Roy C. Ketcham was President of the Board of Education, and a member of the Board for approximately 25 years. He was part of the centralization movement of the Wappingers School District in 1937. As a result of the considerable population growth of the 1950's and 1960's, a new senior high school was built and opened to students in the fall of 1962. The new school was named in honor of the prestigious citizen of our community.
In July of 1985, Mr. Ketcham was named in a Poughkeepsie Journal poll as one of the ten most influential "movers and shakers" in Dutchess County. He was the guest speaker at our class of 1987 (25th Anniversary class) graduation. In December 1989, Mr. Ketcham passed away leaving a void in the Southern Dutchess Community.
Our school has been characterized for years by a tradition of excellence. A few words about a recent graduating class presents part of the picture. A recent class consisted of 436 graduates, approximately 87% of whom continued their formal education full-time; of which 42% enrolled in four-year colleges and universities and 45% entered two-year colleges. Some Graduates will be entering the military. Graduates of the class went on to study at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, Northwestern, and NYU. Four students were recognized by the prestigious National Merit Scholarship program, 17 were New York State Academic Excellence Scholarship winners, and 6 were recipients of the Thomas J. Watson Scholarship.
In 2020, RCK had a 97% graduation rate, the highest in Dutchess County. The graduation rate for the Class of 2021 was 95%.
Roy C. Ketcham High School was listed by MSNBC/Newsweek Magazine as 881 in the National Challenge Index of the 1000 top schools in the Nation!