Rockville High School (Maryland)

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Coordinates: 39°05′07″N 77°07′04″W / 39.085396°N 77.117693°W / 39.085396; -77.117693

Rockville High School
RockvilleHS 2006.jpg
2100 Baltimore Road, Rockville, Maryland 20851
Type Public
Motto One School. One World. One Future.
Opened 1968
School district Montgomery County Public Schools
School number 230
Principal Ms. Billie-Jean Benson
Assistant School Administrator Ms. Monica Abuliak
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,243[1]

Orange, Black, and White

Fight song Hats Off to Thee, Come On Let's Fight
Mascot Ram
Rival Richard Montgomery High School
Newspaper The Rampage
Yearbook Aries
This article is about the school of that name founded in 1968. For the school formerly known by that name founded in 1892, see Richard Montgomery High School.

Rockville High School (RHS) is a four-year high school in Rockville, Maryland, United States. The school was founded in 1968 and its current building was completed in August 2004. Rockville High School is based in Montgomery County, Maryland. As of 2009, enrollment was 1,243 students.[1][2] Earle B. Wood Middle School is the only feeder school for Rockville High School.

The original building underwent renovation starting in the 2002-2003 school year, and was completed by the start of the 2004-2005 school year. During the two years of renovation, RHS students attended Northwood High School.

Rockville High School is the only high school in Maryland that has a pipe band; the band originated at nearby Robert E. Peary High School in 1961 and moved to RHS when Peary High closed in 1984.[3]

Journalism Academy[edit]

The Journalism Academy provides a positive and challenging learning environment that contributes to the high expectations for academic excellence and lifelong learning. Students can explore the world of journalism and improve their writing skills in a fast-paced, hands-on and supportive environment. The academy offers 8 different courses that students can take which include Journalism, TV and Radio Production, and Yearbook. Most academy members take an average three AP courses and are also heavily involved in extra-curricular activities. Academy students work in the community, workplace, and the school cluster to disseminate effective, well-researched, exciting productions across the journalism spectrum.[4]


The Journalism Academy and Rockville Rampage have won numerous awards over the years for journalistic excellence. Rockville was the National Winner in the "High School Publication" category of the 2005, 2007, and 2010 Student Publishing Awards and students were invited to meet Vice President Joe Biden in honor of their award.[5] Rockville won the Gold Crown for high school newspapers in 2010, the Silver Crown in 2006 and 2007, the Silver Crown in online journalism in 2009 and 2010 and numerous Golden Circle awards.[6][7] The Rampage in 2007 won the National Pacemaker award and in 2006 and 2010 was a finalist in the online category.[8] The Echoes literary magazine and The Rampage both won the 2009 American Scholastic Press Association publication awards in their respective categories.[9] In 2009 Rockville was the only high school in the nation to receive press passes to the inauguration of president Obama. In 2008 two students received the Courage in Journalism Award for publishing a package of stories about gangs and violence.[10]

Alleged March 2017 sexual assault[edit]

On March 16, 2017, a fourteen year old female student was allegedly forced into a bathroom in the school and raped, sodomized, and forced to perform oral sex by two fellow students, both also in the 9th grade.[11][12][13][14] The two alleged perpetrators, Henry E. Sanchez-Milian, 18, and Jose O. Montano, 17, were in the country illegally;[15] the former from Guatemala and the latter from El Salvador.[12] Rockville H.S. has a policy of placing students in the relevant grade based on academic achievement rather than by age.[16] Sanchez-Milian was apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol in August 2016 in the Rio Grande Valley border area of Texas, and it was determined that he entered the country illegally from Mexico;[11][12] he was subsequently released and ordered to appear before an immigration judge although the hearing had not yet been scheduled.[12][17] The Border Patrol agent had the authority to detain Sanchez-Milian and send him back across the border but instead chose to release him pending a hearing as he did not fall into a priority category for deportation.[18] Maryland Governor Larry Hogan accused the school system of "withholding information from the Maryland State Board of Education about the rape and the students involved."[19] Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith told reporters the 18-year-old student was enrolled in a class with younger students because he deserved the "best services for his needs"[18] and condemned the surge of racist, anti-immigrant sentiment because of the incident stating: "That is not the community I moved to last summer. It is not the community I want to live in."[20] The system is legally prohibited from denying education based on immigration status.[20]

