Wall High School (New Jersey)
|Wall High School|
1630 18th Avenue|
Wall, NJ 07719
|Type||Public high school|
|Enrollment||1,219 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||10.7:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Team name||Crimson Knights|
|Newspaper||The Crimson Courier|
Wall High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Wall Township in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Wall Township Public Schools.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,219 students and 114.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.7:1. There were 100 students (8.2% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 39 (3.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The school was the 90th-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 137th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 155th of 322 schools listed in 2010, 127th out of 316 in 2008, and 121st out of 316 in 2006.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 153rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 12 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above on the mathematics (84.2%) and language arts literacy (92.7%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment.
Wall High School offers many clubs and after school activities, including the Environmental Club, Mock trial, Key Club, National Honor Society, National Art Honor Society, National Music Honor Society, DECA, NNDCC: Drill & Rifle Team, S.A.D.D. and International Thespian Society.
The Wall High School Crimson Knights compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered on the Northern Jersey Shore, located within Monmouth County and Ocean County and operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 892 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 822 to 1,068 students in that grade range.
Wall High School is known for its intense sports rivalry with Manasquan High School in Manasquan, New Jersey, with the two schools playing each other in front of crowds of 5,000 at their annual Thanksgiving Day American football game.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group III title in 1982, 1983 and 2002. The team won the 2016 South Jersey Group III state sectional championship, defeating reigning four-time champion Delsea Regional High School by a score of 20-7 in the tournament final.
The baseball team won the Group III state championship in 1983 (vs. Indian Hills High School) and 2004 (vs. Raritan High School), and won the Group II title in 1994 (vs. Jefferson Township High School). The 2004 baseball team won all five championships they could win, becoming the only Shore Conference baseball team to achieve that milestone.
The softball team won the Group III state championship in 1997 (vs. River Dell Regional High School) and 2007 (vs. Ramapo High School). The softball team won the 2007 Central, Group III state sectional championship with a 6-5 win over Monroe Township High School. The team moved on to win the Group I state championship with wins over Hammonton High School (11-10) and Ramapo High School (4-1) in the final game.
In 2009, displays were erected and a Hall of Fame established honoring WHS soccer teams' overall success. From 1977 - 1983 the team's overall record stood at 130-13-5. Between 1978 and 1981, the team won four consecutive straight Group III state championships, defeating Ramapo High School in 1978, Dwight Morrow High School in 1979, James Caldwell High School in 1980 and Randolph High School in 1981 and had overall state rankings through those four years of #2, #3, #1 and #1 (from 300 schools) During those years, they won five straight Central Jersey Group III state sectional championships and had an NJSIAA state playoff record of 24 wins out of 25 games over a five-year span. WHS soccer team was the top-ranked team in the Shore Conference each year from 1978-1982. The teams won five Wall Fall Festival Classics over this period as well and captured six straight Monmouth County Titles as well as winning the first ever Monmouth-Ocean County Championship. They also won six straight Conference Championships. The 1992 team won the Central Jersey Group III Championship and in 1993 a Central Jersey Group II Championship was added to the overall record. The 2004 team won the Group III state championship, the program's fifth state title and the first since it won four in a row from 1978 to 1981, with a 4-1 win over Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in a game played at The College of New Jersey.
The Wall High School soccer program was founded by Harry Baldwin, a member of the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame, and has produced nearly 50 All-State players. Wall High School's first soccer captain and Soccer America Professional Coach of the Year, Gary Hindley, played here. These teams had two coaches, Tom Farley and Jim Carhart, who together have coached for nearly 50 years and combined have won nearly 700 games. Farley won the National Coach of the Year title in 1979. Carhart has won regional and state coaching honors several[quantify] times. Top soccer players at Wall include Tom Kain, America's top player at Duke and Walls's only Olympian, and George Gelnovatch, runner-up as the US's top player as well as All American.
The 2008 competition cheer team took first place in the state competition, grand champion in the regional competition, and second place at the national competition. In 2009, the team won its Conference Championship, took first place in the New Jersey State Competition, first place at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida, and received the Grand National Champions title (overall highest score) at the National Competition in Orlando, Florida.
In 2008, the Wall High School golf team won the South-Central Jersey Group III Tournament.
The Wall lacrosse team had its first season in 2006 and won the Shore Conference division championships in both 2008 and 2011.
In 2008, Wall field hockey won the Group III Championship and continued to the Tournament of Champions Championship. In 2013, the field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship and continued to Group II Championship where they fell to West Essex High School by a score of 1-0. Coach Nancy Gross earned her 500th win in the 2013 season with a 7-0 win over Monmouth High School.
The boys' bowling team won the Group II state championship in 2009.
The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2014.
