Ramapo High School (New Jersey)
|Ramapo High School|
|331 George Street
Franklin Lakes, New Jersey 07417
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District|
|Principal||Dr. Louis B. Moore|
|Assistant principals||Daniel Vander Molen
|Faculty||100.2 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||1,145 (as of 2010–11)|
|Student to teacher ratio||11.43:1|
|Athletics conference||Big North Conference|
Ramapo High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in the affluent New York City suburb of Franklin Lakes, in Bergen County, New Jersey. The school is a part of the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, serving students from Franklin Lakes, Oakland and Wyckoff (FLOW). The other high school in the district is Indian Hills High School, located in Oakland. Students in eighth grade in the three sending districts have the opportunity to choose between Ramapo and Indian Hills by February in their graduating year.
As of the 2010–11 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,145 students and 100.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.43:1. There were 3 students (0.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 17th-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 328 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2012 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", after being ranked 19th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 23rd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 28th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 53rd out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 11 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.1%) and language arts literacy (96.5%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
The school, in tandem with Indian Hills High School, offers several special programs similar to college majors, wherein students are accepted into one of the programs and take a series of honors-level courses, in lieu of electives. Ramapo offers one University Program: Engineering.
Engineering – Introduces students to the world of Engineering which has courses designed to give students a taste of various engineering fields, as well as helping them become familiar with the tools of an engineer, such as AutoCAD. This program is also tied to an extracurricular club, Robotics club, in which members of the engineering program build a robot to compete in a competition with other schools.
Communications and Theatre Arts students take classes together. District superintendent Dr. C. Lauren Schoen announced that the Communications and Theater Arts programs are being discontinued from Ramapo. Parents and students believe the cuts are due to the school's overall lower enrollment than Indian Hills.
Ramapo High School now competes in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Prior to the realignment in 2010, Ramapo competed in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League. Its sports teams are nicknamed the Raiders.
The school was recognized as the Group III winner of the NJSIAA ShopRite Cup in 2005–06. The award recognized the school for achieving a tie for 3rd in Girls Soccer, 2nd in Girls Volleyball, a tie for 3rd in Football, 1st in Softball, 1st in Boys Golf, 1st in Boys Lacrosse and 2nd in Boys Tennis. The school repeated as the Group III winner of the NJSIAA ShopRite Cup in 2006–07. The award recognized the school for achieving 1st place in Girls Soccer, 2nd in Boys Soccer, 3rd in Girls Tennis, 3rd in Boys Fencing, 2nd in Girls Indoor Track and Field Relays, 1st in Girls Indoor Track and Field, 2nd in Softball, 2nd in Boys Lacrosse and 1st in Girls Track and Field.
The girls' soccer team tied Freehold High School 0–0 in the Group III championship game held on November 28, 2006, at the College of New Jersey, with both teams sharing the co-championship. In 2007, the girls soccer team won the North I, Group III state sectional championship with a 2–0 win over Northern Highlands Regional High School in the tournament final, the team's 14th sectional title in the preceding 16 years. The girls soccer team has won Group III state championships from 1985–87, in 1990, from 1996–99 and in 2008, and won the Group II / IV combined title in both 1982 and 1983, giving the team 12 state titles, the most of any public school.
The Ramapo boys' lacrosse team won the 2006 Group II state championship with a 12–10 over Montgomery High School and advanced to the Tournament of Champions where they lost to Ridgewood High School by a score of 10-6. The 2010 team advanced to the Group II final, in which they lost to Princeton High School.
In 2009 Ramapo had the fencing state individual champion Adrian Bak, a member of the US national fencing team, who led Ramapo to a team sabre state title. In 2011, Charles Copti continued the trend and went on to win the state individual championship for the Sabre weapon.
In 2007, the girls tennis team won the North I, Group III state sectional championship with a 3–2 win over Northern Highlands Regional High School in the tournament finals. The win was the team's second consecutive title, and the 21st in team history.
The 2007 boys soccer team won the North I, Group III state sectional championship with a 2–0 win over Morris Hills High School in the tournament final. The win was Ramapo's fifth sectional title since 2002. The team moved on to win the Group III state championship with a 1–0 win over Ocean City High School. The win was the team's fourth state championship, and their first since 2002.
