Toms River High School South
|Toms River High School South|
|55 Hyers Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Toms River Regional Schools|
|Principal||James Ricotta Jr.|
|Asst. principals||Brian Blake
|Enrollment||1,391 (as of 2014-15)|
|Student to teacher ratio||12.8:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Mascot||Indian, Indian Princess, Super Maroon, and Spirit|
Toms River High School South is a comprehensive four-year public high school, and was the first high school established in Toms River (formerly Dover Township) in Ocean County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Toms River Regional Schools. The original Toms River High School graduated its first class in 1891 and the current building opened for students in 1951. In 1969, when the high school was found to be too small, a second high school, Toms River High School North was opened and South was appended onto the school's original name, and a third high school in the district, Toms River High School East, was opened in 1979.
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 1,391 students and 108.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.8:1. There were 312 students (22.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 69 (5.0% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school colors are maroon and White. The school has four mascots: Indian, Indian Princess, Super Maroon, and Spirit. For the 2014-15 school year, the mascots are Indian XLVII, Princess XLVI, Super Maroon XXXVII, and Spirit XVI. The mascots appear at every football game of the High School South Indians, which also feature the longtime "Voice of the Indians", P. David Correll Sr., as public address announcer.
Awards, recognition and rankings
For the 1993-94 school year, Toms River Alternate School - High School South was named as a "Star School" by the New Jersey Department of Education, the highest honor that a New Jersey school can achieve.
The school was the 230th-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 229th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 269th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 264th in 2008 out of 316 schools.
The Toms River High School South Indians 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. The league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 991 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 field hockey team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional championship in 1975 and 1984, and won the South Jersey Group III title in 1991; the team won the Group IV state championship in 1975.
The football team won the NJSIAA state sectional championships in 1978 in South Jersey Group IV and in both 1983 and 1991 in South Jersey Group III. 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. The game is considered to be the biggest event of the year for students. The annual event began in the fall of 1972.
The boys' cross country team won the Group III state championship in 1980.
The baseball team won the Group III state championship in 1990 (vs. Pascack Hills High School), 1994 (vs. Hoboken High School), 1998 (vs. Millburn High School), 2002 (vs. Ramapo High School) and 2003 (vs. Cranford High School); the program's five state championships are tied for seven-most in the state.
In 2009, the boys' soccer team upset Toms River High School North in the state semi-finals, and went on to win the Group IV state championship for the first time in program history, with a 1-0 victory over Clifton High School in the final game of the tournament.
In 2009-10 school year, the Toms River High School South boys ice hockey team won the Public A state tournament as a 16th seed, which is the lowest seed to ever win the state championship, having knocked off the number one seed Morris Knolls High School in the first round, and beat the number 3 seed Randolph High School in the finals.
The wrestling team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 2013.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- James Ricotta Jr., Principal
- Brian Blake, Assistant Principal
- Dana Chibbaro, Assistant Principal
- Mark Sullivan, Assistant Principal
- Todd Frazier (born 1986), third baseman for the Chicago White Sox and the 34th pick overall in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft attended Toms River.
- Norton A. Schwartz (born 1951), retired United States Air Force general who served as the 19th Chief of Staff of the Air Force from August 12, 2008 until his retirement in 2012.
- Albert W. Van Duzer (1917-1999, class of 1935), bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey, serving from 1973 to 1982.
- School data for Toms River High School South, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Toms River High School South. New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 8, 2015.
- The History of Our School District, Toms River Regional Schools. Accessed August 2, 2011. "The history of public education in Toms River goes back over 100 years to one room school houses in Cedar Grove, Chadwick Beach, East Dover, North Dover, Silverton, West Dover and downtown Toms River. The first high school graduating class was in 1891.... Eight schools comprised the newly organized district: T.R. High School (the current building which is now South) opened in 1951... Since that time, 11 more schools have been built: Toms River High Schools North (1969) and East (1979)..."
- O'Kidd, Lauren. "Day in the Life of Toms River High School South: Feel the spirit at South", Asbury Park Press, April 20, 2007. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Planer is the High School South "Indian." Since 1968, seniors have been trying out for the coveted mascot post to help keep school spirit at a high. Besides "the Indian," students try out for the positions of "Indian Princess," "Super Maroon," and "Spirit," Planer says. All four perform at South football games, he adds.... In 1969, Toms River High School North opened, and 10 years later Toms River High School East opened."
- Torrence, Marc; and Wall, Karen. "Does School Start Too Early? In Toms River, Some Say Yes; Researchers say getting more sleep improves academic performance; some Toms River parents have lobbied the district to make a change.", Toms River Patch, August 10, 2015. Accessed November 29, 2015. "Homeroom in Toms River's three high schools and Intermediate North starts at 7:15 a.m., with Intermediate South and East starting at 7:45 a.m."
- Toms River High School South 2013-14 School Performance Report, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 29, 2015.
- Star School Award recipient detail, New Jersey Department of Education, Archived December 18, 2006. Accessed November 26, 2009.
- 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 27, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 21, 2012.
- School Info, Shore Conference. Accessed March 9, 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.
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 29, 2015.
- Finley, Patricia, ed. Toms River South Cedar Chest 1973. Cedar Grove, NJ: Rae Publishing, Co., Inc. 1973.
- 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- 2015 NJSIAA Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- Karn, Jeff. "Boys Soccer - 2009 NJSIAA Tournament - Group 4, Public Semis/Finals - Round 2 - Game 1 - Boys Soccer", The Star-Ledger, November 20, 2009. Accessed August 2, 2011. "Chrashewsky scored the winning goal with 24:55 on the clock in the second half and O'Neill made 10 saves to lead Toms River South to a 1-0 victory over Clifton in the final of the NJSIAA/Investors Savings Bank Group 4 final in front of 500 at The College of New Jersey in Ewing. Toms River South (18-5-1), which entered the final having won 15 of it past 17 games after opening the campaign 2-3-1, was seeking its first state title."
- Bush, John. "Toms River South shocks Randolph", Asbury Park Press, March 13, 2010. Accessed August 2, 2011. "As the years go by the story of Toms River South winning its first ice hockey championship may get more improbable with each retelling."
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 7, 2017.
- High School South :: Directory, Toms River High School South. Accessed November 8, 2015.
- Christopher, Chris. "Frazier to Cincinnati; 34th overall", Ocean County Observer, June 8, 2007. "She had to do something to honor her cousin, Todd Frazier, the former Toms River High School South standout selected 34th in the supplemental first round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft yesterday by the Cincinnati Reds."
- Williams, Kevin. "Toms River Athletic Hall Of Fame Inductees – Hometown View", WOBM-FM, May 3, 2012. Accessed July 2, 2015. "Honored posthumously from the original Toms River High School will be former track standout Jack Milne as well as football coach Ron Signorino and his undefeated 1968 Indians team which was led by Bob Hermanni, Harry Walters, Pete Bush and Rip Scherer. Also on that team was Norton Schwartz, who today is General Norton Schwartz, Chief of Staff of the Air Force."
- Hagenmayer, S. Joseph. "Episcopal Bishop Albert W. Van Duzer", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 30, 1999. Accessed November 8, 2015. "Raised in Toms River, Bishop Van Duzer was a 1935 graduate of Toms River High School, where he was manager for the baseball team, a member of the football team, and in the school play."
- Toms River High School South website
- Toms River Schools Hall of Fame
- Toms River High School South'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