The first students to enter the halls of Catawba Ridge High School celebrated Monday’s historic first day by meeting on the football field for a special photo.

Decked in matching shirts that said “Tradition Starts Here,” more than 850 students filled out the letters for CRHS. Teachers formed a line beneath it as a drone flew overhead to capture the moment on video.

Catawba Ridge becomes the third high school in the Fort Mill School District, an exploding area of York County that is on track to have 1,000 more students than it did at this point last year. To meet the needs of a growing population, two new elementary schools will open next year at this time with a new middle school coming in 2021.

Catawba Ridge students fill the “C” in CRHS for a special photo on the football field Monday. They are shown waiting for the other letters to fill in.
The final photo.