Shore Regional High School
|Shore Regional High School|
|Type and location|
|Address||Monmouth Park Highway 36
West Long Branch, NJ 07764
|Superintendent||Thomas G. Farrell|
|Business administrator||Dennis W. Kotch|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||782 (as of 2012-13)|
|Faculty||70.0 (on FTE basis)|
|District Factor Group||FG|
|Shore Regional High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Shore Regional High School District|
|Asst. Principal||Harry S. Chebookjian
|Color(s)||Royal Blue and White|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Team name||Blue Devils|
Shore Regional High School is a regional public high school and school district serving students from four communities in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States. The high school serves students from the constituent municipalities of Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Sea Bright and West Long Branch, where the school is located. Students from Interlaken attend public school in the West Long Branch Public Schools for K-8 and Shore Regional High School for grades 9-12, as part of sending/receiving relationships with the districts in which students attend on a tuition basis, having ended a longstanding relationship with the Asbury Park Public Schools.
Shore Regional High School has been an IB World School since April 2007, offering students the IB Diploma Programme. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1969.
As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 782 students and 70.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.17:1. There were 167 students (21.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 46 (5.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "FG", the fourth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 61st-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 134th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 111th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 94th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was also ranked 94th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 108th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 3 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.6%) and language arts literacy (95.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Shore Regional High School Blue Devils compete 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, and the league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 472 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.
Shore Regional holds multiple successful programs. The most successful men's program has been the football team. Consistently contenders in small Group (I/II) play, the football team won the NJSIAA state sectional championships in Central Jersey Group II in 1981-82 and 1988, and in Central Jersey Group I in 1997 and 2010. Undefeated seasons include 8-0-1 in 1964, 9-0 in both 1978 and 1984, and 11-0 in 1981.
With the emergence of women's lacrosse in the Shore Conference, Shore Regional now has two premier state-recognized women's programs. The women's field hockey team has enjoyed great success for decades, with Coach Nancy Williams having won 700 games in 37 years coaching, making her the winningest coach in the nation. The 2006 girls lacrosse team made Shore Regional and Shore Conference history by winning the Group B Championship against West Essex High School on June 6, 2006. This win enabled the team to advance to the state final against Moorestown High School, the furthest any team from Shore Regional team in the history of the lacrosse program has ever advanced this far. The girls lacrosse won the 2007 South, Group I state sectional championship, edging Holy Cross High School 10-9 in the tournament final. The team moved on to win the Group I State Championship with a 9-7 win vs. Mountain Lakes High School.
Shore Regional won its first state title in men's cross country title during the 2001 season. That team went on to repeat as Group I state champions in 2002. The women's cross country team won their first state title in 2001 season. That team went on to repeat as state champions in 2002 in Group I, and again in both 2003 and 2004 in Group II.
Shore Players, the Shore Regional theatre department, has focused mainly on musicals and has performed productions such as West Side Story, Fiddler on the Roof, Grease, Seussical, Evita, one of their largest productions yet, Beauty and the Beast (which won several Count Basie Awards, including Overall Musical, Outstanding Choreography, Set Design and Chorus), "Over Here!", and "Gypsy"( in which a few students won Count Basie and Papermill Awards). For the past 3 years, alumnus Todd Aikens has taken the director's chair, taking things back to the days when Shore Players performed numerous mainstage productions per year. In 2011-2012, for the first time in 30 years, Shore Players did more than just one mainstage musical, after producing a Comedy: "Grandma's Getting Married;" A Musical Comedy: "Annie Get Your Gun;" and a commemorative performance: "Celebrating 50 Years of Shore Players." Their 2013 performance of "Grease" will be performed for the second time in Shore Regional's history, since it debuted in 2000.
In the band program there are several subdivisions such as jazz band, concert band, marching band, etc.
