|John F. Kennedy High School'''|
|Address||1901 Randolph Road |
Silver Spring, Maryland, USA 20902
|Student to Teacher Ratio||21.9|
|Enrollment||1,447 (2008) |
09th Grade: 431
10th Grade: 405
11th Grade: 293
12th Grade: 318
|District||Montgomery County Public Schools|
|Colors||Forest Green and Vegas Gold |
|Motto||"Liberty without learning is always in peril; learning without liberty is always in vain."-JFK|
|Newspaper||The New Frontier|
|Rival||Wheaton High School|
|Contact Information||Phone: 301-929-2100|
|School Website||Kennedy High Home Page|
Principal- Mr. Thomas Anderson
Mrs. Rhonda Dedmond, Assistant Principal
Mr. Francis Gyimah, Assistant Principal
Mrs. Ruth Green, Assistant Principal
Mr. Gregory H. Bowman, Academy Coordinator
Mr. Kenneth Cudd, Athletic Director
The school is a part of Montgomery County Public Schools.
Over 1,550 students are enrolled at Kennedy. Since the 2004-2005 school year Kennedy has been part of the Down County Consortium, which includes Montgomery Blair, Wheaton, Einstein, and Northwood High Schools. Kennedy's mascot is the Cavalier.
Kennedy has several Middle Schools which feed into it as it is part of a consortium although there are two middle schools assigned specifically to Kennedy; Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School, and Argyle Middle School.
Kennedy's early history is that of an experimental school, with open classes, no grades, and no required attendance. The onus was on Kennedy's students to be self-motivated. Kennedy's rare approach to education gained international attention, but ultimately these trends did not become very popular in other schools. Kennedy itself ceased to use this format as many parents refused to send their children to Kennedy.
After the baby boom generation, many schools were forced to close. Kennedy absorbed the student bodies of both Northwood High School and Robert E. Peary High School. Their feeder schools were absorbed by Col. E. Brooke Lee Middle School.
The Kennedy building was renovated in the 1997-98 school year. During that time, Kennedy's students attended classes at the then defunct Northwood High School. In 2004 Northwood was reopened, absorbing parts of Kennedy's student body through a new choice process.
The school sent 89% of its 2005 graduating class to two- and four-year universities.
In 2006, John F. Kennedy High School was listed in the Newsweek Magazine's top 1200 High Schools in the U.S., as the 443rd highest-rated school in the country.
New Academy programs such as 'The College Institute' have brought students into a more productive environment.
Kennedy is one of few schools in Montgomery County who offer College Institute. The program is possible through a partnership with Montgomery College who provide Professors to teach courses throughout the week. Students gain college skills and earn college credits by taking college courses during the regular school day. The College Institute extends opportunities beyond AP level and students can earn up to 30 college credits within the confines of their high school. These credits may be applied towards a Montgomery College degree and/or be applied to any receiving school.
The Multimedia and Telecommunications Academy, through a rigorous program of study, provides a framework to access, analyze, evaluate and create media messages in a variety of formats—from print to the internet and beyond. The Academy seeks to develop life-long learners who have an understanding of the role media plays in society, as well as the essential skills of inquiry, self-expression, and critical thinking.
The International Baccalaureate Academy is a small learning community that provides highly motivated students an opportunity to pursue a rigorous, comprehensive curriculum based on a global perspective. The academy, within its nurturing environment, offers an internationally recognized course of study that is designed to prepare students for the university experience. Students are encouraged to participate in the Pre-IB courses beginning in Grade 9. The IB Diploma Program begins in Grade 11.
Commissioned in 2001, Kennedy's NJROTC has been led by several individuals.
