Rancocas Valley Regional High School
|Rancocas Valley Regional High School|
|520 Jacksonville Road
Mount Holly, NJ 08060
|Superintendent||Dr. Chris Heilig|
|Business administrator||Lisa Giovanelli|
|Students and staff|
|Enrollment||2,077 (as of 2014-15)|
|District Factor Group||DE|
|Rancocas Valley Regional High School|
Front of the school campus
|Type||Public high school|
|Principal||Joseph R. Martin|
|Asst. principal||Bill Booth
|Athletics conference||Burlington County Scholastic League|
|Team name||Red Devils|
|Rivals||Cherokee, Northern Trenton|
Rancocas Valley Regional High School is a regional high school and public school district serving students in ninth through twelfth grades from five communities in Burlington County, New Jersey. The district encompasses approximately 40 square miles (100 km2) and comprises the communities of Eastampton Township, Hainesport Township, Lumberton Township, Mount Holly Township and Westampton Township. The school is located in Mount Holly Township. The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1938.
As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,077 students and 110.0 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 18.9:1. There were 437 students (21.0% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 114 (5.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "DE", the fifth highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
Awards, recognition and rankings
The school was the 174th-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. The school had been ranked 255th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 223rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 242nd in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 243rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.
Board of Education
The district's Board of Education consists of nine members: two each from Eastampton, Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton, and one member from Hainesport.
Facilities and programs
The school was built on the ruins of the West Jersey Collegiate Institute, a private school for boys that was abandoned at the time of the Civil War. Mount Holly High School was founded in 1895, and after a vote to establish a regional high school, Rancocas Valley Regional opened its doors in 1937.
Rancocas Valley Regional High School offers a range of college prep, honors, Advanced Placement (AP) courses, business and industrial arts classes. Students can receive college credits by successfully completing specific high school courses through the Burlington County College Accelerated Program (CAP). Rancocas Valley High School offers over 40 clubs and activities.
RVTV is operated out of the school and showcases sporting events, concerts, graduations and student-created programming.
The Rancocas Valley Regional High School Annex on Smithville Road in Eastampton Township is home to the district's business offices and the Functional Life Skills Integrated Program (FLIP), a special education program run by the district. The building formerly housed the Eastampton Middle School.
The Rancocas Valley Regional High School Red Devils compete in the Burlington County Scholastic League (BCSL), which consists of nineteen public and non-public high schools covering Burlington County, Mercer County and Ocean County in central New Jersey, operating under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 1,604 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range. Rancocas Valley competes in the BCSL's Liberty Division. The school's mascot is the Red Devil and its colors are red and white.
The boys' cross country team won the Group III state championship in 1960. With a time of 12:34.4, Carl Budden was the top runner at the Group III championship in 1961.
The football team won the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III state sectional championships in 1987. Just two years earlier, in 1985, the team failed to win a single game. Also, during the 1985 season, Tammy Kaye played in seven games, making her the first female to play for the Rancocas Valley football team.
In the 1990s, the boys' basketball team won the 1996 Group III state championship with a 71-62 win against Henry Snyder High School and won the 1998 Group IV state championship with a 63-43 win against John F. Kennedy High School in the tournament final. In 2008, boys' basketball team won the Central Group IV state sectional championship with a 70-51 win over Trenton Central High School in the tournament final. The team went on to win the Group IV state championship, the programs' third title, with a 55-43 win against Piscataway High School. In 2011, the boys' basketball team added a sectional championship, by beating Jackson Memorial in the Central Jersey Group 4 title game.
The girls' field hockey team won the South Jersey Group III state sectional title in 1992 and the Central Jersey Group IV title in 2006. The team took the Central Jersey Group IV state sectional title with a 2-1 win against Cherokee High School (New Jersey) in the tournament final.
The girls' basketball team won the 2011 Group IV state championship by a 67-52 score in the tournament final against John F. Kennedy High School and won the 2013 Group IV title vs. Eastside High School by a final of 64-45.
