Millville Senior High School
|Millville Senior High School|
|200 Wade Boulevard
Millville, NJ 08332
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Millville Public Schools|
|Asst. principal||Steve Matusz
|Enrollment||1,132 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.2:1|
|Athletics conference||Cape-Atlantic League|
Millville Senior High School is a comprehensive community public high school located in Millville, in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in eleventh grade and twelfth grade as part of the Millville Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1943.
Maurice River Township sends 180 students who attend the district's high schools, as part of a sending/receiving relationship with the Maurice River Township School District. Commercial Township and Lawrence Township also send students to the district's high schools; The sending districts filed suit in 2009, challenging the way in which the Millville district charges for students from outside the district to attend the school. Students from Woodbine had attended the district's high schools as part of a sending/receiving relationship, before the Woodbine district switched to have students attend Middle Township High School starting with freshmen starting school in the 2013-14 school year.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,132 students and 93.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.2:1. There were 489 students (43.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 95 (8.4% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
As part of a $114.5 million expansion project overseen by the New Jersey Schools Development Authority and scheduled to start in 2017, the school's capacity will be doubled to accommodate up to 2,300 students, allowing all of the freshmen and sophomore classes that had been at Memorial High School to be consolidated at the Senior High School building; for the 2017-18 school year, all high school students were shifted into Millville High School.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 291st-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 308th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 306th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 289th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 295th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Millville High School is a participant in the NASA Toys in Space program, a joint project of American and Russian students to learn the science behind designing a toy, and about the study of space.
The Millville Senior High School Thunderbolts compete in the Atlantic 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 that operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,348 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Continental Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group V for football for 2017-18.
Since 1893, Vineland High School, in Vineland, has participated in an annual Thanksgiving football game with Millville High School. The rivalry is the one of the oldest public high school rivalries in the United States and the state's oldest, with Vineland leading the series 64-63-19, heading into the 2017 game.
The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV state sectional title in 1975. The team won the South Jersey Group V state sectional championship in 2016, defeating Toms River High School North by a score of 22-16 in the tournament final.
Field hockey coach Claudia E. McCarthy, inducted into the New Jersey Coaches Hall of Fame in 1990, won her 500th game in 2011 in her 41st season as a coach, with a win against Middle Township High School. She became the fifth coach to reach 500 field hockey victories.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Stephanie DeRose, Principal
- Steve Matusz, Assistant Principal
- Krisitin McManus, Assistant Principal
- Jaime Sutton, Assistant Principal
- Fred Pierce Corson (1896–1985, class of 1913), Bishop of The Methodist Church.
- Merritt Gant (born 1971), former guitarist for the heavy metal band Overkill.
- Bubba Green (born 1957) played defensive tackle for the Baltimore Colts in 1981.
- Leon Henderson (1895-1986), administrator of the Office of Price Administration from 1941 to 1942.
- Dwayne Hendricks (born 1986), former football defensive tackle.
- R. Bruce Land (born 1950, class of 1968), politician and former corrections officer who has represented the 1st Legislative District in the New Jersey General Assembly since 2016.
- Steve Romanik (1924-2009, class of 1942), NFL quarterback from 1950-1954 for the Chicago Bears and Chicago Cardinals.
- Bob Surace (born 1968), head coach of the Princeton Tigers football team.
- Mike Trout (born 1991), MLB center fielder for the Los Angeles Angels.
- Ashleigh Udalovas (born 1988), Miss New Jersey 2010.
- Calvin "Slow Ride" Murray (born 1958), 1970s star running back at The Ohio State University and NFL player from 1981-82.
- School data for Millville Senior High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Millville Senior High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 30, 2016.
- Member Directory, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed September 20, 2012.
- Maurice River Township School District 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 26, 2017. "The Maurice River Township School District consists of one elementary school and is a sending district to the Millville School District for its high school students.... Maurice River Township transports approximately 180 students to the Memorial and Senior High Schools in Millville."
- Maurice River Township Elementary School Archived 2011-07-14 at the Wayback Machine., Maurice River Township School District. Accessed March 29, 2011. "The Maurice River Township School District consists of one elementary school and is a sending district to the Millville School District for its high school students.... Maurice River Township transports approximately 180 students to the Memorial and Senior High Schools in Millville."
- Jones, Jean. "Sending districts Maurice River, Commercial, Lawrence, Woodbine suing Millville School District over tuition rates", The News of Cumberland County, April 13, 2009. Accessed March 29, 2011. "The suit, filed in the state Administrative Law Court, asks the commissioner of education to resolve a dispute about the method which the Millville school district is using to estimate and audit tuition for four sending districts. The four districts, Maurice River, Commercial, Lawrence and Woodbine, have joined in the suit with Maurice River as the lead agency."
- Campbell, Al. "Woodbine School Proposes Consolidation with Middle Schools", Cape May County Herald, February 27, 2008. Accessed March 29, 2011. "One key factor, said Kopakowski, is Woodbine's sending-receiving relationship with Millville School District. That Cumberland County district, with about 6,400 pupils K-12 has long educated Woodbine's high school students."
- Campbell, Al. "Woodbine Freshmen to Enter Middle Township High School in September", Cape May County Herald, August 7, 2013. Accessed November 14, 2017. "The ride to high school will be a bit shorter this September for about 15 freshmen from Woodbine. That’s due the July 29 decision by state Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf to permit eighth grade graduates from Woodbine to enter Middle Township High School instead of Millville High School. Pupils presently enrolled at Millville High School from Woodbine will graduate from there, to minimize impact on them."
