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As of the 2015-16 school year, the school had an enrollment of 987 students and 81.8 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 12.1:1. There were 3 students (0.3% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and none eligible for reduced-cost lunch.
The district is classified by the New Jersey Department of Education as being in District Factor Group "J", the highest of eight groupings. District Factor Groups organize districts statewide to allow comparison by common socioeconomic characteristics of the local districts. From lowest socioeconomic status to highest, the categories are A, B, CD, DE, FG, GH, I and J.
The facility, constructed with aid from the Works Progress Administration and completed in 1936, is located in Rumson. Students from Fair Haven began attending as soon as the new school opened and the regional district was established in 1956. Since its original construction, the school facility has had three significant additions.
In the fall of 2004, information about Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and several other U.S. schools was recovered from a CD found on the body of a dead Iraqi insurgent killed in Baghdad. It was discovered from the body of an Iraqi physicist, the son of a member of the Iraqi Ba'ath Party. The man's father had a strong connection to the al-Qaeda terrorist network. The information pertaining to RFH did not include floor plans, but did contain information about the school's vandalism and bullying policies. The CD also contained information about radon and depleted uranium. The recent Beslan school hostage crisis in which 385 people were killed, half of them students, was compared to the school because RFH, like the Russian school, had construction under way. Police patrols around the school were increased in response to the potential threat.
The school was the 10th-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. The school had also been ranked 10th in the state of 328 schools in 2012, after being ranked 31st in 2010 out of 322 schools listed. The magazine ranked the school 30th in 2008 out of 316 schools. The school was ranked 33rd in the magazine's September 2006 issue, which included 316 schools across the state. Schooldigger.com ranked the school tied for 49th out of 381 public high schools statewide in its 2011 rankings (a decrease of 19 positions from the 2010 ranking) which were based on the combined percentage of students classified as proficient or above proficient on the mathematics (91.9%) and language arts literacy (97.9%) components of the High School Proficiency Assessment (HSPA).
In its listing of "America's Best High Schools 2016", the school was ranked 144th out of 500 best high schools in the country; it was ranked 26th among all high schools in New Jersey and 13th among the state's non-magnet schools.
In its 2013 report on "America's Best High Schools", The Daily Beast ranked the school 269th in the nation among participating public high schools and 21st among schools in New Jersey.
In the 2011 "Ranking America's High Schools" issue by The Washington Post, the school was ranked 51st in New Jersey and 1,606th nationwide. The school was ranked in 1,181st place, the 40th-highest in New Jersey, in Newsweek magazine's 2010 rankings of America's Best High Schools. In Newsweek's May 22, 2007 issue, ranking the country's top high schools, Rumson-Fair Haven High School was listed in 1108th place, the 35th-highest ranked school in New Jersey.
The school was the winner of the National Fed Challenge in 2004, and had done well in subsequent years, making it to the District Finals in 2005 and 2008. In 2008, Rumson-Fair Haven was defeated by Marlboro High School, although, the team put up a stellar performance.
In 2008, the school was the national winner of the Euro Challenge, an economics competition sponsored by the European Delegation to the United States and the Moody's Foundation.
The Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School Bulldogs compete in the Shore Conference, an athletic conference made up of private and public high schools centered at the Northern Jersey Shore. All schools in this conference are located within Monmouth County and Ocean County, and the league operates under the jurisdiction of the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). With 750 students in grades 10-12, the school was classified by the NJSIAA for the 2015-16 school year as Central Jersey, Group II for most athletic competition purposes, which included schools with an enrollment of 498 to 750 students in that grade range.
The girls' soccer team won the Central Jersey Group II title in 2002 over Burlington Township High School by a final score of 3-2. The 2007 team, seeded fourth, won the Central, Group II sectional title with a 1-0 overtime win (4-2 on penalty kicks) over second-seed Somerville High School in the tournament final. The girls' soccer team beat Delaware Valley to win the 2008 Central Jersey Group II sectional title, the first time RFH has ever won back-to-back girls' soccer titles. They went on to beat Haddonfield High School and Hasbrouck Heights High School to win the first girls' Group II state championship title in school history. The team won the 2013 Group II title, defeating Bernards High School in the tournament final.
In 2006, the girls' field hockey team won its first ever state title, beating Delran High School 2-1 to win the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship. In both 2012 and 2013, the team won the North II Group II sectional title. In 2014, the field hockey team won its first-ever Shore Conference Tournament title, beating Shore Regional High School by a score of 2-0, snapping Shore's 15-year reign as Shore Conference champions. The 2014 team went on to finish 24-1-2, winning the Central Jersey, Group II championship by 8-0 against Robbinsville High School as well as the Group II state championship, the program's first group title. In 2015, Rumson-Fair Haven won its second straight Shore Conference Tournament title, beating Shore Regional 1-0 in the tournament final.
The football team has won the Central Jersey Group II state championships in 2010, 2013, 2014, and 2015. It won its first state championship in 2010 when it defeated Matawan High School by a score of 13-7 in the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship, finishing the season with a 9-3 record. The 2013 football team finished with an 11-1 record and won the Central Jersey Group II state sectional championship over previously undefeated Weequahic High School by a 14-6 score. In 2014, Rumson-Fair Haven defeated Delaware Valley Regional High School by a score of 21-0 to claim their third title in five years. Rumson-Fair Haven won its third straight sectional championship in 2015, when it shut out Red Bank Regional High School 21-0 to win the Central Jersey Group III title. In 2016, the team won its fourth consecutive title, winning the Central Jersey Group III state sectional championship with a 27-22 win against South Plainfield High School in the tournament final.
The boys' swim team won its first state sectional title in 2015, winning all 11 events and beating top-seeded Lawrence High School 95-75 in the Central Jersey Public C finals.
