Brick Memorial High School
|Brick Memorial High School|
|2001 Lanes Mill Road
Brick, NJ 08724
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Brick Public Schools|
|Principal||Dr. Richard Caldes|
|Asst. principals||Jonathan Barresi
Daniel D. O'Cone
|Enrollment||1,466 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.2:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
Brick Memorial High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Brick Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, operating as a part of the Brick Public Schools. The school is one of two secondary schools in the district, the other being Brick Township High School.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,466 students and 120.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 363 students (24.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 86 (5.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
- Test scores
Student test scores for the Class of 2014 were:
- HSPA Mathematics: 29% Partial, 56% Proficient, 14.9% Advanced (vs. statewide averages of 25%/50.7%/24.3%)
- HSPA Language Arts Literacy: 7.9% Partial, 79.5% Proficient, 12.7% Advanced (vs. 15.5%/70.9%/13.6% statewide)
- SAT: 502 Math, 482 Verbal, 487 Essay (vs. NJ averages of 520/496/499)
- Advanced Placement (AP): 74% scored 3 or higher, with 8.8% of students participating vs. 19.9% statewide
- Graduation and post-graduation
Brick Memorial has a 91% graduation rate (vs. 87.5% statewide). A survey of the Class of 2010 reported that post-graduation plans were:
- 38.0% attend a four-year college/university
- 48.6% attend a two-year college (plus 0.2% other college and 2.5% other post-secondary)
- 1.4% join the military
- 8.2% enter full-time employment
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 188th-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 269th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 251st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 261st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 239th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 182nd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 47 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (80.1%) and language arts literacy (92.4%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The school was constructed in 1980 due to the large number of students enrolled at Brick Township High School. It was uncertain that the school would ever built because some community members felt that a new school would divide the town.
In addition to the required course work in English, history, math, science, and physical education, there are numerous selections in fine arts, foreign language, business and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC). The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) and honors courses in English, history, math, and science as well as in many elective courses within all subject areas. The academic program aims to prepare students not only for a competitive college career, but also for a vocational career.
Brick Memorial provides the opportunity to attend the Ocean County Vocational Technical School system. This program of study offers students training in transportation technologies, building trades, electronics, allied health services, and specialized trades in keeping with the industrial and employment opportunities available in the school's area. Brick Memorial includes technology as an integral part of every department and subject area. It also offers a wide range of extracurricular activities that appeals to the varied interests of the student population.
The Brick Memorial High School Mustangs 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, which operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,192 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range.
Brick Memorial has 20 sports, including baseball, basketball, bowling, cheering, cross country, dance, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track, volleyball, marching band and wrestling.
- Women's gymnastics Shore Conference champions and sectional champions, 2013.
- Women's bowling state champions, 2013
- Wrestling Group IV state champions in 2013 (defeating Southern Regional High School)
- Football state sectional champions, 2003 (defeating Manalapan High School 29-6) and 2008 (with a 24-0 win over Sayreville War Memorial High School) in Central Jersey Group IV
- Wrestling state champions, 1986, 1988, 1994, 1998, 1999, 2008, 2009, 2013, and 2015.
- Men's bowling won the overall team title in 2004, won the Group IV championship in 2009, and won both Group IV title and the Tournament of Champions in 2014, defeating Immaculata High School to win the title.
- Girls' soccer South Jersey Group IV state sectional champions, 2002, 2003  and 2004. The team won the Group IV state championship in 1999 vs. Wayne Valley High School, in 2002 vs. Westfield High School, in 2003 vs. Bridgewater-Raritan High School and in 2004 vs. Roxbury High School.
The Brick Memorial Marching Mustang Band, under the direction of Andrew Penrod, placed first in the 36th annual Tournament of Bands Group II Atlantic Coast Championship in 2008. The band's show, "A Knight's Pledge: The story of a Knight's Journey through Commencement, Adversity, and Triumph," earned a score of 97.4, placing them above the 110 other bands at the championship. This was the first time the Marching Mustangs won the Atlantic Coast Championships. The Marching Mustangs also broke the school record for most trophies won and highest score.
In 2009, the band placed first in the 37th annual Tournament of Bands Group II Atlantic Coast Champions. Their show, "The Gallery: Modern Art at the Speed of Life," won best music and was given a score of 96.85. This score was above the scores of 26 other bands in their group.
In 2010, the band placed first for their third consecutive year in the 38th annual Tournament of Bands Group II Atlantic Coast Champions. Their show. "Greetings From The Jersey Shore," won high music and high visual. They also broke their record set in 2008 and scored a 97.85.
In 2015, the band placed first after four years in the 43rd annual Tournament of Bands Group III Open Atlantic Coast Champions. With their show entitled, "Orchestrated," it featured the music of Benjamin Britten(Young Person's Guide to The Orchestra,) and Edward Elgar(Nimrod.) Their score of 97.85 tied their highest score record from 2010.
