El Cerrito High School
||This article may contain original research. (October 2012)|
|El Cerrito High School|
|Grades||9th - 12th|
|Location||540 Ashbury Avenue,
El Cerrito, California, USA
|District||West Contra Costa School District|
|Colors||Green and White|
|Mascot||Gauchos (Cowboys in Spanish)|
|Newspaper||El Caballero (The Knight in Spanish)|
|Website||El Cerrito High School Website|
The original main school building was built in the late 1930s as a WPA project. The school opened to students on January 6, 1941.
Student population quickly outgrew the facilities, and the campus became a collection of small, outlying buildings. As concern grew over the building's safety and structural stability, plans were made for more integrated buildings and, in the summer of 2005, demolition of the old campus began. By 2007, the campus had been demolished, and the terrain was leveled in preparation for reconstruction. During the reconstruction, all classes were held in temporary buildings located south of the campus on the former baseball field. The new campus opened January 5, 2009.
El Cerrito high school’s profile of students by race is: 35.6% African-American, 23.7% Hispanic, 17.2% Asian, 16.7% Caucasian, and 2.5% Filipino. Many of these students are actually mixed race, making El Cerrito a very diverse high school. Over one third of students come from families with a low enough income to qualify for free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. Many El Cerrito students come from the neighboring city of Richmond which is also served by the West Contra Costa Unified School District.
El Cerrito High School offers a variety of clubs in which students can participate, including American Sign Language Club, Amnesty International, Japanese Pop Culture Club, Asian Student Union, Black Student Union, Concerts 101, Illustrators' Club, Cooking Club, El Cerrito Design and Production Club, Foreign Film Club, Forensics Team, Gaucho Marching Band, Gay Straight Alliance, Green Justice, Guitar Club, Illusionist Club, Interact, Jewish Student Union, Juggling Club, Math Club, Page Turners, Science and Technology Club, South Asian Student Union, The Hiking Club, and the Web Team. It also operates the KECG radio station.
 Notable attendees
- Dwain Anderson, MLB infielder Oakland Athletics 1971-1972, St. Louis Cardinals 1972-1973, San Diego Padres 1973, Cleveland Indians 1974
- Jerry Bell, NFL Tight End Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1982-1987
- Ernie Broglio, MLB pitcher St. Louis Cardinals 1959-1964, Chicago Cubs 1964-66
- Les Cain, MLB pitcher Detroit Tigers 1968, 1970–1972
- Drew Gooden, NBA Power forward/center Milwaukee Bucks
- Cornell Green, NFL defensive back Dallas Cowboys 1962-1974
- Pumpsie Green, MLB infielder Boston Red Sox 1959-1962, New York Mets 1963
- Roddy Lee, Olympic athlete
- Jamir Miller, NFL linebacker Arizona Cardinals 1994-98, Cleveland Browns 1999-2002
- Bill Nelson, NFL defensive tackle Los Angeles Rams 1971-1975
- Chris Roberson, MLB outfielder Philadelphia Phillies 2006-07
- Harvey Salem, NFL offensive tackle 1983-1992
- Todd Spencer, NFL running back Pittsburgh Steelers 1984-1985, San Diego Chargers 1987[notes 1]
- Lamont Thompson, NFL defensive safety 2002-2007
- Paul Baloff (d. 2002), former vocalist of Exodus
- Stephen Bradley touring member of the band No Doubt and music producer
- Lawrence Coates, novelist
- John Cuniberti, musical engineer
- Cynthia Gouw, TV news host, model and actress
- Phil Lesh of Grateful Dead
- Larry Lynch, drummer best known for his work with The Greg Kihn Band
- Maria Remenyi, former Miss USA
- Adam Sessler, host of G4's X-Play
- Chris Solberg, guitarist of bands such as Santana
- Mark Whitaker, former band manager of Exodus; produced Exodus debut album Bonded By Blood; co-produced 2nd Exodus album Pleasures of the Flesh; co-produced Metallica's Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning.
- Rebecca White, actress on stage and television
- Steve Wright, bassist best known for his work with The Greg Kihn Band
The following members of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival attended El Cerrito from 1959-1963:
- Frank C. Shallenberger (1941–1947)
- Claude D. Samples (1947–1968)
- Frank E. Granucci (1968–1975)
- James G. Nelson (1975–1982)
- Anna L. Blackman (1982–1988)
- Maria T. Bobledo (1988–1992)
- Paul A. Daniels (1992–1998)
- Michael Aaronian, Jr. (1998–2002)
- Vincent J. Rhea (2002–2007)
- Jason D. Reimann (2007–2011)
- David Luongo (2011 - )
- National Center for Educational Statistics - U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences (2008). "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for El Cerrito Senior High". Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- United States Geological Survey (14 June 2000). "GNIS Detail - El Cerrito Senior High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
- California Department of Education, Educational Demographics Unit (2009-07-07). "2008-09 School Enrollment by Ethnicity - El Cerrito Senior High". Retrieved 2010-03-24.
- WCCUSD. "WCCUSD High School Attendance Areas". Retrieved 2010-11-30.
- "Clubs and Student Unions". Retrieved 2010-03-24.