Mountain Lakes High School
|Mountain Lakes High School|
96 Powerville Road
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||Tradition of Honest Excellence|
|Established||1936 (Briarcliff Building), 1959 (present building)|
|School district||Mountain Lakes Schools|
|NCES School ID||341101004416|
|Enrollment||641 (as of 2020–21)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.2:1|
|Color(s)|| Orange and|
|Athletics conference||Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (general)|
North Jersey Super Football Conference (football)
Mountain Lakes High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grade from Mountain Lakes, in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Mountain Lakes Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1940.
As of the 2020–21 school year, the school had an enrollment of 641 students and 62.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.2:1. There were 4 students (0.6% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was ranked 19th in a study by 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 7th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 9th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 4th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 5th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 28th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 7 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (94.6%) and language arts literacy (97.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 16th in New Jersey and 679th nationwide. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Mountain Lakes High School was listed in 3rd place, the 2nd-highest ranked school in New Jersey.
In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 538th in the nation among participating public high schools and 44th among schools in New Jersey. The school was ranked 207th in the nation and 17th in New Jersey on the list of "America's Best High Schools 2012" prepared by The Daily Beast / Newsweek, with rankings based primarily on graduation rate, matriculation rate for college and number of Advanced Placement / International Baccalaureate courses taken per student, with lesser factors based on average scores on the SAT / ACT, average AP/IB scores and the number of AP/IB courses available to students.
In 2013, a Mountain Lakes High School quiz bowl team won the Tri-State and New Jersey championships of MSG Varsity's TV show, The Challenge.
The Mountain Lakes High School Lakers compete in the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference which is comprised of public and private high schools in Morris, Sussex and Warren counties in northwestern New Jersey, and operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA), having been established following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the NJSIAA Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school had been part of the Colonial Hills Conference, which included schools in Essex, Morris and Somerset counties. With 500 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 486 to 758 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the American Blue division of the North Jersey Super Football Conference, which includes 112 schools competing in 20 divisions, making it the nation's biggest football-only high school sports league. The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group II North for football for 2018–2020.
The school participates as the host school / lead agency in a joint ice hockey team with Boonton High School. The co-op program operates under agreements scheduled to expire at the end of the 2023–24 school year.
Mountain Lakes High School's athletic program features its football, lacrosse and swimming programs.
The school was recognized in 2005–06 with the ShopRite cup for overall athletic achievement based on first-place finishes in girls' cross-country, boys' lacrosse and boys' swimming; second place in boys' golf; third place in girls' basketball, field hockey (tie) and girls' swimming (tie); plus bonus points for having no disqualifications in any of the three sports seasons.
The boys' basketball team won the Group I state championship in 1962 (defeating Dunellen High School in the final game of the tournament) and 1969 (vs. Ridgefield Memorial High School). The 1962 team finished the season with a 25-0 record after taking the Group I title with an 88-66 win against Dunellen in the tournament finals played in front of some 3,500 at Delaware Valley Garden. The team won the 1969 Group I title with a 76–44 win against Ridgefield in the championship game.
The field hockey team won the North I Group I state sectional championship in 1999, 2005, 2011 and 2013.
The boys' tennis team won the Group I / II state championship in 1970 (vs Haddonfield Memorial High School), 1971 (vs. Glen Rock High School), 1972 (vs. Metuchen High School), 1973 (vs. Leonia High School), 1974 (vs. Shore Regional High School), and won the Group I title in 1988 (vs. Metuchen), 1989 (vs. Haddonfield), 1995 and 1996 (vs. Arthur P. Schalick High School both years) and 2004 (vs. Point Pleasant Boro High School). The team won the overall state championship in 1962 (vs. River Dell Regional High School), 1963 (vs. Ridgewood High School), 1964 (vs. Kearny High School), 1965 (vs. Montclair High School), 1971 (vs. Christian Brothers Academy) and 1972 (vs. Ramapo); the program's 10 state championships are tied for ninth most in the state, the six Tournament of Champions titles are tied for fourth most and the five consecutive titles from 1970 to 1974 is tied for fifth longest.
