Marlboro High School

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Marlboro High School
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Marlboro High School is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Marlboro High School
Marlboro High School
Marlboro High School is located in New Jersey
Marlboro High School
Marlboro High School
Marlboro High School is located in the US
Marlboro High School
Marlboro High School
95 North Main Street
Marlboro, NJ 07746

United States
Coordinates 40°19′50″N 74°14′43″W / 40.330513°N 74.24538°W / 40.330513; -74.24538Coordinates: 40°19′50″N 74°14′43″W / 40.330513°N 74.24538°W / 40.330513; -74.24538
Type Public high school
Motto "The Struggle Makes Us Who We Are"
Established 1968
School district Freehold Regional High School District
Principal David Bleakley
Faculty 134.2 FTEs[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,959 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 14.6:1[1]
Color(s)      Navy blue and
Athletics conference Shore Conference
Team name Mustangs[2]
Accreditation Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]

Marlboro High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Marlboro Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as one of the six secondary schools of the Freehold Regional High School District (FRHSD). The school serves students from portions of Marlboro Township.[4] Marlboro High School hosts the Business Administration Learning Center, a selective magnet program offered within FRHSD, so there are students attending Marlboro High School from across the county. Students that are a part of the Business Administration Learning Center take advanced classes that are more in-depth than regular classes. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1974.[3]

Marlboro High School opened in 1968 and served all students from Colts Neck Township until Colts Neck High School opened in 1998.[5] Students at Marlboro High School all come from Marlboro Township, with other students from Marlboro attending Colts Neck High School.[4] The Freehold Regional High School District serves students from Colts Neck Township, Englishtown, Farmingdale, Freehold Borough, Freehold Township, Howell Township, Manalapan Township and Marlboro Township.[6]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,959 students and 134.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.6:1. There were 73 students (3.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 21 (1.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 421st out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 46th among all high schools in New Jersey and 29th among the state's non-magnet schools.[7]

In Newsweek's 2014 "America's Top High Schools" Report, Marlboro High School was ranked 46th in the nation and 6th in New Jersey, among participating public high schools including some of the nation's top magnet schools.[8]

The school was the 9th-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.[9] The school had been ranked 123rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 93rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[10] The magazine ranked the school 117th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[11] The school was ranked 76th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[12]

In its 2014 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 118th in the nation among participating public high schools and 15th among schools in New Jersey, improving from the previous year's 343rd and 26th-place rankings, respectively.[13] ranked the school 34th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (an increase of 16 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.2%) and language arts literacy (98.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[14]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 71st in New Jersey and 2,049th nationwide.[15]

In 2001, Marlboro High School's Academic Challenge team won runner-up (second place) from an original field of 113 teams in the statewide final competition.[16] The team was honored with a New Jersey Senate floor resolution at the Statehouse in Trenton on June 7, 2001.[17] The Rutgers Academic Challenge was an interscholastic statewide competition for high school teams that promoted academic excellence and team building through hands-on, multidisciplinary activities that engaged their knowledge and critical thinking skills. The competition included segments of problem-solving activities in the areas of mathematics, science, social studies and language arts.[18][19]

In 2006, Principal James Mullevey was named Administrator of the Year by the New Jersey Association of Student Councils (NJASC).[20]

In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Marlboro High School's Debate Team was nationally recognized as a consistent powerhouse and frequent invitee to elite, invitation only events. In 1981, the team of Meredith McClintock and Andrea Alterman completed their high school debate careers as one of the top-ranked teams in the nation.[21]

In 2017, the Marlboro High School We The People team defeated East Brunswick High School to win the state We The People title for the first time in school history; East Brunswick had won the state competition 27 of the past 30 years, Marlboro defeating East Brunswick in the 30th year. Subsequently, the team was invited to compete in the 2017 national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition, representing the state of New Jersey in the process.[22]

Business Administration Learning Center[edit]

The Business Administration Learning Center, currently located at Marlboro High School, offers a four-year program of study to a limited number of academically motivated students who wish to develop their interests in the areas of business and management. The program is focused through the study of targeted courses, which include finance, management, economics, law, and computer technology. Classroom activities are regularly augmented by guest lectures, field experiences, and close affiliations with business and industry. Enrollment in and successful completion of Algebra 1 with a B average or higher, as evidenced by the middle school transcript, is a pre-requisite.

