Rutherford High School, a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, is located in the center of Rutherford, New Jersey, town of 18,000 residents just west of New York City. Primarily residential, Rutherford enjoys all the advantages of a major metropolitan area while maintaining the atmosphere of a small town. Many of the students at the high school come from families who have lived in town for generations, while increasing numbers of ethnically and racially diverse newcomers are joining them. The central section of the school building constructed in 1922 is attractive and well maintained, as are the additions constructed in 1938 and 1957 and 2005. A pool was added in 1980. Students enjoy a curricula that includes subjects ranging from Child Care to Advanced Placement English to Multimedia Design to Television Production. They appreciate the heritage of their school and community while preparing for the future. Rutherford High School- a mixture of old and new, tradition and innovation - offers a unique education. Based on a solid foundation from the past, the school challenges its talented, active student body to high levels of achievement.
Sometimes called "the best kept secret in Bergen County", Rutherford High School is committed to excellence for all students as the center of its vision. Limited English Proficient students and students with disabilities are included and challenged in programs open to all. The school's HSPA 11 passing rate is consistently well above the state average.
The students of Rutherford High School attend a school that is more racially diverse than its community. Only fifteen percent of the borough population is African-American, Asian, or Hispanic, while 34% of the students fall into these categories. Many of the students come from families who speak a native language other than English. This diversity is celebrated and nurtured at Rutherford High School in ways such as the formation of a chapter of E.R.A.S.E. (End Racism And Sexism Everywhere). While 22.5% of borough residents are college graduates or beyond, annually over 90% of graduates attend two or four year colleges. These students share a sense of purpose in preparing themselves for life in the 21st century. The student population is stable and able to benefit from consistent attention and guidance from teachers and other staff members.
Sports banners and framed drama production posters lining the gym walls
and entry hallways are daily reminders of the traditions of Rutherford
High School. Each spring inductees into the National Honor Society sign
their names in a register dating back to 1922, when the school chapter
was first started. One of the year's highlights is the presentation of
the Distinguished Graduate Award. The honoree returns to the school to
speak to students about his or her accomplishments. Career diplomat and
ambassador Thomas H. Pickering and presidential speechwriter Peggy Noonan
are among those honored as part of this tradition. Students also serve
as guides for reunion classes. The Athletic Hall of Fame is another link
from the present to the past that ties community and school together.
Tradition and the solid background of the academic core have been enriched
by change. A virtual science lab is equipemed with a SmartBoard, laptops, and other updated equipment. Science courses use a
learning cycle approach. Music Technology allows students to experience
all aspects of music theory and composing on MIDI keyboards. Health-related
fitness is stressed in physical education classes, where traditional
course offerings have been supplemented by life time sports, and students
learn to scientifically evaluate their fitness. Technology has dramatically
changed writing instruction, research and library skills, math and
business classes. The administration and faculty keep abreast of current
educational trends and research, and the curriculum reflects their
professional awareness. Partnerships with families and the community