The school name was selected with regard to the landmarks located on the property and reflects a historical relationship with the Cherokee Indians in Cherokee County long ago. “River” represents the Little River that borders the school property. This river has a history embedded in Cherokee County and was a source for gold and silver in the area.
The word “Ridge” was selected with regard to the high ridge located on the property near the Little River. The two names placed together, River Ridge, became the recommended name of the new high school located on Arnold Mill Road.
The school mascot was selected because of the image and reputation of “knights” that denotes chivalry, character and courtesy. In medieval history, the knight was an armed and mounted warrior belonging to the nobility class, essentially a military officer. The committee agreed that teaching the character qualities of a knight would be a great way to emphasize strong leadership skills to the students.