Manasquan High School

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Manasquan High School
167 Broad Street
Manasquan, NJ 08736
Type Public high school
Established 1931
School district Manasquan Public Schools
Principal Richard Coppola
Assistant principals Donald Bramley
Diane Marklein
Faculty 70.6 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 961[1] (as of 2012-13)
Student to teacher ratio 13.61:1[1]
Color(s)      Royal blue and
Athletics conference Shore Conference[2]
Mascot Big Blue Warrior
Team name Warriors[2]

Manasquan High School is a four-year comprehensive community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Manasquan, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone high school of the Manasquan Public Schools. In addition to students from Manasquan, the high school also serves students from Avon-by-the-Sea, Belmar,[3] Brielle, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake and Spring Lake Heights, who attend Manasquan High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with their respective districts.[4][5]

As of the 2012-13 school year, the school had an enrollment of 961 students and 70.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.61:1. There were 83 students (8.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 31 (3.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Manasquan High School has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1935.[6] In March 2004, a validation team visited the school and recommended that the school's accreditation should be extended.[7]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was the 143rd-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.[8] The school had been ranked 145th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 124th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 115th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 108th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11] ranked the school tied for 58th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 3 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.8%) and language arts literacy (96.3%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[12]

In 1996-97, Manasquan High School's Horticultural Botany program, taught at Barlow's Flower Farm, was recognized by the New Jersey Department of Education as a "Best Practice" of educational partnership.[13]


The Course Ahead Program allows seniors to take courses in European and American History, Calculus, and Entrepreneurship at Georgian Court College for college credit.

Students have the option to take Advanced Placement (AP) courses in their Junior and Senior years. The high school offers AP courses in Language and Composition, Literature, World History, United States History, Psychology, Chemistry, Biology, Computer Science, Calculus (AB and, more recently, BC), Spanish, and French. After taking these classes, students will take the national administered AP examinations, which can earn students credit at most institutions of higher learning (the exact score required for credit may vary depending on the college or university).

The Academy of Finance program focuses on the field of finance, using a curriculum that combines traditional classroom instruction, with lectures from experts in the subject, mentoring and job shadowing with industry specialists. Students gain practical knowledge and skills through a paid summer internship that is required as part of the program. Students are awarded a Certificate in Financial Studies upon satisfactory completion of the Academy curriculum mandates.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Manasquan High School offers many clubs and after school activities. Clubs include the Environmental Club, Film Club, Friends Helping Friends, Amnesty International, Ping-Pong Club, History Club, Mock Trial, Model United Nations, Key Club, the National Honor Society, the Academy of Finance (see below), DECA, Academic Team, and many more.


The Manasquan High School Warriors[2] compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore in Monmouth County and Ocean County and operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[14] With 723 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 506 to 749 students in that grade range.[15]

The High School is known for its intense sports rivalry with Wall High School in Wall Township. The rivalry culminates every year on Thanksgiving, where the football teams face off with MHS always holding their homecoming, whether they are the home or away team.[16] The school had a longstanding rivalry with Point Pleasant Boro High School.[17]

The football team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship in 1990 and 1991, 1993, 1998 to 2002, 2005 and 2008, as well as the South Jersey Group II title in 2006.[18] The 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010 teams all won divisional championships. The 2006 team went 12-0 and won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title with a 28-0 win over West Deptford High School in the sectional title game, one of 10 state titles won by coach Vic Kubu during his 22-year tenure at Manasquan before his death in 2007.[19] The 2008 football team also won the Central Jersey Group II sectional title, coming from a touchdown behind at the half to a 19-14 win against Arthur L. Johnson High School at Rutgers Stadium, the program's 11th sectional title.[20][21]

The 2007 girls tennis team won the Central Jersey, Group II state sectional championship with a 3-2 win over Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in the tournament final.[22]

The 2009 boys tennis team advanced very far at the state level, reaching State Group Semifinals, although ultimately losing to Pascack Hills High School[23]

The Manasquan Warrior Band, directed by Alan Abraham, performs at all of the games, playing music both in the stands and during halftime. The Drum Major this year is Tessa O'Boyle, Field Captain is Carly Abraham, and Drum Captain is Zach Hauge. This year, the Manasquan High School Warrior Band is performing Queen Extravaganza themed show. Songs include Don't Stop Me Now, Bohemian Rhapsody, Bicycle Race, We Are the Champions, and the Manasquan High School "School Song". They include an extensive repertoire of over 70 songs. The Warrior Band Drum Line also features a Percussion Ensemble using trash cans instead of drums, called Big Bang, as a part of the Warrior Jazz Band.[24]


Core members of the school's administration are:[25]

  • Richard Coppola, Principal
  • Donald Bramley, Assistant Principal
  • Peter Cahill, Assistant Principal

