Ryan King
  • Welcome to the Ruch Outdoor Community School Website! 

    I am honored and humbled to step into the role as your new principal of Ruch Outdoor Community School for the 2023-2024 school year.  Our theme of study will be TREES.  Like a tree, each class will embark on local projects with the goal to connect with their roots, go out on a limb, find resources, and keep growing!


    My journey as an educator involved many stops and stays.  I graduated from Southern Oregon University with a degree in environmental education with a thesis project on beekeeping.  My AmeriCorps experience at an alternative high school, along with my community service work in Biloxi, Mississippi and the Fijian Islands, made me realize the importance of strong school-community ties.  Since 2012, I have been part of the incredible transformation from Ruch Elementary School into Ruch Outdoor Community School.  Here we celebrate the specialness of our rural place and multiply learning opportunities in the outdoors.  Click the link below to learn more about our school model and the programs we offer:




    At Ruch, success is that every child goes home sweaty, dirty, and happy. To be at this school means to be a steward of this legacy dating back to 1914. I am grateful beyond words for the remarkable community who invest time and energy into this school.  Their allegiance to kids is the fertile ground in which learning and teaching blossoms.  It is a forest of joy.


    Thank you to all the kids, staff members, and families for doing their part to make this school truly magical.   


    Onwards and upwards,


    Ryan King

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