Rutherford High School (New Jersey)

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Rutherford High School
Rutherford High School is located in Bergen County, New Jersey
Rutherford High School
Rutherford High School
Rutherford High School is located in New Jersey
Rutherford High School
Rutherford High School
Rutherford High School is located in the United States
Rutherford High School
Rutherford High School
56 Elliott Place


United States
Coordinates40°49′42″N 74°06′30″W / 40.828407°N 74.108466°W / 40.828407; -74.108466Coordinates: 40°49′42″N 74°06′30″W / 40.828407°N 74.108466°W / 40.828407; -74.108466
TypePublic high school
PrincipalFrank Morano
Faculty67.3 FTEs[1]
Enrollment750 (as of 2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio11.2:1[1]
Color(s)     Navy blue and
Athletics conferenceNorth Jersey Interscholastic Conference
Team nameBulldogs[2]
RivalsGlen Rock

Rutherford High School is a comprehensive four-year public high school located in Rutherford, in Bergen County, New Jersey, United States, operating as part of the Rutherford School District. The original structure was built in 1922 and expanded in 1938, 1957 and 2005.[3] Rutherford High School is overseen by the New Jersey Department of Education and has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools since 1940.[4]

As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 750 students and 67.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 11.2:1. There were 19 students (2.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 8 (1.1% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

Awards, recognition and rankings[edit]

During the 1999-2000 school year, the school was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive, which recognized the school's use of technology in the instruction process in which every classroom was wired for Internet access and a substantially higher than average level of access by students to computers.[5][6]

The school was the 124th-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.[7] The school had been ranked 71st in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 73rd in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[8] The magazine ranked the school 72nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[9] The school was ranked 88th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state.[10] ranked the school tied for 141st out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (unchanged from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (86.2%) and language arts literacy (92.0%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).[11]

Curriculum and facilities[edit]

Rutherford High offers courses ranging from Honors classes to Advanced Placement (AP) classes for college credit. The elective classes are also offered, ranging from classes of technology, to those that are career-related as well. The school contains a television studio that is used for morning announcements in homeroom and sends out feeds for the local public access station. There is a newly expanded library with 23 computers and over 20,000 books. Two gyms house athletic programs and physical education classes. Located on the East Wing of the school features a half-size Olympic-style swimming pool currently leased by the YMCA of the Meadowlands. It is also used by the Rutherford Bulldogs Swim Team.

Student life[edit]

A typical day at Rutherford High starts at 7:55 AM when homeroom starts. School is in session five days a week. There are 8 blocks,consisting of 57 minutes classes that are on a rotating block schedule and one lunch period. Extra-curricular activities include an abundance of clubs, academic groups, and music programs.

Academic teams and extracurricular activities[edit]

Rutherford Academic Decathlon wins New Jersey state championship for the second consecutive year.

Rutherford High School has a host of academic teams and non-athletic extracurricular activities.

Rutherford was the Academic Decathlon champion for the state of New Jersey, having represented New Jersey at the National Competition in Memphis, Tennessee in April 2009, and competed once again in Omaha in April 2010.[12][13]

The theater arts program puts out two performances each school year; a play in November, and a musical in March.


2005 Group II State Champs

The Rutherford High School Bulldogs[2] compete in the North Jersey Interscholastic Conference (NJIC), made up of private and public high schools located in Bergen County, Hudson County and Passaic County, following a reorganization of sports leagues in Northern New Jersey by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[14] With 548 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as North II, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 508 to 770 students in that grade range.[15] Prior to realignment that took effect in the fall of 2010, Rutherford was a member of the Bergen County Scholastic League (BCSL) American Division.[16]

Interscholastic sports that are offered by the Rutherford athletic program include:[2]

  • Fall Sports: B/G Cross Country, Football, Girls' Tennis, B/G Soccer, Volleyball, Cheerleading
  • Winter Sports: B/G Basketball, B/G Swimming, B/G Track & Field, Wrestling, Coed Bowling
  • Spring Sports: Baseball, Boys' Tennis, Softball, B/G Track & Field

The boys' cross country team won the overall public school state championship in 1926.[17]

The boys' basketball team won the Group III state championship in 1940 (defeating Bound Brook High School in the tournament final) and 1942 (vs. Merchantville High School), and won the Group II title in 1985 (vs. Burlington City High School).[18]