The $12.1 million budget for the 2006-07 school year failed to pass after it was turned down by voters in Oceanport and Sea Bright. By a more than 5-2 margin, voters in all four districts rejected a $49.8 million bond referendum that would have been used for renovations to the school building. Officials from all four sending districts agreed to $300,000 in cuts from the district's $11.65 million budget for the 2004-05 school year after it was rejected by voters. Voters rejected the district's $11.1 million budget for 2003-04, which was ultimately cut by $161,000 by the New Jersey Commissioner of Education.
Due to a recent passing of the budget, the school is under construction to replace the heating, renovate rooms, and install new air conditioning to the rooms. Due to the construction the rear cafeteria parking lot is blocked off as it is currently being used to store supplies. Only those with deliveries or workers are allowed beyond the blockades.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Thomas G. Farrell, Superintendent
- Dennis W. Kotch, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- Vincent DalliCardillo, Principal
- Harry S. Chebookjian, Assistant Principal of Athletics, Communications and Technology
- Jim Simonelli, Assistant Principal of Attendance and Discipline
- Holly Black (born 1971, class of 1990), co-author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, which was made into a feature film in 2008.
- John Farrell (born 1962, class of 1980), current manager of the Boston Red Sox, previously manager of the Toronto Blue Jays.
- Brian O'Brien (class of 1983), a Broadway actor.
- Fred Schneider (born 1951, class of 1969), frontman and founding member of the rock band The B-52's.
- Jeff Wulkan (born 1983), entrepreneur, CEO of Bikini Barbers and reality TV star of Bikini Barbershop.
- School Data for Slocum Skewes School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
- Shore Regional High School 2014 School Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 22, 2015. "Shore Regional High School, located in West Long Branch, Monmouth County New Jersey, is a comprehensive secondary school that proudly serves the communities of Monmouth Beach, Oceanport, Sea Bright, and West Long Branch."
- to Residents 8-1-11.pdf Letter to Interlaken Residents, Interlaken Board of Education, August 1, 2011. Accessed October 16, 2011. "The Interlaken Board of Education is pleased to announce an additional tuition-based, per-pupil, sending-receiving school option for our children. In addition to the choice to send your children to the Asbury Park Public Schools (K-12), residents now have the choice to attend West Long Branch Public Schools (K-8) and Shore Regional High School (9-12) pursuant to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. This educational option will be effective September 1, 2011."
- Oglesby, Amanda. "Interlaken breaks ties with Asbury Park schools", Asbury Park Press, July 31, 2014. Accessed October 27, 2014. "Borough students have attended West Long Branch schools and Shore Regional High School for a number of years, but finally received formal approval of the three districts’ agreement two weeks ago. Despite attending both schools for years, Interlaken students were still in a send-receive relationship with Asbury Park School District, an agreement that has existed for decades, according to Jennifer Osborne, an attorney who represents Interlaken’s Board of Education."
- Board of Education, Shore Regional High School. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Shore Regional High School, International Baccalaureate Organization. Accessed August 14, 2008.
- Shore Regional High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed October 16, 2011.
- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- 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 March 26, 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 March 4, 2012.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 27, 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 October 27, 2014.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 29, 2011.
- Kelly, Chris. "Nancy Williams reaches another milestone", The Hub, October 31, 2003. Accessed December 31, 2007. "In fact, she’s the all-time winningest high school field hockey coach in the nation, coming into this week with a remarkable 605-50-49 career record and a .924 winning percentage."
- Morreale, Mike G. "Shore coach Nancy Williams: A difference-maker on and off the field", The Star-Ledger, November 1, 2007. Accessed December 31, 2007. "A victory will enable Williams to become the first high school field hockey coach in the nation to win 700 games."
- 2007 Girls Lacrosse - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 1, 2007.
- 2007 Girls Lacrosse - Group Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2007.
- Cross Country State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 16, 2011.
- 2007 Field Hockey - North II, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 12, 2007.
