Castro Valley High School

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Coordinates: 37°42′13.22″N 122°4′41.79″W / 37.7036722°N 122.0782750°W / 37.7036722; -122.0782750

Castro Valley High School
Castro Valley, California
Type Public
Established 1956
Principal Blaine Torpey[1]
Number of students 2,975 (2012-2013)[1]
School color(s) Green and Gold
Mascot Trojans

Castro Valley High School is a comprehensive public high school for grades 9 to 12 and is located in the unincorporated suburban community of Castro Valley, California, U.S. Named a National Exemplary School in 1984-85 and 1988–89, it was a California Distinguished School in 1987-88 and 2000-01. It is part of the Castro Valley Unified School District.[2] Castro Valley High School has been named a 2009 California Distinguished School.[3]


As a comprehensive high school, Castro Valley High School provides a wide variety of course offerings, including Advanced, Honors, and Advanced Placement courses. These courses are: Advanced Sophomore English, AP Calculus AB and BC, Honors American Literature, AP Statistics, AP English Literature, AP Computer Science, AP United States History, AP Economics, AP Biology, AP European History, Honors Chemistry, AP Studio Art, AP Chemistry, AP Art History, Honors Physics, Honors Chamber Orchestra, AP Environmental Science, Honors American Sign Language, AP Spanish, AP French, AP German, AP Japanese.

Castro Valley High is the only high school in the United States to offer Honors American Sign Language.

In 2008, CVHS opened a new, state-of-the-art library that includes computer labs, teaching spaces, study areas, periodicals and an updated book collection.

Students receive a variety of awards for their achievements including: Academic Blocks, Renaissance Program, California Scholarship Federation and Departmental Awards from individual faculty members. At graduation students are ranked for Honors (3.5 - 3.74), High Honors (3.75 - 3.99) and Highest Honors (4.0 and above).

During the 2013-14 school year 313 students took the SAT with a mean Critical Reading score of 533, a mean Math score of 568 and a mean Writing score of 529. In addition, during the 2013-14 school year, the ACT was taken by 166 students with a mean score of 25.3 on the composite.[4]

Visual Arts and Performing Arts[edit]

Castro Valley High School offers an array of visual art courses that allow students to explore interests, improve skills and learn about career options in arts-related fields. Current course offerings feature a variety of hands-on art experiences and include traditional and digital art options.

During the 2005–2006 school year, the Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art facility that includes a theater, classrooms and an art gallery, was built on the eastern edge of the campus. The theater hosts productions from CVHS' drama classes starring as well as professional and amateur performances of music and theater. The art gallery exhibits student artwork along with work from professional artists from Castro Valley and the East Bay.

CVHS also has a music department, offering vocal classes, orchestra, band and jazz band courses. The CVHS choirs are directed by Laryssa Sadoway. The A Cappella choirs and the Madrigals have placed in the Golden State Choral Festival (Northern California). In 2013, the A Cappella choir won 4th place. In 2014, the Madrigals won 4th place. In 2015, both A Cappella and Madrigals placed, with 5th and 3rd respectively.

The Olympian[edit]

The Olympian is the school's student newspaper. Students in the school’s journalism class produce the print and online newspaper. The Olympian has received many student journalism awards from the Journalism Education Association, Quill and Scroll and more.


Student enrollment in the 2014 - 2014 school year was approximately 2,980 students. Ethnic Makeup:

  • 33% Caucasian
  • 26% Asian
  • 22.3% Hispanic/Latino
  • 10% African American
  • .3% Unknown/Undeclared
  • 7% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • 1.4% American Indian or Alaska Native[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Moskal, Mary Kay; Keneman, Ayn F. (2011-10-14). Literacy Leadership to Support Reading Improvement. Guilford Press. pp. 92–. ISBN 9781609184902. Retrieved 21 February 2013. 
  3. ^ Noceda, Kristofer (2009-04-02). "Castro Valley High in distinguished company". The Daily Review (Bay Area News Group). Retrieved 2009-04-22. 
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