Encina High School

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Encina High School
Sacramento, California
Type Public high school
Established 1958
School district San Juan Unified School District
Principal Richard Judge
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1100[1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Cardinal and Gold         
Team name Bulldogs

Encina Preparatory High School is an American public high school located in Sacramento, California. It is a member of the San Juan Unified School District located on the western end of the SJUSD. While the school thrived during its early years of existence and into the 1980s, it has since suffered from low enrollment and been suggested for closure several times in its recent history.[2] includes the Advanced Path Program students among its total population. Richard Judge is principal. Heidi Garner and Michelle Speed are the vice principals.

Encina students come from the surrounding Arden Arcade area and their biggest school rival would be El Camino High School, also located within the SJUSD. Encina currently offers a 7 period modified block schedule which includes an Advocacy class daily.


Encina High School opened its doors September 2, 1958, welcoming freshmen and sophomore classes and graduated their first class in the spring of 1961. Students were asked for their input on school colors and mascot and choose Cardinal Red and Gold and the Apaches. During the 1989-1990 school year, the San Juan Unified School District requested that Encina change their mascot from an Apache to something more culturally sensitive and so the class of 1991 were the very first Encina Bulldogs. Over the years, the Cardinal Red has deepened to maroon that is now the standard for all official Encina uniforms, clothing and graduation robes.


Currently the school has approximately 1100 students, where large populations of Hispanic/Latino, White, African American, and Asian/Pacific Islanders are represented. The school also educates many immigrants whose main languages include Spanish, Russian, and Ukrainian, among others.

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