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Rock Bridge High School was named for the state park — which includes a natural rock bridge — two miles south of the school.
Year Opened: 1973
Principal: Mark Maus
Address: 4303 S. Providence Road
Colors: Green and gold
Students enrolled: 1,817 for the 2011-12 school year.
When Rock Bridge High School opened in 1973, its enrollment was 583. Now, more than 1,800 students in grades 10 through 12 attend the school. It employs more than 100 full-time and part-time faculty. School hours are 7:50 a.m. to 3 p.m., according to the Columbia Public Schools district website.
The campus operates on an eight-period block schedule. Students attend four 95-minute classes each day on alternating days. Rock Bridge has used a block schedule since the 1994-95 school year.
The school’s mission is “Rock Bridge High School: where learning is for life.” The campus offers 20 Advanced Placement courses and honors classes in many subjects, according to the school’s profile. In 2010, 86 percent of students who took AP classes scored a three or better on end-of-year tests. The school had 15 National Merit semi-finalists and nine commended students during the 2010-11 school year. In 2010, Rock Bridge was included in Newsweek's list of America’s top 1,600 public high schools.
Rock Bridge offers 13 different athletics programs, including football, baseball, softball, cheerleading, volleyball and wrestling. The school's football team entered Missouri's 5A conference in the 2010 season. The school also offers many opportunities for involvement in extracurricular clubs, music programs and performing arts programs. Students can also be involved in Rock Bridge Reaches Out, a student organization that encourages students to volunteer in Columbia. The group works with Boone Landing, Cedar Creek Therapeutic Riding Center, Central Missouri Food Bank, Family Health Center, Project Linus, Ronald McDonald House and Wheelers and Dealers.
Related links and sources
School report card data from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website
Updated: Feb. 26, 2012