Vineland High School

For the original Vineland High School building, now on the National Register of Historic Places, see Landis Intermediate School.

Vineland High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Vineland, in Cumberland County, New Jersey, United States, serving students in ninth through twelfth grades as part of the Vineland Public Schools. The now reunified school operates from a south campus that had been Vineland Senior High School South (which opened in 1963) and a north campus that was formerly Vineland Senior High School North (opened in 1976). The original high school in Vineland dates back to 1870, and the 1927 Vineland High School structure was added to the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 1995, and is now known as Landis Intermediate School.[6] The school has been accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools since 1936.[5]

Vineland High School
2880 East Chestnut Avenue

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United States
Coordinates39°28′36″N 74°58′22″W / 39.476528°N 74.972808°W / 39.476528; -74.972808Coordinates: 39°28′36″N 74°58′22″W / 39.476528°N 74.972808°W / 39.476528; -74.972808
TypePublic high school
Motto"Enter to learn, go forth to serve."
Established1870 (as Vineland High School)
1963 (South Campus)
1976 (North Campus)
School districtVineland Public Schools
NCES School ID3416800[2]
PrincipalSuzette DeMarchi (both buildings)[1]
Faculty166.3 FTEs[2]
Enrollment2,514 (as of 2019–20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio15.1:1[2]
Color(s)  Red
Athletics conferenceCape-Atlantic League (general)
West Jersey Football League (football)
MascotRowdy Rooster[4]
Team nameFighting Clan[3]
RivalsMainland Regional High School
Millville Senior High School
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[5]

As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,514 students and 166.3 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 15.1:1. There were 1,319 students (52.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 171 (6.8% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]

A proposed dress code, that had been slated to take effect for the 2006–07 school year, gave way to controversy and debate among students and parents.[7]

Awards, recognition and rankingsEdit

The school was the 264th-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.[8] The school had been ranked 297th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 275th in 2010 out of 322 schools listed.[9] The magazine ranked the school 222nd in 2008 out of 316 schools.[10] The school was ranked 194th in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which surveyed 316 schools across the state.[11]


Due to its large student body Vineland High is able to offer a wide range of elective classes topics include arts and design, computers, media, automobile repair, woodworking, as well as a wide range of Advanced Placement courses. Courses such as English, mathematics, history, and science are tracked into college preparatory, advanced college preparatory, and honors. Students are tracked into honors mathematics and science from middle school.

Requirements for graduationEdit

Courses required to be taken in order to graduate are four years of English, three years of Mathematics, two years of United States History, one year of World History, three years of Science, one year of Fine, Practical and/or Performing arts, one year of a Vocational course, and one year of a World Language, and four years of Physical Education/Health. It is also required to do 50 hours of service learning. However, a student may do 100 hours of service learning to receive a cord for their graduation ceremony.


The Vineland High School Fighting Clan[3] compete in the Atlantic Division of the Cape-Atlantic League, an athletic conference comprised of public and private high schools in Atlantic, Cape May, Cumberland and Gloucester counties, and operates under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[12] With 1,916 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2019–20 school year as Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,060 to 5,049 students in that grade range.[13] The football team competes in the American Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[14][15] and was classified by the NJSIAA as Group V South for football for 2018–2020.[16]

Vineland High School has participated since 1893 in an annual Thanksgiving football game with Millville Senior High School, in Millville. The rivalry is the one of the oldest public high school rivalry in the United States and the state's oldest, with Vineland leading the series 65-62-19, after Vineland's 28–18 victory in the 146th game in the series in 2017.[17][18] The rivalry with Millville was listed at 6th on's 2017 list "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football".[19]

There is a longstanding swim team rivalry between Vineland and Mainland Regional High School.[20]

Vineland High School's interscholastic athletic teams include:[3]

  • Girls Crew
  • Girls Track
  • Girls Tennis
  • Girls Soccer
  • Girls Softball
  • Girls Swimming
  • Girls Basketball
  • Girls Field Hockey
  • Girls Cross Country
  • Boys Crew
  • Boys Track
  • Boys Tennis
  • Boys Soccer
  • Boys Baseball
  • Boys Lacrosse
  • Boys Swimming
  • Boys Wrestling
  • Boys Basketball
  • Boys Cross Country
  • Co-ed Football
  • Co-ed Golf
  • Co-ed Winter Track
  • Co-ed Fall Cheerleading
  • Co-ed Winter Cheerleading

The boys spring / outdoor track team won the Group III state championship in 1925-1928, and won in Group IV in 1969.[21]

The boys' cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1964 and 1965.[22]

The boys' wrestling team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional title in 1988.[23]

The girls swimming team won the Public A state championship in 1996 and 2001–2005; the program's six state titles is tied for the sixth-most in the state and the five consecutive titles won from 2001 to 2005 is tied for the third-longest streak.[24] The 2005 team became the first public school in the state to win five consecutive titles, after taking the Public A championship 105-65 in the finals against Westfield High School.[25]

