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 Secondary Schools since 1936.[5]

Vineland High School
Vineland High School is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey
Vineland High School
Vineland High School
Vineland High School is located in New Jersey
Vineland High School
Vineland High School
Vineland High School is located in the United States
Vineland High School
Vineland High School
2880 East Chestnut Avenue
Vineland, NJ 08361

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[1]
PrincipalSuzette DeMarchi (Both buildings)[2]
Faculty197.8 FTEs[1]
Enrollment2,554 (as of 2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio12.9:1[1]
Color(s)     Red
Athletics conferenceCape-Atlantic League
MascotRowdy Rooster[4]
Team nameFighting Clan[3]
AccreditationMiddle States Association of Colleges and Schools[5]

As of the 2017-18 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,554 students and 197.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 12.9:1. There were 1,111 students (43.5% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 141 (5.5% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[1]

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 consisting of parochial and public high schools located in Atlantic County, Cape May County, Cumberland County and Gloucester County, and operates under the aegis of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA).[12] With 1,934 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as South Jersey, Group IV for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 1,082 to 1,934 students in that grade range.[13] The football team competes in the Continental Division of the 95-team West Jersey Football League superconference[14] and was classified by the NJSIAA as South Jersey Group V for football for 2018-19.[15]

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.[16][17]

There is a longstanding swim team rivalry between Vineland and Mainland Regional High School.[18]

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' cross country team won the Group IV state championship in 1964 and 1965.[19]

The boys' wrestling team won the South Jersey Group IV state sectional title in 1988.[20]

The boys' track team won the Group IV indoor relay championship in 2004 together with Christian Brothers Academy.[21]

Notable alumniEdit

Notable staffEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e School data for Vineland Senior High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed November 1, 2019.
  2. ^ Directory, Vineland High School.Accessed January 21, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d Vineland High School, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed September 30, 2015.
  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 Affiliations 2018-2019, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2018.
  13. ^ General Public School Classifications 2015-2016, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association, as of December 15, 2015. Accessed December 12, 2016.
  14. ^ Divisions, West Jersey Football League. Accessed September 25, 2017.
  15. ^ NJSIAA Football Public School Classifications 2018-2019, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed November 14, 2018.
  16. ^ 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."
  17. ^ 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."
  18. ^ "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."
  19. ^ 2016 NJSIAA Group Cross Country Championships Program, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 15, 2017.
  20. ^ History of the NJSIAA Team Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 15, 2017.
  21. ^ History of the NJSIAA Indoor Relay Championships, New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. Accessed February 15, 2017.
  22. ^ 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."
  23. ^ 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)."
  24. ^ 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."
  25. ^ Dick Errickson, Baseball Almanac. Accessed October 25, 2018. "High School: Vineland High School (Vineland, NJ)"
  26. ^ 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."
  27. ^ 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."
  28. ^ 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."
  29. ^ 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."
  30. ^ Jillian Loyden, Villanova University. Accessed July 17, 2011.
  31. ^ 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."
  32. ^ 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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