Summit High School (New Jersey)
|Summit High School|
|125 Kent Place Boulevard
Summit, NJ 07901
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Summit Public Schools|
|Asst. Principal||Anthony Akey
|Faculty||90.8 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||1,096 (as of 2011-12)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.07:1|
|Color(s)||Maroon and gold|
|Athletics conference||Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference|
Summit High School is a four-year public high school in Summit, in Union County, New Jersey, United States, and is operated by the Summit Board of Education as a part of the Summit Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1934.
The school was opened in 1888 due to an increased need for a publicly operated secondary school within the City of Summit. The school's athletic teams are referred to as the Hilltoppers, though the school's actual mascot is a mountain goat wearing a Summit High School athletic jersey. The school's colors are maroon and gold, although for most of its history they were maroon and white.
As of the 2011-12 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,096 students and 90.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.07:1. There were 114 students (10.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 48 (4.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was originally located in a building constructed in the 1920s on Morris Avenue between Maple and Elm Streets near downtown Summit. It shared this building with the junior high school until 1936, when Edison Junior High School opened in east Summit. However, a number of parents outside of east Summit—then called "Deantown"—objected to their children traveling to this section of the city. By 1943, the new junior high school had closed and the high school again shared the Morris Avenue building with the junior high school. (The building still houses the junior high school, now known as Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.)
In 1962, the high school relocated to a larger, more modern facility located at 125 Kent Place Boulevard, slightly outside of downtown Summit and within the Washington Elementary School district. In the late 1990s, a push was made to renovate the outdated high school. From 2000 until 2003, the high school building underwent a series of renovations, including the construction of a new media center, cafeteria, gymnasium, and science laboratories. Special attention was also paid to upgrading the building's existing facilities and to increasing the information technology capacities of classrooms.
- The Metro Homes Sports Complex, better known as Tatlock Field, one of the biggest fields in the county, located on Butler Parkway (a short distance from the high school), is used as Summit High School's main venue for football, men's lacrosse, and track and field. In the early 2000s the field was converted to FieldTurf due to frequent problems with poor field conditions. A grant was made by the Metro Homes Corporation, and the football stadium has been renamed Metro Homes Field. Tatlock also includes a field house with locker room facilities and practice fields adjacent to Washington Elementary School. Junior varsity and middle school tennis practices at the four tennis courts adjacent to the track complex.
- Memorial Field is located a short drive from the high school on Larned Road near the Brayton School this large public field (currently operated by the Board of Recreation) is used for soccer, cross country, baseball and softball. This field complex is also used extensively by Summit's youth sports programs. Varsity and junior varsity tennis matches are played at the new eight-court complex next to the Brayton School. It is also the only field that has been sold out in the town's history, when the varsity played on it, before the HS Upper Field was being rebuilt. Around 67 people came to watch that game. Since then, Summit has brought in big crowds.
- Warinaco Rink, located in Warinaco Park in Elizabeth is shared by Summit High School, Westfield High School, Arthur L. Johnson High School in Clark, and Cranford High School as a home hockey venue. The Summit High School hockey team also uses several other local rinks for practice and has hosted home games at the newer, smaller Union Sports Arena, also located in Union Township.
- Summit High School Gymnasium, the high school's main gymnasium, is used to host men's and women's basketball as well as volleyball. The high school's second (newer) gymnasium used primarily as a practice facility.
- Summit High School Lower Field, located directly behind the high school, is used for field hockey, women's lacrosse, and physical education classes.
- Buntin and Hurst Pools, located at the Summit YMCA in downtown Summit, these facilities are utilized by the men's and women's swimming teams.
- Summit High School Upper Field, located directly behind the high school, is used for boys' JV and varsity soccer, and lacrosse. It was being rebuilt into a FieldTurf.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 38th-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 15th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 25th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 22nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 20th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 85th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 37 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.3%) and language arts literacy (96.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 17th in New Jersey and 687th nationwide. The school was ranked 419th in Newsweek's 2009 ranking of the top 1,500 high schools in the United States and was the ninth-ranked school in New Jersey, with 2.289 AP tests taken in 2008 per graduating senior and 47% of all graduating seniors passing at least one AP exam; The school was ranked 441st nationwide in 2008.
In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 461st in the nation among participating public high schools and 38th among schools in New Jersey. The school was ranked 251st in the nation and 22nd in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.