The boys' track team won the Group IV indoor relay championship in 2004 as co-champion with Christian Brothers Academy.[26]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable staffEdit


  1. ^ Directory, Vineland High School. Accessed January 21, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e School data for Vineland Senior High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed April 1, 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d Vineland High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  4. ^ Staff. "Rowdy Rooster competing for ultimate mascot title", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), April 28, 2015. Accessed September 30, 2015. "The Vineland High School Mascot 'Rowdy Rooster' is one of several characters vying for the title of 'Ultimate High School Mascot' at the Camden Riversharks game on Saturday."
  5. ^ a b Vineland High School, Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. Accessed January 21, 2020.
  6. ^ Vineland High School South, Vineland Public Schools. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  7. ^ Students label new dress code as racist The Daily Journal (New Jersey), June 21, 2006.
  8. ^ Staff. "Top Schools Alphabetical List 2014", New Jersey Monthly, September 2, 2014. Accessed September 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Staff. "The Top New Jersey High Schools: Alphabetical", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2012. Accessed September 20, 2012.
  10. ^ Staff. "2010 Top High Schools", New Jersey Monthly, August 16, 2010. Accessed April 6, 2011.
  11. ^ "Top New Jersey High Schools 2008: By Rank", New Jersey Monthly, September 2008, posted August 7, 2008. Accessed August 19, 2008.
  12. ^ League & Conference Officers/Affiliated Schools 2020-2021, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  13. ^ NJSIAA General Public School Classifications 2019–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  14. ^ Vineland Fighting Clan, West Jersey Football League. Accessed February 1, 2021.
  15. ^ Minnick, Kevin. "Football: Entering 10th season, a new leader for state’s second-largest conference", NJ Advance Media for, August 8, 2019. Accessed September 5, 2020. "The WJFL was created in 2010 as a way to help teams play a full schedule and face opponents of similar size, ability and geographical location.... The league is comprised of 16 divisions and includes better than 90 high schools."
  16. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018–2020, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, finalized August 2019. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  17. ^ Evans, Bill. "Millville vs. Vineland: Division title, stellar seniors and N.J.'s longest Thanksgiving rivalry", NJ Advance Media for, November 21, 2017. Accessed November 21, 2017. "The season isn't ending the way the Millville and Vineland High School football teams hoped back in August.... And in addition to the division crown, there's the honor of playing in the state's longest Thanksgiving rivalry – one that dates back to 1893 and in which Vineland took a one-game lead, 64-63-19, with a win last year."
  18. ^ Bennett, Kyle. "Vineland football beats Millville 28-18 in state's longest rivalry", NJ Advance Media for, November 23, 2017. Accessed November 14, 2018. "A new piece of history is always made in the longest running rivalry in New Jersey high school football and in the 146th meeting between Vineland and Millville High School, a new chapter was written as Vineland walked away with a 28-18 win on Thursday in front of a nearly sold out crowd at Wheaton Field. Vineland now leads the series all-time 65-62-19."
  19. ^ Stypulkoski, Matt. "Ranking the 31 fiercest rivalries in N.J. HS football", NJ Advance Media for, October 27, 2017, updated May 15, 2019. Accessed December 1, 2020. "6-Millville vs. Vineland... These Cumberland County rivals and neighboring towns have been long-time Thanksgiving Day opponents. In fact, Vineland-Millville is the state's longest standing Thanksgiving Day rivalry and the 10th longest in the country. The teams have played at least once every year since the series started in 1893 with the exception of 1905.... All-time series: Vineland leads, 64-63-19"
  20. ^ "H.S. Swimming notebook: DeFoor still turns to her father", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), January 22, 2014. Accessed November 14, 2018. "Vineland and Mainland will renew their annual rivalry tonight when the Fighting Clan host the Mustangs at 6 p.m."
  21. ^ NJSIAA Spring Track Summary of Group Titles Boys, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed December 1, 2020.
  22. ^ NJSIAA Girls Cross Country State Group Champions, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  23. ^ NJSIAA Wrestling Team Championship History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  24. ^ NJSIAA Boys and Girls Team Swimming History, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 20, 2020.
  25. ^ Sprang, Charlie. "Vineland girls again rule pool; Fighting Clan earn yet another Courier-Post Cup", Courier-Post, March 16, 2005. Accessed February 24, 2021, via "Once again, Vineland has finished the season as the No. 1 team in the Courier-Post Top 10 and will be presented the Courier-Post Cup at the South Jersey Interscholastic Swimming Association banquet on April 3. The Fighting Clan breezed through the regular season and playoffs without being seriously challenged and won their fifth consecutive Public A state championship, a record for public schools in New Jersey.... In the tournament, Vineland was even more dominating, winning the state title over Westfield, 105-65."
