Ramsey High School (New Jersey)

name = Ramsey High School

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established = 1909
grades = 9 - 12
district = Ramsey Public School District
type = Public high school
principal = Richard Lio
asst principal = Dr. Matthew J. Certo
enrollment = 832 (as of 2005-06)
faculty = 68.6 (on FTE basis)
ratio = 12.1
teamname = Rams
conference = North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League
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location = Main Street and Island Avenue
Ramsey, NJ 07446
information = 201-785-2300
website = [http://ramsey.schoolwires.com/rhs/site/default.asp School website]

Ramsey High School, established in 1909, is a four-year comprehensive public high school serving students in Ramsey, New Jersey, as part of the Ramsey Public School District. The school also serves the high-school-aged students of Saddle River as part of a sending/receiving relationship. [ [http://education.state.nj.us/rc/rc07/narrative/03/4310/03-4310-000.html Ramsey Public Schools 2007 Report Card Narrative] , New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 17, 2008. "In addition to serving the residents of Ramsey, the District also educates the students of Saddle River in grades 6-12 through a send-receive relationship."]

As of the 2005-06 school year, the school had an enrollment of 832 students and 68.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.1. [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3413590&ID=341359000730 Ramsey High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 13, 2007.]

Ramsey High School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and the New Jersey Department of Education.


The first class to graduate from Ramsey was the class of 1909, and they went to school in the current Boro Hall. After that, students went to John Y. Dater School, which was a regional K-12 school at the time. The first Ramsey High School was constructed in 1912, with the first commencement held in June 1913. An addition was constructed in 1923. By 1935, additional space was needed, and a new building was proposed to take advantage of funding available through the New Deal-era Public Works Administration. Groundbreaking ceremonies for the new building were held on January 16, 1936, and the “New Ramsey High School” was dedicated in 1937. [ [http://ramsey.schoolwires.com/114620105145821937/site/default.asp The History of Ramsey High School] , accessed November 30, 2006]

Honors and distinctions

*The school was the 13th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 314 schools statewide, in "New Jersey Monthly" magazine's September 2008 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools". The school was ranked 27th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. [ [http://njmonthly.com/articles/towns_and_schools/highschoolrankings/top-new-jersey-high-schools-by-rank.html "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank"] , "New Jersey Monthly", September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.]
*Ramsey High School was recognized by "Newsweek" magazine as one of the top 500 high schools in the nation.
*The class of 2004 included 18 Edward J. Bloustein Distinguished Scholars and nine National Merit Scholarship Program Commended Students, 11 Advanced Placement Program (AP) Scholars with Distinction, 6 AP Scholars with Honor, and 12 AP Scholars.
*On New Jersey's High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 93% of Ramsey High School students scored at the proficient or advanced proficient level on the math section. On the language arts sections of the test, 96% of Ramsey High School students scored at the proficient or advanced proficient levels.
*In a typical year, 95% of Ramsey High School Seniors take the SAT. Student scores exceeded state and national mean scores:
**Math Ramsey 582 - New Jersey 514 - National 518
**Verbal Ramsey 562 - New Jersey 501 - National 508
*In 2002 the Rams football team went 11-1 capturing the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) North I Group II state championship for the first time in school history, with a 7-6 win over Hoboken High School.
*Ramsey High School's Big Blue Marching Band was the 2005 Musical Arts Conference NJ State Champion and the 2005 Tournament of Bands Chapter 10 Group 4 Champion.

Programs and curriculum

Programs at Ramsey High School include the following:
*College preparatory program (math, science, language arts, and social studies)
*Foreign languages (French, German, Latin, Spanish, on four and five levels, as well as two levels of Japanese, and Chinese in 2009)
*Honors courses
*Advanced Placement courses are available in AP Calculus, AP Statistics, and AP Computer Science; AP English Literature and Composition and AP English Language and Composition; AP Physics, AP Chemistry, and AP Biology; AP United States History and AP United States Government; AP Spanish Language, AP French Language, AP German Language, and AP Latin Literature; and AP Music Theory
*Courses designed to address the needs of students with learning disabilities
*Elective program (fine arts, practical arts, technology education, and business education)
*Wireless mobile laptop technology along with a CAD lab and large and small computer labs, all connected to the internet
*A library-media center with 27,000 print volumes along with internet connectivity at 24 research stations
*A full complement of musical, athletic, artistic, literary, social, cultural, and service activities
*Student government, leadership, character education, peer mediation, and various volunteer activities
*A Japanese exchange program established with Fukui Prefecture in Japan

