Riverton High School (Utah)

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Riverton High School
Riverton High School (Utah).JPG
Home of the Silverwolves
12476 S Silverwolf Way (2700 W)
Riverton, Utah 84065
United States
Coordinates 40°31′30″N 111°57′35″W / 40.52500°N 111.95972°W / 40.52500; -111.95972Coordinates: 40°31′30″N 111°57′35″W / 40.52500°N 111.95972°W / 40.52500; -111.95972
Type Public high school
Established February 28,[citation needed] 1999
School district Jordan School District
Principal Carolyn Gough[1]
Faculty 76.24 (FTE)[2]
Grades 10th-12th
Enrollment 2,027 as of 2013[3][4]
Student to teacher ratio 26.59[2][4]
Color(s) Purple
Mascot Sylvester Silverwolf
Team name Silverwolves
Publication Tabula Rasa (literary magazine)
Newspaper The Silver Scribe[5]
Yearbook Pause
News production Silver Screen
Charity drive Silver Rush
Website rivertonhigh.org
Crest Riverton logo.jpg

Riverton High School (abbreviated "Riverton" or "RHS") is a public high school with a 52-acre (210,000 m2) campus located in the city of Riverton, Utah in the southwest corner of the Salt Lake Valley.[1] It is one of eight high schools in the Jordan School District[6] and as of 2013 served about 2,027 students from parts of Riverton and all of nearby Bluffdale.[4][1]


Riverton High School was proposed in the late 1990s as a necessary measure to relieve the overpopulation of schools in the rapidly growing southwest area of the Jordan School District. Once it was completed it would do so by taking in students from the cities of Riverton, Herriman, and Bluffdale: an area which at the time was mostly covered by the overwhelmed Bingham High School.[7]

In 1997 the building contract for the school was awarded to Union Pointe Construction Corp. and construction began. The school was constructed according to the Jordan School District's policy of basing the design of all high schools on a single, ever-developing model, and as such is architecturally similar to many other high schools in the surrounding area. The first year of school was the year of 1999-2000, during which some of its components were still being completed.[7][8]

The student population in the area has continued to increase at a fast pace, and by 2009 Riverton High School was the largest school in the state of Utah. Accordingly, in 2010 students from Herriman and parts of western Riverton began to attend the newly constructed Herriman High School, which is currently Riverton’s unofficial rival.[9]

Silver Rush[edit]

Silver Rush started during Riverton High’s first operating school year in 1999-2000 as a winter charity drive similar to that of other schools in the area; fundraising efforts took place entirely within the school, and a reward assembly for students was held at the end of the drive.[10]

During the next school year the focus of the drive shifted and expanded to focus more on the charity for which the money was being raised and on fundraising in local neighborhoods in addition to the school itself.[11] Many of the fundraising activities begun during the 2000-2001 school year have become traditions that continue as a part of the drive today, including door-to-door “odd jobs” in exchange for donations[12][13] and a date auction of the Student Body Officers.[14][15]

One of the most unique things about Silver Rush is that the Riverton Student Body Officers choose a different charity every single year. They go into a multi-month process of deciding which charity to choose by interviewing representatives from those charities. In the last couple of years they have raised money for Mitchell's Journey, Intermountain Healing Hearts, Olive Osmond Hearing fund, and Haley Bell Bless a Chair Foundation. The student body and community do their best to make sure that "it's not about the money, it is about the change".

As Silver Rush has expanded, other fundraising events supporting the drive have been held, including a yearly Battle of the Bands competition,[16][fn 1] Mr. Silver Rush (a male beauty pageant),[19] community auctions, [12] charitable donations from the proceeds of product fundraisers held by local businesses,[12][19] and benefit concerts, including several featuring Jon Schmidt,[20][18][16][21] one featuring Collin Raye,[22] and one featuring Alex Boyé and David Osmond.[23]

In December 2015, Silver Rush raised over $130,000 for Mitchell's Journey. Since 1999, Silver Rush has raised a total of over a million dollars.