In 1998, the boys' spring track team went undefeated for the first time since 1979.
In 2004, the boys' soccer team was Group IV co-champion with Kearny High School in a game that ended in a scoreless tie after regulation and two overtimes. The 2008 boys' soccer team won the Group IV state championship with a 2-0 win over Clifton High School.
The girls' softball team won state championships in 1977 in Group III vs. Ramapo High School, in 1994 in Group III with a 12-0 win vs. Passaic Valley Regional High School and in 2005 in Group IV with a 2-0 win vs. J.P. Stevens High School. The softball team won the 2007 Central, Group IV state sectional championship, edging Manalapan High School 1-0 in the tournament final.
The school is represented by an ice hockey team in Varsity Tier I of the South Jersey High School Ice Hockey League.
Rancocas Valley is the home of the Rancocas Valley Regional High School dance team, which has been in existence since 1999 and is the only high school dance team in South Jersey. The team prepares two elite dances every year for their competitions and to perform at basketball games. The team hosts the Reach For The Stars Dance Show in January of every year for the community. Over the course of the year, the team competes in 4 to 5 competitions. One of those competitions is the New Jersey state championship. In the years 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, and 2015, the dance team has taken first place in both their Team Performance, and their Kick routine. Every year the team raises money for their trip to Florida to compete in the National Dance Alliance (NDA) National Dance Competition. The team dances amongst and against the best dance teams in the country. In 2010 the team took 1st place in their Circus-themed High Kick Routine. This was the first National Championship the team has ever won. In 2011 the team took 1st place again with their Time-themed Team Performance routine. In 2014, the team won its third National Championship, by winning the Small Varsity Kick division.
In 2004, the RVRHS marching band won their first Group 3 National Championship Title in Allentown, PA for their piece "Pandora's Box". In 2009, The Marching Band won first place at the USSBA Group 3 Open National Championships with a score of 97.2 and came in first place at the USSBA Group 3 Open State Competition. These mark the highest accolades that the Rancocas Valley Marching Band have ever received. The band also won state championships in 2010 in Group 3 Open with a score of 91.825 and receiving the captions best color guard, best music, best overall effect, and best visual. On October 30, 2010 the band won first place at the Northern States Competition in Allentown, PA with a score of 95.900, also receiving caption awards for best percussion, best colorguard, best music, and best overall effect. They beat many group 3 Open bands from around the region, in states such as New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, New York, Virginia,etc. On November 7, 2010 the band won yet again and took home the title for USSBA Group 3 Open National champions with a score of 97.8. They also received best color guard, best music, and best overall effect. The Red Devil marching band took home a caption of best music, as well as The Cadets award of excellence at New Jersey state championships on October 18, 2014 at High Point Solutions Stadium.
- Christopher Heilig, Superintendent
- Lisa Giovanelli, Business Administrator / Board Secretary
- Joseph R. Martin, Principal
- William Connolly, Director of Curriculum & Instruction
- Mike Donnelly, Director of Student Services
- Letti Branin, Assistant Principal
- Bill Booth, Assistant Principal
- Ron Wence, Assistant Principal
Some of the notable alumni from Rancocas Valley include:
- Pat Fidelia (born 1959), former professional soccer player.
- Ryan Finley (born 1991), professional soccer player.
- Irving Fryar (born 1962), professional football player who played for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- Ron Gassert (born 1940, class of 1957), professional football player who played for the Green Bay Packers.
- Franco Harris (born 1950, class of 1968), Hall of Fame NFL Running back who spent most of his career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, where he led the team to four Super Bowl victories.
- Pete Harris (1956–2006), All-America in football player at Penn State University; younger brother of Franco Harris.
- Ben Ijalana (born 1989), offensive guard for the New York Jets since 2013 who played collegiately for the Villanova Wildcats football team.