Senior Naval Science Instructor:
2001-2007 Captain Kenneth Trass (Ret. US Navy)
2007-Present LCDR Leonard Greig (ret. US Coast Guard)
Naval Science Instructor:
2001-2004 Gunnery Sergeant Gregory Bowman (ret. US Marines)
2004-2005 First Sergeant Russell Stewart (ret. US Marines)
2005-Present Master Chief Petty Officer Tommy Brady (ret. US Navy)
|Year||Commanding Officer||Executive Officer||Drill Commander|
|01-02||C/LCDR Vanessa Dennis||C/LT Sam Corum||C/LTJG Stephanie Ganyan|
|02-03||C/LCDR Christopher Chung||C/LT Eli Cohen||C/LTJG Aloysius Tamasang|
|03-04||C/LCDR Alicia Rodriguez||C/LT Filipe Domingues||C/LTJG Traye Gilliam|
|04-05||C/LCDR Filipe Domingues||C/LT Traye Gilliam|| C/LTJG Lionel Burton |
C/LTJG Sabrina Klinger
|05-06||C/LCDR Doug Rigterink||C/LT Hugo Soto||C/LTJG Ayne-ka Colleton|
|06-07||C/LCDR Langston Bryant||C/LT Davean Garcia|| C/LT Davean Garcia |
C/LTJG Brandon Owens
|07-08||C/LCDR Poojan Presswala||C/LT Kaylla Schubert||C/LTJG Brandon Owens|
|08-09||C/LCDR Brandon Owens||C/LT Juan Melendez||C/LTJG Benjamin Thompson|
AREA FIVE (Regional MD,DE,VA, Championship)
In 2003, the Kennedy Drill Team placed first in armed and unarmed standard, defeating schools whose programs had existed for a significantly longer time. Kennedy Drill Team had defied the odds to become recognized as a Drill powerhouse in a relatively short period of time.
Kennedy's NJROTC Unit has received the "Unit Achievement" award three times; 2004-2005, 2005-2006, and 2007-2008
Kennedy's main rival is Wheaton High School which is located down Randolph Road. The Rivalry is fueled by the schools close proximity to one another. The Wheaton-Kennedy Rivalry is one of the oldest rivalries in Montgomery County.
In the 2006 fall season the Kennedy football team came in with a 25 game losing streak. With a new head coach, former arena league and NFL receiver Gunnard Twyner, and the emergence of star athlete Melvin Harris the Cavaliers broke their losing streak by winning their first game of the season against Albert Einstein High School. The Cavaliers exceeded expectations by winning 10 games and making the playoffs. During the season they were beaten badly by perennial powerhouse Seneca Valley, who were led by a slew of big time division-1 talent. Kennedy entered the playoffs matched up against Seneca Valley, and the Cavaliers, led by Brown University bound linebacker Chimso Okoji, Receivers Abreon Scott and Jhonny Lopez, Defensive End Delano Fergueson, Tight End Clarence Claiborne, Lineman Jeff Hernandez, And all-met QB Melvin Harris, Kennedy managed to avenge their 49-7 loss from earlier in the season by beating the state powerhouse Seneca Valley Screamin' Eagles 19-7, the teams first playoff win since 1992. This was a monumental upset and possibly one of the biggest in Maryland State High School Playoff History. Making the season even more invaluable was the stellar play of Melvin Harris. Harris, a former pee-wee football legend for pop-warner national powerhouse White Oak in Silver Spring Maryland, had a difficult upbringing. He never knew his father and his mother died of AIDS. He was ineligble to play football for his freshman, and sophomore season, but he got his GPA up to a 3.0 and became the Cavs starting QB as a junior. He was also named to the All-Met team, a very prestigous honor in the D.C area. Many all-met players have gone on to have NFL careers. After the shocking upset of Seneca Valley, the team entered the second round of the playoffs against Urbana High School, but came up short. Individual statistics for the players were as follows. Star quarterback Melvin Harris ended the season with 2,275 yards passing and 29 touchdowns. Also Abreon Scott, led the county with 59 receptions, and Chimso Okoji emerged as a clutch tight end and one of the best defensive players in the county.
Kennedy's Football stadium is named in memory of Brady Straub, who coached the 1984 football team to the state championship. The following year, he bravely led the team while battling cancer, succumbing shortly after the end of the season. The field was redone in the spring of 2007 after being condemned by the county for poor conditions.