River Ridge High School (Florida)
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|River Ridge Middle / High School|
|New Port Richey, Florida
|Locale||Urban Fringe of Large City|
|Principal||Angie Murphy (Middle School)|
|Principal||Dr. Toni Zetsche|
|Number of students||3,593|
|School color(s)||Purple and Silver|
River Ridge is a public middle/high school complex founded in 1991 in New Port Richey, Florida. It was Florida's first joint middle/high school complex and is a part of the Pasco County School System. Both schools have their own classrooms, media center, and administrators. They share the cafeteria, theater, administrative offices, gymnasium, and athletic facilities. The complex is the largest school in Pasco County. The school mascot is the "Royal Knight" and their school colors are purple and silver.
River Ridge has many sports including football, hockey, soccer, basketball, tennis, wrestling, weightlifting, volleyball, cheerleading, swimming, cross country, and track. They also offer marching and concert band, drama, dancing and an AFJROTC unit.
Other student organizations include French, German, Spanish, Science, History, Art, and Kitty Hawk Honor Societies, Political Science Club, Interact, SADD, Key Club, Joint Student Teacher Council, Student Council, Chess Club, DCT, Straight Club, SPLASH (Students Protecting Land And Sea Habitats), KORR TV-5 News, Thespians, Running Club, FBLA, Tri-M, the River Ridge Executive Council, an AFJROTC unit, and the Academy of Engineering.
River Ridge High School also offers a robotics club as part of its Academy of Engineering. The robotics club, known as Royal Robotics, takes part in the VEX Robotics Competition, FIRST Robotics Competition (team 5842), and ComBots (Combat Robotics). Royal Robotics takes part in community outreach projects aimed to start STEM related activities in local schools, as well as inspiring young children to choose a STEM related career. The club has won many notable awards, such as the Rookie Inspiration Award at the FIRST Robotics South Florida Regional competition and first place at local ComBots competitions. The team has also taken part in notable competitions, including the VEX Robotics Florida State Championship in 2015, and the 2016 FIRST Robotics World Championship.
Principals of River Ridge
- Robert Dorn, 1991 - 1995
- Tina Tiede, 1995 - 2000
- Tammy Rabon, 2000 - 2004
- Jim Michaels, 2004 - 2009
- Maria Swanson, 2009 - 2015
- Toni Zetzsche, 2015 - present
- Ryan Benjamin, former NFL player, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Martin Starr, actor
- TJ Tucker, former professional baseball player
- Frank Magazu, engineer and robotic creator