Manchester Regional High School

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Manchester Regional High School District
70 Church Street
Haledon, NJ 07508
District information
Grades 9-12
Superintendent Dr. Miguel Hernandez
Business administrator John A. Serapiglia Jr.
Schools 1
Students and staff
Enrollment 896 (as of 2014-15)[1]
Faculty 64.7 FTEs[1]
Student-teacher ratio 13.9:1[1]
Other information
District Factor Group B
Ind. Per pupil District
 %± vs.
1A Total Spending $19,935 19 $18,891 5.5%
1 Budgetary Cost 12,434 3 15,592 -20.3%
2 Classroom Instruction 7,817 8 8,807 -11.2%
6 Support Services 1,501 4 2,294 -34.6%
8 Administrative Cost 1,356 6 1,592 -14.8%
10 Operations & Maintenance 1,232 2 1,954 -36.9%
13 Extracurricular Activities 527 5 873 -39.6%
16 Median Teacher Salary 72,828 33 71,726
Data from NJDoE 2014 Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending.[2]
*Of 9-12 districts with any number of students. Lowest spending=1; Highest=47
Manchester Regional High School
Manchester Regional High School is located in Passaic County, New Jersey
Manchester Regional High School
Manchester Regional High School
Manchester Regional High School is located in New Jersey
Manchester Regional High School
Manchester Regional High School
Manchester Regional High School is located in the US
Manchester Regional High School
Manchester Regional High School
70 Church Street
Haledon, New Jersey 07508
Type Public
Established 1960
Principal Dr. Richard Ney
Asst. principals Colleen Brogan
Christopher Wacha
Grades 912
Campus Suburban
Color(s)      Red
Athletics conference North Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team name Falcons[3]
Newspaper The Falcon Flyer

Manchester Regional High School is a comprehensive, four-year public high school and regional school district serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park, three communities in Passaic County, New Jersey, United States.[4][5]

The district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, having been approved in July 2003 to participate in the program.[6] Seats in the program for non-resident students are specified by the district and are allocated by lottery, with tuition paid for participating students by the New Jersey Department of Education.[7]

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 896 students and 64.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.9:1. There were 606 students (67.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 98 (10.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

The school's mean SAT scores for 2012-13 school year were 444 in the mathematics section, 429 in verbal and 419 on the essay for a composite score of 1292 vs. statewide averages of 521 math, 495 verbal and 496 essay, with a composite score of 1512; Among students taking the SAT, 14.2% met the 1550 composite score benchmark indicative of college success and completion, while 8.5% of peer schools and 43.9% of students statewide met this standard.[8]

The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "B", the second-lowest of eight groups. 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.[9]

In a 2013 change by the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Education, the district's funding formula was changed so that costs would be allocated with half based on enrollment and half based on valuation. The formula benefited North Haledon most, with Prospect Park's share of funding for the Manchester having more than doubled in a decade as of the 2014-15 school year and property taxes for the regional district rising nearly $700 on the average home in the previous two years. Haledon and Prospect Park have argued that property valuation should be the basis for assessing district taxes, while North Haledon, with the largest property valuation, had argued that funding should be based exclusively on enrollment.[10]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

The school was awarded a Bronze Medal in U.S. News & World Report's 2009-2010 "Best American High Schools" issue, distinguishing it from the pack by being one of only two Passaic County, NJ, high schools mentioned.[11] Only 1,750 high schools out of 21,786 public high schools were recognized.[12][13]

The school was the 269th-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.[14] The school had been ranked 272nd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 260th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[15] The magazine ranked the school 227th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[16] The school was ranked 218th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[17] ranked the school as tied for 156th out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 117 positions 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).[18]


The Manchester Regional Falcons[3] compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[19] With 664 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 495 to 762 students in that grade range.[20] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Manchester was a member of the smaller Bergen-Passaic Scholastic League (BPSL).[21]

Popular culture[edit]

MRHS was featured as the school in the independent film 12 and Holding.[22]


Core members of the district's administration are:[23][24][25]

