Campolindo High School

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Campolindo High School
300 Moraga Road
Moraga, California 94556

Coordinates 37°52′01″N 122°07′37″W / 37.86694°N 122.12694°W / 37.86694; -122.12694Coordinates: 37°52′01″N 122°07′37″W / 37.86694°N 122.12694°W / 37.86694; -122.12694
School type Public high school
Established 1962
School district Acalanes Union High School District
CEEB Code 052058
NCES School ID 060165000033[1]
Principal John Walker
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,285[2] (2011–12)
Grade 9 296
Grade 10 306
Grade 11 342
Grade 12 341
Color(s) Navy blue and red         
Mascot Cougar
Newspaper La Puma
Yearbook Compañero

Campolindo High School is a public high school located in Moraga, California, and is in the Acalanes Union High School District. Campolindo offers an advanced education system in the Acalanes School District, with particular emphasis on its participation in the Advanced Placement Program.

In 2013, Campolindo was ranked 18th in California (and 131st nationally) by U.S. News & World Report.


The Campolindo Cougars play in Division III, and have programs in women's volleyball, men's football, men's basketball, men's baseball, men's/women's water polo, men's/women's cross country, men's/women's track and field, men's/women's swimming and diving, men's/women's soccer and Men's Volleyball.[citation needed]

Men's Fall Sports: football, water polo, and cross country

Men's Winter Sports: basketball, soccer, and wrestling

Men's Spring Sports: ultimate Frisbee, baseball, golf, swimming, diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and lacrosse

Women's Fall Sports: water polo, cross country, golf, volleyball, and tennis

Women's Winter Sports: basketball and soccer

Women's Spring Sports: softball, swimming, diving, track and field, golf, and lacrosse

Academic Decathlon[edit]

Campolindo's Academic Decathlon Team has seen a rise to prominence since 2010. Under the direction of Coach Paul Verbanszky, the Cougars were victorious in the 2011, 2012, and 2013 Contra Costa County Academic Decathlons and advanced all three years to the state championship in Sacramento, California. After finishing sixth at the Division III state championship in 2011 and 2012, the Cougars won the Medium Size Schools state decathlon award in 2013, advancing to the online national championship while placing third in Division III and winning a most improved team award in the process. At the 2013 Online National Championship held April 4 and 26, the Cougars won first place, in the process earning the first national title for Campolindo in any competition and the first national championship in Academic Decathlon for any school in Northern California.[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

Soda Aquatic Center[edit]

The Soda Aquatic Center opened to the public in 1999 and has three pools: a 3.5-foot-deep (1.1 m) pool, a diving well 10 to 13 feet (4.0 m) deep with two 1-meter springboards and two 3-meter springboards, and a competition pool. The 50 meter by 25-yard (23 m) competition pool is considered to be one of the fastest pools in the country.[citation needed]

The Soda Center is the annual host of:

  • The Water Polo Premier League
  • The Orinda Moraga Pool Association's Swimming Championship Meet
  • The DFAL Swimming and Diving Championship Meet

Because it has one of the few 50 meter pools in the area, the Soda Center is home to Orinda Aquatics and frequently used for USA Swimming swim meets.

The diving tank was used during the filming of the science television program Mythbusters to test the myths "Underwater Car and "Breathing Through a Tire".

The center replaced a large blacktop area which was known by students as the "backlot", where some students (sometimes called "backlotters") would congregate in large numbers during breaks to smoke and socialize.

Music History[edit]

The Campolindo High School gymnasium was the location of a Grateful Dead show on May 17, 1969. A poorly recorded portion of this exists and circulates among traders of Grateful Dead Live shows. The spring of 1969 also included a show by Santana a few months before they performed at Woodstock (with the Grateful Dead) and their first album that fall. B.B. King also performed in concert there in 1969. Other notables of that era that came to Campolindo were Joy of Cooking and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.[citation needed]

The cafeteria was also the location of notable early concert by the Dead Kennedys, on the evening of December 19, 1978. The band, who had just made their first appearance 5 months earlier, performed under the pseudonym of "The Creamsicles". The DKs were preceded by a set by The Zeros and openers The Liars, a punk-pop band from Berkeley. The concert, promoted as "The Whittler's Ball", was produced by a group of Campolindo students. A recording exists of the concert.[citation needed]

From 1990 to 1992, a student band named Code Blue, featuring Sub Pop and Brushfire Records recording artist Zach Rogue (of Rogue Wave) and Beluga Heights record label founder and hip-hop record producer JR Rotem, often performed at lunchtime.[citation needed]

In October 1984 Eddie Money made an impromptu visit during the Campolindo homecoming dance. He jumped up on stage and performed "Shakin'" to the delight of all those in attendance.[citation needed]


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