Ramsey High School (New Jersey)

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Ramsey High School
Ramsey High School is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Ramsey High School
Ramsey High School
Ramsey High School is located in New Jersey
Ramsey High School
Ramsey High School
Ramsey High School is located in USA
Ramsey High School
Ramsey High School
Main Street and Island Avenue
Ramsey, NJ 07446
Type Public high school
Established 1909
School district Ramsey Public School District
Principal Dr. Michael J. Thumm
Asst. principal Andrew Herre
Faculty 90.9 (on FTE basis)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 924[1] (as of 2013-14)
Student to teacher ratio 10.2:1[1]
Color(s)      Blue and
Athletics conference Big North Conference
Team name Rams[2]
Rival Mahwah High School

Ramsey High School, established in 1909, is a four-year comprehensive community public high school serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from Ramsey, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as the lone secondary school of the Ramsey Public School District. Students from Saddle River attend the district's middle school and then have the option of attending either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands Regional High School as part of sending/receiving relationships with each of the respective districts.[3][4][5][6]

As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 924 students and 90.9 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 10.2:1. There were 25 students (2.7% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 10 (1.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Ramsey High School is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Education.


The first class to graduate from Ramsey was the class of 1908, and they went to school in the current Borough 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.

With baby boomers filling the school beyond capacity, the school informed its sending districts of Franklin Lakes and Wyckoff that it would no longer accept students from those two communities at the high school beyond the 1956-57 school year, with the two communities joining Oakland to form the Ramapo Indian Hills Regional High School District, which opened its doors in 1957 at Ramapo High School.[7]

Awards, Recognition, and Rankings[edit]

The school was the 22nd-ranked public high school in New Jersey out of 339 schools statewide in New Jersey Monthly magazine's September 2014 cover story on the state's "Top Public High Schools", using a new ranking methodology.[8] The school had been ranked 30th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 33rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 13th in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 27th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[11] Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 29th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 14 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (93.2%) and language arts literacy (99.1%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[12]

In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 805th in the nation among participating public high schools and 58th among schools in New Jersey.[13]

In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 61st in New Jersey and 1,743rd nationwide.[14] Ramsey High School was recognized by Newsweek magazine as one of the top 500 high schools in the nation.

In 2010, on New Jersey's High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA), 97.2% of 2010 graduates scored at the proficient or advanced proficient level on the math section, while 98.6% of Ramsey High School students scored at the proficient or advanced proficient levels on the language arts sections of the test. 93% of Ramsey High School's 2010 graduating class took the SAT. Student scores exceeded state averages, with those taking the exam averaging 563 on the math section (vs. 520 for all test takers in New Jersey), 576 on the verbal section (vs. 515) and scored 515 on the essay portion of the exam (vs. 515 statewide).[15]

Programs and curriculum[edit]

Programs at Ramsey High School include the following:

Diploma requirements[edit]

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).

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Marching Band[edit]

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. The band also won 7th place in Group 4 at the Atlantic Coast Championship held in Hersheypark Stadium in November 2011.[16] The band is under the direction of Clifford Bialkin. In 2015, Big Blue won 5th place at the Atlantic Coast Championships. The band was invited to play in the 2015-2016 New Year's Day Parade in Rome, Italy.


The Ramsey High School Rams[2] compete in the Big North Conference, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[17] With 720 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2014-15 school year as North I, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 481 to 749 students in that grade range.[18] Prior to the 2010 realignment, the school participated in the North Bergen Interscholastic Athletic League (NBIL/NBIAL).[19] Most sports have 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.)

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. Sports offered include:[2]

  • Fall sports teams: Football, Soccer (boys), Soccer (girls), Cross country (boys), Cross country (girls), Field hockey, Tennis (girls), Volleyball (girls), Cheerleading and Marching Band
  • Winter sports teams: Basketball (boys), Basketball (girls), Bowling (boys)*, Bowling (girls)*, Track (boys)*, Track (girls)*, Ice hockey, Swimming (boys)*, Swimming (girls)* Wrestling, Winter percussion, and Winter guard
  • 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:[20]

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.[35] 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.[36][37]

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.[38] In 2009 the Rams football team went 10-2 and won their second NJSIAA North I Group II football championship with a 36-10 victory over River Dell High School.[39]