The 2009–10 Boys bowling team won the NBIL Division 1 championship over Paramus Catholic High School, while finishing the season ranked fifth in North Jersey. The team also finished tied with Don Bosco for 8th overall at the county tournament, and came in fourth in a tough group at the state sectionals. In the 2010–11 season, Ramapo continued upon the previous year's success, with a fifth place finish in the county tournament, second place in the Big North division 5, and a North 1-A Group 3 sectional championship, defeating Pascack Valley High School, resulting in a season-ending ranking of third in North Jersey and 17th in the state.
The 2007 girls track team won the State Group III indoor and outdoor titles, led by senior Kesley Ramsey, junior Amy Salek, sophomore Erin McKenna and sophomore Meagan Downey. The first three, along with junior Colleen Sullivan, finished second in the Penn Relays distance medley relay in a Bergen County time of 11 minutes, 56.59 seconds.
The 2007 Boys and Girls Soccer teams went to the New Jersey Group III state championships, the girls losing and the boys winning with a 1–0 victory against Ocean City High School. In 2008, the boys soccer team won the county title over Don Bosco Preparatory High School but lost in the state semi finals to Millburn High School, while the girls team lost in the county championship to top-seeded Immaculate Heart Academy and won the state title by defeating Freehold High School by a score of 3–1 in the finals.
The 2009, the wrestling team won the first league title in program history by defeating Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan in a 28–28 tie. The tie was broken from the "Second Tie Breaking Criteria: Most Matches Won". Ramapo had 8 wins while Northern Valley-Old Tappan only had 6. The wrestling team won the title for its division in the league the following year. There are currently four wrestlers who are part of the "100 Win Club". They include 2005 graduate Jimmy Schulz, 2009 graduate Chris D'Amico, 2010 graduate Alex Scheinert and 2011 graduate Nick Madormo.
The football team won the NJSIAA North I Group III state sectional championships in 1974, 1983, 1993, 1997, 2000–01, 2003 and 2009. The 2009 Football team won the New Jersey Group III State Championship beating arch rival Wayne Hills High School 16–8 at Giants Stadium, for the team's first title since 2003.
The 2009–10 Spring Track Boys Sprint Medley Team placed first overall in the Bergen County Relays in Division A, posting the 19th fastest time ever run in the County with a 3:32.7 and a 1:53 800 anchor leg by junior Bradley Paternostro. At the East Coast Relays, the sprint medley team came in first with a time of 3:28 (Bradley anchored in a 1:52), posting the seventh-fastest time in county history. The SMR will compete in nationals in North Carolina as well as Bradley in the open 800m race. Bradley was awarded the Bernard Smith Award for the Best Male Track Athlete of the meet, also running the anchor leg of the 4x400 boys relay which placed 4th. Also, Ramapo earned 2nd place in the 4x100 and a 4th place finish in both the 4x200 and 4x400. At the 2010 State Sectional Meet, Paternostro won both the mile and 800, and the team placed fourth overall. At the 2010 Bergen Meet of Champions, Bradley won the 800 and anchored a 5th overall 4x400m relay.
The 2010 boys golf team won the state Group III championship.
The 2010 boys cross country team won the league championship, marking the first time in 12 years that the boys had accomplished this feat.
The 2011 boys soccer team was at one point ranked #16 in the country. They finished the season with a record of 22–1 and won the Group III state tournament over Timber Creek Regional High School by a score of 3–1.
After falling behind by a score of 26–7 at the half, the 2012 football team went on to win the North I Group III state championship by a score of 37–34 over Sparta High School after scoring 20 unanswered points in the third quarter and kicking a 48-yard field goal with seconds left in the game to break a tie.
The debate team won the 2007 state title in the JP Morgan Chase Lincoln Douglas Debate tournament. They also were victorious at the league and county level to take their first ever triple crown of debate.
The DECA dominated the regional competition in 2008, only to be upset in the states. In February 2009, the team led Bergen County high schools and were awarded first place in the regional competition before earning fifth place in the state competition.