The drama club has been extremely successful. In 2006 the Spring Musical "Les Misérables (musical)" sold out virtually every night and was so successful that the company put on an extra performance. This was the first year Summit High School participated in the Rising Star program and it was nominated for twelve Rising Star awards. In 2007, the spring musical was Titanic, which sold out almost every performance. Anne Poyner, the director, entered the production into the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards, a statewide competition of excellence in New Jersey high school musicals. Summit High School received 12 final nominations. In June, Titanic ended up winning a record seven Rising Star Awards, including Outstanding Overall Production of a Musical, making Summit High School the top theatre school program in the state of New Jersey. In 2008, their production of Fiddler on the Roof was nominated for 11 awards, including, for the third year in a row, Best Overall Production of a Musical. In 2009, their production of Music Man was nominated for 17 awards. The school's 2013 production of Beauty and the Beast was recognized with six Rising Star awards, the most of any school in the state, including recognition for Outstanding Overall Production and Outstanding Direction. The cast took home the award for Best Musical. 
The Forensics Team reached the National Forensic League's National Speech and Debate Tournament in recent years. In January 2011, the team, coached by John Kratch and Anne Poyner, won the First Place Sweepstakes Trophy at the Freehold High School Speech Tournament. It competes in individual and team debates. It placed 33rd out of 240 public forum debate teams at an invitation-only national competition held at Harvard University in 2011. In 2013, the team competed in a national tournament held in Birmingham, Alabama, and won an Award of Excellence in Speech which was given to the top 20 schools with the highest point totals, out of several hundred that competed. In 2014, the Summit team competed in seven New Jersey tournaments and three national tournaments, bringing home four first place and three second place sweepstakes trophies as well as more than 100 individual awards. Summit High School debaters advanced to quarter finals in public forum at the Harvard Invitational Tournament, as well as to the final rounds of three of the six offered "speech" events. As of March 2014, the Summit High School Forensics team was ranked 3rd statewide and 12th nationally for the 2013-2014 year in terms of "Team Sweepstakes", or cumulative winnings per season.
The Summit High School Hilltoppers now compete in the Union County Interscholastic Athletic Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had participated in the Iron Hills Conference. With 844 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North II, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 758 to 1,061 students in that grade range.
Despite the fact that Summit High School faces many of the challenges that small, suburban public high schools are plagued by — most notably, competition with private schools and a comparatively small student-athlete base — Summit High School's athletic teams have a long and proud tradition.
The football team won the NJSIAA North II Group III state sectional championships in 1976 and 1980, and has won the North II Group II titles in 1988, 1993–94 and 2009. The 2009 football team finished the season with a12-0 record, winning the 2009 North II Group II title with a 28–19 win over Orange High School in a game played at Giants Stadium. The Football Team has continued its winning tradition the past two years, winning the North 2 Group 3 State Championship in 2012 and 2013. During those two years the team has won 24 straight games.
The Summit High School cross-country team has been successful since 2004. The women's team has won several sectional championships, and has made it to the Meet of Champions.
The men's lacrosse team won state championships in 1981 against Montclair High School and in 1983 versus Columbia High School. The men's lacrosse team made it to the state championship in 2001, falling 8–3 to Moorestown High School in the championship game, after a 4–2 semi-final win over Delbarton School. The team won Group I titles against Mountain Lakes High School in both 2005 and 2010, and defeated Moorestown High School in Group II in 2009. After losing in the Tournament of Champions to Delbarton School in 2005, the 2009 team defeated Delbarton by a score of 8–4 and in 2010 the team won the ToC against St. Joseph High School.
The 2002 men's lacrosse team was ranked #1 in the state before falling to #2 Ridgewood High School in the state semi-finals. They finished the year ranked #4.
In 2000, the men's hockey team surprised the #1-seeded team from Brick Township High School and eventually lost in the public school final game to second-seeded Bayonne High School by a score of 6–3.
The men's tennis team has won, or shared, the conference or county title many years in a row. This includes a Group II state championship in 2003 earned with a 4–1 win over Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.
The 1998 women's tennis team won the Group II state championship (with a 3-2 win over Moorestown) and finished in the top 5 in the state. In 2007, the women's tennis team won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 3-2 win over Mountain Lakes High School in the tournament final.
The men's swim team was 13–2 in the 2007–08 swim season, losing only to Seton Hall Preparatory School in the regular season and Mountain Lakes High School in the sectional finals of the state tournament.By the 2012-13 season the team took home the state championship. The team was recognized by Michael Philips by their accomplishments.
The men's cross country team qualified for Meet Of Champions for the first time in school history, placing 14th out of 20 teams. They also won the Union County Title for the first time in school history.
