Mainland Regional High School (New Jersey)
|Mainland Regional High School|
1301 Oak Avenue|
Linwood, NJ 08221
|Business administrator||Kim Jensen|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||1,316 (as of 2015-16)|
|District Factor Group||DE|
|Mainland Regional High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|Assistant principal||Jahvan O'Neal|
|Athletics conference||Cape-Atlantic League|
Mainland Regional High School is a regional public high school and school district serving students in grades nine through twelve from the communities of Linwood, Northfield and Somers Point in Atlantic County, New Jersey, serving a total population of over 25,000 in the three communities. The high school is located in Linwood. Mainland Regional High School has been recognized by the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,316 students and 111.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.8:1. There were 221 students (16.8% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 39 (3.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school is fully accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth-highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
- 1 Awards, recognition and rankings
- 2 Athletics
- 3 Marching band
- 4 Mock trial and drama
- 5 Controversy and incidents
- 6 Administration
- 7 Notable alumni
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Awards, recognition and rankings
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 26th in New Jersey and 910th nationwide. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Mainland Regional High School was listed in 719th place, the 14th-highest ranked school in New Jersey. The school ranked as number 310 in Newsweek magazine's 2005 listing of "America's Best High Schools". The Washington Post writer Jay Mathews ranked Mainland sixth in New Jersey and 111th in the nation in his book, Class Struggles: What's Wrong (and Right) with America's Best Public High Schools, based on the school's efforts at exposing students to challenging course work. In New Jersey Monthly's September 2002 issue, Mainland was ranked fifth among high schools in South Jersey.
The school was the 95th-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 81st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 139th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 116th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 104th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 111th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 47 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.1%) and language arts literacy (96.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Mainland Regional High School Mustangs compete in the American Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference consisting of both parochial and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County, and Gloucester County, operating under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,015 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. The football team competes in the Independence Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group I for football for 2017-18.
The field hockey team won the South II sectional championship in 1973 and won both the South Jersey Group III sectional title and the overall Group III state championship in 1975.
The football team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1980, 1996, 1997 and 2002, and won the South Jersey Group IV title in 2008. The team won the 2002 South Jersey Group III state championship, defeating Delsea Regional High School 21-7 in the final. In 2008, the football team won their first South Jersey Group IV sectional championship with a 21-14 win against Southern Regional High School, going 12-0 for the first time. The football team also won the 1995 South Jersey Group III title with a 42-14 victory over top-seeded Woodrow Wilson High School, but the title was later vacated due to the use of an ineligible player.
The boys' track team won the Group III state indoor relay championship in 1996.
In 2003, the cross country team made history when fifth man Alex Palmentieri crossed the finish line to clinch the team's second consecutive Meet of Champions title. The team's average time of 16:19, was a second off of the record set by Christian Brothers Academy in 1982 for the state championship course in Holmdel Township, New Jersey.
The boys' swimming team has won the Public B state championship in 2003, 2016 and 2017. In 2003, the boys' swim team won Mainland's first ever swimming state championship by beating Princeton High School 91-79 in the Public B state final. The boys' swimming team finished the season with a 15-0 record and won its second Public B title in 2016, with a 99-71 win against Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in the tournament final The team won its second consecutive title in 2017 with a 103-67 victory over Soctch Plains-Fanwood.
In 2007, the girls' soccer team won the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference for the first time in Mainland's history. A 1-0 win over Oakcrest High School guaranteed that Mainland would take the Cape-Atlantic League American Conference title in 2009.
In 2007, the boys' rowing team won the state championship with the Varsity and Second Varsity Eight.
In 2008, the JV girls rowing team, won the National Championships.
The school's marching band was Tournament of Bands Chapter One Champions in 1979 (Group 2), 1980 and 1984 (Group 3) and 1989 (Group 1). The marching band also won the USSBA New Jersey state championship in 2005 and 2006, and were Northern All-State Group 1A Champions in 2008. The Mainland Regional Marching Band's color guard won Best Color Guard at US Bands National Championship for group 2A in 2012. The Marching band won chapter 1 South Jersey and New Jersey state championships for group 1A in 2014. The marching band won states and regionals in 2015 and were awarded 3rd in the Atlantic Coast Championships in group 2A.