  • Dr. Miguel Hernandez, Superintendent
  • John A. Serapiglia Jr., Business Administrator / Board Secretary
  • Dr. Richard Ney, Principal
  • Colleen Brogan, Assistant Principal for Curriculum and Student Services
  • Christopher Wacha, Assistant Principal / Director of Language Arts and Literacy & Media Center

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Passaic County-Manchester Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
  3. ^ a b c Manchester Regional High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2016.
  4. ^ Zaremba, Justin. "Costs add up in funding formula fight", The Gazette, March 17, 2010. Accessed August 21, 2012. "With no end in sight to the legal fight between Haledon, Prospect Park and North Haledon over the funding formula to the Manchester Regional High School District, costs for the boroughs continue to skyrocket."
  5. ^ Passaic County-Manchester Regional High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 30, 2016. "Manchester Regional High School (MRHS) serves 903 students from the Passaic County boroughs of Haledon, North Haledon and Prospect Park. It is also one of only two Interdistrict Public Choice Schools in the county providing a quality college preparatory curriculum to students outside the district who want to avail themselves of this program. One hundred four students from Essex, Bergen and Passaic Counties are enrolled at the school."
  6. ^ Interdistrict Public School Choice Program: Approved Choice Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  7. ^ Interdistrict Public School Choice Program: Introduction, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 19, 2008.
  8. ^ Manchester Regional High School 2013 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 20, 2014, 2014.
  9. ^ NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Park, Minjae. "Prospect Park residents appeal to lawmakers for more school aid for Manchester Regional", The Record (Bergen County), March 18, 2015. Accessed March 22, 2015. "At the court's order, the state commissioner of education created a new funding formula based one-third on enrollment and two-thirds on property values. North Haledon appealed and an administrative law judge in 2011 ordered the commissioner to create a new formula, recommending it be based two-thirds on enrollment and one-third on property values. Instead, Cerf in 2003 divided the burden 50-50 between enrollment and tax base, satisfying none of the boroughs."
  11. ^ "America's Best High Schools - New Jersey", US News & World Report, posted December 9, 2009. Accessed February 20, 2010.
  12. ^ "U.S. News Ranks America's Best High Schools for Third Consecutive Year", US News & World Report, posted December 9, 2009. Accessed February 20, 2010.
  13. ^ "Best High Schools 2010: Manchester Regional High School", US News & World Report, posted December 9, 2009. Accessed February 20, 2010.
  14. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  15. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  16. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 21, 2011.
  17. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  18. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009-2010, Accessed January 19, 2012.
  19. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2016.
  20. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  21. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 20, 2014.
  22. ^ 12 and Holding, Internet Movie Database. Accessed May 6, 2010.
  23. ^ Staff, Manchester Regional High School. Accessed May 30, 2016.
  24. ^ New Jersey School Directory for Passaic County, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 27, 2016.
  25. ^ Passaic County 2016-17 Public School Directory, Passaic County, New Jersey. Accessed December 27, 2016.
  26. ^ Andelman, David A. "Priest Explains Eulogy Of Slain S.L.A. Woman", The New York Times, May 27, 1974. Accessed August 21, 2012. "Father Citro attended St. John's High School in Prospect Park, N. J., while Mrs. Atwood -- Angela De Angelis before her marriage -- attended the Manchester Regional High School."
  27. ^ McDermott, Barry. "A Guy You Do Not Toy With; Bruce Baumgartner is determined to win the one title he has missed ", Sports Illustrated, October 20, 1986. Accessed August 21, 2012. "To the kids who wrestled against Baumgartner when he was at Manchester Regional High School it must seem inconceivable that he would have bothered to stick with wrestling. Only seven years ago he was not good enough to win his state prep title, finishing third as a senior."
  28. ^ Bruce Baumgartner profile, The Washington Post, accessed April 26, 2007.
  29. ^ Roberts, Jeff. "Super Bowl: Memories, super or not, live forever", The Record (Bergen County), January 29, 2014. Accessed May 30, 2016. "The Haledon native and Manchester product was only a rookie when he earned a trip to Super Bowl XII."
  30. ^ Bruce Huther player profile, database Football. Accessed August 23, 2007.

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