In 2016, the band placed first again in the 44th annual Tournament of Bands Group III Open Atlantic Coast Champions. With their show entitled, "In Our Hands," it featured the musical arrangements of Pharrell's "Happy," and Danny Elfman's "Ice Dance" by composer Ben Lee. The band broke their record highest score from 2010 (97.85) with a 98.1.
There are 44 clubs at Brick Memorial, including the American Sign Language Club, Animal Advocacy Club, Art Club, Bible Club, Chess Club, Chorus, Creative Writing, DECA, Drama Club, Equestrian Club, French National Honor Society, Garden Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Go Club, Graphic Novel Club, Habitat For Humanity, Holistic Health & Wellness Club, Honors Club, Italian Club, Italian National Honor Society, Interact Club, Junior State of America, Key Club, Knitting/Crocheting Club, Literary Magazine, Math Team, Mock Trial, National Honor Society, PALS Club, Paranormal Society Club, Recreation, Robotics Club, AFJROTC (Unit NJ-822), School Newspaper, Sirens of Reading, Society of Influences & Game Changers, Spanish Honor Society, STRONG, Student Government Association, SURF, VOICES, Yearbook Club, and Yoga Club.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Richard Caldes, Principal
- Jonathan Barresi, Assistant Principal
- Marianne Kavanagh, Assistant Principal
- Daniel D. O'Cone, Assistant Principal
- Nick Catone (born 1981, class of 1999), mixed martial artist who fought in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Garrett Graham (born 1986), NFL tight-end for the Houston Texans who graduated from Brick Memorial High School in 2005.
- Tom McCarthy (born 1968), television play-by-play announcer for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- School data for Brick Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Brick Memorial High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 26, 2015.
- History, Brick Memorial High School. Accessed May 26, 2015.
- Brick Township Memorial High School, NJ School Performance Report. Accessed November 22, 2014.
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- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 12, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 7, 2012.
- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed November 8, 2016.
- League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2016.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Kratch, James. "Girls Bowling: Brick Memorial takes first state champion title in school history", NJ.com, February 12, 2013. Accessed September 28, 2014.
- Kania, Joe. "Wrestling: Brick Memorial beats Southern to win Group 4 title", The Star-Ledger, February 17, 2013. Accessed December 2, 2015. "Brick Memorial took down Southern Regional, 34-27, to claim the NJSIAA Group 4 title Sunday at the Pine Belt Arena in Toms River."
- 2003 Football Tournament - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 22, 2007.
- Lerner, Gregg. "Brick Memorial blanks Sayreville, 24-0", The Star-Ledger, December 6, 2008. Accessed December 2, 2015. "Brick Memorial defeated Sayreville 24-0 to win the Central Jersey Group 4 championship game at Rutgers Stadium."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Brick Memorial Wrestling Team Championships, Shore Conference. Accessed December 2, 2015.
- 2008 Wrestling Finals, Group IV, accessed February 18, 2008.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
- Lanni, Patrick. "Boys bowling: Brick Memorial captures team Tournament of Champions title", The Star-Ledger, February 27, 2014. Accessed December 2, 2015. "The junior struck time and time again and provided the critical push to help Brick Memorial, No. 9 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, capture its first Tournament of Champions title in school history by defeating No. 3 Immaculata, 3-1, in a best-of-five, Baker-format final."
- 2002 Girls Soccer - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 22, 2007.
- 2003 Girls Soccer - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 22, 2007.
- 2004 Girls Soccer - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 22, 2007.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 26, 2016.
- 2008 Tournament of Bands Group II Atlantic Coast Champions, accessed November 23, 2008.
- Atlantic Coast Champions by Year, Tournament of Bands. Accessed October 3, 2011.
- Atlantic Coast Champions by Year, Tournament of Bands. Accessed November 4, 2016.
- Clubs, Brick Memorial High School. Accessed September 29, 2015.
- Administrators, Brick Memorial High School. Accessed November 5, 2016.
- Christopher, Chris. "Unstoppable force: Catone set to make UFC debut", Asbury Park Press, October 16, 2008. Accessed June 9, 2011. "The former Brick Memorial and Rider University wrestling standout has signed a four-fight contract and will make his debut in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, a mixed martial arts event, in Las Vegas on Nov. 15."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Brick Memorial product Garrett Graham ready to audition for NFL teams", Asbury Park Press, February 20, 2010. Accessed June 9, 2011.
- Caldwell, Dave. "IN PERSON; He's a Hit, And So Far No Errors", The New York Times, May 7, 2006. Accessed June 9, 2011. "McCarthy graduated from the College of New Jersey and Brick Memorial High School."
- Brick Memorial High School web pages
- Brick Public Schools's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Brick Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- DigitalSports Brick Memorial High School Page
- Brick Memorial Key Club