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Manasquan High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed March 26, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Manasquan High School, NJSIAA. Accessed May 17, 2015.
  3. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "LIVING IN/Belmar, N.J.; Pushing Back on a Rowdy Reputation", The New York Times, June 20, 2004. Accessed October 23, 2007. "From Belmar Elementary, students are slotted to go to either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School, according to a 56-44 percent formula worked out with the New Jersey Department of Education in the late 1940s."
  4. ^ Manasquan Public Schools 2014 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed March 26, 2015. "Manasquan High School receives students from seven sending districts; Avon, Belmar, Lake Como, Spring Lake, Spring Lake Heights, Sea Girt, Brielle, as well as our Manasquan Elementary School students."
  5. ^ Sending Districts, Manasquan Public Schools. Accessed October 29, 2014. "Manasquan High School receives students from eight different districts; Avon, Bradley Beach, Brielle, Belmar, Lake Como, Sea Girt, Spring Lake, and Spring Lake Heights. Including our Manasquan students, the high school population is just over one-thousand."
  6. ^ Manasquan High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 30, 2012. Accessed May 17, 2015.
  7. ^ MIDDLE STATES ACCREDITATION FOR GROWTH PROGRESS UPDATE September 2004, accessed November 1, 2006.
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed March 19, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed February 27, 2012.
  13. ^ New Jersey Best Practices Award Recipient, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 1, 2006.
  14. ^ League Memberships – 2014-2015, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 29, 2014.
  15. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed October 29, 2014.
  16. ^ "Home Page". Manasquan High School. Retrieved 3 June 2014. 
  17. ^ James, George. "Thanksgiving, and Goal to Go", The New York Times, November 24, 1996. Accessed January 19, 2012. "Like Manasquan and Point Boro, as it is called, towns around New Jersey will be playing out their traditional rivalries, some of which date back almost to the 19th century."
  18. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, NJSIAA. Accessed January 19, 2012.
  19. ^ Heininger, Claire. "Legendary Manasquan H.S. football coach Kubu dies", The Star-Ledger, August 26, 2007. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Kubu won 263 career games, the second-highest total among active Shore coaches behind Brick coach Warren Wolf, who has 350 victories. Kubu started his head coaching career at Middletown North and spent the past 22 years at his alma mater, Manasquan, which he turned into a perennial state power. His teams won 10 state championships, including one last season when Manasquan went 12-0 and captured the NJSIAA South Jersey, Group 2 title. A weakened Kubu guided the team from the press box when Manasquan defeated West Deptford, 28-0, for the 2006 championship while interim head coach Pete Cahill took over on the sideline."
  20. ^ Staff. "Manasquan 19, Johnson 14", The Star-Ledger, December 6, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Lorenzo Venable is Manasquan's tailback, and he accepted the enhanced role by carrying 28 times for 191 yards and all three touchdowns to rally Manasquan to a 19-14 victory over Johnson in the NJSIAA/Gatorade Central Jersey, Group 2 championship game at Rutgers Stadium. Venable was at his best after halftime as he ran 13 times for 147 yards and two third-quarter scores as Manasquan (10-2) overcame a 14-7 deficit to claim its 11th NJSIAA football title."
  21. ^ Ziegler, Robert. "The legacy keeps growing", Asbury Park Press, December 6, 2008. Accessed July 7, 2011. "Lorenzo Venable rushed for 191 yards and three touchdowns, and the Warriors beat AL Johnson, 19-14, in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II final at Rutgers Stadium to win their Shore Conference-record 11th sectional title."
  22. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - Central, Group II, NJSIAA. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  23. ^ 2009 Boys Tennis Tournament - Public Semis/Finals, NJSIAA. Accessed January 19, 2012.
  24. ^ "Manasquan High School Warrior Band", Manasquan High School Warrior Band.
  25. ^ Contact Information, Manasquan High School. Accessed October 29, 2014.
  26. ^ Barbara Ann Friedrich m, Kean University Athletic Hall of Fame. Accessed January 19, 2012. "As a high school student-athlete, Friedrich shattered the existing national women's and junior record in the event with her toss of 198'8" in the New Jersey State Meet of Champions in Long Branch. She had actually thrown for the same distance earlier in the year at a boys' meet (girls' track and field was minimal at the time) in Manasquan."
  27. ^ Lynch, Neal. "Sleigh Bells Singer Alexis Krauss Before She Was Famous",, February 22, 2012. Accessed April 2, 2015.
  28. ^ Staff. "Sleigh Bells: The SPIN Cover Photo Shoot", Spin (magazine), February 20, 2012. Accessed April 6, 2015. "Sleigh Bells were photographed in Alexis Krauss' hometown of Manasquan, New Jersey, at locations including her alma mater (Manasquan High School), her favorite pizza place on Main Street, and the train tracks where she used to hang out after school."
  29. ^ Nash, Margo. "FILM; For Asbury Park, an Unflattering Role", The New York Times, December 24, 2000. Accessed January 19, 2012. "She had hoped to be an extra. Since she retired, she has been studying acting at Union County College, an interest that began when she was in a drama class at Manasquan High School, a few year behind Jack Nicholson."
  30. ^ Biographical Data for Russell L. (Rusty) Schweickart, NASA. Accessed July 7, 2011.
  31. ^ Newman, Josh. "Monmouth's Neal Sterling Chosen in NFL Draft by Jacksonville Jaguars", Asbury Park Press, May 3, 2015. Accessed May 17, 2015. "Sterling, a Belmar native and a 2009 graduate of Manasquan High School, finished in the top three on the career list of every receiving category."

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Coordinates: 40°07′43″N 74°02′53″W / 40.128476°N 74.048019°W / 40.128476; -74.048019