Ringgold High School (Georgia)

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Ringgold High School
29 Tiger Trail
Ringgold, Georgia 30736-2024
United States
Coordinates 34°55′13″N 85°06′34″W / 34.920390°N 85.109522°W / 34.920390; -85.109522Coordinates: 34°55′13″N 85°06′34″W / 34.920390°N 85.109522°W / 34.920390; -85.109522[1]
Established 1957
School district Catoosa County School District
Principal JR Jones
Staff 78[2]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,371[2]
Student to teacher ratio 18:1[2]
Athletics conference GHSA Div. 7A-AAA
Mascot Tiger
Rivals Gordon Lee High School
Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School
Heritage High School
Accreditation Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Georgia Accrediting Commission
Telephone (706) 935-2254
Fax (706) 965-8910

Ringgold High School is a public four-year comprehensive high school located in Catoosa County, Georgia, United States, in the outskirts of Chattanooga, Tennessee. It serves the communities of Ringgold and was the first high school to be founded in Catoosa County.

The school currently represents Region 7-AAA in athletics.

On April 27, 2011, Ringgold High School was heavily damaged by an F4 tornado.[3] For the remainder of the 2010-2011 school year, Ringgold students attended Heritage High School in the afternoons while Heritage students attended school in the mornings.

JR Jones is the school principal. The assistant principals are Tom Jenkins, Dr. Lisa Logan, and Matt Maynor.[citation needed]


Extracurricular activities at the school include Humane Society, FFA, JHBA, HOSA, Spanish, German, DECA, Thespians, FBLA, FCA, Beta, Academic Team, and JROTC.


Ringgold Tigers athletics sends five or more sports to the playoffs each year. Athletics offered at Ringgold include football, baseball, volleyball, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, wrestling, dance team, cheerleading, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, cross country, track & field, boys' golf, girls' golf, softball, boys' tennis, and girls' tennis.


The Ringgold Tigers are currently in their 65th year of football, with an overall 284-360-8 record. The Tigers have managed to clinch a state playoff berth five times; the first, in their 1989 season, resulted in an 18-16 defeat to Cedartown High School in the first round. The second came in 2003 where they were defeated by a superb Tucker High School team in the first round 45-28. In the third, the Tigers posted an 8-2 record with both their regular season losses coming by a combined 4 points. The Tigers were once again eliminated in the first round, the loss handed to them by the North Hall High School Trojans by a score of 39-21. The fourth, in 2012, was a loss at North Oconee High School by a score of 37 to 14. The fifth was in 2013, when in the first round they beat North Hall High School at home 55-54. In the second round they played at Cedar Grove High School and won 37-12. In the quarter finals they played Central Carroll High School at home and won 35-10. The Tigers were finally knocked out in the semi-finals with a loss at Washington County 37-0. The Tigers were one game away from a State Championship game appearance. Their overall playoff record is 3-5. The Tiger football program have posted 24 winning seasons in the school's history.

2009 season[edit]

  • Overall record: (8-2)
  • 7A-AAA Record: (6-2) 3rd - Final
  • Sub A Record: (4-1) 2nd - Final
Week Date Opponent Result Record
2 September 4, 2009 Murphy, NC W 34-6 1-0
3 September 11, 2009 Adairsville W 13-7 2-0
4 September 18, 2009 South Paulding L 6-7 2-1
5 September 25, 2009 Central, Carroll W 26-7 3-1
6 October 2, 2009 Southeast Whitfield W 48-26 4-1
7 October 9, 2009 Ridgeland L 7-10 4-2
8 October 16, 2009 Lafayette W 14-0 5-2
9 October 23, 2009 Lakeview, Ft. O W 26-20 6-2
10 October 30, 2009 Heritage W 49-20 7-2
11 November 6, 2009 Central, Carroll W 14-7 8-2
P1 November 13, 2009 North Hall L 21-39 8-3

Ringgold Tiger Band[edit]

The Ringgold High School Tiger Marching Band has performed during halftime shows for Ringgold Tiger Football since 1963. The first Ringgold band began with 25 members and has grown every year to over 200.

The band has received the title of Grand Champion for many of their award-winning shows, such as "The Roman Invasion", "Soldiers and Saints", "Symphonic Sounds", and their 2008 performance "A Latin Fantasy." More recent shows include 2009's "Chuck Mangione", 2010's "Dances of Carmen the Spanish Gypsy", and 2011's "A Tribute to New York" and the "10th Anniversary of 9-11". Their 2012 show was titled "Coming Home" and was the diamond anniversary of the Ringgold Band, celebrating their 75th anniversary and their return to Don Patterson Stadium after the April 27, 2011 storms forced the football team to play at nearby college University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. The 2013 show for the Ringgold Marching Tiger Band was "Jo Ha Kyu", with themes from "Khan" by Julie Giroux, featuring Asian melodies, vocals, martial arts inspired visuals, and colorguard uniforms.

The RHS Marching Tiger Band represented the state of Georgia in the 2006 New York City's Veterans Day parade, 2011 Chicago Saint Patrick's Day Parade, and the 2012 New York Veteran's Day Parade, and was awarded "Band of the Year" in the Chattanooga area. This year the band was named Grand Champion of both of the competitions they attended.

Ringgold also has two jazz bands, both of which attend the region jazz performance evaluation. Every year, the band hosts a fundraising event known as Puttin' on the Ritz, which showcases the middle and high school jazz bands as well as raises the funds necessary to start the next year strong.

Ringgold is known in the district and state for having many members audition and make District Honor Band and District Honor Jazz Band, All-State Band, and All-State Jazz Band. Some Ringgold members also belong to the Chattanooga Youth Symphony.

The Ringgold Tiger Band currently has 150 members.


The Ringgold Tiger Baseball Team made it to the GHSA State Finals vs. Columbus High School. The team advanced this far by beating Creekview High School in the first round in three games, then St. Pius X in the second round. After defeating the Lions, the Tigers played Rutland High School at home and won the series in the three games. That set up a semi-final game at Oconee High School in which the Tigers swept the Warriors in two straight games. The team have finished 2nd in the state twice since 1954.


  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". Retrieved 2010-06-03. 
  2. ^ a b c School Stats, Retrieved June 2, 2010.
  3. ^ Ringgold, GA Tornado Confirmed as an EF-4 Tornado, The OKCStormWatcher Weather Blog, April 29, 2011. Retrieved April 30, 2011.

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