Riverdale High School (Jefferson Parish, Louisiana)
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Riverdale High School Jefferson Parish, Louisiana
Riverdale High School
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Jefferson Parish in Louisiana
240 Riverdale Drive
Jefferson, Louisiana 70121
 United States
Coordinates29°57?34?N 90°09?58?W / 29.9593708°N 90.1661949°W / 29.9593708; -90.1661949 (Riverdale High School)Coordinates: 29°57?34?N 90°09?58?W / 29.9593708°N 90.1661949°W / 29.9593708; -90.1661949 (Riverdale High School) [1]
MottoKnowledge, Loyalty, Integrity
School districtJefferson Parish Public Schools
CEEB code12120
PrincipalMrs. Danielle Yunusah
Teaching staff52 (as of 2009-10)[2]
Enrollment989 (2015-16)[3]
Average class size20-24
Student to teacher ratio13.42:1 [2]
Campus typeSuburban
School colour(s)Red and White
Slogan"Every Student; Every Future!"
AthleticsLHSAA 4A [4]
MascotScottish Rebel
Team nameRebels
RivalGrace King High School
AccreditationIBO, SACS, AdvancED[5]
Average ACT scores21

Riverdale High School is a public secondary school in Jefferson, unincorporated Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. It is a part of the Jefferson Parish Public Schools.

Riverdale's attendance boundary includes several communities.[6] They are Jefferson,[7]Harahan,[8][9]Elmwood,[10] and River Ridge.[11] In addition the school serves portions of Metairie.[12]


Riverdale High School was established in 1962 as an all-girls, grades 9-12 high school, with a Scottish Lassie as the mascot. The school became coed in 1980 and the mascot changed to the Scottish Rebel. Grades 7-8 were added in 1986, followed by grade 6 in 1988, but the middle and high school programs were split into separate schools in 1994. With the separation, Riverdale High School adopted 4x4 block scheduling, which splits the academic year into quarters and uses a four-period day.

The school sustained minor damage during Hurricane Katrina and was among the first schools in the school district allowed to reopened.[13] During recovery efforts, some National Guard troops used the empty school buildings for shelter. In the aftermath of Katrina, the student population dwindled and it was proposed that the middle and high schools be merged and the middle school campus be used to house the high school section of the overcrowded Haynes Academy. Parents opposed the idea as it would cause too much upheaval for their children as they had just returned to the area after being evacuated.[14] The plans never went through and Riverdale Middle School remained open.

Nearly 15,000 students have graduated from Riverdale High.[15]

School uniforms

Students are required to wear a school uniform. This consists of a Riverdale oxford button-down shirt, khaki pants, grey plaid skirt, and either a Riverdale V neck sweater or Riverdale pull over sweater. No sweatshirt other than a Riverdale sweatshirt is allowed, and the sweatshirt cannot have a hood.


There are a total of ten buildings that make up the campus. There a four buildings which make a square. Within the square is a courtyard with a fountain and various seating. North Hall, South Hall, and West Hall consist of various classrooms. East Hall is the entrance to school, along with the administration offices and the library. Other buildings on campus include a Gymnasium (consisting of the basketball court, the basketball locker rooms, coaches' offices, locker room showers, the weight room, and special education exercise room), the AFJROTC Building (consisting of AFJROTC, the Band Room, and the Levee View Theater), the Athletic Building (consisting of the TV Studio, Locker Rooms, and Coaches' Offices), the Cafeteria (first floor - cafeteria, second floor - Art Classrooms and Home Economic Classrooms and Kitchens), the Health Center, and the Student Council Building (consisting of the SBA room, the wrestling room, and wood shop). There is also a field used for baseball and football practice near the Athletic Building.


Riverdale has been an IB World School since the 2006-07 academic year and offers the IB Diploma Program.[16]

Extracurricular activities

The extracurricular activities consist of Band (Scottish Brigade), flag team, dance team, SBA (Student Body Association), GSA, Key Club, AFJROTC, National Honors Society, Speech and Debate, TV Productions, Yearbook, and 4-H.


The athletics at Riverdale High School consist of baseball, softball, soccer, cheer leading, football, wrestling, volleyball, basketball, cross country, and track.

In popular culture


  1. ^ "Riverdale High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved .
  2. ^ a b "School Detail for Riverdale High School". National Center for Education Statistics. United States Department of Education. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Riverdale High School". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ "LHSAA Member School Information - Riverdale". Retrieved .
  5. ^ AdvancEd -- Institution Summary: Riverdale High School
  6. ^ "High School Districts 2012-2013 East Bank of Jefferson Parish Louisiana." (Archive) Jefferson Parish Public School System. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  7. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Jefferson CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  8. ^ "Garbage Collection." City of Harahan. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  9. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Harahan city, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  10. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Elmwood CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  11. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: River Ridge CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  12. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Metairie CDP, LA" (Archive). U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on May 18, 2014.
  13. ^ "Jefferson School Board releases timeline for reopening schools". The Times-Picayune. September 14, 2005.
  14. ^ Walker, Mark (May 28, 2009). "Loyalties inspire hundreds to protest East Jefferson school shuffle plan". The Times-Picayune.
  15. ^ "Riverdale High School (about us)". Riverdale High School.
  16. ^ Academics -- IBO
  17. ^ "21 Jump Street". ComingSoon.net. Retrieved 2010.

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