Jackson Memorial High School

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Jackson Memorial High School
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Location
Jackson Memorial High School is located in Ocean County, New Jersey
Jackson Memorial High School
Jackson Memorial High School
Jackson Memorial High School is located in New Jersey
Jackson Memorial High School
Jackson Memorial High School
Jackson Memorial High School is located in the US
Jackson Memorial High School
Jackson Memorial High School
101 Don Connor Boulevard
Jackson, NJ 08527
Information
Type Public high school
Established 1964
School district Jackson School District
Principal Kevin DiEugenio
Asst. Principals Daniel A. McDevitt
Heather Novak
Kyle Brunson
Faculty 117.2 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,640 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.0:1[1]
Color(s)      Red
     Black[2]
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Team name Jaguars[2]
Website

Jackson Memorial High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Jackson Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, opened in 1964 as part of the Jackson School District. It is the sister high school of Jackson Liberty High School, which opened in the late summer of 2006.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,640 students and 117.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.0:1. There were 175 students (10.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 55 (3.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

History[edit]

Jackson Memorial High School first opened in 1964 as Jackson Junior-Senior High School. Before then, students living in Jackson attended Lakewood High School. The school was originally a single, one story building with three wings. Around 1970, a second story was added to one wing. In the 1980s, it was expanded to include the nearby middle school which became known as the Clayton building. The original high school building was known as the memorial building in the early 1990s; later it was renamed the Bernie Reider Hall, for a longtime wrestling coach and former principal. The Fine Arts building, added ca. 1993, connects the once separate Clayton building, previously a middle school, and the two-story Bernie Reider Hall.

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 4th-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 188th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 181st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[4] The magazine ranked the school 216th in the magazine's September 2008 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[5] Schooldigger.com ranked the school 166th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 22 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (80.8%) and language arts literacy (94.1%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[6]

Athletics[edit]

The Jackson Memorial High School Jaguars[2] 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 1,194 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.[9]

Jackson is a powerhouse in many sports and its key rivals are Southern Regional, Toms River South, Toms River North, Toms River East, Brick Memorial and Brick Township.

Football
  • Team championships
    • Central Jersey Group IV sectional champions - 2005, 2014, and 2015[10]
    • South Jersey Group IV sectional champions - 2000, and 2001[10]
Baseball
  • Team championships
    • Ocean County Tournament Champions - 1972,[11] 2012,[12] 2015[13]
    • Shore Conference Tournament Champions - 1984,[11] 2012[12]
    • South Jersey Group IV sectional champions - 2002, 2010, 2014
    • Group III state champions - 1972[14]
    • Group IV state champions - 2014[15]
Wrestling
  • Team championships
    • Group IV state champions - 1972, 1973, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011.[16]
Boys soccer
  • Team championships
    • South Jersey Group IV sectional champions - 1990
    • New Jersey Group IV state champions - 1990[17]
Cross country
  • Team championships
    • State sectional champions - 2006-07
    • Meet of Champions winners - 2006-07[18]
Boys cross country
  • Team championships
    • 2006-2007 New Jersey state champions[citation needed]
    • Central Jersey Group IV Champions - 2006, 2007[19]
Boys winter track
  • Team championships
    • 2009-2010 Group III state champions[20]
    • 2009-2010 Central Jersey Group III sectional champions[21]
Boys outdoor track
  • Team championships
    • 2009-2010 Ocean County champions
Boys bowling
  • Team championships
    • 1975-1976 Group IV state champions[22]
    • 2010-2011 South Jersey Group IV sectional champions
    • 2010-2011 Group IV state champions
    • 2011-2012 South Jersey Group IV sectional champions[23]
    • 2011-2012 Group IV state champions
    • 2012-2013 South Jersey Group IV sectional champions
    • 2012-2013 Group IV state champions[22]
  • Individual champions
    • Mike Ormsby - 2013 individual state champion[22]
    • Donald Kane - 2013 South Jersey individual state sectional champion
    • Mike Ormsby - 2011 South Jersey individual state sectional champion
Girls cross country
  • Team championships
    • Central Jersey Group IV Champions - 2004, 2005[19]

Marching band[edit]

The school's marching band used to be directed by Bud McCormick and the assistant director Jason Diaz, who is now the current director. The Jaguar Marching Band performed in the 2013 New Year's Day Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, California.[24]

The Jackson Memorial Jaguar Band has performed at many events including:

Presidential Inaugural Parade for George W. Bush, Cherry Blossom Parade: Washington DC, Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade, D-Day Invasion Ceremony: Normandy-France, Hula Bowl Halftime and pregame: Waikiki-Hawaii, 4 Ticker Tape parades for the New York Yankees, 2 Ticker Tape parades for the New York Giants (NFL), Opening Night performance for "42nd Street": Ford Theater-NYC, Opening Night performance for "The Music Man" NYC, Performance at the Funeral of Levon Helm: Woodstock-NY, Conan O'Brien: 10th Anniversary Special, Radio City Music Hall: Performance for Dolly Parton

