Lacey Township High School
|Lacey Township High School|
|73 Haines Street
Lanoka Harbor, NJ 08734
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"It's a Matter of Pride"|
|School district||Lacey Township School District|
|Asst. principals||Mark Angelo
|Enrollment||1,318 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.5:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Rival||Central Regional High School
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Lacey Township High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades, located in Lacey Township, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, which operates as part of the Lacey Township School District.
The school is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1983.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,318 students and 115.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.5:1. There were 219 students (16.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 94 (7.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Its mascot is a lion, the symbol is a paw, for the "Lacey Lions." The school's colors are navy blue, silver, and cardinal 
Lacey Township High School has implemented a random drug testing policy. Students participating in any extracurricular activities including after school sports, clubs or any school event must sign a waiver that allows them to be drug tested randomly. The first offense includes suspension from all after school activities for 10 days.
The school opened its doors in September 1981. Residents of Lacey Township previously attended Central Regional High School in neighboring Berkeley Township. A new west wing was added onto the school in 2003, which offers upgraded classrooms.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 210th-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 257th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 225th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 238th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 201st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school as tied for 211th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 1 position from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Maurice Grillon III was recognized by Princeton University as one of four outstanding New Jersey secondary school teachers, honored at its June 1, 2004 Commencement. Through Grillon's efforts, the school's German language program was expanded to 210 students.
Math teacher Mark Geiger was recognized in April 2011 as a recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, in recognition of his efforts to identify "for new and innovative ways to teach mathematics in order to make it relevant and to connect to each of his students." In 2014, Mark Geiger was selected as the first American soccer referee to officiate in the FIFA World Cup since 2002.
Advanced Placement courses
Lacey Township High School offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses to students including AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Music Theory, AP Physics B and AP United States History.
The Lacey Township High School Lions 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. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 950 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 794 to 1,076 students in that grade range.
Sports offered by the high school include:
|Fall Sports||Winter Sports||Spring Sports|
|Boys Cross Country||Wrestling||Baseball|
|Girls Cross Country||Bowling||Golf|
|Field Hockey||Boys Basketball||Girls Lacrosse|
|Girls Gymnastics||Boys Swimming||Boys Spring Track|
|Boys Soccer||Boys Winter Track||Girls Spring Track|
|Girls Soccer||Girls Winter Track||Boys Tennis|
|Girls Tennis||Girls Swimming||Boys Lacrosse|
|Girls Volleyball||Ice Hockey||Boys Volleyball|
The football team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional titles in 1988-89, 2006 and 2010. On December 2, 2006, the Lacey Lions football team beat Seneca High School 12-0 becoming the NJSIAA Champions South Group III state champions. This is only the second time that the Lions went undefeated. It is the third state championship under Coach Lou Vircillo, the only head football coach the school has had since it opened in 1981. In 2010, the Lions football team reached the NJSIAA Champions South Group III state championship game and defeated Delsea Regional High School 56-7, finishing a perfect 12-0 season, earning the fourth state championship under Coach Lou Vircillo, and marking the third team in school history to go undefeated. The Lions football team also reached the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III state championship game in both 2005 and 2007, but were defeated by Delsea Regional High School (by a score of 21-6) and Shawnee High School (losing 23-20), respectively.
The field hockey team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1993, 1994 and 1995. The team won the Group III state championship in 1993 and 1994.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Greg Brandis - Principal
- Mark Angelo - Assistant Principal
- Shaun Banin - Assistant Principal
- Melissa Drexler (born 1978), known as the "Prom Mom".
- Keith Elias (born 1972), former professional football player for the New York Giants and Indianapolis Colts.
- Chris Fleming (born 1970, class of 1988), basketball player who played at the University of Richmond before starring in Germany and becoming the head coach of Germany's men's national basketball team.
- Warren Smith (born 1990, class of 2008), American football player who played at Iona College and the University of Maine before playing in Germany, the Richmond Raiders, the Trenton Freedom and the Spokane Shock.
- Rhett Titus (born 1987), professional wrestler in Ring of Honor.
