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Asbury Park High School is a comprehensive, four-year community public high school headquartered in a landmark building in Asbury Park, Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, constructed during the New Deal as a model high school campus. The school is part of the Asbury Park Public Schools, an Abbott District[6] that serves children in pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade. The current school building opened to students in September 1926.[7]

Asbury Park High School
Asbury Park High School is located in Monmouth County, New Jersey
Asbury Park High School
Asbury Park High School
Asbury Park High School is located in New Jersey
Asbury Park High School
Asbury Park High School
Asbury Park High School is located in the United States
Asbury Park High School
Asbury Park High School
1003 Sunset Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

United States
Coordinates40°13′40″N 74°00′48″W / 40.227847°N 74.013208°W / 40.227847; -74.013208Coordinates: 40°13′40″N 74°00′48″W / 40.227847°N 74.013208°W / 40.227847; -74.013208
TypePublic high school
School districtAsbury Park Public Schools
PrincipalKathy Baumgardner
Vice principalsAngela Thomas
James T. Parham
Faculty41.5 FTEs[1]
Enrollment358 (as of 2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio8.6:1[1]
Color(s)     Columbia Blue and
Athletics conferenceShore Conference
Team nameBishops[2]
RivalsNeptune HS[3][4]
Long Branch HS[5]

Students from Allenhurst and Interlaken attend the district's schools as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Students from Deal attend the high school as part of a sending/receiving relationship. Students from Belmar attend either Asbury Park High School or Manasquan High School.[8]

As of the 2016-17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 358 students and 41.5 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 8.6:1. There were 302 students (84.4% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 313th-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.[9] The school had been ranked 177th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 280th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[10] The magazine ranked the school 281st in 2008 out of 316 schools.[11] The school was ranked 296th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[12] ranked the school 379th 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 proficient on the mathematics (16.7%) and language arts literacy (46.6%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[13]


The Asbury Park High School Bishops[2] compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore.[14] 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).[15] With 264 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group I for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 12 to 467 students in that grade range.[16]

The girls' basketball team won the Group III state titles in 1976 and 1977, defeating Paramus Catholic High School in both years and won the Group II state championship in 1985 vs. Somerville High School. The boys team won the Group IV title in 1936 vs. Emerson High School, in 1941 vs. West New York Memorial High School, in 1943 vs. Trenton Central High School, won Group II titles in 1978 vs. Lodi High School and in 1987 vs. Orange High School, and won Group I titles in 2011 vs. Jonathan Dayton High School and in 2012 vs. University High School [17]

The school's football team won the Central Jersey Group II title in both 1980 and 1984, before winning the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championships in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2011.[18] The 2007 football team won the Central Jersey, Group I state sectional championship with a 32-18 win over Keansburg High School in a game played at Rutgers Stadium, finishing the season with an 11-1 record and earning its first state title in more than 20 years.[19][20] The program won its seventh title in 2016, when the team defeated Keyport High School by a score of 26-17 in the tournament final of the Central Jersey Group I state sectional championships.[21]

The school's track and field and cross country teams have a history of accomplishment dating back to the 1950s. The boys' cross country teams were Group IV state co-champions, Group II state champions in 1990 and 1993, Group II sectional champions in 1987, 1988, 1990 and 1991. In outdoor track and field, The Blue Bishops were Group II state champions in 1977, 1978, 1982, 1983, 1985, 1993 and Group I state champions in 1988. They won the Group III sectional championships in 1977, Group II 1977, 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, and were Group I Sectional Champions in 1988. The Blue Bishops boys' team was relay state champions in Group III in 1977, in Group II in 1978, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, and 1985 and in Group I in 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995; the 15 state titles and eight consecutive titles from 1988 to 1995 are the most of any public school in the state. The girls' team won the Group I/II title in 1981 and the Group II title in both 1992 and 1993.[22] The Blue Bishops won the indoor open championships Group III 1977 and 1980, Group II 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995 and 1996, Group I 1988.[citation needed]


