Neptune High School
Neptune High School is a comprehensive four-year community public high school that serves students in ninth through twelfth grades from Neptune Township, in Monmouth County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Neptune Township Schools. Neptune Township Schools is one of New Jersey's 31 former Abbott districts. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1929.
|Neptune High School|
55 Neptune Boulevard
|School type||Public high school|
|Motto||School of Excellence and No Excuses|
|School district||Neptune Township Schools|
|Enrollment||1,404 (as of 2015-16)|
|Student to teacher ratio||13.9:1|
|Color(s)|| Red |
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Team name||Scarlet Fliers|
|Rivals||Asbury Park High School Long Branch High School Lakewood High School|
|Accreditation||Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools|
In 1897, the site in Ocean Grove was leased to the school district for the purpose of creating Neptune High School. Completed in 1898, the then school had won an award at the 1906 World's Fair for its architectural splendor. The school opened in 1897, with Lida Doren serving as the state's first female principal and superintendent. The building was used until September 1960, when it was replaced by the district's existing high school building. The building had been used as a school up until the 1980s, after which the state of the building was allowed to decline. In 2004, the original building was repurposed as the Jersey Shore Arts Center.
Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit
The school was the 292nd-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 283rd in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after also being ranked 283rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 268th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 221st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
The Neptune High School Scarlet Fliers 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 1,036 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.
The boys track team won the indoor track Group IV state championship in 1974 and 1976. The girls team won the Group IV championship in 1987 (as co-champion), the Group II titles in 1995-96 and the Group III title in 2009 (co-champion) In 1976, the boys' track team won the Group IV state indoor relay championship.
The boys' basketball team won the Group IV title in 1981 with a win against Malcolm X Shabazz High School, won the Group III title in 2002 vs. Weequahic High School and in 2009 against Teaneck High School, and won the Group II title in 1949 with a win over Millburn High School. The girls' basketball team won the Group IV state championships in 1984 against Plainfield High School, in 2010 vs. Pascack Valley High School and in 2011 defeated Teaneck. The girls' basketball team won the 2011 state championship, topping St. John Vianney High School by a score of 67-48 in the finals of the Tournament of Champions in a game played at the Izod Center, earning the first ToC championship for the school and for any school in the Shore Conference.
The field hockey team won the Cenral Jersey Group IV state sectional title in 1984 and 1986, and won the Group IV state championship in 1986.
The football team won the Central Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1995, 1997, 1998 and 2011.
As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,404 students and 101.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 13.9:1. There were 625 students (44.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 115 (8.2% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch. The student body was 56.5% Black, 24.5% White, 14.0% Hispanic and 1.2% Asian / Pacific Islander.
- Lynn Ahrens (born 1948, class of 1966), writer and lyricist for the musical theatre, television and film.
- Jack Armstrong (born 1965), former Major League Baseball pitcher.
- Pat Battle (born 1959, class of 1977), WNBC-TV's New Jersey Bureau Reporter, Saturday Today (NBC) in New York co-anchor, and occasional fill in anchor.
- John Best (born 1971), former professional basketball player.
- Scott "Bam Bam" Bigelow (1961–2007), professional wrestler.
- Vinny Curry (born 1988), defensive end for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Bob Davis (born 1945; class of 1963), former NFL quarterback whose career included three seasons with the New York Jets.
- Dan Gonzalez (born 1974), American player of gridiron football.
- Jake Jones (born 1949; class of 1967), former NBA player for the Philadelphia 76ers and Cincinnati Royals.
- Keith Kirkwood (born 1993, class of 2013), wide receiver for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League.
- Harry Larrison Jr. (1926-2005, class of 1945), politician who served on the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for nearly 39 years, marking the longest tenure of a Freeholder in New Jersey history.
- Vini Lopez (born 1949, class of 1967), drummer who backed Bruce Springsteen in several bands, including Steel Mill and the E Street Band between 1968 and 1974.
- Cory Nelms (born 1988), NFL player.
- Joseph A. Palaia (1927-2016), politician who served in the New Jersey General Assembly from 1981 to 1989 and in the State Senate from 1989 to 2008, representing the 11th Legislative District.
- Taqwa Pinero (born 1983 as Taquan Dean), basketball player for Élan Béarnais Pau-Lacq-Orthez of the LNB Pro A.
- Haydn Proctor (1903–1996), politician and judge who served as President of the New Jersey Senate and Associate Justice of the New Jersey Supreme Court.
- Ed Radwanski (born 1963, class of 1981), former professional soccer player who played for the 1985 US National team and was head coach of the UNC-G Women's soccer team.
- Nate Ramsey (born 1941), football player, safety and cornerback who played for the Philadelphia Eagles for most of his 11-year NFL career (1963–1973).
- Len Renery (born 1948, class of 1966), retired English-American professional soccer defender and coach.
