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The History of Our School District

     The history of public education in Toms River goes back over 100 years to one room school houses in Cedar Grove, Chadwick Beach, East Dover, North Dover, Silverton, West Dover and downtown Toms River.  The first high school graduating class was in 1891.  The Toms River Consolidated School District was formed by the voters of Dover Township (renamed Toms River Township in 2007) and the Boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River in 1949.  Previous to that, the School Board of Toms River accepted students on a tuition basis.  As post-World War II growth began and new schools became necessary, the sending district arrangement became absolute.  A number of sending districts did not join the new consolidated district.  On December 8, 1964, voters in Dover Township (now Toms River Township) and the Boroughs of Beachwood, Pine Beach and South Toms River approved the formation of the Toms River Regional School District.

     Eight schools comprised the newly organized district:  T.R. High School (the current building which is now South) opened in 1951, Intermediate East (1962), the former Toms River Elementary School built in 1925 and closed in 1982, the elementary schools at East Dover (1954), North Dover (1956), Pine Beach (1953), Washington Street (1960), and West Dover (1963).  Since that time, 11 more schools have been built:  Toms River High Schools North (1969) and East (1979), Intermediate North (formerly Intermediate West) (1974), Intermediate South (2005), and the elementary schools at Cedar Grove (1971), Hooper Avenue (1965), Silver Bay (1972), South Toms River replacing Toms River Elementary (1982), Walnut Street (1965), Beachwood (1988), and Joseph A. Citta Elementary (1999).  The Toms River Regional School District is the fourth largest in New Jersey, a unique kindergarten through 12th grade regional district.