South Brunswick High School (New Jersey)
|South Brunswick High School|
750 Ridge Road|
Monmouth Junction, NJ 08852
|Type||Public high school|
|Motto||"The South Brunswick High School community values academic excellence, diversity, and a safe learning environment. The school empowers students to develop skills and character as they explore their talents and interests in order to become informed citizens and leaders in the global community."|
|Established||1960 (1997 current location)|
|School district||South Brunswick Public Schools|
|Enrollment||2,915 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||14.9:1|
|Athletics conference||Greater Middlesex Conference|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
|Newspaper||The Viking Vibe|
South Brunswick High School (SBHS) is a comprehensive community public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades at the school located in the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, in Middlesex County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the South Brunswick Public Schools. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1965.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,915 students and 195.7 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 14.9:1. There were 249 students (8.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 86 (3.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The South Brunswick High School was first established in 1960 (now Crossroads South Middle School) at the corner of Major Road and Kingston Lane and celebrated its "50th birthday" in 2010. The current building/location was built in 1997 at the corner of Stouts Lane and Ridge Road due to overcrowding issues and the "annex" which is connected by a two-level indoor bridge on levels 2 and 3 was all built in 2003-04, on the side of Stouts Lane.
Awards, recognition and rankings
For the 1990-91 school year, South Brunswick High School received the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award from the United States Department of Education, the highest honor that an American school can achieve.
In the 2010-11 school year, the South Brunswick High School was named the New Jersey School of Character, was ranked in the top 50 in the country and was selected as a final four finalist for being named the National School of Character of the 2010-11 school year.
The school was the 53rd-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 138th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 89th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 74th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 75th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school 118th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 31 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (84.7%) and language arts literacy (96.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 649th in the nation among participating public high schools and 51st among schools in New Jersey. In the 2012 list of "America's Best High Schools", ranked by Newsweek, South Brunswick High School was ranked 683rd in the nation and 54th in the state, with criteria for ranking include graduation rate, AP/IB/AICE exams taken per student, average SAT/ACT scores and college matriculation rate.
During the 2005-06 school year, South Brunswick High School had 45 Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars, three National Merit Scholarship Program Semi-finalists, 29 National Merit Commended students, two National Achievement Scholars, two Governor's Scholars, and six students named as National Advanced Placement Scholars.
In the area of musical activities, the South Brunswick District has received numerous awards including being named one among the top 100 school districts for music education in 2005 and 2006. The South Brunswick High School Viking Marching Band receives some of the highest scores in the state with a "Group VI" designation by the United States Scholastic Band Association (USSBA) including a 98.7 in Allentown, Pennsylvania performing "Leonardo Dreams" and winning the USSBA Northern Champions. In the 2009 season, they performed "Reaching For the Light" at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana with a Group AAAA designation by Bands of America (BOA). They were placed 25th at Semifinals at BOA Grand Nationals and became the first band in New Jersey to break into the Semifinals round of competition. In their 2010 season, they performed "The Sounding Sea" music from "Symphonic Movement" first performed by the U.S. Air Force Band. Their season was such a success that they were undefeated at all of their competitions, including: winning the DeMoulin Challenge sponsored by DeMoulin Bros. & Co. marching band uniforms placing first in both preliminary and finals performances beating rival Trumbull High School with a score of 93.063 and winning the USSBA Northern States Championships receiving a 98.175, the season's best. In the March 2008, the South Brunswick High School Wind Ensemble was invited to perform in Indianapolis, IN, for the Music for All National Concert Band Festival along with the top 16 high school wind bands in the country. They were previously invited in 2001. Recently, the South Brunswick Wind Ensemble was invited to play at Indiana University, PA and perform "Angels in the Architecture" with Frank Ticheli the composer of the song. The Viking Marching Band was the Group VI New Jersey State Champions in 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
The SBHS varsity and junior-varsity winterguards: Visual Ensemble (SBVE) and Performance Company (SBPC), compete in the MAIN (Mid-Atlantic Indoor Network) circuit and WGI (Winterguard International) circuit. In more recent years, SBVE (varsity) won MAIN Championships under the Scholastic Open (SO) class from 1996–2005, 2007, 2009, and 2011–2012, and under the Scholastic World (SW) class in 2010. In the WGI circuit, SBVE has reached the finals at the WGI World Championships held in Dayton, Ohio in 1998, 1999, 2001–2004, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011–2012, all only under the Scholastic Open class, including a third place-bronze medal completion in 1998. SBPC (junior varsity) won MAIN Championships under the Scholastic AAA (SAAA) class in 1997, 2001, and in 2003, and under the Scholastic Regional A (SRA) class in 2008.
In the 2011-12 school year South Brunswick High School student Ian Moritz was recognized by Guinness World Records for breaking the record for the most high fives in one hour, reaching a total of 1,739 at a pep rally held in the school on March 16, 2012.
In February 2013, the South Brunswick Dance Team competed in the National Dance Team Championship (NDTC) held in Orlando, Florida placing in the top ten for Small Varsity Pom and Small Varsity Jazz.
