Montclair Kimberley Academy

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Montclair Kimberley Academy
Montclair Kimberley Academy.JPG
201 Valley Road


United States
Coordinates40°49′17″N 74°13′36″W / 40.821477°N 74.226614°W / 40.821477; -74.226614Coordinates: 40°49′17″N 74°13′36″W / 40.821477°N 74.226614°W / 40.821477; -74.226614
TypePrivate, Coeducational
MottoKnowledge, Vision, Integrity
HeadmasterThomas W. Nammack
Faculty167.1 FTEs[1]
Enrollment984 (as of 2015–16, plus 26 in Pre-K)[1]
Student to teacher ratio5.9:1[1]
Color(s)     Green
Athletics conferenceSuper Essex Conference
Team nameCougars[2]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[3]
NewspaperThe Academy News
Endowment$2.3 million
Signature programs
  • Character Education
  • The MKA Core
  • Writing Challenge
  • May Term
  • Global Experience Program
  • 1:1 technology
MKA's elementary school
Brookside campus

Montclair Kimberley Academy (MKA) is a co-educational private school for students in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade located in Montclair in Essex County, New Jersey, United States. One of New Jersey's largest independent day schools, Montclair Kimberley Academy celebrated the 125th anniversary of the establishment of its earliest component school in 2012. The current school, established in 1974, is the result of the merger of three separate schools: Montclair Academy, a boys' school founded in 1887; The Kimberley School, a girls' school founded in 1906; and Brookside, a coed school founded in 1925.[4][5]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 984 students (plus 26 in PreK) and 167.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 5.9:1. The school's student body was 69.2% White, 9.4% Black, 8.6% Asian, 4.3% Hispanic and 8.5% two or more races.[1] The school offers a faculty professional development program, with 79% of the 175 faculty members holding advanced degrees and 11 holding doctorates.

The school has accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1987.[3]


MKA offers a college prep curriculum featuring Signature Programs in Ethics, Writing, and the MKA Core – works of western and non-western literary, artistic, musical, historical or mathematical significance. Each graduating senior is required to complete May Term. Choices for May Term include internships and travel opportunities in Europe and Asia. French and Spanish are offered from Pre-K onwards; Latin and Chinese in 6th grade. The school has advanced technology, science labs supporting research-based learning, four gymnasiums, a swimming pool, auditoriums, a black box theatre, and the Upper School both a $3 million arts wing and a multimillion-dollar academic and technology wing. There is an interscholastic athletic program, and fields competitive teams in over 25 sports that have won over 100 championships in the past 10 years.[6] Students have access to fine and performing arts opportunities ranging from a tri-campus Strings Program, to mounting a full Shakespeare production in 7th grade, to making movies in the Upper School. Numerous community service opportunities exist at each campus, as well as extensive extracurricular offerings. 100% of students go on to college, with an 87% acceptance rate to one of their first three colleges of choice.

The school is a member of the New Jersey Association of Independent Schools.[7]

Awards and recognition[edit]

In 2013, MKA was recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for its use of technology in education.

In 2009, Montclair Kimberley Academy was voted Best NJ Private School by parents in Bloomberg Businessweek.[8] In 2010, the school was designated a Johns Hopkins School of Excellence.[citation needed]

In 2003, Montclair Kimberley Academy was recognized as a National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership, one of ten schools selected nationwide.[9]

Montclair Kimberley Academy was recognized by the US Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School for 1999-2000, and the Upper School was also recognized as a Blue Ribbon School for 1994-1996.[10]


Montclair Kimberley Academy has an extensive program for both performing and visual arts. The Fine and Performing Arts department is run by Nicole Hoppe. The school puts on four productions each academic year, including one large-scale musical. On average, up to a quarter of the student body participates in the musical in some capacity. The school additionally puts on an arts showcase in September, and one to two plays each year, in the fall and in the spring. Every other year in the spring, the play is replaced by a film made by students with the help of a professional film crew.