- Karl Roberson (born 1990), professional mixed martial artist and former kickboxer currently competing in the middleweight division of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
- Isaac Schlossbach (1891–1984), polar explorer, submariner and aviation pioneer.
- Southside Johnny (born 1948 as John Lyon), singer-songwriter and frontman of the Asbury Jukes.
- Garry Tallent (born 1949, class of 1967), musician and record producer, best known for being bass player and founding member of the E Street Band.
- Joe Vetrano (1918–1995; class of 1936), football player who was a member of the inaugural team of the San Francisco 49ers.
- Dennis Walters (born 1949), trick-shot golfer who won the Bob Jones Award in 2018 and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame with the class of 2019.
- Welcome From Our Principal, Neptune High School. Accessed June 27, 2019.
- School data for Neptune High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
- Neptune High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 13, 2015.
- Neptune High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed February 8, 2018.
- Abbott School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 15, 2016.
- DeMasters, Karen. "A Derelict School Gets New Life With the Arts", The New York Times, January 2, 2000. Accessed May 24, 2016.
- Staff. History of King Neptune and the Scarlet Fliers, Neptune High School, October 25, 2003, last revised June 4, 2012. Accessed April 24, 2015. "Joe M. Vetrano '36 – Earned eight varsity letters and was an All-State selection in football for the Scarlet Fliers. Went on to garner All-American status at Mississippi Southern. Was an original member of the San Francisco 49ers and played halfback from 1946 to 1949."
- 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 December 2, 2012.
- Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed May 27, 2011.
- "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed August 13, 2017.
- League Memberships – 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 July 8, 2014. Accessed September 12, 2014.
- NJSIAA Indoor Group Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 26, 2019.
- History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 3, 2017.
- NJSIAA 2015 Soccer Championship Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 5, 2016.
- NJSIAA Group Basketball Past Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 2, 2015.
- Lerner, Gregg. "Girls Basketball - 2009-10 NJSIAA Tournament - Tournament of Champions - Round 3 - Game 1 - Girls Basketball", The Star-Ledger, March 23, 2010. Accessed July 14, 2011. "Sparked by its playmaker performing at a feverish rate, Neptune, No. 2 in The Star-Ledger Top 20, pulled away in the fourth quarter to secure a 67-48 victory over third-seeded and defending champion St. John Vianney, ranked No. 5, last night in the NJSIAA/Meadowlands Sports Complex Tournament of Champions final before 2,817 at the Izod Center in East Rutherford. Neptune (30-1) claimed its first T of C crown and became the first public school from the mighty Shore Conference to win the prestigious event."
- History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 3, 2017.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- Stamelman, Peter. "Lynn Ahrens: From a Boardwalk Town to Broadway Success - Tony-winning lyricist Lynn Ahrens is making a splash yet again on the Great White Way with the revival of Once on This Island.", New Jersey Monthly, May 1, 2018. Accessed October 13, 2018. "No doubt, the 69-year-old Ahrens continues to gain inspiration when she flashes back to her youthful days in Neptune, 'flag-twirling for the Scarlet Fliers at Neptune High School, working as a carhop at a drive-in restaurant called Horner’s, going to Mom’s for pizza, summers on the beach, and high school graduation ceremonies under a giant, electrified American flag at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium.'"
- "Armstrong Disarms Mets", The Record (Bergen County), May 4, 1990. "OK, let's get the obvious out of the way. Born in Englewood and a star at Neptune High School who went on to pitch at Rider College and the University of Oklahoma, 6-foot-5, 220-pound Cincinnati right-hander Jack Armstrong fulfills the qualifications for the obvious nickname, 'All-American Boy,' like the fictional character of the same name."
- Lewis, Evelyn Stryker. "Neptune and Shark River Hills", p. 88. Arcadia Publishing, 1998. ISBN 0-7385-5699-8. Accessed May 27, 2011.
- Beltle, Richer. "Neptune Sports", Ocean Grove Times, July 7, 1994. Accessed June 27, 2019. "John Best played some sub-varsity basketball at Neptune before moving to Tennessee. He grew 6", went on to East Tennessee State, and will go to camp with the Nets in the fall."
- Staff. "'Bam Bam' Dead at 45; Wrestler Bigelow Found in Fla. House", New York Daily News, January 22, 2007. Accessed October 14, 2018. "Bigelow, who finished third in the 1979 New Jersey state wrestling tournament for Neptune High School, was known for the fiery tattoo that covered his skull and uncanny agility for a man of nearly 400 pounds."
- Walsh, David. "Curry ready for 1st series win", The Herald-Dispatch, September 6, 2010. Accessed December 25, 2011. "Recruited to Marshall by former head coach Mark Snyder, Curry got in 12 preseason practices before the NCAA declared him ineligible. Curry was an academic non-qualifier. He had an outstanding career at Neptune (N.J) High School and Harmony Community School in Cincinnati."
