Neptune High School

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For the fictional high school on the television series "Veronica Mars", see Neptune High.
Neptune High School
55 Neptune Boulevard
Neptune Township, NJ 07753
School type Public high school
Motto School of Excellence and No Excuses
School district Neptune Township Schools
Superintendent David A. Mooij
Principal Richard W. Allen
Vice Principals Titania M. Hawkins
James H. Whitson Jr.
Faculty 91.5 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,317 (as of 2011-12)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.39:1[1]
Color(s)           red and black
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Mascot King Neptune
Team name Scarlet Fliers
Rivals Asbury Park High School Long Branch High School Lakewood High School
Newspaper The Blazer
Yearbook Trident

Neptune High School is a comprehensive four-year community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Neptune Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Neptune Township Schools. Neptune Township Schools is one of New Jersey's 31 Abbott Districts.[2] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.[3]

Student body[edit]

As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,317 students and 91.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.39:1. There were 534 students (40.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 85 (6.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

School enrollment statistics from the 2010-2011 school year [1]

Subset Number of students Percent
All 1,299 100%
White, non-Hispanic 321 24.7%
Black, non-Hispanic 806 62.0%
Asian 16 1.2%
Hispanic 138 10.6%
Two or More Races 18 1.4%
Male 674 51.9%
Female 625 48.1%

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 292nd-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.[4] The school had been ranked 283rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after also being ranked 283rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 268th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[6] The school was ranked 221st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[7]


The Neptune High School Scarlet Fliers compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[8] 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).[9] With 986 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 776 to 1,073 students in that grade range.[10]

The basketball team won the 2001 Central Jersey Group III sectional championship with a 56-52 win against Middletown High School South.[11]

The girls basketball team won the 2011 state championship, topping St. John Vianney High School by a score of 67-48 in the finals of the Tournament of Champions in a game played at the Izod Center, earning the first championship for the school and for any school in the Shore Conference.[12]


Core members of the school's administration are:[13]

  • Principal - Richard Allen
  • Vice Principal - Titania M. Hawkins
  • Vice Principal - James H. Whitson, Jr.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Data for Neptune High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 12, 2014.
  2. ^ Abbott Districts, New Jersey Department of Education, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 15, 2009. Accessed May 27, 2011.
  3. ^ Neptune High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed July 14, 2011.
  4. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  5. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 27, 2011.
  7. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  8. ^ School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  9. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 12, 2014.
  10. ^ 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 12, 2014.
  11. ^ Public Sectionals - Central Jersey Group III 2001, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 31, 2007.
  12. ^ Lerner, Gregg. "Girls Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - Tournament of Champions - Round 3 - Game 1 - Girls Basketball", The Star-Ledger, March 23, 2010. Accessed July 14, 2011. "Sparked by its playmaker performing at a feverish rate, Neptune, No. 2 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure a 67-48 victory over third-seeded and defending champion St. John Vianney, ranked No. 5, last night in the NJSIAA/Meadowlands Sports Complex Tournament of Champions final before 2,817 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Neptune (30-1) claimed its first T of C crown and became the first public school from the mighty Shore Conference to win the prestigious event."
  13. ^ Administrative & Support Staff, Neptune High School. Accessed September 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "Armstrong Disarms Mets", The Record (Bergen County), May 4, 1990. "OK, let's get the obvious out of the way. Born in Englewood and a star at Neptune High School who went on to pitch at Rider College and the University of Oklahoma, 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cincinnati right-hander Jack Armstrong fulfills the qualifications for the obvious nickname, 'All-American Boy,' like the fictional character of the same name."
  15. ^ Lewis, Evelyn Stryker. "Neptune and Shark River Hills", p. 88. Arcadia Publishing, 1998. ISBN 0-7385-5699-8. Accessed May 27, 2011.
  16. ^ Walsh, David. "Curry ready for 1st series win", The Herald-Dispatch, September 6, 2010. Accessed December 25, 2011. "Recruited to Marshall by former head coach Mark Snyder, Curry got in 12 preseason practices before the NCAA declared him ineligible. Curry was an academic non-qualifier. He had an outstanding career at Neptune (N.J) High School and Harmony Community School in Cincinnati."
  17. ^ Bob Davis, database Football. Accessed December 15, 2007.
  18. ^ Pelzman, J.P. "Feeling the pain of troubled lives", The Record (Bergen County), April 2, 2005. Accessed August 29, 2012. "Dean's college career hasn't been easy, either, although his various injuries and maladies pale in comparison to what he's already been through. The former Neptune High School standout was hampered by a sports hernia last season, when he averaged 10.8 points."
  19. ^ "Jake Jones '71" (PDF). Assumption College. Retrieved September 11, 2014. 
  20. ^ "CORY NELMS". Retrieved October 2, 2014. 
  21. ^ via Associated Press. "Haydn Proctor, Former N.J. Supreme Court Justice, 93", The Press of Atlantic City, October 4, 1996. Accessed June 4, 2011. "Proctor was born in Asbury Park grew up in Ocean Grove and graduated from Neptune High School in 1922."
  22. ^ Jandoli, Ron. "The Century's Best -- Boys Soccer: Top 10 Players of each decade", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 10, 2003. Accessed September 11, 2008.
  23. ^ Nate Ramsey profile, database Football. Accessed June 19, 2007.
  24. ^ Summer Newsletter, Bradley Beach Public Library, Summer 2003. Accessed September 24, 2007. "Ike graduated from Neptune High School and then, in 1915, graduated from the Naval Academy."
  25. ^ Kaz, Ed. "IT'S HIS PARTY, AND HE'LL SING THE BLUES IF HE WANTS TO", Asbury Park Press, December 29, 2000, copy of article on Accessed August 26, 2008. "JERSEY ALIVE: And where did you guys go to high school? SOUTHSIDE JOHNNY: Neptune High School. The Scarlet Flyers, man."

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