About

The Pirates’ Hook is Riverside High School’s award-winning, bilingual student newspaper. The Hook is entirely self-funded and has been run by students for its entire twenty-four year history. Our number one priority is providing accurate, unbiased information for our diverse community. In addition to delivering six print editions per year to students, faculty and throughout the Durham community, The Hook is expanding its multimedia content at thepirateshook.com and on social media @thepirateshook

Founded in 1991, the school is located in Durham. Also known as “The Bull City,”  Durham is home to Duke University, North Carolina Central University and the Research Triangle Park. 

A traditional, comprehensive public high school, Riverside offers over 25 AP courses, an award-winning engineering magnet program, many extracurriculars such as chorus, marching band, and Dance. The school also offers over 12 sports teams throughout the year.

Over 1,700 students call Riverside home every year. The diverse student body is approximately 40 percent black, 40 percent Latinx and 17 percent white. Sixty percent of students qualify for free or reduced lunch.  

Riverside’s vision is, “for Riverside High School graduates will be self-reliant global citizens who make their mark as positive and contributing members of their communities.”The Hook is dedicated to representing the interests of its 1,700+ students and giving them a voice. For story tips or coverage ideas, please contact the Pirates’ Hook advisor, Bryan Christopher at bryan_christopher@dpsnc.net.