Point Pleasant Beach High School

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Point Pleasant Beach High School
700 Trenton Avenue
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742
Type Public high school
School district Point Pleasant Beach School District
Principal Terri M. King
Faculty 30.3 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 385[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 12.71:1[1]
Color(s) Red & White
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Team name Garnet Gulls

Point Pleasant Beach High School is a four-year, comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Point Pleasant Beach in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Point Pleasant Beach School District. The school is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools.[2]

In addition to the students of Point Pleasant Beach, the high school serves the students of Bay Head and Lavallette for grades 9-12 and those from Mantoloking for K-12, as part of sending/receiving relationships, as well as some students who attend on a tuition basis.[3]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 385 students and 30.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.71:1. There were no students eligible for free lunch or for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

The school was the 83rd-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 78th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 58th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[5] The magazine ranked the school 59th in 2008 out of 316 schools, and was the top-ranked school in Ocean County in 2010 (Point Pleasant Boro High School was next with a ranking of 133rd).[6] The school was ranked 68th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. In 2009, the school was ranked 59th in the state.[7] Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 70th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 104 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (89.7%) and language arts literacy (96.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[8]


The Point Pleasant Beach High School Garnet Gulls compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[9] 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).[10] With 273 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 49 to 476 students in that grade range.[11] The mascot is the Garnet Gull, and the school colors are red and white.

The 2008 girls tennis team won the Central, Group I state sectional title with a 3-2 win over Highland Park High School.[12] The team lost to Leonia High School 3½-1½ in the semifinals of the 2008 Group I state tournament.[13]

The 2010-11 seasons proved to be one of the most successful athletic years in the school's history. Girl's soccer, girls tennis, cross country, ice hockey, boys and girls swimming, baseball, and softball all won divisional titles with many of the teams going deep into the Shore Conference Tournament. Several of the teams qualified for the state playoffs, with girls tennis winning the overall title.

The 2010 Girls tennis team won the Group I state sectional title and went on to win the Group I state title with a 4-1 win against Haddon Township High School.[14][15] The girls tennis team won the state title again in 2011.[citation needed]

In 2010, the girls soccer team won their conference title, division title, and the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championship with a 1-0 win against Metuchen High School, the first sectional title in the history of the program.[16]

The 2011-12 boys soccer team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I sectional title, the program's first, with a 1-0 over Burlington City High School and finishing the season with a record of 13-8-1.[17][18]

The 2012-13 boys basketball team won both a divisional title and the Central Jersey Group I sectional title, the first in program history, with a 69-40 win over Bound Brook High School.[19]

In 2013, the football team defeated division rival Shore Regional High School by a score of 12-7 to win the Central Jersey Group I state sectional title, the program's first in its history, finishing the season with a record of 11-2 and avenging a 31-0 loss to Shore Regional just a week earlier in a Shore Conference divisional title game.[20]

The school has a rivalry with nearby St. Rose High School.[citation needed]

Beach has a co-op agreement with Manasquan High School, under which bowlers (boys and girls) ice hockey players and swimmers (boys and girls) compete under the Manasquan name.[21]

The 2014 wrestling team set a school record for wins and finished 27-5. They also won their fourth straight divisional title and were Central Jersey Group 1 finalists. The divisional title was their 18th in the past 25 years.[22]


The building in the block between Trenton and Forman Avenues was originally built in 1908 replacing a building nearby built in 1886 when Point Pleasant Beach was still part of Brick Township. It has been renovated and expanded several times since. It was the only high school serving both Point Pleasant Beach and Point Pleasant Borough students until the Point Pleasant Boro High School was built in 1963.[23]

In March 2009, the school debuted the musical The Wedding Singer as the first amateur performance of the show in the state of New Jersey.[citation needed]


Core members of the school's administration are:

