Riverside High School

"Home of the Panthers"

New Health and Safety Procedures for DCMS/RHS

"Beginning Wednesday, August 11, all DCMS and RHS students and staff will be required to wear masks in school buildings and on buses. This decision was made based on the increasing number of positive Covid cases among students and staff and the resulting exclusions due to contact tracing. This procedure will eliminate the need for exclusion from school due to classroom exposure. Our District and School Leadership Teams and School Staff are working diligently to keep everyone as safe as possible, keep our schools open, and slow the spread of the virus. Masks will be provided to any student or staff member upon entry if needed. Students who ride the bus will also need to wear their masks. We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and support."


Hugh A. Smith, Principal

Director Villaflor's video regarding Mask Mandates

Mr V-VideoIndirelim.com.mp4

RHS Calendar of Events

2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR

District Calendar

September 7 BETA Club Induction Program @ 7:00 p.m. in the gym

September 8 Progress Reports sent home

Molli Deere Signing Day- FHU Softball @ 10:00 a.m.

September 9 9:00 - 12:30--In-Service / No Students

2:00-6:00--Parent-Teacher Conference / No Students

September 10 Staff Development Day/No Students

September 14 Jostens--Graduation Orders due @ Lunch

September 16-17 Coordinated School Health Screenings

September 20-22 CASE Benchmark Testing

September 22 Moore Studio Picture Retakes

September 27-October 1 Mid-term Exams

October 4-8 Fall Break

October 13 PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualify Test (Juniors)

October 19 Senior ACT test

November 22-26 Thanksgiving Break

November 29-December 16 TCAP End-of-Course Testing

December 17 Dismiss @ 9:00 for Christmas Break

December 20-January 3 Christmas Break

(Includes information regarding Chrome Books)

GreatSchools.org Honors Riverside High School With 2020 College Success Award

National recognition celebrates high schools that prepare students to succeed in college

Decaturville, TN (October 22, 2020) – Riverside High School is proud to announce that it has received a prestigious College Success Award from GreatSchools.org, the nation’s leading nonprofit empowering parents to unlock educational opportunities for their children.

Launched in 2018, the College Success Award honors schools that excel in ensuring students prepare for college, enroll in college, and succeed once they get there. This year, Riverside is among 2,158 award-winning schools from 29 states who have demonstrated a successful track record of graduating students who later enroll in two- or four-year college, are ready for college-level coursework, and persist on to their second year, according to available data from each state.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to threaten the physical and financial health of the nation, Riverside is ensuring students graduate with the skills and resources to succeed as postsecondary scholars and productive citizens. College- and career-ready graduates are critical to fueling the U.S. economy, as 70 percent of jobs will require a postsecondary degree by 2027. Riverside is one of only 75 schools in Tennessee to receive this year’s College Success Award.

“For the third straight year, the College Success Award recognizes public high schools that are doing a great job preparing students for college and beyond. It is an honor to serve students in such a capacity. This speaks well of the future of Decatur County.” -Dr. Lyndi King, CTE Supervisor.

Despite the unprecedented disruptions to the educational landscape this year, Riverside High School has adopted and upheld many best practices to support their students’ college preparation and success, including providing equitable access to solid education to both the in person and virtual students.

The College Success Award is possible because Tennessee is leading the nation in both collecting and transparently sharing information on how students perform after high school, which is valuable information for families, educators, and policymakers.

“We applaud Riverside High School for prioritizing high-quality public education, putting students on the path to bright futures,” said Jon Deane, CEO of GreatSchools.org. “Over the past year, students, parents, teachers, and communities have relied on one another like never before. We congratulate and thank all of these individuals at Riverside for their unwavering pursuit of college success for all students.”

Community members can join GreatSchools.org in celebrating Riverside on social media using #CollegeSuccessAward.

About GreatSchools:

GreatSchools is the leading national nonprofit empowering parents with essential information to improve educational opportunities for their child. Using GreatSchools’ trusted ratings and school quality information, parents can find the right school for their family and take action to improve schools in their communities. Thousands of articles, tips and interactive tools offer parents easy-to-use resources to support their child’s learning and wellbeing every day. Families, community leaders and policymakers turn to GreatSchools for the school information they need to guide children to great futures.

Welcome From The Principal!

We are proud to be Riverside Panthers! For more than 50 years, Riverside High School has offered outstanding educational and extracurricular opportunities. I am sincerely honored to serve our students, parents, faculty, and community as the Principal of Riverside High School.

At Riverside, we are building a culture for post-secondary success. RHS has consistently been among the Top 10 high schools in Tennessee for college attendance. We value our partnerships with the Ayers Foundation, the University of Tennessee at Martin-Parsons Center, Jackson State Community College, and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Crump, Lexington, and Jackson to provide our students quality access to post-secondary learning experiences.

The Riverside Faculty and Staff have high expectations for all students. We are dedicated to the success of our students through quality instruction, collaboration, and professional learning. Thank you for visiting our website. You are welcome to contact us to learn more about RHS. Go Panthers!

Hugh A. Smith



The mission of Decatur County Riverside High School is to provide our students success in learning. We are dedicated in serving the unique academic, physical, and social needs of students who are in a special and critical period of their lives as they prepare to enter into adulthood. We work cooperatively with parents, students and community members to help students become productive citizens of society and embrace lifelong learning in a safe and positive environment.


We are committed to a strong and comprehensive educational program and learning environment which enhances self-esteem, optimizes each child’s potential, develops a lifelong love of learning, builds personal responsibility and accountability, and accentuates individual respect.