The men's varsity soccer team was 16–6–1 in the 2008-09 soccer season. They reached the Union County Final for the first time in 27 years, losing to Elizabeth High School. They also reached the Semifinals of their state sectional group.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Paul Sears, Principal
- Stacy Grimaldi, Assistant Principal
- Michael Lapotasky, Assistant Principal
The general pattern for students is to study physics in ninth grade, biology in tenth grade, and chemistry in eleventh grade; these subjects can be studied at different levels, from modified to regular and to advanced/honors. Science department supervisor Tom O'Dowd explained that "teaching physics in ninth grade has been identified as the best option because physics is the fundamental science ... It is potentially the most concrete and the best suited for inquiry-based learning." A movement towards teaching physics has been going on for years, explained one school spokesperson, who explained that physics is "more basic than biology" and "makes for a more rigorous and thoughtful curriculum."
Generally honors and AP programs require test scores or honors applications (see chart) for a student to be accepted, and students in these programs are expected to maintain a B- average or better to continue in the next year's accelerated science courses. It's possible for students to apply for a more accelerated course each year by getting a favorable teacher recommendation or applying to an honors course. (One note not shown on chart: students taking modified biology in grade ten have a choice to study environmental science in their eleventh grade year.) Students in their sophomore, junior, or senior years of high school also have the option of participating in a shared-time program offered through the Union County Vocational Technical Schools (UCVTS). Student enrolled in the shared-time program can receive science credits for their coursework at UCVTS, and should discuss this option for science credit with their guidance counselors.
Single semester electives are available to juniors and seniors in the following subjects: Forensic science; Marine Biology/Oceanography; and Astronomy. Full-year courses for seniors include: Environmental science, Honors physics, and AP study. AP courses offered include: AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics C, and AP Physics B. Generally, honors and AP courses have prerequisites of past study in honors or AP courses (and maintaining grades of B- or better in those courses); and students can be admitted via a teacher recommendation.
Guidance and counseling
The Department of Guidance and Counseling had nine staff members in 2011. It helps students plan courses and electives and arrange schedules. It assists parents and students in the college application process including hosting an informational Junior Family Night in October and visits by college representatives as well as a College Night in November. College representatives typically visit during the fall and meet with students who are interested in attending their college. Counselors meet with students and families in small groups and have an individual family conference in spring of junior year. Counselors advise about test taking strategies such as whether to take the SAT or ACT. The school subscribes to a web-based college information program called Naviance which helps students choose colleges as well as provides data about how past Summit seniors fared with particular colleges. In 2013, only two seniors out of a class of 275 were accepted at Ivy League colleges (one of whom being a recruited athlete), and many more waitlisted at competitive colleges, prompting concern from parents and administrators that guidance counselors were not getting results.
Emphasis is on written and oral communication. The curriculum seeks to develop students' reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing (media literacy), and critical thinking. There is a Writing Center for assistance which is staffed during school hours by English teachers.
Ninth graders have a choice of a Global Studies course which will meet for two periods each day; it teaches literacy skills with literature in a historical context and combines freshman English and world history. English 1 is also offered, as a one-period course, and it will teach literacy skills including reading and writing and focuses on putting text in a thematic or literary context. The choice of which course to take should be based on a student's learning style; the Global Studies course will have more interaction and cooperative-based learning. Both English and Global Studies will require a research project to be completed. School authorities decided to eliminate ninth grade English honors in 2009 to permit a "fairer, more efficient process for assessing the willingness and readiness of students to enter the honors program in tenth grade," according to one account. Students can apply for English 2 Honors taught in tenth grade.
Journalism is taught as an elective one-semester course and includes entry-level exposure to the SHS student newspaper. Honors and AP courses are open by application to students in grades 11 and 12. And a course in public speaking will be replaced by a course entitled "21st century media and communications." Among the retirees include English teacher novelist Robert Kaplow whose bestselling novel Me and Orson Welles was made into a film.
Summit high school offers a variety of programs in history, including World History. Instructors such as Andrea LaQuerre emphasize the importance of understanding how people in past times thought about their situation, and she encourages students to see the multiplicity of factors underlying historical events as well as how individuals changed history. History in 9th grade starts with World History and then can continue to U.S. History and U.S. History Honors.
Different courses of language instruction are offered, including Mandarin Chinese, which is "getting more and more popular", according to one account.
The Summit High School math department offers a variety of instructional paths allowing students who work hard to accelerate or decelerate their program as their needs change.
