From the Desk of Dr. Thomas A. Gorman

Parent/Guardian Letters

Q3, 2017-18 Letter
Over the past several years, Ridgewood High School has taken many steps to make the school safer and more secure. To name just a few improvements, all exterior doors are locked, students have school-issued ID swipe cards to enter the building, and, most recently, the District hired a school safety security officer.

National Day of Action
April 20 is the 19th anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre and has been designated as a National Day of Action to prevent gun violence in schools.

New Bell Schedule
Ridgewood High School will soon have the largest high school enrollment in Bergen County.  Since 2012, the student population at RHS has steadily increased and will continue to grow until 2022...

National School Walkout
Today I write to you both as a father and a principal.  In recent years, our schools and country have faced too much violence and too many innocent lives have been taken from us. 

School Walkout
We are aware that many RHS students will be participating in the student-led national walkout on the one-month anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.

RHS Notification Feb. 27
This morning, a Ridgewood Public School student who does not attend RHS entered the building with the intention of hanging out with friends from RHS.  He was accompanied by another non-Ridgewood student. 

RHS Notification Feb. 26
Several students came forward today after hearing rumors about a non-Ridgewood High School student and a weapon.  After an investigation with Ridgewood Police, we were able to determine that the student in question posted a video where he was in possession of what appeared to be a weapon...

Unsanctioned Events & Activities
At Ridgewood High School, we believe that students should create bonds through their teams and clubs.  We host many events to create opportunities for students to come together throughout the school year and all of these events are monitored by school professionals in a safe environment...

RHS Safety Letter
The school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglass High School gives us a chance to pause and reflect upon what is truly important in life.  Please engage in a meaningful conversation with your child and encourage him or her to be open and honest with you about anything that may be on their mind... 

Q2, 2017-18 Letter

When students graduate from RHS, they will be able to apply knowledge to develop their passions, stand strong in the face of adversity, and make an impact on their world.

Q1, 2017-18 Letter
Recently, our school and community have been going through a very difficult time.  It is unfortunate that so many children and adults have misused social media and made many inflammatory comments.

Important Message From Dr. Gorman
Two weekends ago, a serious situation occurred involving Ridgewood High School students that is still being investigated by the high school administration and Ridgewood Police Department...  

Summer Letter 2017
Our custodians, maintenance crews, secretaries, administrators, and summer faculty have been working hard to prepare the school for another successful start.  Because we have accomplished so much over the past few years...


Fundraising Testimony 
February 6, 2017 – 
Last week, the NJ Senate and Assembly held separate hearings on school funding. As part of those hearings Dr. Thomas Gorman, principal of Ridgewood High School gave testimony before the Assembly Committee on Education...