S. H. Rider High School
|S. H. Rider High School|
|4611 Cypress Avenue
Wichita Falls, Texas, 76310
|Grades||9th – 12th|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Rival||Wichita Falls High School|
Located at 4611 Cypress Avenue in southwestern Wichita Falls, the school opened in 1961 and serves students in grades nine through twelve.
The school mascot is the Rider Raider.
The Alma Mater was written by the school's choral director, Donald B. Cowan who taught at Rider for 32 years.
Rider Band/Orchestra is a highly celebrated organization in the school and in all of Texas. Their Marching Band and Color Guard was invited to London for the First Event of the Diamond Jubilee that took place in January 2012.
The school was named for Stephen H. Rider, a long-time educator in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. He was principal of Wichita Falls High School from 1919 to 1949. He died in 1958, two years before ground was broken for the school that bears his name.
Rider High School has long had a rivalry with Wichita Falls High School, locally know as "Old High". The week of the football games between the two makes news each year, also sparking vandalism, wrecks and attacks from both sides. Rider holds "The Happening", a tradition that happens the day before the Rider-Old High game that marks the end of the football season. "The Happening" usually includes pep rallies, barbecues, fireworks and a parade through the neighborhood, all sponsored by the band.
As of the 2005–2006 school year, Rider High had a total of 1,779 students (81.6% White, 9.2% Hispanic, 5.6% African American, 3.0% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.6% Native American). 19.5% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged. In 2007 the gross expenditure per student was approximately $4,528.
21% of the student body are listed as low-income while an additional 35.5% are listed as 'at risk'
11% percent of students are enrolled in the Special Education. 12.4% are listed as members of the Gifted and Talented Association, though notable the campus has no program to accommodate these students to speak of. Less than 1% of students are listed as possessing 'limited' English-speaking skills.
The schools attendance rate has rested consistently at 95% for years.
2006–07 Accountability rating
RHS alumni results on College Board tests
In the SAT the mean score stands at 527 Math, 518 Verbal, with a composite of 1045.
On the ACT Raiders scored 22.8 on English, 22.6 on Math, 23.6 on Reading, 21.4 on Science, with a 22.7 composite score.
Steve Railsback, played as Charles Manson in "Helter Skelter"
WFISD campus facts (.pdf file)