Notable alumni[edit]

Fallen heroes[edit]

In a five-year span, three Ramsey High School graduates who were serving in the United States Armed Forces were killed while serving: Corporal Michael Jankiewicz (Class of 2006), Staff Sgt. Eric Christian (Class of 1993), and Staff Sgt. Timothy McGill (Class of 2001).[42]


Core members of the school's administration are:[43]

  • Dr. Michael J. Thumm, Principal[44]
  • Andrew Herre, Assistant Principal[45]


  1. ^ a b c d School Data for Ramsey High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 24, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d Ramsey High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 24, 2015.
  3. ^ Staff. "Tuition to rise $219 under new contract", Town Journal, November 19, 2009. Accessed August 22, 2011. "With no high school in the borough, Saddle River students have the option of enrolling in either Ramsey High School or Northern Highlands. The new deal replaces the previous agreement that covered 1998 to 2008."
  4. ^ Ramsey Public Schools 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 1, 2016. "In addition to serving the residents of Ramsey, the District educates the students of Saddle River in grades 6-12 through a send-receive relationship."
  5. ^ Ramsey Schools Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Following graduation from Fifth grade, students enter Eric Smith Middle School in Ramsey, New Jersey. Upon graduation from Eighth grade students may attend Ramsey High School."
  6. ^ Northern Highlands High School Overview, Saddle River School District. Accessed April 12, 2011. "Northern Highlands High School is located in Allendale New Jersey and is one of the two high schools Saddle River students may elect to attend."
  7. ^ Staff. "ENROLLMENTS TAX SCHOOLS IN BERGEN; Auxiliary Rooms Are Being Converted for Classes and Construction Is Pushed", The New York Times, September 4, 1954. Accessed December 24, 2013. "How soon this plant will be ready is problematical, but there is pressure in the fact that Wyckoff and Franklin Lakes students will not be accepted at Ramsey High School after the fall of 1956."
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed October 9, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed August 22, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Schooldigger.com. Accessed February 25, 2012.
  13. ^ Streib, Lauren. "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast, May 6, 2013. Accessed May 9, 2013.
  14. ^ Mathews, Jay. "The High School Challenge 2011: Ramsey High School", The Washington Post. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  15. ^ Ramsey High School 2010 School Report Card, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed September 11, 2011.
  16. ^ Atlantic Coast Group 4 Championship @ Hershey Park Stadium - Sunday November 06, 2011, Tournament of Bands and again, in 7th place, in 2012. Accessed April 25, 2012.
  17. ^ League Memberships – 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  18. ^ 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for North I, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of July 8, 2014. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  19. ^ New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association League Memberships – 2009-2010, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, backed up by the Internet Archive as of July 24, 2011. Accessed November 23, 2014.
  20. ^ State Championship Teams, Ramsey High School. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  21. ^ PUBLIC SCHOOL BOYS PAST STATE CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2012.
  22. ^ History of the NJSIAA Field Hockey Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2012.
  23. ^ a b Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 11, 2011.
  24. ^ Mills, Ed. "H.S. softball: Ramsey wins Group 2 state title, delivers on preseason pact", The Record (Bergen County), June 6, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015. "Sparked by key hits from Novak and Triglia, and another sterling effort from pitcher Katie Olson, Ramsey defeated Robbinsville, 3-0, to claim the Group 2 championship Friday at Kean University's Cougar Field. It was the Rams' first state softball championship since they won the Group 3 final over Cumberland Regional in 1991 and third in the history of the school."
  25. ^ History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2012.
  26. ^ NJSIAA GIRLS VOLLEYBALL GROUP CHAMPIONS, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed April 25, 2012.
  27. ^ HISTORY OF NJSIAA GIRLS SOCCER, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 10, 2011.
