Salem High School (New Jersey)
|Salem High School|
|219 Walnut Street
Salem, NJ 08079
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Salem City School District|
|Principal||John R. Mulhorn|
|Vice principals||Jordan Pla
|Enrollment||319 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||6.9:1|
|Athletics conference||Tri-County Conference|
Salem High School is a comprehensive community four-year public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Salem City, in Salem County, New Jersey, United States, as part of the Salem City School District. Students from Elsinboro Township, Lower Alloways Creek Township, Mannington Township and Quinton Township attend the school as part of sending/receiving relationships with the respective districts.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 319 students and 46.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 6.9:1. There were 124 students (38.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 17 (5.3% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The district participates in the Interdistrict Public School Choice Program, having been approved on November 2, 1999, as one of the first ten districts statewide to participate in the program. Seats in the program for non-resident students are specified by the district and are allocated by lottery, with tuition paid for participating students by the New Jersey Department of Education.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 308th-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 265th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 277th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 284th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 245th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Salem High School in 2007 had an 88% Language arts and literacy score compared to an 84% statewide average, in mathematics it achieved only 54% as opposed to 76% statewide. According to GreatSchools.com the school only rated a score of 2/10, although parents gave it a full five stars.
The Salem High School Rams compete in the (small schools) Classic Division of the Tri-County Conference, which operates under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. With 252 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 78 to 478 students in that grade range. The football team competes in the Diamond Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group I for football for 2017-18.
The boys' basketball team won the Group II state championship in 1963 against Mountain High School and won the title in 1986 with a win against Central High School in the tournament final. The 1963 boys' basketball team won the New Jersey Group II state championship led by Jerry Dickerson. The team won back to back Tri-County Conference and South Jersey Group I championships during the 1980-81 and 81-82 seasons. Each season ended in a loss to Clifford Scott High School of East Orange in the state finals. The Salem Rams boys' basketball team won the Tri-County Conference Championship for six consecutive years from 1981 to 1986. Coach George "Lou" Schantz was the first coach in New Jersey high school basketball history to reach the milestone of 600 wins. The 1986 boys' basketball team won the Tri-County Conference Royal Division, South Jersey Group II and New Jersey Group II state championships; Salem defeated Central High School (Newark) in the state finals 77-63 led by the school's all-time leading scorer Keith Jackson. The team won the South Jersey Group I state sectional championship in 2008, defeating Paulsboro High School 64-59 in the final gam of the tournament. The team defeated Academy Charter High School 63-48 in the first round of the Group I state tournament, but fell to Science Park High School 77-58 in the finals.
The 1983 football team won the Tri-County Conference and South Jersey Group II Championships led by Anthony "AB" Brown with 2,012 yards rushing. The 1973 football team was awarded the South Jersey Group II state sectional title.
The boys' track and field team won the Salem County, Tri-County Conference, South Jersey Group II and the state Group II championships in 1987. Coached by Hall of Famer Lee Bacon, the 1987 team finished the season ranked #1 in South Jersey, earning them the Courier-Post Cup. Team championships also included the Lakewood, Woodbury and Bridgeton Relays. The 1989 boys track and field team won the Salem County, Tri-County and State Group II titles.
The girls' basketball team won the 2005 South, Group I state sectional championship, defeating Penns Grove High School 77-54 in the first round and Point Pleasant Beach High School 60-53 in the semifinals, before taking the title with a 57-52 win versus Gloucester City Junior-Senior High School. The team also won the 2006 South Jersey Group I state sectional championship.
The boys' soccer team earned its first Tri-County Conference Title in team history in 2007 while on its way to its first playoff berth in program history. The team defeated Maple Shade High School 5-0 in the first round of the South Jersey Group I Tournament prior to losing to Arthur P. Schalick High School 3-1 in the semifinal game. The following year the boys won their second Tri-County conference earning a number one seed in the Tournament and fighting their way to a South Jersey Group I title and a berth in the State Group I semi-final match before losing to South River High School.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- John R. Mulhorn, Principal
- Jordan Pla, Vice Principal
- Darryl Roberts, Vice Principal and Activities Coordinator
- Anthony "A. B." Brown (born 1965), running back who played for West Virginia University and the New York Jets.
- Forrest "Spook" Jacobs (1925-2011), Major League Baseball infielder.
- Lydell Mitchell (born 1949, class of 1968), running back who played for Penn State and in the NFL from 1972-1980.
- Thomas A. Pankok (born 1931, class of 1950), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1982 to 1986, where he represented the 3rd Legislative District.
- Jonathan Taylor, running back for the Wisconsin Badgers who set the New Jersey state record with 2,815 rushing yards as a senior.
- Dennis Thomas, linebacker who played for Rutgers and the Kansas City Chiefs.
- Jay Venuto (born 1958), quarterback who played at Wake Forest University and professionally for the Baltimore Colts and Birmingham Stallions.
- School data for Salem High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Salem High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2015.
- Our Sending Districts, Salem City School District (New Jersey). Accessed January 24, 2017. "Salem High School welcomes students from: Elsinboro Township School; Lower Alloways Creek School; Mannington Township School; Quinton Township School"
- Shott, Meghan. "Salem High School", SouthJersey.com. Accessed January 24, 2017. "Students from Elsinboro, Lower Alloways Creek Township, Mannington Township and Quinton Township attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship, according to the school's 2010 Report Card from the NJ Department of Education."
- Bumpus, Robert L. Salem County Report on Consolidation and Regionalization, Salem County, New Jersey Executive County Superintendent, March 15, 2010. "In this area of Salem County four P-8 districts, Lower Alloway Creek, Quinton, Elsinboro, and Mannington Townships have a send/receive agreement with neighboring Salem City to send their students to Salem High School."
- Interdistrict Public School Choice Program: Approved Choice Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 19, 2008.
- Interdistrict Public School Choice Program: Introduction Archived 2010-01-04 at the Wayback Machine., New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 19, 2008.
- 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 5, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed December 1, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Results for Salem High, GreatSchools.com. Accessed January 24, 2008.
- League & Conference Affiliations 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.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 26, 2015.
- Carchidi, Sam. "The Solid South Has Risen Again, With Three state championship Teams", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 24, 1986. Accessed December 1, 2011. "Lou Schantz, who retired before the season after a sensational 39-year coaching career (625 wins, 266 losses) at Salem, sat in the front row and watched the Rams' win over Newark Central. It was the second state title in Salem history; the Rams also won the 1963 crown.... 'It would be a close game, but I'd pick the '63 team because of Jerry Dickerson - he was about 6-6 or 6-7 - and a little guard named Itzy Fox.'"
- Staff. "A Season to Answer Questions", The Philadelphia Inquirer, December 9, 1984. Accessed December 1, 2011. "Schantz, 67, has posted a 600-263 record in his 38 years at Salem and is the winningest coach in New Jersey schoolboy history."
- Minnick, Kevin. "Boys' Basketball: Salem's all-time leading scorers", Courier-Post, February 28, 2011. Accessed December 1, 2011.
- 2008 Boys Basketball - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 20, 2008.
- 2008 Boys Basketball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 20, 2008.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Narducci, Marc. "Salem And Haddonfield Capture State Track Titles", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 31, 1987. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Salem won six events in the two-day NJSIAA state championships at South Plainfield High, including four yesterday, to win the school's first state Group 2 title."
- Staff. "REYNOLDS STRIKES GOLD FOR WILLINGBORO HIS 3 CHAMPIONSHIPS PROPEL THE CHIMERAS", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 4, 1989. Accessed September 5, 2012. "Salem won its second Group 2 boys' track championship in three years, edging Kingsway by a single point, 28.5 to 27.5."
- 2005 Girls Basketball - South Jersey, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 26, 2007.
- 2006 Softball - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 26, 2007.
- 2007 Boys Soccer - South, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed May 22, 2008.
- Administration, Salem High School. Accessed September 26, 2017.
- Harvin, Al. "Football; McNeil, Put on Injured Reserve, To Miss the Jets' Next 3 Games", The New York Times, October 19, 1991. Accessed August 13, 2012. "The Jets placed Freeman McNeil on injured reserve today and promoted A. B. Brown to the active roster for Sunday's game against the Indianapolis Colts.... Brown is from Salem, N.J., where he broke Lydell Mitchell's high school records."
- Green, Joe. "Former pro baseball player Forrest 'Spook' Jacobs to be inducted into Bridgeton's sports hall of fame", Gloucester County Times, April 9, 2009. Accessed August 13, 2012. "Originally from Cheswold, Del., Jacobs said he started throwing a ball around when he was five. Before long, he was playing for Salem High and went on to play in leagues throughout the U.S. and parts of Latin America."
- Trible, Mark. "Football: Then and now with Salem great Lydell Mitchell", Courier-Post, September 22, 2017. Accessed September 26, 2017.
- Staff. Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, p. 241. J.A. Fitzgerald, 1985. Accessed August 25, 2016. "Pankok was born in Salem July 9, 1931. He is a 1950 graduate of Salem High School and a veteran of four years service in the Navy, during the Korean conflict."
- Potrykus, Jeff. "UW freshman tailback Jonathan Taylor appears ready to play this season if needed", Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, August 19, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Taylor, from Salem, N.J., has flashed both speed and power during preseason camp and impressed running backs coach John Settle by picking up the offense quickly.... Taylor, who has been timed at 10.49 seconds in the 100-meter dash, rushed for a state-record 2,815 yards as a senior at Salem High School."
- Tufaro, Greg. "Good Book his play book Rutgers running back Dennis Thomas lets Bible be his guide", Asbury Park Press, August 26, 2001. Accessed August 13, 2012. "He was an All-State player at Salem High School when Courtney Pope, pastor of the Holy Temple Church in Penns Grove, righted the teen-ager's course."
- Staff. "The Latest Foley May Be the Greatest", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 15, 1991. Accessed August 13, 2012. "The South Jersey record is 45, set in 1975 by Salem's Jay Venuto, who later starred at Wake Forest, and it doesn't figure to exist much longer."