- Leigh Jaynes, freestyle wrestler.
- Barbara (Tidswell) Park (1947-2013, class of 1965), best-selling author of the "Junie B. Jones" series of children's books.
- Alonzo Spellman (born 1971), former National Football League defensive tackle who was a 1st-round draft pick, who also played in Arena Football League.
- DeMya Walker (born 1977), professional basketball player, who has played for the Sacramento Monarchs in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA).
- Kelsi Worrell (born 1994; class of 2012), competition swimmer specializing in the butterfly who won a gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in the women's 4x100 medley relay.
- School data for Rancocas Valley Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- Taxpayers' Guide to Education Spending April 2013, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed April 15, 2013.
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- Rancocas Valley Regional High School District 2015 Report Card Narrative, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed June 1, 2016. "The Rancocas Valley Regional High School (RVRHS) District serves five sending districts covering approximately 40 square miles in Burlington County: Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mount Holly and Westampton. RVRHS is situated on a picturesque campus in Mount Holly, the county seat."
- Staff. "Regional School Districts", Burlington County Times, April 26, 2015. Accessed June 1, 2016. "RANCOCAS VALLEY REGIONAL - Serves: Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mount Holly, Westampton"
- History of the School, Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Accessed June 1, 2016. "The district encompasses approximately 40 square miles (100 km2) and comprises the townships of Eastampton, Hainesport, Lumberton, Mount Holly, and Westampton."
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- NJ Department of Education District Factor Groups (DFG) for School Districts, New Jersey Department of Education. Accessed November 23, 2014.
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- 2014-2015 Public Schools Group Classification: ShopRite Cup–Basketball–Baseball–Softball for South Jersey, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
- 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 19, 2017.
- Goldberg, Jeff. NJSIAA Football Playoff Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 19, 2015.
- McKee, Don "Rancocas Valley Set To Defend Its Title.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, September 18, 1988. Accessed March 25, 2014.
- Narducci, Marc. "Rancocas Valley Stages Big Finish To Bring Home First State Crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 1, 1996. Accessed October 1, 2015. "A championship-caliber fourth quarter that included few misses and plenty of clutch shots gave Rancocas Valley its first state basketball title last night. Rancocas Valley missed just one shot from the floor and one from the foul line in the fourth quarter, surging to a 71-62 victory over Snyder of Jersey City in the state Group 3 final."
- Narducci, Marc. "A Gamble Paid Off For Rancocas Valley Fifteen Years Ago, It Hired A Hesitant Ron Powell As Boys' Basketball Coach. He Has Filled The Bill.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 18, 1998. Accessed October 1, 2015. "The Red Devils are 26-3 this season and ranked No. 2 in South Jersey by The Inquirer. On Sunday, they defeated JFK of Paterson, 63-43, in the state Group 4 final. It was the second state title in three years for Rancocas Valley, which was the Group 3 champion in 1996."
- 2008 Boys Basketball - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed March 12, 2008.
- Ryan, Thomas. "Rancocas Valley boys win sectional title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 4, 2008. Accessed March 12, 2008.
- Carchidi, Sam. "Red Devils finish with a flourish Rancocas Valley came up big with a 23-9 fourth quarter to put away Piscataway.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 10, 2008. Accessed October 1, 2015. "Rancocas, No. 1 in The Inquirer's South Jersey rankings, received 20 points from 6-foot-6 junior forward Mike Bersch and a strong all-around performance from senior guard Mustafa El-Amin as it rallied past Piscataway, 55-43, and won the NJSIAA Group 4 state title at the Rutgers Athletic Center."
- Christie, Sherlon. "Boys: Rancocas Valley makes it a long night for Jackson Memorial", Asbury Park Press, March 7, 2011. Accessed December 5, 2015. "Unfortunately for the Jaguars, their matchup against Rancocas Valley turned into a long night in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group IV title game.Junior guard Tariq Jett scored a game-high 15 points and junior forward Dom Twitty added 13 points as the Red Devils defeated the Jaguars, 61-36, to capture the CJ IV title Monday at Jackson Memorial."
