Richland High School (Washington)
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|Richland High School|
930 Long Ave|
Richland, WA 99352
|School district||Richland School District|
|Principal||Mr. Tim Praino|
Richland High School is located in Richland, Washington, in the south-eastern part of the state. It was founded as Columbia High School in 1910 to serve the educational needs of the small town of Richland. The building was replaced with a much larger structure by the US Army Corps of Engineers in 1944 as part of the Manhattan Project. The campus is located at 930 Long Ave.
The facilities were extensively renovated ca 1964. The facilities have also been remodeled in stages between 1995 and 2006. Until the founding of Hanford High School in 1972, Richland High served as the only high school in the entire city. The school is part of the Richland School District.
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Richland High has roughly 2,000 students, making it a 4A school by Washington's state classifications. The football stadium, which is used for both Richland and Hanford High School events, is located immediately adjacent to the grounds of Richland High School, and was named Fran Rish Stadium in his honor in 1986.
The Bombers were state champions in 1981, 1999, and 2017, and played in the title game in 1975, 1996, and 2016. The 2017 team was coached by Mike Neidhold, the 1999 team by Lonnie Pierson, and the 1981 football team State champions were coached by Coach J.D. Covington.
Richland was a cross country power in the early 1970s, winning a then-record five straight AAA state boys' titles under coaches Max Jensen (1970–72) and Mike Hepper (1973–74). Jensen went on to be a successful coach at Spokane Community College. The RHS girls' cross-country team won the state championship in 1993 under coach Mike Mills, and also qualified for state in 2005 and 2006.
RHS has a very strong girls and boys soccer program. The 1999 state champion team, led by future United States World Cup and Gold Medalist winning goalkeeper Hope Solo, was undefeated and ranked fourth in the nation. Both the boys' and girls' team were state champions in 2003.
Octavio DoValle Sr. has been the Richland High School boys soccer coach since 1987. Under his direction, the soccer program built the first dedicated high school soccer stadium in state history.
Richland High School's baseball team has been highly successful, winning four state titles in eleven years (1999,2005,2007,2009), and one more in 2018. This was especially impressive considering the football team had won state earlier in that same school year, Josh Mendoza and Adam Weissenfels playing key roles on both teams. Former coach Ben Jacobs is the winningest coach in school history with over 400 wins. One of Jacobs' notable alumni is Travis Buck of the Cleveland Indians, formerly of the Oakland Athletics.
Richland High School has had a strong Boys Golf program since the 1970s. RHS won three state championships in the span of 5 years, the years being 2000-2005. As of 2016 the school placed 2nd in state.
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- James Albaugh: Class Of 1968 - former CEO of Boeing Commercial Airplanes
- Travis Buck: Class of 2002 - Major League Baseball outfielder
- Gene Conley: Class of 1948 - Major League Baseball pitcher and National Basketball Association forward
- Larry Coryell: Class of 1961 - musician, jazz fusion guitarist
- Santino Fontana: Class of 2000 - stage actor, director, and composer
- Liz Heaston: Class of 1997 - soccer and football, first woman to score a point in a college football game
- Kurt Kafentzis: former NFL defensive back
- Mark Kafentzis: former NFL defensive back
- John Lesko: Class of 2006 - USSF Division 2 Professional League defender
- James Mattis: Class of 1968 - USMC General, commander of United States Central Command, and Secretary of Defense in Donald Trump administration
- John Meyers: Class of 1958 - National Football League defensive tackle
- Greg Olson: Class of 1981 - National Football League assistant coach
- Michael Peterson: Class of 1977 - singer, country singer
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