- Smith, Joseph P. "Millville planners get look at high school expansion", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), March 15, 2016. "Schematic designs submitted to New Jersey for a proposed $110 million Millville Senior High School expansion were laid out before city planners Monday night.... On completion, the district will be able to consolidate at the senior high all freshman classes and those sophomore classes now in Memorial High School.... Additional space will allow the student population to increase from 1,200 now, approximately, to about 2,300."
- Smith, Joseph P. "First look Wednesday at Millville senior high expansion proposals", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), February 8, 2017. Accessed December 10, 2017. "Companies interested in taking on a pending Millville Senior High School expansion and renovation project submitted their technical proposals, as well as sealed pricing bids, on Wednesday afternoon to the New Jersey Schools Development Authority. The authority and Millville intend to start the multiyear project in mid-2017 after graduation. Students will be present during portions of the construction, though, since the estimated $110 million project should last into 2020.... The senior high will become a freshman class through senior class campus once the work is finished."
- 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 September 20, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed January 31, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Millville High School Students Participate in Toys in Space Project, New Jersey Department of Education, press release dated March 2, 2007.
- League Memberships – 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2017-2018, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2, 2017. Accessed September 25, 2017.
- Evans, Bill. "Millville vs. Vineland: Division title, stellar seniors and N.J.'s longest Thanksgiving rivalry", NJ Advance media, November 21, 2017. Accessed November 21, 2017. "The season isn't ending the way the Millville and Vineland High School football teams hoped back in August.... And in addition to the division crown, there's the honor of playing in the state's longest Thanksgiving rivalry – one that dates back to 1893 and in which Vineland took a one-game lead, 64-63-19, with a win last year."
- Thanksgiving brings feast of rivalries, The Courier-Post, November 22, 2006
- VHS-MHS games on the 6s were eventful, colorful, The Daily Journal (New Jersey), November 29, 1996.
- History of Boys' Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 27, 2016.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 20, 2012.
- Evans, Bill. "Millville shut down some of state's top stars on way to title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. "On Saturday night, the Thunderbolts took down top-seeded and No. 3-ranked Toms River North, 22-16, in a South Jersey Group 5 victory that did as much to put Millville athletics on the map as any non-Mike Trout-related event in recent memory."
- Szafran, Wes. "McCarthy gets 500th win as Millville field hockey edges Middle", NJ.com, September 17, 2011. Accessed September 26, 2017. "The Millville High School field hockey team barely squeaked out a 1-0 victory over Middle Township on Friday, but the real story was on the sideline. Millville coach Claudia McCarthy picked up her 500th career victory in her 41st year on the sideline."
- "Local Athletes' Feats", Philadelphia Daily News, October 9, 2011. Accessed November 29, 2017. "McCarthy got her 500th victory as Millville High School's field-hockey coach in September, the most in South Jersey history."
- Administration, Millville Senior High School. Accessed September 30, 2017.
- Our People of the Century - Millville's Class of 1913: Fame, Power, Influence Await Three High School Graduates" Archived 2007-12-10 at the Wayback Machine., Cumberland County, New Jersey. Accessed December 6, 2007. "The legendary Millville High School Class of 1913 turned out a business leader, a political leader, and a religious leader. Collectively known as the 'Big Three,' William M. Dougherty, Leon Henderson, and Bishop Fred Pierce Corson, all schoolboy chums, went on to shape a good chunk of 20th century America."
- Cook Jr., Jim. "Battling Stray Electricity: A family's journey", The News of Cumberland County, November 20, 2011. Accessed March 20, 2012. "Anthony 'Bubba' Green, a Woodbine-native and member of the 1975 football team that led Millville High School to its state title, lost his daughter in a tragic accident involving stray electricity running through a fence in a Baltimore city recreation park in 2006."
- Canavan, Tom via Associated Press. "Millville native Dwayne Hendricks cut by New York Giants", The Press of Atlantic City, August 31, 2012. Accessed September 26, 2017. "Defensive tackle Dwayne Hendricks, a Millville High School graduate, was one of several cuts made by the New York Giants on Friday, including two members of their Super Bowl-champion team — running back D.J. Ware and linebacker Greg Jones."
- Smith, Joseph P. "2015 Election: 1st Legislative District Democrats", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), October 28, 2015. Accessed August 18, 2016. "A 1968 Millville high school graduate, Land was drafted in 1969 for a two-year hitch."
- Gray, Matt. "Former NFL player, city commissioner Steve Romanik dies", The News of Cumberland County, September 16, 2009. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Steve Romanik graduated from Millville Senior High School as part of the Class of 1942."
- Gargan, Guy. "Millville graduate Bob Surace named Princeton football coach", The Press of Atlantic City, December 24, 2009. Accessed September 26, 2017. "Millville High School graduate Bob Surace has been hired as the football coach at his alma mater, Princeton University, the school announced Wednesday."
- Lulgjuraj, Susan. "Millville minor-leaguer Mike Trout named All-Star", The Press of Atlantic City, June 14, 2011. Accessed July 6, 2011. "Arkansas Travelers center fielder Mike Trout was selected Monday to start in the Texas League All-Star Game for the North Division on July 29 in San Antonio. Through Monday, the Millville High School graduate was sixth in the league with a .327 batting average through 56 games this season for the Travelers, the double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels."
- Staff. "Ashleigh Udalovas eliminated from Miss America pageant"[permanent dead link], The Daily Journal (New Jersey), January 15, 2011. Accessed January 31, 2011. "Udalovas, 22, a graduate of Millville Senior High School, appeared on television during the opening introduction of the 53 contestants."