Students enrolled 1219
School leader MR. COY PILSON
Transportation options Yes
District Bay County School District

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1000 School Avenue
Panama City, FL 32401

(850) 767-4500
(850) 872-4827
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4 stars
Based on 25 ratings

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February 11, 2013
I as a student love rutherford, everyone is friendly, our IB and ComTech Programs are great, ive seen so many students in IB go to big colleges such as LSU, FSU, UF etc..our athletics are great, the school does need a bit tidying up a bit but no school is perfect, yes there are a few bad crowds there but you can choose to stay away from them and the school is fine, i honestly don't think there is a better school in bay county with an academic program like them, outside of IB is average, average students making average grades just trying to pass, most things people hear are rumors other than that rutherford is a great school with great caring staff, anyone would fit in at this school.

- submitted by a student
August 30, 2012
My son is a 9th grader this year.coming from a very bad middle school.He has always made good grades but was bullyed in school.So far Rutherford we find is a great school.Perhaps the classes he is taking is making a differance.He is taking much pride in the JROTC program and is friends with some great kids and staff.GO RAMS.

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
September 19, 2009
I graduated from Rutherford in 2008 and I can honestly say that it is an excellents school. Rutherford has a variety of programs, such as IB and HOSA, that other area high schools do not. Also, the education that I recieved at Rutherford definetely prepared me for college.

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating June 14, 2009
I'm going to be a junior this upcoming school year, and I really think Rutherford is a great school. Lots of people say negative things about Rutherford, but the same problems are at other schools also. No high school is going to be perfect. We don't have that many fights either. Walking the halls is not scary. In fact, I've never been afraid since I first started as a freshman. I'm in the IB program, but I do have my elective classes with average students.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 24, 2009
As a parent of a Jr., I find some personel unprofessional. When I had a concern of my childs attendance, tardiness, and grades, I felt my concerns were pushed to the wayside. I spoke with a particular person within the school who I thought was genuinely concerned about my child, but it turns out that person did not follow through with our conversaton to take care of this matter. So basically, I have kept my distance because it is a waste of time.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2009
As a former student from 79 and also have a child that attends Rutherford I am a very satisfied in Rutherford then and now. The teachers for the most part go beyond the call of duty, There are some changes in the administration that should be fixed. All children however, are treated equal whether IB, Com Tech, sports are whatever. One teacher mentor has got to be recognized very highly. Coach Rivers that is a great Coach he goes by the book as for grades, GPA, and disciplinary. My son tells me he sends an email out every so often to find out if his boys are be up standing boys if not he gets on their behinds about it. He does discipline on the field that makes them think about what they did wrong. Go Rams you will always be number 1

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2008
as a student that goes to rutherofrd high school i would firdt off like to point out that all the things the person below me has written is not entirely true. second off what you see at RHS is pretty much what youll see at any other high shcool. its my last year at RHS and i am proud to say i am very happy at rutherford. the teachers are amazing for the most part and the deans and our principle is magnificant. and we do have SRO's but then again so does every school in bay county...its required. and as for the fights, we have very little, no more than the neighboring schools, and i would also like to point out that rutherford was ranked to have some of the best behavior out of all the high schools. and by the way im non-IB

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November 11, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 09, 2008
I agree with the former student. I very recently made the decision to leave Rutherford. The student behavior at Rutherford affect the education of others and most teachers are too afraid to do anything. Walking through the halls of Rutherford reveals such a use of profanity that it should be illegal. There are so many fights and dangers at that school that they have full time police officers circling the school. And even then, I have seen possession of switchblades,lighters, and even pencils and pens being used as weapons. I feel that some parents who wote this school with more thatn one star may not know the dangers that surround this school. Most students are threatened to keep quiet or to avoid it all,just transfer schools.Even though there are alot of teachers who truly care about their students,I highly recommend to anyone considering Rutherford look over their options again.

- submitted by a student
October 29, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 12, 2008
As a former student i can honestly say Rutherford is not worthy of the high rankings it has received. The IB program is a positive part of the school but the students who are not a part of IB fade into the background. The classrooms are rowdy and for the most part teachers either can't or won't gain control. A lot of the teachers don't seem to care and just want to get through the day so they can get out of there. If you are in IB it is a fine school to go to but if you do not plan on joining the IB program then don't go to Rutherford because the stuff that goes on outside of the IB halls and office and the band room isn't worth it. Just go check out the bathrooms and notice all the gang graffitti all over the walls.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2007
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August 31, 2007
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- submitted by a community member
May 11, 2006
The International Baccalaureate program offered at RHS is the finest public school college prep program in the county - hands down. Its comprehensive curriculum challanges a student and creates a school within a school atmosphere that is special.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2006
Rutherford faculty are great. The diversity on the RHS campus offers students the chance to experience other cultures without ever leaving Florida. The programs offered by the school give students the opportunity to feel like they are a part of a large school. They can be a big fish in a big pond or be part of one of the programs and be a big fish in a little pond that is part of the big pond.

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March 01, 2006
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November 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
I praised the staff earlier in August but must say that I agree with comments read. I will only say this Mr. Bulloch is sorely missed by many students and especially parents. As the school year progresses he is missed more and more.

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October 05, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 17, 2005
My child is an IB student. He has had the best of teachers and equipment available to him to further his education. The IB program encourages him to reach out beyond his boundaries. On the down side, this public school has the usual to distract students. The teachers, however, are the best in the county and have earned the rank of the school being in the top 1000 schools in the country.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
The adademics at Rutherford are A+, and the majority of teachers honestly care about the students - Highly recommended for the acedemics. However, administration is extremely over the top with their desire for authority, allow no leeway for teenage expression and make no attempt to understand the needs of the students.

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February 28, 2005
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Rutherford High School
1000 School Avenue, Panama City, FL  32401
(850) 767-4500
Last modified Rutherford High School is a Public school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Rutherford High School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top