Wall High School (New Jersey)

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Wall High School
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1630 18th Avenue

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United States
Coordinates40°10′03″N 74°03′33″W / 40.167576°N 74.059232°W / 40.167576; -74.059232Coordinates: 40°10′03″N 74°03′33″W / 40.167576°N 74.059232°W / 40.167576; -74.059232
TypePublic high school
EstablishedSeptember 1959
NCES School ID341689004132[1]
PrincipalDr. Tracy Handerhan (acting)
Faculty114.2 FTEs[1]
Enrollment1,052 (as of 2020–21)[1]
Student to teacher ratio9.2:1[1]
Color(s)  Crimson
  white and
Athletics conferenceShore Conference[3]
Team nameCrimson Knights[2]
NewspaperThe Crimson Courier[5]

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 2020–21 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,052 students and 114.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 9.2:1. There were 88 students (8.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]


Constructed at a cost of $2 million (equivalent to $18.6 million in 2021) and designed to accommodate up to 1,260 students, the high school opened in September 1959 for grades 7-11 with an enrollment of 900. Students in twelfth grade that year attended Manasquan High School, which had served Wall Township as part of a sending/receiving relationship that was ended due to overcrowding at the Manasquan school.[6][7]


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.[8] The school had been ranked 137th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 155th of 322 schools listed in 2010,[9] 127th out of 316 in 2008,[10] and 121st out of 316 in 2006.[11]

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.[12]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

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.[13]


The Wall High School Crimson Knights[2] compete in Division B North of the Shore Conference, an athletic conference comprised of public and private high schools in Monmouth and Ocean counties along the Jersey Shore.[3][14] The conference under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[15] With 790 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group III for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 761 to 1,058 students in that grade range.[16] The school was classified by the NJSIAA as Group III South for football for 2018–2020.[17]

Wall High School is known for its sports rivalry with Manasquan High School in Manasquan, with the two schools playing each other in front of crowds of 5,000 at their annual Thanksgiving Day American football game.[18] The football rivalry with Manasquan dates back to 2001 and was listed at 10th on NJ.com's 2017 list "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football". Wall leads the series with an overall record of 8-7 through the 2017 season.[19]

The school was the Group III winner of the 2019-20 Shop Rite Cup, which recognizes athletic achievement across all interscholastic sports.[20]

The boys soccer team won the Group III state championship in 1978 (defeating Ramapo High School in the playoff finals), 1979 (vs. Dwight Morrow High School), 1980 (vs. James Caldwell High School), 1981 (vs. Randolph High School) and 2004 (vs. Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School). Between 1978 and 1981, the team won four consecutive state titles, which is tied for the third-longest streak in the state.[21] From 1977 to 1983 the program had an overall record stood at 130-13-5 and had overall state rankings during their 1978-1981 championship streak of #2, #3, #1 and #1 (among 300 eligible 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. 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. The 1978 team finished the season with a record of 23-2-1, including 13 shutouts, and capped off the year by winning the team's first state championship with a 4-1 win against Ramapo in the Group III finals.[22] In 1979, the team won its second consecutive Group III championship with a 2-1 win against Dwight Morrow, to finish the season with a record of 21-4-1.[22] The 1980 team ended the season with an 18-game unbeaten streak, capped off by a 3-2 championship-game win at Mercer County Park against James Caldwell in the Group III finals that gave the team its third straight title and a record of 23-1-1 for the year.[23] With George Gelnovatch leading the team with 20 goals, the 1981 team finished the season with a 23-1-1 record after a 4-1 win against Randolph in the Group III championship game, the program's fourth consecutive state title.[22] The 1992 team won the Central Jersey Group III championship and in 1993 a Central Jersey Group II sectional title 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, to finish the season with a record of 19-3-3.[21][22][24][25] 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. In 2009, displays were erected and a Hall of Fame established honoring the overall success of WHS soccer teams.

The football team won the Central Jersey Group III title in 1982, 1983, 2002 and 2019, and won the South Jersey Group III title in 2016.[26] The 1982 team finished the season 11-0 after winning the program's first Central Jersey Group II sectional title with a 21-0 win against South Plainfield High School in the playoff finals.[27] In front of a championship-game crowd of 9,000, the 1983 team won the Central Jersey Group III title with a 21-3 win against Ocean Township High School to finish the season with an 11-0 record.[28] 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.[29] The team won their fifth sectional title in 2019 with a 14-13 win against Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School.[30]

