Adolfo Camarillo High School

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Adolfo Camarillo High School
4660 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Camarillo, California, 93012
Coordinates 34°13′3″N 119°0′28″W / 34.21750°N 119.00778°W / 34.21750; -119.00778Coordinates: 34°13′3″N 119°0′28″W / 34.21750°N 119.00778°W / 34.21750; -119.00778
Type Public
Established 1956
School district Oxnard Union High School District
Principal Glenn Lipman
Enrollment 2,501
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and White.
Athletics conference Marmonte League
Nickname Scorpions

Adolfo Camarillo High School is a high school located in Camarillo, California. It was recognized as a California Distinguished School in 1996 and in 2009 and a National Blue Ribbon School in 1998. It is part of the Oxnard Union High School District. The land was purchased for the school by Adolfo Camarillo for the construction of a high school. Its current principal is Glenn Lipman.


The school teams are the Scorpions. ACHS has produced star athletes, including Randy Elliott, 1969 MLB 1st round draft pick [1] and the first overall pick of the 2003 MLB Draft, Delmon Young, USA Olympic GOLD Medalist Jessica Mendoza, and multi-sport collegiate star Joe Borchard.

The Scorpions have two CIF-SS champion football teams in their history. In 1984, the Camarillo Scorpions football team won the CIF Southern Section championship in the Los Angeles Coliseum over Ventura High School. In 1996, ACHS beat Notre Dame High School of Sherman Oaks with future Oakland Raiders star Justin Fargas 20-16.

In 1991, Camarillo's softball team won CIF against Buena to mark the first ever championship for the program.

The school hosts the Camarillo Classic, a well known early season, two-day invitational track-and-field event, every March.[2][3][4] It attracts dozens of teams from all over Southern California.[5] The Distance Classic portion of the event has attracted notable athletes such as Jordan Hasay, Duane Solomon and Christine Babcock to come and produce record-breaking performances at the Camarillo Classic. In 2007, when Hasay ran her meet record 10:04.07 3200 meters, both standing national record holders in the event, Kim Mortensen and Jeff Nelson were in attendance.[6]

USA chant controversy[edit]

A group of students from Camarillo High School received national attention due to them being told to remove patriotic bandannas and to not chant "USA, USA".[7] The chanting, and wearing of the patriotic bandannas occurred during a basketball game against Rio Mesa High School, which lead to their ejection from the game, and suspension from school.[8] Principal Glenn Lipman said that the instruction to remove the bandannas was a precaution, due to concerns regarding diversity, with Oxnard Union High School District Superintendent Dr. Gabe Soumakian saying that the U-S-A chant had "racist overtones".[9] Latinos make up 67% of Rio Mesa High and 37% of Camarillo High; the group said that they were not intending to be offensive.[10]

Associate Principal arrested for sexual assault[edit]

On June 5, 2013, Associate Principal Felix "David" Gallegos was arrested and charged with four misdemeanor counts of child molestation and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery dating back to November 2012. Two separate victims, one female staff member and one female student, told police that Gallegos touched them inappropriately while on the school campus. The two alleged victims did not know about each other, detectives said. 8 months later, a lawsuit was filed against the school district on behalf of the student and a second student.[11][12] On August 26, 2014, Gallegos pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges while the other charges were dropped. The lawsuit continues with the attorney alleging [The school district] "ignored every sign of his behavior ... and that they had such a danger in their school and around children,"[13]

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