Core members of the school's administration are:[23]

  • Kathy Baumgardner, Principal
  • Angela Thomas, Vice Principal
  • James T. Parham, Vice Principal

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Asbury Park High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 22, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Asbury Park High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  3. ^ Stump, Scott. "After horrible tragedy, Jaashawn Jones keeps his NFL dream alive", Sports Illustrated, April 24, 2012. Accessed June 12, 2012. "While Young starred as a running back at a high school one county away and Curry played for Asbury Park's longtime rival, Neptune High, Jones attended tiny Academy Charter, a school of 140 students two towns over in Lake Como."
  4. ^ Staff. "Thanksgiving Day football was a memorable rivalry", Asbury Park Press, September 20, 2003. Accessed June 12, 2012. "I am wondering how many Asbury Park residents remember the annual Thanksgiving Day rivalry between the Asbury Park High School and Neptune High football teams."
  5. ^ Stump, Scott. "GOLDEN AGE Fifty years ago, Asbury Park's undefeated football team made being No.1 in New Jersey look easy", Asbury Park Press, October 25, 2003. Accessed June 12, 2012. "The most pressing question by the middle of 1953 was how Asbury Park would fare in its game with Long Branch, its main rival in those days."
  6. ^ Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2016.
  7. ^ Staff. "$1,000,000 High School Opens.", The New York Times, September 14, 1926. Accessed September 3, 2015. "Asbury Park, N. J., Sept. 13. - The doors of the new million dollar high school here, which has been under construction for two years, were thrown open this morning to 800 students."
  8. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "Living In/Belmar, N.J.; Pushing Back on a Rowdy Reputation", The New York Times, June 20, 2004. Accessed June 12, 2012. "From Belmar Elementary, students are slotted to go to either Manasquan High School or Asbury Park High School, according to a 56-44 percent formula worked out with the New Jersey Department of Education in the late 1940's."
  9. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  10. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed November 20, 2012.
  11. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 1, 2011.
  12. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  13. ^ School Overview; Click on "Rankings" for 2010-11 HSPA results, Accessed June 12, 2012.
  14. ^ Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed August 10, 2017.
  15. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2019-2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2019.
  16. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  17. ^ Group Basketball State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  18. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. "NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions", New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2015.
  19. ^ Moretti, Mike. "Bell, Johnson lead Asbury Park", The Star-Ledger, December 1, 2007. Accessed December 3, 2007. "It was one of three TD passes from Johnson to Bell as Asbury Park recorded a 32-18 victory over Keansburg last night in the NJSIAA/Gatorade Central Jersey, Group 1 championship at Rutgers Stadium. The victory marked the first state title for Asbury Park (11-1) since it went undefeated in 1984."
  20. ^ 2007 Football - Central, Group I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 3, 2007.
  21. ^ Lambert, Jim. "Asbury Park rallies for a 26-17 victory over Keyport in the CJ Group 1 final", NJ Advance Media for, December 3, 2016. Accessed December 9, 2016. "Asbury Park got possession of a game-changing onside kick due to a penalty and scored three unanswered touchdowns in the fourth quarter to rally for a 26-17 victory over Keyport to win the NJSIAA Central Jersey, Group 1 Championship on Saturday at Kean University's Alumni Stadium.... The victory by Asbury Park was its seventh sectional title and first since 2011, and it avenged a 14-7 loss to Keyport in September."
  22. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 6, 2016.
  23. ^ Administration, Asbury Park School District. Accessed April 11, 2018.
