In 1980, Brick Township Memorial High School opened its doors to the commitment and pursuit of knowledge with Mr. Brouillette serving as its first principal. It was quite remarkable that Brick Township Memorial High School was ever built because there were those in the community who felt that a new school would divide the town. However, the opening of BTMHS reflects the changes and diversities the community and its population would undergo.
The original school colors were red and black. While the students were still attending Brick Township High School in split sessions, the new school was established. About two days before they moved to BTMHS, a member of the Board of Education told them they could not have Red and Black and that Green was Brick’s official color. It was at that time they added the gold to Memorial’s colors. The Gold would differentiate the two high schools (BTHS, Green and White, BTMHS, Green, Gold and White.) Students were taken to Memorial from Brick High by school bus on the first day back from Winter Break.
Students had a contest as to choose a mascot. The winner was the mustang. Mr. George Rao, first Athletic Director for Memorial, said the history regarding several nick names (i.e., Golden Mustangs, Stangs, etc.) were actually given to Memorial by local sports writers. Some names stuck and some didn’t.
There were only two additions to Memorial. The first addition was the T.V. Studio and additional lockers. The second addition, and our most resent, the new wing, entrance, and cafeteria.
The academic program of studies provides a broad basis of courses which considers the individual needs of the student. In addition to the required course work in English, History, Math, Science, and Physical Education; there are numerous selections in Fine Arts, Foreign Language, Business and Air Force Junior Officers Training Corps (AFJROTC). We offer Advanced Placement and Honors Courses in English, History, Math, and Science as well as many elective courses within all subject areas. The academic program prepares our students, not only for a competitive college career, but also for a vocational career. Brick Memorial supports and encourages its students to participate in Ocean County Vocational Technical School System. This program of study offers students training in Transportation Technologies, Building Trades, Electronics, Allied Health Services, and Specialized Trades in keeping with the Industrial and Employment opportunities available in our area.
BTMHS is meeting the challenge of the information explosion by the infusion and inclusion of technology as an integral part of every Department and Subject area. Faculty and students are learning what an invaluable tool this technology is in the acquisition and pursuit of Knowledge.
The philosophy of BTMHS believes in the development of a well-rounded student. In addition to the academic programs, we have a myriad of extra-curricular activities that appeal to the varied and vast talents of our student population.
We believe that Brick Township Memorial High School is a vital and exciting place for an individual student to begin and to continue his/her growth and maturation process toward knowledge. In essence, we at BTMHS are “Building Traditions, Memories and High Standards.”