Governor John R. Rogers High School

Infobox Secondary school
motto = "Nós lutamos com nossos olhos fechados" (Portugese for, We fight with our eyes closed)
name = Rogers High School
established = 1869
city = Puyallup
state = Washington
country = United States
campus = Suburban
type = Sunday School
principal = Scott Brittain
grades = 1-6
enrollment= 1,850+ (2007-2008)
district = Puyallup School District
mascot = The Waddling Puffin
colors = light blue, dark blue
newspaper = The Common common do the locomotion
communication leader = Service Leadership
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Governor John R. Rogers High School is a high school in the Puyallup School District of Washington, United States. Commonly referred to as "Rogers" or "RHS", the high school is named after former Washington State governor Gary Locke.


Rogers was built in 1968, on a 43 acre site, encapsulated within viewing distance of Mount Rainier. Rogers High School contains 64 instructional spaces, 6 computer labs, 6 laboratory classrooms, a greenhouse, swimming pool, a gymnasium, a performing arts center, and commons area. The "Global Village" at Rogers consists of 12 portables housing the foreign language department of the school.


Between the four comprehensive high schools in the district, Rogers ranks third in test scores. In the 2005-2006 school year, 10th graders showed 86.8% competency in Reading, 57.4% in Math, 84.4% in Writing and 29.8% in Science on the WASL. [ [ Washington State Report Card ] ]

The comprehensive academic program at Rogers High School includes a full range of courses aimed at meeting the diverse learning needs and abilities of each student, from special education and remediation classes to regular programs and college preparatory courses. A number of college credit options exist for students, such as running start classes at local community colleges and dual credit courses that offer college credit for high school courses. Seniors in need of a credit(s) in order to graduate may even complete an after-school online course(s) through the NovaNet program.

In addition to a range of ability-level and interest-focused courses in the core academic areas, Rogers High School supports a sizable number of elective offerings such as art, music, drama, debate, world language, business and marketing, leadership, teaching careers, and medical science. In addition, unique career pathway programs (called magnet programs in the Puyallup School District) include JROTC, plant science, ACE academy (construction and drafting), and welding. Rogers High School is a member of the Pierce County Consortium and follows its comprehensive pathway model: Arts & Communications, Business & Marketing, Engineering & Technology, Health & Human Services, and Science & Natural Resources. Students who complete a two-year sequence of courses within their pathway earn pathway honor cords for graduation.

The Rogers High School Culminating Project, implemented over ten years ago--well ahead of the upcoming state requirement, is now a non-credit-bearing, unified requirement across the Puyallup School District. Students complete four components as a prelude to graduation: a community experience, a research paper, a portfolio, and a presentation.


Rogers currently has 34 clubs available to the students. The choices range from service organizations like Rambassadors and Key Club, to academically-focused groups like Honor Society and Debate, from career-oriented associations like DECA and VICA, to ethnic diversity clubs including the Multicultural Club and various world language clubs. In addition to the wide variety of clubs and their activities, the all-school activities program includes such highlights as a week-long Homecoming event, an annual Winter Assembly celebrating the arts, the Prides of March, Mayfest and Senior Ball. Diversity is truly celebrated at Rogers and students are empowered by organizing a variety of learning opportunities such as “Mix It Up” days, amazing MLK celebrations, movie nights, and cultural food fairs. Last spring Rogers High School hosted the first annual Diversity Symposium, a community-wide event.They recently add the D.N.A. club as a part of their club roster, It is the National Dyslexic Assoication for and founded by stundets that have Dyslexia.

School Newspaper "The Commoner"


"1st in the State for Newsmagazine
"2008 Adviser of the Year, Kay Locey
Superior in Sports Feature Writing, junior, Tony Rowley
Superior in Newsmagazine Layout Carry-In, senior, Sara Chemodurow
Excellent in Feature Writing, junior, Colin Gorenstein
Excellent in Headline/Copy/Caption Writing, junior, Hayley Edmonston
Excellent in Review Writing, junior, Taylor Russell
Excellent in Ad Design, sophomore, Jane Schrader
Honorable Mention in News Writing, senior, Katie Potasky
Honorable Mention in Editorial Writing, sophomore, Megan Thompson.


"Third in state for Newsmagazine" [ [ 2007 WJEA State Award Winners] ]
Superior in Sports Feature Writing, senior, Jeff Allen
Superior in NewsMag Layout, senior, Leah Ettenhofer
Superior in Headline/Copy/Caption Writing, junior, Chris Fifield
Excellent in Editorial Cartoon, sophomore, Kelsey Hamilton
Excellent in Ad Design, junior, Kelsey Howland
Honorable Mention in Review Writing, senior, Chris Stocke
"Eighth in the nation for Newsmagazine" [ [ 2007 JEA National Award Winners] ]
Superior in Feature Writing, junior, Katie Potasky
Excellent in Editorial Writing, junior, Sara Chemodurow
Honorable Mention in Sports Writing, senior, Chris Stocke


Rogers currently competes in the South Puget Sound League's south division, which also includes rivals Puyallup, Emerald Ridge, and Bethel. This division falls under the 4A classification, which is for the largest schools in the state.