  24. ^ Karas, Matthew. "Former city man new manager of Elvis' first studio", Asbury Park Press, August 15, 1987. Accessed January 23, 2018. "Growing up in Asbury Park, Dave Aron didn't know much about Elvis Presley. When he wanted to get real, real gone, his preference was for Led Zeppelin or Pink Floyd.... Aron, after graduation from Asbury Park High School and a year at Rutgers University, transferred to Memphis State University to study sound recording."
  25. ^ Frank Budd profile Archived 2010-02-17 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed June 4, 2007.
  26. ^ "James M. Coleman - Class of 1942", Asbury Park High School Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. Accessed January 23, 2018. "James M. Coleman - Class of 1942; Inducted: 2003. After graduating Asbury Park High School in 1942, the Honorable James M. Coleman Jr. joined the Army Air Force from 1943 until 1945 and served in Italy. He then furthered his education graduating from Dartmouth College in 1948, and Cornell Law School in 1951."
  27. ^ James John Howard, Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed August 30, 2007.
  28. ^ "Cover Story", Asbury Park Press, May 11, 1997. Accessed August 12, 2018. "She went to Asbury Park High School and studied to be a nurse at what is now Jersey Shore Medical Center. It was at the Neptune hospital that she met her husband, Richard Jarecki, also of Asbury Park High, who was studying to be a doctor."
  29. ^ Prince Joli Quentin Kensil, Accessed August 13, 2018. "Joli Quentin Kansil was born Joel Dennis Gaines in Manhattan, New York, United States. He graduated the Asbury Park High School in 1960 and Rutgers University in 1964."
  30. ^ Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey, 2008, p. 265. E. J. Mullin, 2008. Accessed August 13, 2018. "David P. Rible, Rep., Wall... He graduated from Asbury Park High School, and attended Brookdale Community College and Seton Hall University."
  31. ^ Staff. "Rockafeller Seeks Release At Rutgers; Football Coach Asks Council on Athletics Not to Consider Him for Reappointment.", The New York Times, December 6, 1930. Accessed November 24, 2012. "He came to Rutgers from Asbury Park High School."
  32. ^ Voger, Mark. "'Batman' TV cast on the creation of a camp classic", NJ Advance Media for, November 8, 2014. Accessed November 15, 2014. "Cesar Romero - The actor who created the role of the Joker lived in Bradley Beach as a child, and attended Bradley Beach Elementary School and Asbury Park High School."
  33. ^ Schindehette, Susan; Balfour, Victoria. "Romancing the Boss: Jersey Girl Patti Scialfa Displaced Actress Julianne Phillips and Brought Bruce Springsteen Back to His Roots", People (magazine), October 10, 1988. Accessed June 12, 2012. "'She was always with her guitar,' says Marie McLoughlin Cascone, who was a year ahead of Patti at Asbury Park High.... Patti's teachers at Asbury Park High School remember her as 'very quiet' and 'intelligent,' though she didn't push herself and got only average grades"
  34. ^ Myers, William Starr. "E. Donald Sterner", in Prominent Families of New Jersey, Volume 1, p. 994. Genealogical Publishing Company, 2000. ISBN 9780806350363. Accessed August 13, 2018. "E. Donald Sterner, after passing through the public schools of Beimar and graduating from the Asbury Park High School, entered Rutgers University and was associated with his father in the lumber industry when the United States entered the First World War."
  35. ^ Phil Villapiano Archived 2008-10-07 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed December 15, 2007.
  36. ^ Staff. "Mad Dog takes bite of the Jersey Shore", Asbury Park Press, August 10, 2003. Accessed June 12, 2012. "Villapiano surprised Russo when he informed him that he played his high school ball at Asbury Park and Ocean Township."
  37. ^ Mullen, Shannon. "All About Lenny Welch; Future is still bright for '60s hitmaker from Asbury Park", Asbury Park Press, November 13, 2015. Accessed June 24, 2019. "A decade before Bruce Springsteen released his debut album, "Greetings from Asbury Park, N.J.," Lenny Welch was that city's pop-music hero, particularly within Asbury Park's black community.'He was the one who put the map,' says Carl Williams, 64, of Lakewood, who attended Asbury Park High School a year behind Welch in the late '50s and remembers how the city stood still during the singer's first appearance on Dick Clark's American Bandstand."

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