The department offers a two-year algebra program as a way to "firmly develop the concepts" of the course; the aim is "establishing a stronger foundation of Algebra 1 concepts (to) increase the potential of the student to reach Honors level courses," according to a letter to parents. School board officials suggested that a two-year algebra sequence will lead to "increased participation and greater success," and was phased in from 2010 through 2012. It is expected that greater numbers of students will complete the sequence in pre-calculus. Instructor David Pease, during back–to–school night, asked parents to solve mathematics questions (click on reference) to impart to parents a sense of what their sophomores experience as students. The school lends graphing calculators to students for their use throughout some courses such as trigonometry, and expects the calculators to be returned in functional condition at the end of the school year. Each teacher has specific grading metrics based on such measures as attendance, quizzes and tests, homework, special assignments, classroom participation, projects, and so forth. Summit mathematics instructor Michael Thayer was a college champion on the TV game show Jeopardy! representing Rutgers University in 1990, and was recognized by a Cornell student as having had a strong academic influence in his life.
Students who progress quickly have an opportunity to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses such as AP Calculus AB or BC and, as a result, possibly qualify for college credit. The highest level course is multivariable calculus. In addition, electives are offered in personal finance, AP statistics, and AP computer programming.
- Mark Berson (born 1953), men's soccer coach at the University of South Carolina.
- Kathy Heddy (born 1958), Olympic swimmer who competed in 1972 Olympics in Montreal. Finished 5th in 400 meter freestyle.
- Lawton C. Johnson (1937–2009), administrator who worked for over 52 years in the district. The middle school was named in his honor in 2004.
- Ahrre Maros (born 1960), coffee entrepreneur and music promoter.
- Dennis Ritchie (1941–2011), creator of the C programming language and co-inventor of the UNIX operating system.
- Willie Wilson (born 1955), former Major League Baseball player for the Kansas City Royals, Oakland Athletics, and Chicago Cubs.
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- Ciaravalli, Lauren. "Summit High School's Production of The Music Man Honored at Paper Mill Playhouse's Annual Rising Star Awards", TheAlternativePress.com, June 22, 2009. Accessed July 27, 2011. "While others were on ice cream sprees, the cast of Summit High School's The Music Man was in the auditorium for hours at a time resurrecting a fast-pace dance number to be performed at the Paper Mill Playhouse Rising Star Awards Ceremony. With 17 nominations, Summit High School was the most nominated school in attendance."
- Staff. "Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn announces 2013 Rising Star Award winners", Independent Press, June 9, 2013. Accessed June 9, 2013. "Summit High School took home six Rising Star Awards, more awards than any other school in the state.... Outstanding Overall Production: Summit High School, DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST— Outstanding Direction: Anne Poyner, Summit High School, DISNEY’S BEAUTY & THE BEAST"
- "Forensics Team wins sweepstakes trophies". Summit High School. 2011-05-18. Retrieved 2011-05-18. "The Summit High School Forensics Team won the First Place Sweepstakes Trophy at the Freehold High School Speech Tournament held on Saturday, January 16. The team is coached by SHS theater arts teacher Anne Poyner and social studies teacher John Kratch."
- "Summit High School Forensic Team Competes at Harvard". The Alternative Press. March 9, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-18. "Harvard National Forensic Tournament, held the weekend of February 19–20, where they placed 33 out of 240 Public Forum Debate teams. ... Anne Poyner, co-advisor to SHS’s Forensic Team along with teacher John Kratch."
- Independent Press, June 24, 2013, Summit High School Forensics Team wins honor at tournament, Accessed Feb. 2, 2014, "...The Summit High School Forensics team won an Award of Excellence in Speech at the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament held in Birmingham ... given to the 20 schools that score the highest points at the tournament..."
- Staff. Summit High School Forensics Team Wins Awards, Independent Press, February 23, 2014. Accessed March 7, 2014, "The Summit team has competed in seven New Jersey tournaments and three national tournaments this season, bringing home four first place and 3 second place sweepstakes trophies and over 100 individual awards, ranking the team among the top three speech and debate teams in the state. Drew Schwendiman won second place in Original Oratory in a field of over 400 orators. Greg Archer and Allison Scott placed third in Duo Interpretation out of 176 teams."
- Debate Rankings 2013-2014, Sweepstakes Rankings, Accessed Mar. 7, 2014, "12...160...Summit High School"
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- Polakowski, Art. "Rea, Jaskolski lead Summit to a perfect football finish", Independent Press, December 8, 2009. Accessed December 24, 2011. "Earning the program’s first state championship since 1994, first undefeated season since 1993, and (courtesy of the expanded playoff schedule) first 12–0 record ever, the Summit High School football team completed its perfect campaign with a 28–19 victory against Orange in a Group II title-round match-up last Thursday evening at Giants Stadium."
