Toms River High School North

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Toms River High School North
1245 Old Freehold Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
Type Public
Established 1969
School district Toms River Regional Schools
Principal Edward W. Keller
Assistant principals Christopher Madigan
Tom Regan
Kevin M. Raylman
David Ytreboe
Faculty 160.0 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,373[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 14.83:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Team name Mariners

Toms River High School North is a four-year comprehensive public high school, and was the second public high school established in Toms River, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Toms River Regional Schools. The school opened in 1969 when the original high school (now called Toms River High School South) was found to be too small to accommodate the fast-growing community. However, the first class to graduate wasn't until 1971, since all of the seniors were kept at TRHSS for the class of 1970. Toms River High School North is the largest of all schools in the Toms River Regional School district. The TRHSN mascot is the Mariner, and the school colors are navy blue and gold.[2] The other high schools in the district are Toms River High School East and Toms River High School South. The school day lasts six hours and 20 minutes. Toms River high schools are some of the earliest daily closing high schools in New Jersey, closing at 1:35 PM everyday.

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,373 students and 160.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.83:1. There were 344 students (14.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 104 (4.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 154th-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.[3] The school had been ranked 228th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 222nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 212th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[5] The school was ranked 178th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[6]


The Toms River High School North Mariners compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[7] 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).[8] With 1,681 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,084 to 1,845 students in that grade range.[9]

Each year, students, parents, teachers, alumni, and administrators gather for the annual Toms River High School North vs. Toms River High School South football game, also known as the "Civil War". The game is considered to be the biggest event of the year for students. The annual event began in the fall of 1972.[10] The football team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 1979, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2007.[11]

From 2004-2006 the men's ice hockey team was considered a top public power. The Mariners finished the 2004-05 season with a 17-4-1 record and were Shore Conference Champions but were ineligible for state playoffs due to receiving three disqualifications (game ejections) in regular season play. In the 2005-06 season, Kevin Raylman took over as head coach of the program, while the team was in a very competitive, predominantly private school division, they were able to compile a 19-8-2 record. In the state tournament, the Mariners received the #3 rank in public schools and were able to make it to the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual state champions Randolph High School, 3-1.[12]

The girls basketball team won the 2000 South, Group IV state sectional championship with a 63-42 win.[13] The team took the title again in 2004 with a one point victory against Absegami High School in the tournament final.[14]

In 2004, the field hockey team took the Central, Group IV, edging Shawnee High School 1-0 in the tournament final.[15]

The boys soccer team earned the South, Group IV sectional title and State Group IV title in 1983 with a 3-2 win over Kearny at Princeton University. They also earned the South, Group IV sectional title in 2004 with a 2-1 victory against Shawnee High School.[16]

The Competition Cheerleading squad led by Ida Clendenin also took many titles including 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 Ocean County Champions, 1999 NJCCA State Champion Stunt Group & 1999 NCA Myrtle Beach Spring Classic Champions.[citation needed]

Toms River North has also had notable teams in other areas, including perennial powers in the Girls Swimming, Boys Cross Country and Girls Cross Country, Tennis and Outdoor Track teams, as well as the Boys Soccer Team, which has reached the state semifinals two out of the last four years.

The boys cross country team has won Group IV state championships in 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 2002.[17] Under the tutelage of Matt Jelley, who was coach at Toms River North from 2000 until 2007 when he was hired to become coach at Temple University, the team won six county titles, a Shore Conference title, three South Jersey Group IV state titles, a Group IV State Championship, and was ranked in the top 25 of the country four times reaching a high of 17th in 2004, with Jelley named by The Star-Ledger as its coach of the year for cross country in 2001.[18]

The baseball team won the state championship in both 2008 and 2009, coached since the early 1990s by Ted Schelmay. The team won the 2009 South Jersey Group IV title with an 8-6 win over Cherokee High School in a game in which Cherokee committed nine errors in the field.[19]

The school's girls' lacrosse team won division championships in 2009 through 2011, led by Tatum Coffey, who scored 123 goals and 65 assists in her senior year.[20]

Pine Belt Arena[edit]

Main article: Pine Belt Arena

The Pine Belt Arena is a public arena connected to the school. It is the centerpiece of the Toms River Regional School District. It opened June 19, 2003, and is situated on the grounds of Toms River High School North.[21]


In July 2011, Ed Keller was named the school's new principal, replacing James Hauenstein who is now an Assistant Superintendent. Keller had previously been principal at North Dover Elementary School and before that at West Dover.[22]

Core members of the school's administration are:[23]