  • Terri M. King, Principal[24]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Point Pleasant Beach High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Point Pleasant Beach High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 24, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Point Pleasant Beach High School 2013 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 23, 2014. "The Point Pleasant Beach School District is one of the oldest and finest at the Shore. Our school is rich in history and tradition. In addition to serving the students of Point Pleasant Beach and Mantoloking the district serves the high school age students of Bay Head and Lavallette."
  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 August 22, 2012.
  6. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed January 31, 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, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 27, 2012.
  9. ^ School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  10. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  11. ^ 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 November 23, 2014.
  12. ^ 2008 Girls Team Tennis - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  13. ^ 2008 Girls Team Tennis - Public Group Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  14. ^ Parker, Chris. "ED HANLEY, Point Pleasant Beach, Girls Tennis", Asbury Park Press, December 11, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Hanley coached his team to the Class B Central division title and a trip to the NJSIAA semifinal match against top-seeded Glen Ridge.... Carrying the momentum from their dramatic semifinal victory, Point Beach defeated Haddon Township, 4-1, giving their coach his first NJSIAA Group I sectional title."
  15. ^ History of NJSIAA Girls Team Tennis Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 22, 2012.
  16. ^ Staff. "Point Pleasant Beach 1, Metuchen 0", The Star-Ledger, November 12, 2010. accessed August 22, 2012. "Erin Springsteen produced a goal just shy of halftime and keeper Cora Wallace made the score stand up as Point Pleasant Beach stamped a breakthrough season with a 1-0 triumph over Metuchen yesterday in the NJSIAA/The Sports Authority Stores Central Jersey, Group 1 final in Metuchen. The victory marked the first sectional title for Point Pleasant Beach (13-3-3) and earned it a date with South Jersey champion Pennsville on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at Toms River South."
  17. ^ Lewis, John A. "BOYS SOCCER C.J. GROUP 1 Final: POINT PLEASANT BEACH 1, BURLINGTON CITY 0 BOYS SOCCER: Blue Devils reflect on progress made and more to come", Burlington County Times, November 13, 2011. Accessed December 21, 2011. "He could go short term, and reflect on opportunities missed in a game they could have won — Friday’s 1-0 loss to Point Pleasant Beach in the Central Jersey Group 1 championship game; or he could go long term, and reflect on City’s best season in five years, and the steps the Blue Devils took toward regaining their status as a force in the local soccer picture."
  18. ^ Staff. "Point Pleasant Beach (1) at Burlington City (0), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, Central Jersey, Group 1 - Boys Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 11, 2011. Accessed December 21, 2011.
  19. ^ Christopher, Chris. "Garnet Gulls win first sectional title", Asbury Park Press, March 5, 2013. Accessed December 21, 2013. "The Point Pleasant Beach High School boys basketball team made history Tuesday night.The top-seeded Garnet Gulls beat Bound Brook, 69-40, to win their first sectional title in school history, the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group I championship."
  20. ^ Lanni, Patrick. "Football playoffs: Point Pleasant Beach gets revenge on Shore, wins first state title in program history", The Star-Ledger, December 7, 2013. Accessed December 21, 2013. "His optimism came to fruition yesterday when Point Pleasant Beach defeated Shore, 12-7, in the Central Jersey, Group 1 final at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. The triumph gave the Ocean County school its first state title in school history."
  21. ^ 2013-2015 Co-operative Sports Programs, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 21, 2013.
  22. ^ Badders, Bob. "Wrestling – Proud Tradition: Point Beach 39, Shore 15Read More: Wrestling – Proud Tradition: Point Beach 39, Shore 15 | http://shoresportsnetwork.com/wrestling-proud-tradition-point-beach-39-shore-15/?trackback=tsmclip", Shore Sports Network, January 15, 2014. Accessed March 29, 2015. "The Garnet Gulls have always hung their hats on competing for and winning what is now the Class B Central title, and in the last 25 years, they have dominated.In the defacto Shore Conference Class B Central title match on Friday night, Point Beach won 10 of 14 bouts against host Shore Regional for a 39-15 win that officially clinched at least a share of its 18th division title and fourth consecutive championship."
  23. ^ Chickaree in the Wall: a History of one-room schools in Ocean County, NJ. Carolyn M. Campbell. Ocean County Historical Society, 1987. p. 134.
  24. ^ Principal's welcome, Point Pleasant Beach High School. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  25. ^ Kamin, Arthur Z. "New Jersey Q & A: John R. Ford; Analyzing the Simpson Case for TV", The New York Times, August 7, 1994. Accessed February 27, 2012. "Jack Ford was an all-county football quarterback at Point Pleasant Beach High School, won a scholarship to Yale University and then helped to finance his tuition at the Fordham University School of Law with the winnings from appearances on the television quiz show Jeopardy." .
  26. ^ Adelizzi, Joe. "Vietnam Wall bound for Berkeley", Asbury Park Press, April 26, 2001. Accessed August 2, 2011. "The opening ceremonies at 10 am May 24 will be highlighted by a visit from retired US Marine Corps Commandant Alfred Gray, a Point Pleasant Beach High School alumnus who was a star athlete before joining the Marines."
  27. ^ Assemblyman James W. Holzapfel, New Jersey Senate Republicans. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Assemblyman James W. Holzapfel was born and raised in Point Pleasant Beach, where he graduated from high school in 1962."
  28. ^ Spoto, MaryAnn. "Leonard Lomell, World War II hero from Toms River, dies at 91", The Star-Ledger, March 2, 2011. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Born in Brooklyn, he moved with his parents to Point Pleasant Borough on the Jersey Shore, where he graduated from Point Pleasant Beach High School."

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