Long Branch High School
|Long Branch High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Long Branch Public Schools|
|Principal||Vincent J. Muscillo (Lead Principal)|
James H. Brown Jr. (Visual and Performing Arts)
Frank Riley (School of Leadership)
Angela Y. Torres (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics)
Carmen Vega (Alternative Program Academy)
|Enrollment||1,366 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.6:1|
|Color(s)|| Green and|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Team name||Green Wave|
|Rivals||Neptune High School, Shore Regional High School, Red Bank Regional High School|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
Long Branch High School is a comprehensive, four-year community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades in the city of Long Branch, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Long Branch Public Schools. LBPS, one of 31 special-needs Abbott districts in the state, serves the city of Long Branch. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1928.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,366 students and 108.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.6:1. There were 869 students (63.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 146 (10.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 228th-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 167th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 206th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 246th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 290th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Long Branch High School Green Wave 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 conference operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 977 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 boys' basketball team won the Group III championship in 1970 (vs. Orange High School), 1977 (vs. Ridgefield Park High School), 1980 (vs. Weequahic High School) and 1998 (vs. Parsippany High School), and won the Group II title in 1997 (vs. Dwight Morrow High School).
The boys' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championship in 1982, 1983 and 1984.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1986 and 1999. In 2017, the team won its third sectional championship with a 43-42 overtime win against Freehold Borough High School in the playoff final of the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional tournament, played at High Point Solutions Stadium.
The field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1998.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2008-2011 and 2013; the team won the Group II state title in 2008-2010. The school wrestling team won the 2008 Group II team state championship, its first ever, finishing the season with a perfect record of 26-0.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Vincent J. Muscillo Jr., Lead Principal
- Evelyn Cruz, Principal of STEM Academy
- Frank Riley, Administrator/Principal of the Leadership Academy
- Angela Torres, Principal of VPA Academy
- Alex Bradley (born 1959), former professional basketball player who played in the NBA for the New York Knicks.
- Tom Kerwin (born 1944), retired professional basketball player who played one season in the American Basketball Association for the Pittsburgh Pipers.
- Connie Lawn (1944-2018), independent broadcast journalist who, at the time of her death, was the longest-serving White House correspondent.
- Sam Mills (1959-2005), former professional football player for the NFL.
- Robert Pinsky (born 1940) Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress from 1997 to 2000.
- Jim Quirk (born c. 1945, class of 1963), NFL on-field official from 1988 to 2008.
- Yvonne Thornton (born 1947), physician and best-selling author.
- Clinton Wheeler (born 1959), former professional basketball player.
- Gerry Matthews (born 1941), 30-year college basketball coach who coached the Long Branch High School basketball team.
- School data for Long Branch High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Long Branch High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 28, 2015.
- Long Branch High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2016.
- 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 December 2, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 4, 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 25, 2017.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 25, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 26, 2016.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 16, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2016.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Deakyne, Brian. "Football: Long Branch completes epic comeback to stun Freehold Borough in OT", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Long Branch coach Dan George took Worthy out of the equation and put his season in the hands of his seniors as he elected to go for the game-deciding two-point conversion in the second half of the first overtime in Saturday night's Central Jersey, Group 4 sectional final at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway. The result was well worth it: quarterback Juwan Wilkins connected with Elijah Sherin to deliver one of the biggest wins in Long Branch history. Long Branch 43, Freehold Borough 42 in an unforgettable sectional final."
- "Football - 2017 NJSIAA Central, Group 4 Playoffs", NJ.com. Accessed December 4, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 25, 2016.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 26, 2016.
- Adelizzi, Joe. "Dan George, Long Branch, wrestling", Asbury Park Press, March 29, 2008. Accessed August 14, 2008. "George was the driving force behind a Long Branch team that finished the year undefeated and won four championships, including the NJSIAA Group II championship and the Shore Conference Tournament title. Long Branch, which won its first state group team championship; its first sectional title and its first SCT championship, earned the No. 1 ranking in the final Asbury Park Press Top 10 and was ranked No. 2 in the final Gannett New Jersey Top 20."
- District Leadership Team, Long Branch High School. Accessed April 5, 2018.
- Home page, Long Branch High School. Accessed November 28, 2015.
- Cieri, Kevin. "The best ever", Asbury Park Press, May 19, 2014. Accessed December 5, 2017. "During the winter of 1976-1977, back when I was a senior at Shore Regional High School, a lot of buzz was going on coming out of crosstown rival Long Branch High School. The Green Wave had a phenomenal basketball team that winter, going undefeated during the regular season and winning the NJSIAA Group 3 state championship - an overall 30-0 record.... The team was headed up by two players who later went on to play in the NBA - Alex Bradley and Clinton Wheeler."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Jersey Shore's greatest basketball players: the 1960s", Asbury Park Press, January 25, 2016. "Tom Kerwin, Long Branch (1962) — The 6-6 forward was the Green Wave's high-scoring leader through the early part of the 1960s, earning All-Shore honors twice."
- Lawn, Connie. "Long Branch Day For Connie Lawn", Huffington Post, December 14, 2016. Accessed April 5, 2018. "What does one do with a key to a city? I am not certain, but my profound and humble thanks go to my home city of Long Branch, New Jersey and to Molly McCluskey of my beloved National Press Club in Washington, D.C.... Hope I don’t have to march in any parades or ride on any floats, as I did during my days in Long Branch High School!"
- Sam Mills Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed October 25, 2007.
- Smith, Timothy W. "Mills at 37: The Little Linebacker Who Could", The New York Times, January 9, 1997. Accessed October 25, 2007. "Going back to the Long Branch playgrounds, to Long Branch High School, to Montclair (N.J.) State College, to the Philadelphia Stars of the United States Football League, to the New Orleans Saints to the Panthers, not many people have been able to knock Sam Mills down."
- D'Amato, Anthony. "Jersey: 'The Most American State?' - What does a three-term United States Poet Laureate have to say about growing up in New Jersey? Find out in this month's Q & A with Robert Pinsky.", New Jersey Monthly, May 7, 2010. Accessed September 6, 2011. "My aunts and uncles and cousins and parents all attended Long Branch High School, as did my brother and I."
- "NFL official Jim Quirk proud of his Long Branch roots", Atlanticville, June 28, 2001, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 29, 2006. Accessed December 5, 2017. "Jim Quirk is one such person. A National Football League umpire since 1988, Quirk looks back on his beginnings at Long Branch with reverence, and remains thankful for the experiences he had as a member of the Green Wave's program. After graduating in 1963, Quirk served a two-year stint at Fort Monroe, Va., as a first lieutenant in the Continental Army Command Headquarters Honor Guard Company, while attending George Washington University in the evening to earn a master's degree in personnel administration."
- Staff. "Clip: Q&A with Yvonne Thornton", CNN, March 6, 2012. Accessed November 18, 2014. "Brian Lamb: Go back to the beginning, your whole college. Where did you graduate from high school? Yvonne S. Thornton M.D.: I graduated from Long Branch High School."
- Clinton Wheeler, database Basketball. Accessed October 1, 2007.
- Politi, Steve. "Gerry Matthews, N.J.'s all-time winningest college hoops coach, to retire from Stockton", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 24, 2016. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Before moving to the college level, he compiled a 228-98 record and won two state championships in 13 years at Long Branch and Rumson-Fair Haven."