Mock trial and drama
Mainland's mock trial team won the Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition covering the whole state of New Jersey in 2003 and went on to compete in the National High School Mock Trial Championship in New Orleans. On March 31, 2009, the Mainland "mockers" won the state championship in New Brunswick, New Jersey. They went undefeated (11-0) to get there, after winning county and regional tournaments and went on to participate in the American Mock Trial Invitational.
In 2015, the school won the Looby Cup for the fourth consecutive time, the state title of the New Jersey Drama and Forensic League, which includes competitions in various aspects of theater and speech.
Controversy and incidents
2006 graduation controversy
In Mainland Regional High School's graduation of 2006, valedictorian Kareem Elnahal gave an unauthorized speech instead of the approved one. In his speech he criticized Mainland saying "the education we have received here is not only incomplete, it is entirely hollow." After delivering his speech, Elnahal received an ovation from some of the students in the audience. Kareem then left the graduation ceremonies before receiving his diploma.
2008 graduation controversy
During the 2008 Graduation ceremony, Salutatorian Jennifer Chau's speech was cut off, after she strayed from her approved text and issued a criticism of the school's administration. Students and parents in the audience protested the cut off, requesting that she be allowed to finish her remarks. Chau's issue revolved around her not receiving credit for a freshman honors class, which she believed allowed another student, the child of a Board of Education member, to be chosen as valedictorian.
October 2006 bomb threats
Mainland experienced several bomb threats during the beginning of the 2006–2007 school year. A series of four written threats in a five-school day time span were left by students throughout the school. After several school lockdowns, evacuations, and the installation of cameras with government funding throughout the school, it seems the problem has been resolved. Two girls held responsible were placed on probation and face fines of up to $11,000 to cover costs incurred by police departments from Linwood, Somers Point, Northfield, The State Police, Prosecutors Office, Atlantic City Bomb Squad, Egg Harbor Township K-9 units and Cape May County, who responded to the incidents. This includes the Atlantic County Emergency Response Units' vehicle. The two girls also must provide hours of community service and various other forms of restitution. School officials have implied that the students arrested will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Five Mainland students were arrested for making bomb threats and also two Mainland students are arrested for causing a fire in the girls' bathroom.
Death of four football players in 2011
Four players from the school's football team were killed in a crash on the Garden State Parkway when the SUV they were driving in to an annual team breakfast in August 2011, lost control, overturned and crashed.
2013 chemical spill
In May 2013, incorrectly mixed pool chemicals caused chlorine vapors to spread through the school's hallways. The school was promptly evacuated and 30 students and staff were treated at area hospitals for symptoms related to exposure to the fumes. School sessions resumed after the weekend once the chemical fumes had been vented successfully.
- Mark Marrone - Superintendent
- Kim Jensen - Board Secretary / Business Administrator
- Kevin Burns - Principal
- Jahvan O'Neal - Assistant Principal
- David Laid (born 1998), Fitness model sponsored by Gymshark and has 600k+ subscribers on YouTube. 
- Dylan McKenna (born 1998), YouTube fitness personality sponsored by Gymshark
- Qwin Vitale (born 1996), Fitness YouTuber sponsored by Alphalete Athletics
- James F. Allen (born c. 1960), chairman of Hard Rock International and chief executive officer of Seminole Gaming.
- Greg Buttle (born 1954), former NFL linebacker for the New York Jets who was a four-sport letterman in football, basketball, baseball and track and field at Mainland.
- Joshua Cohen (born 1980), novelist and story writer, best known for his works Witz (2010) and Book of Numbers (2015).
- Rachel Alana Handler (born 1988), actress, singer and motivational speaker who is best known for playing Chunks in the 2016 horror movie Smothered.
- Dave Klemic (born 1978), former NFL wide receiver.
- Kenneth Lacovara, professor at Drexel University who discovered the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus.
- Samuel Ojserkis (born 1990), rower who competed in the men's eight event at the 2016 Summer Olympics.
- Jennifer Pershing (born 1980 as Jennifer Ackley, class of 1998), Miss March 2009 in Playboy magazine.
- Stephen H. Segal (born 1975), Hugo Award-winning editorial chief of Weird Tales magazine.
- John Stone (born 1979), former NFL wide receiver.