- School data for Lacey Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Lacey Township High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Richmond, Lynne. "'It's a Matter of Pride' for Lacey's Top Teachers; Lacey Township Board of Education Set to Honor its Best Teachers at a Ceremony at Lacey Township High School Next Week.", LaceyPatch, May 5, 2011. Accessed August 22, 2012. "Vanessa P. Clark, Ph.D., Lacey Township Schools Assistant Superintendent, said Mrs. Applegate, Mrs. Camaligan, Mrs. Price, Mrs. DeMartino, Mrs. Kirk, and Mr. Stike are exemplary of the Lacey Township School District motto: 'It's a Matter of Pride!'"
- Lacey Township High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 24, 2012. Accessed March 26, 2015.
- Napoliello, Alex. "Lacey Township High School to hold random drug testing", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 17, 2013. Accessed May 6, 2016.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
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- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed January 31, 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 2009-2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 8, 2012.
- Princeton honors outstanding secondary school teachers, Princeton University press release dated May 26, 2005
- Mark Geiger: Lanoka Harbor, NJ - Mathematics, Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, April 2011. Accessed November 9, 2011.
- via Associated Press. "Former Lacey teacher Mark Geiger looks to get call as World Cup soccer referee", The Press of Atlantic City, April 14, 2014. Accessed February 23, 2016. "Geiger is the first American official at the World Cup since 2002. His assignment could be any match from the other seven groups. The 39-year-old former high school math teacher from Lacey Township High School in New Jersey won't know which until days before kickoff."
- Lacey Township High School 2013-14 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 2008.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2006 Football Tournament - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 24, 2006
- Coach takes his Lions to the top, Asbury Park Press, December 22, 2006
- Staff. "Lacey uses 8 takeaways to beat Delsea Regional 56-7 for South Jersey Group III football title", The Press of Atlantic City, December 4, 2010. Accessed November 9, 2011. "Lacey Township High School used eight takeaways to beat Delsea Regional 56-7 in the South Jersey Group III football championship game today.... Lacey (12-0), ranked second in The Press Elite 11, finished undefeated for the third time in school history. The Lions won their fourth sectional championship under Lou Vircillo, the only coach in the program's history."
- 2005 Football - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 7, 2012.
- 2007 Football - South, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 8, 2012.
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 14, 2015.
- Administration Contact Information, Lacey Township High School. Accessed September 28, 2016.
- Goodnough, Abby; and Weber, Bruce. "Before Prom Night, a Suspect Was the Girl Next Door", The New York Times, July 2, 1997. Accessed January 31, 2011. "A month ago, 18-year-old Melissa Drexler was just a quiet, somewhat introverted high school senior who wanted to graduate from Lacey Township High School here, get on with her summer job at a retail store on the beach and hang out with her boyfriend."
- Larsen, Erik. "Elias, Chrebet fined $200 over bar scuffle", Asbury Park Press, May 12, 2000. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Former Lacey Township High School football star Keith Elias and Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet were each fined $200 yesterday after pleading guilty to a nuisance violation for their roles in a scuffle outside the Bamboo Bar."
- Carchidi, Sam. "It's Time: The Basketball Playoffs Are Here", The Philadelphia Inquirer, February 29, 1988. Accessed December 21, 2014. "There isn't a clear-cut favorite among a contingent that features second-seeded Lacey Township - which is led by swingman Chris Fleming, a University of Connecticut-bound senior who is averaging 31.9 points per game - third-seeded Eastern, sixth-seeded Willingboro and seventh-seeded Middle Township, which won the Group 2 title last year."
- Sporer, Jeff. "Former Lacey Township quarterback Warren Smith has Maine challenging for conference title", The Press of Atlantic City, November 7, 2011. Accessed September 2, 2015. "Three years later, the 21-year old Lacey Township High School graduate is leading the University of Maine in a November charge toward the Colonial Athletic Association championship.... 'We call it November tough here at Maine,' said Smith, a senior from the Forked River section of Lacey Township."
- Tradition: Alumni and Friends Souvenir Book, Lacey Township Football Foundation, Fall 2004. Accessed December 5, 2016.
- Lacey Township High School
- Lacey Township School District
- Lacey Township School District's 2015–16 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Lacey Township School District, National Center for Education Statistics
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