Arcata High School

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Arcata High School is located at 1720 M Street in downtown Arcata, California. It is the primary public high school in Arcata, and it includes students in grades 9 through 12.

Arcata High School
1720 M Street
Arcata, California 95521
School type Public high school
Principal Dave Navarre
Vice principal Jim Monge
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 809 (2010)
Color(s) Black and Orange         
Mascot Tiger
Team name Tigers


Arcata High School was established in the late 19th century.


The total student population as of 2012-2013 was 827 with 49% male and 51% female. As of 2010, the school had an ethnic makeup of 61.5% Caucasian, 9.5% Latino, 3.9% Native American, 3.0% Asian-American, 1.6% African-American, 1.0% Pacific Islander, and 0.0% Filipino. 2.5% of students responded with two or more races. 29% of the students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, 1.0% are English learners, and 13.5% have disabilities.[1]


Arcata High School has an Advanced Placement program for those who wish to have a challenge beyond high school level work and who wish to earn possible credit towards college.

The high school contains a charter school (Six Rivers Charter High School) on campus as well as a continuation school called Pacific Coast High.

The average class size is 26, 0% of students lack the textbooks or instructional material they require.

All the teachers at Arcata High have a full teaching credential. 59% of students pass the English-language portion of the California High School Exit Exam and 56% pass the mathematics section. As of 2010, the school had an API rating of 760.[2]

Students are also have the opportunity to take classes nearby at Humboldt State University.


Arcata High School has a number of special programs, including the Arcata Arts Institute, which helps students with a particular interest in the arts (music, dance, acting, etc.) to pursue their interests. Arcata high hosts the ARMACK Orchestra, conducted by Carol Jacobson.

As part of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, Arcata High School is closely affiliated with the only other public high school in the district, McKinleyville High School, and groups such as the orchestra and the jazz band, as well as some drama productions combine students from the schools.

In fall of 2007 all four choir members who tried out for the California State Honor Choir were accepted.






  • Art Club - Participate in the arts
  • Chess Club - Play chess, hold tournaments.
  • CSF (California Scholarship Federation) - Service and scholastic achievement
  • Drama Club - Participate in drama activities and theatrical performances
  • National FFA Organization (Future Farmers of Amrica) - Leadership and personal growth in agricultural education
  • French Club - Fun participation in French language and culture
  • French Honor Society - Scholastic achievement in the French language
  • German Club - Fun participation in German language and culture
  • Interact Club - Community Service
  • National Honor Society - Service and scholastic achievement
  • QSA (Queer-Straight Alliance) - Promote tolerance and understanding of LGBTQ
  • Ski Club - Go skiing and snowboarding
  • Spanish Club - Participation in Latin American language and culture
  • Spanish Honor Society - Scholastic achievement in the Spanish language
  • German Honor Society - Scholastic achievement in the German language
  • Associated Student Body - Student government
  • Green club - A club focused on sustainability in the school and community. Promoting recycling, composting, and helping the environment.
  • Girl Effect - Focused on bringing awareness and funds to girls' education in developing countries.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Adam Parker Smith, artist.[6]


  1. ^ Arcata High School, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation, 2012-2013
  2. ^ EESARC 2010-2011 Executive Summary School Accountability Report Card, 2010–11 For Arcata High, School Accountability Report Card, 2010-2011
  3. ^ Playing With Knives: Chris Hesse of Hoobastank
  4. ^ Taylor, James Allen, MOH Citation, 2013
  5. ^ Easthouse, Keith, Looking forward, North Coast Journal, April 29, 2004
  6. ^ Ryzik, Melena, Sticky Fingers Make the Show, New York Times, March 18, 2013
  7. ^ Christa Johnson, LPGA Tour

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Coordinates: 40°52′36″N 124°5′21″W / 40.87667°N 124.08917°W / 40.87667; -124.08917