Brick Township High School
|Brick Township High School|
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Brick Public Schools|
|NCES School ID||3402220|
|Enrollment||1,347 (as of 2016-17)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.7:1|
|Athletics conference||Shore Conference|
|Team name||Green Dragons|
|Rival||Brick Memorial High School|
|Publication||Regaler (literary magazine)|
Brick Township High School is a four-year public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades in Brick Township in Ocean County, New Jersey, operating as part of the Brick Public Schools. The school is one of two secondary schools in the district, the other being Brick Memorial High School.
As of the 2016-17 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,347 students and 115.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.7:1. There were 344 students (25.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 79 (5.9% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Originally constructed in 1956, the school underwent a $5.7 million project in 2015 that replaced the original boilers and ventilators, and added air conditioning to the school for the first time.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 206th-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 261st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 248th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 251st in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 251st in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Schooldigger.com ranked the school 208th out of 415 public high schools statewide in its 2018 rankings (an improvement of 36 positions from the 2017 rank) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the language arts literacy and mathematics components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The Brick Township High School Green Dragons 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, and the league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,044 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. For football, the school was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group IV for 2018-20. BTHS's mascot is a green dragon.
Interscholastic sports programs offered at Brick Township include baseball, basketball, bowling, cheering, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, indoor track, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track, volleyball and wrestling.
Brick Township won the boys Group II cross country state championships in 1959 and won the Group III titles in 1964-67. The school's Russ Taintor was the individual champion in Group III in 1965, 1966 and 1967, making him one of only seven boys runners in New Jersey to win three individual state championships. He also won three consecutive one mile outdoor state championships and added two indoor two mile championships for a total of eight individual state titles. The girls team won the Group IV state title in 1976-77, 1987 and 1989, and won the Group III championships from 1994-96; the team was the Meet of Champion winners in 1977 and 1988.
The school's football team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional championships in 1974, 1981–83 and 1989, won the South Jersey Group III title in 1994 and won the Central Jersey Group III title in 2013. BTHS is noted for its strong football program formerly led by head coach Warren Wolf, who led the team for 51 years as the Green Dragon's first head coach and is the school's all-time winningest football coach, with a record of 361-122-11. Wolf retired after the 2008 football season as the state of New Jersey's all-time winningest football coach.
The boys' bowling team won the overall state championship in 1990.
The school's ice hockey program which produced NHL player Jim Dowd. Head Coach Bob Auriemma Sr. is New Jersey's all-time highest-winning high school ice hockey coach earning his 600th career win (on January 21, 2008), making him at the time the third highest winning high school coach in the nation.
The girls' bowling team has won the Group II state championship ten consecutive years, from 2008 through 2017. The team won the overall state championship in 2003-2005 and has won the Tournament of Champions in 2008, 2011, 2015 and 2016. The team's 13 group championships and four titles in the Tournament of Champions are the most of any school in the state.
BTHS also is notable for its performing arts program, which includes Marching Band, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Chorus and Advanced Chorus. Their marching band has had great success competing in the USSBA circuit where they won the regional championship in 1998 and 2000 under their band director David Lyncheski. The Winter Guard program has been successful under the direction of Director Jessica VanFossen and Assistant Director Christian Negri, winning the 2018 USBands Scholastic Novice Championship and the 2019 USBands Scholastic Regional A Championship.
Active clubs in Brick Township High School include Art & Poetry Society, Bible Club, CBE, Challenge Yearbook, Chess Club, Computer Club, DECA, GSA Club, Dance Club, Drama, FBLA, Fashion Design, Forensics, HOSA, Interact Club, Key Club, LEO Club, Math Club, Multicultural Club, National Honor Society, Regaler (Literary Magazine), Student Government Association, School Store, Ski Club, Spirit Club, Sweep, Table Tennis, The Flame school newspaper, TV Club, Marching Band, Chorus, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Junior State of America and Sewing Club, Recreation Club,FEA,STRONG, and Word Analysis Club.
- William Kleissler is the school's principal.
- Joe Acanfora (born 1950, class of 1968), educator and activist who fought to teach earth science in public schools in the early 1970s but was dismissed based upon his acknowledged homosexuality.
- Jim Dowd (born 1968), hockey player who played most of his career for the New Jersey Devils and won the Stanley Cup with them in 1995.
- Art Thoms (born 1947), defensive tackle who played in the NFL for the Oakland Raiders and Philadelphia Eagles.
- Danny Nee (born 1945), former college basketball head coach, most notably with the Nebraska Cornhuskers men's basketball team, who coached at Brick Township from 1973 to 1976.
- School data for Brick Township High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed July 22, 2019.
- Brick Township High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
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- Clubs, Brick Township High School. Accessed September 29, 2015.
- Nee, Daniel. "Brick Township High School Getting $5.7M In Upgrades This Summer", Brick Shorebeat, July 16, 2015. Accessed December 2, 2015. "Electrical lines and boilers in Brick Township High School have never been upgraded since the school was built in 1956 – until now.The school is undergoing a $5.7 million construction project this summer, the latest portion of an overall $11 million improvement plan for the school."
