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About RCHS

 RCHS has high student achievement, with students performing well on the SAT.  Rockingham County High School was named a School of Distinction by the North Carolina Department of Instruction and ranked seventh among the high schools in the state for combined End of Course Tests Scores.  In 2003, RCHS was designated as a "Signature School " by the Piedmont Triad Educational Consortium. The North Carolina Association for Curriculum Development honored our Academic Achievement by naming RCHS as a "Light House School" in 2005.


Rockingham County High School

180 High School Road

Wentworth,  North Carolina  27375

(336) 634-3220

Instructional Hours: 8:25 am - 3:30 pm

Office Hours: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm 

Office Phone Number:  336 634-3220

Grades Served: 9-12

Mascot: Cougar

Colors: Silver and Black

Administrative Staff


Principal: Russell Vernon


Assistant Principals: LaRinda Neal and Troy Marquardt


Athletic Director: Adrian Doss 


Counselors: Tracey Anderson, Misty Attaway,  Angie Tuttle, Morgan Kallam, and Beth Knight

RCHS Student Services Website  


Bookkeeper: Tabetha Franckowiak

Secretaries: Ashley Smith and Sylvia West

SRO:  Officer Jason Doom



Rockingham County High School is located on the corner of Highways 65 and 87 in Wentworth.  You may get a map and directions to Rockingham County High School at  Type in the address above to get a map and or directions.











Our Mission

The faculty and staff of Rockingham County High School are firm believers that all children can learn.  By staying current with new trends in education and taking our classrooms into the twenty-first century, educators at RCHS allow students to grow both academically and socially.  With the help of community leaders and others, the students at Rockingham County High School are assured the opportunity to get an education that will prepare them for their endeavors after high school.


Mission Statement

Our school's mission is teaching all students to become productive citizens and lifelong learners.

Special Services & Facilities

Rockingham County High School has a heated swimming pool, two story media center, 625-seat auditorium and new dressing facilities for athletic programs. The school has a fully equipped Auto Cad classroom and spacious outdoor athletic facilities. Rockingham County Middle School is located adjacent to Rockingham County High School.


A Student Services Management team meets monthly and provides at-risk students with access to a variety of community agencies. Internet access is available in all classrooms. A Career Center is located in the media center. Many opportunities are available to students in their senior year to gain off campus experience. Included in this variety of options are directed internships and apprenticeships. Seniors are also given the chance to enroll in academic and technical courses at Rockingham Community College. RCC is located just minutes away from the high school campus. Students may earn high school and community college credit in this partnership formed by Rockingham County Schools and Rockingham Community College. Students pay no fee or tuition to take part in this program. 


RCHS has a Student Health Center that is open to students during the school day. In addition to a registered nurse, a nurse practitioner has been added to the staff. The center is sponsored by Morehead Hospital in Eden, Annie Penn Hospital in Reidsville and other area organizations.

Special School Events


RCHS has ninth grade student orientations and open houses for all parents to meet teachers and school staff. Blood drives are sponsored by the school’s HOSA organization and Student Council. There are many opportunities for student involvement and leadership development. RCHS offers more than 50 on campus clubs and organizations for students. Included in these organizations are the National Honor Society, Tri-M, National Science Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, BETA Club, Foreign Language Clubs, Vocational Clubs and Key Club to name a few. 


The Drama Department performs fall, spring and summer plays as well as a Dinner Theater. Winter and spring Choral/Band concerts and piano recitals are offered. Academic awards programs are held at the end of the first and second semesters. In the spring, students participate in the Prom Promise program and Cancer Society breakfast.

The Vocational Education/Technical Program includes Agriculture, a Modern Auto Mechanics program adopted by Toyota and NATEF certified, Health Occupations, Business and Computer Courses, Consumer Science, Public Safety Academy, IT Academy, Architectural Drafting and Life Skills Courses.

RCHS’s Foreign Language Department offers Spanish I, II, III and IV. The school has a student produced newspaper that is published monthly. The Math Department offers courses ranging from Intro to Math to Calculus. The Fine Arts Department offers Art I through Art IV, Theater I and II, Technical Theater I and II, Advanced Play Production, Concert Choir, Girl’s Chorus, Piano Labs, Jazz Band, Concert Band and Marching Band. The Trilogy, RCHS's yearbook has won awards for creativity and content.  In the spring of 2020, 425 copies of the Trilogy were sold to students and faculty.


Four Levels of English are offered including CP, Honors and Advanced Placement English. The Science Department offers Biology, Physical Science, Chemistry, Earth Science and Physics. Honors and CP courses are offered in Physics, Chemistry, Physical Science and Biology. Social Studies offers CP and Honors sections of World History, Civics, American History I and American History II.  AP United States History is also offered. The Physical Education Department offers courses in Team Sports, Physical Development, Weight Training and Personal Health.


The Air Force JROTC, which starts its 29th  year in 2021-2022, will build leadership skills in almost 300 cadets this year. The program is staffed by two full time military instructors. The school also is part of the Renaissance Program. 


RCHS belongs to the Mid-State 3-A Conference. Women's’ athletic teams include tennis, soccer, volleyball, cross country, track, swimming, softball, and basketball. Men's’ sports available are football, soccer, basketball, cross country, track, baseball, wrestling, swimming, golf and tennis. RCHS’s Baseball Team won the North Carolina State Championship in 1996. In 2002 and 2003, our girls' basketball team was runner up in the state basketball championship. Our Lady's Golf Team finished 3rd in the state in 2015 and won the 3A State Championship in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The school has also had several individual state champions in track. RCHS takes prides in its student athletes’ many talents, both on the field and in the classroom.

School Improvement Plan

G.S. §115C-47 (38) mandates the duty of local boards to ensure each principal establishes a school improvement team and that the composition of the team complies with G.S. §115C-105.27 (a).

G.S. §115C-105.27 (a) also directs schools to establish a School Improvement Team (SIT) to develop a plan to improve student performance. School improvement teams shall consist of the following members:

  • the principal of the school;

  • representatives of the assistant principals;

  • representatives of instructional personnel;

  • representatives of instructional support personnel;

  • representatives of teacher assistants assigned to the building;

  • representatives of parents of children enrolled in the school.


Representatives of the assistant principals, instructional personnel, instructional support personnel, and teacher assistants shall be elected by their respective groups by secret ballot. Participation in the school improvement planning process by the personnel noted above is a legal requirement.

To access our School Improvement Plan:   Username:  GuestS17186  Password:  GuestS17186

Adapted from:  North Carolina School Improvement Planning Implementation Guide

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