ABOUT RIDDLE SCHOOL DISTRICT

Riddle Jr./Sr. High School

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Mr. Gianotti with students celebrating patriotism.

History

The Riddle School District has provided education for area students for more than 130 years, teaching students the skills and offering opportunities that prepare them for life.

 Whether students are learning to weld, how to collect scientific data, or are exploring arts, music and other interests, Riddle staff and the district are committed to providing an excellent, well-rounded education to prepare our students for their futures.

Riddle Junior/Senior High School serves seventh through twelfth grade. The school mascot is the Irish. The Riddle Jr./Sr. High School’s main building, is the third school on the site since the district’s 1884 founding, and was built in 1935 to house all grades. Locker rooms and upstairs classrooms were added onto the main high school, north of the gymnasium, in 1959. In 1963, the brick annex at the high school was added.

Riddle Elementary School serves kindergarten through sixth grade. The school mascot is the Panthers. The current elementary school was built in 1949. Riddle Elementary is an active, busy place where lots of learning experiences are provided.

RHS football players coming on to the field.

Cheerleader with elementary student at football game.

Our Vision & Mission

Riddle Schools: A positive place for active learning! At Riddle schools, we provide students with the opportunities and skills to become strong leaders, effective workers, positive communicators, and citizens of the world. These skills include critical thinking, group work, leadership, problem-solving, communication, organization, developing positive relationships, developing positive character, technology, memorization of information, locating information, and application of information.

Our Local History

Riddle was founded in 1893 by John B. Riddle.  John named the city for his ancestors, the William H. Riddle family from Springfield, Illinois who settled on one of thirteen land claims that were made available in the Cow Creek Valley in 1851. The Cow Creek Valley was also referred to as the Missouri Bottom and was 4 miles long and 2 miles wide.  The Donation Land Claims were 320 acres in size and by 1852 nearly all of these fertile agricultural lands were claimed.