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William S. Rogers High School is a public high school in Newport, Rhode Island and a part of Newport Public Schools. Other public high schools include the Paul Crowley MET School and the Career & Technical School.

Rogers High School
Rogers High School is located in Rhode Island
Rogers High School
Rogers High School
Rogers High School is located in the United States
Rogers High School
Rogers High School
CoordinatesCoordinates: 41°28′6.16″N 71°19′18.34″W / 41.4683778°N 71.3217611°W / 41.4683778; -71.3217611
TypePublic High School
School districtNewport Public Schools
PrincipalJared B. Vance
Enrollment633 (2015–2016)[1]
Color(s)Red and Black          
RivalMiddletown High School
AccreditationNew England Association of Schools and Colleges



The school was founded by educator William Sanford Rogers in 1873 and was named for him.[2] The original Rogers High School building was on Church Street, the school moved to a building on Broadway in 1905 and the old building became the Thayer School and later a Boys and Girls Club. In 1957, the school moved to its current location on Wickham Road and the old Broadway building became the location for Thompson Middle School. An expansion to the school, The Newport Area Career and Technical Center, was completed in 1968.[3]


The school's newspaper The Red and Black was first published in 1920,[2] but ceased regular publication in the early 2000s.

The school began their football program in 1890 and their basketball program in 1905.

The school has the second oldest JROTC program in the country, founded in 1916. It also holds the Honor Unit With Distinction rank, the highest unit rank possible.[2]

School songEdit

"Fair Rogers " is sung at every commencement ceremony. Words by Harold B. Walcott, Music by H. S. Hendy.

Fair Rogers! Rogers Fair! Thy name...
Shall ever stand for holy fame...
From childhood's day we've looked to thee...
As up to some great deity.


O sing! Ye sons of Rogers! sing...
Loud let your rolling anthems ring...
And royal praise to Rogers bring...
Throughout our city fair.



  1. ^ "Rogers High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 19, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "History". Archived from the original on September 28, 2007.
  3. ^ "About Rogers High School / Home". Retrieved 9 April 2018.
  4. ^ Belmore, Ryan (21 February 2016). "Obituary: Paul Gordon, B-52s Guitarist/Keyboardist, Newporter, Father and Husband". What's Up Newp?. Retrieved 1 August 2018.