The department oversees the production of an arts newsletter, The Informer, published several times each semester. The Informer covers topics from current productions, to artist spotlights, and artistic opportunities and events in the community.

Each year, students are recognized for their work on stage and in the fine arts. Montclair Kimberley Academy students are frequent recipients of Scholastic Art and Writing Awards.[citation needed] In 2016, two students have won Rising Star Awards from the Paper Mill Playhouse.[11]


The Montclair Kimberley Academy Cougars[2] compete in the Super Essex Conference, which includes public and private high schools in Essex County and operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[12] Prior to the NJSIAA's 2010 realignment, the school had previously participated in the Colonial Hills Conference which included public and parochial high schools covering Essex County, Morris County and Somerset County in west Central Jersey.[13]

MKA's longtime rival is Newark Academy; there is also a rivalry with Montclair High School, Montclair's public high school. Some of the school's more successful Athletic Teams include Girls' Tennis, Boys' Tennis, Boys' Soccer, Softball, Ice Hockey, Golf, Varsity and Junior Varsity Baseball, Boys' Lacrosse, Girls' Volleyball, Field Hockey and Boys Cross Country.

The softball team won the Non-Public B state championship in 1999 (defeating Sacred Heart High School in the tournament final), 2000 (vs. St. Joseph High School - Hammonton), 2002 (vs. Gloucester Catholic High School), 2004 (vs. Sacred Heart), 2005 (vs. Holy Spirit High School), 2006 (vs. Gloucester Catholic), 2007 and 2009 (vs. St. Joseph - Hammonton both years). The eight state championships is tied for second-most among schools in the state and the 10 finals appearances are the fourth most, while the streak of four consecutive titles from 2004–2007 is tied for second longest.[14] The team won ten straight Colonial Hills Conference championships 1999–2008.[15] This streak tied the state's longest streak for consecutive state championships and overall state championships.

The MKA girls' soccer team were 2010 NJ Prep B state champions[citation needed] and was named NJ Prep B state co-champion for 2017.[16]

Girls' tennis won their 4th straight Parochial B state championship in 2006 and won the 2007 Colonial Hills Conference championship.[17]

In 2009, the Girls' field hockey team were NJSIAA Prep B State Champions with a 2–1 win over Stuart Country Day School.[18]

In the 2005-06 season the MKA Wrestling team won their first Prep B state championship in the history of the school.[19]

The MKA ice hockey team finished the 2006-07 season ranked in the top 20 in New Jersey but lost 2–1 to Paramus Catholic High School in the first round of the state playoffs. The season was highlighted with a win over Montclair High School in the Montclair Cup game. MKA would then win the Montclair Cup again in 2008. The two teams met again in 2009, Montclair High shutout MKA 4–0 to regain the Cup. The Cougars would finish the 2009 campaign at 5–19, leading to Head Coach Gary Kramer's resignation. In the spring of 2009, MKA named former MHS alumni and coach, Brack Healy, their new bench boss. In Healy's first game against his former team, MKA beat Montclair High 2–1. MKA's 9–2–3 start was rewarded with a Star Ledger Top 20 ranking. MKA qualified for the state playoffs and recorded their first postseason win since 1995 with a 3–2 win vs. Bishop Eustace. Citing professional advancement, Healy resigned from MKA after only one season behind the bench and took over as the head man at Fair Lawn High School. In the 2010–11 season the Cougars picked up John LaGorce as head coach. On January 3 they beat cross-town rival, MHS in the annual Montclair Cup 3-0, only the second shutout in Montclair Cup history. The team capped off the season with a 4–2 victory over West Essex High School in the McInnis Cup championship. The Cougars were later declared the Essex County team of the year.

