The school now has a name, a mascot and colors but there is still a lot that needs to be done before students start attending Ridgeline High School in Millville.
Bob Henke only has a few weeks left as the principal of Mountain Crest High School before he transitions full time as the new principal of Ridgeline on July 1. Even though students won’t be attending the new school until late August 2016, Henke says there are a lot of details that need to be taken care of between now and then.
“I shouldn’t have a lot of discipline problems,” Henke jokes.
He won’t have a studentbody to deal with yet, but he’ll have plenty of work to do before they start walking the halls.
“It’s creating a master schedule, so you know what teachers you need there. Then splitting the teachers with Mountain Crest, South Cache and any of the other teachers in our district that want to go there. And then knowing what is left so you hire other teachers.
“I’ll need to hire all the coaches, create schedules for the new teams, buy books, the desks, the tables and chairs, uniforms and sports equipment. There is a budget for all of that.”
Henke says he will also be monitoring what is going on at the school as construction crews seek his advice about final design and construction aspects, such as room numbering, colors of the lockers, how the school name and mascot will appear on bleachers, how much school colors will appear in the building, and much more.
“Mainly we wanted to pick the colors and the mascot for the construction of the school, so we could start putting in flooring, lockers, tiles on the walls, painting around the door frames so we could tie in to the school colors,” he explains. “That’s why we did it as early as we did.”
Deciding on the school name, colors and mascot was an interesting process for Henke. He says hundreds of people participated and provided their feedback, but ultimately only one name, one mascot and color combination was selected.
“When you have 166 names to choose from that means not 100% of people will like the new name,” says Henke. “It will grow on all of us and we’ll like it. It will be our name. It’s been an interesting process.”
So what exactly is a Riverhawk? Henke says it is an osprey (which is also known as a fish eagle, river hawk, fish hawk or even a sea hawk). And it’s no accident that the school selected the color combination of navy blue and action green similar to the NFL franchise located in Seattle. The color combination for Ridgeline High School will closely resemble the Seattle Seahawks so students and families can readily find those colors in apparel.
“I was just down at the state track meet, where they had 1A through 5A and most of the schools in the state are represented there,” Henke continues. “I saw one school that had blue and green. It wasn’t quite the same shades. It’s unique. There are lots of different shades of colors out there but that’s a unique one.”
He is also planning on doing more research about having freshmen in the school. As the principal of Mountain Crest, it was a dynamic he didn’t have to deal with.