Opened in 1973 to meet the needs of a growing Columbia, Rock Bridge is named for the state park just two miles away. The school’s original architectural design won a national award in school design. It was the student body who decided on the Bruins mascot (patriots, turtles, road runners and rebels were also considered) and the Kelly green and new gold school colors. Student Sam Smith also designed the Bruin logo. Continuing that student-led theme, in 1973 a humanities class created the school crest with the motto, “Omnes Vincent Ursi” or “Bruins Conquer All.” The Bruins have indeed conquered all with a number of state athletic titles.
Rob Benedict, class of 1989, Hollywood actor.
Dr. John D. Corley, class of 1980, Team leader in the development of the “bunker buster” weapon that ended the Persian Gulf War.
Carl Edwards, class of 1997, professional race car driver.
Brian Wesbury, Class of 1976, Economist, Co-host for CNBC morning business show Squawk Box, Chicago.
4303 S. Providence Road,
Year school opened: 1973
Number of students: 1,906
Students per classroom teacher: 22
Gentry Middle School: Grant Elementary, Lee Elementary, Midway Heights Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, New Haven Elementary, Paxton Keeley Elementary, Rock Bridge Elementary, Russell Boulevard Elementary
Jefferson Middle School: Benton Elementary, Blue Ridge Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Grant Elementary, Lee Elementary, Mill Creek Elementary, New Haven Elementary, Paxton Keeley Elementary, Russell Boulevard Elementary, Shepard Boulevard Elementary