In 2015, former district superintendent James Habel was sentenced to five years in prison, forfeiture of his pension and the loss of his ability to work in a public sector job in the state, after his conviction on charges of official misconduct. Habel earned nearly $300,000 a year in salary and benefits, but took more than 100 vacation days that he didn't report so that he could cash out an extra $85,000 for the unused vacation time. The judge rejected Habel's attorney's requests for leniency, saying that Habel's actions were a prime example of "greed".
The school found itself in the middle of a national controversy when high school yearbooks were distributed to students at the end of the 2016-17 school year. In two instances, students wearing political campaign apparel bearing the name Trump had the logos airbrushed out of their student photos. A third student included a Trump quote in her yearbook profile, which was also omitted from final publication. Students noted that political apparel for other politicians (Reagan-Bush and Barack Obama) were included in the current and past yearbooks. The school district suspended the teacher who oversaw the yearbook, pending a formal investigation.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Rosaleen Sirchio, Principal
- Kevin Davis, Assistant Principal
- Kristen Scott, Assistant Principal
- Matthew Bouraee (born 1988, class of 2006), professional soccer player for the Adelaide Comets.
- Dara Brown (class of 1983), news presenter for MSNBC and former Broadway actress.
- Ashley Alexandra Dupré (born 1985 as Ashley Youmans — transferred out after sophomore year), best known as the woman at the center of the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.
- George Gelnovatch (born 1965), head men's soccer coach at the University of Virginia
- Jeffrey D. Gordon (class of 1985), former Pentagon spokesman during the George W. Bush Administration.
- Tom Kain (born 1963), former professional soccer player, German First Division, Nike Director of Global Soccer Marketing.
- Dan Prestup (born 1984), World's Fastest Drummer winner and drummer for Spider Rockets.
- Charlotte Sometimes (stage name of Jessie Poland, born 1988), musician currently signed to Geffen Records.
- Tim Wright (born 1990), NFL tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and Super Bowl XLIX champion as a member of the 2014 New England Patriots.
- Dwain Painter (born 1942), collegiate and NFL coach who was Wall High School's first head football coach.
- School data for Wall High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Wall Township High School | NJSIAA. Accessed October 6, 2015.
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
- Clubs & Activities, Wall High School. Accessed August 30, 2014.
- 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.
- Moretti, Mike. "Manasquan at Wall looms large on Turkey Day", The Star-Ledger, November 24, 2009. Accessed July 12, 2011. "The six divisional races are all but settled in the Shore Conference which leads to the traditional holiday rivalry games featuring Manasquan at Wall today, and a pair of big tilts on Saturday in the form of Brick at Brick Memorial and Toms River North at Toms River East. Manasquan is on target for its 12th sectional championship when it faces Matawan in the Central Jersey, Group 2 championship game on Dec. 4 but must first take care of business behind quarterback C.J. Davis against an improving Wall team. This game routinely draws the biggest crowds and upwards of 5,000 are expected on Thanksgiving."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 9, 2015.
- Evans, Bill. "Wall ends Delsea's 4-year run as Group 3 champs", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 11, 2016. "Wall ended Delsea's four-year reign as South Jersey Group 3 champions with a punishing running game in a 20-7 victory over the defending champs in the South Jersey Group 3 final at Rowan. Sean Larkin carried the ball 33 times for 172 yards and two touchdowns to lead the way."
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 10, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 19, 2017.
- 2007 Softball - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
- 2007 Softball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 12, 2007.
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed February 19, 2017.
- Staff. "Boys Soccer: Garry Linstra, Wall", Asbury Park Press, December 11, 2004. Accessed July 12, 2011. "Wall followed the loss to St. Rose with a six-game winning streak that culminated in a 4-1 victory over Scotch Plains-Fanwood in the Group III championship on the turf at Linstra's alma mater, The College of New Jersey."
- Adelizzi, Joe. "Wall soccer back on track", Asbury Park Press, October 1, 2005. Accessed July 12, 2011. "They took a 4-1 victory against Scotch Plains-Fanwood to wrap up the NJSIAA Group III championship. It was the first Group III title for Wall (18-3-3) since it had won four straight from 1978 to 1981.
- 2007 Girls Team Tennis - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
- Rappleyea, Warren. "Holmdel field hockey falls in group final", Independent, November 20, 2008. Accessed August 30, 2014. "After setting a new team record for wins, the Holmdel High School field hockey team fell on Sunday to Wall, 1-0, in the finals of the NJSIAA Group III tournament."
- Christie, Sherlon. "Wall field hockey suffers heartbreaker against West Essex", Asbury Park Press, November 16, 2013. Accessed August 30, 2014. "After playing step-for-step with state field hockey powerhouse West Essex for 40 minutes, the Crimson Knights gave up a goal to West Essex's Stephanie Pezzuti in the 41st minute and that was the only score as West Essex held on a 1-0 victory over Wall in the NJSIAA Group II final."