Test scores[edit]

American College Test (ACT)[edit]

The ACT includes testing in the areas of Math, Science, Reading and English. Scale scores range from 1 (low) to 36 (high) for each of the four tests and for the Composite. The Composite score is the average of the four test scores, rounded to the nearest whole number.[1]

Year School
2013-2014 21.1 20.3 20.8 21.0
2012-2013 20.6 20.3 20.7 20.9
2011-2012 20.7 20.1 20.7 21.1
2010-2011 22.1 21.8 21.8 21.1
2009-2010 21.8 21.8 21.8 21.0
2008-2009 21.5 22.0 21.8 21.1
2007-2008 21.6 22.1 21.8 21.1

Advanced Placement Test (AP)[edit]

Advanced Placement classes are college-level classes offered at the high school campus. Advanced Placement is a national program administered by the College Board. Many colleges and universities around the nation award credit based on scores from the AP Exams.[1]

Year School
% Passing
% Passing
% Passing
% Passing
2013-2014 72 71 68 61
2012-2013 72 68 68 61
2011-2012 73 68 69 61
2010-2011 72 68 69 60
2009-2010 66 67 67 58
2008-2009 57 67 65 59
2007-2008 56 67 65 58


  1. ^ Riverton High's first Battle of the Bands was put on by the school's PTSA on January 10, 2007 as an event separate from Silver Rush;[17] the contest began donating proceeds to Silver Rush at least as early as the Winter of the 2008-2009 school year.[18]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Riverton High | Jordan School District". jordandistrict.org. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  2. ^ a b "Riverton High-Public School". NCES Global Locator. National Center for Education Statistics
  3. ^ Riverton High Overview - Best High Schools - US News
  4. ^ a b c "Riverton High". CCD Common Core of Data. National Center for Education Statistics
  5. ^ http://rhssilverscribe.org/
  6. ^ "High/Technical Schools | Jordan School District". jordandistrict.org. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  7. ^ a b "Building contract awarded for Riverton High School" The Deseret News. June 23, 1997.
  8. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". Jordan School District Bond Info. Jordan School District.
  9. ^ "Herriman High School". Our Work: K-12 Education. MHTN Architects.
  10. ^ Riverton High School. "Silver Rush." Pause (yearbook) Issue 1 (2000).
  11. ^ Riverton High School. "Silver Rush." Pause Issue 2 (2001).
  12. ^ a b c Smith, Sherry. "Can you hear it? Silver Rush efforts help those that can’t." South Valley Journal (Riverton, UT), Dec. 20, 2013.
  13. ^ International Rescue Committee. "IRC selected for Riverton High School's annual Silver Rush fundraiser." International Rescue Committee (IRC). Last modified 2010.
  14. ^ O'Brien, Aimee Cook. "Students hope to have the money ‘rush’ in." The Valley Journals (Riverton, UT), Dec. 3, 2008.
  15. ^ "SBOs auctioned off for Silver Rush." The Silver Scribe (Riverton High School, Riverton, UT), Dec. 20, 2006.
  16. ^ a b O'Brien, Aimee Cook. "Local high schools raise $145,534.04 in holiday fundraising." The Valley Journals (Riverton, UT), Jan. 13, 2009.
  17. ^ Miller, Nelson. "Battle of the Bands becomes tradition: Bands battle for cash prizes along with prestige." The Silver Scribe (Riverton High School, Riverton, UT), Jan. 31, 2007.
  18. ^ a b "Student Donations Make Change." The Silver Scribe (Riverton High School, Riverton, UT), Nov. 25 2008.
  19. ^ a b Smith, Sherry. "Silver Rush Helps For The Heart." South Valley Journal, Dec. 5 2014.
  20. ^ "'Teens helping teens: You're not alone'." The Silver Scribe (Riverton High School, Riverton, Utah), Nov. 30, 2006.
  21. ^ International Rescue Committee. "Riverton High School raises $81,000 in monetary and in-kind support for IRC." International Rescue Committee (IRC). Last modified winter of 2010-2011.
  22. ^ Cabrero, Alex. "Technology aiding charity in Riverton's annual Silver Rush." KSL.com (Salt Lake City, UT), Dec. 4, 2012.
  23. ^ ABC 4 Utah. "Riverton High School's "Silver Rush" Names Olive Osmond Hearing Fund as 2013 Beneficiary." Good4Utah.com. Last modified Dec. 3, 2013.

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