Rugby is located in a rural/ suburban setting in the Mills River Valley of Henderson County, and is part of the Henderson County Public Schools System.

Rugby has a proud and strong tradition dating back to 1840 when the first Rugby School was built. A replica of the one-room log school sits on the current Rugby campus as a living historical classroom.

The land on which the school is built today was donated by Leander and Vernon Johnson to the students of Rugby. The Johnson Farm, listed in the National Register of Historic Places, is located across from the Rugby campus.

Anchored in the past and looking to the future, Rugby Middle School continues to offer a quality education to its students.


Rugby Middle School will develop leaders through learning and service.



We value reaching our potential.  We will actively engage in learning. We will be proactive and hold ourselves accountable. We will advocate and build confidence.


We value helping others.  We will act to fulfill the needs of others. We will participate in school and community service activities.


We value leaders.  We will develop and model leadership.  We will recognize and support everyone’s genius.  We will respect our differences.

Rainbow over Rugby


Together we Lead,

Together we Serve,

Together we Learn,

Together we are Rugby!