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S. H. Rider High School
4611 Cypress Avenue
Wichita Falls, Texas, 76310
United States
School type Secondary
Principal Judy McDonald
Grades 9th12th
Color(s) Black and Gold
Mascot Rider Raider
Rival Wichita Falls High School

S.H. Rider High School is a public school in Wichita Falls, Texas (USA). It is part of the Wichita Falls Independent School District and is one of the district's three high schools.

Located at 4611 Cypress Avenue in southwestern Wichita Falls, the school opened in 1961 and serves students in grades nine through twelve.

The school mascot is the Rider Raider.

The Alma Mater was written by the school's choral director, Donald B. Cowan who taught at Rider for 32 years.

The school was named for Stephen H. Rider, a long-time educator in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. He was principal of Wichita Falls High School from 1919 to 1949. He died in 1958, two years before ground was broken for the school that bears his name.

In 2012, the Rider High School Marching Band was invited to participate in the New Year's Day Parade held in London, England. The event was the first of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee which celebrated England's 2012 hosting of the Summer Olympics.


Rider High School has long had a rivalry with Wichita Falls High School, locally know as "Old High". The week of the football games between the two makes news each year, also sparking vandalism, wrecks and attacks from both sides. Rider holds "The Happening", a tradition that happens the day before the Rider-Old High game that marks the end of the district football season and beginning of the play-off season. "The Happening" usually includes pep rallies, barbecues, fireworks, and a parade through the neighborhood surrounding Rider.

Student demographics[edit]

As of the 2005–2006 school year, Rider High had a total of 1,779 students (81.6% White, 9.2% Hispanic, 5.6% African American, 3.0% Asian/Pacific Islander, and 0.6% Native American). 19.5% of the students are considered economically disadvantaged. In 2007 the gross expenditure per student was approximately $4,528.

21% of the student body are listed as low-income while an additional 35.5% are listed as 'at risk'

11% percent of students are enrolled in the Special Education. 12.4% are listed as members of the Gifted and Talented Association, though notable the campus has no program to accommodate these students to speak of. Less than 1% of students are listed as possessing 'limited' English-speaking skills.

The schools attendance rate has rested consistently at 95% for years.

2006–07 Accountability rating[edit]

Based on the accountability ratings released by the Texas Education Agency on August 1, 2007, Rider High is currently rated "Academically Acceptable".

RHS alumni results on College Board tests[edit]

As published in the WFISD 2007–2008 handbook it is revealed the mean SAT and ACT results of RHS alumni:

In the SAT the mean score stands at 527 Math, 518 Verbal, with a composite of 1045.

On the ACT Raiders scored 22.8 on English, 22.6 on Math, 23.6 on Reading, 21.4 on Science, with a 22.7 composite score.

Notable alumni[edit]

Steve Railsback, played as Charles Manson in "Helter Skelter"

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°51′44″N 98°34′10″W / 33.862281°N 98.569506°W / 33.862281; -98.569506

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S H Rider High School Band, Wichita Falls: London New Years Day Parade 2012

Playing the ye.

2012 Region 2 UIL Marching Band Contest - Class 4A - S.H. Rider High School

Rider High School Marching band - "Angelica" 2013 Part 1

Rider High School marching band performing Angelica on October 7, 2013 at Memorial Stadium in Wichita Falls, Texas. Part 1 of 3.

My son Rob graduating from S.H. Rider High School :)

My son Rob graduating from S.H. Rider High School :) I am so proud of him. WAY TO GO ROB! :D I love you so much! May 26, 2012.

S.H. Rider High School Marching Band 08-09

Rider VS. Denton Ryan 9/26/08.

2009-1-20 Inauguration Commentary Joe Pearson SH Rider High School.flv

Since many of my high school classmates (Go Hawks!) recently found the video uploaded by GMAC a couple of years ago in which I totally humiliated myself in f...

Rider Band at Pep Rally/Bon Fire - December 2, 2010

Rider Band - playing Alma Mater and Fight Song during Pep Rally/Bon Fire. I like the 'glow' on their faces from the fire.

Wichita Falls Rider High School Band performance at Drumline 2010

Recorded on September 25, 2010 at the Drumline show.

Deanna's Band - Rider High School

Marching Band.

Rider High School Band - part 1

Marching Festival Monday October 4, 2010 Taken with my iPhone so mot the best quality but still an amazing job by the Pride!!!

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Times Record News
Fri, 04 Apr 2014 12:18:25 -0700

She received her early education in the Wichita Falls Independent School District and was a graduate of S.H. Rider High School. She began her formal education at East Texas State University in Commerce, Texas and received her Bachelor of Science ...

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