It was a night for Ridgeville Corners to shine on Friday, Feb. 5, when the school district celebrated all things Ridgeville.
The Archbold Area School District honored the former Ridgeville High School, trading in its AHS boys basketball uniforms for RHS colors and uniforms and taking the floor against Liberty Center.
But it was more than just new uniforms. It was recognition for those who attended, taught, and graduated from the school on Co. Rd. X in Henry County.
There was memorabilia throughout the halls and cafeteria borrowed from RHS alumni and their families. There was the RHS alma mater and fight song, played one more time. There was an appreciative crowd that filled the stands with royal blue and white.
The Ridgeville school district was consolidated into three other districts, including Archbold, nearly 50 years ago.
For many years, there was an almost palpable resentment between Archbold and Ridgeville that some feel was at least partially responsible for failed plans to construct a new high school on East Lutz Road.
Friday night festivities proved the rift is mending.
Aaron Rex, superintendent, and his staff did a fantastic job in organizing the event and celebrating Ridgeville’s history.
Ridgeville High School will never be erased from memory. It should always be celebrated, just as it was Friday night.