Riverdale High School

802 Warrior Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37128
(615) 890-6450

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 2018 students 19 students/teacher (TN avg is 15)

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Gateway/End-of-Course (GT/EOC)

In 2013-2014 Tennessee used the Gateway/End-of-Course (EOC) exams to test high school students in language arts, math, science, and social studies upon completion of relevant courses. Students must pass the algebra I, English II, and biology I tests, called the Gateway exams, in order to graduate. The Gateway/EOC exams are standards-based tests that measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of Tennessee. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.
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About this school

Riverdale High School is a public high school in Bell Buckle. The principal of Riverdale High School is Thomas Nolan, who can be contacted at nolant@rcs.k12.tn.us. 2,018 children attend Riverdale High School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 32% of the 2,018 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Riverdale High School is 19:1. Rutherford County Community Learning Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Arabic
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Russian
  • Spanish


  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cheerleading
  • Crew
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 69%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 4% 9%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 16%
Multiracial 0.8% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.05% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 42%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    There is nothing wrong with the academic programs offered at Riverdale High School. I find it humorous that those that have complained in some of these reviews have numerous grammatical and spelling errors in their posts. That in itself should tell you whether to count or discount their opinion. My daughter is a straight A student at Riverdale who also excels in athletics. I have not found Riverdale to favor athletics over academics. I actually find it to be a nice balance at Riverdale. There is PLENTY of time in life where kids will have to "study study study". I know as I am a chemical engineer and received a full-paid college scholarship based on academics. Riverdale lets kids be kids without sacrificing their education. I am a satisfied parent and my 14 year old daughter LOVES Riverdale. It is truly a "win-win" for all.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is horible!! They do not look out for the best intrest of child. I would never refer anyone to enroll thier child in this school!

  • (1 year ago)

    I've had two children attend Riverdale High School. One graduated(2011) my other child is set to this May(2014). This school is horrendously lacking in preparing their students for life Beyond High School. They are given Absolutely no direction. My eldest graduated High School in the north. The school counselors actually Did Something to prepare him for college. Or if he so chose to go directly into the workforce? He would of then been groomed as to how to succeed in that endeavor. He did not he chose college. Riverdale fails children educationally. They put their money their focus on Sports! Football Baseball&Pep Rally's! I did my two youngest children a great disservice by having them attend this school. If your child's (successful) future is of great importance to you? If it's not all about sports for your child and yourself? Riverdale is not for them. It's mostly the guidance counselors who give absolutely no direction. A handful of teachers are exceptional. Though when it's All Not There? The whole package? The student suffers. Please do your research prior to enroll ing your child here. It's a decision that will last a lifetime.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have a daughter that attends this school and the opportunities this school offers compared to her old school are amazing. The teachers are helpful the school has a good learning environment and many opportunities for kids to get involved.

  • (1 year ago)

    Riverdale is a decent school. I went to Oakland before hand and switch to Riverdale my junior year. People wise RHS is great. Everyone is friendly and so is the faculty. It is very laid back unlike Oakland. I enjoy is here socially. But on the academics side it is very very lacking. I took IB at Oakland and am now in AP at Riverdale and I can say AP is a huge joke. My Advanced Honors classes are more educational than AP. The Spanish department is great. I can say at Riverdale my education has down graded from Oakland. I have not learned much here and I feel that has greatly impacted my feelings towards public highschool.

  • (2 years ago)

    Currently I am a senior at Riverdale. I have been attending this school for 4 years and am very impressed by it. Yes the school helps fund athletics but it has also helped to improve the school throughout. You can actually get a fantastic education while having a lot of school spirit. They offer so many accelerated classes that prepare students for college and all the teachers I have had have actually wanted to see students succeed and learn. I highly recommend that students attend this school take several of the advanced courses and participate in a few of the many clubs/sports they offer. Personally I have been in 7 different clubs/sports taken at least 14 Honors/AH/AP courses and will have around 14 college credit hours when I graduate. Truly the people who are saying the school is just about sports are wrong because I am walking proof that you can get a good education out of going there if you just sign up for the right courses.