The baseball team won the Group III state championship in 1983 (vs. Indian Hills High School), 2004 (vs. Raritan High School) and 2019 (vs. West Morris Central High School), and won the Group II title in 1994 (vs. Jefferson Township High School).[31] Head Coach Todd Schmitt retired in 2019 with 403 wins and two state titles (in 2004 and 2019), four state sectional titles (2002, 2004, 2008 and 2019) and two Shore Conference titles (in 2003 and 2004). The 2004 baseball team won all four championships (division, Shore Conference, Middlesex County Tournament and Group title), becoming the first Shore Conference baseball team to achieve that milestone. The 2004 team, which defeated Raritan High School by a score of 402 in the Group III final, was listed by the Asbury Park Press, as one of the best baseball teams in Shore Conference history.[32] The team won the Group III title in 2019 with a 10-2 win against West Morris Central High School.[33]

The field hockey team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship in 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1996, 2008-2010 and won the Central Jersey Group II title in 2013 and 2015; the team won the Group III state championship in 2008 vs. runner-up Holmdel High School.[34] In 2008, the field hockey team won the Group III title with a 1-0 win on a second-half goal against Holmdel in the tournament finals[35][36] and continued to the Tournament of Champions, losing to Eastern Regional High School by 3-1 in the championship game to finish the season 21-2.[37][38] In 2013, the team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship and continued to the Group II championship game where they fell to West Essex High School by a score of 1-0.[39] Coach Nancy Gross earned her 500th win in the 2013 season with a 7-0 win over Monmouth Regional High School.[40]

The softball team won the Group III state championship in 1997 (vs. River Dell Regional High School) and 2007 (vs. Ramapo High School).[41] The softball team won the 2007 Central, Group III state sectional championship with a 6-5 win over Monroe Township High School.[42] 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.[43]

The 2007 girls' tennis team won the Central Jersey, Group III state sectional championship with a 3-2 win over Princeton High School in the tournament final.[44]

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.[citation needed]

In 2008, the Wall High School golf team won the South-Central Jersey Group III Tournament.[citation needed]

The Wall lacrosse team had its first season in 2006 and won the Shore Conference division championships in both 2008 and 2011.

The boys' bowling team won the Group II state championship in 2009.[45]

The wrestling team won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional title in 2014.[46]

The girls soccer team won the Group III state title in 2016 (as co-champion with Northern Highlands Regional High School) and won the Group II title in 2017 (vs. Westwood Regional High School).[47]

The ice hockey team made its first appearance in the New Jersey Public B state championship in 2017, losing to Glen Rock High School by a score of 9-1 in the tournament final.[48]


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".[49]

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.[50][51]

The school suspended a scheduled playoff game in November 2021 after players on the football team were involved in a bullying incident in which players were sexually assaulted as part of hazing.[52]


The acting principal is Dr. Tracy Handerhan. Her core administration team includes two assistant principals.[53]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Dwain Painter (born 1942), collegiate and NFL coach who was Wall High School's first head football coach.[67]


