals||Jeremy Braverman
Kathleen R. Taler
|Faculty||158.3 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||2,469 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.60:1|
|Color(s)||Blue, Gray, and White|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
Howell High School (HHS) is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Howell Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part 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, New Jersey mailing address.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,469 students and 158.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.60:1. There were 121 students (4.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 45 (1.8% 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 with white hair and a blue 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 currently, 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 Fine & Performing Arts Center (FPAC) is housed here.
- The Scholar's Center for the Humanities is housed here.
Fine and Performing Arts Academy
The FPAC program consists of actors, dancers, and entertainment technology students. Students work for 4 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. 
Howell High School competes 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 1,728 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,083 to 2,230 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 2008 varsity golf team defeated Christian Brothers Academy for the first time in school history and won its first ever Freehold Regional District title with a team score of 307. With a final record of 17-2, Howell earned the Public A-North title and tied with CBA for Outright A-North champion. Howell also qualified for the Group IV State Sectional tournament and narrowly missed their first opportunity to attend the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions when they placed third by only one stroke. The 2009 team beat CBA both home and away and won its first Shore Conference crown in boys golf. Despite finishing in fourth place in the state sectional tournament, the team won the FRHSD championship by a 15-stroke margin.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Zina Duerbig - Principal
- Jeremy Braverman - Assistant Principal
- Craig Chern - Assistant Principal, FPAC Supervisor
- Kathleen R. Taler - 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 2011-12 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics) with their attendance zones for incoming students are:
- Colts Neck High School - 1,483 students from Colts Neck Township (all), Howell (part), Marlboro (part).
- Freehold High School - 1,540 students from Freehold (all) and Freehold Township (part).
- Freehold Township High School - 2,173 students from Freehold Township (part), Howell (part), Manalapan (part).
- Manalapan High School - 2,001 students from Englishtown (all) and Manalapan (part).
- Marlboro High School - 1,928 students from Marlboro (part).
- Jay Alders (born 1973), fine artist.
- Bonnie Bernstein (born 1970), ESPN sports reporter.
- Lindsey Gallo (born 1981), middle-distance runner.
- Kevin Interdonato, actor who appeared on several episodes of the HBO series The Sopranos.
- Brian Jude (born 1971), 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.
- 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.
- Data for Howell High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Boundaries_0.pdf FRHSD Attendance Boundaries; Which High School Will My Child Attend?, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Howell High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 17, 2011.
- 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, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 27, 2012.
- Howell High School, accessed April 16, 2007. "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."
- http://www.frhsd.com/district/index.php?q=node/305 FPAC Courses
- http://www.frhsd.com/district/index.php?q=node/306 The Humanities Learning Center
- School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- 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.
- About Us, Howell High School. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- New Jersey School Directory for the Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Colts Neck High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Freehold Township High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Howell High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Manalapan High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Manalapan High School 2013 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 22, 2014. Manalapan High School is a fully accredited comprehensive high school serving a community of nearly 39,000 residents living in the Township of Manalapan and the Borough of Englishtown."
- Marlboro High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
- Staff. "Down Memory Lane". Farmingdale News Transcript, September 20, 2006. Accessed October 3, 2012. "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."
- Morris, Tim. "Howell’s Gallo is No. 1 for Michigan X-country team", Farmingdale News Transcript, October 24, 2001. Accessed July 5, 2007. "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."
- 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."
- Meet Tom Pelphrey: Kristen Hamill chats with the Mason Gross graduate, who now can be seen on The Guiding Light, The Daily Targum, October 5, 2004
- 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."
- Hagarty, Keith. "Howell College Student Crowned Miss New Jersey", The Howell Times, June 22, 2007. Accessed September 30, 2007. "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."
- Mulrenin, Patrick. "Walling all about subtle suggestions", 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 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics
- DigitalSports Howell Homepage