Kingsway Regional High School
|Kingsway Regional High School|
|201 Kings Highway
Woolwich Township, NJ 08085
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"Once a Dragon, Always a Dragon"|
|Principal||Craig S. Stephenson|
|Asst. principals||Lauren Kerr (9)
Michael Beirao (10)
Monique M. Stowman - Burke (11)
James Zurzolo (12)
|Enrollment||1,668 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Tri-County Conference|
Kingsway Regional High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grade from five communities in Gloucester County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Kingsway Regional School District. The school serves students from East Greenwich Township, Logan Township, South Harrison Township, Swedesboro and Woolwich Township.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,668 students and 125.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.3:1. There were 178 students (10.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 39 (2.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 150th-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 210th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 216th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 218th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 202nd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 139th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 42 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (85.0%) and language arts literacy (93.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Kingsway Regional High School Dragons compete in the Tri-County Conference, which is composed of schools whose enrollments vary greatly for grades 9-12, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,274 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. Their athletic rivals are Clearview Regional High School and Delsea Regional High School.
In 1993, the boys' outdoor track team won South Jersey Group II sectional championship.
The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional title in 1997, 1998, 2001 and 2002, and won the South Jersey Group III title in 2003, 2004 and 2007. In 1997 and 1998, Kingsway won back-to-back Group II state championships in wrestling, in addition to a Group III title in 2007.
In 1998 and 1999, the Kingsway softball team won back-to-back Group II state championships, becoming the first female team in school history to win state titles. The 2008 team won the Group III state title. In 2012 the softball team won the South, Group III state sectional championship with a 2-0 score against Central Regional High School.
The football team won the South Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2001.
The field hockey team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional title in 2003, 2004 and 2011. In 2003, the team won the South Jersey, Group III state sectional championship with a 1-0 win against Ocean City High School, the team's first-ever sectional title. The 2004 team repeated as sectional champions, defeating Ocean City High School again in the tournament final by a score of 1-0.
The girls' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championship in 2007 (as co-champion with Ridge High School), 2013 (coc-champion with Winslow Township High School) and 201; the boys' team won the indoor relay title in 2014.
The 2007 wrestling team won the South, Group III state sectional championship with a 62-6 win against Seneca High School. The team moved on to win the Group III Championship, defeating Warren Hills High School 55-15 in the semifinals and Ocean Township High School 33-28 in the tournament final.
The boys cross-country team won the 2008 Group III Tri-County Championships.
The boys' basketball team won the South Jersey Group III championship for three straight years from 2009 to 2011. The program won its first state sectional title with a 58-42 win against Deptford Township High School in 2009 in the sectional final. The team repeated in 2010, by defeating Point Pleasant Boro High School by a score of 64-50. The team won its third consecutive title in 2011 by beating Manchester Township High School 49-48, becoming the first South Jersey team to win three consecutive titles since 1987, when Woodrow Wilson High School accomplished the feat.
In 2012, the boys cross-country team had a dream season by capturing the Royal Division, Gloucester County Tournament, Tri-County Conference, South Jersey Group III sectional title and the Group III state championship, the first state title in program history.
In November 2005, the Kingsway Dragon Marching Band became the Group II Champion at the Cavalcade of Bands championship at Hersheypark Stadium for its show based on the rock opera Tommy by The Who. The school's marching band achieved 3rd place in 2006 for their show, Jesus Christ Superstar, though outscoring their championship year by 5 points. They placed 5th in the higher-level competition (Group III) playing music based on the movie Gladiator, with their Color Guard in second place for best Color Guard.
From October to November 2011, the Kingsway Dragon Marching Band became Central New Jersey and State Champions under grouping of IA under the direction of Nicholas Kline. In November 2011, they placed second at Nationals held in Allentown, PA. Their show was based on the Broadway musical, Jekyll & Hyde. It was named "In His Eyes....the Madness of Hyde" portraying the irrational and wicked side of Mr. Hyde. More than half of the marching band was made up of new members.
Core members of the school's administration include:
- Craig S. Stephenson - Principal
- Lauren Kerr - Assistant Principal 9
- Michael Beirao - Assistant Principal 10
- Monique M. Stowman Burke - Assistant Principal 11
- James Zurzolo - Assistant Principal 12
- Dorien Bryant (born 1985), former college football wide receiver for the Purdue Boilermakers and Pittsburgh Steelers signatory, who attended, but did not graduate from Kingsway.
- Dan Meyer (born 1981, class of 1999), pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies.
- R. J. Page (born 1989, class of 2008), 2008 fastest man in the state of NJ and former Boston University Terriers. standout track and field sprinter.
- [|http://www.krsd.org/Page/413 Fast Facts], Kingsway Regional School District. Accessed October 18, 2015.
- School data for Kingsway Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Kingsway Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 17, 2015.
- Kingsway Regional School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 27, 2016. "Kingsway is situated in a predominately rural/suburban area, with more than 20,000 people residing within its 52 square mile border. The District includes the Borough of Swedesboro and the Townships of South Harrison, East Greenwich, and Woolwich. Though not part of the District, students from Logan Township attend Kingsway High School through a send/receive relationship as paid tuition students."
- Kingsway Regional School District, Logan Township School District. Accessed May 24, 2011. "Logan Township high school students (grades 9-12) are educated at the Kingsway Regional High School located on Kings Highway in Woolwich Township. The regional district also provides services to students in Swedesboro and Woolwich, East Greenwich, and South Harrison Townships."
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- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 24, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 17, 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 5, 2012.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- 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 October 12, 2014.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Staff. "Group Wrestling Champions", Daily Record (Morristown), February 15, 2009. Accessed August 10, 2011.