In addition, the high school has won the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Sportsmanship Award for four consecutive years.[when?]
South Brunswick High School offers a challenging curriculum coupled with extensive opportunities in the fine and performing arts, athletics, and extracurricular activities.
All students attending SBHS are encouraged to take a minimum of 16 units during the duration of their academic career. All students must also take a Practical Art (Such as Business, Technology) and Visual/Performing Art (such as Art I, II, Orchestra or Band). Students are also required to take a 2.5 credit class in Personal Financial Literacy.
The school offers around 20 Advanced Placement (AP) courses.
The South Brunswick High School Vikings compete in the Greater Middlesex Conference, made up of public and private high schools located in the greater Middlesex County area, operating under the supervision of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 2,209 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.
The SBHS boys' bowling team won the New Jersey state title in 1996 with a combined score of 3,103. A signed bowling pin from all team members is kept in the trophy case at the school.
The South Brunswick boys' soccer team won back-to-back to back Red Division Championships in 2006, 2007 and 2008. In 2009 the team won the GMC County Final, the first in school history.
In the Fall of 2004, the girls volleyball team took home the GMC title for the first time in school history. The program had only been in place 6 seasons prior to this achievement.
The 2009 boys' tennis team won the Red Division Title and were GMC Champions, the first in school history. Again they repeated the same results in 2010 by winning GMC's and the Red Division Title. The SBHS boys tennis team have won the GMC Red Division Championship title since 2009. In 2011, they later placed second in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV Championships and in 2012 they won all of their singles and doubles matches at GMCs.
The 2010 boys' track and field team won the GMC Relays Championships (Greater Middlesex Championships) by defeating former champions, Old Bridge High School. The track team was led by Coach Wilfredo Rivera.
The 2010-11 ice hockey team went on to win the inaugural GMC Championship. South Brunswick beat perennial powerhouses Old Bridge and St. Joseph High School to reach the final. South Brunswick then went on to be seeded #20 in the NJSIAA Public A Tournament and lost by a score of 3-0 in the first round to Tenafly High School.
The 2011-12 girls bowling team won the GMC title and then later won the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV title. At the end of the same season, the coach was named coach of the year.
The 2012 football team won the Central Jersey Group V sectional title, beating Manalapan High School by a score of 33-22. The 2015 football team won the Central Jersey Group V sectional title, defeating Old Bridge High School in the tournament final by a score of 42-0. In 2017, the team won its third championship in program history with an 18-14 win against top-seeded Manalapan High School in the final of the Central Jersey Group V state sectional tournament, played at High Point Solutions Stadium; South Brunswick finished the season with an 11-1 record, defeating a Manalapan team that had been undefeated heading into the game.
Clubs that are currently offered (2016-2017) at South Brunswick High School include:
Members of the school administration are:
- Peter Varela, Principal
- Jaymee Boehmer, Assistant Principal for Academic Leadership
- Susana Nikitczuk, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2018
- Emanuel Caravano, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2019
- Michael Scheese, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2020
- Yoshi Donato, Assistant Principal for the Class of 2021
Notable alumni and faculty
- Mike Elko (born 1977, Class of 1995), Defensive Coordinator for the Texas A&M Aggies football team.
- Donald Fagen (born 1948), Singer/Songwriter and member of Steely Dan.
- Steven Portnoy (born 1981, Class of 1999), CBS News Radio White House Correspondent.
- Anna Quindlen (born 1952, Class of 1970), Best-selling novelist & Pulitzer Prize winning columnist. 
- Ricardo Romero (born 1978, Class of 1996), MMA fighter.
- Mohamed Sanu (born 1989, Class of 2009), wide receiver for the Atlanta Falcons .
- Myrna Smith (1941–2010), Singer, writer Sweet Inspirations and back up vocalist for Elvis Presley, faculty [c. 1965].
- School data for South Brunswick High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- South Brunswick High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2016.
- South Brunswick High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
- New Jersey Department of Education Star School Award recipient detail 2000-01 school year, South Brunswick High School, accessed May 25, 2006.
- Timmis, Patrick. "St. John's alum leads New Jersey school to national award", Toledo Free Press, May 30, 2011. Accessed August 20, 2011. "The school, located in Monmouth Junction, won a National School of Character award this year from the Character Education Partnership based in Washington, D.C. The National School of Character award recognizes select schools for their 'outstanding character development of students,' according to the Character Education Partnership's website. South Brunswick was one of three high schools in the nation to receive the award."
- 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 7, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 31, 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 12, 2012.
- Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: South Brunswick High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 8, 2011.
- Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
- Staff. "America's Best High Schools 2012", Newsweek, May 20, 2012. Accessed May 20, 2012.
- James, Davy. "SBHS Marching Band Dominates State Championships; South Brunswick High School finishes first in every category en route to 7th state title.", South Brunswick Patch, October 24, 2013. Accessed September 24, 2014.
