Bringing Us All To A Place We Don’t Want To Lose
Maroons Online is a digital publication dedicated to reporting on the current events and 131 year history of Ridgewood Public Schools in Ridgewood, New Jersey. It was created in 2021, year two of that dreary part of American History called the Covid-19 Pandemic. We are an archive of the Ridgewood Public Schools & surrounding village. Pages we update on the regular include the Memories of By Class which chronicles the memories of classmates no longer with us.
We focus our efforts on the cultural events which make up the fabric of our daily school lives and give us a sense of common heritage. We initiated Project Arrow when we saw the need for preservation of RHS Arrow Yearbooks dating back to the late 19th Century. We are currently digitizing the oldest archives and will combine them with copies of the Ridgewood Public Library’s digitized Arrow Yearbooks.
We ought to have a very presentable web site by the end of Summer 2023, RHSArrow.org
We are also assembling pictures of the yearly Ridgewood High School Graduation ceremonies. This includes group photos and more candid.
Among other projects, we are gathering a collection of Ridgewood Athletic Team Photos. It’s hard to imagine wrestlers practicing bare-chested, or field hockey players without eye protection but that’s how these sports began. For a closer look at these curiosities and others like the once common phenomenon of male cheerleaders, visit the website we started in June 2022. It features a collection of our athletic teams’ history and is the Maroons Online companion website:
Among the institutions and individuals we’ll cheer on in 2023:
- The Ridgewood Public Library. They have begun the process of digitizing RHS Arrow Yearbooks. Between the Library and RHS there still remains a good number of Arrow Yearbooks that need to be digitized. The years 1950-2020 are complete. Next steps include a determination as to how to present them on the web and to make them searchable.
- Our newly elected Village Councilwoman, Siobhan Crann Winograd (RHS 1991). Her promises to make Village governance more transparent, more accessible to the disabled, and more meaningful to everyone’s lives are truly commendable. Siobhan has long shown herself in countless ways to be a galvanizing force for good. We expect to see more of the same in her first year on the Village Council.
- The Later School Start Time initiative
.This was voted into existence by the Ridgewood Board of Education. The aim is to improve the health of teenagers by beginning classes at Ridgewood High School at 8:30 AM and ending them at 3:05 PM. Our friend Dr. Anne Robinson, RHS 1977, has been evaluating the science on this topic for the past 12 years, along with the current RHS Principal Jeff Nyhuis. By all accounts from school systems who have implemented these changes it is high time for RHS to make this scheduling modification.
- The Ridgewood High School Athletic Hall of Fame. This is the most able and sensible organization ever formed by RHS alumni. They are emblematic of the Ridgewood High School Tradition of Excellence.
We publish an Ezine on Sunday & Wednesdays called The Maroon.
The Maroon reports on the activities of Ridgewood High school alumni. We curate posted online materials and those sent directly to us.