- Timothy Watson (born 1974), former NFL defensive tackle.
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- McGarry, Michael. "Mainland's perfect in winning S.J. title story / Mustangs' unbeaten football season highlights sports year", The Press of Atlantic City, June 21, 2009. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Where do quarterback Brent Caprio and his Mainland Regional High School football teammates rank in history? Caprio was the Press Football Player of the Year last fall. Mainland finished 12-0 and beat Southern Regional 21-14 to win the South Jersey Group IV title Dec. 6. The Mustangs were No. 1 in the Press Elite 11 final ranking."
- Schenck, Craig D. " Mustangs give Coffey dramatic win in final game; Coach retiring after 30 years, 4 South Jersey titles with Mainland football program", Ocean County Sentinel, December 2, 2015. Accessed March 25, 2017. "According to The Press of Atlantic City, the Mustangs also won the 1995 South Jersey Group III championship 42-14 over Woodrow Wilson but the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association later vacated that title because it ruled Mainland used an ineligible player."
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- McGarry, Michael. "Mainland Regional's Kylie Strijek wins state girls golf title", The Press of Atlantic City, May 27, 2010. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Kylie Strijek once talked about giving up competitive golf. Now, she's the best girls high school golfer in the state. The Mainland Regional High School senior shot a 2-over-par 76 to win the girls Tournament of Champions at Bamm Hollow Country Club on Wednesday."
- Egerman, Josh. "Mainland secured place in history The Mustangs sought to be among the best teams ever. Their season has earned them that distinction.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 13, 2003. Accessed July 10, 2011. "The Mustangs became the first public-school team since Bernards in 1981-82 to win back-to-back Meet of Champions crowns. And they did it in impressive fashion. Their average time at Holmdel Park was 16 minutes, 19.6 seconds, matching the second-fastest average in the history of Holmdel and just 1.2 seconds off the record set by Christian Brothers Academy in 1982."
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- Alden, Bill. "PHS Boys' Swim Team Has Lost Stars, Looking to Scrap its Way to Wins", Town Topics (newspaper), December 10, 2003. Accessed May 12, 2015. "This past March, the Princeton High boys' swimming team culminated a dominant campaign by taking second in the NJSIAA Public B state tournament. The narrow 91-79 loss to Mainland culminated the careers of a special crew of seniors who helped the program win two straight Mercer County titles and make it to two straight state finals."
- McGarry, Michael. "Mainland wins first state swimming title since 2003", The Press of Atlantic City, February 22, 2016. Accessed November 21, 2017. "Kneisel overcame those troubles to lead Mainland to a one-two-three, 100-butterfly sweep that propelled the Mustangs to the program's first state title in 13 years. Mainland beat Scotch Plains-Fanwood 99-71 to win the state Public B championship at The College of New Jersey."
- Slavit, Evan. "Boys Swimming: No. 1 Mainland repeats as Public B champions", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, February 25, 2017. Accessed November 21, 2017. "After a surprising win last year for Mainland, if only by how easily it swam past a loaded Scotch Plains-Fanwood team, the top seed and No. 1 team in the NJ.com Top 20 repeated the feat for its second straight NJSIAA/Parisi Speed School Public B championship with a 103-67 win over second-seeded and No. 7 Scotch Plains-Fanwood at The College of New Jersey on Saturday morning."
- Staff. "Girls High School Soccer Roundup", The Press of Atlantic City, October 16, 2007. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Tess McLaughlin's 2 goals help Mainland clinch CAL American Tess McLaughlin scored a goal in each half as Mainland Regional beat Oakcrest 2-0 to clinch the Mustangs' first Cape-Atlantic League American Conference girls soccer title Monday."
- Staff. "High school girls soccer / Mainland captures American Conference title", The Press of Atlantic City, October 22, 2009. Accessed July 10, 2011.
- Capoferri, Carmen. "Mainland girls tennis team wins South Jersey Group III title", The Press of Atlantic City, October 13, 2015. Accessed November 8, 2015. "The young Mustang team, made up entirely of underclassmen, retained its composure in a few close sets to sweep singles and add a win in second doubles as they defeated top-seeded Seneca 4-1 in the South Jersey Group III final for their first South Jersey title since 2010.... That start is now a distant memory to the Mustangs, who have earned their first group championship since 2010 when they were part of Group IV."