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- New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2017-2018, Schooldigger.com. Accessed December 26, 2018.
- Member Schools, Shore Conference. Accessed May 3, 2017.
- League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2019-2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 22, 2019.
- General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2019-2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- NJSIAA Boys Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- NJSIAA Girls Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- NJSIAA Girls Cross-Country Meet of Champions Winners (1972-2018), New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- NJSIAA Football History NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- Finley, Bill. "The Fountain of Youth? Keep Coaching High School Football", The New York Times, July 15, 2007. Accessed December 2, 2015. "His career at Brick Township has been long and successful. Mr. Wolf, who is the only football coach the school has ever had and who has the most victories in New Jersey high school football history, has led the Dragons to 13 state sectional titles and 350 wins with only 113 losses and 11 ties."
- Sullivan, William J. "Legendary Brick coach Warren Wolf retires after 51 seasons", The Star-Ledger, December 1, 2008. Accessed December 2, 2015. "Warren Wolf, New Jersey's winningest coach with a record of 361-122-11 in 51 seasons, officially retired Monday during a ceremony at Brick High as the only coach the school, which opened in 1958, has ever known."
- History of NJSIAA Boys Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- Herrmann, Michael. "Milestone win for Brick's hockey coach", Asbury Park Press, January 22, 2008. Accessed December 14, 2011. "The Brick High School ice hockey team skated past Jackson Memorial, 9-0, in a Shore Conference nondivisional game, giving legendary head coach Bob Auriemma career win No. 600. "
- Parker, Chris. "Brick girls beat Manchester in final", Asbury Park Press, February 15, 2011. Accessed November 20, 2017. "The Brick Township girls bowling team emerged victorious in an all-Shore Conference final of the NJSIAA Tournament of Champions on Monday. The Dragons won their enth TOC title, defeating Man-Chester 3-2 in the best-of-5 Baker-style final."
- Moroney, Murphy. "Brick Township girls bowling beats Jackson Memorial to win Tournament of Champions", NJ Advance Media, February 13, 2015. "Cara Lukosius' decision to coach the Brick Township girls bowling team one more season certainly paid off.Her team won the Group 3 title on Friday to earn the second seed for the Tournament of Champions, then proceeded to defeat top-seeded Jackson Memorial to win the overall title at the NJSIAA Team Championships at Carolier Lanes."
- Costa, Chris. "Girls Bowling: Brick Township captures Tournament of Champions title", NJ Advance Media, February 13, 2016. Accessed November 20, 2017. "After winning the Group 3 sectional title earlier in the morning, Brick Township was not satisfied with its team score of 3,065 and was hungrier to bring more gold home on the bus ride from Carolier Lanes in New Brunswick. Brick was awarded the No. 2 seed in the Tournament of Champions stepladder tournament, behind rival No. 1 seed Brick Memorial, and made a statement in the first round, knocking off No. 3 seed Manchester Township 671-497 to set up a finals meeting with the TOC on the line with the Mustangs, who swept the No. 4 seed Manasquan 627-386. It was Brick Township that ultimately got the best of Brick Memorial, as the Green Dragons knocked off the Mustangs 234-232, 148-269, 214-195-195-162 to win the best-of-five series and take home their second straight TOC title."
- History of NJSIAA Girls Bowling Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- Clubs, Brick Township High School. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- Our School, Brick Township High School. Accessed July 24, 2019.
- Simpson, Craig. "MoCo Gay Teacher Fired 1972; Justice Denied for 40 Years", Washington Area Spark, December 20, 2012. Accessed November 20, 2017. "Acanfora hadn't started at the University as an activist. He had graduated from Brick Township High School in New Jersey as class valedictorian in 1968 and entered Penn State in the fall on a Navy ROTC scholarship."
- Yannis, Alex. "Hockey; No Weak Links for Devils, Including 2 Newest Players", The New York Times, December 19, 1993. Accessed July 24, 2019. "The only New Jersey native on the Devils, Dowd was drafted in the seventh round in 1987 out of Brick High School, but he went to Lake Superior State, where he scored 91 goals and led the team to the national title in the 1987-88 season."
- Art Thoms player profile Archived 2007-02-09 at the Wayback Machine, database Football. Accessed August 11, 2007.
- Art Thoms Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine, Oakland Raiders. Accessed August 11, 2007. "I started playing football in high school. It was the freshman team at Wayne High School in Wayne, N.J. I played two years there and then my family moved to Brickjohn [sic], NJ. I played the last two years of high school ball there."
- via Associated Press. "Ex-Husker coach Danny Nee joins Rutgers staff; Ex-Husker basketball coach Danny Nee was named the director of player development for the Rutgers men's program on Wednesday.", Lincoln Journal Star, September 3, 2008. Accessed November 20, 2017. "A New York City native, Nee was a teammate of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at Power Memorial High School before becoming a member of the late Al McGuire's first recruiting class at Marquette. The Vietnam veteran began his coaching career in New Jersey at Red Bank Regional (1972-73) and Brick Township (1973-76) high schools."