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Wall High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 15, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c Wall Township High School | NJSIAA. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Shore Conference Realignment for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020, Shore Conference. Accessed November 15, 2020.
  4. ^ Yearbook, Wall High School. Accessed March 13, 2022.
  5. ^ The Crimson Courier, Wall High School. Accessed March 13, 2022.
  6. ^ "Shore Communities Spending $7,150,000 on 8 New Schools; $2,586,300 in Alterations, Additions Also Under Way", Asbury Park Press, August 17, 1959. Accessed November 19, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Here's the rundown on new school construction: Wall Township High School, scheduled to open Sept. 14, was built with a $1,991,000 bond issue. It has 42 instructional areas, including shops and a three-section gymnasium. It has 24 classrooms. It has a capacity of 1,260 and will open with 900 students in grades 7 through 11. There will be no senior class until 1960. Wall's seniors will continue at Manasquan High School this year."
  7. ^ "Wall High School Ready for Inspection", Asbury Park Press, September 3, 1959. Accessed November 19, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "The Manasquan Board of Education terminated the sending-receiving agreement with Wall Township in 1957. However, Wall Township pupils attended Mana-squan High School In 1958 and 1959 pending completion of the new high school."
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 1, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
  13. ^ Clubs & Activities, Wall High School. Accessed August 30, 2014.
  14. ^ Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed November 15, 2020.
  15. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
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  17. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  18. ^ 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."
  19. ^ Stypulkoski, Matt. "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, October 27, 2017, updated May 15, 2019. Accessed December 1, 2020. "10-Manasquan vs. Wall - The two Jersey Shore neighbors have met on Thanksgiving Day for only 17 years, but the rivalry has been ferocious since the first whistle.... All-time series: Wall leads, 8-7"
  20. ^ 17th Annual Shop Rite Cup 2019 - 2020 Final Standings, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  21. ^ a b NJSIAA History of Boys Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  22. ^ a b c d LoGiudice, Daniel. "NJ boys soccer: 30 greatest Jersey Shore teams ever", Asbury Park Press, June 16, 2020. Accessed December 8, 2020. "1978 Wall (23-2-1) Wall head coach Tom Farley in 1981 The beginning of one of the state's best dynasties, Wall began its four-year reign as Group III champions under head coach Tom Farley. The 1978 team, Farley's 14th season, defeated Ramapo 4-1 in the Group III final to win the program's first group title.... Senior fullbacks Allen Gray and Tom Graves were staunch defenders while senior goalkeeper Bill McNeel posted 13 shutouts. 1979 Wall (21-4-1) - Wall won its second straight Group III title with a 2-1 victory against Englewood and a second Monmouth County Tournament title in the tournament's two-year history by beating Neptune, an intense rival at the time, 5-4 in the final."
  23. ^ Edwards, Bill. "... While Wall makes it three in a row", Asbury Park Press, November 20, 1980. Accessed December 8, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "Eight senior members of Wall's Crimson Knight soccer team completed three glory-filled seasons yesterday with the 3-2 victory over Caldwell for a third consecutive New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association Group III championship.... And at windy, bone-chilling Mercer County Park yesterday 'The Wall' survived, posting its 17th straight NJSIAA tournament decision, going unbeaten (17-0-1) in its last 18 games, completing this memorable fall at 23-1-1."
  24. ^ Staff. "Boys Soccer: Garry Linstra, Wall", Asbury Park Press, December 11, 2004. Accessed December 9, 2020, via Newspapers.com. "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."
  25. ^ 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.
  26. ^ NJSIAA Football History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  27. ^ Nicoletti, Rich. "11-0 Knights grab Register grid title", The Daily Register, December 7, 1982. Accessed February 25, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "John Amabile, the Wall Township High School football coach, reflected on the havoc his Crimson Knights had wreaked on both the Shore Conference B Division South and the Central Jersey Group II tournament. 'Once we got rolling I thought maybe we could have a big year', Amabile said. Wall, the bridesmaid all season long to Middletown North, caught the bouquet on the last day of the season by dumping South Plainfield, 21-0, in the CJ Group III finale."
  28. ^ "Passaic (11-0) Tops North Bergen, 24-13", The New York Times, December 4, 1983. Accessed December 24, 2020. "Wall (11-0), bolstered by a strong defense and the running of Frank Gargiullo, scored a 21-3 victory over Ocean (9-2) in the Central Jersey, Group 3 championship before 9,000 fans in Neptune."
  29. ^ 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."
  30. ^ Falk, Steven. "NJ football playoffs: Casey Larkin changes roles to spark Wall to sectional championship", Asbury Park Press, November 22, 2019. Accessed September 21, 2020. "The Wall High School coaching staff made the decision early this past week to give Rumson-Fair Haven a change-up in the way it deployed standout junior running back Casey Larkin Friday night in the NJSIAA Central Group III championship game.... The plan enabled Wall, ranked No. 3 in the USA TODAY NETWORK New Jersey Top 20, to win its fifth sectional championship and improve to 11-0 for the first time since 1983, when it won its second straight Central Group III title."
  31. ^ NJSIAA Baseball Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  32. ^ Edleson, Stephen. "Jersey Shore's greatest baseball teams ever", Asbury Park Press, May 18, 2016. Accessed September 21, 2020. "Wall (2004) The first team to ever complete the so-called 'Quadruple Crown,' winning division, county, Shore Conference and NJSIAA titles under coach Todd Schmitt. The Crimson Knights finished the season on a 14-game winning streak, all in tournament play, to go 28-7. They capped off the year with a dramatic 4-2 win over Raritan in the Group III final, scoring a pair of runs in the top of the seventh."
