College Park High School (Pleasant Hill, California)

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College Park High School
201 Viking Drive
Pleasant Hill, California, 94523-1809
Coordinates 37°57′54″N 122°04′15″W / 37.96500°N 122.07083°W / 37.96500; -122.07083[1]Coordinates: 37°57′54″N 122°04′15″W / 37.96500°N 122.07083°W / 37.96500; -122.07083[1]
School type Public High school
Founded 1960
Superintendent John Bernard (interim)
Principal Paul Gengler
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,950[2] (2011-12)
Language English
Area Pleasant Hill, California
Color(s) Purple and white         
Mascot Falcons

College Park High School is a public distinguished[3] high school located in Pleasant Hill, California, adjacent to Valley View Middle School and Diablo Valley College. It is part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District.


College Park High School competes in Division I in the California Interscholastic Federation's (CIF) North Coast Section (NCS).

The 2008-09 School year marked the beginning of the school's return to the Diablo Valley Athletic League (DVAL).

College Park is known for their successful boys and girls cross country teams. Both teams won the 2006 North Coast Championships[citation needed], and placed 15th (boys) and 16th (girls) at the 2006 California State Championships[citation needed]. The football team's rival is the Alhambra Bulldogs.[4]

CPHS's Varsity Football Team won the DFAL football championship in 2006. They went 9-1.[5] CPHS Team won the DVAL football championship in 2011. They went 6-4.

CPHS's Wrestling team won their second consecutive DFAL championship, North Coast Section Team and Dual Titles (2006 and 2007).[citation needed]

CPHS also includes other teams like Women's Water Polo which were finalists for NCS in 2007.[citation needed] Other teams include Golf, Tennis, Soccer, Basketball, Lacrosse, and Cycling.

CPHS Varsity women Water Polo won their second consecutive DFAL title in 2010, beating rivals Northgate in the finals each time.[citation needed]

CPHS Men's Lacrosse program added a JV team in 2012. The team was composed primarily of freshmen. CPHS Varsity Baseball won their first NCS title in 2008.[citation needed] The team became the lowest seeded team to ever win the North Coast Section Title.[citation needed]

CPHS Varsity Boys Volleyball team also won the championship in 2008.[citation needed]

In 2009 the CPHS Wrestling team won the DVAL League Championship.[citation needed] In 2010, the Falcons JV and Varsity Men's basketball teams won the DVAL league championship with records 10-0 and 9-1 respectively. The Falcons varsity team advanced to the NCS playoffs, securing a #13 seed and a home contest. The JV squad ended the season 21-5 and the Varsity went 22-3.

In 2013 the boys varsity basketball team won CIF NorCal regional game beating Dublin High School 93-90 to secure their spot in the state championship game. The score of the game is a CIF NorCal record for how many points scored combined, 183.

Budget Cuts in Athletics[edit]

College Park High School experienced budget cuts from the Mount Diablo Unified School District. The MDUSD has suspended funding towards schools athletic and academic programs. The return of athletics was in question for the DVAL in 2009, but after deliberation and protest, the district allowed for the 2009-10 academic year, student athletes will have to pay for all of their registration, equipment, and transportation for their respective sports as a result of the budget cuts.


CPHS has the top ranked Advanced Placement Environmental Science (APES) program among high schools in the area.

  • CPHS had an incident in June 2004, where members of the student body were found to have created a website that contained stolen test answers and student-posted homework answers. Much of the Junior class was found to have knowledge of the site, which had existed nearly all year long. Two students as well as a teacher went on to appear on the Dr. Phil show as a result of the incident, gaining College Park national attention for the scandal. [6] [7]
  • CPHS also gained national media attention in January 2005 when United States Army recruiters turned the school's quad into a lunchtime shooting range. The event was approved by the school's principal, but, after much criticism, he claimed he had envisioned a different type of event than what took place.[8]
  • CPHS also had an incident in January 2007, where a student was stabbed with a steak knife in the men's bathroom. The incident prompted a 'lockdown' of the school for a couple of hours. He turned himself in to police several days after the attack, and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. However, police misconduct during the initial investigation into the stabbing resulted in the city being sued for $2 million by a falsely accused male student.[9]
  • In the beginning of spring, 2009, over 300 College Park students gathered outside of the school grounds to protest budget cuts, which affected sports programs. The protest quickly became a riot after the mob left the school grounds and headed towards Sunvalley Mall. Multiple stores were vandalized and students were arrested.[10]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ United States Geological Survey (19 January 1981). "GNIS Detail -College Park High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ California Department of Education. "Enrollment by Grade for 2011-2012". DataQuest. Retrieved 12 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Contra Costa County Office of Education. "California Distinguished Schools in Contra Costa County". Retrieved 15 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Falcon Cross Country (CPHS) website
  5. ^ - CPHS Team webpage
  6. ^ Dr. Phil website
  7. ^ Contra Costa Times
  8. ^ Burrell, Jackie (January 27, 2005), "U.S. Army recruiters cause uproar at College Park High", Contra Costa Times 
  9. ^ Lee, Henry K. (June 12, 2007), "Teen gets 5 years for stabbing at Pleasant Hill high school", San Francisco Chronicle 
  10. ^ Javier, Sean (June 12, 2007), Peaceful protest turns into riot at Sunvalley Mall