Old Bridge High School

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Old Bridge High School
Old Bridge High School Logio.png
As Knights, we recognize the importance of lifelong learning, show respect for each other, and take pride in ourselves.
4209 Route 516
Matawan, NJ, 07747
United States
Type Public high school
Established September 5, 1994; 20 years ago (1994-09-05)
School district Old Bridge Township Public Schools
NCES District ID 3409270
Principal Vincent Sasso (Main Campus)[1]
Timothy Dolan (Ellen McDermott Grade Nine Center)
Vice Principals James T. Oliveri
Richard Mazarik
Sally A. Fazio
Faculty 226.6 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,007[2] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 13.27:1[2]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Purple, Black, and White
Athletics conference Greater Middlesex Conference
Mascot Wellington The Knight
Team name Knights
Newspaper Knight Life
Yearbook Excalibur

Old Bridge High School (formed from combining the former Cedar Ridge and Madison Central High Schools) is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Old Bridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Old Bridge Township Public Schools. The school is located on County Route 516 in Old Bridge Township, however, it is assigned a Matawan mailing address. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1970,[3] and was most recently re-accredited in 2008.

Through partnerships with Fairleigh Dickinson University, Middlesex County College and DeVry University, students can take courses, fulfill high school requirements and receive college credit.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 3,007 students and 226.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.27:1. There were 540 students (18.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 197 (6.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]


Old Bridge High School opened in September 1994. It was formed from the merger of Cedar Ridge High School and Madison Central High School, which were the two existing high schools in Old Bridge Township.[4] OBHS was originally set up as a two campus system having an East Campus at the former Cedar Ridge site containing Grades 9 and 10 and a West Campus at the former Madison Central site containing Grades 11 and 12. The entire high school is now located at the former Cedar Ridge High School (East Campus) and Carl Sandburg Middle School Building after an addition was added in 2004. The former Middle School building houses the Grade Nine Center.

Dr. James Hickey was hired in 2003 and he oversaw a $26.8 million high school construction project that was completed in September 2005. The school developed a stricter but better learning environment as shown through student achievement and standardized test scores which have exceeded state standards. Out-of-school suspensions dropped more than 55% and student tardiness dropped by more than 60%, while scores on state exams rose more than 20% in mathematics and more than 10% in language arts literacy. For his work in transforming Old Bridge High School, Dr. Hickey was recognized as the New Jersey Principal of the Year in 2009.[5] He was also recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Education. The district Superintendent of Schools also publicly recognized Dr. Hickey for his work in transforming OBHS.

In 2010, Old Bridge High School became part of the Confucius Classroom following the implementation of a comprehensive Chinese program at the high school. Delegations from the school went to China in 2009 and 2010.

In 2011 according the New Jersey School Report Card, Old Bridge High School made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act by meeting 40 out of 40 indicators, a first for Old Bridge High School.[citation needed]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 158th-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 178th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 162nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[7] The magazine ranked the school 211th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[8] The school was ranked 197th of 316 schools in the magazine's 2006 rankings.[9]

Schooldigger.com ranked the school 169th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 45 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (81.0%) and language arts literacy (93.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[10]


The Old Bridge High School Knights compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which includes public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association.[11] With 2,230 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.[12] Old Bridge High School is known primarily for its cross country and track programs, but its bowling, wrestling, and volleyball programs have also been successful.

The boys and girls track teams have won many GMC and State Competitions.

In 2001, the Knights football team, went on to play at Rutgers University in the Central Jersey Group IV title game, losing to an undefeated J.P. Stevens High School team 14-7.[13]

In 2008, the girls softball team went to win the Red Division title for the second year in succession, the GMC Championship, and the Central Jersey Group IV sectional championship with a 2-1 win against Hunterdon Central Regional High School.[14]

In 2010, the boys soccer team had the most successful soccer year in school history when they went on to play in the Central Jersey Group IV title game, losing to Freehold Township High School 1-0.

The Challenge[edit]

The school has been featured on the News 12/Cablevision (now MSG Varsity) game show The Challenge (2009) in which schools compete in a single-elimination trivia competition in order to advance toward a $10,000 prize. In their first round, they defeated Clifton High School at 315-240. In Round 2, they beat Leonia High School with a score of 320-240 before suffering a crushing defeat by St. Joseph's High School in Round 3 by a score of 420-240.

Old Bridge High School was chosen to compete on The Challenge 2010-11 competition. Their first competition against Eastern Christian High School aired on MSG Varsity on February 3, 2011, with Old Bridge winning 290-240. Their second competition against Randolph High School aired on April 21, 2011, with Old Bridge again winning 395-290. Their next episode against Manalapan High School aired on May 19, 2011.

Marching Knights[edit]

The Old Bridge Marching Knights, also known as the OBHSMK, has been recognized as a competitive marching band for the past several years and has gained high ranks in more-than-one marching band circuits. In 2005, the OBHSMK gained a Silver-medal finalist position in the Tournament of Bands' Group III 2005 Atlantic Coast Championship with their show Wild Knights.[15] Their show Metamorphosis was ranked fourth place in the same competition in 2006 with a score of 95.00, making them a Gold-medal finalist.[16]

OBHSMK transferred from TOB to USSBA in 2007.