- O'Kane, John. "Mainland Regional baseball team wins state Group III title; Joins Buena Regional as local state champions", The Press of Atlantic City, June 7, 2014. Accessed May 12, 2015. "Four school buses full of fans turned the return trip down the Garden State Parkway into a victory parade for the Mainland Regional High School baseball team on Saturday. The 'Corral Crazies' had plenty of reasons to cheer as the Mustangs had just won the biggest game in school history, beating Mount Olive 5-3 to win the state Group III championship."
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- Staff. Mainland Regional High School Wins State Mock Trial Title Archived 2011-10-01 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey State Bar Foundation press release dated March 31, 2009. Accessed July 10, 2011. "Mainland Regional High School of Atlantic County has captured the coveted state title in the New Jersey State Bar Foundation's 2008-2009 Vincent J. Apruzzese High School Mock Trial Competition.In an exciting finish to the months-long series of spirited contests that ended with the student courtroom version of March Madness, the winning team edged out West Morris Mendham High School of Morris County at the New Jersey Law Center on March 31.... Mr. Fernandez has led Mainland's mock trial teams for the past 13 years, during which they made it to the southern regionals in 1998 and again in 2007. In between, they scored top honors in 2003.... As first-place state champions, the Mainland Regional team, along with West Morris Mendham's second-place team and North Brunswick's third-place team, will represent New Jersey in the Fourth Annual American Mock Trial Invitational, known as AMTI."
- Marino, Suzanne. "Fourth straight title - Mainland Regional NJDFL team is state champ", Shore News Today, March 11, 2015. Accessed August 3, 2015. "That is exactly what the Mainland team in New Jersey Drama and Forensic League has accomplished: state champs for the fourth straight year, and the Looby Cup will remain with the Mustangs for another year."
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- Valedictorian Complains of 'Hollow' Public School Education Archived 2006-10-16 at the Wayback Machine., Cybercast News Service, June 29, 2006.
- Applause (and some boos) for graduation speaker Archived 2006-08-26 at the Wayback Machine., Press of Atlantic City, June 25, 2006.
- "NJ Salutatorian has critical speech cut off" Archived 2008-06-29 at the Wayback Machine., The Press of Atlantic City, June 20, 2008. Accessed June 20, 2008.
- "Mainland to hold meeting on bomb scares at school", The Press of Atlantic City, October 30, 2006. Accessed February 13, 2018
- Dineen, Caitlin; and Mckelvey, Wallace. "Four Mainland Regional High School football players killed in Parkway crash after last summer practice", The Press of Atlantic City, August 20, 2011. Accessed August 21, 2011. "Football camaraderie and tradition. That was what the Mainland Regional High School team was looking forward to on Saturday. Instead, it became a tragic morning when the driver of an SUV carrying eight members of the team lost control of the vehicle, which overturned several times near exit 38A southbound on the Garden State Parkway, said Sgt. Julian Castellanos, spokesman for the State Police. The accident happened about 11:45 a.m.... Three of the victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The fourth victim died at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, City Campus, in Atlantic City. Bozzi and Khoury were thrown from the vehicle, Castellanos said."
- Hurdle, Jon; and Buettner, Russ "South Jersey Stunned by Deaths of 4 Teammates", The New York Times, August 21, 2011. Accessed December 1, 2016. "Two of the boys were thrown from the Explorer, with one striking another vehicle. Three of the teenagers where pronounced dead at the scene. A fourth died later at AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center's Atlantic City Campus."
- Sweeney, Sam. "Chemical vapors send Mainland Regional students to hospital" Archived 2013-09-29 at the Wayback Machine., WCAU, May 3, 2013. Accessed September 22, 2013. "Mainland Regional High School was evacuated Friday morning after chlorine chemical vapors leaked into parts of the school from the pool area according to school officials."
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- D'Amico, Diane. "Mainland Regional principal promoted to superintendent", The Press of Atlantic City, January 28, 2016. Accessed October 9, 2016. "Mainland Regional High School Principal Mark Marrone repeatedly used the word 'we' as he told the school board Thursday night why he wants to be the district's new superintendent. That vision of the school as a community was just one reason the board unanimously gave him the job."