  28. ^ Girls Soccer - 2011 NJSIAA Tournament - Group 2 Championship, NJ.com. Accessed September 24, 2015.
  29. ^ Narducci, Marc. "Delran Loses In State Soccer Final The Bears Controlled Most Of The Play In The Group 2 Girls' Title Game, But Ramsey Got The Only Goal.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 19, 2000. Accessed September 11, 2011. "Despite controlling play throughout, Delran suffered a 1-0 defeat to Ramsey in the state Group 2 championship game at the College of New Jersey."
  30. ^ Morris, Tim. "Colonials bid for a title is thwarted in double OT Borough falls 2-1 to Ramsey", News Transcript, November 21, 2011. Accessed September 11, 2011. "That the Colonials' state title bid ended agonizingly in a double-overtime loss to Ramsey, 2-1, Saturday at The College of New Jersey, hardly diminished what the Colonials had achieved."
  31. ^ Moroney, Murphy. "Boys golf: Complete sectional results, 2015", NJ Advance Media, May 11, 2015. Accessed September 21, 2015. "GROUP 2: ROCKLEIGH GOLF CLUB, ROCKLEIGH - TEAMS: 1-Ramsey 295 (Chris Kopack 69, Robert Beers 75, Christian Incardona 75) 2-Ramapo 295 (Matt Collins 75, Stephen Schwab 77, Andrew Scher 79, Ian Lee 79)."
  32. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 27, 2008.
  33. ^ Staff. "Public B Finals: Ramsey 2, Kinnelon 02009 NJSIAA High School Hockey Championships", New Jersey Devils, March 21, 2009. Accessed September 11, 2011. "Ramsey's Matt Braun made 40 saves Saturday to shut out Kinnelon, 2-0, in the Public B title game at Prudential Center.... In its first trip to the New Jersey Devils/NJSIAA Championships presented by Chase, Ramsey became the first Bergen County school to capture a state title."
  34. ^ Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 22, 2015.
  35. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - North I, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 13, 2007.
  36. ^ 2007 Boys Soccer - Public Semis/Finals, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  37. ^ Schutta, Gregory. "Ramsey savors first state championship", The Record (Bergen County), November 18, 2007. Accessed November 24, 2007.
  38. ^ Hague, Jim. "Red Wings suffer heartbreaking loss: Drop a 7-6 decision to Ramsey in Group II finale", Hudson Reporter, December 13, 2002. Accessed September 11, 2011. "The final outcome was not even imaginable. It was supposed to be destiny that Hoboken would win the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 1, Group II state football championship last Sunday. Everything had fallen into place for the Red Wings.... However, that's not what happened. Sometimes, destiny plays funny tricks on even the surest of events. Sometimes, things don't go quite according to plan. Ramsey pulled off the unthinkable and shocked the Red Wings, 7-6."
  39. ^ Kinney, Mike. "Ramsey 36, River Dell 10", The Star-Ledger, December 4, 2009. Accessed September 11, 2011. "Paced by the brilliant running of senior halfback Zach Donnarumma, Ramsey shook off a long TD run by River Dell on the game's second play, rolling to a 36-10 victory last night for the NJSIAA/Gatorade North Jersey, Section 1, Group 2 championship before a crowd of 8,018 at Giants Stadium."
  40. ^ Staff. "Dr. John G. Hewson Obituary", The Times (Trenton), July 8, 2012. Accessed December 20, 2013. "Born on Sept. 7, 1924 in Waldwick, NJ, to the late Garrett Lloyd and Bertha Hewson, Dr. Hewson was a graduate of Ramsey High School in Ramsey, NJ, and later attended Muhlenberg, Bucknell and Temple universities as part of the V-12 program during World War II."
  41. ^ Dazio, Stefanie. "Saddle River's Caroline Pennell advances to next round of The Voice", The Record (Bergen County), November 25, 2013. Accessed June 27, 2016. "Ramsey High School held a viewing party of senior Caroline Pennell's performance on The Voice last week."
  42. ^ Carrera, Catherine. "Ramsey honors fallen Staff Sgt. Timothy Raymond McGill with homecoming", Ramsey Suburban News, October 3, 2013. Accessed November 24, 2015. "'I sure hope this is the last procession we have to do,' Botta said, referring to memorial processions the borough has witnessed for fallen Marine Staff Sgt. Eric D. Christian, 39, and Army Ranger Michael Jankiewicz, 23, both graduates of the high school also killed while serving in Afghanistan."
  43. ^ School of Attendance, Ramsey High School. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  44. ^ Principal's Page, Ramsey High School. Accessed September 21, 2015.
  45. ^ Assistant Principal's Page, Ramsey High School. Accessed September 21, 2015.

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