The first formal education in Ray County began in 1819 as a subscription school. As population increased, other subscription schools were established. Churches felt a need, and formal schools were established: Richmond College (est. 1856) by the Presbyterian Church and an Academy (est. 1850s)by the Christian Church. During the Civil War, Richmond College (located on the current City Hall property) was an Army Hospital and Armory for both Northern and Southern troops as the flow of the war progressed. After the war, the property became the property of the City of Richmond and parcels were sold along Camden and Thornton streets to pay for debts and establishment of a school. In 1859, public school was started in the Richmond College building, with a high school course in the college. Established in 1883, Richmond High School has been an important part of the Richmond and Ray County History.
The "Echo" yearbook was first published in 1910, and the second was in 1920. Afterwards, it has been published yearly. "Spartans" was was the name selected in 1931 to represent all interscholastic events. Previous to 1915, RHS did not have a formal athletic program. Our mascot, "Leonidas" (Leo), the wearable Spartan mascot was named in 2008-09. We are active participants in the Missouri River Valley Conference, Girls and Boys State, Missouri Association of Student Councils, National Honor Society, and we are an A+ School for the State of Missouri. Students enter in the 9th grade (Freshmen) and continue to excel in academics, exemplified by many graduates going on to two and four-year colleges / universities. Well known in the region for our academic success, fine arts (Music, Theatre / Forensics and Art), as well as our practical arts (FBLA and FFA), we also excel in athletics. In the classroom and in our activities after school, the Richmond Spartan traditions are well established. We emphasize the social, emotional, physical, intellectual development of each student and strive to instill high standards for academic integrity, and leadership in our students. Through our programs, students are given the technology, skills and knowledge to be effective members of our school, community, and our global society.
Our campus boasts a new (2016) Science Laboratory, state-of-the-art student-friendly technology centers, an impressive student activities program, and a great faculty of ambitious teachers ready to give senior high school students the best school experience.
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Richmond High School: "Home of the Spartans!"