Ridgeway High School is a public high school in Memphis, Tennessee and is part of the Shelby County Schools. Ridgeway High School first opened in 1971, hosting students from grades 9–12. The first class of graduates was in 1973 with approximately 175 students. Ridgeway High School now only houses grades 9–12 with the recent addition of Ridgeway Middle School in 2001. In August 2008 the 9th grade moved to a separate Ridgeway Ninth Grade Freshmen Academy. Ridgeway offers two basic academic programs: the Standard Program and the Honors Program. To take courses in the latter program, students must achieve certain scores on standardized tests, maintain certain grades, and meet certain course requirements. Ridgeway is known for its high scores and achievements in the city and the state. Ridgeway is considered to be a top school in the school system. Ridgeway is one of the few schools in the school system to constantly pass all required levels by the No Child Left Behind act. Ridgeway was also Best of Preps in 1987 and for seven years running (1998–2005) in the greater Memphis area.
Ridgeway has one of the bottom special education programs in the Shelby County Schools system and offers CLUE advanced English and excels in that department.
Ridgeway prides itself on high achievements on both the ACT and the SAT. In recent years graduates have attended Harvard University, Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, Baylor University, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis, Tulane University, Emory University, Indiana University, The George Washington University, Wesleyan University, and other top tier schools.
Ridgeway also prides itself on its teachers. 68% of the teachers hold either a masters or a doctoral degree. 100% of the teachers hold bachelor's degrees and a state license. The A.P. program is one of the top in the city schools. Ridgeway offers Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Calculus AB, Statistics, American Government, European History, American History, Music Theory, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Spanish Language, and French language.
Ridgeway has recently added two new academic programs to their two basic academic programs: Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate Program (IB).
Ridgeway is home to one of the state's best high school boys basketball teams coached by Wes Henning. The Roadrunners are consistently ranked among the top teams in the state and have won many state titles. Ridgeway also has a girls basketball team, soccer teams (M/F), promising track and field teams (M/F), baseball/softball teams (M/F), a football team (M; though there has been at least one girl to play), a bowling team (M/F), a golf team (M/F), a volleyball team (F), cross-country teams (M/F), a tennis team (Co-ed), a swim team (Co-ed), and a wrestling team (M).
Ridgeway has a school newspaper (channel orange) created by the Creative Writing Class and an annual yearbook (The Chapparal) created by the Yearbook class. Ridgeway has many active clubs in areas including foreign language, mathematics, science, business, government, music, art, community service, religion, and more. There is an active Student Council, a jazz band, Model United Nations team, knowledge bowl team, quiz bowl team, and debate team. Ridgeway excels in local and national competitions of all varieties. Ridgeway Roadrunners hold positions in the All-West Tennessee Band, Orchestra, and Choir. Ridgeway also have an extensive theatre program producing both a fall and spring show every year with the help of the band and choir departments. Ridgeway also hosts an annual Fine Arts festival put on by the students with the help of the PTO.
The school also has a few special programs including Facing History and Ourselves, Ridgeway – University of Tennessee summer internships, PLATO course recovery, and Gateway exam tutoring.
Ridgeway High School is known to have a diverse student body. The enrollment for grades 9–12 is roughly 1,500. 77% of the student body is African American, 17% is White, 5% is Hispanic, and 1% makes up the rest of the population. The promotion rate for the school is 96.5%, and the average class size is 30 students. The same diversity applies to the teachers at Ridgeway. 42% of the teachers are African American, 56% of the teachers are White, 2% of the teachers are Hispanic and one faculty member is Asian American. Another Faculty member is a Nigerian.
All Ridgeway students are not required to wear school uniforms.
Students may wear oxford shirts, polo shirts, turtlenecks, and blouses with "Peter Pan" All shirts must be white, navy and (Tennessee) orange. Sweatshirts must be white, black, tan, navy blue, or orange and be worn over the uniform top.
Trousers, shorts, skirts, and jumpers must be black, tan, or navy blue. Jeans must be blue or black with no holes in them
Students at Ridgeway may also wear Ridgeway Roadrunner logo clothing including sweatshirts, T-shirts, polo shirts, and other garments sold through the school.
|2010||Footloose||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Best Musical Direction||Dr. Jeff Brewer||Nominated|
|2010||Footloose||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Best Ensemble||Ensemble Cast of Footloose||Nominated|
|2010||Footloose||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Best Actor||Prentiss Mouton as Reverend Shaw||Won|
|2011||Aida||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Music Direction||Jacob Craig||Nominated|
|2011||Aida||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Best Supporting Actress||Rayna Holmes as Nehebka||Nominated|
|2011||Aida||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Achievement in Musical Theatre||Cast, Crew, & Creative Team of Aida||Won|
|2011||Aida||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Best Actress||Breyannah Tillman as Aida||Won|
|2012||Once on this Island||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Chorus||Chours of "Once on this Island"'||Nominated|
|2012||Once on this Island||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Small Ensemble||Ensemble of "Once on this Island"'||Won|
|2012||Once on this Island||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Costume Design Tier I||Nominated|
|2012||Once on this Island||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Student Technical Achievement Award||Kisshanee Phillips||Nominated|
|2012||Once on this Island||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Supporting Actor||Gabriel Bailey as Papa Ge||Won|
|2012||Once on this Island||Orpheum High School Musical Award||Outstanding Supporting Actress||Mariatu Okonofua as Mama Euralie||Nominated|
- Derrick Byars (born 1984) – professional basketball player
- Sampson Carter (born 1990) - professional basketball player
- Josh Jasper (born 1987) – All-American college American football placekicker
- Tarik Black (born 1991) - professional basketball player
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