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About This School

Riverdale High School is a public high school in Murfreesboro. The principal of Riverdale High School is Thomas Nolan, whose e-mail is nolant@rcs.k12.tn.us. 2,134 students go to Riverdale High School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 29% of the 2,134 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Riverdale High School is 19:1. Rutherford County Community Learning Center is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • 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
  • Sports

    • 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 73% 71%
Asian/Pacific Islander 6% 4%
Asian 6% %
Hispanic 4% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 16%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.09% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 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!

  • (4 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.

  • (5 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!(

  • (5 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.

  • (5 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!)

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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.

  • (7 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.

  • (7 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.

  • (7 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.

  • (8 years ago)

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

  • (8 years ago)

    i think that riverdale is a great school. mr.Nolan is a great principal! riverdale's athletics are also great! im a big fan of the football team! i love riverdale because the teachers are great and they give you freedom but also they keep you in line! i highly recomment riverdale to anyone!

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is very good with outside of school activities. It has a nationally ranked foot ball team and other very good sports teams. The test scores in this school are great and the school spirit is very very high. This school is a greatpart of Rutherford County and evn the state of Tennessee.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am not a parent but I am a current student at Riverdale High. I must say that this school is not nearly the best. The faculty is mostly comprised of first year teachers who can't handle the stress of teachers who are about to retire and only come to school to collect a pay check. Do not think that I am bashing this school b/c I am a deliquent teenager I am will in fact be graduating this year with an honors diploma. I have worked hard and alone. I as well have a unique perspective on the school b/c I moved to TN the summer before my feshman year from UT and I immeadatly saw and felt the difference and how bad the education progams were. I was not allowed to carry the high school credits I had earned in UT to this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is my first year at Riverdale and I love it! All the teachers are well educated. It's a big school but they really have it well organized and planned. They give us freedom to be responsible but are still there if we ever need them. I know that I can always go to someone for help even though it's such a big school. They offer so many classes activites and clubs for all students. Riverdale is a WONDERFUL school and I've only been there for 4 days! Parents and kids will LOVE this school!

  • (10 years ago)

    I was a student at Riverdale and it was the greatest school ever. All of the teachers and principals were super and always ready to help with anything. It is the best school. I loved it. It truley was the best four years of my life.

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