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- Summit Public Schools (2009-12-23). "Changes Approved for Summit High School Course of Study". The Alternative Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. "Currently, students in ninth grade take physical science. Beginning next school year, freshmen will take physics instead. "Teaching physics in ninth grade has been identified as the best option because physics is the fundamental science," said Mr. O’Dowd, department supervisor. "It is potentially the most concrete and the best suited for inquiry-based learning." ... The physics first model is currently being offered in North Hunterdon, Montgomery Township, and North Bergen in New Jersey, and throughout Missouri."
- Liz Keill (December 18, 2009). "Summit schools face major curriculum changes". Independent Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. "On the science front, the high school will require physics in ninth grade rather than biology. Lyness said that currently less than half the students take physics at all. There will be no budget impact. “This is a movement that’s been going on for years,” Parker said. “It’s more basic than biology and there’s a real logic in doing this. It makes for a more rigorous and thoughtful curriculum.” Parker noted that at the White House Science Fair, the U.S. “was way behind in science and engineering.”"
- "FAQ: All the Answers, New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools - 21 Counties: A World of Opportunities." New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools - 21 Counties: A World of Opportunities. NJCCVTS, 2009. Web. 10 May 2011. <http://www.njccvts.org/faq.aspx>.
- SHS Guidance and Counseling Dept (2011-10-12). "News and Updates". Summit High School. Retrieved 2011-10-12. "... On October 12 at 7 p.m., we are offering a program for Junior parents on the college planning process...."
- "College Advising Manual". Summit High School. 2011-10-12. "During the fall, Summit High School plays host to nearly one hundred college reps who meet with individual counselors to update them on new programs ... Then the reps meet with students who have expressed an interest in their particular college..."
- Kimberly A. Bolognini, April 14, 2013, The Alternative Press, School Officials Discuss Concerns, Plans During Speak Up Summit Meeting, Accessed May 12, 2013
- Summit Public Schools (2009-12-23). "Changes Approved for Summit High School Course of Study". The Alternative Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. "Beginning in 2010-2011, the honors option will be eliminated, thereby giving students the choice of English 1 or Global Studies; both courses address content area standards in writing, reading, and speaking. "The choice of either Global Studies or English 1 will encourage students to choose their classes based on interest and learning style, while supporting district efforts to increase global education," said Mr. Walsh. "English is a course where students have many opportunities to learn through collaboration and discussion of ideas and perspectives." "This change will also result in a fairer, more efficient process for assessing the willingness and readiness of students to enter the honors program in tenth grade," Mr. Walsh said."
- Liz Keill (December 18, 2009). "Summit schools face major curriculum changes". Independent Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. "In Language Arts, Honors English will be eliminated in ninth grade, and Global Studies will be offered to freshmen. Public Speaking will be replaced with 21st century media and communications courses."
- D. Z. Stone (November 15, 2009). "A Teacher’s Dream Gets to the Screen". The New York Times. Retrieved May 22, 2010.
- Liz Keill (December 18, 2009). "Summit schools face major curriculum changes". Independent Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. "Mandarin III will be offered at the high school. “Mandarin is getting more and more popular,” Parker said."
- Liz Keill (December 18, 2009). "Summit schools face major curriculum changes". Independent Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. "There will also be substantial changes in math, with a two-year algebra sequence. ... plan will be phased in over three years."
- Summit Public Schools (2009-12-23). "Changes Approved for Summit High School Course of Study". The Alternative Press. Retrieved 2010-01-20. ""By creating a program that develops a solid foundation in Algebra 1, students will more confidently and successfully complete higher-level mathematics courses at the high school," said Ms. Terwelp,..."
- Question posed to parents by Mr. Pease (2010-10-07). "Mathematics problem". Summit High School. "Here's David Pease's problem: if x, y and z are positive; if xy=24, xz=48, and yz=72, what's x + y + z? Correct answer: 22. One parent didn't know; another got it right."
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- Thomas Meagher (September 16, 2009). "Summit mourns death of Lawton C. Johnson, namesake of town's middle school". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved 2012-02-22. "Johnson volunteered in the office at Summit Middle School office when it also housed the high school he was attending."
- Michael P. Kelly (September 15, 2009). "Summit schools, community mourn the passing of Lawton C. Johnson". Independent Press. Retrieved 2012-02-22 quote = Mr. Johnson had worked in the Middle School office for half a century -- he started right after graduation from Summit High School and continued until his retirement in August 2007..
- Ahrre's Coffee Roastery, MondoSummit.com. Accessed May 9, 2013. "Ahrre Maros, a Summit native and graduate of Summit High School, opened his first Coffee Roastery in Cranford, NJ, in February of 1990."
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- Summit High School sports
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