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About Riverview High school

Riverview High is a four-year, (grades 9-12) comprehensive public high school located on 51 acres in Sarasota, Florida.

The present population of this Gulf-Coast area located south of Tampa is approximately 390,000. The current school population at RHS is 2,606 students and 127 teachers. As of the 2021-22 school year, it is the largest school in Sarasota County. Based on its challenge index rating (enrollment in Advance Placement and International Baccalaureate), Riverview is ranked as one of “America’s Best Schools” (Newsweek, June 2015). It was also named 2016 Readers’ Choice Best Local High School in Sarasota.

Riverview High School was established in 1958 and was an open campus designed by Paul Rudolph in 1958 (468,000 sq. ft.). The new Riverview High School campus (532,000 sq. ft.) is a more traditional design centered around an expansive interior courtyard, hosting state of the art technology in all 7 Small Learning Community classrooms, 2nd largest auditorium in the city, and all capturing the beauty of the river that brought us our name.

There are 127 classroom teachers, 6 school counselors and 6 administrators.

ABOUT RIVERVIEW LACROSSE

If you are not already familiar with the sport of lacrosse, chances are you will be very soon. First played by Native Americans, lacrosse is often referred to as “America’s oldest sport,” yet in recent years, exponential growth has also made it the nation’s fastest growing sport. Participation at the high school level has grown over 100 percent since 2006, far outpacing the growth of any high school team sport. In Florida alone, the sport has grown over 70 percent in the last five years. Since 2013, over 100 new varsity lacrosse teams have been started at the college level, with 34 more starting in 2016. It’s statistics like these that led Dave Brandon, Athletic Director at University of Michigan to dub lacrosse the “sport of the future.”

For the 2021 Lacrosse Season, there were 371 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) sanctioned Boys and Girls High School Lacrosse programs in Florida. As with anything new, establishing this new sport within the existing framework of our public high schools took time, effort and money. Through the efforts of SRQLAX, girls’ and boys’ varsity lacrosse teams were brought to Riverview High School in the Spring of 2016, with the goal of expanding the program to all of the Sarasota County Public High Schools in the coming years.  During the 2018 Season, three additional “public” high schools in the area were approved by FHSAA and the school boards to play lacrosse; Lakewood Ranch, Manatee and Venice High School.  In 2019, Sarasota High School was also approved, with each school now having both Boys and Girls Varsity Lacrosse programs.  These schools, along with Riverview High School, join the four other private high schools, Cardinal Mooney, Out-of-Door Academy, St. Stephen’s Episcopal and Sarasota Military Academy, bringing the total number of student-athlete lacrosse players in the area to over 500!

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We encourage the Sarasota Community to become one of our supporters, where you will be exposed to the many families discovering this emerging competitive sport, as well as the students, faculty and families of Riverview High School and those schools we will play throughout our inaugural season. It is a wise investment and a fantastic way to show your commitment to the children of Sarasota County! With your help, we can ensure that the current and future boys and girls of Sarasota County have the opportunity to play high school lacrosse under the auspices of the FHSAA.  Please use our Contact Form to request further information.

2021 FHSAA DISTRICT REALIGNMENTS:
Starting in Spring 2021, FHSAA realigned all the Varsity Boys and Girls lacrosse programs throughout the State.  There are now two Division (1A & 2A) classifications, with assignments based on school size, geography and District balance.  The Riverview Varsity Boys program is now in Division 2, Region 3, District 12:

School City
Fort Myers Fort Myers
Golden Gate Naples
Gulf Coast Naples
Immokalee Immokalee
Palmetto Ridge Naples
Riverdale Fort Myers
Riverview (Sarasota) Sarasota
Venice Venice

The Riverview Varsity Girls are now in Division 2, Region 3, District 11:

School City
Lakewood Ranch Bradenton
Manatee Bradenton
Riverview (Sarasota) Sarasota
Sarasota Sarasota

For a complete listing of all FHSAA assignments, visit the FHSAA Website.