Tag Archives: Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School

Retro RFH Rite of Passage: Close Donovan’s Encounters

Close encounters at an iconic RFH alum hang-out may be a thing of the past these days, but old memories of Donovan’s Reef times die hard. So do close RFH classmate relationships.

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RFH Junior Accepted to Prestigious Rutgers NJ Governor’s Summer Program

Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) junior Evelyn (Evie) Manelski has been accepted into the New Jersey Governor’s School of Engineering and Technology at Rutgers University this summer.  

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Retro RFH Gym Teacher Appreciation: Pat Robinson, a Near-Centenarian

It’s Teacher Appreciation Week. And, ironically, May 4, the start of the week, marked the posthumous 100th birthday of a former longtime RFH gym teacher and field hockey coach — icon Pat Robinson, who passed away just shy of her centenarian milestone.

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RFH Student-Athletes Sign Letters of Intent In Socially Distant Way

Three more Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) student-athletes have made their college choices and sports commitments official recently by signing Letters of Intent.

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RFH Track Star Runs with COVID-19 Healthcare Hero Fundraiser

Rumson Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) senior Bobby Hoye saw a chance to help in the COVID-19 pandemic crisis and he ran with it — literally.

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In Memorium: Popular RFH Field Hockey Coach, Gym & Health Teacher, Pat Robinson, 99

Decades’ worth of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) alumnus are mourning the loss and celebrating the life of a trailblazing former coach and teacher.

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Retro RFH Girl Playing the Boys’ Baseball Field

RFH Class of '78 alumni Nancy Whelchel was the first girl to play on the boys' baseball team. Photo/George Day
RFH Class of ’78 alumni Nancy Whelchel was the first girl to play on the boys’ baseball team.
Photo/George Day

Yes, it’s all about the high school baseball season being benched right now over the COVID-19 pandemic.

It’s game-changing news. Who knows if things will ever be the same on the high school baseball field. And back in the 1970s, the idea of RFH girls breaking into sports that were traditionally boys’ turf was taboo. Then came another game changer — a girl who wanted to be one of the boys on the field. That was Nancy Whelchel of the RFH Class of ’78.

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Retro RFH View From the Baseball Sidelines

Well, it’s pretty clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has struck out baseball at RFH and everywhere else this season.

Waiting for their time at bat to knock it out of the park, dugout time can prove quite pensive. Sitting it out. Coming off the field victorious or slammed. Whatever the reason for the time in the dugout, it was still time spent with the team.

These days, though, even being benched is a solitary event. So, as the RFH baseball players of today sit out the game separated, quarantined during an unprecedented time that they’ll no doubt get together and talk about at their reunions, we offer a look back to RFH baseball of the 1970s and another view from the dugout of a team deep in thought.

Looks like one of these players is bothered by something. Can anyone guess what? Who are these guys?

Thanks, once again, to the fabulous George Day for this look back in RFH time!

In Memorium: Longtime Rumsonite, RFH Grad, Actor, Hal Holst, 66

The tragedy of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School (RFH) alumnus community with the death from complications of the virus of RFH Class of ’72 graduate and community theater actor Hal Holst on April 2.

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