The boys' basketball team won the 2015 Shore Conference Tournament championship, defeating Christian Brothers Academy 50-24. Tied 19-19 at halftime against top-seeded CBA, eleventh-seeded Rumson-Fair Haven exploded in the second half to outscore their opponent 31-5 and take home the title. Brendan Barry scored 27 points in the contest, en route to winning Shore Conference Player of the Year. The game has been called the "Greatest upset in Shore Conference Tournament Finals History".
^Madigan, Nick. "Schools, on Alert, Step Up Security Measures", The New York Times, October 9, 2004. Accessed May 4, 2016. "In Monmouth County, N.J., parents gathered Friday evening at the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School in Rumson for a briefing from John Kaye, the county prosecutor. Mr. Kaye said that after hearing on Sept. 16 about New Jersey's inclusion on the Iraq disk, he ordered the police chief to double patrols."
^"New Jersey Economics Team Wins National 'Fed Challenge' Competition", Federal Reserve Bank of New York press release dated May 4, 2004. Accessed September 24, 2015. "A New Jersey team, the Rumson-Fair Haven High School, won the 9th annual Fed Challenge national competition at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, DC on May 3. The Rumson-Fair Haven team proceeded to the national competition as winners on April 23 of the Second District Fed Challenge, which is sponsored by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York."
^Chodan, Melissa. "Pioneers' successful season ends on penalty kicks in final", Courier News, November 9, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007. "The Somerville High School girls' soccer team could do nothing but stand and watch Rumson-Fair Haven celebrate the Central Group II title Thursday in a game that was even until the last few seconds. Without Somerville's team-wide defense hindering shots, Rumson-Fair Haven capitalized when the scoreless game went into penalty kicks and won 1-0 (4-2 in penalty kicks) at White Oak Park."
^Rotolo, Chris. "Field Hockey: Rumson-Fair Haven tops Shore Regional in SCT Final", Asbury Park Press, November 2, 2014. Accessed December 2, 2015. "It was a realization that not only could they play with a Blue Devils program that was making its 16th straight trip to the SCT championship game - with 15 consecutive victories prior - but that it could defeat this dominant entity come playoff time. It's a vision that was realized Sunday at Raritan High School where the top-seeded Bulldogs defeated the second-seeded Blue Devils, 2-0, capturing the first SCT title in Rumson-Fair Haven field hockey history."
^Rocco, Matthew. "RFH turns tables on Matawan and wins CJ II football crown", Atlanticville, December 9, 2010. Accessed January 22, 2014. "Rumson-Fair Haven pulled off an upset victory in the NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II sectional final at Kean University, defeating the defending champion, Matawan Huskies, 13-7.... Rumson (9-3) certainly mustered enough motivation to upset Matawan, despite losing to the same team in October, 48-21. This time around, Matawan (11-1) was handed its first loss since last year."
^Liederfarb, Dave. "Weequahic 14-6", Atlanticville, December 12, 2013. Accessed January 22, 2014. "When Donald Bedell flung Weequahic High School quarterback Kedar Clarke to the turf, fans of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School's football team could breathe a sigh of relief and begin celebrating the Bulldogs' NJSIAA Central Jersey Group II championship. Led by a ferocious defense, Rumson- Fair Haven (11-1) defeated previously unbeaten Weequahic, 14-6, on Dec. 7 at Kean University in Union, avenging a loss to the Newark school that knocked Rumson-Fair Haven out of last year's NJSIAA playoffs."
^Jordan, Bob. "Rumson-Fair Haven football captures title", Asbury Park Press, December 7, 2014. Accessed December 20, 2014. "Charlie Volker rushed for 161 yards and scored the first touchdown for the Bulldogs, who went on to beat Delaware Valley 21-0 in the NJSIAA Central II championship game at Kean University.... The Bulldogs (9-3) won their second consecutive sectional and third overall. This was Rumson's fourth appearance in the Central II final in the last five seasons and fifth in the last eight."
^Stypulkoski, Matt. "Rumson-Fair Haven beats Red Bank Regional, 21-0, in the Central Jersey, Group 3 football final", NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, December 5, 2015. Accessed March 21, 2016. "A combination of stout defense and opportunistic offense propelled Rumson-Fair Haven past Red Bank Regional, 21-0, in the NJSIAA/Sports Care Institute Central Jersey, Group 3 final on Saturday night at High Point Solutions Stadium. The Bulldogs' win secured their third straight sectional title and continued their recent dominance in the Ridge Road rivalry."
^ abVan Anda, Roberta H. Legendary Locals of Rumson, p. 109. Arcadia Publishing, 2015. ISBN9781467101769. Accessed October 4, 2019. "Big Band music arranger (class of 1935) learned to read and write music simultaneously from Elizabeth Connelly, and European-trained Austrian Rudolf Winthrop provided him with lessons in harmony each week."
^http://www1.gmnews.com/2002/10/24/editor-to-discuss-u-s-news-college-rankings/ "Editor to discuss U.S.News college rankings"], Greater Media, October 24, 2002. Accessed October 4, 2019 "Brian Kelly, managing editor of U.S. News magazine's 'America's Best Colleges and Best Grad Schools,' will present 'How U.S. News Picks the Best Colleges in America (and Why You Shouldn't Take Us Too Seriously)' Nov. 13, 7:30-9:30 p.m., at Brookdale Community College, Lincroft. Kelly is a graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School and earned his bachelor of arts degree from Georgetown University, Washington, D.C."
^Burton, John. "Rumson Native's Second Star-Studded Film To Be Shown Locally", The Two River Times, April 27, 2012. Accessed February 19, 2013. "Rob Margolies has been behind the movie camera again. The 29-year-old Rumson native, who is a 2001 graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, is in the process of showing and negotiating distribution for his new feature film."