The boys' track team won the Group I and II state indoor relay championship in 1969.[19]

The baseball team won the Group II state title in 1992 (vs. Kingsway Regional High School), 2004 (vs. Sterling High School) and in 2005 (vs. Seneca High School).[20]

In 2007, the girls' soccer team, seeded #3, won the North II, Group II state sectional championship with a 5-4 win on penalty kicks over top-seeded Summit High School in the tournament final, the team's first title in this section.[21][22]

In 2017, the football team finished the season with a 12-0 record and won its first championship in the playoff era, defeating sixth-seeded Hackettstown High School in the finals of the North II Group II state sectional tournament, in a game played at MetLife Stadium.[23][24]


The school's principal is Frank Morano and the assistant principal is Nick DeBari.[25]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni of Rutherford High School's include:


  1. ^ a b c d School data for Rutherford High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed February 12, 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d Rutherford High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed June 2, 2016.
  3. ^ About, Rutherford High School. Accessed October 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Rutherford High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Secondary Schools, backed up by the Internet Archive as of April 14, 2012. Accessed March 29, 2015.
  5. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  6. ^ Cheslow, Jerry. "If You're Thinking of Living In/Rutherford; A Patriotic Town With an Easy Commute", The New York Times, November 4, 2001. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Last year, Rutherford High School won the coveted United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award. 'We were recognized for our overall focus on technology,' Ms. Conlon explained. Every room in the high school is wired for Internet access, compared with a state average of 74 percent. There is one computer for every 2.9 students, compared with one for every 4.8 students statewide."
  7. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  8. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed December 2, 2012.
  9. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed February 10, 2011.
  10. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  11. ^ New Jersey High School Rankings: 11th Grade HSPA Language Arts Literacy & HSPA Math 2010-2011, Accessed March 5, 2012.
  12. ^ 2009 Nationals Final Results Archived 2010-01-01 at the Wayback Machine, United States Academic Decathlon. Accessed August 17, 2011.
  13. ^ O'Keefe, Daniel. "Another award-winning year for Rutherford Academic Decathlon", South Bergenite, April 14, 2011. Accessed August 17, 2011.
  14. ^ League & Conference Affiliations 2016-2017, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 10, 2017.
  15. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  16. ^ 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 October 18, 2014.
  17. ^ 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2017.
  18. ^ Public Past State Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2017.
  19. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2017.
  20. ^ History of the NJSIAA Baseball Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed January 23, 2017.
  21. ^ 2007 Girls Soccer - North II, Group II, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  22. ^ "Ramapo buzzing over latest crown", The Record (Bergen County), November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "The third-seeded Bulldogs had just won their first North 2, Group 2 title, defeating No. 1-seeded Summit on penalty kicks, 3-2, after a 4-4 tie through double overtime."
  23. ^ Conrad, JJ. "Rutherford grabs first title since 1966 with N2G2 win over Hackettstown", NJ Advance Media for, November 30, 2017. Accessed December 4, 2017. "And Rutherford, at last, was champion again. The top-seeded and undefeated Bulldogs capped a perfect season Thursday night at MetLife Stadium, defeating sixth-seeded Hackettstown, 21-13, in the North 2, Group 2 sectional final.... The win gives Rutherford its first title since 1966 and its first since the current playoff system was established in 1974."
  24. ^ "Football - 2017 NJSIAA North 2, Group 2 Playoffs",
  25. ^ Staff Directory, Rutherford Public Schools. Accessed September 16, 2019.
  26. ^ O'Reilly, Charlie. Brant Alyea, Society for American Baseball Research. Accessed October 29, 2017. "Garrabrant Ryerson Alyea IV, a free-swinging right-handed batter and one of just nine players to hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in the major leagues, was born on December 8, 1940, in Passaic, New Jersey, to a family of Dutch heritage that had been in the northern New Jersey area since the 17th century.... Alyea lettered in three sports at Rutherford High School, playing quarterback for the Bulldogs and starring in basketball and baseball."