- 2015 NJSIAA Field Hockey Tournament of Champions Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 2, 2015.
- 2006 Field Hockey Tournament - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed July 31, 2007.
- Melchiorre, Chris. "Rancocas Valley girls capture Group 4 state crown", The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 13, 2011. Accessed October 1, 2015. "Logan's bucket set off a 24-6 run and sent RV (30-1) home with the program's first state title in a 67-52 win over Paterson Kennedy (22-5) for the Group 4 championship at the Poland Springs Arena."
- Hughes, Connor. "GIRLS BASKETBALL: RANCOCAS VALLEY 64, PATERSON EASTSIDE 45 Rancocas Valley regains state Group 4 crown", Burlington County Times, March 11, 2013. Accessed October 1, 2015. "The Red Devils' 64-45 victory Sunday over Paterson Eastside for the NJSIAA Group 4 championship at Toms River North — the second state title for R.V. in three years — may have fans searching for another description."
- Basketball State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
- Sugiura, Ken. "Team Balance Key To Red Devils' Rise To Division Throne Rancocas Valley Has Put It All Together. Leaders Are Hurdler Edgar Gantt And Sprinter Terrance Howard.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 15, 1998. Accessed August 17, 2011.
- Pompey, Keith. "Red Devils settle for shared title", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 20, 2004. Accessed June 22, 2011. "The Rancocas Valley boys' soccer team headed to The College of New Jersey looking to win the NJSIAA Group 4 state championship. And that's what the Red Devils did - sort of. Rancocas Valley and Kearny were named co-champions last night after the squads played through a scoreless regulation and two 10-minute overtimes."
- Staff. "Rancocas Valley No. 1 in soccer", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 27, 2008. Accessed June 1, 2011. "The Rancocas Valley boys' soccer team began the preseason as The Inquirer's No. 1 South Jersey team and never moved off that perch. The Red Devils finished as the top team after beating Clifton, 2-0, in the state Group 4 championship."
- 2015 Soccer Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed January 19, 2017.
- History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
- Hoffman, Bob. "Rancocas Valley Captures State Title The Red Devils Scored Five Runs In The First Against Passaic Valley. They Breezed To A 12-0 Victory.", The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 12, 1994. Accessed October 1, 2015. "Obviously that was a good sign for the Red Devils, who proceeded to pummel Passaic Valley, 12-0, in the state Group 3 softball championship, at Toms River North.The Devils scored five first-inning runs and breezed to their first state title since winning Group 4 in 1977. Rancocas Valley, ranked No. 1 in South Jersey by The Inquirer, finished its season 26-1."
- Layton, Shawn. "Stevens' memorable run ends one win shy of title", Sentinel, June 14, 2005. Accessed October 1, 2015. "The J.P. Stevens High School softball team did not have an answer for the right arm of Lisa Sweeney of Rancocas Valley in the NJSIAA Group IV championship game this weekend in Toms River. Sweeney and Rancocas Valley took home the Group IV title with a 2-0 victory."
- History of the NJSIAA Softball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 1, 2015.
- 2007 Softball - Central, Group IV, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 11, 2007.
- Krebs, Rose. "Rancocas Valley Dance Team wins national championship", Burlington County Times, March 21, 2011. Accessed April 5, 2011. "The Rancocas Valley High School Dance Team was once again placed first at the National Dance Alliance's national championship in Orlando, Fla. on March 12–13."
- Dance Team, Rancocas Valley Regional High School. Accessed August 19, 2014.
- Goebel, Caryn. "Champions named in final Nationals, Northern States shows", USSBA, November 7, 2010. Accessed August 17, 2011. "Congratulations go out to our Group VI and III USSBA National Champions:George Walton High School - Group VI, Rancocas Valley Regional High School - Group III"
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- Westcott, Rich. Veterans Stadium: field of memories, p. 189. Temple University Press, 2005. ISBN 1-59213-428-9. Accessed February 14, 2011.
