Toms River High School North
|Toms River High School North|
|1245 Old Freehold Road
Toms River, NJ 08753
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Toms River Regional Schools|
|Principal||Edward W. Keller|
|Asst. principals||Heather DeGrandis
|Enrollment||2,364 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||15.1:1|
Navy blue and|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
Toms River High School North is a four-year comprehensive public high school, and was the second public high school established in Toms River, in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Toms River Regional Schools. The school opened in 1969 when the original high school (now called Toms River High School South) was found to be too small to accommodate the fast-growing community. However, the first class to graduate wasn't until 1971, since all of the seniors were kept at TRHSS for the class of 1970. Toms River High School North is the largest of all schools in the Toms River Regional School district. The TRHSN mascot is the Mariner, and the school colors are navy blue and gold. The other high schools in the district are Toms River High School East and Toms River High School South.
The school day starts at 7:15 AM and lasts six hours and 20 minutes. Toms River high schools have some of the earliest daily closing high schools in New Jersey, closing at 1:35 PM every day.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,364 students and 156.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.1:1. There were 455 students (19.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 109 (4.6% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 154th-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 228th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 222nd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 212th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 178th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Toms River High School North Mariners compete 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, and the league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,716 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range.
Toms River North has also had notable teams in football, including perennial powers in girls' swimming, boys' and girls' cross country, tennis and outdoor track teams.
The football team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 1979, 1991, 1994, 1997 and 2007. Each year, students, parents, teachers, alumni, and administrators gather for the annual Toms River High School North vs. Toms River High School South football game, also known as the "Civil War". The game is considered to be the biggest event of the year for students. The annual event began in the fall of 1972.
The field hockey team won the South Jersey Group IV sectional title in 1980 and 1987, and won the Central Jersey Group IV title in 1987; the team won the Group IV state championship in 1987. In 2004, the team took the Central Jersey Group IV title, edging Shawnee High School 1-0 in the tournament final.
The boys' cross country team won Group IV state championships in 1982, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990 and 2002. Under the tutelage of Matt Jelley, who was coach at Toms River North from 2000 until 2007 when he was hired to become coach at Temple University, the team won six county titles, a Shore Conference title, three South Jersey Group IV state titles, a Group IV state championship, and was ranked in the top 25 of the country four times reaching a high of 17th in 2004, with Jelley named by The Star-Ledger as its coach of the year for cross country in 2001.
The boys' soccer team earned the South Jersey, Group IV sectional title and the state Group IV title in 1983 with a 3-2 win over Kearny High School at Princeton University. They also earned the South, Group IV sectional title in 2004 with a 2-1 victory against Shawnee High School.
The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1987.
The girls' cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1989 and 1990.
The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional title in 1990.
The competition cheerleading squad, led by Ida Clendenin, has won many titles including 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001 Ocean County Champions, 1999 NJCCA State Champion Stunt Group and the 1999 NCA Myrtle Beach Spring Classic Champions.
The girls' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1996.
The girls' basketball team won the Group IV state championship in 2000, defeating Bloomfield High School in the tournament final. The team won the 2000 South Jersey, Group IV state sectional championship with a 63-42 win. The team took the title again in 2004 with a one-point victory against Absegami High School in the tournament final.
From 2004-2006 the men's ice hockey team was considered a top public power. The Mariners finished the 2004-05 season with a 17-4-1 record and were Shore Conference Champions but were ineligible for state playoffs due to receiving three disqualifications (game ejections) in regular season play. In the 2005-06 season, Kevin Raylman took over as head coach of the program, while the team was in a very competitive, predominantly private school division, they were able to compile a 19-8-2 record. In the state tournament, the Mariners received the #3 rank in public schools and were able to make it to the semi-finals, where they lost to eventual state champions Randolph High School, 3-1.
The baseball team won the state championship in both 2008 and 2009, coached since the early 1990s by Ted Schelmay. The team won the 2009 South Jersey Group IV title with an 8-6 win over Cherokee High School in a game in which Cherokee committed nine errors in the field.
Pine Belt Arena
The Pine Belt Arena is a public arena connected to the school. It is the centerpiece of the Toms River Regional School District. It opened June 19, 2003, and is situated on the grounds of Toms River High School North.
In July 2011, Ed Keller was named the school's new principal, replacing James Hauenstein who was promoted to an Assistant Superintendent. Keller had previously been principal at North Dover Elementary School and before that at West Dover.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Edward W. Keller, Principal
- Heather DeGrandis, Assistant Principal
- Chris Madigan, Assistant Principal
- Kevin Raylman, Assistant Principal
- Tom Regan, Assistant Principal
- Darian Barnes (born 1980), former NFL and UFL football player.
- Alex Blackwell (born 1970) ,basketball player who played in the NBA for the Los Angeles Lakers.
- Jerry Dipoto (born 1968), former Major League Baseball player.
- Mark Leiter Jr., Major League baseball player
- Demetri Martin (born 1973), Emmy Award-nominated comedian, actor and writer, who is host of the Comedy Central program Important Things with Demetri Martin.
