Ramona High School (Ramona, California)
|Ramona High School|
|1401 Hanson Lane
|Motto||"Excellence, it's a matter of pride!"|
|Rival||Poway High School|
Ramona High School (RHS) is located in Ramona, California. Ramona High is a member of the Ramona City Unified School District and serves the communities of Ramona, San Diego Country Estates, and citizens of the surrounding rural area as well as small numbers of people from Santa Ysabel and Julian.
Throughout most of the 1800s Ramona consisted of many one room schools that served students of many different ages. As the population of Ramona began to rapidly grow in the late nineteenth century, the need for a high school arose. Ramona High School was first established in 1894 holding classes in the attic of the Ramona Town Hall. The conditions of this location proved to be far too uncomfortable which led to a bell tower like building being constructed on 9th and D Street which would serve as the Ramona High School Campus from 1898-1911. In 1912 another building was constructed on 9th street adjacent to the football field, this building would hold Ramona High School classes from 1912-1936. From 1936-1969 Ramona High School classes were held in a larger building also facing ninth street, this building currently serves as the John H. Wilson Administrative center. From 1969 to present, classes have been held on the much larger Ramona High School campus on Hanson Lane Road.
The school is composed of around 2,000 students, with a demographic breakdown of about 52% Hispanic, 43% Caucasian, 4% African American, and about 1% of other races
The school boasts a successful Varsity sports program which includes: Football, Boys' Water Polo, Girls' Volleyball, Cross Country, Girls' Golf, Girls' Tennis, Girls'Basketball, Girls' Basketball, Wrestling, Boys' Soccer, Girls' Soccer, Girls' Water Polo, Track & Field, Swim & Dive, Cheer & Song, Boys' Volleyball, Boys' Golf, Boys' Tennis, Baseball, Girls' Lacrosse, and Softball. RHS also has a Choir, Marching band, and Navy JROTC program.
The school once had a prominent basketball program. John H. Wilson coached the boys basketball team from 1917-1934. Barely being able to field even 5 players, Wilson turned Ramona into one of the better programs in the league. Competing (And often winning against) much larger high schools such as Escondido, Fallbrook, San Diego and Coronado.
The school offers a number of AP Courses including AP Calculus, AP English, AP US History, AP European History, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Art History and AP Economics. According to the LA Times, the average SAT score at Ramona High School was 1551 out of a possible 2400 for the 2011-2012 academic school year. The Class of 2014 saw 26 students admitted to a University of California Campus, 15 enrolled.
The school has a marching band, who go by the name "The Royal Alliance Band and Guard". The current director of the band is Arturo Ruiz who joined the band in 2016. The previous director was Max Lowe, who directed the band for 2015, and Zachary Christy, who directed the band for 2014. Under his direction, the band broke their previous record in parade band competition, earning first place at every parade competition. The band was recognized for its many successes during Christy's year at the helm. Prior to Christy, Daniel S. James directed the band from 2003 - 2014. The Royal Alliance competes in tournaments/competitions hosted by the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) and the Marching Band Open Series (MBOS) all around Southern California, along with playing pep-tunes and half-time shows for home Varsity football games at the high school. The Royal Alliance has brought home the 1st place championship in MBOS twice. At the end of the fall "marching" season, which is usually mid way though November of the school year, the band transitions into the Ramona High School Symphonic Band. They then participate in festivals hosted by the SCSBOA all around Southern California. They brought home many "Unanimous Superior" ratings at these festivals.
The school's color guard is also known for its outstanding talent. During the 2011 Winter Guard Season, they have brought home three 2nd-place trophies,one 3rd-place trophy, and 1 first-place trophy. The coaches for their color guard are the well known Jim and Melissa Barton, who created the West Coast Winter Guard circuit for the Winter guard season.
- Nick Vincent (baseball), Major League Baseball Pitcher for the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners
- Travis Knight (basketball), Center for the University of Connecticut and the Boston Celtics