The Boys' Soccer team were Prep B State Champions and NJSIAA sectional finalists, and won North Parochial B and overall Non-Public B championship in 2006, the school's first-ever wins in the tournament.[20][21] The 2007 and 2009 teams also won the Prep B state championship. The 2011 team finished the season with a 21–2–2 record, winning the Prep B state championship and earning the NJSIAA Non-Public B state championship with a 1–0 overtime win against Gill St. Bernard's School.[22]

The baseball team has won four Prep B State Title since 1991, most recently in 2009, and six Colonial Hills Conference Championships, the most recent was in 2009 when the Cougars were named the Colonial Hills Conference Co-Champions. The MKA baseball has also won three Non Public B North crowns, in 1997, 2002 and 2009. In 2002 the Cougars were led by Frank Herrmann who currently pitches for the Cleveland Indians (MLB). The Cougars' head baseball coach since 1991, Ralph Pacifico, won his 300th game in 2007. In 2009 MKA Baseball captured both the conference title and the Prep B championship. Pacifico was named Coach of the Year in the Colonial Hills Conference. On June 2, 2009, MKA defeated St. Mary's (Rutherford) by a score of 7-3 to win the North Non-Public B crown and clinch a spot in the overall state title game.[23]

The Cougars' boys' lacrosse team won the 2007 Prep B state title, ending Morristown-Beard School's five-year win streak.

The girls' volleyball team won the 2006 and 2007 Colonial Hills Conference Championship. The Cougar volleyball coach Mike Tully was also recently named the 2008 New Jersey State Coach of the year.

The boys' tennis team were 2009 NJISAA Prep B State Co-Champions. The team also made it to the finals of the 2007 North Non-Public B state championship where they lost to Newark Academy 3-2. The 2008 team would repeat their 2007 success by making it back to the finals of the North Non-Public B state championship in which they lost 3-2. The 2008 team also won the Colonial Hills Conference and Essex County Championships. The county tournament win was the first in the school's history.[24]

The MKA Golf team finished the 2010 season as Parochial Non Public B State Champions and NJISAA Prep B State Champions. In 2007, the team had a 19-1 record, winning the 2007 Colonial Hills Conference Championship, came in 2nd in the 2007 Essex County Tournament and won the 2007 Prep B state championship.

In 2008, Coach Tony Jones led the boys' basketball team to the school's first Prep B championship for the sport, defeating Collegiate School 82-59.[25] Kyrie Irving, who was a Sophomore at the time, became the school's second 1,000 point scorer two days earlier in the semi-final game against top seeded and defending champion Solomon Schechter. In 2010, they were named SEC Independence Division Champions.

MKA Boys Cross Country through 2014–2017 won 4 Prep B State Champions in a row including a Non-Public B championship in 2014 and top 3 finishes in 2015 and 2017. This dominance not matched nearly by any other MKA sports program was led by coach Thomas Fleming until his death in the spring of 2017 where he suffered from a heart attack during a track meet. He later died at the hospital.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

Alumni Association Awards[edit]

Every year, the Alumni Association awards a notable MA, TKS or MKA alum the Distinguished Alumni Award.[54]


