Toms River High School East
|Toms River High School East|
|Motto||"The Compass of Excellence Always Points East"|
|School district||Toms River Regional Schools|
|Asst. principals||Norma DeNoia|
|Enrollment||1,439 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.3:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
Toms River High School East is a comprehensive four-year public high school, the third high school built in Toms River in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Toms River Regional Schools. It was built in 1979, as the first and second high schools, Toms River High School South and Toms River High School North, were too small for the rapid population growth in the district.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,439 students and 117.1 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.3:1. There were 241 students (16.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 69 (4.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school won several awards for its heating system, which utilizes heat generating lighting fixtures. Its school colors are black, gray and Columbia blue (blue was not an original color when HSE started). The school mascot is the Raider. The school day lasts six hours and 20 minutes. The Toms River high school day ends at 1:35 PM, one of the earliest daily closing time of any high schools in New Jersey.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 171st-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 225th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 239th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 204th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 205th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state. The school is a national school of character as of 2017.
Toms River High School East competes in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore. All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,046 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 794 to 1,076 students in that grade range.
The boys' soccer team won the 1985 South Jersey Group IV state sectional championship against Jackson Memorial High School and went on to win the Group IV state championship with a win against Westfield High School.
The boys' cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1988 and 1996.
The girls' track team won the Group IV state indoor relay championship in 1990.
The girls' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1997 and won the Group IV title in 2009.
The football team has won the Shore Conference Championships in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, and 2009. The school's major rivalry is with the Mariners of Toms River High School North. Every Thanksgiving weekend, the football teams play in the annual "Battle of Bay Avenue."
Lip Dub videos
Toms River High School East was recognized across the state and even the country for their Lip Dub 1 and Lip Dub 2 videos. The lip dub videos feature East students lip-syncing and dancing through the halls and campus of the school. The videos were created and produced by the Toms River Regional Schools TV Network and television production class. The students spent roughly three months planning Lip Dub 1, planning camera movement and timing out cues for the students who were lip-syncing in the video. Lip Dub 1 features about 150 students involved in many different sports, clubs and activities at East.
In that same school year, Lip Dub 1 received so much recognition that it inspired students and faculty at East to request a second lip dub be filmed. Lip Dub 2 involved over 400 students and faculty at East and was featured on News 12 New Jersey as well as WOBM.com, a local radio station.
- Danny Clinch (born 1964, class of 1982), photographer and film director.
- Ryan Doherty (born 1984), professional beach volleyball player who had been the first seven-foot-tall player in Minor League Baseball history
- Frankie Edgar (born 1981), professional MMA/UFC fighter and former UFC Lightweight Champion.
- Brian Geraghty (born 1974), actor who appeared in the film The Hurt Locker and on TV on Boardwalk Empire.
- Ted Gillen (born 1968), former professional soccer player who led the school soccer team to the 1985 New Jersey Group IV High School soccer championship, and now is an assistant principal at the school and coaches the school's soccer team.
- Pavle Jovanovic (born 1977), bronze medal winner in the four-man bobsleigh at the FIBT World Championships 2004 who competed in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.
- Chris Konopka (born 1985), goalkeeper for the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer.
- Joe Scott (born 1965), college basketball coach.
The core members of the school's administration are:
- Pat Thomas, Principal
- Norma DeNoia, Assistant Principal
- Ted Gillen, Assistant Principal
- Vernon Rutter, Assistant Principal
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- "CZ's underdog soccer-playin' Toms River East Raiders", Mark Classic, November 23, 2014. Accessed November 10, 2015. "And three of the four wins to capture the NJSIAA South Jersey Group IV came via overtime shootout, the last one against standout goalie Chris Gillis and Jackson Memorial in the SJ IV championship at the school I was going to at the time, Ocean County College."
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- 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 6, 2017.
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- History of NJSIAA Girls Bowling Championships , New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 6, 2017.
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- 2007 Softball - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 5, 2007.
- Clayton, Scott. "Baldaccini's 4 TDs lead East Senior's 188 yards help Raiders to ninth win", Asbury Park Press, November 26, 2004. Accessed December 15, 2011. "'This is the biggest game in my mind that we played all season,' senior linebacker Derrick Egan said of the 'Battle of Bay Avenue.'"
- "Toms River East Lip Dub 1". YouTube. Toms River High School East.
- "Toms River East Lip Dub 2". Vimeo. Toms River High School East. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- "VIDEO: Toms River H.S. East seniors lip-dub". News 12 New Jersey. News 12 NJ. June 14, 2014.
- Louis, Justin. "Toms River East Gets Really Creative with a "Lip Dub"" (video). WOBM.com. WOBM. Retrieved April 11, 2014.
- Jordan, Chris. "Springsteen photog Danny Clinch focus of 60 Minutes", Asbury Park Press, February 10, 2015. Accessed September 26, 2017. "Clinch, a 1982 graduate of Toms River High School East, studied under Annie Leibowitz and at the New England School of Photography and two programs at the Ansel Adams Workshop in New York City."
- Stump, Scott. "7-Foot-1 Pitcher Cut By Team In Minors Is Next Big Thing In Beach Volleyball", The Pst Game, November 19, 2013. Accessed October 12, 2015. "Doherty grew up in baseball-mad Toms River, N.J., home of the two-time Little League World Series champions and a trio of strong high school programs. After starring as a hard-throwing right-handed starter at Toms River High School East, Doherty became an All-Big East closer at Notre Dame in 2004."
- Feitl, Steve. "BACK TO HIS ROOTS: Frank Edgar part of fight card in UFC's return to New Jersey"[permanent dead link], Home News Tribune, November 15, 2007. Accessed December 28, 2007. "After an accomplished wrestling career — one that saw him place twice at states while at Toms River High School East and qualify for nationals all four years as an All-American at Clarion University in Pennsylvania — Edgar chose to train for the combat sport that merges numerous disciplines from wrestling to jiu-jitsu to kickboxing."
- Lagomarsino, Andrew. "Hurt Locker star and N.J. native Brian Geraghty turns 'sociopath' at Tribeca Film Festival", NewJerseyNewsroom.com, April 28, 2010. Accessed December 15, 2011. "New Jersey native Brian Geraghty, who received acclaim for his performance in the Academy Award winning best picture "The Hurt Locker," is showing his versatility as an actor. The 34-year-old Toms River native who graduated from Toms River East High School in 1993 plays an insecure soldier in The Hurt Locker..."
- Christopher, Chris. "Ted Gillen - Back Where He Belongs" Archived 2005-01-03 at the Wayback Machine, copy of article from Ocean County Observer, October 30, 2002. "Gillen has been around. He starred at Toms River East, helping the Raiders win the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association 1985 Group IV state title."
- Baldwin, Chris. "Jovanovic gets the call Dover Township bobsledder makes Olympics on USA 1", Asbury Park Press, December 16, 2001. Accessed December 15, 2011. "Pavle Jovanovic just knew his obsession was one huge leap closer. Jovanovic - a 24-year-old Toms River High School East graduate - has been named to the US Olympic bobsledding team, completing a stunning five-year journey."
- Chris Konopka, Providence Friars. Accessed April 8, 2008.
- Canavan, Tom. "Johnson takes reigns as Princeton coach", Ocean County Observer, April 21, 2007. Accessed June 5, 2007. "The only three-time basketball captain at Princeton, the 32-year-old Johnson replaces Joe Scott, a Toms River High School East graduate who resigned to take the head coaching job at the University of Denver shortly after the Tigers finished in last place."
- Staff Directory, Toms River High School East. Accessed January 28, 2018.