RRHS Vision, Mission, and Beliefs Vision: River Ridge High School: Where students and learning come first. Mission: Building a community of talented, unique, and educated leaders. Beliefs: River Ridge High School holds six foundational beliefs that form the pillars of our CASTLE. CASTLE: Community: We believe that all members of the River Ridge community contribute to the intellectual and social development of all other members. Achievement: We seek achievement for all learners, regardless of ability. Self-Direction: We aim to create self-directed, lifelong learners. Talent Contribution: We seek to develop the unique talents of all students and teachers. Leadership: We believe students are capable of leading in all facets of life, both in school and beyond. Enrichment: We will maximize methods of instruction for optimal learning for all students. History of the Name and Mascot The school name was selected with regard to the landmarks located on the property and reflects a historical relationship with the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee County long ago. “River” represents the Little River that borders the school property. This river has a history embedded in Cherokee County and was a source for gold and silver in the area. The word “Ridge” was selected with regard to the high ridge located on the property near the Little River. The two names placed together, River Ridge, became the recommended name of the new high school located on Arnold Mill Road. The school mascot was selected because of the image and reputation of “knights” that denotes chivalry, character and courtesy. In medieval history, the knight was an armed and mounted warrior belonging to the nobility class, essentially a military officer. The committee agreed that teaching the character qualities of a knight would be a great way to emphasize strong leadership skills to the students.