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  11. ^ PAPER MILL PLAYHOUSE ANNOUNCES 2016 RISING STAR AWARD WINNERS, Paper Mill Playhouse. Accessed March 21, 2017. "Outstanding Actor in a Supporting Role Ross Turkington as 'Cookie McGee' Montclair Kimberley Academy NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT"
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  15. ^ Marc Della Volpe, New Jersey City University Gothic Knights. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Della Volpe left Manhattan to become a high school head coach at Montclair Kimberley Academy for two seasons (2006–08) where he led the Cougars to its eighth consecutive Non-Public B state championship and the North B state title in 2007. The program again reached the 2008 Non-Public B championship game before falling. MKA won its ninth and 10th consecutive Colonial Hills Conference championship in 2007 and 2008."
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  17. ^ 2006 Girls' Team Tennis - North B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 23, 2007
  18. ^ Staff. "Montclair Kimberley 2, Stuart Day 1 (High school Field Hockey scores and results) - Field Hockey", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 2010. Accessed June 14, 2011. "Angela Gallagher scored in the first half for Stuart Country Day, but Montclair Kimberley Academy responded with two goals in the second half and went on to a 2–1 victory yesterday in the championship of the NJISAA Prep B tournament at Watchung Field in Montclair."
  19. ^ 2005-2006 Athletics, Montclair Kimberley Academy. Accessed August 12, 2012.
  20. ^ Lulgjuraj, Susan. "Boys' High School Soccer / 'Heartbreaking To Lose Like That' / Wildwood Catholic Falls In State Non-Public B Final To Montclair Kimberley", The Press of Atlantic City, November 15, 2006. Accessed November 15, 2011.
  21. ^ 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 21, 2017.
  22. ^ Karn, Jeff. "Gill St. Bernard's (0) at Montclair Kimberley (1), NJSIAA Tournament, Final Round, North Jersey, Non-Public B - Boys' Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 14, 2011. Accessed November 15, 2011. "Dixon barely got a foot on a shot by Miles Hackett and redirected it into the net with 1:32 remaining in the first overtime to send Montclair Kimberley Academy, No. 15 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, to a thrilling 1–0 victory over Gill St. Bernard's in the NJSIAA/Sports Authority Non-Public B final yesterday at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Montclair Kimberley (21-2-2) won its first state title since 2006."
  23. ^ 2009 Baseball Tournament - North, Group B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 14, 2011.
  24. ^ 2007 Boys' Tennis - Non-Public, North B, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  25. ^ Staff. "Montclair Kimberley 82, Collegiate 59 — Prep B Tournament", The Star-Ledger, February 19, 2008. Accessed June 14, 2011. "Kyrie Irving scored 11 of his 32 points over the final 3:22 of the third quarter when Montclair Kimberley broke a tie and pulled away to earn its first state Prep B title with an 82-59 victory over Collegiate in the championship game yesterday in Passaic."
  26. ^ Virginia Hamilton Adair Collection, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Accessed May 4, 2015. "She graduated from the Kimberley School in 1929, and at the age of 16 she entered Mount Holyoke College."
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  31. ^ Bob Cottingham, Ivy@50. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Growing up in Orange, New Jersey, he 'played football and lacrosse, which is my favorite sport,' he says.... Cottingham began fencing at Montclair Kimberley Academy under Columbia grad Carmen Marnell and was named all-state."
  32. ^ James Andrew Courter, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed September 6, 2007.
  33. ^ State of New Jersey Executive Order #57 Governor James J. Florio, State of New Jersey. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Whereas, Wayne Dumont, Jr., was born in Paterson on June 25, 1914 and was graduated from Montclair Academy, Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania Law School"
  34. ^ Edison Family Album: Theodore Miller Edison, national Park Service. Accessed November 21, 2007.
  35. ^ Homer "Pop" Hazel, National Football Foundation. Accessed December 3, 2017. "High School: Montclair, NJ (Montclair Academy)"
  36. ^ King, Peter. "Ten Things I Think I Think", Sports Illustrated, June 6, 2010, backed up by the Internet Archive as of June 11, 2010. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Frank Herrmann, welcome to the bigs. Great to see a hard-working righty reliever (he prepped at Montclair Kimberly Academy in New Jersey under Ralph Pacifico, a good friend of mine) finally make the majors."
  37. ^ Tober, Steve. "MKA's Riddick has unique view as she watches surging Mounties", The Montclair Times, May 20, 2005. Accessed August 27, 2007. "Former MKA goalkeeper Tim Howard recently had his starting keeper's job taken away for Manchester United as the British power decided to insert the more experienced international player Roy Carroll in his place, at least for the moment, as the team approached solidifying its FA Cup final lineup."
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  41. ^ "Joelson, Charles Samuel, (1916 - 1999)", Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Joelson, Charles Samuel, a Representative from New Jersey; born in Paterson, Passaic County, N.J., January 27, 1916; attended the public schools, graduated from Montclair Academy"
  42. ^ "James Johnson, MKA Class of 1979 addresses MLK Assembly at the Upper School". Montclair Kimberley Academy. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Former Under Secretary of the Treasury for Enforcement in the Clinton administration, member of the Obama transition team, MKA Distinguished Alumni Award recipient and member of the MKA Athletic Hall of Fame, James Johnson ’79 was able to give his young audience a unique insight into what might be going through the mind of President Obama during the Presidential Inauguration."
  43. ^ Elizabeth Jones; US Chief Coin Designer and Engraver, USA Coin Book. Accessed July 22, 2016. "In 1953, at the age of 18, Elizabeth graduated from the Montclair Kimberley Academy (also known as Kimberley School before 1974)."
  44. ^ Whiteside, Kelly. "Money Player: Defensive end Sean Jones is paying large dividends for the Packers—and his financial clients", Sports Illustrated, December 5, 1994. Accessed January 26, 2011. "In high school, business was Scan's primary interest. He played football, basketball and lacrosse for Montclair Kimberley Academy prep school, but those activities simply passed the time."
  45. ^ Staff."Garrett Kramer named new MKA hockey coach", The Star-Ledger, July 24, 2008. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Former Montclair Kimberley star Garrett Kramer has been named the new head ice hockey coach at his alma mater, replacing Michael Good, who held the position for three seasons. Kramer was an outstanding player for Montclair Kimberley from 1976 through 1980, leading the state in scoring in 1980 and earning first-team All-State status that season."
  46. ^ Alumni Spotlight: Ellen Malcolm '65 TKS, Montclair Kimberley Academy. Accessed July 22, 2016.
  47. ^ Charles Martin Simon,, backed up by the Internet Archive as of October 5, 2008. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Charles Martin Simon was born on July 8, 1941, at 6 A.M., in Newark, N.J., the first major U.S. city to go bankrupt due to racial strife. He graduated from Montclair Academy, a private, pseudo-military high school famous for its state-of-the-art dress code and discipline, in 1959, and went on to Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, where he majored in Agriculture and English Literature."
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  51. ^ Oguss, Elizabeth; and Moss, Linda. "Michael Wolff, author of Trump book, graduated from private Montclair HS", Montclair Local, January 8, 2018. Accessed January 24, 2018. "Author Michael Wolff, whose controversial book stirred President Donald Trump to angrily tweet to defend his 'stable genius,' was president of his high school student council — and his high school was in Montclair. Wolff, who continues to defend the veracity of Fire and Fury: Inside The Trump White House, graduated from Montclair Academy in 1971."
  52. ^ Staff. "Richard Ward Day, 61; Principal of Prep School", The New York Times, July 4, 1978. Accessed December 3, 2017. "Richard Ward Day, the principal of the Montclair Kimberley Academy in Montclair, N.J., and for 10 years the principal of the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N.H., died yesterday after a short illness. He was 61 years old."
  53. ^ Tober, Steve. "Cougars benefit from depth in distance events", The Montclair Times, April 14, 2011. Accessed June 14, 2011. "The fact that Montclair Kimberley Academy's boys and girls track and field teams are particularly strong in the distance running events (800, 1,600 and 3,200 meters) should not be a surprise, since veteran head coach Tom Fleming – a pretty good distance runner himself in his day – has always produced an arsenal of hard-working mileage grinders willing to put in the necessary work in all three seasons (cross country, indoor and outdoor track) in order to keep improving. The Cougars' current squad certainly boasts numbers (32 boys and 17 girls on the respective rosters), meaning the interest in the sport is at a high point under the enthusiastic 12th-year head coach, who twice won the New York City Marathon during the early 1970s."
  54. ^ Alumni Awards, Montclair Kimberley Academy. Accessed March 6, 2011.

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