Clubs and extra curricular activities[edit]

  • Academic Bowl
  • Ambassadors
  • Ascend
  • Asian American Club
  • Basketball Pep Band(Music Related)
  • Best Buddies
  • Book Club
  • Chess Club
  • Debate Team
  • Drama Club
  • Echoes: Literary Magazine
  • Equestrian Club
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Fishing Club
  • Forensics Team
  • Future Doctors & Scientists
  • Gay-Straight Alliance
  • Green Club
  • Hispanic Club
  • Horizons Club
  • Homework Club
  • Improv Comedy Club
  • International Thespian Society
  • It's Academic
  • Jewish Student Club
  • Key Club
  • Latin Dance Team
  • Math Team
  • Marching Band(Music Related)
  • Mock Trial
  • National Art Honor Society(NAHS)
  • National Honors Society(NHS)
  • Photo Club
  • Physics Club
  • Pipe Band(Music Related)
  • Programming Club
  • Students Against Destructive Decisions(SADD)
  • Science Fair
  • Seven CLub
  • Ski and Snowboard Club
  • Spanish Honors Society(SHS)
  • Student Government Association
  • The Rockville Steppers
  • Yearbook(Class)
  • Young Changemakers

Sports teams[edit]

  • Allied Soft Ball (CoEd, Varsity)
  • Baseball (Jv and Varsity)
  • Basketball (Boys' and Girls', Jv and Varsity)
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Field Hockey (Jv and Varsity)
  • Football (Jv and Varsity)
  • Equestrian Team (Varsity)
  • Golf
  • Indoor Track (CoEd Varsity)
  • Lacrosse (Boys' and Girls', Jv and Varsity)
  • Poms
  • Soccer (Boys' and Girls', Jv and Varsity)
  • Softball (Jv and Varsity)
  • Swimming and Diving (Boys' and Girls', Varsity only)
  • Tennis (Boys' and Girls')
  • Track and Field (Boys' and Girls', Varsity only)
  • Unified Bocceball (CoEd Varsity))
  • Volleyball (Boys' Varsity) (Girls' Jv and Varsity) (CoEd Varsity))
  • Wrestling (Jv and Varsity)

Cluster schools[edit]


  1. ^ a b "School Information". Rockville High School. 2008. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  2. ^ Schools at a Glance, Montgomery County Schools
  3. ^ About the School
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  5. ^ [1]
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  8. ^ NSPA - Contests and Critiques
  9. ^ American Scholastic Press Association
  10. ^ Rockville High School students, principal, adviser win Courage in Journalism Award for gang coverage - SPLC News
  11. ^ a b CNN: "Undocumented immigrant accused in alleged rape of classmate" By Evan Simko-Bednarski and Lauren Del Valle March 21, 2017
  12. ^ a b c d Fox News: "New details emerge in alleged school rape of teen by illegal immigrants" by Malia Zimmerman March 20, 2017
  13. ^ Washington Post: "Two Rockville High students arrested for allegedly raping classmate at school" by Dan Morse and Justin Wm. Moyer March 17, 2017
  14. ^ Washington Post: "Maryland Politics Rockville High rape case draws attention at White House briefing" by Bill Turque, Donna St. George and Ovetta Wiggins March 21, 2017
  15. ^ WJLA: "Local Two Rockville High students arrested for allegedly raping classmate at school" By Dan Morse and Justin Wm. Moyer March 17, 2017
  16. ^ WJLA: "Rape investigation at Rockville HS spurs debate over MCPS policy on immigrants" by Brad Bell March 20th 2017
  17. ^ WUSA 9: "ICE: Md. high school rape suspect entered US illegally" by Debra Alfarone March 20, 2017
  18. ^ a b Fox News: "White House blames Md. school rape on lax border, sanctuary policies" by Malia Zimmerman and Christopher Wallace March 21, 2017
  19. ^ NBC Washington: "Rockville High School Rape an Example of Why President Trump Puts a Priority on Illegal Immigration: Spicer Two students accused of raping another student at Rockville High" By Darcy Spencer and Matthew Stabley March 21, 2017
  20. ^ a b Bethesda Magazine: "Officials: Rockville High Rape Suspects Didn't Share Classes With Freshman Girl - MCPS superintendent condemns surge of racist, anti-immigrant sentiment" by Bethany Rogers March 21, 2017

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