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Riverdale Country School

Riverdale Country School
Mind, Character, Community
5250 Fieldston Road (Hill Campus) or 1 Spaulding Lane (River Campus)
Riverdale, New York, 10471
United States
Type Private
Independent school
College preparatory school
Established 1907
Founder Frank S. Hackett
Headmaster Dominic A.A. Randolph
Grades Pre-K-5 at the River Campus and 6-12 at the Hill Campus
Enrollment approx. 1125
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Maroon and Gray
Athletics conference Ivy Prep
Mascot Falcon
Newspaper The Riverdale Review
Yearbook The Riverdalian

Riverdale Country School is a co-educational, independent, college-preparatory day school in New York City. It is located on two campuses covering more than 27 acres (110,000 m2) in the Riverdale section of the Bronx, New York.


  • History 1
  • Buildings 2
  • School dynamics 3
    • Arts and activities 3.1
  • Student life 4
    • Clubs 4.1
    • Student publications 4.2
    • Athletics 4.3
      • Sports teams 4.3.1
  • Notable alumni 5
  • Notable staff 6
  • Associations 7
  • See also 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Founded in 1907 by Frank Hackett, who has a namesake hall in the school, Riverdale Country School is one of the oldest country day schools in the United States.

The present-day institution traces its origins to the Riverdale School for Boys, which was established in 1907 by Hackett. In 1920, the Neighborhood Elementary School was founded, followed in 1933, by the Riverdale Girls School. In 1972, the three schools combined to form a single school.[1]


The River Campus of Riverdale Country School
The entrance sign at the Upper Campus

The buildings on the Hill Campus include Hackett Hall, Mow Hall, Lindenbaum Center for the Arts, the Pernille Ironside Building (aka the 9-10 Building), the Day Care, Vinik Hall (the Admissions Building), the Weinstein Science Building, and the Science Annex.

The buildings on the River Campus are the K-3 building (the New building – gymnasium and classrooms from kindergarten to third grade), the senior building (includes chorus classroom, pullout reading, Spanish classroom, and honors math classrooms), Perkins Building (includes a theater, 4-5th grade classrooms), the Admissions/Junior building (includes various music classes, admissions office, nurse's office, Riverclub office, and lunchroom). Both campuses have a gymnasium and tennis courts. The River Campus also has a pre-Kindergarten room and a playground (Jolli Run Playground). The Hill Campus has three playing fields (upper field, lower field, and football field), as well as a pool, wrestling room, fencing room, workout room, two drama rooms, and three floors of rooms devoted to the arts.

School dynamics

Riverdale has two campus areas: the River Campus (grades Pre-K–5 known as the Lower School), and the Hill Campus (grades 6–8 known as the Middle School, and 9–12 known as the Upper School). The River Campus received its name because of its location beside the Hudson River; the Hill Campus, overlooking Van Cortlandt Park, was named for its location as well.

Riverdale currently has an enrollment of approximately 1125 students (River Campus, 375; Hill Campus, 750). Dominic Randolph was appointed the sixth Head of School in 2007.

Riverdale is chartered by the New York State Board of Regents and is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools.[2]

Arts and activities

Riverdale has an arts program, offering courses in music theory and composition, acting technique, studio art, and film analysis. Upper School students produce one musical and one play each year in the Jeslo Harris theatre. Riverdale students may participate in the jazz and concert bands, orchestra, chamber music ensembles, chorus, and the a cappella singing group. Riverdale also has clubs and activities.

Student life


  • Asian-American Alliance (AAA)
  • Coalition for the Homeless
  • Environmental Club
  • HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Latino Awareness)
  • SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
  • Students of Color Coalition (SCC)
  • Student-Faculty Council
  • Photo Club
  • Investment Club (largest with 30 members)
  • Riverdale Investment Blog

Student publications

The Riverdale Review is Riverdale's student-run paper.[3] Impressions, has published the visual art and creative writing of students in the Upper School for almost 30 years.[4] Crossroads is Riverdale’s Middle School Literary and Art Magazine.[5] The Falcon Times is the newsletter of the Middle School.[6]


In the spring of 2013 crew was introduced as a varsity sport for boys and girls. In the 2013-14 school year, wrestling was officially cut from the list of sports.

Sports teams

Interscholastic Athletic Teams
Sport Season Gender
Baseball Spring Boys'
Basketball Winter Boys', Girls'
Cross-Country Fall Girls', Boys'
Field Hockey Fall Girls'
Fencing Winter Boys', Girls'
Football Fall Boys'
Golf Spring Boys', Girls'
Gymnastics Winter Girls'
Lacrosse Spring Boys', Girls'
Soccer Fall Boys', Girls'
Softball Spring Girls'
Squash Winter Boys', Girls'
Swimming Winter Boys', Girls'
Tennis Fall (Girls'), Spring (Boys') Boys', Girls'
Track Winter Boys', Girls'
Ultimate (Frisbee) Spring Boys', Girls', Coed
Volleyball Fall Girls'
Crew Spring Boys', Girls

Notable alumni

Notable staff

Nathan M. Pusey taught at Riverdale Country School.


Riverdale is a member of the Ivy Preparatory School League and the New York State Association of Independent Schools.[11]

The "Hill Schools": Riverdale Country School, The Fieldston School, and Horace Mann School together are known as the "Hill Schools," as all three are located within two miles (3 km) of each other in the neighborhood of Riverdale on a hilly area above Van Cortlandt Park.

See also


  1. ^ Bunting & Lyon Bunting & Lyon profile: Riverdale Country School
  2. ^ Riverdale Statistics
  3. ^ Riverdale Country School ~ Riverdale Review
  4. ^ Riverdale Country School ~ Impressions
  5. ^ Riverdale Country School ~ Crossroads
  6. ^ Riverdale Country School ~ Falcon Times
  7. ^ Illson, Murray. "INTERVIEW; U.S. Attorney at Age 31", The New York Times, July 17, 1977. Accessed December 15, 2008.
  8. ^ Buffa, Denise; Fermino, Jennifer; and Mangan, Dan. "PERP SCHOOL: '500G THIEF' BOOKKEEPER BUSTED AT RITZY RIVERDALE", New York Post, May 25, 2007. Accessed October 23, 2008.
  9. ^ Diamond, David. "James Gleick's Survival Lessons", Wired, August 1999. Accessed June 17, 2009. "Gleick attended Riverdale Country School, where JFK once studied, and excelled in mathematics and science."
  10. ^ Wolfer, Sondra. "Olympic fencer Tim Morehouse takes his stab at being the best", New York Daily News, July 21, 2008. Accessed August 5, 2008. "As a young teen, Tim Morehouse took up fencing at the Riverdale Country School as an excuse to get out of gym class."
  11. ^ New York State Association of Independent Schools

External links

  • Official website
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