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Thank you for visiting the website for The “Excellent” River Valley High School. It is my pleasure to serve the school and community as the fourth principal of River Valley High School. I am a 2001 graduate of RVHS, and I am proud to return as a Raider. Pride, Tradition and Character are three strong pillars of River Valley High School. As members of the school community, I thank you for contributing to the success of our students and our school.

While speaking with the student body, I ask each student to reflect upon their own actions. I ask each student “how are you contributing to our excellence?” Once again, students of River Valley High School have worked hard to perform at the highest levels compared to students across the state. Based upon the most recent data, River Valley High School has met all state indicators for academic testing areas as well as graduation and attendance rates, which continue to rise. Attendance will continue to be an area of focus for the 2014-2015 academic year. Please take a moment to review the Gallia County Local Schools attendance policy and make up procedure.

River Valley High School was also awarded the Bronze Medal and recognized by the US News and World Report as Best High Schools. Across the country, 31,242 schools were reviewed. In the state of Ohio, 244 schools out of 832 were ranked. The Ohio breakdown is 22 gold medal schools; 93 silver medal schools; and 129 bronze medals. The methodology for identifying the Best High Schools was developed with a core principle in mind: that the best schools must serve all students well and must produce measurable academic outcomes that support this mission. To produce the 2014 Best High Schools rankings, which are available online only, U.S. News teamed up with the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

Thanks to the community, R.V.H.S. has facilities to take great pride in. The custodial and maintenance staffs have worked all summer to ready the school for students. Thanks to their commitment to excellence, the school looks crisp and ready for another year. I would like to say “thank you” to the community for providing River Valley Students with a state of the art building. If you haven’t yet visited the site to see our beautiful athletic facility, please do so. Also, the development of our baseball and softball fields are well along the way. Thank you to the Board of Education, the Gridiron for Gallia Committee and the school community for your support to the project.

RVHS has a tradition of providing a challenging curriculum to our students that requires higher order thinking. Continuing with that tradition, Gallia County Local Schools, and River Valley High School will be continuing to implement the senior capstone course for the 2014-2015 year. I would like to thank all of the community mentors that assisted students during the 2013-2014 academic year. It was a pleasure to hear the praises the community mentors had for the class of 2014. The Senior Capstone course allows students to delve deeply into a topic of their choice within one of four following schools of thought: (1) Our World: Cultural and Social Issues (2) Health, Sciences and Mathematical Applications (3)Fine Arts, Language and Literature, Performing Arts or (4) Business and Technology.

The fall athletics programs are in full swing at River Valley. Extracurricular activities provide students with experiences, opportunities for leadership and situations that require them to uphold high levels of character. Students that participate in extracurricular activities gain leadership and interpersonal skills essential to life beyond high school. If your child is not involved in an extracurricular activity, academic or athletic, please contact the school to see what we can offer them.

I look forward to a wonderful year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at 740-446-2926 or


T.R. Edwards, Principal

River Valley High School


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8785 State Route 160
Bidwell, OH 45614
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