Lakewood High School (New Jersey)
|Lakewood High School|
|855 Somerset Avenue
Lakewood, NJ 08701
|School district||Lakewood School District|
|Principal||Marcy J. Marshall|
|Asst. principals||Major Finklin
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Enrollment||1,192 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.0:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
Lakewood High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Lakewood Township, Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Lakewood School District.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,192 students and 108.4 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.0:1. There were 989 students (83.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 44 (3.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 324th-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 also been ranked 324th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 316th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 288th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Lakewood High School Piners 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, and the league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 863 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range. The school competes in the C-Central Division of the Shore Conference, in football, tennis, bowling, cheerleading, softball, baseball, wrestling, basketball, volleyball, track, cross country, and field hockey, with the most success over previous years coming in boys' basketball, boys soccer, and girls' and boys' track.
The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championships in 1967 (defeating West New York Memorial High School in the tournament final) and in 1975 (vs. East Orange High School). The team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 2010, defeating Neptune High School in the sectional final by a score of 59-51.
The baseball team won the North I Group III state title in 1967, won the Group III championships in 1973 (vs. Ridgefield Park High School) and 1980 (vs. Newark East Side High School), and won the Group IV title in 1984 (vs. West New York Memorial High School).
The football team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1986.
The boys' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championship in 1988.
Core member of the school's administration are:
- Marcy J. Marshall - Principal
- Major Finklin - Assistant Principal
- Scott Horowitz - Assistant Principal
- Doug Riley - Assistant Principal
- Matthew Boxer, first New Jersey State Comptroller.
- Melvin Cottrell (1929-2002), former mayor of Jackson Township who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 until his death.
- Michael Cudlitz (born 1964), actor who has appeared in Band of Brothers and the TV shows Southland and The Walking Dead.
- Marc Eckō (born 1972), founder and CEO of Eckō Unltd.
- Dick Estelle (born 1942), pitcher for the San Francisco Giants in 1964 and 1965.
- Damian Hahn, wrestler who was a three-time New Jersey state champion, three-time All-American at Minnesota and two-time NCAA Champion.
- Virginia E. Haines (born 1946, class of 1964), politician who serves on the Ocean County Board of chosen freeholders and had served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1992 to 1994 and as Executive Director of the New Jersey Lottery from 1994 to 2002.
- Rubby Sherr (1913-2013), Princeton University physicist who participated in Manhattan Project at Los Alamos, New Mexico.
- Chris Smith (born 1987), basketball player for Hapoel Galil Elyon of the Israeli Liga Leumit.
- J. R. Smith (born 1985), National Basketball Association player currently with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- School data for Lakewood High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Lakewood High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
- Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
- Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed August 22, 2012.
- 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.
- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed May 12, 2017.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 12, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 15, 2015.
- Christopher, Chris. "Celebration: Piners win sectional title with victory over Neptune", Asbury Park Press, March 16, 2010. Accessed July 26, 2011. "The Piners received hats after their 59-51 win over visiting Neptune in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Central Jersey Group III championship game March 8. The season ended with the 20-9 Piners, hoping to qualify for a Group state championship game for the first time since 1975 when they bested East Orange in Group III, losing to Kingsway Regional by 20 points in the Group III semifinals."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2015.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Home page, Lakewood High School. Accessed October 25, 2015.
- Matthew Boxer Archived 2008-10-25 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Comptroller. Accessed September 18, 2012. "A New Jersey resident for more than three decades, Boxer graduated as the class valedictorian from Lakewood High School in 1988, graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University in 1992 with a B.A. in politics and earned a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1995."
- Rosman, Mark. "Assemblyman recalled for service to people in need", Tri-Town News, October 17, 2002. Accessed May 12, 2017. "Cottrell was a lifelong resident of Jackson, a graduate of the town's public schools and a graduate of Lakewood High School."
- Michael Cudlitz, Turner Classic Movies. Accessed August 22, 2012. "Since his elementary school days, Cudlitz also showed an interest in acting and participated in school dramatics through his graduation from Lakewood High School."
- Walker, Rob. "Cul-de-Sac Cred", The New York Times, July 10, 2005. "Marc Milecofsky grew up in Lakewood, N.J., about an hour and a half south of Manhattan.... He also figured out that not every place was as ethnically and culturally diverse as Lakewood's public schools, where there were as many black and Latino students as whites.... Ecko went to the Rutgers School of Pharmacy, where being a white hip-hop fan was more unusual than it had been at Lakewood High"
- McKenzie, Doug. "Lakewood Hall of Fame welcomes 14 legends" Archived 2011-04-25 at the Wayback Machine., Tri-Town News, May 4, 2006. Accessed July 26, 2011. "Estelle was the first Major League Baseball player from Lakewood High School, and just the second from Ocean County. Estelle signed with the San Francisco Giants on graduation day in 1960 and pitched on the 1962 National League championship team."
- Myers, Erin. "Featured Wrestler of the Month: Father's dreams live on in son, CSTV, November 15, 2004. Accessed June 15, 2007.
- White, Mike. "Lakewood duo brings home Region VI titles" Archived 2007-07-09 at the Wayback Machine., Allentown Examiner, March 11, 2004. Accessed June 15, 2007. "The Lakewood High School wrestling team made a huge impact at last weekend's NJSIAA Region VI Wrestling Tournament. The Piners walked away with a pair of wrestlers who captured titles. Oscar Orellana and Matt Rizzo became the first wrestlers at Lakewood to win regional titles since the legendary Damian Hahn won the last of his four region titles four years ago."
- Staff. "Haines picked to head lottery", Asbury Park Press, May 19, 1994. Accessed August 30, 2016. "Education: Graduated from Lakewood High School in 1964; attended Ocean County College."
- Staff. "Rubby Sherr", Town Topics (newspaper), July 17, 2013. Accessed August 18, 2014. "Rubby Sherr was born on September 14, 1913 in Long Branch, N.J., of immigrant parents from Lithuania, graduating from Lakewood New Jersey high school, earning his undergraduate degree from New York University in 1934 and a PhD from Princeton University in 1938."
- Heyman, Brian. "Basketball-Playing Brothers Are Together and Apart on the Court", The New York Times, January 23, 2009. Accessed December 1, 2016. "Like J. R., Chris starred at Lakewood and St. Benedict's. He planned to attend Seton Hall but never made it."
- Earl "J.R." Smith player profile Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine., USA Basketball. Accessed March 3, 2007. "As a sophomore attended Lakewood High School (N.J.), and aided his squad to a 23-6 record and the South Jersey Group 3 championship, averaged 27.0 ppg., 8.0 rpg. and 3.0 bpg."