- McLafferty, Deanna. "SBHS student tries to set high-five record; Ian Moritz attempts to set Guinness World Record" Archived 2013-01-24 at Archive.is, South Brunswick Sentinel, March 22, 2012. Accessed September 7, 2012. "Graduating South Brunswick High School students might be able to list 'Guinness World Record holder' to their college applications after participating in the winter/spring pep rally on March 16.Student Council President Ian Moritz high-fived 1,739 staff members and students at the rally, beating the record for most high-fives in one hour by close to 400. And he did it in a half-hour."
- Most high-fives in one hour (individual), Guinness World Records. Accessed September 7, 2012. "The most high fives in one hour is 1,739 and was achieved by Ian Moritz (USA) at South Brunswick High School in South Brunswick, New Jersey, USA, on 16 March 2012."
- 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.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 29, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 28, 2017.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 1, 2017.
- Staff. "South Brunswick (0) at Tenafly (3), NJSIAA Tournament, First Round, Public A", The Star-Ledger, March 2, 2011. Accessed September 7, 2012.
- Rosenfeld, Josh. "Manalapan denied first title by South Brunswick", Asbury Park Press, December 8, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2013. "After yielding a mere three touchdowns and a total of 24 points over its previous five outings, South Brunswick managed to cross the goal-line on five occasions to pin a 33-22 setback on the Braves in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group V Championship Game on Saturday at High Point Solution Stadium."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Ryan, Chris. "South Brunswick defense caps stellar run with shutout in Central, Group 5 final", December 5, 2015. Accessed December 21, 2015. "After allowing 42 points in a season opening loss to Middletown South, the South Brunswick defense had something to prove. For the next 10 games, the Vikings proved to be tough to crack, and in the Central Jersey, Group 5 final, South Brunswick capped off a dominant defensive run with one of its finest performances."
- Zedalis, Joe. "Quinones throws 3 TD passes, South Brunswick stuns Manalapan in CJ5", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 2, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2017. "South Brunswick, showing poise and confidence that can only be gained through navigating adversarial situations throughout the season, drove 92 yards in 11 plays and scored the decisive touchdown with 53 seconds left Saturday at Rutgers Stadium and the Vikings stunned top-seeded and previously undefeated Manalapan, 18-14, to win the Central Jersey Group 5 title in Piscataway.... The victory gave South Brunswick (11-1) its third sectional title."
- "Football - 2017 NJSIAA Central, Group 5 Playoffs", NJ.com. Accessed December 4, 2017.
- Staff. "South Brunswick boys run to NJSIAA Group IV Relays title", USA Today High School Sports, January 11, 2013. Accessed November 2, 2016. "The South Brunswick High School boys track team has accomplished quite a bit over the past decade, but Friday marked a new height.The Vikings put it all together at the NJSIAA Group IV Relays, scoring 34 points to win the school's first state title in track."
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 2, 2016.
- Club information from: Clubs and Organizations, South Brunswick High School. Accessed December 11, 2017.
- Administrators, South Brunswick High School. Accessed December 4, 2017.
- Sargeant, Keith. "Defensive coordinator with N.J. roots reportedly headed to Notre Dame | Who is Mike Elko?", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 16, 2016. Accessed January 15, 2017. "Mike Elko, 39, grew up in South Brunswick, starring as the high school's quarterback before heading to play linebacker at the University of Pennsylvania and then beginning a collegiate coaching career that is now in its second decade. The 1995 South Brunswick High School graduate is set to be named the defensive coordinator at Notre Dame, according to SI.com and other published reports."
- "Fagen finds his groove", The Star-Ledger, February 26, 2006. "Born in Passaic, Fagen graduated in South Brunswick High School's class of '65..."
- 2012 South Brunswick High School – Distinguished Alumni Award, The Education Foundation of South Brunswick Township, Inc. Accessed January 9, 2018. "Steven Portnoy - South Brunswick Graduation Year: 1999; Occupation: Correspondent for ABC News"
- Kalet, Hank. "From South Brunswick High School to a Pulitzer Prize: Nationally renowned writer, journalist has local roots", South Brunswick Post, June 21, 2001. Accessed July 9, 2007. "Anna Quindlen has a busy schedule. The 1970 South Brunswick High School graduate writes a regular column for Newsweek, is raising three kids in New York City and makes the rounds of the talk show circuit to promote her various writing projects."
- Makin, Bob. "South Brunswick's Ricardo Romero to fight at UFC 126", MyCentralJersey.com, December 2, 2010. Accessed December 4, 2017. "Romero, a champion wrestler for South Brunswick High School in the 1990s, fights out of North Brunswick under Brian Katz, owner of Advanced BJJ in North Brunswick."
- Luicci, Tom. "South Brunswick recruit Sanu enrolls at Rutgers early", The Star-Ledger, January 29, 2009. Accessed May 31, 2011. "Sanu, a 6-2, 215-pound defensive back, did not play at South Brunswick High School last fall because he had exceeded the age limit for eligibility. The rest of the class will be announced Wednesday during national letter of intent signing day."