- Marino, Suzanne. "Kevin Burns is the new Mainland Regional High School principal", The Current of Linwood, Northfield & Somers Point, June 29, 2016. Accessed October 9, 2016. "Following a lengthy search and interview process conducted by the Mainland Board of Education Principal Review Committee, Vice Principal Kevin Burns was promoted to the principal position at a special 8 a.m. meeting, Wednesday, June 29. Retiring Superintendent Robert Previti said the search to replace former Principal Mark Marrone was exhaustive with strong candidates, both internally and externally, seeking the position."
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- Kravitz, Pinky. "Pinky's Corner: Hard Rock's CEO climbed ladder in Atlantic City", The Press of Atlantic City, March 10, 2011. Accessed September 27, 2017. "Allen has a home in Linwood, attended Mainland Regional High School and learned the casino and restaurant business in Atlantic City."
- Hilt, Ed. "NFL Football / Ex-Jet Buttle Credits Parcells For Molding Team Into Champ", The Press of Atlantic City, January 17, 1999. Accessed July 28, 2011. "'People around here are so excited about the Jets this season, they forgot they were 1-15 two years ago, and that takes some doing,' said Buttle, a Jet linebacker from 1976-84 who also starred at Penn State and Mainland Regional High School."
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- DeAngelis, Martin. "Former Cape May resident receives glowing reviews for 800+ page book, Witz", The Press of Atlantic City, July 30, 2010. Accessed January 23, 2018. "Not bad bookish company for a kid who grew up in Linwood and Cape May, went to the old Trocki Hebrew Academy in Margate and then to Mainland Regional High School, and who worked some summers at his uncle's docks across the bay from Cape May - when he wasn't being a slot cashier at a few Atlantic City casinos or a semi-professional guitar player at gigs around Ocean City, Ventnor and more local spots."
- Brunetti Post, Michelle. "Acting dream untouched by amputation", The Press of Atlantic City, September 15, 2012. Accessed April 4, 2016. "Rachel Handler, of Linwood, is so determined to be an actress, she is back to performing just months after her left leg was amputated below the knee in an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike. The 24-year-old Mainland Regional High School graduate, a lifelong dancer, was living in Queens and had just finished playing Snow White in a production at Nicu's Spoon Theater in midtown Manhattan."
- Weinberg, David. "NFL / Waiting For The Call: David Klemic, Cory Bird Gear Up For NFL Draft", The Press of Atlantic City, April 20, 2001. Accessed July 28, 2011. "David Klemic has a busy weekend planned. First, he will compete in the long jump and 100-meter dash for the Northeastern University track and field team Saturday at the Huskie Invitational in Boston. From there, he will head home to Somers Point, where the Mainland Regional High School alumnus will watch the second-day coverage of the NFL draft on ESPN on Sunday."
- Dave Klemic, NFL.com. Accessed September 6, 2009.
- Marino, Suzanne. "MRHS students dig the mighty tale of Dreadnoughtus discovery by alum", The Current, February 24, 2015. Accessed June 10, 2015. "Mainland Regional High School can boast many successful alumnae. There are doctors, lawyers, politicians, NFL players, and Peace Corps volunteers, but Friday, Feb. 20, Ken Lacovara Ph.D., a paleontologist and possibly one of the most adventurous of the famous alums, stopped in to talk about what he has been up to since he left Mainland in 1978."
- Sam Ojserkis, United States Olympic Committee. Accessed August 11, 2016. "Birthplace: Pomona, N.J.; Hometown: Linwood, N.J.; High School: Mainland Regional High School (Linwood, N.J.) '08"
- Lemongello, Steven. "Playmate's journey began in Somers Point", The Press of Atlantic City, April 19, 2009. Accessed July 28, 2011. "'From Gregory's to Caroline's to the Anchorage,' Jennifer Pershing, 28, listed her hometown drinking establishments, 'pretty much any time I walk into one, I see somebody I know.' The former Jennifer Ackley, a 1998 graduate of Mainland Regional High School, returned to the area this weekend for an appearance at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort - or, as this week's At The Shore puts it, locals and visitors had the chance to 'Party with a Playmate.'"
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