Diamond Bar High School

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Diamond Bar High School
21400 Pathfinder Road
Diamond Bar, California 91765
Coordinates 33°59′03″N 117°50′21″W / 33.98418°N 117.83907°W / 33.98418; -117.83907Coordinates: 33°59′03″N 117°50′21″W / 33.98418°N 117.83907°W / 33.98418; -117.83907
Type Public
Established 1982
School district Walnut Valley Unified School District
Grades 9–12
Number of students 4,715 (2014)

Officially, Purple and gold.

Athletics conference Palomares League
Mascot Brahma
Rival Walnut High School[1]
Accreditations WASC
Publication The Bull's Eye

Diamond Bar High School (DBHS) is located in Diamond Bar, California, and is part of the Walnut Valley Unified School District. The school mascot is the Brahma, and the school colors are purple and gold. Diamond Bar High School students participate in programs such as Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB). During the school year, DBHS received an Academic Performance Index of 870,[2] and 97%[3] of students passed the California High School Exit Exam in 2008-2009. The Brahma Athletic teams will compete in the Palomares League of the CIF Southern Section in 2014-15.


Diamond Bar High School was founded in 1982 and was the growing city's first high school. Diamond Bar High School is part of the Walnut Valley Unified School District, which was established in 1970. Diamond Bar High's first students were residents that lived in south Diamond Bar (specifically residents that lived south of Diamond Bar's Grand Avenue). It is a dividing line that still exists today. Prior to the opening of DBHS, the area's students were bused from Diamond Bar to Walnut High School. Some of the teachers came from Suzanne Middle School, Chaparral Middle School and Walnut High School. The first principal of the school was Walt Holmes, who came to DBHS from North Monterey County High School in Castroville, California, where he also served as principal.

Academic programs[edit]

Diamond Bar High School has a relatively rigorous and competitive atmosphere for a public high school. It is ranked 219 on the US News's Best High Schools in the nation and ranked 39 on the best California high schools.[4]

Pathways Academy[edit]

Pathways is an alternate program offered to students. The program offers different courses and class schedules. The curriculum includes a broad range of college preparatory courses and work experience classes.[5]

Brahma Tech Academy[edit]

Brahma Tech is a curriculum-driven academic diploma program with an emphasis on the relevance and application of STEM - science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in today's workplace. The goal of Brahma Tech is to address the need for a stronger and more specific STEM education by equipping students with a competent set of skills in these critical fields. The Brahma Tech curriculum, spanning four years of high school, consists of an entry-level course called Computer Systems, followed by designated courses in one of four strands of the student's choice and concluding with a 150-hour internship in an appropriate field. Students who successfully complete the program will receive a STEM diploma and have the honor of wearing the academy stole at graduation. [6]

Music program[edit]

In March 2013, the Diamond Bar High Symphony Orchestra competed at the prestigious National Orchestra Cup held at the Lincoln Center in New York with Tchaikovsky's masterpiece "Swan Lake." In addition to finishing second overall, the orchestra also brought home the Best String Section and Best High String Soloist Awards; the latter was won by concertmaster Johnny Wang. [7]
In April 2013, the Diamond Bar concert percussion ensemble were the Southern California Percussion Alliance PSCO champions (placing first) in San Bernardino, CA, and placed second at the Winter Guard International world championships in Dayton, Ohio. They performed the show, "Star-Crossed Lovers," an arrangement of music surrounding the story of Romeo & Juliet. It was arranged by instructor Gabriel Cobas. In addition, in the same year, the Diamond Bar indoor drumline placed third at the Southern California Percussion Alliance PSA finals, with a show named "Bushido." [8][9]

Diamond Bar High School has an award-winning choral program, in which students both compete in show choir competitions around California, and also travel to local colleges and universities to share their vocal skills in festivals. Choirs include Marquis (advanced mixed show choir), Solitaire (intermediate women's show choir), Chamber Choir (advanced mixed chamber), and Diamondtones (concert choir/beginning show choir). Diamond Bar High School has been recognized as the 2014 National Grammy Signature School, thanks to the choral and instrumental music programs at DBHS.[10]

In November 2015, Diamond Bar HS Thundering Herd Marching Band competed at the Arcadia Festival of Bands Championship and took home Sweepstakes Band, Sweepstakes Colorguard, and First Place Military Drum Major. The Thundering Herd performed the piece "Shrewsbury Fair" written by Paul Neville. They were under the direction of band directors Steve Acciani and Marie Sato. They were led by drum major Rebecca Kimn and colorguard captains Hedy Yu, Nika Villaverde, and Alisha Bocanegra.

In March 2015, Diamond Bar High School's Symphony Orchestra competed and won the National Orchestra Cup held at the Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, playing Brahm's Symphony No. 4. Brian Jan and Bridgette Pei also received the Best Soloists Award in the winds category and the string section received the Best String Award.

Notable alumni[edit]