The girls' tennis team won the Group I state title in 1999 (vs. Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in the tournament finals) and 2018 (vs. Shore Regional High School). The 1999 team won the Group I title at Mercer County Park, defeating Pitman High School 41⁄2-1⁄2 in the semifinals and then knocking off Rumson-Fair Haven 5-0 in the championships. The 2018 team defeated Kinnelon High School 3-2 in the semifinals and went on to win the finals against Shore Regional 4-1.
The football team (the "Herd") won the North I Group I state sectional championship in 1974, 1976, 2002, 2008 and 2009; and the North II Group II titlein both 2013 and 2014. The "Herd" program was founded and developed in 1966 by Doug Wilkins^ , who served for 44 years as the team's head coach and made the program into one of the most successful in the state; his 328 wins ranks him among the state's top five in victories, in addition to his winning eight state championships, including two undefeated state championship teams in the 1970s. The 1976 team finished the season with an 11-0 record after winning the North II Group I with a 24-14 win against Clifford Scott High School in the championship game.
During the years 2000–2010 the team's record was 99–15, which included a 23-game win streak from Thanksgiving 2001 until late November 2003, as well as a 36-game win streak that began at the start of the 2008 season and continued until a loss in the 2010 state sectional final against Wallington High School. In 2002 the football program won the North II, Group I state sectional title over archrival Boonton High School by a score of 23–6 to cap a perfect 12–0 season and earn the program's first state title since 1976. In 2008, the football team won the North I Group I state championship vs. Glen Rock High School at Giants Stadium on December 5, 2008, by a score of 35–21 and finished with an overall record of 12–0. Coach Wilkins won his 300th career game in October 2007, in addition to having won over 22 CHC titles, a streak of 20 consecutive seasons of making the NJSIAA playoffs, and did not have a losing season since 1984, retiring in 2010 after having won 328 games and a seventh state championship in his 44 seasons with the school's football program.
The boys' lacrosse team has won the overall state championship in 1988 (defeating Westfield High School in the finals), 1989 (vs. Delbarton School), 1993 (vs. West Morris Mendham High School), 1995 (vs. Delbarton) and 1996 (vs. Hunterdon Central Regional High School). The team won the Group I state title in 2004 (vs. Summit High School), 2006 (vs. Summit), 2007 (vs. Madison High School), 2008 (vs. Chatham High School), 2013 (vs. Rumson-Fair Haven High School), 2014 (vs. Arthur L. Johnson High School), 2016 (vs. Madison), 2018 (vs. Manasquan High School) and 2019 (vs. Manasquan); with 14 state championships, the program has won the most state titles of any public school and is ranked second behind Delbarton School. The team won the Tournament of Champions in 2007, 2008 and 2019, defeating Delbarton all three seasons. The 2007 boys lacrosse team won the NJSIAA Group I state championship with an 8–6 win over Madison High School. The team moved on to win the Tournament of Champions, defeating Hunterdon Central Regional High School 9–5 in the semifinals, and took the state title with a 13–11 victory over Delbarton School, thereby, becoming state champions. The 2019 team won the Group I state title with an 8-7 win against previously undefeated Manasquan in a game that was suspended in the middle of the second quarter due to a lightning storm and was completed two days later, and went on to win the Tournament of Champions with a 7-6 victory in triple overtime against Summit in the semifinals and a 12-5 defeat of Delbarton in the finals at Kean University to finish the season with a 19-2 record.
On April 25, 2009, Tim Flynn became the first head coach in New Jersey, and only sixth coach in the nation, to reach 500 career wins. Flynn has been coaching Mountain Lakes High School for more than 39 years, with a record of 647-141, the most in the state, through the 2018 season.
