Ruleville Central High School
|Ruleville Central High School|
|360 L F Packer Drive, Ruleville, Mississippi, 38771
|Type||Comprehensive Public High School|
|School district||Sunflower County School District|
|Superintendent||John W. Sullivan|
|Principal||Dr. Darron L. Edwards|
|Feeder schools||Drew Hunter Middle School
Moorhead Middle School
Ruleville Central High School (RCHS) is a public high school located in Ruleville, Mississippi, United States. It is a part of the Sunflower County School District, and had 381 students enrolled in Nov. 2012.
The school serves Sunflower County, including the cities of Drew, Moorhead, Ruleville, and the Sunflower County portion of Shaw; the towns of Doddsville, Inverness, and Sunflower; and several unincorporated communities including Rome, and the employee residences of nearby Mississippi State Penitentiary.
The principal is Dr. Darren Edwards, a graduate of Mississippi Valley State University. The school's mission is "to provide our students with measurable knowledge, skills, and determination to succeed in the new millennium through exemplary teaching and learning practices."
Ruleville Central High School was originally named Ruleville Colored School. In the early 1930s, noted Mississippi artist Bailey Magnet created bas-relief sculptures for the school.
The city of Ruleville was home to civil rights leader Fannie Lou Hamer. After her death in 1977, an overflow memorial service accommodating people who could not attend the primary memorial service at a church was held at Ruleville Central, with over 1,500 people in attendance. Andrew Young, the United States Ambassador to the United Nations, spoke at the RCHS service.
In 1998, a tornado caused extensive damage to classrooms and the gymnasium, with 1 inch (25 mm) of water flooding. Principal Jimmy Smith estimated $1 million as a "conservative" estimate of damage, and Mayor Harvey Springer added that looters had entered the school.
In Sept. 2006, tragedy struck the school when one of its students, Robert Cassidy, was paralyzed from the chest down on the opening kickoff of a football game against Gentry High School. Cassidy's injuries garnered an outpouring of support from the community.
On July 1, 2012, nearby Drew School District was consolidated into the Sunflower County School District. As a result, the Sunflower County School District's attendance boundary expanded, and the high school division of Drew Hunter High School was closed, with its high school students rezoned to Ruleville Central.
Notable teaching staff include former Olympic basketball player Lusia Harris. As well, veteran teacher Cordina Barber was the recipient of a Shine-A-Light award from Black Entertainment Television in recognition of her work with the schools' Parent Teacher Student Association to organize a two-day student boycott in March 2010 to draw attention to the school's conditions.
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