Rutherford High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Rutherford, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Rutherford School District. The original structure was built in 1922 and expanded in 1959 and 2005. Rutherford High School is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1940.
As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 778 students and 66 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.79:1.
Awards, recognition and rankings
During the 1999-2000 school year, the school was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, which recognized the school's use of technology in the instruction process in which every classroom was wired for Internet access and a substantially higher than average level of access by students to computers.
The school was the 73rd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 322 schools statewide, in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2010 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 72nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 88th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 141st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (unchanged from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.2%) and language arts literacy (92.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
Curriculum and facilities
Rutherford High offers courses ranging from Honors classes to Advanced Placement (AP) classes for college credit. The elective classes are also offered, ranging from classes of technology, to those that are career-related as well. The school contains a television studio that is used for morning announcements in homeroom and sends out feeds for the local public access station. There is a newly expanded library with 23 computers and over 20,000 books. Two gyms house athletic programs and physical education classes. Located on the East Wing of the school features a half-size Olympic-style swimming pool currently leased by the YMCA of the Meadowlands. It is also used by the Rutherford Bulldogs Swim Team.
A typical day at Rutherford High starts at 7:55 AM when homeroom starts. School is in session five days a week. There are nine periods, consisting of forty-two minute classes and one lunch period. Extra-curricular activities include an abundance of clubs, academic groups, and music programs.
Academic teams and extracurricular activities
Rutherford Academic Decathlon wins New Jersey State Championship for the second consecutive year.
Rutherford High School has a host of academic teams and non-athletic extracurricular activities.
Rutherford was the Academic Decathlon champion for the state of New Jersey, having represented New Jersey at the National Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in April 2009, and competed once again in Omaha in April 2010.
The theater arts program puts out two performances each school year; a play in November, and a musical in March.
2005 Group II State Champs
The Rutherford High School Bulldogs compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Rutherford was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Division. The school colors are blue and white, and the mascot is the Bulldog. With 544 students in grades 10-12, Rutherford is classified by the NJSIAA as North II, Group II, a category that includes schools with enrollment of 509-790.
These are the sports that are currently offered by the Rutherford athletic program.
- Fall Sports: B/G Cross Country, Football, Girls' Tennis, B/G Soccer, Volleyball
- Winter Sports: B/G Basketball, B/G Swimming, B/G Track & Field, Wrestling, Coed Bowling
- Spring Sports: Baseball, Boys' Tennis, Softball, B/G Track & Field
In 2007, the girls soccer team, seeded #3, won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 5-4 win on penalty kicks over top-seeded Summit High School (New Jersey) in the tournament final, the team's first title in this section. In 2011, the Rutherford Bulldogs football team won the league title with a 9-0 record. LeRon Dillard recorded his 1000th point in 2011 and led his team to the state semi-finals.
Some of Rutherford High School's alumni include:
- Charles Evered (born 1964), playwright and director.
- Louis Frey, Jr. (born 1934), Republican former member of the United States House of Representatives from Florida.
- Jim Garrett, (born 1930), college football coach.
- Bill Hands (born 1940), former Major League Baseball pitcher.
- Vin Mazzaro (born 1986), pitcher for the Kansas City Royals.
- Peggy Noonan (born 1950), speechwriter for U.S. presidents Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush.
- Pat Pacillo (born 1963), pitcher who played two seasons for the Cincinnati Reds.
- Thomas R. Pickering (born 1931), United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 1989 to 1992.
- ^ a b c d Rutherford High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed August 17, 2011.
- ^ Rutherford High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools. Accessed August 17, 2011.
- ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
- ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Rutherford; A Patriotic Town With an Easy Commute", The New York Times, November 4, 2001. Accessed August 29, 2011. "LAST year, Rutherford High School won the coveted United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. 'We were recognized for our overall focus on technology,' Ms. Conlon explained. Every room in the high school is wired for Internet access, compared with a state average of 74 percent. There is one computer for every 2.9 students, compared with one for every 4.8 students statewide."
- ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011.
- ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
- ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed March 5, 2012.
- ^ 2009 Nationals Final Results, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed August 17, 2011.
- ^ O'Keefe, Daniel. "Another award-winning year for Rutherford Academic Decathlon", South Bergenite, April 14, 2011. Accessed August 17, 2011.
- ^ League Memberships – 2011-2012, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 2, 2012.
- ^ League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed August 15, 2012.
- ^ 2011-2012 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Tennis–Soccer–Basketball–Baseball–Softball, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 2, 2012.
- ^ 2007 Girls Soccer - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
- ^ "Ramapo buzzing over latest crown", The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "The third-seeded Bulldogs had just won their first North 2, Group 2 title, defeating No. 1-seeded Summit on penalty kicks, 3-2, after a 4-4 tie through double overtime."
- ^ Coutros, Evonne. "SCREENWRITER HAS SPIELBERG'S NUMBER", The Record (Bergen County), May 15, 1994. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Evered, a 29-year-old screenwriter and playwright who graduated from Rutherford High School..."
- ^ Louis Frey, Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 7, 2007.
- ^ Staff. "Jim Garrett ... Halfback: Rough Riders Sign Import ANd Canuck", Ottawa Citizen, June 22, 1957. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Garrett, who started his career at Rutherford High School, Rutherford, N.J. booted 55 out of 60 extra points while in service and had 12 out of 16 field goal attempts."
- ^ RHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Rutherford High School, April 19, 1996. Accessed July 7, 2007.
- ^ Adamek, Steve. "Where are they now? Rutherford’s Bill Hands", The Record (Bergen County), June 1, 2010. Accessed July 13, 2012. "And inevitably, one season always comes up: 1969 — the best of seasons and worst of seasons for the Rutherford High School product, the one the Miracle Mets stole from Hands, Ferguson Jenkins and the rest of Leo Durocher’s Cubs."
- ^ Staff. "Former Rutherford High star gets win in AAA baseball", The Record (Bergen County), May 13, 2009. Accessed June 8, 2009.
- ^ Oreskes, Michael. "The Monster Woman: Peggy Noonan looks at Hillary Clinton and sees a privileged elitist who is still getting away with it! Grrr!", The New York Times, March 19, 2000. Accessed August 29, 2011. "She brings herself to Mrs. Clinton, too. 'I look at Mrs. Clinton and see the kneesocked girl in the madras headband, the Key Club president who used to walk into the bathroom in Rutherford High School, wrinkle her nose at the 10th-grade losers leaning against the gray tile walls, leave, go down the hall, and mention to a teacher that they're smoking in the girls' room again. That's my own private Hillary, or at least one aspect of her.'"
- ^ a b About Rutherford High School, Rutherford High School. Accessed July 7, 2007. "Career diplomat and ambassador Thomas H. Pickering and presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan are among those honored as part of this tradition."
- ^ Moran, Malcolm. "PLAYERS; A PITCHER WHO LIKES TO HIT", The New York Times, June 5, 1984. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Pacillo had also played football and basketball at Rutherford High School, and at one time he had pictured himself as a prospect in football, not baseball."
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