Fennell to Serve as Principal of Ridgeland High School
Madison County Schools proudly announces the selection of Keith A. Fennell as the next principal of Ridgeland High School. Mr. Fennell brings twenty-two years of experience in education to the position, eighteen of which have been in administration.“I am honored to have this opportunity to serve Madison County and the Ridgeland community as Principal of Ridgeland High School,” says Fennell, who served as principal of Starkville High School from 2009-2014 prior to joining Jackson State University. But his love of secondary education led him back to the high school environment, serving as assistant principal at Northwest Rankin High School. He plans to take the lead at Ridgeland High School beginning on June 1.
“I intend to provide my capabilities and my commitment to put in the time and energy necessary to ensure that Ridgeland High School is a strong part of the district’s ‘Mark of Excellence,’” says Fennell.
“We are absolutely delighted that Mr. Fennell is joining the team at Madison County Schools,” says Madison County Schools Superintendent Kimber Halliburton, “His proven track record of leadership and developing the potential of students and faculty will be a great asset to Ridgeland. We look forward to watching Ridgeland High School continue to build on its success under the leadership of Mr. Fennell.”
Ridgeland High School, home to 920 students, boasts a robust academic curriculum including advanced and accelerated courses, as well as AP and dual credit courses. Ridgeland High School’s state-of-the-art facilities include an auditorium, gymnasium, athletic complex and specialized spaces for the Culinary Arts Academy and Engineering Academy. Students participate in numerous extracurricular opportunities, including the award-winning band, choir, speech and debate, Future Business Leaders of America, cheer, dance, and numerous athletic offerings. Students also have the opportunity to participate in Air Force ROTC program and our world-class VEX robotics teams.
“Students need to be happy, healthy and safe to develop a sense of pride that will motivate them to focus on academics and inspire them perform at their highest potential,” says Fennell. “Our most important responsibility is to protect and advocate for our students. I’m looking forward to working collaboratively with the faculty, staff, and students of RHS and the Ridgeland community,” says Fennell.
Mr. Fennell joins Madison County Schools following Principal Tim Dowdy’s retirement from education earlier this year and the interim leadership of Assistant Principal Cody Zumbro.
White Named Athletic Director of Ridgeland High School
Ridgeland High School proudly announces the selection of David White as Athletic Director and head football coach. White joins the Titan team from Reno, Nevada, where he currently serves the University of Nevada football program as the coordinator of recruiting and running back coach.
While at Nevada, White guided players to numerous accolades, including Mountain West Player of the Week. Prior to Nevada, White served as the director of player development at the Army All-American Bowl and as the director of the FBU All-American Bowl. White served in this capacity for six years, evaluating and recruiting prospective U.S. Army All-American Bowl players nationwide.
“I have a strong conviction that preparation is the key to success. I emphasize the complete student-athlete, where you must balance academics with athletics I tell my players that their leadership doesn’t disappear once they take their uniforms off, but carries over into the classroom, the community, and the rest of their life,” says White.
White’s college coaching experience follows years of national prominence as a head football coach at the high school level. In Nevada he built the Bishop Gorman High School football program from the ground up, leading the team to victory in three conference championships. During his four-year tenure as head coach, Bishop Gorman went 30-12 overall. White coached five All-Americans and sent 38 players to play at the NCAA level.
As a player, White was named to the all-conference team as a tight end in 1994 while playing for the University of Nevada Las Vegas. After graduating from UNLV he played in the Arena League and the European Federation of American Football (EFAF) for two seasons, splitting time in France and Switzerland.
Coach White will begin work at Ridgeland immediately.
Congratulations to the Senior Class of 2019.
If you have a student in the
Senior Class please join us for
Class Day Tuesday, May 7 at 9:30 am in the RHS Auditorium.
UNDERCLASSMAN AWARDS DAY
Awards Day for students in grades 9-11 will be held
on Tuesday, May 7 at 2:00 in the Auditorium. Parents are invited to attend.
The Ridgeland High School Senior Class of 2019 Graduation will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church located at 1531 Highland Colony Pkwy in Madison, MS. Due to fire code restrictions and seating availability, ALL persons attending graduation regardless of age must have a ticket. No person will be admitted without a ticket. Also, be aware that parking may prove to be a challenge. Plan to arrive early. Once the doors close and the ceremony begins, you will not be allowed to enter.
To all parents of RHS Titans:
The RHS Yearbook is on sale at myschoolbucks.com or jostens.com. Students and parents can purchase a book with or without personalization. The book costs is $75. Yearbooks are a keepsake and an investment that will last forever.
Is your student struggling and need extra help?
TITAN LEARNING CENTER
7:50-8:20 Each Morning in the Library
All RHS teachers are available to help your students in the library on designated days. Your student does not need a note, a pass, or prior notice. Just show up to see their teacher in the library before school.
Each department has designated days:
Monday – Science
Tuesday – Math
Wednesday – Electives
Thursday – English
Friday – History
Our teachers are there each morning and look forward to working with your students during this time.
Online Attendance Form
We have an online absence form to help make the process of parent notes more efficient. For admittance after an absence at Ridgeland High, each student is required to see the Attendance Clerk for re-admittance to school. Online form is also located under "Quick Links".