Coachella Valley High School

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Coachella Valley
High School
CVHS Arab Mascot.png
83-800 Airport Blvd,
Thermal, California 92236

Type Public
Established 1910
Principal Victor Uribe [1]
Enrollment 2900
Information (760) 399-5183
Mascot Arab

Coachella Valley High School is a public high school for grades 9-12. It is located in Coachella, California. The District includes grade and middle school sites to accommodate a fast-growing population of the area. The population is predominantly Hispanic (over 90% of CVUSD students, excluding those from seasonal migrant laborers) and consists mainly of residents from Coachella. Many students also come from areas such as Indio and Thermal.


The high school was opened in September 1910 after 10 acres (40,000 m2) of desert brush land was donated. CVHS is the oldest public school in the Coachella Valley. It was incorporated into the Coachella Valley Unified School District in 1966 to include a high school instead of only elementary schools in nearby Coachella. A second high school, Desert Mirage High School opened in 2003 to ease overcrowding (at 2,500 maximum in the early 2000s).

The school's location was decided on because it was the central point of the Coachella Valley. In 2002, social studies teacher Chauncey Veatch was honored as National Teacher of the Year.[2]


The school mascot was named in the 1930s to honor the once large Arab colony involved in the date palm growing industry. The name is considered a gift to the Arab peoples for their contribution to the economy of the Coachella Valley, not as a foreign racial symbol.

In 2002, CVHS officials had a meeting whether to rename the mascot out of concern it might produce negative stereotypes against Arabs and Middle Eastern people, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.[citation needed] They decided to keep the mascot name.

In November 2013, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee described the mascot as an offensive stereotype, and began an online petition to get the school to change it.[3]

Clubs and Groups[edit]

  • "Arab Marching Band"
  • "Arab School Alumni Association"
  • ASB
  • Health Academy
  • Hospitality Academy
  • Breakfast Club
  • Gavel Club
  • Valley's Promise
  • California's Cadet Corps
  • Scholar's Club
  • Spanish Club/MEChA
  • K2L(Key 2 Life) Bible Club
  • Future Teachers of American Club
  • Teenage Pregnancy Alliance
  • Public Service Academy
  • Future Farmers of America Club
  • Future Business Leaders of American Club
  • Outdoorsman Club
  • Young Life
  • Future Day Laborers of America
  • Drama Club
  • Film Club
  • Art Club
  • Anime Club
  • Dance Club
  • Band Club
  • Xochipilli Folkloric Dance Club
  • Chorus Club
  • Los Arabes Mariachi Club
  • Boy's Varsity Club
  • Girl's Varsity Club
  • Catch The Dream Program

Former Clubs and Groups[edit]

  • Choose Life Club(1984-1999)


Coachella Valley High School is in the Desert Valley League which includes Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Out of conference opponents sometimes include Desert Hot Springs and Desert Mirage High School near Mecca, California. Coachella Valley High School's main athletic competition (rival) is Indio High School.

  • Cheerleading (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Football (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Volleyball (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Boys Cross Country (Varsity/Jr. Varsity)
  • Girls Cross Country (Varsity/Jr. Varsity)
  • Boys Soccer (Varsity/Jr. Varsity)
  • Girls Soccer (Varsity/ Jr. Varsity)
  • Wrestling (Varsity/ Jr. Varsity)
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Baseball (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°38′41″N 116°12′03″W / 33.6447°N 116.2008°W / 33.6447; -116.2008