Carmel High School (Carmel, California)
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Carmel High School is a school of 750 students and 50-plus faculty members, situated just outside the city of Carmel, California. Built in 1940, Carmel High is known for its lovely view of the Santa Lucia Mountains with a peek of Point Lobos and the Pacific Ocean. It is in one of the most affluent school districts in California, due to a state law which allows the school to opt out of ADA (average daily attendance) funding, choosing instead to receive revenue from local property taxes, which in Carmel's case, are quite high.
Carmel High shares a cross town rivalry with Pacific Grove High School, wherein every year the two teams compete in "The Shoe Game", so named after a shoe that was bronzed and made into a trophy by Carmel High students in an attempt to start the rivalry. As of 2011, "The Shoe" has been in the possession of the Carmel football team for 4 years in a row. The school's mascot is the Padre, which pays homage to the peninsula's history with the Spanish missionaries, with the Carmel Mission located just a few miles from the campus.
The school's library has approximately 16,000 volumes and is equipped with wireless communication. The old library, which at one point was a theater, was torn down and a new theater has been built in its place. This theater is an attempt to use "green" construction practices, such as solar panels and energy efficient lights and appliances.
There is a weight room, theater, dance room, remodeled gym and locker rooms, and pool. The school is known for its baseball and cross country/track and field teams. The golf program's home course is located at Pebble Beach. The success of the cross country and track and field programs is often attributed to coach John Ables, who has trained the team to state skill level for the past 20 years.
Since 2007, the school has a team that participates in the FIRST Robotics Competition - Team 2035 - aptly named "The Robo-Rockin' Bots", which is headed by teachers Paul McFarlin and Tom Clifford. It has excelled since its inception. During its first year (2007), Carmel was a finalist at the U.C. Davis Regional Competition. The team was awarded the Motorola Quality Award in 2008, was a finalist at the U.C. Davis Regional Competition in 2010, won the [Xerox] Creativity Award in 2012 and the [Rockwell Automation] Innovation in Control Award in 2013. It has also built a state-of-the-art robotics lab equipped with CAD software and CNC machines to support the robotics class. It is one of the most advanced workshops on the peninsula and the team has helped mentor four new teams on the peninsula. Monterey High and Seaside High started teams in 2012 and in 2014 Pacific Grove High and York School joined the high schools on the peninsula that Carmel helps in their lab.
The school also has a [mock trial] team, a model UN program, and a mathletics team.
In June 2009, Karl Pallastrini, a Carmel High graduate, retired from his position as principal. He was one of many faculty members who were once students at Carmel High School.
- Rushad Eggleston (Class of 1997), Grammy-nominated musician
- Sam Farr (Class of 1959), U.S. Congressman (California, 17th District)
- Stephen Moorer (Class of 1979), Founder & Executive Director, Pacific Repertory Theatre
- Philip Schwyzer (Class of 1988) Professor of English, University of Exeter, renowned renaissance scholar
- Kerry Woodson (Class of 1987),  Former professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners
- Carl Richard Young (Class of 1986). Meteorologist, star of Discovery Channel's Storm Chasers