  33. ^ Falk, Steven. "NJ Baseball: Big bats and Trey Dombroski lead Wall to Group III state championship", Asbury Park Press, June 8, 2019. Accessed September 21, 2020. "Wall head coach Todd Schmitt could tell Saturday morning that his team was ready for a big offensive day in the NJSIAA Group III championship game against West Morris.... Wall's bats were certainly on, scoring six runs on eight hits in the first two innings on the way to a 10-2 win for its first NJSIAA Group championship since 2004 and fourth overall at Bob DeMeo Field at Veterans Park."
  34. ^ History of NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  35. ^ Christie, Sherlon. "Field Hockey 2008: NJSIAA Group III State Final (Postgame)", Asbury Park Press, November 16, 2008. Accessed December 9, 2020. "History had eluded the Wall field hockey team twice in the NJSIAA state finals but with the one of the best teams in school history, the Crimson Knights seized the moment Sunday in their third shot for the ultimate prize.... Balka’s resurgence into the scoring column with her game-winning tally with 23:57 left in the second half vaulted Wall past Holmdel, 1-0, in the NJSIAA Group III state championship game."
  36. ^ 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."
  37. ^ Iezzi, Bill. "Eastern takes field hockey crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 24, 2008. Accessed December 9, 2020. "Eastern dominated in every facet of the game to defeat Wall Township, 3-1, to capture its second field hockey Tournament of Champions trophy in three years."
  38. ^ Christie, Sherlon. "Field Hockey 2008: Live from Ewing…TOC Final", Asbury Park Press, November 23, 2008. Accessed December 9, 2020. "Eastern, known for its dominance in field hockey, toppled an upstart Wall program, 3-1, in the Tournament of Champions final at the College of New Jersey on Sunday.... Wall (21-2) beat all the odds to make it to the TOC final. The result wasn’t what the Crimson Knights expected but they made Eastern work for it."
  39. ^ 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."
  40. ^ 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."
  41. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  42. ^ 2007 Softball - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
  43. ^ 2007 Softball - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 12, 2007.
  44. ^ 2007 Girls Team Tennis - Central, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
  45. ^ History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  46. ^ NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 1, 2021.
  47. ^ NJSIAA History of Girls Soccer, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  48. ^ 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."
  49. ^ 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."
  50. ^ 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."
  51. ^ 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."
  52. ^ Badders, Bob. "Officials Investigating Alleged Hazing Incident Involving Wall Township High School Football Team", Shore Sports Network, November 9, 2021. Accessed November 19, 2021. "The Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office is investigating an alleged hazing incident among the Wall Township High School football team, according to reports by NJ Advance Media and News 12 New Jersey. The incident in question alleges that some upperclassmen on the football team bullied and hazed underclassmen inside the school's locker room. News 12 reported that there is a video that shows a student sexually assaulting another player."
  53. ^ Administration, Wall High School. Accessed September 24, 2022.
  54. ^ 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."
  55. ^ "Wall's Crimson Knight Foundation to Postpone 2nd Annual Awards Gala", Crimson Kinghts Foundation, press release dated March 14, 2020. "Our Distinguished Alumni Award recipient, Dara Brown (Wall Class of 1983) is an NBC News anchor for breaking news and weekend coverage on MSNBC."
  56. ^ Fabiano, Giovanna. "'Kristen' becomes a star, but aunt calls her a 'brat'", The Record, 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."
  57. ^ Brown, Keith. "Wall High School Student Cari Fletcher Makes Cut On X Factor Fletcher, part of a group of women singers, makes it to final 16 acts", Wall, NJ Patch, October 19, 2011. Accessed February 6, 2020. "Senior Cari Fletcher continues to defy odds and has survived the latest cut on Simon Cowell's new talent show X Factor, which aired Tuesday."
  58. ^ 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."
  59. ^ 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."
  60. ^ Sy, Ryan. "Wall Alumna's Book Nominated for Pulitzer Prize", The Crimson Courier, April 27, 2018. Accessed February 18, 2020. "Suzy Hansen walked the same hall as current students do and has now received international recognition for her writing.... During high school, Hansen was editor in chief of the Wall yearbook in 1995.... Additionally, she was on the senior class homecoming court and a class officer for the Class of ‘95."
  61. ^ Newman, Josh. "Boys: The Wall High School Soccer Dynasty", Asbury Park Press, September 26, 2009. Accessed February 6, 2020. "From 1961-1964, the Wall High School Soccer Program and the Wall Soccer Club taught fundamental soccer to all those interested.... The coach at the time was Harry Baldwin, a skilled player himself from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ). Harry got people involved and his protégé was Gary Hindley, the first captain of those early Wall High School teams and would later follow Harry at TCNJ."
  62. ^ 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."
  63. ^ La Gorce, Tammy. "It's the Lipstick That Draws Attention, and the Name Helps Too", The New York Times, March 16, 2008. Accessed February 6, 2020. "'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."
  64. ^ 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."
  65. ^ Larsen, Erik. "Alex Skuby: good guys and bad guys", Asbury Park Press, October 17, 1998. Accessed January 19, 2021, via Newspapers.com. "Monmouth County native Alex Skuby plays the recurring role of Renato, a Chicago paramedic on NBC-TV's top-rated drama ER, a pushy reporter on last night's CBS-TV episode of Buddy Faro and will portray a crazed wife-beater on the NBC miniseries, A Will of Their Own, starring Lea Thompson, Faye Dunaway and Ellen Burstyn tomorrow at 8 p.m. Skuby, a 1990 graduate of Wall High School and alumni of Brookdale Community College in Middletown, 'never thought about acting in high school.'"
  66. ^ 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."
  67. ^ 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."

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