  27. ^ Coutros, Evonne. "Screenwriter Has Spielberg's Number", The Record (Bergen County), May 15, 1994, backed up by the Internet Archive as of May 16, 2011. accessed September 17, 2018. "Evered, a 29-year-old screenwriter and playwright who graduated from Rutherford High School..."
  28. ^ Louis Frey Jr., Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed July 7, 2007.
  29. ^ Staff. "Jim Garrett ... Halfback: Rough Riders Sign Import And Canuck", Ottawa Citizen, June 22, 1957. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Garrett, who started his career at Rutherford High School, Rutherford, N.J. booted 55 out of 60 extra points while in service and had 12 out of 16 field goal attempts."
  30. ^ RHS Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Dinner Archived 2007-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Rutherford High School, April 19, 1996. Accessed July 7, 2007.
  31. ^ Adamek, Steve. "Where are they now? Rutherford's Bill Hands", The Record (Bergen County), June 1, 2010. Accessed July 13, 2012. "And inevitably, one season always comes up: 1969 — the best of seasons and worst of seasons for the Rutherford High School product, the one the Miracle Mets stole from Hands, Ferguson Jenkins and the rest of Leo Durocher's Cubs."
  32. ^ Who's who in the Nation's Capital, p. 199. Consolidated Publishing Company, 1921. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Hyslop, James Augustus, entomologist, U. S. Bureau of Entomology; born July 7, 1885, in Chicago, Ill., son of Charles George and Mary Agnes (Garvey) Hyslop. Educated at Rutherford (N. J.) High School, Massachusetts Agricultural College, Washington State College."
  33. ^ Kyung-Jun Kim, violin, From The Top. Accessed September 17, 2018. "Kyung-Jun Kim (violin), age 18, is a senior at Rutherford High School in his hometown of Rutherford, NJ."
  34. ^ Staff. "Former Rutherford High star gets win in AAA baseball", The Record (Bergen County), May 13, 2009. Accessed June 8, 2009.
  35. ^ Oreskes, Michael. "The Monster Woman: Peggy Noonan looks at Hillary Clinton and sees a privileged elitist who is still getting away with it! Grrr!", The New York Times, March 19, 2000. Accessed August 29, 2011. "She brings herself to Mrs. Clinton, too. 'I look at Mrs. Clinton and see the kneesocked girl in the madras headband, the Key Club president who used to walk into the bathroom in Rutherford High School, wrinkle her nose at the 10th-grade losers leaning against the gray tile walls, leave, go down the hall, and mention to a teacher that they're smoking in the girls' room again. That's my own private Hillary, or at least one aspect of her.'"
  36. ^ a b About Rutherford High School Archived 2007-10-20 at the Wayback Machine, Rutherford High School. Accessed July 7, 2007. "Career diplomat and ambassador Thomas H. Pickering and presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan are among those honored as part of this tradition."
  37. ^ Moran, Malcolm. "Players; A Pitcher Who Likes To Hit", The New York Times, June 5, 1984. Accessed August 29, 2011. "Pacillo had also played football and basketball at Rutherford High School, and at one time he had pictured himself as a prospect in football, not baseball."
  38. ^ Cowen, Richard. "Rutherford native Calvin Spann, famed Tuskegee Airman, dies at age 90", The Record (Bergen County), September 7, 2015, backed up by the Internet Archive as of March 4, 2016. Accessed October 29, 2017. "Lieutenant Spann told The Record in a 2012 interview that, as a child, he was fascinated by the planes he saw taking off from Teterboro Airport. He read The Adventures of Smiling Jack, an aviation comic strip, and wanted to do the things Jack did. He learned about the physics of flying while a student at Rutherford High School."
  39. ^ Speiser, Matt. "Rutherford Upbringing Inspires Young Author", Rutherford Daily Voice, April 21, 2016. Accessed November 18, 2017. "If you graduated Rutherford High School with Siobhan Vivian in 1997, you might find yourself as a character in one of her books.The author, who is about to publish her eighth young adult book, says her Rutherford upbringing serves as a 'deep well' of inspiration that she returns to time and time again."
  40. ^ Staff. "Jack Walace Coaching Undefeated Rutherford", The Central New Jersey Home News, November 24, 1919. Accessed August 7, 2019. "He entered Rutgers from Rutherford High School where he had played quarterback on the eleven which had been the State scholastic champions the year before."

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