House System

We unite four houses under one roof.

Launched in the 2017–18 school year, the House System provides a platform to foster strong bonds between students and adult mentors, promote school spirit and camaraderie, and drive healthy competition. A student is a member of one of our four Houses throughout his or her time at Riordan.

The purpose of the Archbishop Riordan High School House System is to further enhance our Marianist mission by developing student leaders, providing mentorship, and strengthening relationships between students and faculty. In addition, the House System encourages interpersonal relationships and increases school spirit through the annual accumulation of House points, which are awarded through academics, competitions, service, citizenship, leadership, and community attendance at various events.

Mentor Groups

Led by a Mentor Teacher, Mentor Groups of 24 students meet each week during the school day. These groups serve to foster inter-division unity and school spirit, with fun activities and practical advice about maximizing your high school years.

Leadership Opportunities

There are more leadership roles than ever for students on Student Parliament, the body that organizes House events throughout the year.

Friendly Competition

Houses compete throughout the year in a variety of academic, athletic, and team-building activities to earn points towards the coveted “Chaminade Cup,” a perpetual award given to the House with the most cumulative points.

House of Bolts

Honoring a Living Legend

This House is named in honor of Bro. Bill Bolts, SM ’53, a member of the first class of young men to attend Riordan.

House of Pilar

Inspired by our Marianist Founder

While praying before the statue of Our Lady of Pillar during his exile in Spain, Blessed Chaminade received inspiration to found the Society of Mary.

House of Cana

Jesus' First Miracle

Cana is the scene of Jesus’ first miracle, where he and his Mother attended a wedding celebration. 

House of Russi

Honoring a Riordan Icon

Fr. Jack Russi, SM consistently set an example of kindness and love to all who knew him. 

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