Charles Regan, Principal
SUMMER LEADERSHIP ACADEMY
Kevin Ruano and Julia Pizzuto at the NJROTC Leadership Academy in Newport, RI.
In 2014 the RHS DRILL TEAM placed 3rd Overall in the AREA 4 CHAMPIONSHIP DRILL MEET.
Several students participated in summer leadership events.
Honor. Courage. Commitment.
"Riverhead's NJROTC Unit started as a satellite of the Southold NJROTC Unit 38 years ago in 1974," explained Riverhead's commander, Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy. NJRTOC Unit's Website Link
"The cadets have already accomplished quite a bit this year," explained Lt. Col. McCarthy. "There was a summer orientation before school started, a field trip to Shinnecock Coast Guard Station, Color Guards, parades, Basic Leadership Training, a physical fitness test and community service events. There are a lot of people who come together to make this program work,” he concluded, “and we want to thank the administration for its support, and the parents for being there for us."
Cadets participate in a variety of activities, such as drill competitions, physical fitness outings, military orientation trips, and social events like their military ball.
(May 6, 2016 - News Review Article) Ask Lt. Col. Peter McCarthy about his personal accomplishments as leader of the Riverhead Navy Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps and he’ll likely tell you about NJROTC members and their accomplishments rather than what he’s done to help get them there.
A summary of the group’s upcoming events and recent awards is likely to follow, as Lt. Col. McCarthy prefers to deflect attention from himself. A retired Marine, he learned long ago that what matters isn’t so much the success of an individual, but the group as a whole.
But when Riverhead NJROTC organizes this fall, it will do so for the first time in 12 years without Lt. Col. McCarthy, who is stepping down as the crew’s leader. “I feel like I have done everything I can with the program at this point,” said the Massachusetts native. “The program is stable and successful and the second instructor here is outstanding. It is time for someone new and a little younger to come in and bring a different perspective.” >More
HISTORICAL OVERVIEW OF THE UNIT
The N.J.R.O.T.C. Program at Riverhead High School began in 1974 as a satellite unit from Southold High School. In 1976, the Riverhead N.J.R.O.T.C. received its own charter and broke away from Southold. In 36 years of existence, the Riverhead N.J.R.O.T.C. Unit has become well known throughout the ten northeastern states of area four.
The unit has earned numerous unit and individual citations, awards, and trophies at area and national armed and unarmed drill, academic and athletic competitions. Riverhead High School NJROTC has earned the Chief of Naval Education and Training (CNET) Distinguished High School Unit award for 2001/2002 and 2002/2003. In 2004-05, Riverhead NJROTC once again won the CNET Unit Achievement Award; as well as being named as the most improved unit in the area and 3rd most improved in the nation for school year 2004-2005. In 2005-2006, Riverhead earned the Distinguished Unit Award for being one of the top 15 out of 54 schools in Area 4. In 2009-10, even though they did not meet the size requirement of 100, they were given the Distinguished Unity Award for being one of the top units in Area 4. Several of the RHS cadets have earned ROTC scholarships after graduation.
News & Awards
NJROTC - Distinguished Unit With Honors
RHS NJROTC DRILL TEAMS HAVE A STRONG HISTORY OF SUCCESS IN AREA FOUR DRILL MEETS
(April 9, 2016) The RHS Drill Team finished 1st Overall in the last Area Four Regional Drill Meet of the year at Rancocas Valley Regional HS in Mount Holly, NJ. Thirteen schools and over 500 cadets from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware competed in 7 events for the overall awards.
RHS finished 2nd overall at this same event (Rancocas) last year/April 2015. Last year was the first year RHS entered this drill meet.
We finished 2nd Overall at the Southold drill meet earlier in the school year (Dec 2015).
The last time RHS finished first overall at a regional drill meet was the North Rockland HS drill meet in March of 2014. In 2014 RHS NJROTC Drill Teams Placed 3rd Overall in the Area Four Championship Meet.
During the 2012-2013 school year Riverhead High School Drill Teams finished 1st Overall in all five drill meets they entered.
The cadets will visit Marine Corps Base, Quantico, VA, The US Naval Academy, Civil War Battlefield at Fredericksburg, VA and Washington DC. (See News Page.)