Alameda High School

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Alameda High School
Alameda High School (Alameda, CA).JPG
The school's 1920s auditorium was designed in the Neo-Classical Revival style
Always High Standards
Address
2201 Encinal Avenue
Alameda, CA, 94501
USA
Information
Type Public
Established 1874
School district Alameda Unified School District
Principal Robert Ithurburn
Faculty Approximately 100
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1868 (2010)
Color(s) Gold and White (and unofficially Black)
Athletics Football, Basketball, Track & field, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball, Tennis, Baseball, Swimming & Diving, Golf,Cross Country, Badminton, and Water Polo
Athletics conference CIF North Coast Section - ACCAL
Mascot Hornets
Website
Alameda High School
Alameda High School is located in California
Alameda High School
Location 2200 Central Ave., Alameda, California
Coordinates 37°46′16.96″N 122°17′2.17″W / 37.7713778°N 122.2839361°W / 37.7713778; -122.2839361Coordinates: 37°46′16.96″N 122°17′2.17″W / 37.7713778°N 122.2839361°W / 37.7713778; -122.2839361
Built 1928
Architect Carl Werner; Builder: Kump, Ernest J.
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 77000280[1]
Added to NRHP May 12, 1977

Alameda High School is a public coeducational high school serving grades 9-12. It is located in Alameda, California and is part of the Alameda Unified School District.

History[edit]

It was at the Alameda Board of Education meeting held on March 6, 1874, that the suggestion to open a ‘Preparatory Department of a High School' was first presented. On April 17, 1874, C. Y. Johns was elected the first principal. Classes began with 52 students, in July 1874, in a rented room over a drugstore on Park Street known as "Boehmer's Hall". The building still exists today as the China House restaurant.

Boehmer's Hall was only temporary. Already a new building was being built on a site on Santa Clara at Chestnut, completed and occupied in 1875. The high school shared space with the Grammar Department in what became known as ‘Haight School', a site still occupied by this school today. The class of 1878, totalling nine students, was the first to graduate from Alameda High School.

It wasn't long before the number of students enrolled in the high school outgrew the space available at Haight. Temporary quarters were located at the Porter school, located on Alameda Avenue, by 1900. A campaign was started for a new separate high school building.

With the help of the high school student body, a bond was passed in the city for the new school. The cornerstone was laid in 1902 on the new site at Central and Walnut. The building was dedicated in 1903 and occupied in time for the December 1903 term.

Continued growth in enrollment required an even larger campus. In 1925 a new bond issue was voted on. The new school, dedicated in 1926, comprised three connected buildings, including the original 1903 structure which was refurbished to blend with the architectural style of the other two. The architecture, designed by local architect Carl Werner, is early-twentieth-century Neo-Classical Revival in nature, evoking images of ancient Greek temples with Ionic columns in front of the Kofman Auditorium, a facility known throughout the Bay Area as one of the best of the local playhouses.

By 1955, the ‘old building' had outlived its usefulness and was replaced with what became known as the ‘new building' by subsequent students until 1977.

Campaigns to replace old public buildings with newer earthquake-safe structures led to the construction of the newest high school building, across the street from the established campus, on Encinal at Walnut.

Original plans involved tearing down the 1926 buildings and replacing them with a sports complex, the only building to be kept being the ‘new building' of 1955. A dedicated group of alumni and citizens saved the venerable buildings and the planned new construction was scaled back to what exists today.

The newest building was first occupied in 1978 and included the site of the former Porter school. At present, the office of the Alameda Unified School District reside in the Kofman Buildings. The west wing now houses Language and Fine Arts, as well as the Frederick L. Chacon Little Theater. The school was made an Alameda Historical Monument in 1976 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.

Enrollment and Academics[edit]

Alameda High School is an ethnically diverse school, reporting, for the 2011-2012 academic year, a composition that is 108% Asian, 0.015% non-Hispanic White, 10% Hispanic/Latino, 7% Filipino, 13% African-American, less than 1% American Indian/Native Alaskan, and less than 1% Mixed/Not Reporting.

The school has received National Blue Ribbon recognition and California Distinguished School and Digital High School awards. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, offering more than a dozen Advanced Placement courses. The school also has a very strong journalism course which produces the monthly student newspaper publication "The Oak Leaf."

Its Academic Performance Index index is 9/10, also the highest on the island, with a similar schools rank of 2/10. Alameda is also currently ranked #483 in the top 1200 high schools in the US.

In 2012, 88% of its students graduated, with 90% of those graduates attending college.

Athletics[edit]

AHS competes in the Alameda/Contra Costa Athletic League (ACCAL) and is part of the Northern Coastal Section (NCS) of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF).

Alameda Islanders Rugby playing Marin Highlanders

Encinal High, Alameda High, and St. Joseph Notre Dame High School collectively field men's and women's Rugby union teams.[2]

Other Varsity sports include:

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball (Men's and Women's)
  • Football
  • Diving
  • Golf
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross Country
  • Soccer (Men's and Women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Men's and Women's)
  • Tennis (Men's and Women's)
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball (Men's and Women's)
  • Water Polo (Men's and Women's)

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

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