Riverheads High School

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Riverheads High School
19 Howardsville Road, Staunton, Virginia 24401
Type Public school
Motto "Proud past, promising future"
Established 1962
School district Augusta County
Principal Max Lowe
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 530
Color(s) Red, Black & White             
Athletics Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Indoor Track, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling
Athletics conference A Shenandoah District
Region B
Mascot Gladiator
Nickname Red Pride
Rivals Wilson Memorial High School, Stuarts Draft High School, Buffalo Gap High School

Riverheads High School is a public school located in Augusta County, Virginia. Riverheads is the home of the Gladiators. Riverheads High School was built in 1962 to accommodate 600 students. Located at Routes 11 and 701, ten miles south of Staunton, it is one of five high schools serving Augusta County. A six-classroom wing was added in 1976 to provide for increased enrollment and additional course offerings. An eight million dollar program, completed in 1997, provided renovation with improved and expanded instructional, athletic, and support facilities. Riverheads is nestled in an historic area. In the vicinity are the Hessian House, McCormick’s Grist Mill, and Old Providence Church. Nearby three major highways converge: I-81, U.S. 11, and Route 340. Students are transported by buses covering an area which extend eighteen miles at certain points. Forming the school community are areas such as Moffatts Creek, McKinley, Newport, Vesuvius, Mint Spring, Middlebrook, Greenville, Spottswood, Lofton, White Hill, Jollivue, and the southern sections of both the Stuarts Draft area and the Beverley Manor District. Membership in recent times has varied from a high of 729 (with an eighth grade) in 1978-79 to 420 in 1991-92 (with no eighth grade). Many parents are employed in agriculture, industry-labor trade, and services. A majority are high school graduates and about one-fourth have education beyond high school. The student body is stable; about 90 percent of the senior class have been at Riverheads all their high school experience. Academically, the students compare well with other students in the nation on achievement tests, scoring above the norms for the South in SAT scores. Over half of the senior class typically continue their education beyond high school. The school is accredited by the State Board of Education and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. While the community is a growing industrial area, agriculture remains important to the school community. Varied cultural and recreational opportunities, good medical services, including those for the disabled and mentally or emotionally disturbed, community employment and guidance services, varied transportation and communication services, many churches and service clubs to meet the religious and civic needs, and a number of educational facilities for advanced or specialized training are all available nearby.


The Gladiators have won ten total Virginia Division A Championships in five different sports. They have claimed four titles in Football (2000) (2006) (2010) (2016), two in Boys' Track & Field (1975) (2009), two in Girls' Tennis (1982) (1984), one in Baseball (2013), and one in Boys' Soccer (2016).

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Coordinates: 38°1′58.1″N 79°8′22.9″W / 38.032806°N 79.139694°W / 38.032806; -79.139694