The Jackson Jaguar Marching Band won the USBands Group 6A National Championship Title in 2013 with a score of 96.3, their first national championship. They won first place in the percussion and music category then second in colorguard, general effect, and marching.[25]

Administration[edit]

Core members of the school's administration are:[26]

  • Kevin DiEugenio, Principal
  • Kyle Brunson, Vice Principal
  • Daniel A. McDevitt, Assistant Principal
  • Heather Novak, Assistant Principal
  • Michael Walsh, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d School data for Jackson Memorial High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Jackson Memorial High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 8, 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 August 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2010: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  6. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 6, 2012.
  7. ^ School Info Archived September 30, 2007, at the Wayback Machine., Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
  8. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016 Archived 2015-12-16 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 27, 2016.
  9. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed October 14, 2014.
  10. ^ a b Goldberg, Jeff. History of NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
  11. ^ a b "Jackson Memorial baseball's success", Asbury Park Press, June 7, 2014. Accessed May 27, 2016. "Legendary former coach Larry D'Zio Jr.'s 407 career wins are sixth on the Shore's all-time list. D'Zio was the coach when the Jaguars won the Group III state and Ocean County Tournament titles in 1972 and the SCT in 1984."
  12. ^ a b Ocean County baseball season in review 2012
  13. ^ 2015 Ocean County Baseball Tournament homepage
  14. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships
  15. ^ Staff. "Jackson Memorial wins Group IV crown", Asbury Park Press, June 7, 2014. Accessed August 16, 2015. "The Jaguars, after not having a base runner for the first 31/3 innings, strung together three hits for two runs in the top of the fourth and recorded a 2-0 win. It is Jackson Memorial's first state championship since 1972, when it won Group III under legendary former coach Larry D'Zio Jr., and its second state championship overall."
  16. ^ History of NJSIAA Wrestling Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association
  17. ^ NJSIAA 2015 Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 21, 2016.
  18. ^ Cross-Country Meet of Champions Winners (1972-2010) Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2012.
  19. ^ a b Cross Country Sectional Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 2, 2015.
  20. ^ History of NJSIAA Indoor Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 22, 2012.
  21. ^ 2010 NJSIAA/Star-Ledger/M-F Athlete Sectional Boys & Girls Track & Field Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 2, 2015.
  22. ^ a b c Witkowski, Wayne. "Jaguars' bowlers win third straight Group IV title", Tri-Town News, March 14, 2013. Accessed August 23, 2015. "I t was no surprise to knowledgeable bowling fans around the Shore that Jackson Memorial High School's boys bowling team would enjoy another great season. Few, however, expected it to be the greatest in school history.The Jaguars not only won the NJSIAA Group IV championship for the third straight year, but they also won their first Shore Conference title since 2002. Their only other Group IV title prior to the current three-peat was in 1976."
  23. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
  24. ^ Fundraiser to be held in Manchester to help JMHS Band's trip to Tournament of Roses, JTOWN Magazine, January 14, 2012
  25. ^ Alexander, Dan. "A Good Weekend at Jackson Memorial", WOBM-FM, November 11, 2013. Accessed September 1, 2015. "It was a great weekend of achievement at Jackson Memorial High School as the Marching Jaguars won the US Bands National Championship and the football team earned the Shore Conference Class A South division title."
  26. ^ Administration, Jackson Memorial High School. Accessed September 1, 2015.
  27. ^ McAvoy, Kevin. "Scotty Cranmer: Back in the Saddle", ESPN. Accessed January 23, 2012. "Shortly after, Scotty walked through the doors of his old high school, Jackson Memorial, and spoke to the students about the importance of setting goals."
  28. ^ Miller, Randy. "Flyers goalie prospect Anthony Stolarz grew up in Jackson loving Martin Brodeur", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, July 10, 2014, updated February 9, 2015. Accessed February 9, 2016. "Basketball coaches used to eye Stolarz up during his two high school years at Jackson Memorial, but while he says he could put on a display dunking, hoops wasn't his sport."
  29. ^ LaGorce, Tammy. "MUSIC; Thor, With an Electric Hammer", The New York Times, November 27, 2005. Accessed October 6, 2007. "But the frustrating part for Zakk Wylde -- born in Jersey City, raised in Jackson and possessed of a gift for heavy-metal noise that regularly earns him the cover of any magazine with guitar in its title -- is that the six-string inner circle rarely widens.... 'I was in Sayreville at this place called Close Encounters with my buddies in Stone Henge,' a band formed with friends from Jackson Memorial High School in the mid-80's, Mr. Wylde said in a recent phone interview from Columbus, Ohio, where he was touring in support of Mafia (Artemis), a Black Label disc that entered the Billboard Independent Album chart at No. 1 last March."

Sources[edit]

  • Erbe, E. Robert (1999). Cranberries, Coops, and Courts: A History of Jackson Township.

External links[edit]

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