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S.H. Rider High School is a public school in Wichita Falls, Texas, United States. It is part of the Wichita Falls Independent School District. The school opened in 1961 and serves students in grades nine through twelve.

S. H. Rider High School
4611 Cypress Avenue


Coordinates33°51′44″N 98°34′10″W / 33.862281°N 98.569506°W / 33.862281; -98.569506Coordinates: 33°51′44″N 98°34′10″W / 33.862281°N 98.569506°W / 33.862281; -98.569506
School typeSecondary
School districtWichita Falls Independent School District
PrincipalCody Blair
Enrollment1,482[1] (2017-18)
Color(s)Black and gold         
RivalsWichita Falls High School



The school opened for classes in the fall of 1961. It was named for Stephen H. Rider, a long-time educator in the Wichita Falls Independent School District. He was principal of Wichita Falls High School from 1919 to 1949.[2]

Although Rider did not open until seven years after the U.S. Supreme Court's Brown v. Board of Education decision, none of Wichita Falls's high schools integrated their classes until the late 1960s.[3]


In the 2016–2017 academic year, Rider graduates were 59.3% white, 22.3% Hispanic, 9.8% African American, 4.3% Asian, 1.6% American Indian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, and 2.4% "Two or more races".[4]


During the 2016–2017 school year, 8.2% of Rider students were in the school's gifted and talented education program.[5] Another 10.4% of Rider students were in the school's special education program.[5]

In 2016, the Texas Education Agency (TEA) gave Rider an academic accountability ratting of "Met standard".[5] In 2018, the TEA began grading schools in five key areas of performance.[6] In 2017, four "preliminary" grades were given to Rider: a B, two Cs, and a D.[6]

Extracurricular activitiesEdit


Memorial Stadium is home to the Rider Raiders and other district high school teams.

In 1970, Wichita Falls Independent School District built Memorial Stadium, the first high school stadium in Texas with AstroTurf.[7] Seating capacity is over 14,500.[8]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ Author unidentified (date rolling but not given). "Rider High School". U.S. News & World Report "Education" website. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  2. ^ Rider High School yearbook (1962). "S(tephen) H. Rider". Reproduced on the Wichita Falls Independent School District website. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  3. ^ Hollandsworth, Skip (December 1994). "Whatever Happened to Ronnie Littleton?". Texas Monthly. See especially the first long paragraph of the original article. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  4. ^ Texas Education Agency (2017). "2016-17 Texas Academic Performance Reports". Rider H S report, p. 16. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Author unidentified (2017). "Rider High School". The Texas Tribune, Austin-based nonprofit journalism website. Retrieved May 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Sweeten-Shults, Lara (January 6, 2017). "WFISD Scores Cs, Ds on Preliminary Ratings Report". Times Record News, Wichita Falls daily newspaper. Retrieved May 19, 2018.
  7. ^ Sherrod, Rick (2013). Texas High School Football Dynasties. The History Press / Arcadia Publishing, p. 77. ISBN 978-1-60949-612-8.
  8. ^ Author unidentified (date not given). "Memorial Stadium". Midwestern State University "Athletics" website. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  9. ^ Bordow, Scott (May 22, 2014). "D-Backs Rookie Chase Anderson on Childhood, Lawn Mowing". Arizona Republic. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  10. ^ "Ryan Brasier Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  11. ^ Kinney, Makayla (November 7, 2012). "Frank Plans to Maintain Job Growth". The Wichitan, news website at Midwestern State University. Retrieved May 29, 2018.
  12. ^ " alumni listing from Wichita Falls, TX". website. Railsback is identified as "S. H. Rider High School Class of 1966". Retrieved May 14, 2018.
  13. ^ Jones, Carolyn (February 4, 1977). "'Man Without Country' Free To Come Home After 10 Years". Wichita Falls Times, pp. 1, 2. Mentions Satin's S. H. Rider graduation. Includes quotes from one of his Rider teachers.
  14. ^ Cloud, Dana L.. "'Socialism of the Mind': the New Age of Post-Marxism". In Simons, Herbert W., and Billig, Michael, eds. (1994). After Postmodernism: Reconstructing Ideology Critique. SAGE Publications, pp. 222–247. Includes extended discussion of one of Satin's political books. ISBN 978-0-8039-8878-1.
  15. ^ a b Gholson, Nick (August 25, 2011). "Rider's 50 Best in 50 Years". Times Record News, Wichita Falls daily newspaper.
  16. ^ Hendren, Mike (May 14, 2014). "Rider Graduate Signs with Titans". KWFS (AM), Wichita Falls radio station. Retrieved May 27, 2014.
  17. ^ Duncan, Zach (January 13, 2009). "Rider Receiver Eric Ward Now Headed to Texas Tech Instead of OU". Times Record News, Wichita Falls daily newspaper. Archived from the original on January 16, 2009. Retrieved May 27, 2014.

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