Mike Matyas


Welcome to Mendham High School and its proud tradition of excellence. Our mission is to provide a dynamic learning experience that promotes academic excellence, personal responsibility and passion for knowledge. "New Jersey Monthly" magazine ranked MHS #4 in its list of top public high schools in the state in 2014, and in the Top 50 in 2016.

2017 - 2018 marks the 21st year that the International Baccalaureate program is being offered to students. Completion of the 2-year program will lead to either a full diploma or certificate of accomplishment recognized internationally. 48 diplomas were awarded to members of the class of 2017 (an 81% success rate), with a 4.81 (out of a possible 7) the average score. 122 students sat for IB exams in the spring of 2017. In addition to the IB Diploma Program, MHS now offers the IB Career Program. The IBCP assists students in the development of a career vision and empowers them to succeed in future entry into the global economic workforce. Complementing the IB, 388 of our students were also involved in taking Advanced Placement exams. The average score in 16 subject areas of concentration was a 3.86 with 92% scoring a 3 or better. 51 students were noted as AP Scholars of Distinction(scoring 3 or better on 5 exams) while 6 earned National AP Scholar designation(scoring 4 or better on 8 exams).

Standardized testing results for the Class of 2017 reflected mean SAT I scores of 617 (critical reading) and 615 (math) for a total of 1232. The ACT continues to grow in popularity with our students, with the mean score totaling 26.7. Other academic achievements include: 3 National Merit Finalists and 16 National Merit Commended Scholars. 86% of our seniors are attending Four Year Colleges, 9% Two Year Colleges and 5% entering the Military or seeking Employment.

The Commitment to Growth thrives in a building where faculty members model the behavior of academics for life-long learning. 6 members of the faculty hold doctorate degrees, and 65% of the faculty have earned master's degrees. Teachers continue their training in the IB program. Throughout the year several faculty members attended subject-related seminars at institutes of higher learning or traveled abroad to enrich their professional knowledge.

Articulation in a 9-12 regional high school district is vital to success. There is ongoing communication with our sibling school, West Morris Central. Vertical articulation occurs with four elementary schools (Black River Middle School, Mendham Township Middle School, Mountain View School and St. Joseph School) to foster a K-12 curriculum and a smooth transition between 8th and 9th grades. Our counseling department have also instituted a Freshman Transition Program to help assimilate 9th graders into the school community.

Mendham High School distinguishes itself in the area of the fine and performing arts. Students in the music program distinguished themselves by being selected to All-State, All North Jersey Area and Region, All-Eastern and National competitions. Students may join band, orchestra or choir, and also jazz band, marching band, wind ensemble, show choir, select choir, quartets and string ensemble. Two dramatic productions are performed each school year (the fall drama/the spring musical) which are hugely successful. MHS has an outstanding art program taught by practicing artists. Students have enjoyed recognition in local, state and national competitions, with the band being invited to perform at Rutgers University and The College of NJ as part of their recognition program of top bands in the state. A number of students have been awarded scholarships to some of the best art schools in the country.

2016-2017 was another successful year in Mendham's rich athletic history. Almost all of our teams compete in the most challenging United Division of the Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC). Our teams posted winning records in almost every sport. Our Girls' Cross Country team were NJAC Division Dual Meet Champions. Girls' Soccer won their NJAC Division championship and lost in the semi-finals of the North Section II Group III state tournament. Girls' Volleyball finished as co-champs in the NJAC Division. During the winter season, Boys' Basketball were NJAC Division co-champs. Girls' Fencing Morris County Tournament and District I champs. Boys' Fencing NJAC Division champs. Girls' Swimming were co-champs in the 200 Medley Relay in the NJSIAA Meet of Champions. Boys' Winter Track were Group III Relay State Champions. Wrestling enjoyed the best season in their history finishing with a North I Group IV Sectional Championship. In the spring, Boys' Golf were NJAC Divisional Match co-champs. Boys' Lacrosse NJAC Divisional co-champions. Girls' Track NJAC Divisional Dual Meet Champions. All of our spring teams advanced to the state tournament. We offer 22 interscholastic sports with most having varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen levels. Over 65% of our student body is involved in our athletic program. We feel that athletics provides a large number of students to experience collaboration and lifelong learning in an environment outside of the classroom.

The activities program supports over 50 clubs and activities. The largest and most popular are service oriented with Relay for Life and the Service Club, whose students are actively involved in volunteer work and fundraising for local charities. The Mock Trial team again distinguished itself by winning its 12th consecutive Morris County Championship, the overall NJ State Championship and ending the season with a strong performance at Nationals. 

MHS enjoys a reputation for excellence in all areas. It is a school in which inquiry is fostered, intellect is challenged, and skills for lifetime success are developed. District efforts in staff development, technology, and curriculum revision, coupled with motivated students, positive parents, dedicated teachers and administrators, will prepare the way for even stronger innovative educational programs in the 21st century.

65 East Main Street     Mendham, NJ 07945     p: (973) 543-2501     f: (973) 543-6950