- Piper Perabo (born 1976), actress, whose film credits include Coyote Ugly, Cheaper by the Dozen.
- Garrett Reynolds (born 1990), Professional Freestyle BMX rider, 2 time X-Game Gold Medalist.
- School data for Toms River High School North, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
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- 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 19, 2017.
- "Temple Names Matt Jelley Head Cross Country Coach: Three-year letterwinner at Clemson coached at Toms River North High School for the past seven years", Temple Owls press release dated September 13, 2007. Accessed July 29, 2011. "Matt Jelley, the highly successful head cross country/track coach at Toms River North High School for the past seven years, has been named the head cross country coach at Temple University, director of track and field Stefanie Scalessa announced today. Jelley led his team to one New Jersey Group IV state title, three South Jersey Group IV championships, six Ocean County Championships and one Shore Conference Championship in cross country.... Jelley, who was named the 2001 New Jersey Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Newark Star-Ledger, coached four cross country teams (2001-04) to national rankings by Harrier Magazine."
- 2015 NJSIAA Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- 2004 Boys Soccer - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 13, 2007.
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 1, 2017.
- 2015 NJSIAA Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- History of NJSIAA Girls Bowling Championships , New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 6, 2017.
- Public Sectionals - South, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 13, 2007.
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- Underwood, Matt. "Randolph uses early lead to fuel win", Daily Record (Morristown), March 19, 2006. Accessed July 29, 2011. "The Toms River North ice hockey team knew they were going to have to come out flying in order to be able to advance in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association public school's tournament."
- Staff. "Cherokee throws away title chance, The Chiefs, known for defense, made nine errors in losing the Group 4 sectional final.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 30, 2009. Accessed July 29, 2011. "Ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, eighth-seeded Cherokee saw its 10-game win streak and its dream of a South Jersey Group 4 title end after yesterday's 8-6 loss at third seed Toms River North in the sectional final."
- Tatum Coffey, 2011 North Girls All-America Team, Under Armour All-America LacrosseAccessed August 11, 2014.
- Directions, Pine Belt Arena. Accessed August 11, 2014. "Pine Belt Arena: Toms River High School North campus"
- Galioto, Catherine. "Assistant Super Appointment Creates Domino Effect of Vacancies as School Shuffles Around Staffers: North Dover principal moves to High School North principal spot, among other transitions approved last week", TomsRiverPatch, July 26, 2011. Accessed July 29, 2011. "The first promotion the Toms River Regional School Board agreed to was moving Toms River North Principal James Hauenstein, who will serve as the newest assistant superintendent for Toms River Regional Schools. He replaces the assistant superintendent spot left vacant after Frank Roselli was named superintendent.... The vacancy created by Hauenstein's move to assistant super would create a ripple effect, leading to six other transition appointments in the district. North Dover Elementary Principal Ed Keller will be principal at High School North."
- High School North Directory, Toms River High School North. Accessed November 29, 2015.
- Darian Barnes player profile, National Football League Players Association. Accessed July 23, 2007. "Hometown: Toms River, NJ... Attended Toms River North High School in Toms River, New Jersey ... Earned second-team all-state honors and first-team all county from the Star-Ledger as a senior."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Where in the world is Alex Blackwell?", Asbury Park Press, January 9, 2015. Accessed February 25, 2017."You see, Alex Blackwell put the Hawks on the Division I map pretty much from the moment he showed up in West Long Branch. But Ken Dempsey, then a young assistant coach who recruited him out of Toms River North, and former Monmouth head coach Wayne Szoke have no idea where Blackwell is nearly a quarter-century after moments like his put-back at the buzzer to beat Pepperdine in Malibu."
- "Hill adds 200th girls tennis victory to impressive coaching resume", Asbury Park Press, September 22, 2007. Accessed November 10, 2007. "'I've enjoyed every season of it,' said Hill, who coached former New York Mets pitcher Jerry DiPoto."
- "The Mosaic Interview: Demetri Martin." "I grew up in New Jersey and I went to Toms River North High School."
- O'Sullivan, Eleanor. "COYOTE BEAUTIFUL Toms River's Piper Perabo finds herself in `Lost and Delirous'", Asbury Park Press, July 8, 2001. Accessed February 3, 2011. "Perabo, who grew up in Toms River and graduated in 1994 from Toms River High School North, stars in Lost and Delirious, a gritty drama about the love affair between two adolescent schoolmates at a posh Canadian boarding school."
- Staff. "The Future of High School: Reynolds", ESPN RISE. Accessed February 3, 2011. "Though Garrett Reynolds is already a BMX veteran who finished fifth in the Dew Tour standings in 2008, you'll be hearing a lot more from him very soon. The Toms River North (Toms River, N.J.) senior stars in Nike 6.0's BMX film, Writing On The Wall."
- Toms River High School North website
- Toms River High School North's 2015–16 School Performance Report from the New Jersey Department of Education
- School Data for the Toms River Regional Schools, National Center for Education Statistics
- The Poland Spring Arena at the Ritacco Center