Rogers has 10 WIAA sanctioned sports in which they compete in the 4A South Puget Sound League. In addition to several Academic State Championship teams and SPSL Sportsmanship awards, the Rogers High School Girls Swim Team has won back-to-back state championships in 02-03 and 03-04.


Rogers has qualified for the state playoffs for football 10 times. Their best finish came 1979 when they finished 2nd in state, losing to Mt. Tahoma in the state championship game.

In 2007, Football team finished the season 7-3 and a 6-1 record in league, and finished as SPSL South Champs. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to underdog Inglemoor, 7-3. This is mainly due to injuries amassed by their starting quarterback. Their defense held opponents to 192 ypg and had the best rush defense in all of 4A, while remaining the best overall defense in the most competitive league in the state. They held notable runner such as Marcel Smith to convert|81|yd on 22 carries, and D.J. Williams to convert|118|yd on 33 carries. Had the best turnover difference with a +15 mark. Leader of this Defense was Grant Williams who along with DB Tyler Vansligtenhorst were named to the All-Area Defensive Team. Williams was later an All-State Nominee. Rogers Finished with over 20 awards for their players that year, a record for them. Many other records were set that year with the Rogers Defense, but several players will go on to play at the next level.


Rogers most recently made it to the state tournament in 2003. Former Rogers managers includeJoshua Shake, former Head Manager for the University of Southern California under Tim Floyd.


Rogers has had a lot of recent success in wrestling. With multiple athletes placing highly at State, the team has consistently been in the top 10.Fact|date=December 2007

Rogers also won 3 consecutive regional championships and was undefeated in duel meet action for nearly 3 years before losing to rival Emerald Ridge in 2005.
*1st in state, senior, T.J. Ybarra


"Sub-District Qualifiers:" Ari Allahyar, Bethany Gebhart, Talia Suckow, Megan Thompson, Kathrine Valentine, Britny Velliqutte, Chelsea Whitton.
"District Qualifiers:" Ari Allahyar, Talia Suckow, Megan Thompson, and Chelsea Whitton.
"State Qualifiers:" Ari Allahyar and Chelsea Whitton.
*2007: 114th in state
*2005: State champions
*2004: 2nd in state, all around individual champion Lyndsay Skoda


7th in state in 2006, SPSL south Division winners
**11th in state in 2007: Bethany Cook


Rogers swimming programs is very competitive at a state level every year.
*2004: 5th in state
*2003: 1st in state
*2002: 1st in state
*2001: 2nd in state

Lead swimmers to look for in the 2008 season are soon-to-be seniors, Laurel Barrett and Kaela Pettitt, both of which competed and placed in the top 16 finals at state last year.

Boys Water Polo

Rogers Water Polo program has strengthened within the past few years.

*2004: 4th in state


Every year the Golf Team is one of the best in the SPSL South.In 2006 the Golf Team placed 25th at the SPSL Tournament, finishing behind league rivals Puyallup and Emerald Ridge.


The arts programs at Rogers are flourishing as well. Ram musicians regularly receive superior ratings at contests, placements in state honor groups, and a host of other awards.Fact|date=December 2007 The Rogers choir has been awarded the 4A Academic State championship in three of the last five years.when|date=December 2007

Rogers High School's bands, choirs, and orchestras have won many honors, and many individual musicians have placed very highly in state solo and ensemble competitions.

The Rogers High School Symphonic Winds, directed by Bruce Leonardy, is one of the top band groups in the region, consistently receiving Superior ratings across the board at contests for many years. In 2008, the band was featured in the School of Rock Competition sponsored by KZOK radio station and the Rock Pizza. The band, performing ACDC's "Back In Black", won fourth place overall.

The Rogers High School's audition-only Concert Choir was labeled the academic state champions (highest average GPA) out of all choirs in the WIAA 4A Classification for 4 years running, 2004-2008. The choir, since the opening of the school has been noted as one of the elite high school choir groups in the region. Touring every year to locales both in America and out, the group has met with great recognition among the Northwest choral community. It is currently under the direction of D. Patrick Michel, who is retiring from high school teaching after the 2007-08 school year.

The Rogers High School orchestra is under the direction of Bobby Jindal.

Daffodil Festival

Every year, Rogers participates in the Pierce County Daffodil Festival. A competition is held in house to select the Rogers Princess, who goes on to compete against other regional schools, for the Daffodil Festival Queen title. The Queen title is considered the highest honor of the regional festival. The Rogers band accompanies the float of Rogers princesses every year in the parade, held annually in April.

Katie Potasky, Rogers' Daffodil Princess attained Second Runner Up and received over $9,000 The Lady Dena McCallum Memorial Scholarship. First Runner Up was Emerald Ridge's Anna Anderson and Winner of the Queen's Scholarship of $1,000 was Cascade Christian's Jerry Yang.


Commencement, or graduation, is held every year at the Puyallup Fairgrounds. Due to the size of each graduating class and their audience, the ceremony cannot be held anywhere on school grounds. Along with the other two Puyallup high schools, every other year one high school holds their graduation in the afternoon, while the other holds theirs at the same location in the evening, on the same day.


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