Ramstein High School

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Ramstein High School
Ramstein Royals front sign.jpg
Royals sign near front of school
Ramstein Airbase
Coordinates 49°26′47″N 7°34′29″E / 49.446428°N 7.574607°E / 49.446428; 7.574607Coordinates: 49°26′47″N 7°34′29″E / 49.446428°N 7.574607°E / 49.446428; 7.574607
Type DoDDS Secondary
School district DoDDS Kaiserslautern district
Principal Sharon O'Donnell
Faculty approx. 80
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1057 (in 2008)
Number of students 900-1100
Campus size Medium
Color(s) Red and blue
Mascot Royals (Lion)
Assistant Principal Daniel Petritz
Assistant Principal Patricia Jorgenson

Ramstein American High School (or RHS) is a Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) high school in the Kaiserslautern district, Germany, which serves the European portion of DoDDS. Their mascot is the Royal, a lion with a crown.

Ramstein American High School is located on Ramstein Air Base (RAB) which is just outside Kaiserslautern, Germany. The Kaiserslautern Military Community (KMC), which RAB is a part of, has an approximate population of 53,000 Americans, the largest concentration of United States Military outside of the United States.

The school population was at 1,057 students for school year 2007-08. There was an attempt at downsizing the school for the 2008-09 school year to approximately 850 students. However, this attempt failed with the new school population being above that of last years.


Ramstein HS is accredited by the North Central Association for Accreditation. Every five years the school is visited by North Central to assess the success of the school's individual school improvement plan. The professional and auxiliary staff members at school complete an in-depth report which addresses one affective and one cognitive area that the school has chosen to address in an outcomes based school improvement plan. This self-study is submitted to the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools for their review and evaluation.

Over the years Ramstein HS has been visited by the North Central Association and as a result has been recommended for outcomes-based accreditation. In addition to the accreditation visits, annual reports are submitted to the NCA, which serves as an update for the original self-study.


There is interscholastic competition for boys and girls during the three seasons. A physical examination each year is required to tryout, practice or play. All students have to maintain academic eligibility in order to participate in the athletics program.[1]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Each club elects at least one position (Senator) and may select up to six (Secretary, Vice President, President, etc.)

  • Freshman class
  • Sophomore class
  • Junior class
  • Senior class
  • National Honors Society*
  • German Honors Society*
  • Spanish Honors Society*
  • French Honors Society*
  • French Club
  • German Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Model U.S. Senate
  • Multicutural Club
  • F.E.A. (Future Educators Association/of America)
  • Yearbook (also offered as class)
  • Student Council*
  • Apathy Club
  • Varsity Club*
  • Royals Dance Team (Step Team)*
  • Beyond Borders
  • Outdoor Club
  • FBLA (Future Business Leader of America)
  • International Thespian Society*
  • Model United Nations
  • JROTC Drill Team*
  • F.C.A. (Fellowship of Christian Athletes)
*: Denotes entrance requirement

Advanced Classes[edit]

In the past, Honors classes were considered "combined grades" classes where both the Honors History and Literature grades are averaged together and given as one grade, however in 2014 Honors History and Literature classes were separated and given individual grades.

The AP classes are also weighted grades on a students GPA.


Ramstein High School offers music classes for students to join. The three main performing bands are: Concert Winds, Varsity Band, and Jazz Band. As of the 2008 school year, the music program has expanded to include such as classes as piano, guitar, and big band.

All students are offered the chance to tryout for the DoDDS Europe Music Festival (a.k.a. Honor Band) and DoDDS All Jazz Music Festival. Students in the Concert Winds and Jazz Bands tryout for their respective festivals.

Although lacking a marching band, the Ramstein Concert Winds as a "Pep" Band during the home games for the Ramstein Royals Football Team.

The Ramstein bands have been acclaimed Europe-wide with almost 50% of the band making the Honors festivals.

Ramstein choral classes are Beginning, Advanced Choir and Show Choir (who participate in the Honors Choir Festivals).

School song[edit]

Oh Ramstein High an inspiration

How our hearts with pride are swelling

Our standards high, our banners waving

All hail the red, the white, the blue

Hold high the red for it is courage

Blue for loyalty and truth

White proclaims the royal’s honor

To you we hail, Ramstein

Feeding schools[edit]

The following schools feed into Ramstein High School either directly or indirectly:

  • Landstuhl Elementary/Middle School (indir.)
  • Ramstein Elementary School (indir.)
  • Ramstein Intermediate School (indir.)
  • Ramstein Middle School (dir.)


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