- Bob Davis Archived 2007-02-08 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed December 15, 2007.
- "Pirate Time Machine No. 41 (2009)". bonesville.net. 2009. Archived from the original on May 9, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
- "Jake Jones '71", Assumption College. Accessed September 11, 2014.
- Keith Kirkwood, Temple Owls football. Accessed November 12, 2018. "Hometown: Neptune, N.J. High School: Neptune.... A 2013 graduate of Neptune High School in New Jersey"
- Remembering The 20th Century: An Oral History of Monmouth County - Interview with Harry Larrison Jr., Monmouth County, New Jersey, October 30, 2000. Accessed October 14, 2018. "I attended Summerfield Grammar School. Started pre-primary, graduated the eighth grade, and I went to Neptune High School and graduated from there in 1945."
- D'Amato, Anthony. "Far From E Street, Still a Spirit in the Night; Vini 'Mad Dog' Lopez, the E Street Band’s first drummer, lives for the music he and Bruce made in their Boardwalk days.", New Jersey Monthly, April 30, 2008. Accessed October 14, 2018. "Lopez’s old bandmate, Garry Tallent, still the E Street bassist, slipped in to watch part of the set. “We went to [Neptune] high school together,” Tallent says. “Vini was the most solid drummer I had ever experienced at that time.'"
- Cory Nelms Archived 2014-10-06 at the Wayback Machine, Profootballarchives.com. Accessed October 2, 2014.
- Manual of the Legislature of New Jersey: 2004 Edition, p. 224. Lawyers Diary and Manual, LLC., 2004. ISBN 9781577411871. Accessed September 24, 2019. "Joseph A. Palaia, Rep., Ocean... Mr. Palaia was born in Neptune on Feb. 3, 1927. He attended grade school in Ocean Grove and Neptune High School, and graduated from Rider College, with a degree in business administration, in 1949."
- Pelzman, J.P. "Feeling the pain of troubled lives", The Record (Bergen County), April 2, 2005, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 4, 2016. Accessed October 14, 2016. "Dean's college career hasn't been easy, either, although his various injuries and maladies pale in comparison to what he's already been through. The former Neptune High School standout was hampered by a sports hernia last season, when he averaged 10.8 points."
- via Associated Press. "Haydn Proctor, Former N.J. Supreme Court Justice, 93", The Press of Atlantic City, October 4, 1996. Accessed June 4, 2011. "Proctor was born in Asbury Park grew up in Ocean Grove and graduated from Neptune High School in 1922."
- Jandoli, Ron. "The Century's Best -- Boys Soccer: Top 10 Players of each decade", The Star-Ledger, November 7, 1999, backed up by the Internet Archive as of January 10, 2003. Accessed September 11, 2008.
- Nate Ramsey profile Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed June 19, 2007.
- "A player way ahead of his time", Asbury Park Press, September 23, 1992. Accessed October 14, 2018. "'I had a great time back at Neptune High School and the Jersey Shore,' said Renery, who now runs soccer camps in California. 'I was there in the beginning, I guess. I came to Neptune when I was just 13 and I had already been playing for 10 years.'"
- Feitl, Steve. "Karl Roberson fights to put Neptune on MMA map at UFC Fight Night", Asbury Park Press, November 10, 2017. Accessed November 4, 2018. "Karl Roberson is ready to show the world what he can do.... Today, the former baseball player at Neptune High School trains at Killer B Combat Sports Academy in Oakhurst."
- Summer Newsletter Archived 2011-07-28 at the Wayback Machine, Bradley Beach Public Library, Summer 2003. Accessed September 24, 2007. "Ike graduated from Neptune High School and then, in 1915, graduated from the Naval Academy."
- Kaz, Ed. "It's His Party, And He'll Sing The Blues If He Wants To", Asbury Park Press, December 29, 2000, copy of article on AsburyJukes.net. Accessed August 26, 2008. "Jersey Alive: And where did you guys go to high school? Southside Johnny: Neptune High School. The Scarlet Flyers, man."
- Jordan, Chris. "Review: E Street Band's Garry Tallent shines at Stone Pony", Asbury Park Press, May 15, 2017. Accessed October 14, 2018. "'You notice I got my Neptune High School colors on?' Tallent said. The bassist for Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band is a member of Neptune's Class of '67.... Dawg Whistle, featuring Vini Lopez, also a member of the Neptune Class of ‘67, opened the show."
- Edelson, Stephen. "Edelson: For paralyzed golfer Dennis Walters, Bob Jones Award fitting honor", Asbury Park Press, April 10, 2018. Accessed October 13, 2018. "That’s why the United States Golf Association’s decision to tap Neptune native Dennis Walters as the recipient of the 2018 Bob Jones Award, the sport’s highest honor, is so important.... Walters, who played at Neptune High School and North Texas State, and lives in Jupiter, Florida, will spend a month this summer performing shows in the Philadelphia area."