Diploma requirements

In order to graduate with a diploma, students must complete 120 credits consisting of 4 years of English / Language Arts; 1 year of Physical Education, Health, and Safety for each year of enrollment; 2 years of United States History; 1 year of World History / Cultures; 3 years of Mathematics; 3 years of Science; 2 years of World Language; 5 credits of Fine Arts and 5 credits of Practical Arts. Cross-content workplace readiness skills, which are integrated into content areas in grades 9-12). All students, unless specifically exempted, must pass the Eleventh Grade HSPA as required by the State of New Jersey. All students must also take a state mandated Biology test when they take biology (freshman year for honors students and sophomore year for CP and MCP students).


Core members of the school's administraton are: [ [http://www.ramsey.k12.nj.us/11462053181119153/site/default.asp Mission Statement] , Ramsey High School. Accessed April 17, 2008.] .
*Principal - Richard Lio
*Assistant Principal - Dr. Matthew J. Certo


The Ramsey Rams are part of the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIL/NBIAL). Almost every sport has both a Varsity and a Junior Varsity team, and many sports have Freshmen teams. (Inclusion of "boys"/"girls" designates two distinct teams, even if both practice together.)

The 2007 boys soccer team won the North I, Group II state sectional championship with a 5-0 win over Tenafly High School in the tournament final. [ [http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=243094&tclass=North%20I%2C%20Group%20II 2007 Boys Soccer - North I, Group II] , NJSIAA. Accessed November 13, 2007.] The team moved on to win the Group II state championship, the first ever by the program, with a 3-1 win over Cinnaminson High School. [ [http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=243094&tclass=Public%20Semis%2FFinals 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals] , NJSIAA. Accessed November 24, 2007.] [Schutta, Gregory. [http://www.northjersey.com/page.php?qstr=eXJpcnk3ZjcxN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk2JmZnYmVsN2Y3dnFlZUVFeXk3MjIzNDEw "Ramsey savors first State championship"] , "The Record (Bergen County)", November 18, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007.]

Teams marked with an asterisk (*), although technically separate teams that compete and score independently of each other, usually practice and compete alongside the opposite sex's team of the same sport.

*Fall sports teams: Football, Soccer (boys), Soccer (girls), Cross country (boys), Cross country (girls), Field hockey, Tennis (girls), Volleyball (girls) and Cheerleading (non-NBIL)
*"'Winter sports teams: Basketball (boys), Basketball (girls), Bowling (boys)*, Bowling (girls)*, Track (boys)*, Track (girls)*, Ice hockey, Swimming (boys)*, Swimming (girls)* and Wrestling
*Spring sports teams: Baseball (boys), Softball (girls), Track (boys)*, Track (girls)*, Golf (boys)*, Golf (girls)* and Tennis (boys)

The school has won the following state championships: [ [http://ramsey.schoolwires.com/11462053181411217/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=55062 State Championships] , Ramsey High School. Accessed November 13, 2007.]
*Boys Basketball - Group 2 (1950)
*Field Hockey - Group 3 (1976)
*Boys Cross Country - Group 3 (1978)
*Softball - Group 2 (1981), Group 3 (1991)
*Volleyball - Group 2 (1995)
*Girls Cross Country - Group 2 (1995-1997)
*Girls Soccer - Group 2 (2000-2001)
*Golf - All Groups (2001)
*Football - Group 2 (2002)
*Boys Soccer - Group 2 (2007) [ [http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=243094&tclass=Public%20Semis%2FFinals 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals] , NJSIAA. Accessed February 27, 2008.]


External links

* [http://ramsey.schoolwires.com/rhs/site/default.asp Ramsey High School]
*NJReportCard|03|4310|050|Ramsey High School
* [http://nces.ed.gov/ccd/schoolsearch/school_detail.asp?Search=1&DistrictID=3413590&ID=341359000730 Data for Ramsey High School] , National Center for Education Statistics
* [http://www.rhsclassof79.com/ Ramsey High School Class of 1979 Alumni]

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