River Bluff High School
River Bluff High School is in its 2nd year of being open. The first year River Bluff was open they were a 3A school. Due to its growth it was moved to 4A school in 2014. The new school has two middle schools that feed into it, Meadow Glenn Middle and Lexington Middle. Located at 320 Corley Mill Road, the new high school finished in August of 2013, has been known as the ‘High School of the Future’ averaging out at 525,000 square feet with many new innovations. Light fixtures that adjust with the sunlight outside can change within seconds to save money, as well as the new underground air cooling systems that produce ice to cool the school rather than the more expensive heating and cooling systems.
The vision for the school started when administrators and staff realized there needed to be a school that equals out academics, and arts as well as athletics. While students learn the basics of core classes, 21st century skills are provided to get young adults ready for a college setting and their lives past that. Classes are set in a way that students get independent time such as college schedules to teach independence and maturity. This schedule is based off a new type of schooling called Expeditionary Learning and River Bluff is one of few schools to follow these standers. After doing research on other schools with the same vision and concept, architects and staff designed a layout that would benefit adolescents as well as the building grounds.
Construction by China Construction America of South Carolina Inc. has made this dream a reality for Lexington School District One. In addition to the environmentally friendly, energy saving ideas, the school has also become one of few to be built from not just regular bricks, but bricks formed from excavating dirt and soil located at the building spot in which the school would soon stand on. The ‘River Bluff Red Brick’ has lowered building costs and has added history to the school in which the students will remember for years to come.
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Sports and Academics
Not only has River Bluff excelled academically, it has excelled in athletics and creative arts. The school has taken many titles in the 2 years it has been opened.
Last year, the varsity competitive cheerleading team was named the Class AAA State Champion. In 2014 the cheer team was very close to winning back to back state championships, but end in 2nd as state runner-ups in the 4A division. Coach McManus named cheerleading coach of the year for 2013 and 2014.
In its first year the soccer team made it to the semi-finals and ended up losing to the team that won the 3A championships. They are expected to make a strong run at winning the states this year in the 4A division.
Gator football is one of the other great aspects of River Bluff. They play in a state of the art stadium that has an astro-turf playing field. The stadium seats about 6,00 and also has plenty of standing room. During the in-town rivalry game with Lexington High School the attendance was about 7,800. The football team exceeded most everyone’s expectations as they had their first season in 4A. They ended up with an 8-5 record. They made it into the state playoffs as a 16 seed and upset #1 seed Goose Creek and fought hard to the end losing to York in the 2nd round.
Band, cross country, tennis, swimming, wrestling, volleyball, basketball and many more sports teams have won region championships as well as other great accomplishments. River bluff also provides many clubs and opportunities for students. The National Honors Society as well as DECA and HOSA have been popular at the school for students wanting to further their academics. The clubs provided are suitable for any student and there are always fun and exciting opportunities.