Riverside High School (El Paso, Texas)

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Riverside High School
Riverside High School Logo.jpg
Location
301 Midway Dr
El Paso, Texas

United States
Information
Type Public
Established 1969
School district Ysleta ISD
Principal Michael Martinez
Faculty (on FTE basis)
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,400(est)
Color(s) Burnt Orange and Blue          
Athletics conference 4A
Mascot Rangers

History[edit]

Riverside High School in El Paso, Texas opened its doors in 1969. It is a traditional four-year high school and a part of the Ysleta Independent School District. The school sits in El Paso's Lower Valley only a few hundred yards from the Rio Grande and Mexico. In 2006, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) rated the school as "Academically Acceptable." Due to its location within El Paso, Riverside has historically had an overwhelmingly predominant Hispanic population. TEA lists it at 97 percent (with 3 percent white and less than 1 percent African American).

Riverside has long been recognized for its academics. In the early 1990s, Riverside sent more Hispanics to Ivy League colleges than any other public high school in the country. Riverside is one of few high schools in El Paso to achieve the recognized rating from the Texas Education Agency. Also, the school has never failed to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress outlined by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Riverside previously housed the Ysleta district's technology magnet program. It currently houses the Socratic Institute for teachers interested in pedagogy as well as the Academy for Sciences and Technology.

In 1993, Chicano activist César Chávez visited the school to talk about his then boycott on grapes to protest the use of pesticides in the fields where poor, Hispanic farm workers labored. He told students the pesticides were affecting the health of the farm workers and their families. Chávez died months after his visit. Nearby César Chávez Academy is named in his honor.

For years, the Riverside campus remained unchanged. In the mid-1980s, the school received a new library and classroom wing. In the early 1990s, the facade of the school was drastically changed and a theater was added. Riverside is currently undergoing heavy renovations that include the construction of a field house for athletic teams and a new fine arts wing for music and theater instruction.

Riveside High School is known as the "Pride of the Lower Valley" and more recently "Riverside the Only Side"

Sports teams[edit]

In the late 1990s and to this day, Riverside has one of the best football programs among El Paso area high schools. The Rangers, under the leadership of coach Tom Work, made the playoffs every year from 1993 to 2006, (except for 1995 season) and are the first El Paso team to reach the regional semi-finals in two consecutive years. The Rangers won every district game from 1999 to 2005. The Ranger basketball and baseball teams have both made the state semi-finals in the 1990s. The Lady Rangers have also had consistent success in volleyball and basketball.

Fight song[edit]

The Ranger Fight Song is sung to the tune of The Victors, the University of Michigan fight song:

We're the mighty Rangers fighting strong Showing spirit with our song

Go!

Let's go Rangers And fight with all your might.

We're the Lower Valley's only pride We'll fight with courage side by side We're from Riverside/and we are number one.

Orange! Orange and white...Rangers!

Fight! Fight!


Notable alumni[edit]

Clubs[edit]

  • Rangerettes: Melissa Nava
  • Folklorico: Linda Marquez
  • Junior Civitan
  • Students Against Drunk Driving
  • National Honor Society: Lorenza Bujanda
  • Future Business Leaders of America: Irma Soria
  • Business Professionals of America
  • Yearbook: Emilie Madrid
  • Art Club: Ricardo Boisselier, Rudy Martinez
  • Speech & Debate: Steven Solis
  • Spanish Club
  • French Club: Connie Aguilar-Hardy
  • German Club: Patricia Crafton
  • Army JROTC-1SG (R) Milton Johnson
  • Choir: Monica Gutierrez
  • Media Tech: Ernest Gutierrez
  • Orchestra: Osvaldo Altamirano
  • Jazz band: Jason Lauturner and Daniel Colunga
  • Drama: Steven Bonner, Stephen Solis
  • Student Council: Thelma Gaumer

Feeder schools[edit]

  • Riverside Middle "Rebels"
  • Rio Bravo Middle "Lobos"
  • Ascarate Elementary "Eagles"
  • Cadwallader Elementary "Bobcats"
  • Cedar Grove Elementary "Braves"
  • Ramona Elementary "Rams"
  • Thomas Manor Elementary "Hornets"
  • Constance Hulbert Elementary "Hawks"
  • Riverside Elementary, now closed

César Chávez Academy and Tejas School of Choice (at old Riverside Elementary) are in the Riverside area. They are both alternative education schools that serve students throughout the Ysleta Independent School District.

Board of trustees[edit]

Trustee Andy Ramirez represents the Riverside area on the Ysleta Independent School District Board of Trustees. He was elected in 2009 and her term expires in 2012.

Previous trustees include Andy Ramirez, Roberto Lerma, Bea Sada, Carmen Muñoz and Carlos Sandoval. Ramirez, Lerma and Sandoval also served as presidents of the Ysleta school board.