Cupertino High School

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Cupertino High School
Cupertino High School entrance.jpg
10100 Finch Avenue
Cupertino, California, 95014
United States
Coordinates 37°19′16″N 122°00′34″W / 37.3210°N 122.0095°W / 37.3210; -122.0095Coordinates: 37°19′16″N 122°00′34″W / 37.3210°N 122.0095°W / 37.3210; -122.0095
Type Public 4-year
Established 1958
School district Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD)
Principal Kami Tomberlain[1]
Faculty 129
Enrollment 2,057 (2013–2014)[2]
Color(s) Cardinal, Gold, and Gray
Mascot Dusty the Pioneer
Information 408-366-7300

Cupertino High School, colloquially referred to as "Tino",[3] is a four-year comprehensive public high school located near the Rancho Rinconada and Fairgrove neighborhoods of Cupertino, California, USA. It is part of the Fremont Union High School District. The school serves mostly suburban residential and IT-enriched areas in eastern Cupertino, southern Santa Clara, and west San Jose.

Cupertino High School opened in 1958 (its first day of academics succeeded orientation and syllabus reviews in class and was September 15, 1958) with 700 9th and 10th graders with George Fernandez as principal. Kami Tomberlain is the current principal. Cupertino has had a student body of 2060.[1][4] It offers a wide range of academic subjects and extracurricular activities, including its Speech And Debate program,[5] FIRST Robotics,[6] National Honor Society,[7] Key Club, FBLA, Solidarity Club, and DECA.


Since 2009, Cupertino High has been recently going under some construction in parts of the school campus to accommodate the quickly growing population in the school.

The classroom wings are mainly to the left of the athletic fields, all tied together by one main hallway. Each section has corresponded by the subject.

  • The 100's wing has been mainly composed of English, history, and English-learning classrooms.
  • The 200's wing, as of 2014, is home to the majority of the Social Studies Department.
  • The 300's wing is mainly to be used as a foreign language and history section, along with a computer lab and a geometry classroom.
  • The 400's and 900's wings have been mainly composed of math classrooms with a few foreign language rooms.
  • The 500's wing contain all of the science lab rooms.
  • The 600's wing is used as a math classroom section, along with the drama classroom.
  • Rooms 701–703 have been used for the music department. Rooms 708–709 are being used as a learning center for disabled students. Rooms 721–723 have been transformed as the Associated Student Body classroom, a second computer lab for computer sciences and JAVA programming, and a literature classroom.
  • The 800's wing is composed of a choir room, a wood shop, and two art classrooms, one for Art and the other for 3-D design.
  • The 900's wing is used for mathematics, learning skills, and Spanish.

In 2009, in an effort to go green, the school has built solar panels in the front staff parking lot. In 2010, most of the athletic fields were gradually demolished one by one. As of 2013, there is a rubber track and American football field, as well as a baseball field and soccer/field hockey/softball field. There is also a swimming pool that is 5 meters away from becoming 'Olympic size.' In addition, a new building containing a weight room, two team rooms, and a PE classroom has been created.

The quad had been recently renovated (as of 2013) to include an outdoor stage, as well as specific comma-shaped place for students to hang out. It mainly is surrounded by the gym, the classroom wings, a hallway, and the main building. In years past, there has always been senior lawn specifically for only seniors to walk on, but with the new renovation, there was no senior lawn added.[8]

As of January 3, 2014, the renovated school building has been opened to the public. It is connected to the original gym and theatre. The north building, now connected to the theatre will be made up of new bathrooms, water fountains, a library, a new computer lab, a cafeteria, including a kitchen and a student lounge, made to be so that there is seating available upstairs and downstairs. This was made with the help of refractable glass windows. In the south building, a new main office and the guidance counseling/career centers will be there. Connecting the two buildings is a glass bridge, mainly composed of the library, which currently includes a media lab, computer lab, a conference room, and a staff counseling office. On January 16, 2014, a ceremony was held in celebration of the new school building. During the ceremony there were visitor tours, performances from the string orchestra, and speeches from the superintendent and principal Kami Tomberlain. A cutting of the ribbon for the ceremony also took place, where all past and current principals of the establishment cut the ribbon together. [9]


Like most other American high schools, Cupertino is a four-year high school that consists of freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior classes.

Cupertino offers many AP and Honors classes including:[1]

  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Biology
  • AP Spanish
  • AP French
  • AP Chinese
  • AP Japanese
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP English Literature
  • AP US History
  • AP Microeconomics
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics

Many students finish Calculus by their junior year, and a handful finish an advanced placement foreign language class in their third year as well.

The student run school newspaper is The Prospector, and the yearbook is the Nugget. As of 2013, the Nugget has recently won back-to-back consecutive Gold Crown Awards at the CSPCA in New York City and has won the Pacemaker Award at the Spring NSPA Conference in San Francisco.

Cupertino High School boasts an award winning drama program, Cupertino Actors Theatre, that produces plays and musicals, provides educational theatre workshops for English classes, and many opportunities for performance and design for students considering a career in the performing arts.

In 1996, Cupertino High School was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K–12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement.

As of 1999, Cupertino High school began providing a program to help students with various disabilities and differences, especially autism and Asperger syndrome. This class, Academic Communications, provided them with an opportunity to learn basic life skills and how to apply for jobs.

In 2007 Cupertino High School was ranked 566 in Newsweek Best High Schools. Yet a year later, it opted out of Newsweek's list, citing an unfair system of ranking with too much emphasis placed on AP classes. In 2013, it was ranked 336 in the Gold U.S. News Best High School and 62 in California.[10]


Cupertino High School has been named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education in 1990, 1994, and 2007.

Cupertino High's 2010 graduating senior class was awarded $100,000 by Dell for a SuperProm. For four years the class decided rather than fundraising for junior and senior prom, they would raise funds for the Nthimbiri Secondary School in Kenya and pledged to collect $100,000 and called the project Kenya Dream. In early 2010, the senior class came across Dell's contest and submitted a video to possibly win the contest and also get the word out about Kenya Dream. The seniors competed against 200+ schools all around the country and won with 32,145 votes, which was 2,000 votes more than the second place winner.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c "Cupertino High School / Profile 2013–2014" (PDF). Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Cupertino High School Basketball History". February 28, 2008. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Cupertino High School". GreatSchools. Retrieved November 25, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Speech and Debate program". Cupertino Speech and Debate. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  6. ^ "Cupertino High School Robotics". Cupertino High School Robotics Club. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  7. ^ "National Honor Society". Cupertino High School National Honor Society. Retrieved 27 November 2014. 
  8. ^ Medina, Delanie (September 27, 2013). "Construction Update". The Prospector. 
  9. ^ Medina, Delanie (September 27, 2013). The Prospector. 
  10. ^ Retrieved October 19, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  11. ^ "SuperProm Is Sweet Payback for Peninsula Do-Gooders". March 9, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 

External links[edit]

Fremont Union High School District

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