- Staff. "SOCCER / U-17 Barons tie Inter Milan 1-1", The Press of Atlantic City, August 23, 2008. Accessed November 26, 2013. "Ryan Finley, a Lumberton resident and Rancocas Valley High School student, scored for the Barons 30 minutes into the game to make it 1-1."
- Livingston, Bill. "MAN IN MOTION - FRYAR'S SHIFTINESS MAKES HIM A NEBRASKA GAME-BREAKER", The Philadelphia Inquirer, August 30, 1983. Accessed June 11, 2007. "We will join Irving Fryar in progress, which happened to be his usual state last night in Nebraska's 44-6 victory over Penn State at Giants Stadium: Having just taken a quick screen pass two yards (2 m) upfield from quarterback Turner Gill in the third quarter, Fryar, the Nebraska wingback from Rancocas Valley High, ducked behind a sceening [sic] block by a lineman and then he was off."
- Callahan, Kevin. "RV grad shines on, off the football field", Courier-Post, September 7, 2005. Accessed February 13, 2011. "Ron Gassert, 65, starred at Rancocas Valley High School and then the University of Virginia."
- Ron Gassert's biography
- Franco Harris: From Mt. Holly to the Hall of Fame..., New Jersey LifeStyle, accessed December 21, 2006. "Harris grew up in a family of nine children in Mt. Holly, near the Fort Dix Army base, and starred at Rancocas Valley Regional High School."
- "Pete Harris, former Penn State safety, dead at 49", Philadelphia Daily News, August 15, 2006. Accessed June 24, 2008. "Harris played football, basketball and baseball at Rancocas Valley High in South Jersey."
- Vogeding, John. "Bloomsburg's Cooper gets defensive honor", Courier-Post, November 3, 2007. Accessed February 14, 2011. "Freshman Benjamin Ijalana (Rancocas Valley) is starting at offensive tackle for the 5-3 Wildcats."
- Politi, Steve. "The story of N.J. Olympic hopeful Leigh Jaynes-Provisor will inspire you", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, August 9, 2015. Accessed August 8, 2016. "Her wrestling career started with a dare. Leigh Jaynes-Provisor was on a backpacking trip with a youth group when a popular coach at Rancocas Valley Regional High issued a challenge that would change her life and set her on a path to the Olympics."
- Junie B. Jones: About Barbara Park, accessed December 21, 2006. "[Q:] Where did you go to high school? [A:] I went to Rancocas Valley Regional High School (RVRHS) in Mt. Holly, NJ. I loved that high school, I tell you!"
- Garber, Greg. "Spellman returns to football after addressing disorder", ESPN.com, June 9, 2006. Accessed June 11, 2007. "The video of his junior and senior seasons at Rancocas Valley Regional High School in Mount Holly, N.J., is, frankly, amazing. Spellman, a head taller than most of the other players, virtually engulfs opposing runners. He seems to almost absorb them into his imposing body."
- DeMya Walker player profile, WNBA. Accessed June 11, 2007. "Established a Rancocas Valley High School record for career rebounds (851), rebound average (14.2 rpg), most rebounds in a game (29), points in a season (675), and career points (1,546)"
- Kelsi Worrell, USA Swimming. Accessed December 14, 2015. "Birthplace: Voorhees, N.J. Hometown: Westampton, N.J. High School: Rancocas Valley Regional High School (Mt. Holly, N.J.) '12"
- Rancocas Valley Regional High School
- Rancocas Valley Regional High School's 2014–15 School Report Card from the New Jersey Department of Education
- Data for Rancocas Valley Regional High School, National Center for Education Statistics
- Rancocas Valley Regional High School Instrumental Music Programs
- Online Alumni Community