Members of the Academic Decathlon team reached the third round of News 12 New Jersey's The Challenge. The Academic Decathlon team was also awarded first place overall in the regional competition, and second place at the state level. A pair of 2009 graduates each won the gold medal for highest score in their grade divisions at both competitions. The 2011 Academic Decathlon team came in first place overall in the regional competition, and fourth place at the state competition. Team co-captain Madeline Feinstein won the gold medal for highest overall score in the region and the gold medal for highest overall score in the state at the varsity level. Team co-captain Mackenzie Mosera won the gold medal for highest overall score in the region at the scholastic level. Sean Foley won the silver medal for highest overall score in the region at the honors level.
Ramapo's performing arts include the combination of the University Programs for Theatre Arts and Communications, and the Gold Masque Theatre Club. Performances such as Into the Woods and Les Misérables have received Papermill Playhouse recognition.
Core members of the school's administration are:
- Dr. Louis B. Moore – Principal
- Daniel Vander Molen – Assistant Principal
- Claudia Dargento – Assistant Principal
- Martha MacCallum (born 1964; class of 1982), news anchor on Fox News Channel.
- Greg Schiano (born 1966; class of 1984), current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach and former head football coach at Rutgers University.
- Tim Pernetti (class of 1989), former athletic director of Rutgers University and former Vice President of CBS College Sports Network.
- Constantine Maroulis (born 1975; class of 1993), Tony Award nominee and finalist from the 2005 American Idol.
- Marco Benevento (born 1977; class of 1995), jazz musician.
- Amy Grossberg (born 1978; class of 1996), served two and half years in jail for killing her baby while a student at the University of Delaware.
- Sunny Mehta (born 1978; class of 1996), professional poker player, author, and musician.
- Brian Peterson (born 1978; class of 1996), served two years in jail for killing his baby with his girlfriend, Amy Grossberg.
- Rob Milanese (class of 1998), Arena Football League wide receiver/cornerback for the Philadelphia Soul.
- Chris Simms (born 1980; class of 1999), NFL former Quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Denver Broncos.
- Danny Tamberelli (born 1982; class of 2000) child actor, best known for the Nickelodeon television show The Adventures of Pete & Pete and Arnold in The Magic School Bus, as well as appearing in the films Igby Goes Down and The Mighty Ducks.
- Blake Costanzo (born 1984, class of 2001), football player for Cleveland Browns.
- Kirk DeMicco, screenwriter, director and producer, best known for writing and directing Space Chimps and The Croods.
- Shooter Hunt (class of 2005), farmhand for the Minnesota Twins.
- Ross Krautman (born 1991, class of 2010), football player for the Syracuse University Orange.
- Data for Ramapo High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 10, 2012.
- Eighth Grade School Choice, Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District. Accessed September 9, 2011.
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- "Ramapo buzzing over latest crown", The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Ramapo has won 14 of the last 16 North 1, Group 3 girls soccer sectional titles..."
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- 2007 Softball – North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 8, 2007.
- Staff. "Columbia, North Hunterdon and Ramapo take titles at boys squad tournament", The Star-Ledger, March 1, 2009. Accessed June 22, 2011. "Columbia won epee, North Hunterdon took foil and Ramapo earned the sabre title at the NJSIAA/Bollinger squad championships yesterday at North Hunterdon in Annandale.... The sabre title went to Ramapo, which also captured the Cetrulo Tournament sabre crown this season. Adrian Bak went 12–3 on the A strip, Kevin Chang was 11–4 on the B strip and Charles Copti delivered a 15–0 record on the C strip as Ramapo edged Gov. Livingston, 38–35."
- Mills, Ed. "Boys fencer of the year: Charles Copti of Ramapo", The Record (Bergen County), March 19, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2011. "Ramapo's Charles Copti had a completely different mind-set from his two previous appearances at the State individual tournament. This time he was much more focused — laser-like — for the mission at hand.Ramapo's Charles Copti was on the attack at the State individual fencing tournament and it won him the saber title. And his renewed quest for the top paid off with a gold-medal performance Sunday, beating everyone in a strong saber field.... He becomes the ninth individual State saber champion from Ramapo and the first since Adrian Bak in 2009."