Students are encouraged to apply and practice the academic knowledge gained in the classroom through participation in various competitions sponsored by the Future Business Leaders of America and the Federal Reserve Bank. These co-curricular activities, as well as other opportunities afforded by our close proximity to financial and corporate institutions in the greater metropolitan area, play an integral role in students' personal and academic growth. Students will be prepared to attend a college or university with a foundation secured in human relations skills, rigorous academic training, and an appreciation for both social and ethical responsibility.[23]


The Marlboro High School Mustangs[2] compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore and located in Monmouth County and Ocean County, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[24] With 1,490 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 2,349 students in that grade range.[25]

The school operates as the host school / lead agency for a joint ice hockey program with Holmdel High School, under an agreement that expires at the end of the 2017-18 school year.[26]

In 1994, the football team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship, completing a 10-1 season with a 27-13 victory over Piscataway Township High School at Giants Stadium.[27][28]

In 2001, his senior year, Ty Jensen was the first Marlboro track and field athlete to win a title in every championship race during a single season. In the 1600 meter run, Jensen was the Monmouth County Champion, Shore Conference Champion, Central Jersey Group IV Champion, Group IV State Champion and the overall Meet of Champions Champion. He still holds the school record for the 1600 meter run with a time of 4:12.[29]

The girls' basketball team won the 2003 Group IV state championship, defeating East Orange Campus High School in the final game.[30] In 2015, the girls varsity basketball team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championship, defeating Monroe Township High School in overtime by a score of 60-52 in the tournament final.[31][32]

In 2003, the boys' tennis team won the Group IV state championship. The team was ranked #1 in the state for the entire year. Due to international tournaments, the tennis team could not provide their full strength team to the Tournament of Champions, and lost 3-2 to Newark Academy in a rematch in the semifinals.[33]

In 2009, the boys' soccer team became A-North Shore Conference Champions, the first time in school history. In that same season another school first had been accomplished when the boys' soccer team won the Shore Conference Tournament with a 2-1 win in the tournament final over Christian Brothers Academy, having lost the previous season's final to Freehold Township High School.[34]

In 2011, the hockey team won the Shore Conference Division D title, the first championship of the school's hockey program.[35]

In 2013, the boys' Sprint Medley Relay team, consisting of Chaz Byrnes, Ruben Cruz, Zac Vignola, and Brandon Mazzarella, became the first ever boys' relay team from the district to win a Group IV state title.[36] Later in that same year, Sprint Medley anchor, Brandon Mazzarella, went on to win the Shore Conference Title in the 800 Meter Run.


Core members of the school's administration are:[37]

  • David Bleakley, Principal[38]
  • Elena Andreacci, Assistant Principal
  • Jeannette Bruno, Assistant Principal
  • Scott Liptzin, Assistant Principal

Other district high schools[edit]

Marlboro High School Marching Band on Route 79 during Homecoming Parade 2005.

