Below is a chronological history of Rivington and Blackrod High School:
- c.1520: James Pilkington founder of Rivington Grammar School born.
- 1560: James Pilkington becomes Bishop of Durham.
- 1566: James Pilkington granted a Charter of Foundation for Rivington Grammar School by Queen Elizabeth I (13th May).
- 1568: The foundation of Blackrod Grammar School.
- 1572: Robert Dewhurst becomes first Head Teacher of Rivington Grammar School.
- 1875: Rivington Grammar School and Blackrod Grammar School merge.
- 1882: Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School opened on Rivington Lane.
- 1904: Formation of Old Rivingtonians’ Association 1905 Girls first admitted to Rivington & Blackrod Grammar School.
- 1912: The Pilkington Window (East) unveiled in the school chapel.
- 1922: The War Memorial Window (West) unveiled in the school chapel.
- 1966: Quatercentenary Celebrations of school’s foundation (May 13th).
- 1973: Rivington and Blackrod High School established.
- 2016: 450 year celebrations of schools foundation (May 13th)