- 2007 Girls Team Tennis – North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 25, 2007.
- Pompton Lakes captures crown, The Star-Ledger, October 13, 2007. Accessed October 25, 2007. "Ramapo claimed the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 3 crown for the second straight year and 21st time overall, defeating Northern Highlands, 3–2, in Ridgewood."
- 2007 Boys Soccer – North I, Group III, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
- "Cliffside captures first title since '92", The Record (Bergen County), November 10, 2007. Accessed November 13, 2007. "Ramapo repeated as champion while securing its fifth sectional title over the past six years."
- 2007 Boys Soccer – Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
- Schutta, Gregory. "Late goal lifts Ramapo", The Record (Bergen County), November 17, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007. "It was Ramapo's fourth State championship overall, third outright, and first since beating Ridge in two overtimes in 2002."
- "Paramus Catholic & Ramapo Win Boys Bowling Sectional Titles", Big North Conference, February 13, 2011. Accessed June 22, 2011. "Paramus Catholic won the Group 4 and Ramapo the Group 3, NJSIAA Sectional titles in North 1-A on Saturday at Bowler City in Hackensack."
- Championship of America Distance Medley, 2007 Penn Relays. Accessed January 22, 2008.
- Staff. "Red Raiders fall on 2d-half goal", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 17, 2007. Accessed August 24, 2011. "The Ocean City boys' soccer team's dream of winning the NJSIAA Group 3 state championship turned into a nightmare last night at the College of New Jersey. Ocean City, ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer the entire season, allowed a goal with 7 minutes, 56 seconds remaining in the second half and lost, 1–0, to Ramapo."
- Christopher, Chris. "Colonials girls finish strong season, reach state final", Asbury Park Press, December 4, 2008. Accessed August 24, 2011. "They lost to Red Bank Catholic, 1–0, in the Shore Conference Tournament championship match and fell, 3–1, to Ramapo in the Group III final on the artificial surface at The College of New Jersey."
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 22, 2011.
- Nesi, Chris. "Wyckoff honors Ramapo Raiders for championship football season", Suburban News, April 12, 2010. Accessed June 22, 2011. "The nail-biting 16–8 victory for the Raiders over the Wayne Hills High School on a snowy December day at Giants Stadium marked the first state championship for Ramapo, in Franklin Lakes, since 2003, and stopped the Patriots from garnering their sixth straight championship title."
- Staff. "Teaneck boys impress at East Coast Relays", The Record (Bergen County), May 18, 2010. Accessed March 8, 2013. "The third attempt at a record was in the sprint medley when the Highwaymen ran 3:27.6 — a second off the mark set by Paramus in 1975 — but they were disqualified and Ramapo (anchored by a stunning 1:52.5 carry from Brad Paternostro) got the win in 3:28.30, seventh-fastest in Bergen history."
- Carino, Jerry. "East Coast Relays (updated)", Courier News, May 17, 2010. Accessed March 8, 2013. "SPRINT MEDLEY: 1. Ramapo (Ethan Burke, Jack Bandazian, John Burke, Bradley Paternostro) 3:28.30"
- McMahon, Frank J. "Record-breaking sports achievements acknowledged", The Villadom Times, p. 6, July 21, 2010. Accessed March 8, 2013. "The team won first place in the NBIAL Tournament and second place in the sectionals, and the team took first place in the State Tournament of Champions in Group III and second place overall."
- Melchiorre, Chris. "Timber Creek falls to Ramapo in final, 3–1", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 18, 2011. Accessed August 12, 2012. ""I don't know," DeLuca said after Timber Creek's 3–1 loss to Ramapo in Thursday night's NJSIAA Group 3 championship soccer game at the College of New Jersey.... Both Morgan and DeLuca had numerous chances in a tightly called game, particularly right after Ramapo (22–1) took a 1–0 lead in the ninth minute."