The girls' lacrosse team won the Group I state championship in 2009 (defeating Shore Regional High School in the tournament final) and 2014 (vs. Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child). The 2007 girls lacrosse team won the North, Group I state sectional title, edging Chatham High School 14–13 in the tournament final.
The boys' swimming team won the Division B state championship in 1962, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1969, and the Public B title in 1995, 1996, 2005–2009. The boys' 12 titles are the eighth-most of any school in the state. The girls' team won the Division B title in 1991 and the Public B title in 2008 and 2010.
The boys' swimming team won the 2007 North II – B state sectional championship with a 112–58 win over Chatham High School. The team moved on to win the 2007 Group B state championship, edging Haddonfield Memorial High School 86–84. The team won their fourth consecutive title in 2008, matching a feat that had not been accomplished by a public school since the 1970s. The boys swim team won the state championship every season since the 2004–05 season, until losing to Haddonfield in 2010.
The girls' swim team won the state title in the 2007–08 season over Chatham High School, making Mountain Lakes swimming to be the first high school to ever have both the boys and the girls win states.
The girls' soccer won the Group I state championship in 2019, defeating Shore Regional High School by a score of 4–2 in the tournament final, to win the program's first state championship in its first finals appearance.
The school's principal is Richard Mangili. His core administrative team includes the assistant principal, Raymond Searles, Jr.
- Jo Becker (class of 1985), author, journalist and investigative reporter for The New York Times who is a three-time recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.
- Liz Claiborne (1929–2007), fashion designer and businesswoman who was the first woman to become chair and CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
- Laura Dreyfuss (born 1988), actress who appeared in the Broadway musical Dear Evan Hansen, in the role of Zoe Murphy, the love interest of the title character.
- Richard M. Freeland (born 1941, class of 1959), education administrator who served as president of Northeastern University and as the commissioner of higher education for Massachusetts.
- Peter Meinke (born 1932, class of 1950), poet and author.
- Lindsey Munday (born 1984, class of 2002), former collegiate women's lacrosse player who is serving as the head coach of the USC Trojans women's lacrosse team.
- Claire McCusker Murray (born 1982, class of 2000), principal deputy associate attorney general and acting associate attorney general in the Department of Justice.
- Bernard Shir-Cliff (1924–2017), editor for Ballantine Books, Contemporary Books, Warner Books and other publishers.
- Travis Tripucka (born 1989), football long snapper.
- Brittany Underwood (born 1988), actress and singer best known for her role as teenager Langston Wilde on the daytime soap opera One Life to Live.
- Adam Zucker (born 1976, class of 1994), sportscaster for CBS Sports and CBS Sports Network.
- Mountain Lakes Historic District, National Register of Historic Places. Accessed September 8, 2019. "This structure was built as a junior-senior high school in 1936 and served as the junior-senior high school until 1959, when the new High School was opened."
- About MLHS & Contact Info, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed January 26, 2022.
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- Mountain Lakes High School 2016 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 17, 2017. "Mountain Lakes High School is a 9th through 12th grade school which serves the communities of Mountain Lakes and Boonton Township. The school enjoys an excellent reputation and also supports the enrollment of approximately 50 hearing impaired students, part of the Lake Drive Program, who travel from all over the state to attend Mountain Lakes High School."
- Boonton Township School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed December 17, 2017. "The Boonton Township School District has one school, Rockaway Valley School, which houses a PreK through Grade 8 program for approximately 450 children. The district maintains a send-receive relationship with the neighboring Mountain Lakes School District, whereby our students attend Mountain Lakes High School."
- Information/ MLHS Information, Boonton Township School District. Accessed January 3, 2017. "Boonton Township School District maintains a 'send-receive' relationship with Mountain Lakes High School.... Once enrolled in Mountain Lakes High School, the responsibility for the education of the student rests with the High School. While the Boonton Township School District pays tuition for all residents enrolled at the High School, the High School faculty, staff and administration bear the responsibility for all academics, student IEP's and 504's, extra-curricular activities and the students' general health, well-being and safety at school."
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010–2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 24, 2012.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Mountain Lakes High School", The Washington Post. Accessed July 27, 2011.
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- "Mountain Lakes High School team wins The Challenge Championship", The Record, July 3, 2013. Accessed September 14, 2015.
- Home Page, Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference. Accessed August 27, 2020. "The Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference prides itself on being one of New Jersey's premier high school conferences and is comprised of 39 high schools located in Northwest New Jersey."
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- Cooper, Darren. "NJ football: Super Football Conference revised schedules for 2020 regular season", The Record, July 23, 2020. Accessed March 22, 2021. "The Super Football Conference has 112 teams that will play across 20 divisions."
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- "North Jersey Foes Prove Too Tough for Area Teams; Dunellen, S. Plainfield Bow; Westfield Rally Falls Short", The Record, March 19, 1962. Accessed February 27, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "All were beaten in convincing fashion by high-powered North Jersey teams in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association's 44th annual tournament here Saturday at Delaware Valley Garden. West Orange Mountain subdued South Plainfield, 55-43, to win the Group 2 championship; Mountain Lakes whipped Dunellen, 88-66, to secure Group 1 honors, and Weequahic shaded Westfield, 55-52, in the Group 4 finale.... Dunellen: Mountain Lakes, whose 25-0 record is the best ever in Morris County, blended superior rebounding, passing and driving tactics to overwhelm Dunellen and pin the eighth loss in 24 games on Coach Mike Shello's losers.... About 3,500 persons watched the evening inaugural."
- "East Orange Beats Perth Amboy; Mountain Lakes Tops Ridgefield", Asbury Park Press, March 30, 1969. Accessed January 2, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "In the first game of the doubleheader, Davie Bishop, 6-foot-10 Andy Rimol and Bob Wilson led Mountain Lakes to the Group I title with a 76-44 romp over Ridgefield."
- Seegers, Sandy. "Mtn. Lakes holds on to win section", Daily Record, March 7, 2006. Accessed August 1, 2007. "The game wasn't at all pretty but top-seeded Mountain Lakes got what it wanted Monday night – a 43–42 victory over sixth-seeded Pascack Hills for a second consecutive North Jersey Section 1, Group I girls basketball title."
- 2006 Girls Basketball – North I, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 1, 2007.
- History of NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- History of Boys' Team Tennis Championship Tournament, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
- History of NJSIAA Girls Team Tennis Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020. Note that no runner-up is listed for the 1999 Group I title.
- "Mountain Lakes wins Group I title; Chatham falls in Group II final", Daily Record, October 28, 1999. Accessed January 19, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The Mountain Lakes girls tennis team won its first Group I state championship with two victories yesterday at Mercer County Park. The Lakers defeated Rumson 5-0 in the final after eliminating Pitman 4 1/2-1/2 in the semifinals..... Mountain Lakes (17-4) dropped only one set in cruising to its title."
- Havsy, Jane. "Mountain Lakes wins first girls Group tennis title since 1999", Daily Record, October 18, 2018. Accessed January 18, 2021. "Mountain Lakes defeated Kinnelon and then Shore Regional to win its first NJSIAA girls Group I championship since 1999.... The Lakers won all but first singles in the final, 4-1. The semifinal against the Colts was much tighter, decided in a third-set, second doubles tiebreaker."
- NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Czerwinski, Mike. "Football preview: Around the leagues", The Record, September 10, 2009. Accessed October 17, 2015. "Mountain Lakes coach Doug Wilkins begins his 44th season at the Herd helm and has 316 career wins, one of only five New Jersey coaches in history with 300 or more victories. Wilkins, whose first year at the small but powerful Morris County school was in 1966, guided the Herd to a 12–0 record last year."
- Friedman, Jackie. "Mountain Lakes football coach Doug Wilkins retires after 44 years, eight state championships", The Star-Ledger, February 4, 2010. Accessed October 17, 2015. "Wilkins did him 43 better, amassing a 328–105–5 record – and eight state championships – during a 44-year career that has now come to an end.... Wilkins' 328 victories rank him No. 4 in state history. Vic Paternostro of Pope John is the all-time leader with 363 coaching victories. He had 35 winning seasons."
- "Schoolboy Halfback Breaks New Jersey Scoring Record", The New York Times, December 5, 1976. Accessed December 26, 2020. "Ed Wood of Mountain Lakes ran for four touchdowns, two on 83-yard kickoff returns, as his team, finishing a perfect season at 11-0, beat Clifford Scott, 24-14, in North Jersey's Section 2, Group 1."
- Staff. "Football roundup: Pequannock stuns Mountain Lakes, 7–6, to secure playoff spot", The Record, October 29, 2011. Accessed August 19, 2012. "Before Saturday, Mountain Lakes (7–1) had won 43 of its previous 44 games, dating back to November 2007. The Herd's lone loss during that stretch was a 23–21 defeat to Wallington in the North 1, Group 1 championship game on Dec. 3, which snapped their 36-game winning streak."
- Bierman, Fred. "HIGH SCHOOLS; Barnes Coaches Wall to State Title on His Third Attempt", The New York Times, December 8, 2002. Accessed August 19, 2012. "In the Section 2 Group 1 final, Paul Chiara ran for a touchdown and Mark Lane caught a touchdown pass to lead Mountain Lakes to a 23–6 victory over Boonton (8–4). The Lakers (12–0), who won their first state title since 1976, led by 16–0 at halftime."
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- Hague, Jim. "Mtn. Lakes football coach to retire after 44 seasons, 328 victories", Daily Record, February 5, 2010. Accessed July 27, 2011. "Wilkins met with his players Tuesday night and told them of his decision to retire after 44 seasons, after 328 victories, after seven NJSIAA state sectional titles – including the last in 2009, capping a 12–0 campaign and a 25-game winning streak."
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- Christie, Sherlon. "Boys Lacrosse: Mountain Lakes wins another NJSIAA Group I title", Daily Record, May 31, 2019. Accessed January 25, 2021. "In the end, the Lakers held on for a 7-6 win over Manasquan to win this year’s NJSIAA Group I State Title at Shore Regional High School in West Long Branch on Friday, May 31.... Friday’s game in West Long Branch was a continuation from Wednesday’s game, which was postponed due to lightning and heavy rain by the NJSIAA. Manasquan (21-1) had led 3-2 with 7:54 left in the second quarter when the game on May 29 was suspended."
- "No. 2 Mountain Lakes stuns No. 1 Delbarton for T of C boys lacrosse crown", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, June 8, 2019, updated August 22, 2019. Accessed January 25, 2021. "Second-seeded and second-ranked Mountain Lakes rallied from a two-goal deficit with a four-goal spree in the final 4:02 of the first quarter and controlled the pace, the important ground balls, and also their jackhammer emotions to pull of a stunning 12-5 victory over the top-seeded and top-ranked Green Wave in the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions final Saturday night at Kean University in Union. Senior middie Matt Palazzi matched his career high with four goals and also won 13 of 20 at the faceoff X to help Mountain Lakes (19-2) maintain precious momentum, and fellow senior middie Drew Brennfleck netted three goals while Harp Lane, Carter Fordyce and Gavin Maute paced a defense that held Delbarton (18-3) to its lowest goals output since a 13-4 loss to St. Anthony (N.Y.) March 30."
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- Kinney, Mike. "Path to 500 for B-R's Apel: The players, games and worthy adversaries along the way", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, May 3, 2018, updated May 14, 2019. Accessed January 25, 2021. "1-Tim Flynn, Mountain Lakes, 647-141 * The Flynn file: 39th season 12 state championships 7 overall state titles (including 2 Tournament of Champions crowns) 12 Morris County Tournament titles"
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- Havsy, Jane. "Boys Swim Team of the Year: Mtn. Lakes never let up", Daily Record, March 27, 2008. Accessed July 27, 2011. "Mountain Lakes is the first public-school boys team to win four straight state championships since Cherry Hill East in the mid-1970s, and just the sixth since the NJSIAA Tournament began in 1921."
- Havsy, Jane. "BOYS SWIMMING:Haddonfield ends Mtn. Lakes' boys streak at four", Daily Record, March 1, 2010. Accessed July 27, 2011.
- Havsy, Jane. "Girls Swim Team of the Year: Mtn. Lakes broke through with state title", Daily Record, March 27, 2008. Accessed July 27, 2011. "The Lakers not only qualified for the NJSIAA final, they defeated archrival Haddonfield to win just the second girls Public B title in school history."
- NJSIAA History of Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
- Logiudice, Daniel. "NJ girls soccer: Mountain Lakes stuns Shore for first state title", Asbury Park Press, November 16, 2019. Accessed November 16, 2019. "Jumping out to a three-goal lead in the first half, Mountain Lakes dominated on both sides of the ball as the Lakers stunned the Blue Devils, 4-2, in the Group 1 final on Saturday afternoon at Kean University. It was Mountain Lakes' first championship in the first ever appearance in a state final in program history."
- Alumni Hall of Fame Jo Becker Class of 1985, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed September 8, 2019.
- Ortenberg, Art. Liz Claiborne: The Legend, The Woman, p. 108. Rowman & Littlefield, 2010. ISBN 9781589794948. Accessed September 8, 2019. "They all returned to the United States at the outbreak of the war; all three of the Claiborne children had attended Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey. Liz, of the three, did not graduate."
- "Forum will play March 2 at school", New Jersey Hills, March 2, 2006. Accessed January 26, 2022. "Characters' names reveal the tongue-in-cheek fun in store for audiences: Pseudolus is played by Eric Marchetta; Senex by Alex Kelly, Domina by Cade Nagle, Hero by Rob Elias-Warren, Hysterium by L.J. Whritenour, Erronius by Chris Durenberger, Miles Gloriosus by Chris Wall, Lycus by John Hoff, Gymnasi by Uchechi Egbuchulam, and Philia by Laura Dreyfuss."
- Alumni Hall of Fame Richard Freeland Class of 1959, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed September 8, 2019.
- Alumni Hall of Fame: Peter Meinke Class of 1950, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed September 8, 2019.
- Lindsey Munday, USC Trojans women's lacrosse. Accessed September 8, 2019. "A three-sport star at Mountain Lakes (N.J.) High School, Munday earned prep All-America first-team honors in lacrosse in 2002, and was an All-State second team selection in basketball."
- Alumni Hall of Fame Claire McCusker Murray Class of 2000, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed September 8, 2019.
- "Bernard Wilson Shir-Cliff Jr.", via The New York Times, March 7, 2017. Accessed December 22, 2020. "He was born on November 7th, 1924 in Troy, New York. Bernard attended Mountain Lakes High School in New Jersey."
- Travis Tripucka, UMass Minutemen lacrosse. Accessed September 8, 2019. "Hometown: Boonton Township, N.J. High School: Mountain Lakes H.S."
- Lutz, Jaime. "From Mountain Lakes to Nickelodeon, Brittany Underwood doesn't sleep", The Star-Ledger, July 5, 2012, updated March 20, 2019. Accessed August 27, 2020. "She started acting professionally while she was still a student at Mountain Lakes High School, getting a steady, if slight, stream of work: a guest-star role on Law and Order, a featured part in Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, various commercials."
- Alumni Hall of Fame: Adam Zucker Class of 1994, Mountain Lakes High School. Accessed September 8, 2019.