  • Edward W. Keller, Principal
  • Christopher Madigan, Assistant Principal- senior class
  • Kevin M. Raylman, Assistant Principal- junior class
  • Thomas Regan, Assistant Principal- sophomore class
  • David Ytreboe, Assistant Principal- freshman class

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Toms River High School North, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Toms River High School North, New Jersey Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  4. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  5. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  7. ^ School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  9. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 24, 2014.
  10. ^ Finley, Patricia, ed. Toms River South Cedar Chest 1973. Cedar Grove, NJ: Rae Publishing Co., Inc., 1973.
  11. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. N.J.S.I.A.A. FOOTBALL PLAYOFF CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 27, 2012.
  12. ^ Underwood, Matt. "Randolph uses early lead to fuel win", Daily Record (Morristown), March 19, 2006. Accessed July 29, 2011. "The Toms River North ice hockey team knew they were going to have to come out flying in order to be able to advance in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association public school's tournament."
  13. ^ Public Sectionals - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 13, 2007.
  14. ^ 2004 Girls Basketball - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 13, 2007.
  15. ^ 2004 Field Hockey - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 13, 2007.
  16. ^ 2004 Boys Soccer - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 13, 2007.
  17. ^ Cross Country State Group Team Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 29, 2011.
  18. ^ "Temple Names Matt Jelley Head Cross Country Coach: Three-year letterwinner at Clemson coached at Toms River North High School for the past seven years", Temple Owls press release dated September 13, 2007. Accessed July 29, 2011. "Matt Jelley, the highly successful head cross country/track coach at Toms River North High School for the past seven years, has been named the head cross country coach at Temple University, director of track and field Stefanie Scalessa announced today. Jelley led his team to one New Jersey Group IV state title, three South Jersey Group IV championships, six Ocean County Championships and one Shore Conference Championship in cross country.... Jelley, who was named the 2001 New Jersey Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Newark Star-Ledger, coached four cross country teams (2001-04) to national rankings by Harrier Magazine."
  19. ^ Staff. "Cherokee throws away title chance, The Chiefs, known for defense, made nine errors in losing the Group 4 sectional final.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 30, 2009. Accessed July 29, 2011. "Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, eighth-seeded Cherokee saw its 10-game win streak and its dream of a South Jersey Group 4 title end after yesterday's 8-6 loss at third seed Toms River North in the sectional final."
  20. ^ Tatum Coffey, 2011 North Girls All-America Team, Under Armour All-America LacrosseAccessed August 11, 2014.
  21. ^ Directions, Pine Belt Arena. Accessed August 11, 2014. "Pine Belt Arena: Toms River High School North campus"
  22. ^ Galioto, Catherine. "Assistant Super Appointment Creates Domino Effect of Vacancies as School Shuffles Around Staffers: North Dover principal moves to High School North principal spot, among other transitions approved last week", TomsRiverPatch, July 26, 2011. Accessed July 29, 2011. "The first promotion the Toms River Regional School Board agreed to was moving Toms River North Principal James Hauenstein, who will serve as the newest assistant superintendent for Toms River Regional Schools. He replaces the assistant superintendent spot left vacant after Frank Roselli was named superintendent.... The vacancy created by Hauenstein’s move to assistant super would create a ripple effect, leading to six other transition appointments in the district. North Dover Elementary Principal Ed Keller will be principal at High School North."
  23. ^ High School North Directory, Toms River High School North. Accessed August 11, 2014.
  24. ^ Darian Barnes player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 23, 2007. "Hometown: Toms River, NJ... Attended Toms River North High School in Toms River, New Jersey ... Earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all county from the Star-Ledger as a senior."
  25. ^ "Hill adds 200th girls tennis victory to impressive coaching resume", Asbury Park Press, September 22, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007. "'I've enjoyed every season of it,' said Hill, who coached former New York Mets pitcher Jerry DiPoto."
  26. ^ "The Mosaic Interview: Demetri Martin." "I grew up in New Jersey and I went to Toms River North High School."
  27. ^ O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "COYOTE BEAUTIFUL Toms River's Piper Perabo finds herself in `Lost and Delirous'", Asbury Park Press, July 8, 2001. Accessed February 3, 2011. "Perabo, who grew up in Toms River and graduated in 1994 from Toms River High School North, stars in Lost and Delirious, a gritty drama about the love affair between two adolescent schoolmates at a posh Canadian boarding school."
  28. ^ Staff. "The Future of High School: Reynolds", ESPN RISE. Accessed February 3, 2011. "Though Garrett Reynolds is already a BMX veteran who finished fifth in the Dew Tour standings in 2008, you'll be hearing a lot more from him very soon. The Toms River North (Toms River, N.J.) senior stars in Nike 6.0's BMX film, Writing On The Wall."

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