- Goldberg, Jeffrey. History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 19, 2017.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2015 Field Hockey Tournament of Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Lawrence, Ryan. "Kingsway solves Ocean City defense, earns new banner for gym", Courier-Post, November 16, 2003. Accessed August 18, 2007. "They can add another one to the wall after Saturday, a banner that's never graced the gym of the Woolwich Township high school -- South Jersey Group 3 field hockey champion. With 11 minutes, 30 seconds left in regulation, senior Jessie Roos sent a blistering shot off a penalty corner past Ocean City goalie Gwen Hunter to end a scoreless tie and lead top-seeded Kingsway, No. 5 in the Courier-Post Top 20, to a 1-0 win -- and the first sectional title in the program's history."
- 2003 Field Hockey - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 18, 2007.
- Lawrence, Ryan. "Kingsway holds on for crown", Courier-Post, November 14, 2004. Accessed August 19, 2007. "But in a tightly contested battle against Ocean City, a rematch of last year's South Jersey Group 3 final, the perfect play was good enough for the Dragons on a cold, blustery Saturday afternoon.... The goal helped give Kingsway a 1-0 win and a second straight sectional title."
- 2004 Field Hockey - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 19, 2007.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- "Kingsway still hot, adds S.J. Group 3 win", Courier-Post, May 22, 2007. Accessed August 18, 2007. "The Dragons extended a dream season Monday, beating Cumberland 4-1 in the South Jersey Group 3 final."
- 2007 Boys Tennis - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 7, 2007.
- 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2007.
- Watson, Andre. "Kingsway reigns supreme", Courier-Post, February 12, 2007. Accessed August 18, 2007. "Kingsway defeated Ocean Township 33-28 to win its third state championship in program history. The Dragons, ranked No. 3 in the Courier-Post Top 20, won back-to-back Group 2 state crowns in 1997-98."
- 2007 Team Wrestling Tournament - Group III Championship, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 23, 2007.
- Staff. "Kingsway 58, Deptford 42 (High school Boys Basketball scores and results)", The Star-Ledger, March 10, 2009. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Rondell Gilmore acored 19 points and Ryan Juhring sank 12 points to lead Kingsway past Deptford, 58-42, in the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 3 sectional final at Eastern in Voorhees. The sectional title is the first for Kingsway..."
- Narducci, Marc. "Kingsway breaks through with first sectional crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 11, 2009. Accessed August 10, 2011. "When Kingsway entered the fourth quarter with a four-point lead over Deptford in yesterday's South Jersey Group 3 boys' basketball final at Eastern, Dragons coach George Passante felt confident, and for good reason. Kingsway had enough experience winning close games this year, and it showed in its 58-42 win over Deptford, which gave the Dragons their first sectional title."
- Staff. "Boys Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - South, Group 3 - Round 4 - Game 1 - Boys Basketball", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2010. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Jordan Fagan scored 14 points, Rondell Gilmore had 12 and Elijah Bonsignore added 11 to lead Kingsway to a 64-50 victory over Point Pleasant Boro last night in the NJSIAA/ShopRite, South Jersey, Group 3 title game in Woolwich Township."
- Melchiorre, Chris. "Kingsway wastes no time", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 2010. Accessed August 10, 2011. "The run that Kingsway went on in the first three minutes of yesterday's NJSIAA South Jersey Group 3 championship told the story of its 64-50 win over Point Pleasant Boro.... But aside from another strong run midway through the third quarter, the Panthers (19-7) were outran and overpowered by Kingsway (26-2) in its second consecutive group championship."
- Staff. "Kingsway (0) at Manchester Township (0), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, South Jersey, Group 3", The Star-Ledger, March 8, 2011. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Senior guard Rondell Gilmore sank six 3-pointers and finished with 25 points to send Kingway to a 49-48 victory over Manchester Township in the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 3 championship game last night in Woolwich Township."
- Iezzi, Bill. "Kingsway wins third straight S.J. Group 3 basketball title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 9, 2011. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Kingsway's 5-foot-11 senior guard had played on the Dragons' South Jersey Group 3 championship basketball teams as a sophomore and junior.However, in going for sectional title No. 3 on Tuesday night at home against the Manchester Township Hawks, Grigsby & Co. were knocking on history's door. Woodrow Wilson was the last area team to win three in a row, between 1985 and 1987."
- Lambert, Jim. "901-496-2735", The Star-Ledger, November 17, 2012. Accessed November 19, 2012. "In Group 3, No. 13 Kingsway put two runners in the top 10, and averaged a school record 16.55.0 to win its first title, 110-155, over No. 10 Morristown."
- "Congratulations to Our National Champions!", USBands. Accessed January 24, 2016.
- Meet the Administrative Team, Kingsway Regional School District. Accessed October 17, 2015.
- Meet the Principal, Kingsway Regional School District. Accessed October 17, 2015.
- Whittaker, Celeste E. "Kingsway's Bryant gets it done at Purdue", Courier Post, September 30, 2006. Accessed September 24, 2012. "'They're definitely a quality team, year-in and year-out, they've always got the athletes,' said Bryant, a Kingsway Regional High School graduate, known for his speed and explosiveness."
- Dorien Bryant, CSTV. Accessed January 6, 2008.
- Evans, Bill. "Kingsway grad gets chance with hometown team", Gloucester County Times, November 16, 2010. Accessed September 24, 2012. "It wasn't just the desire to pitch for his hometown team that led Kingsway Regional High School graduate Dan Meyer to agree to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies on a one-year contract over the weekend though that was part of it. "
- Dan Meyer player profile, The Baseball Cube. Accessed July 17, 2007.
- R.J. Page, CSTV. Accessed March 8, 2011.
- Kingsway Regional High School
- Kingsway Regional School District
- Kingsway Regional High School's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for the Kingsway Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics
- South Jersey Sports: Kingsway Regional HS