Old Bridge High School
|Old Bridge High School|
|4209 Route 516
Matawan, NJ 07747
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||As Knights, we recognize the importance of lifelong learning, show respect for each other, and take pride in ourselves.|
|Established||September 5, 1994|
|School district||Old Bridge Township Public Schools|
|Principal||Vincent Sasso (Main Campus)
Timothy Dolan (Ellen McDermott Grade Nine Center)
|Vice principals||James T. Oliveri
Sally A. Fazio
|Enrollment||2,949 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Greater Middlesex Conference|
|Mascot||Wellington The Knight|
Old Bridge High School (formed from combining the former Cedar Ridge and Madison Central High Schools) is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Old Bridge Township in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Old Bridge Township Public Schools. The school is located on County Route 516 in Old Bridge Township, however, it is assigned a Matawan mailing address. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1970, and was most recently re-accredited in 2008.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,949 students and 221.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.3:1. There were 558 students (18.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 211 (7.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school operates from 7:35 A.M. to 2:06 P.M. and runs on a 12-period schedule.
Old Bridge High School opened in September 1994. It was formed from the merger of Cedar Ridge High School and Madison Central High School, which were the two existing high schools in Old Bridge Township. OBHS was originally set up as a two campus system having an East Campus at the former Cedar Ridge site containing Grades 9 and 10 and a West Campus at the former Madison Central site containing Grades 11 and 12. The entire high school is now located at the former Cedar Ridge High School (East Campus) and Carl Sandburg Middle School Building after an addition was added in 2004. The former Middle School building houses the Grade Nine Center.
Dr. James Hickey was hired in 2003 and he oversaw a $26.8 million high school construction project that was completed in September 2005. The school developed a stricter but better learning environment as shown through student achievement and standardized test scores which have exceeded state standards. Out-of-school suspensions dropped more than 55% and student tardiness dropped by more than 60%, while scores on state exams rose more than 20% in mathematics and more than 10% in language arts literacy. For his work in transforming Old Bridge High School, Dr. Hickey was recognized as the New Jersey Principal of the Year in 2009. He was also recognized by the New Jersey State Board of Education. The district Superintendent of Schools also publicly recognized Dr. Hickey for his work in transforming OBHS.
In 2010, Old Bridge High School became part of the Confucius Classroom following the implementation of a comprehensive Chinese program at the high school. Delegations from the school went to China in 2009 and 2010.
In 2011 according to the New Jersey School Report Card, Old Bridge High School made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under the No Child Left Behind Act by meeting 40 out of 40 indicators, a first for Old Bridge High School.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 158th-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 178th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 162nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 211th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 197th of 316 schools in the magazine's 2006 rankings.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 169th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 45 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (81.0%) and language arts literacy (93.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Old Bridge High School Knights compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, which includes public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 2,186 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. Old Bridge High School is known primarily for its cross country and track programs, while its bowling, wrestling, and volleyball programs have also been successful.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 2001 and 2002.
In 2001, the Knights football team, went on to play at High Point Solutions Stadium in the Central Jersey Group IV title game, losing to an undefeated J.P. Stevens High School team 14-7. In 2015, the Knights football team made a second appearance in the Central Jersey Group V title game, falling to an undefeated South Brunswick High School by a score of 42-0 in the tournament final.
The boys' track team won the Group IV indoor relay state championship in 2002 and 2010.
In 2008, the girls' softball team went to win the Red Division title for the second year in succession, the GMC Championship, and the Central Jersey Group IV sectional championship with a 2-1 win against Hunterdon Central Regional High School.
In 2010, the boys' soccer team had the most successful soccer year in school history when they went on to play in the Central Jersey Group IV title game, losing to Freehold Township High School by a score of 1-0 in the final.
The school has been featured on the News 12/Cablevision (now MSG Varsity) game show The Challenge (2009) in which schools compete in a single-elimination trivia competition in order to advance toward a $10,000 prize. In their first round, they defeated Clifton High School at 315-240. In Round 2, they beat Leonia High School with a score of 320-240 before suffering a crushing defeat by St. Joseph's High School in Round 3 by a score of 420-240.
Old Bridge High School was chosen to compete on The Challenge 2010-11 competition. Their first competition against Eastern Christian High School aired on MSG Varsity on February 3, 2011, with Old Bridge winning 290-240. Their second competition against Randolph High School aired on April 21, 2011, with Old Bridge again winning 395-290. Their next episode against Manalapan High School aired on May 19, 2011.
