Manalapan High School

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Manalapan High School
M Braves MHS logo.png
Today's Students, Tomorrow's Leaders
30 Church Lane
Englishtown, NJ 07726
Type Public high school
Established 1971
School district Freehold Regional High School District
Principal Adam Angelozzi[1]
Assistant principals Michael Dillon
Maria Ilarraza
Dr. Lavetta Ross[1]
Faculty 129.4 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 2,035[2] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 15.73:1[2]
Color(s)           Red and white and navy blue
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Team name Braves

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.[3][4] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1975.[5]

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. This rigorous 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 also houses the Law Enforcement Public Safety Academy (LEPS), in which students undergo a vigorous course load learning about such fields as criminal justice, first responder procedures, evidence collection, first aid certifications, investigative procedures, civics, Homeland Security, Fire Science & 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 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,035 students and 129.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.73:1. There were 113 students (5.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 36 (1.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

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.[6] 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.[7] The magazine ranked the school 125th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was also ranked 125th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[9] 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).[10]

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.[3]


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.[11] The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[12] With 1,479 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.[13]

Manalapan's bowling team were the winners of the 2005-06 NJSIAA State Championship. The Brave's score of 2,840 defeated runner-up Woodbridge High School (2,830) at Carolier Lanes.[14]

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.[15] The team moved on to share the Group IV state championship with a 1-1 tie against Clifton High School.[16][17]

In 2008, Robby Andrews won the NJSIAA 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.[18] 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.[19]

In 2010, Manalapan student Lawrence Maceren set a new Sport stacking World Record in the 3-3-3 stack with 1.80 seconds.[citation needed]

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 High School in which the team pounded out 32 hits on way to the program's first state title.[20]

The 2011 field hockey team was coached by Joel Rivlin and went on to have the best record in over a decade.[citation needed]

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.[21] A more recent rivalry with Freehold Township High School has also developed throughout each sport.

Other high schools in the district[edit]

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 2012-13 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[22]) with their attendance zones for incoming students are:[4][23]


Notable alumni[edit]


Core members of the school's administration are:[1]

  • Dr. Adam Angelozzi, Principal
  • Michael Dillon
  • Maria Ilarraza
  • Dr. Lavetta Ross

Simon was placed on administrative leave by the district on December 20, 2011, in relation to a matter that involved his role as principal. Jennifer Sharp was named as acting principal, while Adam Angelozzi was named as assistant principal, also on an interim basis.[36]

The principal of the school was Terri Grey from January 1998 until her retirement in January 2006, when Dr. Anthony Procopio, a former principal Freehold Township High School, was selected to serve in the position on an interim basis.[37] At the beginning of the 2007-08 school year, Jeff Simon became the new principal, having previously served as principal at Middletown High School North and for the Union Beach School System.[38]


  1. ^ a b c Home page, Manalapan High School. Accessed September 11, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d School Data for Manalapan High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 22, 2015.
  3. ^ a b Manalapan High School 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed February 21, 2015. "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."
  4. ^ a b Boundaries_0.pdf FRHSD Attendance Boundaries; Which High School Will My Child Attend?, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  5. ^ Manalapan High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  6. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  7. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  10. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 27, 2012.
  11. ^ School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  12. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 11, 2014.
  13. ^ 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 11, 2014.
  14. ^ Braves are state's best on the bowling alleys, News Transcript, March 1, 2006. Accessed January 13, 2007.
  15. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Central, Group IV, NJSIAA. Accessed November 14, 2007.
  16. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, NJSIAA. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  17. ^ Bondy, Stefan. "Mustangs finish state champions", Herald News, November 17, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  18. ^ "ROBBY ANDREWS, Manalapan, Boys Track", Asbury Park Press, June 14, 2008. Accessed August 28, 2008.
  19. ^ Newman, Josh. "ROBBY ANDREWS, Manalapan, Boys Indoor Track", Asbury Park Press, March 28, 2009. Accessed June 27, 2011.
  20. ^ 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."
  21. ^ 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."
  22. ^ Data for the Freehold Regional High School District, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 21, 2015.
  23. ^ New Jersey School Directory for the Freehold Regional High School District, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  24. ^ Colts Neck High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  25. ^ Freehold Township High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  26. ^ Howell High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  27. ^ Freehold High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  28. ^ Marlboro High School, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed September 22, 2014.
  29. ^ 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."
  30. ^ "Sports Shorts", Farmingdale News Transcript, July 11, 2007. Accessed July 27, 2007. "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."
  31. ^ Popper, Steve. "What Shea is like",, 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."
  32. ^ David DeJesus, Tampa Bay Rays. Accessed July 19, 2007. "Full name is David Christopher DeJesus...graduated from Manalapan (N.J.) High in 1997."
  33. ^ 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."
  34. ^ Staff. "Mike The Situation's high school yearbook photo", Life & Style (magazine), December 23, 2009. Accessed February 3, 2011. "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."
  35. ^ 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."
  36. ^ Boyd, Alesha Williams. "Manalapan High School principal Jeff Simon investigated, on paid leave", Asbury Park Press, December 20, 2011. Accessed December 20, 2011. "Manalapan High School principal Jeff Simon has been put on paid administrative leave until further notice, a Freehold Regional High School District official said Tuesday.Board President Heshy Moses said Simon is the subject of an administrative investigation for a matter that does not involve students in the district but does involve Simon's role as principal."
  37. ^ Benjamin, Dave. "Grey ends service at Manalapan", News Transcript, February 15, 2006. Accessed June 27, 2011. "After more than 16 years of service to the Freehold Regional High School District, Terri Grey has retired. Grey came to the district in September 1989 as an assistant principal at Manalapan High School. In January 1998 she was named principal, and she held that position until her retirement earlier this month. Anthony Procopio, the retired principal of Freehold Township High School and a former assistant principal at Marlboro High School, has been named Manalapan's acting principal while a permanent replacement is sought."
  38. ^ Staff. "Three new principals named in Freehold Regional district", Tri-Town News, July 5, 2007. Accessed June 27, 2011. "A few months into the 2007-08 school year, Jeff Simon, the Union Beach Memorial Elementary School principal and the former Middletown North High School principal, will become Manalapan's top administrator."

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