Rockville High School (RHS), the 16th public
high school to open in Montgomery County, MD, welcomed its first two classes in
the fall of 1968 with 252 freshman and 246 sophomores, who went on to be the
first graduating class in 1971.
When asked about the highlight of their time at RHS, the school’s
alumni remember activities like the floats that were driven around the track
during half time of homecoming games, walking through the courtyards, skywalks,
and breezeways to access the various wings of the original school building, the
classroom with no walls, and the various vocational class offerings. The
culinary/cuisine class and the adjoining Ram’s Room restaurant were notable
memories for many alumni. An invitation to eat lunch in the Ram’s Room was a
great honor for students.
The school’s population has grown significantly since
1968 due to a variety of factors like welcoming students from Robert E. Peary
High School which closed in 1984. In addition to the new students, RHS
inherited the only pipe band in the state which originated at Peary in 1961.
The pipe band performs several times throughout the year at a variety of events
including the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., and each year at the
school’s commencement ceremony.
The new RHS building opened in 2004 to accommodate the
expanding student body. In addition to updated classrooms and computer labs,
the new building boasts multiple outdoor athletic fields including the Joseph
B. Good football stadium that was named after RHS’s first principal, the Zane
Rush Auditorium which was named after the first guidance counselor and
RAMSTAGE, the school’s drama program which puts on two productions each year.
RHS houses three special education programs including
Autism, Learning for Independence (LFI), and the only secondary deaf/hard of
hearing program in the county. The integration of these programs offers many
positive benefits for students, faculty, and staff.
Though one of the smaller schools in the county, RHS
provides students with a wide variety of programs and classes to prepare them
for their future. RHS is an International Baccalaureate (IB) school and has an
International Baccalaureate Career-related Program (IBCP) for highly-motivated
11th and 12th grade students who wish to pursue
career-related study as well as IB study, offers 15 Advanced Placement courses,
and college preparedness programs like Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and Achieving Collegiate Excellence and
Today Rockville High School has its largest and
most diverse student body with students from around the world which helps
foster respect and appreciation among the 1,340 students.