The Old Bridge Marching Knights, also known as the OBHSMK, has been recognized as a competitive marching band for the past several years and has gained high ranks in more-than-one marching band circuits. In 2005, the OBHSMK gained a Silver-medal finalist position in the Tournament of Bands' Group III 2005 Atlantic Coast Championship with their show Wild Knights. Their show Metamorphosis was ranked fourth place in the same competition in 2006 with a score of 95.00, making them a Gold-medal finalist.
Eventually, they were ranked fourth in the 2009 season in their USSBA circuit, with The Dark Knight. In the 2010 season, the Marching Knights placed sixth in group IV with the theme Requiem for a Knightmare. Recently in the 2011 season with the show In Motion the Marching Knights ranked sixth in group III and tied for Best Music. The Marching Knights were six-tenths of a point away from first place. In their 2012 season titled 'Into the Inferno,' the Marching Knights were undefeated in group III open. They placed first at Nationals in Metlife Stadium with a 96.375.
The Old Bridge Marching Knights participated at the D-Day Anniversary Parade in Normandy, France in June 2015 as one of five American bands participating in the ceremonies marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings. The band performed in the annual parade in Sainte-Mère-Église.
- Vincent Sasso, Principal
- Timothy Dolan, Principal of Ellen McDermott Grade Nine Center
- Sally Fazio, Vice Principal
- Richard Masarik, Vice Principal
- James Oliveri, Vice Principal
Notable alumni of Old Bridge High School and its predecessors include:
- Junot Díaz (born 1968, class of 1987), Pulitzer Prize-Winning author
- The Ergs!, punk rock band. [2000-2008]
- Phil Ivey (born 1976), professional poker player.
- Ken Leung (born 1970), actor, known for character Miles on Lost.
- Caren Lissner (born 1972, class of 1989), novelist.
- Brian O'Halloran (born 1969, class of 1987), actor famous for his role as Dante in the 1994 Kevin Smith movie Clerks.
- Cameron Richardson (born 1979, class of 1997), actress, star of Alvin and the Chipmunks.
- Anthony Seratelli, (born 1983, class of 2001), professional baseball player.
- Shannon Sohn (born 1974, class of 1992), traffic reporter, WABC-TV.
- Vitamin C (born 1972, class of 1989), singer/actress, known for her "Graduation (Friends Forever)" song.
- Chris Thatcher (born 1980, class of 1998), drummer.
- Zawistowski, Chris. "Top spots at 10 Old Bridge schools set to change this fall", Old Bridge Suburban, June 30, 2011. Accessed March 6, 2012. "David Cittadino, the principal of Jonas Salk Middle School, will become the new principal of Old Bridge High School."
- School data for Old Bridge High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Old Bridge High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
- Old Bridge High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 14, 2012. Accessed March 28, 2015.
- Old Bridge High School 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed May 31, 2016. "For those students eager to get a glimpse of life after high school before they actually graduate, Old Bridge High School has partnerships with Fairleigh Dickinson University and Middlesex County College. Students can take courses at these institutions, fulfill requirements for high school, and receive college credit."
- School Hours, Old Bridge High School. Accessed December 1, 2015.
- Sargeant, Keith. "7:30 p.m. – A high school sports powerhouse e-merges slowly", Home News Tribune. Accessed July 28, 2007. "When Madison Central and Cedar Ridge merged in September 1994, most observers agreed that the Knights would rule the local sports scene."
- Staff. "Hickey honored as state Principal of the Year", Old Bridge Suburban, June 18, 2009. Accessed May 30, 2011. "He said curriculum, test scores and overall student achievements have improved; out-of-school suspensions dropped more than 55% and student tardiness plummeted more than 62 percent over the last two years."
- 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 August 29, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 15, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2003-11 HSPA results, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 7, 2012.
- League & Conference Affiliations, 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.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 26, 2016.
- Rappleyea, Warren. "Old Bridge falls to Stevens 14-7 in CJ Group IV final", North Brunswick Sentinel, December 6, 2001. Accessed January 26, 2016. "Two minutes — that's all that separated the Old Bridge High School football team from living the seemingly impossible dream. Nursing a 7-6 lead, the Knights had the ball in opposition territory and were seemingly on their way to the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV championship at Rutgers Stadium, after starting the season with a 1-3 record."
- Ryan, Chris. "South Brunswick rolls past Old Bridge for Central Jersey, Group 5 title", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 5, 2015. Accessed January 26, 2016. "Josh Liao ran for one touchdown and threw for another, while Jaier Garrett ran for two scores, and they combined with a smothering defensive effort to pace top-seeded South Brunswick, No. 12 in the NJ.com Top 20, to a 42-0 win over third-seeded Old Bridge in the final of the NJSIAA/Sports Care Institute Central Jersey, Group 5 final at High Point Solutions Stadium at Rutgers in Piscataway."
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 26, 2016.
- Spivey, Mark. "GMCT SOFTBALL SEMIFINAL PREVIEW: Knights, Tigers focus on task at hand", Home News Tribune, May 31, 2008. Accessed September 7, 2011. "The bus ride home from his team's dramatic 2-1 NJSIAA Central Group IV championship win at Hunterdon Central Thursday told Old Bridge High School softball coach Mike Bilello all he needed to know about whether his players would be ready to wind down the celebration and switch gears to focus on today's Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament semifinal against South Plainfield."
- RECAP TOB - 2005 ACC AT MOSSIC PA, Accessed October 21, 2012
- RECAP TOB - 2006 ACC AT MOSSIC PA, Accessed October 21, 2012
- RECAP USSBA - NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT ANNAPOLIS, MD, Accessed September 21, 2010.
- Attrino, Anthony G. "Old Bridge Marching Knights to Perform in Normandy D-Day Parade", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, September 3, 2014. Accessed December 1, 2015. "The Old Bridge Marching Knights have been chosen to participate at the D-Day Anniversary Parade in Normandy, France in June 2015.... The trip includes a performance at the American Cemetery and the annual parade in Sainte-Mere-Eglise, the first village to be liberated by the American troops."
- Teens Set to Walk Red Carpet at Knight Club OB Fashion Show, Old Bridge High School. Accessed December 1, 2015. "Superintendent David Cittadino; Assistant Superintendent Kathleen Hoeker; Business Administrator Joseph Marra; Principals Vincent Sasso and Timothy Dolan; Vice Principals James Oliveri, Sally Fazio, and Richard Masarik; former high school Vice Principal John Daly (who currently is principal at Madison Park Elementary School); and Student Activities Coordinator Rose Meade also will walk the red carpet."
- Principal/School Address, Old Bridge Township Public Schools. Accessed December 1, 2015.
- Tejada, Miguel Cruz. "Junot Díaz dice "en RD hay muchos quirinos"; escribirá obra inspirada en caso", El Nuevo Diario (Dominican Republic), August 11, 2008. Accessed August 25, 2008. "Hizo el bachillerato en el Cedar Ridge High School de Old Bridge, Nueva Jersey, en 1987, y se licenció en inglés en la Universidad Rutgers (1992), e hizo un Master of Fine Arts en la Universidad de Cornell."
- Bove, Steve. "Peace, Ergs!", Asbury Park Press, October 23, 2008. Accessed February 15, 2011. "Drummer/vocalist Mikey Erg (Mike Yannich), bassist Joey Erg (Joe Keller) and guitarist Jeffrey Erg (Jeff Schroeck), have been a unit in various other bands since their days together at Old Bridge High School."
- About Us, Budding Ivey Foundation. Accessed June 17, 2012. Phil attended elementary school in Roselle, junior high and high school in Edison, New Jersey, and completed his senior year at Old Bridge High School."
- Celano, Claire Marie. "Young author offers tips to audience at workshop: Caren Lissner says love of writing should be first ingredient toward success", News Transcript, July 30, 2003. Accessed August 25, 2008. "Lissner, 31, grew up in Freehold Township and attended the Laura Donovan School and the Barkalow Middle School.... She later graduated from high school in Old Bridge."
- Gacser, Ava. "Jersey girl making a name for herself as an actress", Asbury Park Press, April 26, 2009. Accessed February 15, 2011. "I had a great childhood and upbringing in New Jersey said the Old Bridge High School graduate who has called California home for the last eight years."
- Tufaro, Greg. "Pitcher Billy Layne of Old Bridge mulling Texas Rangers' offer", Courier-News, June 17, 2015. Accessed June 6, 2016. "Anthony Seratelli, a 2001 Old Bridge graduate who the Kansas City Royals signed in 2007, advanced to Triple A with the New York Mets in 2013 and currently plays for the Seibu Lions of Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball League."
- Smith, Jessica. "TV news reporter recalls how her career took off: OBHS grad became first helicopter reporter to win national Emmy", Old Bridge Sentinel, July 3, 2008. Accessed November 7, 2008.
- Benning, Erin. "`Graduation' blues - Vitamin C shares memories of senior year", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 8, 2000. Accessed September 7, 2011.
- "Chris Thatcher-Interview ft. Footage of A Dark Knight rehearsal"
- Old Bridge High School
- Old Bridge Township Public Schools
- Old Bridge Township Public Schools's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Old Bridge Township Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics