Sayreville War Memorial High School
|Sayreville War Memorial High School|
|820 Washington Road
Parlin, NJ 08859
|Type||Public high school|
|Established||1939 (orig. location)
1962 (curr. location)
|School district||Sayreville Public Schools|
|Vice principals||Richard Gluchowski
|Faculty||126.3 (on FTE basis)|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Enrollment||1,699 (as of 2013-14)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.5:1|
Sayreville War Memorial High School (SWMHS) is a four-year community public high school located in the Parlin section of Sayreville, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as the lone secondary school of the Sayreville Public Schools district. The school colors are blue and gray, and the sports teams are the Sayreville Bombers, marking the legacy of the town's World War I ammunition plants and many World War II veterans.
As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,699 students and 126.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.5:1. There were 413 students (24.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 222 (13.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 163rd-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 241st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 232nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 213th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 217th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 222nd out of 376 public high schools statewide in its 2010 rankings (an increase of 1 position from the 2009 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Sayreville War Memorial High School Bombers compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, made up of public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area and operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Sports consist of tennis, bowling, softball, field hockey, soccer, basketball, swimming, football, cross country, track and field, baseball and wrestling. With 1,290 students in grades 10–12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014–15 school year as Central Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,083 to 2,230 students in that grade range. The football team was reclassified into Central Jersey, Group V for the 2013 and 2014 seasons, and then into North Jersey, Section II, Group IV starting with the 2015 season.
The football team won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1997 and the Group IV title in 2010, 2011 and 2012. Prior to the creation of the playoff system, the team had unbeaten seasons in 1941 (6-0-1), 1946 (9-0) and 1949 (8-0).
On October 6, 2014, Sayreville's school superintendent Richard Labbe, himself a former assistant football coach at SWMHS, canceled the remainder of the high school's 2014 football season, because of a criminal investigation into allegations of repeated serious hazing among members of the team. The school suspended seven students after county prosecutors charged them with crimes including sexual assault of their younger teammates, in a case that received widespread media coverage and "focused national attention on hazing". The athletic director resigned; the head coach was transferred to an elementary school; and the seven students remained suspended for the duration of the 2014–2015 school year. By August 2015, six of them were sentenced to probation and community service for lesser crimes ranging from hazing to simple assault. The seventh case was still pending in January 2016.
Clubs and activities
- Costume Crew
- Cued Speech Club
- Downhill Club
- Echo Lites (newspaper)
- eSports Team
- Film and Television Society
- Fishing Club
- French Club
- French Honor Society
- History Club
- Improv Troupe
- Interact Club
- International Society
- Japanese Club
- Jazz Band
- Knitting Club
- Library Council
- Makeup Crew
- Marching Band
- Math Club
- Mu Alpha Theta (Math Honor)
- Muslim Society
- National Honor Society
- Odyssey of the Mind
- Perpetual Motion Dance Club
- Platinum Soundz step squad
- Quo Vadis (yearbook)
- Red Cross Club
- Sayreville Choir
- Sayreville Singers
- Science Rules Club
- Spanish Honor Society
- Stage, Sound and Light Crews
- Student Council
- Teen Institute (TIGS/LMTI)
- Theater Society
- Vox Humana
- Winter Guard
Core members of the school's administration are:
- James Brown, Principal
- Richard Gluchowski, Vice Principal
- Megan Romero, Vice Principal
- Dale Rubino, Vice Principal
- Barry T. Albin (born 1952, class of 1970), justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court
- Jon Bon Jovi (born 1962, class of 1980), lead singer of the rock band Bon Jovi
- Randy Corman (born 1960, class of 1978), New Jersey politician and judge
- Greg Evigan (born 1953, class of 1971), actor who appeared in B.J. and the Bear and My Two Dads
- Marilyn Ghigliotti (born 1961, class of 1979), actress who played the character Veronica Loughran in Kevin Smith's cult hit Clerks
- Dulé Hill (born 1975, class of 1993), actor on Psych, and earlier on The West Wing
- Rhonda Rompola (born 1960, class of 1978), head women's basketball coach at Southern Methodist University
- Edward D. Thalmann (1945–2004, class of 1962), expert in diving medicine[better source needed]
- John S. Wisniewski (born 1962, class of 1980), member of the New Jersey General Assembly who has served as Deputy Speaker since 2004
- Victor J. Wolski (born 1962, class of 1980), federal judge
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2009–2010, Schooldigger.com. Accessed January 1, 2012.
- League Memberships — 2015–2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2016.
- 2014–2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for Central Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed October 6, 2014.
- Ryan, Chris (August 24, 2015). "Football: Sayreville reclassified to North 2, Group 4". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved August 28, 2015.