Eventually, they were ranked fourth in the 2009 season in their USSBA circuit, with The Dark Knight. In the 2010 season, the Marching Knights placed sixth in group IV with the theme Requiem for a Knightmare. Recently in the 2011 season with the show In Motion the Marching Knights ranked sixth in group III and tied for Best Music. The Marching Knights were six-tenths of a point away from first place.[17] In their 2012 season titled 'Into the Inferno,' the Marching Knights were undefeated in group III open. They placed first at Nationals in Metlife Stadium with a 96.375.

The Old Bridge Marching Knights have been chosen to participate at the D-Day Anniversary Parade in Normandy, France in June 2015. The band is one of five from the United States invited to participate in the Normandy ceremony. The trip includes a performance at the American Cemetery and the annual parade in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by the American troops.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Old Bridge High School and its predecessors include:


  1. ^ Zawistowski, Chris. "Top spots at 10 Old Bridge schools set to change this fall", Old Bridge Suburban, June 30, 2011. Accessed March 6, 2012. "David Cittadino, the principal of Jonas Salk Middle School, will become the new principal of Old Bridge High School."
  2. ^ a b c d School Data for Old Bridge High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Old Bridge High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 14, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Sargeant, Keith. "7:30 p.m. – A high school sports powerhouse e-merges slowly", Home News Tribune. Accessed July 28, 2007. "When Madison Central and Cedar Ridge merged in September 1994, most observers agreed that the Knights would rule the local sports scene."
  5. ^ Staff. "Hickey honored as state Principal of the Year", Old Bridge Suburban, June 18, 2009. Accessed May 30, 2011. "He said curriculum, test scores and overall student achievements have improved; out-of-school suspensions dropped more than 55% and student tardiness plummeted more than 62 percent over the last two years."
  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 August 29, 2012.
  8. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 15, 2011.
  9. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  10. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 7, 2012.
  11. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 16, 2014.
  12. ^ 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 16, 2014.
  13. ^ Reppleyea, Warren. "Old Bridge falls to Stevens 14-7 in CJ Group IV final", North Brunswick Sentinel, December 6, 2001. Accessed September 7, 2011. "Two minutes — that’s all that separated the Old Bridge High School football team from living the seemingly impossible dream. Nursing a 7-6 lead, the Knights had the ball in opposition territory and were seemingly on their way to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV championship at Rutgers Stadium, after starting the season with a 1-3 record."
  14. ^ Spivey, Mark. "GMCT SOFTBALL SEMIFINAL PREVIEW: Knights, Tigers focus on task at hand", Home News Tribune, May 31, 2008. Accessed September 7, 2011. "The bus ride home from his team's dramatic 2-1 NJSIAA Central Group IV championship win at Hunterdon Central Thursday told Old Bridge High School softball coach Mike Bilello all he needed to know about whether his players would be ready to wind down the celebration and switch gears to focus on today's Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament semifinal against South Plainfield."
  15. ^ RECAP TOB - 2005 ACC AT MOSSIC PA, Accessed October 21, 2012
  16. ^ RECAP TOB - 2006 ACC AT MOSSIC PA, Accessed October 21, 2012
  18. ^ http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/09/old_bridge_marching_knights_to_perform_in_normandy_d-day_parade.html
  19. ^ Tejada, Miguel Cruz. "Junot Díaz dice “en RD hay muchos quirinos”; escribirá obra inspirada en caso", El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic), August 11, 2008. Accessed August 25, 2008. "Hizo el bachillerato en el Cedar Ridge High School de Old Bridge, Nueva Jersey, en 1987, y se licenció en inglés en la Universidad Rutgers (1992), e hizo un Master of Fine Arts en la Universidad de Cornell."
  20. ^ Bove, Steve. "Peace, Ergs!", Asbury Park Press, October 23, 2008. Accessed February 15, 2011. "Drummer/vocalist Mikey Erg (Mike Yannich), bassist Joey Erg (Joe Keller) and guitarist Jeffrey Erg (Jeff Schroeck), have been a unit in various other bands since their days together at Old Bridge High School."
  21. ^ About Us, Budding Ivey Foundation. Accessed June 17, 2012. Phil attended elementary school in Roselle, junior high and high school in Edison, New Jersey, and completed his senior year at Old Bridge High School."
  22. ^ Celano, Claire Marie. "Young author offers tips to audience at workshop: Caren Lissner says love of writing should be first ingredient toward success", News Transcript, July 30, 2003. Accessed August 25, 2008. "Lissner, 31, grew up in Freehold Township and attended the Laura Donovan School and the Barkalow Middle School.... She later graduated from high school in Old Bridge."
  23. ^ Gacser, Ava. "Jersey girl making a name for herself as an actress", Asbury Park Press, April 26, 2009. Accessed February 15, 2011. "I had a great childhood and upbringing in New Jersey said the Old Bridge High School graduate who has called California home for the last eight years."
  24. ^ Rappleyea, Warren (May 16, 2002). "O.B. product makes dream come true at Seton Hall U. | sub.gmnews.com | Suburban". sub.gmnews.com. Retrieved November 23, 2013. 
  25. ^ Smith, Jessica. "TV news reporter recalls how her career took off: OBHS grad became first helicopter reporter to win national Emmy", Old Bridge Sentinel, July 3, 2008. Accessed November 7, 2008.
  26. ^ Benning, Erin. "`Graduation' blues - Vitamin C shares memories of senior year", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 8, 2000. Accessed September 7, 2011.
  27. ^ "Chris Thatcher-Interview ft. Footage of A Dark Knight rehearsal"

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