- Shore Player's website
- Morgan, Sue. "Shore Regional's $13.2M budget fails", Atlanticville, April 27, 2006. Accessed June 12, 2012. "The spending plan carrying a total tax levy of $12,151,366 was rejected by voters in four sending towns last week by a tally of 975 to 882, a difference of 93 votes, according to non-certified figures posted on the district Web site. The failure of the budget resulted from voter rejection in Sea Bright and Oceanport - two of the four communities that send high school students to the grade nine-through 12 school in West Long Branch."
- Morgan, Sue. "Shore Reg'l mulls options after referendum defeat: Voters in four sending towns overwhelmingly rejected building plan", The hub, October 5, 2006. Accessed June 12, 2012. "The Shore Regional High School District is wrestling with ways to fund renovations officials believe are needed to bring the 44-year-old school up-to-date. Now that voters in four sending communities delivered a knock-out punch to overwhelmingly defeat the district's $49.8 bond construction referendum, school officials are waiting for the results of exit polls taken at polling places during the Sept. 26 special election."
- Miller, Vince. "School budget is reworked Borough Council passes resolution on cut amount", Asbury Park Press, May 27, 2004. Accessed June 12, 2012. "Gatta thanked Kahle and Chaump for their time on the discussions and Councilmen Robert Holden and Michael Mahon for their time in discussing cuts to the $11.65 million Shore Regional High School budget. The four sending districts to Shore Regional reached agreement May 17 to cut $300,000 from the Shore Regional budget in what Gatta said was the first time in history that all four municipalities agreed on the amount of cuts."
- Conohan, Sherry. "Sea Bright’s Harquail not running for 2nd full term", Atlanticville, September 26, 2003. Accessed June 12, 2012. "Turning to the inequity he sees in the tax for Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch, Mencinsky said he favored pursuing a further appeal of Shore Regional’s budget for the current school year. After borough voters rejected the tax for Shore Regional’s $11.1 million budget, the borough asked that $1.3 million be cut from it."
- New Jersey School Directory for Monmouth County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Superintendent, Shore Regional School District. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Business Administrator / Board Secretary, Shore Regional School District. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Principal, Shore Regional School District. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Assistant Principal, Shore Regional School District. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Assistant Principal, Shore Regional School District. Accessed October 27, 2014.
- Walter, Kenny. "Shore Regional H.S. marks 50 years", The Hub, February 9, 2012. Accessed April 12, 2012. "Some of the notable alumni that Shore Regional boasts include Toronto Blue Jays manager and former major league pitcher John Farrell and Holly Black, author of the “Spiderwick Chronicles.”"
- John Farrell, Baseball-Reference.com. Accessed October 16, 2011.
- Miller, Vince. "A PLAYER ON BROADWAY Shore Players alumnus appears on Great White Way in `Beauty'", Asbury Park Press, June 23, 2005. Accessed February 1, 2011. "Following graduation from Shore Regional, O'Brien attended Seton Hall University, South Orange, and began studies toward a degree in business administration."
- Acampora, Rob. "B-52′s Return To Fred Schneider’s Jersey Shore Roots in July", WSJO, April 10, 2012. Accessed April 12, 2012. "As Shore Regional High School celebrates its 50th Anniversary of existence in West Long Branch, one of its former students will trek down to Atlantic City with his legendary “New Wave” band that many consider “The World’s Greatest Party Band”. Welcome Home Fred Schneider and The B-52′s!"
- Spahr, Rob. "Sex sells at this Jersey Shore barbershop", NJ.com, September 13, 2012. Accessed May 10, 2013.
- Official bio, Jeff Wulkan. Accessed May 10, 2013. "Jeff, full name Jeffrey Michael Wulkan, was born June 11, 1983, in Red Bank, New Jersey. He grew up on the Jersey Shore in a town called Oceanport, and attended Shore Regional High School, before going on to achieve a Bachelors Degree in Aerospace Science at Utah Valley University."
- Shore Regional High School
- Shore Regional High School's 2012–13 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- data for Shore Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics