Montville Township High School
|Montville Township High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"You Can't Hide From Mustang Pride"|
|School district||Montville Township School District|
|Asst. principal||David Gelber|
|Enrollment||1,212 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||9.9:1|
|Color(s)|| Green and|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference|
Montville Township High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Montville Township, in suburban Morris County, New Jersey, United States. The school was founded in 1971 and serves students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Montville Township School District. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1975.
As of the 2016-17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,207 students and 120.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10:1. There were 16 students (1.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 9 (0.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
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MTHS was founded in 1968 with only a 9th grade class. Previously, high school students from the Township attended nearby Boonton High School. The first two years of it's existence the school was lodged in what was then referred to as Central School (now named Robert R. Lazar School, located on Change Bridge Road, within sight of the new high school). In each of the following 3 years a grade was added and after two years the student body moved into the new building (located on Horseneck Road), built on what was formerly The Sunset Dairy Farm, a.k.a. Sisco Tract. The initial class to complete all 4 years at MTHS graduated in 1972.
The First principal of the High School was Dr. Arthur Dermer, followed by Dr. Timothy Dyas. Another long serving principal was Dr. Clifford Keezer. After the initial recruitment of a high school staff in 1968 the Montville School District gradually added to the faculty as it became a full four year school. The last member of the original staff departed in 2008 with the retirement of Mr. O'Brien.
The mascot adopted by the Board of Education for the high school suitably fit with the several horse/riding farms within the township: The Mustangs. "You can't hide from Mustang Pride", as coined by later principal Dr. Steven Kramer.
The Auditorium of the High School is named in Honor of Dr. Robert O. Stafford. Dr. Stafford was raised in the township and was a long time teacher and Administrator at MTHS. Beloved by both students and staff for his integrity, character and devotion to the school, his name is thus memorialized.
Awards, recognition and rankings
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 198th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 31st among all high schools in New Jersey and 15th among the state's non-magnet schools.
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 41st in New Jersey and 1,346th nationwide. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Montville High School was listed in 964th place, the 28th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.
The school was the 51st-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 39th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 47th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 54th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 49th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 114th out of 389 public high schools statewide in its 2012 rankings (a decrease of 42 positions from the 2011 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (88.2%) and language arts literacy (96.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Based on data for the Class of 2017 from the New Jersey School Report Card, the graduation rate was 99%. Average SAT scores were 581 Mathematics, 548 Critical Reading and 554 Writing, for a composite score of 1683, vs. statewide averages of 496/521/497 and a composite of 1514; Of students who took the SAT, 65.1% met the standard of college readiness with a composite score of 1550, vs. a statewide average of 44.6%. There were 19 AP courses offered / exams taken, with 42.1% of students taking at least one exam and 84.5% scoring 3 or above.
The Montville High School Mustangs compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference, an athletic conference of private and public high schools located in Morris County, Sussex County and Warren County, in Northern New Jersey, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 922 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North I, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 786 to 1,074 students in that grade range. Montville is assigned to the American Division for most sports. Prior to the NJSIAA's realignment that took effect in the fall of 2009, Montville was a member of the Suburban Division of the Northern Hills Conference.
The baseball team won the Group II state championship in 1978, winning the tournament's final game against South Brunswick High School. The 2007 Mustang baseball team defeated Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan, 9-7, to take the North I Group III section title for the first time since 1989.
The girls' field hockey team won the North II Group II state sectional championship in 1975 and 1977, and the North II Group III state sectional title in 1980, 1981, 1983 and 1984. The team won the Group III state championship in 1980 (vs. Ocean Township High School), 1981 (vs. Camden Catholic High School) and 1983 (as co-champion with Hillsborough High School).
The girls' track team won the Group I indoor relay state championship in 2002.
In 2003, the Montville Mustang football team set school records with nine wins and six shut outs, winning the first round of the state sectionals before losing in the state semi-final game, earning induction into the Montville Township Hall of Fame in 2011.
In 2001, the Montville boys' soccer team won the North II, Group II state sectional title with a 2-1 win in the championship game against Pequannock Township High School in sudden death overtime. In 2009, the Montville boys' soccer team tied Madison High School 0-0 in the final of the Morris County tournament. The shared title was the first in the program's history. The Mustangs went on to win their third ever sectional title, beating Northern Highlands Regional High School 2-0 in the final. In 2010, Montville captured the Morris County boys' soccer title outright, winning 1-0 in overtime against Chatham High School. The Mustangs also repeated as sectional champions, defeating Wayne Valley High School 5-1 in the section final for their fourth ever title.
The boys' wrestling team won the North I Group III state sectional championship in 2009.
The boys' bowling team won the Group III state championship in 2014.
In 2014, Meg Hishmeh was hired as the head coach of the boys' ice hockey team to steer the team in a new direction, becoming the first women hockey coach of a boys' team in the state.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Douglas Sanford, Principal
- David Gelber, Assistant Principal
- Kenneth Nadzak, Assistant Principal
- Omar Amanat (class of 1990), entrepreneur and convicted fraudster, who was inducted into the MTHS Hall of Fame in 2005.
- Lester Archambeau (born 1967), former professional football player.
- Olivia Blois Sharpe (born 1987), make-up artist and lead caster member of the Style Network reality series Jerseylicious.
- Chris Brauchle (born 1967), former professional soccer player.
- Dilly Duka (born 1989), professional soccer player for Columbus Crew SC.
- Lauren English, (born 1989), competitive swimmer who set the U.S. record in the 50 meter backstroke and is the only swimmer to win individual NJSIAA titles all four high school years.
- Ashley Lauren Fisher (born 1975), actress, model and spinal cord injury activist.
- Kristen McNabb (born 1994), soccer defender who plays for Seattle Reign FC of the National Women's Soccer League.
- Dan O'Dowd (born 1959, class of 1976), MLB Network analyst and former Colorado Rockies general manager.
- Jim Price (born 1966), former professional football player.
- Regan Ryzuk (born 1955), composer and pianist.
- Scott Shields (born 1978), political activist.
- Dena Tauriello, drummer for the all-female band Antigone Rising.
- Peter Verniero (born 1959, class of 1977), former New Jersey Attorney General and New Jersey Supreme Court Justice.
- Travis Warech (born 1991), professional basketball player for Hapoel Be'er Sheva of the Israeli Premier League.
- Pete Yorn (born 1974), singer / songwriter "Strange Condition" 
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- League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
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- Staff. "Montville inducts 2003 football champs, eight alumni, administrator into Hall of Fame", The Citizen of Morris County, September 19, 2011. Accessed October 15, 2011.
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- Kedem, Dan. "Montville gets the 'golden goal' that downs Pequannock", North Jersey Sports, November 10, 2001. Accessed September 28, 2016. "Emotions ran high in the North 2 Group 2 boys soccer sectional final between Pequannock and Montville on Friday afternoon.... But it was Montville that emerged victorious after Philippe Cardona delivered the 'golden goal' five minutes into the second overtime for the 2-1 win."
- "Montville ties Madison in county final", Jersey Sports Now, November 1, 2009.
- "Montville wins section title over No. Highlands", Jersey Sports Now, November 13, 2009.
- "Montville beats Chatham for Morris County title", Jersey Sports Now, October 30, 2010.
- "Montville waxes Wayne Valley in section final", Jersey Sports Now, November 11, 2010.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 24, 2016.
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- Hageny, John Christian. "Ice Hockey: Meg Hishmeh breathes new life into Montville", The Star-Ledger, December 19, 2013. Accessed May 6, 2016. "In June, Meg Hishmeh was hired as the new coach of the Montville boys' ice hockey program. The first female coach installed at a boys' program in New Jersey, and only the second female coach in the Garden State joining Lawrenceville's Nicole Uliasz, Hishmeh met resistance, but after Montville's 3-2 triumph over Mount Olive last night helped it improve to a perfect 6-0 start the season in the Haas Division, said naysayers are now singing a different tune."
- "Congratulations to Our National Champions!" Archived 2016-02-01 at the Wayback Machine, USBands. Accessed January 24, 2016.
- Giannantoni, Christina. "Debate coach honored by the NSDA", The Star-Ledger, April 30, 2018. Accessed August 12, 2018. "Montville Township High School English teacher Mary Gormley has been named the 2018 National Teacher of the Year by the National Speech & Debate Association."
- Staff. "Montville Township High School Marching Band lands top spot", The Citizen of Morris County, November 5, 2018. Accessed November 9, 2018. "The Montville Township High School Marching Band took first place at the U.S. Bands National Competition on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Allentown, Pa. The Mustangs competed against 16 other Class II-A division schools. On Oct. 27, the band also landed first place at states."
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- Marinello, Katie. "Jerseylicious Finale: Blois Sharpe Celebrates Future: With the Gatsby future uncertain, Olivia Blois Sharpe considers her options.", Montville Patch, October 17, 2011. Accessed November 10, 2011. "After five months, the Season 3 finale of Jerseylicious aired on Sunday with Montville Township High School grad Olivia Blois Sharpe contemplating her future."
- Hall of Fame, Montville Township High School. Accessed November 10, 2011.
- Staff. "Rutgers Recruiting Class Nationally Ranked: Scarlet Knights rated 27th by College Soccer News" Archived 2011-07-16 at the Wayback Machine, Rutgers Scarlet Knights, August 3, 2007. Accessed February 23, 2011. "Highlighting this group of standout players is Dilly Duka (Montville, N.J.), a midfielder from Montville High School, who Reasso has described as one of the best attacking midfielders graduating from the state of New Jersey last spring."
- Lauren English, USA Swimming. Accessed December 9, 2007.
- "Montville Hall of Fame welcoming new class Friday", Daily Record (Morristown), November 16, 2017. Accessed February 15, 2018. "A backstroker, English remains the only swimmer to be a NJSIAA champion for four years. She also won the 50-yard freestyle as a senior, and set the national public-school record in the 100 meters at the Morris County Championships. A nine-time All-American at Montville, English was named High School Swimmer of the Year twice, National High School Swimmer of the Year in 2007 by the National High School Swim Coaches Association, and the Gatorade Female Athlete of the Year."
- 2011 MTHS Hall of Fame, Montville Township High School. Accessed March 29, 2012.
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- Hall of Fame Member Profile Dan O'Dowd, Montville Township High School. Accessed August 12, 2018. "Dan was born and raised in Montville Township. A 1976 graduate of TMHS, Dan starred in baseball and was awarded All State honors in his junior year."
- Fox, Ron. "Montville Produced Super Duo", The Record (Bergen County), January 19, 1999. Accessed November 28, 2007.
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- Dena Tauriello, Drew University Athletics. Accessed August 12, 2018. "The Montville N.J. native, recorded a school record 11 varsity letters in her four years at Montville Township High School. In her senior year Tauriello was named Montville Township High School Female Athlete of the Year, 2nd Team All State in softball and received a scholarship to play Division I softball."
- Hall of Fame Member Profile: Peter Verniero, accessed November 29, 2006.
- Kocieniewski, David. "Whitman Narrowly Wins Fight to Put Verniero on Top Court", The New York Times, May 11, 1999. Accessed August 12, 2018. "Education: Montville High School, Montville, N.J., 1977"
- Staff. "Montville's Warech living his dream playing professional basketball in Germany", USA Today High School Sports, December 31, 2013. Accessed August 12, 2018. "Growing up, Travis Warech always wanted to play professional basketball and on Oct. 18, 2013, his dream became a reality. Warech, a Montville High School graduate, landed in Germany in October to begin his professional basketball career with the Pro-A Gotha Rockets, a team based two hours outside of Frankfurt."
- "Hall of Fame Member profile: Pete Yorn" Archived 2011-09-29 at the Wayback Machine.