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- Haley, John. "Unbeaten Sayreville chasing history; Sayreville playoff history", The Star-Ledger, November 15, 2012. Accessed November 3, 2015. "Apparently those old-timers I spoke with weren't old enough because Sayreville, which began playing in 1940, finished 9-0 in 1946 and 8-0 in 1949. The 1941 team finished 6-0-1."
- Kaplan, Emily; Hanlon, Greg (October 7, 2014). "Football-centric town of Sayreville divided by lewd hazing allegations". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved October 10, 2014.
- High School Sports (October 10, 2014). "Seven Sayreville (N.J.) football players facing charges in hazing scandal". USA Today. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- Ansari, Azadeh (October 11, 2014). "Seven teens charged in Sayreville High School assaults". CNN. Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- Stanmyre, Matthew; Coleman, Vernal (December 28, 2014). "Voices from the locker room: Inside the Sayreville football scandal". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
- Epstein, Sue (January 4, 2016). "Meet the man who will prosecute 5 of N.J.'s most high profile cases in 2016". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 8, 2016.
- Coleman, Vernal (January 6, 2015). "Sayreville football to return in 2015, says district superintendent". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
- Coleman, Vernal (February 24, 2015). "Former Sayreville head football George Najjar retains teaching position following hazing scandal". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved March 2, 2015.
- Newman, Andy; Grant, Jason (August 10, 2015). "2 Sayreville Football Players Cleared of Serious Charges in Hazing Case". The New York Times. Retrieved August 11, 2015.
- Amaral, Brian (August 31, 2015). "6 Sayreville football players in hazing case avoid detention, Megan's Law". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 5, 2015.
- SWMHS Administration, Sayreville War Memorial High School. Accessed November 3, 2015.
- Members of the SWMHS Hall of Fame, Sayreville War Memorial High School. Accessed March 3, 2016.
- Becker, Arielle Levin. "Graduated in Borough: Sayreville honors 5 in H.S. hall of fame", Home News Tribune, May 21, 2005. Accessed October 13, 2014. "After graduating from high school in 1970, inductee Barry T. Albin went on to earn a law degree, serving as an assistant prosecutor, president of the New Jersey Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and, since 2002, an associate justice on the New Jersey Supreme Court.... Rhonda Rompola a 1978 graduate won two national basketball championships while attending Old Dominion University."
- Peters, Jeremy W. "Politicians of All Stripes Join the Line for Bon Jovi", The New York Times, December 16, 2007. Accessed September 20, 2011. "'Who would have thought?' said John S. Wisniewski, a Democratic assemblyman who graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School with Mr. Bon Jovi. 'I'm probably one of the few people in my graduating class who was involved in politics then and involved in politics now. And most of my friends looked at me like I had two heads.'"
- Acker, Michael (March 23, 2006). "Bon Jovi pays surprise visit to his old school". The Suburban. Retrieved October 14, 2014.
- Acker, Michael. " Inductees include boro officials, judge, diver; Second annual round of SWMHS inductions scheduled for May", Suburban, April 13, 2006. Accessed November 3, 2015. "The honorees in this second round of inductions - the Hall of Fame was created last year - are Sayreville Economic Redevelopment Agency (SERA) Executive Director and former state Sen. Randy Corman, Borough Councilman Stanley Drwal, national diving champion Reyne Borup Quackenbush, U.S. Court of Federal Claims Judge Victor J. Wolski, and SERA Vice Chairman and volunteer firefighter Raniero Travisano."
- Staff. "Sayreville Native Stars In Hallmark Channel Film", News Record, November 7, 2008. Accessed September 20, 2011. "Evigan, who was recently inducted into the Sayreville War Memorial High School Alumni Hall of Fame for his contributions to the arts, began his career as something of a teen idol, and starred in the original Broadway casts of Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease."
- Beckerman, Jim. "It Was Slow Going at the Quick Stop: 'Clerks' Stars Kept Waiting", The Record (New Jersey), November 4, 1994. "A 20-year Sayreville resident, she plays Veronica, girlfriend of the hapless clerk Dante (O'Halloran).... A graduate of Sayreville High School and a friend of O'Halloran's for several years, Ghigliotti has acted opposite him in theater productions of "Wait Until Dark" and the off-off Broadway production "Sabona."
- Granieri, Laurie. "Sayreville native Dule Hill gears up for show's new season", Home News Tribune, August 7, 2009. Accessed October 13, 2014. "The biggest challenge for me is not making Gus too nerdy or too cool. Because Gus is a nerd, says Hill, 34, who grew up in Sayreville and is a 1993 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School."
- Burkard, Tom (April 20, 2002). "Yearbook—Sayreville 1962" (PDF). The South Amboy – Sayreville Times. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
- Sayreville High School website
- Sayreville Public Schools website
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- School Data for the Sayreville Public Schools, National Center for Education Statistics