  • (5 years ago)

    I went to Riverdale for two years switched over to Blackman and realized I did much better academically at Riverdale so I came back for my senior year. Plus I had a tight-knit set of friends I wanted to keep here.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have a great student body and a wonderful principal who really cares about our students. The pep rallies are the best in the state possibly the country.

  • (5 years ago)

    The facility there makes the school amazing. Mr Nolan is the best principal becauses he's nice and acts like your best friend. The school itself wasn't strict which is what makes student enjoy it more. I never had a teacher I didn't like and every teacher I had I loved because I was able to connect with them. The athletic department is one of the best! all the teams are competitive and amazing at what they do! Overall I loved my time at RHS and the programs they had to offer!

  • (6 years ago)

    I had four kids graduate from Riverdale in the past 10 years. None were athletes. All did very well in college. It's much more than just a football school. The arts programs are improving each year. Academics are somewhat teacher dependent but with parental involvement a great education can be obtained.

  • (6 years ago)

    Riverdale is the best. I'm a freshman and i love it there. the teachers are amazing! go Warriors!! D freshman cheerleaders ROCKKK! ;P i would say if you want your kid to get a good education; send them to the home of the Warriors! but i have to say it is a very sports oriented school. but i love my sports! so.. GO WARRIORS!(

  • (6 years ago)

    Riverdale is home to the mighty Warriors...which unfortunately are no longer so mighty. It is an old run down campus with ineffectual academics and a downright scary lack of security or discipline. The one exception is the French teacher...children actually learn French if nothing else in this school. If you are moving to Rutherford County (the home of the good ol' boy no diversity school board) I suggest checking out Blackman or Siegel.

  • (6 years ago)

    Riverdale has become a much better school. The gym now has air conditioning. (thank goodness) the band room JROTC room and choir room were seperated. The cafeteria is much larger. RIverdale is becoming more of a sports school instead of a football school with help to the lady warrior basketball team in 2007. (state champs!)

  • (7 years ago)

    My son was homeschooled right up until the 9th grade. I was concerned that he would have problems in public school but he has not because Riverdale is an outstanding school.

  • (7 years ago)

    It is true that the school gives a large majorityof there money to the football team. The school is in high need of renovation. The cafeteria is not big enough. The Band Room is not big enough and their is no air conditioning in the gym. We like Riverdale but these are the facts. It is overpopulated. Parking is terrible disrepair. The band has a strong band booster program. But the football team and there needs come first.

  • (8 years ago)

    I loved this school when I attended here from 2002 to 2006. The school spirit is amazing! It is an old school though and needs improvement. The band room is not big enough(or wasn't when I attended) the auditorium isn't big enough and the choir and JROTC rooms need to be in seperate areas from the Band room. Neither are good where they're located for practicing purposes. Also more money is spent on the Football team than anything else. The Football team does not need new uniforms every year. What about using some of their money for the band or something else? Most teachers and Mr. Nolan are great! There are so many oportunities for learning and Mr. Nolan seems to really care about and love this school. But maybe instead of the county spending money to improve Blackman and Siegel(newer schools) they renovate Riverdale and Oakland instead.

  • (8 years ago)

    Riverdale is a wonderful school. It is famous for its school spirit for good reason. If you want a school with impressive academics diverse classes many extracurricular activities and a supportive student body then Riverdale is for you.

  • (8 years ago)

    Riverdale has great school spirit wonderful leadership and an outstanding student body. As a parent I am proud for my child to attend RHS. For those who are unaware the football team requires each player to raise a rather large sum of money each year. In addition the parents and grandparents etc. who support the team continue to raise funds all year by working the concession stands selling ads car washes etc. The parent support group tries to provide for the needs of the team so they can concentrate on being the best they can be on the field and not worry about money. It is not true that the school only supports football. The school focuses on academics as well as other extracurricular activities. It is a very winning and motivating environment to be in.

  • (8 years ago)

    Riverdale is unfortunately a football high school meaning that the majority of all funds are allocated to the athletic program. While the athletes are excellent not very much credit is given to those students solely concentrating on their studies.

  • (9 years ago)

    great teacher support great honors courses fantastic parent involvement and unmatched sports program

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