The process of the merger began during the 1988-1989 school year and was completed with the merger of the students in the fall of 1989. The first combined class graduated in June of 1990.
The merger created some necessary changes for the student body. With the population now being coed and the entire building now open to both boys and girls, a new uniform was instituted for both girls and boys. The academic and discipline regulations had to be standardized. The boys and girls each retained their original mascots, the Raider and Ragdoll respectively. Before the merger, some events were already coed, such as marching band and the drama program. Annual events, such as proms and school picnics, have been combined and continued after the merger. Other traditions were blended to become part of the new coed school.
Archbishop Ryan has traditionally offered extensive educational programs, changing over the course of school’s existence to adapt to the changing needs of the modern workplace.
Due to the merging of the schools, more academic opportunities could be offered to the students. Incorporating state of the art technology with traditional instruction methods, Archbishop Ryan has prepared generations of students to be successful in their post high school endeavors.
Archbishop Ryan has always been primarily a Catholic institution, as reflected by our religious education curriculum, special religious events, in-house and overnight retreats, and daily witness to our Catholic faith. From its start, the school has been staffed by a number of religious communities of men and women. Sisters of Saint Joseph, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament, Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth can be found in many of the offices, as well as the classrooms. Early in 2008, the Assumption Province made the decision to reassign all but one of the Franciscan friars, beginning with the 2008/2009 school year. At this time, two diocesan priests were assigned to replace the friars in both the classroom and the school ministry office.
Archbishop Ryan has offered a wide variety of extracurricular activities over the years. The clubs, sports, and service opportunities at Ryan have evolved to reflect student interests, faculty availability, and changing times. The music department offers a variety of performance activities, as well as two musical theater productions each year. At this time, approximately 90% of the student body participates in the various activities.
Today, Archbishop Ryan is the largest high school in the Archdiocesan system.
The school’s distinctive red and gold seal, containing the Archbishop Ryan motto, “In Vite Mane” is visible throughout the school. Its meaning, “Remain on the Vine,” is not an empty phrase. Students and alumni continue to be a part of the Ryan family.