- Staff. "Knights give Gross her 500th career win", Asbury Park Press, October 31, 2013. Accessed August 30, 2014 ."Top-seeded Wall upended No. 8 Monmouth 7-0 on Thursday in a Central Jersey Group II quarterfinal to give coach Nancy Gross the 500th victory of her career."
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 1, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 19, 2017.
- Gurnis, Mike. "Wall ice hockey hopes to build on first state final appearance", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, March 6, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2017. "After earning the 10th seed in the state tournament, not many people could have predicted that Wall would reach the state final for the first time in program history.... But the magic finally ran out on Wall's run to the state final, as it was unable to get past top-seeded Glen Rock, No. 7 in the NJ.com Top 20 in an 8-1 loss in the NJSIAA/Devils Public B state final at Mennen Arena."
- Hopkins, Kathleen. "Former Wall schools super goes to prison", Asbury Park Press, December 4, 2015. Accessed September 17, 2017. "The case against former Wall schools superintendent James Habel could be summed up in one word: greed --an assistant prosecutor told a judge Friday. Habel, 59, paid the price for that greed Friday when Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Reisner sentenced him to five years in prison without the possibility of parole for lying about vacation days to get extra cash payouts. Reisner imposed the prison term on Habel for official misconduct, ordered him to forfeit his pension and banned him from ever again holding a public position in New Jersey."
- Bever, Lindsey. "Parents outraged after pro-Trump messages were edited out of this high school's yearbooks", The Washington Post, June 12, 2016. Accessed September 17, 2017. "His "TRUMP Make America Great Again!" shirt did not violate the dress code at Wall Township High School in central New Jersey because it did not reference drugs or alcohol or weapons.... But when the junior received his yearbook last week, he noticed something was missing from the photo: President Trump's winning campaign slogan.... At least two other students at the school had similar experiences: A Trump logo was apparently edited out of junior Wyatt Dobrovich-Fago's photo, and his sister, Montana, was missing a Trump quote that was meant to appear beneath her photo."
- Croffie, Kwegyirba. "New Jersey high school under fire for erasing Trump slogans from yearbook", CNN, June 12, 2017. Accessed September 17, 2017. "Now the school is facing accusations of censorship, a teacher has been suspended and the parents of three students are looking for answers -- and new yearbooks.... A teacher who advised the yearbook staff has been suspended pending the result of an investigation, Wall Township Public Schools Superintendent Cheryl Dyer said Monday."
- Home Page, Wall High School. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- 2009 Men's Soccer Roster: Matt Bouraee, Cornell Big Red. Accessed July 12, 2011. "Bouraee won the state championship while playing forward for Wall HS. He set the school's single-season goal record and was named to the all-county, all-shore, all-state and all-region first teams."
- Fabiano, Giovanna. "'Kristen' becomes a star, but aunt calls her a 'brat'", The Record (Bergen County) March 14, 2008. Accessed June 3, 2016. "She attended Wall High School until her sophomore year before moving to North Carolina to live with her father."
- Giase Frank. "Virginia men's soccer coach George Gelnovatch withdraws from consideration for vacant Rutgers job", The Star-Ledger, January 14, 2010. Accessed January 29, 2011. "Gelnovatch, who won three state championships as a player at Wall High School, interviewed for the Rutgers position with athletic director Tim Pernetti two weeks ago."
- J.D. Gordon Biography, J.D. Gordon Communications. Accessed June 27, 2013. "Born in New York City and raised in New Jersey where he graduated from Wall High School, Gordon was commissioned as an Ensign through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program at Pennsylvania State University where he received a B.A. in Communications."
- Mifflin, Lawrie. "SCOUTING", The New York Times, December 13, 1983. Accessed June 8, 2007. "To be a senior and make All- American is just great, said Kain who led Wall High School to three straight New Jersey Group 3 state titles from 1978 through 1980."
- Pardini, Patti. "Wall graduate wins World's Fastest Drummer competition", Asbury Park Press, September 8, 2005. Accessed June 3, 2016. "The 20-year-old Wall High School graduate has won recognition two years in a row from Extreme Sport Drumming for his hand chops and feet chops, he said."
- La Gorce, Tammy. "It's the Lipstick That Draws Attention, and the Name Helps Too", The New York Times, March 16, 2008. Accessed November 17, 2008. "'Charlotte Sometimes is a girl in a book I read when I was little,' the singer explained at the Princess Diner here, where she used to hang out as a student at Wall High School.... She has lived in Wall Township all her life, having been adopted by her parents, Hartson and Tracy Poland, as a baby."
- Ridoux, Thomas. "Wall Alum Tim Wright Makes NFL Debut", Wall Township Public Schools. September 9, 2013. Accessed November 13, 2013. "Wall Township High School Alum Tim Wright made his NFL debut yesterday for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers."
- Awards & Recognition, Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. Accessed March 16, 2015. "Painter entered coaching at the high school level at Wall High School in New Jersey from 1965-70."