- Wassef, Mira. "H.S. football: Ramapo wins title on David Bonagura's last-second field goal", The Record (Bergen County), December 9, 2012. Accessed January 8, 2013. "Bonagura kicked the longest field goal of his career, nailing a 48-yarder with 11 seconds left to lift Ramapo to a thrilling 37–34 comeback victory over Sparta in the North 1, Group 3 final Saturday at Kean University.... Scher felt some nerves executing the snap because the Raiders had muffed three punt snaps in the first half that all led to points for Sparta, and gave the Spartans a 26–7 halftime lead."
- "Ramapo H.S. Debaters Place 1st in State-Wide Event", Suburban News, June 4, 2007. Accessed October 8, 2007.
- 2007 Results
- Administration, Ramapo High School. Accessed March 23, 2011.
- Rohan, Virginia. "Professional juggler", The Record (Bergen County), November 13, 2005. Accessed June 8, 2007. "I'm sort of half in one world, half in the other at this point of the day, says MacCallum, a Wyckoff native who has lived in Ridgewood since her elder son was 2 weeks old.... After attending Sicomac School and Ramapo High School, MacCallum moved on to St. Lawrence University, majoring in political science."
- Greg Schiano profile, Rutgers University, accessed April 15, 2007. "Schiano, who grew up in Wyckoff and graduated from Ramapo High School, took over as the 27th head coach of the nation's oldest college football program on Dec. 1, 2000."
- Luicci, Tom. "Former football player Tim Pernetti a finalist in Rutgers' athletic director search", The Star-Ledger, February 22, 2009. Accessed February 4, 2011. "The three candidates come from vastly different backgrounds, with Pernetti the only one without any experience as an athletic director. But the former Rutgers tight end, currently the vice president for content at CBS College Sports Network, would represent an even stronger commitment to Schiano. Both played at Ramapo High School, where Schiano coached Pernetti for one year."
- Coutros, Evonne. " Starting 'Idol' on high note", The Record (Bergen County), February 27, 2005, accessed April 15, 2007. "Maroulis, a graduate of Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, is one of 20 remaining contestants on the popular television show "American Idol," which boasts ratings through the roof and a loyal audience."
- Gleick, Elizabeth. "THREE KIDS, ONE DEATH", Time (Magazine), December 2, 1996, accessed April 15, 2007. "Nothing in the lives of Amy Grossberg and Brian Peterson explains how they could have brought such tragedy on themselves.... "He was popular—he had a lot of friends," says Brian Thalmann, who went to Ramapo High School with the couple."
- Sunny Mehta bio, Sunnymehta.com. Accessed June 8, 2007.
- Philadelphia Soul player profile: Rob Milanese, Philadelphia Soul. Accessed December 9, 2006.
- Glickson, Grant. "PLUS: HIGH SCHOOLS; Simms to Attend Tennessee Next Fall", The New York Times, December 16, 1998. Accessed January 8, 2013. "Chris Simms, the top quarterback recruit in the nation and son of the former Giants quarterback, Phil Simms, announced last night that he will attend the University of Tennessee next school year. Simms, 6 feet 5 and 220 pounds, is a left-hander from Ramapo High School in Franklin Lakes, N.J."
- Danny Tamberelli, Internet Movie Database. Accessed December 6, 2006.
- Blake Costanzo, CSTV. Accessed December 6, 2007.
- McGinley, Devin. "Wyckoff Native Driving Profits in Hollywood; Wyckoff native Kirk DeMicco's "The Croods" is reportedly responsible for a surge in profits at DreamWorks Animation.", WyckoffPatch, August 1, 2013. Accessed November 13, 2013. "DeMicco, a former Wyckoff resident who attended Sicomac Elementary, Eisenhower Middle School and Ramapo High School, returned to Bergen County in 2012 for a prerelease screening of the film for friends and family."
- Staff. "Ramapo product Shooter Hunt hoping new fitness regimen puts him back on path to major leagues", The Star-Ledger, August 15, 2010. Accessed February 4, 2011.
- "Syracuse University Athletics – 2010–11 Football Roster". Suathletics.syr.edu. Retrieved March 14, 2013.
- Ramapo High School website
- Alumni association
- Ramapo High School's 2010–11 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for Ramapo High School, National Center for Education Statistics