Attendance at each of the district's high schools is based on where the student lives in relation to the district's high schools. In order to balance enrollment, district lines are redrawn for all six schools to address issues with overcrowding and spending in regards to transportation. The other five schools in the district (with 2014-15 enrollment data from the National Center for Education Statistics[39]) with their attendance zones for incoming students are:[4][40][41]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  4. ^ a b c FRHSD Attendance Boundaries; Which High School Will My Child Attend?, Freehold Regional High School District. Accessed December 16, 2016. "The following is a list of streets, by municipality, that are assigned to a Freehold Regional District high school outside of their hometown."
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  6. ^ Freehold Regional High School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 9, 2017. "The Freehold Regional High School District, the largest regional high school District in New Jersey, has six high schools with over 11,000 students and over 1,500 employees and spans 200 square miles. District members include the townships of Colts Neck, Freehold, Howell, Manalapan, and Marlboro, and the boroughs of Englishtown, Farmingdale, and Freehold."
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  14. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Accessed March 7, 2012.
  15. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Marlboro High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 11, 2011.
  16. ^ "State champions in the Rutgers Academic Challenge to be honored with a Senate resolution June 7 in Trenton", Rutgers University press release dated June 7, 2001. Accessed June 27, 2011. "Livingston High School, the 2001 state champion of the Rutgers Academic Challenge, runner-up Marlboro High School and third-place Brick Township Memorial High School will be honored with a Senate floor resolution at the Statehouse in Trenton Thursday (June 7)."
  17. ^ Scanlon, Joni. "State champions honored", Rutgers University Focus, June 15, 2001. Accessed June 27, 2011. "Livingston High School, the 2001 state champion of the Rutgers Academic Challenge, runner-up Marlboro High School and third-place Brick Township Memorial High School were honored with a Senate floor resolution at the Statehouse in Trenton June 7."
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  22. ^ Elacqua, Peter. "Marlboro H.S. students will compete in national event", Independent, February 23, 2017. Accessed April 26, 2017. "In January, Marlboro's We the People team won its first We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution state competition. The victory was notable because it ended the domination of the contest by two other schools. In the 29 years the event has been held, East Brunswick High School has won 27 times and West Windsor-Plainsboro High School has won twice."
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  29. ^ Morris, Tim. "New mind-set helped Jensen become a state champion Marlboro runner is Male Athlete of the Year", News Transcript, July 3, 2001. Accessed October 1, 2016. "For his championship season that culminated in the Meet of Champions 1,600 -meter title, Jensen is the News Transcript's 2001 Senior Male Athlete of the Year.... Jensen would go on to win the Freehold District, Monmouth County, Shore Conference and Central Jersey Group IV titles, all for the first time."
  30. ^ NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 24, 2016.
  31. ^ Ryan, Chris. "Girls basketball: Shatsky's comeback highlights Marlboro's Central Jersey, Group 4 title", NJ Advance Media for, March 10, 2015. Accessed August 24, 2016. "Her comeback added another chapter on Tuesday, as the senior point guard poured in 27 points, including the 1,000th of her career on a key free throw down the stretch in overtime, to lead Marlboro to a 60-52 victory over Monroe in the Central Jersey, Group 4 final."
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  33. ^ History of Boys' Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2015.
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  35. ^ Morris, Tim. "Marlboro ice hockey team wins first division crown", News Transcript, February 9, 2011. Accessed December 1, 2011. "With one division game left, the Mustangs had already clinched the Shore Conference D Division title. On Feb. 8 the Mustangs played Point Pleasant Borough High School in their final division game and they were looking to finish division play undefeated. The Mustangs (15-1) were 9-0 in the division with one game to play."
  36. ^ Morris, Tim. " Historic win for Marlboro; Freehold Twp. wins twice at NJSIAA State Relay Championships", News Transcript, January 23, 2013. Accessed September 22, 2014. "For Mazzarella and teammates Chaz Byrnes, Zac Vignola and Ruben Cruz, the Group IV sprint medley relay state championship came with an added bonus — it made school history. They are the first relay team to win a state title."
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  49. ^ Boyd, Alesha Williams. "Kids find reading can be fun", Asbury Park Press, March 3, 2010. Accessed March 3, 2011. "At 5 feet tall, Josh said he may be the shortest in his sophomore class at Marlboro High School, but he's already well on his way to being a big star."
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  54. ^ Ramer, Larry. "'Average Joe' using fame to boost charity efforts", News Transcript, April 21, 2004. Accessed August 14, 2017. "Life seems to be going well for one of Marlboro High School's most famous alumni, Adam Mesh."
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  57. ^ Jensen, Mike. "Howie Roseman relentlessly pursued NFL dream", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 9, 2010. Accessed March 3, 2011. "All the NFL teams had begun getting Roseman's letters while he was still in high school in Marlboro, NJ, in Monmouth County."
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  60. ^ Morton, Rebecca. "'Vampire Diaries' to give Marlboro native star turn", Sentinel, September 10, 2009. Accessed June 4, 2017. "Wesley attended Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft and Marlboro High School for a period during his high school years."
  61. ^ Edelson, Stephen. "NEW: Shore's greatest girls basketball players - One last look", Asbury Park Press, February 8, 2017. Accessed October 2, 2017. "Even though she was only at Marlboro for three years, transferring to Highlands Regional for her senior season, Zoll earned a reputation as one of the finest playmakers ever to grace the hardwood at the Jersey Shore."

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