  26. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed October 20, 2020.
  27. ^ Jackson, Vincent. "Vineland's Obie Bermudez A Winner At Latin Grammys", The Press of Atlantic City, November 5, 2005. Accessed October 18, 2015. "Latin pop singer Obie Bermudez, a 1995 Vineland High School graduate, won his first Latin Grammy Award Thursday in the category of Best Male Pop Album, beating out Marc Anthony and three other vocalists."
  28. ^ O'Kane, John. "Scoring goals no problem for Vineland's Steven Tobolski", The Press of Atlantic City, September 24, 2014. Accessed September 26, 2017. "Tobolski is already fifth on Vineland's all-time scoring list behind Glenn Carbonara (1983 graduate, 151 goals), Walter 'Buddy' Kennedy (1988, 110), Jim Connor (1992, 89) and Mark Marandino (1986, 87)."
  29. ^ Fox, Margalit, "Marvin Creamer, a Mariner Who Sailed Like the Ancients, Dies at 104", The New York Times, August 17, 2020. Accessed August 28, 2020. "After graduating from Vineland High School at 16, he spent years doing what odd jobs he could, including selling life insurance, making concrete vaults for cemeteries and repairing car engines. The last of these, at least, would stand him in good stead as a mariner."
  30. ^ McGurk, Tom."Jamil Demby works out for two NFL teams in Vineland", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), April 4, 2018. Accessed May 27, 2018. "The National Football League came to Vineland on Wednesday. Later this month, a city native son hopes to go to the NFL. Jamil Demby, a star offensive lineman at Vineland High School and the University of Maine, worked out for coaches and scouts from the Atlanta Falcons and San Francisco 49ers at the Joseph E. Romano Sports Complex."
  31. ^ Dick Errickson, Baseball Almanac. Accessed October 25, 2018. "High School: Vineland High School (Vineland, NJ)"
  32. ^ Staff. "Torn ACL ends Darren Ford's season with Somerset Patriots", The Press of Atlantic City, May 20, 2017. Accessed November 21, 2017. "A former standout baseball and football player at Vineland High School, Ford started the 2011 season in the minors but was promoted to the Giants on April 26. He earned his first major league hit four days later, a single off Washington reliever Tyler Clippard."
  33. ^ Friedman, Josh. "Vineland grad named Indianapolis Colts' receivers coach", The Daily Journal (New Jersey), February 9, 2016. Accessed October 25, 2018. "Toward the end of their conversation, Chudzinski asked Hull, a 1984 Vineland High School graduate, if he’d have any interest in Indy’s vacant wide receivers coaching job."
  34. ^ Hendrie, Gardner. "Oral History of Alan Kotok", Computer History Museum, November 15, 2004. Accessed September 26, 2017. "Q: Now what high school was this? Alan Kotok: This was the Vineland High School. Vineland, New Jersey, right, yes."
  35. ^ Schierenback, Jack. "Lost and Found; The Incredible Life and Times of (Miss) Layle Lane", American Educator, Vol 24, No 4, Winter 2000-2001. Accessed October 25, 2018. "What we do know is that a few years later Rev. Lane picked up the family and moved to Vineland, N.J. At Vineland High School, 13-year-old Layle had her first taste of integration. A good student, she was the school's first black graduate."
  36. ^ Jillian Loyden, Villanova University. Accessed July 17, 2011.
  37. ^ Van Embden, Edward. "Vineland native Ryan Ogren, frontman in the band Runner Runner, to play Tuesday on Jimmy Kimmel Live",The Press of Atlantic City, July 20, 2010, updated June 20, 2019. Accessed August 28, 2020. "Former Vineland resident Ryan Ogren and his band will perform for an audience of about 1.7 million tonight.... For Ogren, 30, a graduate of Vineland High School, tonight's show is the culmination of more than a decade of dedication and hard work."
  38. ^ Bennett, Kyle. "Men's Soccer Makes Splash in Latest Head Coaching Hire", Rowan College of South Jersey, September 1, 2017. Accessed October 19, 2020. "Vineland natives John Pascarella and Glenn Carbonara will take the reigns as the new Head Coach and Assistant Coach respectively.... The two were teammates at Vineland High School and were both members of the Class of 1984, where they both set records at their respective positions."
  39. ^ Van Embden, Edward. "Umpire makes Vineland fame wall", The Press of Atlantic City, June 1, 2009. Accessed November 10, 2013. "Behind that moment in history, and several others, was Vineland native Vic Voltaggio.... Voltaggio, 68, is being inducted into the Vineland Hall of Fame tonight at Vineland High School's all-sports banquet at Merighi's Savoy Inn in East Vineland.... Voltaggio graduated from Vineland High School in 1959 and, along with his wife, Janet, was an early member of Vineland's Booster Club, which benefits the school's sports programs."
  40. ^ Langfitt, Frank. "Luongo Is Elected Washington Twp. Mayor", The Philadelphia Inquirer, November 9, 1988. Accessed December 23, 2014. Accessed November 21, 2017. "Luongo, 50, who served as president of the township school board, is principal of Vineland High School."

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