Fontana High School

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Fontana High School
Steelers
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Steeler Pride
Location
Fontana, California, United States
Information
Type Public school
Established September 1952
School district Fontana Unified School District
Principal Ofelia Hinojosa
Number of students 3792[1]
Color(s) Maroon and White
Mascot Steelers
Website

Fontana High School (FOHI) is a secondary public school in Fontana, California in the Fontana Unified School District.[2] Fontana High serves grades 9 through 12.

Fontana High School is the "Home of Steeler Pride".[3] Students are provided opportunities for personal and group achievement in a safe environment designed to nurture personal, social and academic development. Fontana High School is committed to preparing students for their individual futures in the 21st century.[4]

History[edit]

A product of the Southern California post war boom, Fontana High (referred to locally as "FoHi") was completed in September 1952. The school was needed to serve the children of thousands of blue collar families from across the country who came to work at the Kaiser Steel plant - built just outside Fontana in the 1940s - and at the time the only steel production plant of its kind west of the Mississippi. By the 1970s, many came to know Fontana also by its very successful high school football team, the FoHi Steelers.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Ethnic breakdown of the 4,073 students enrolled as of the 2007-2008 school year was:[6]

85.8% Hispanic
6.9% White
4.8% African American
1% Asian
0.4% Other

Football[edit]

After struggling for years, the Steelers began to dominate regional high school football for roughly a 15-year period. Beginning with coach John Tyree, and continuing under coach Dick Bruich, the team peaked in 1987 when it was ranked the best in the nation.[7] The Steeler football team was almost as well known for the traveling "rowdy" fanbase, which followed the team en masse throughout the season and into the playoffs. At home games, much of the town shut down as more than 8,000[8] maroon and white clad fans filled Steeler Stadium for epic battles with rival schools like Redlands, Pacific, A.B Miller, Eisenhower[9] and Colton.

By the 1990s, the glory days for the team had faded. The reality of an economic downturn ( the Kaiser Steel plant had shut down in 1983[10]) and a continued population boom led to demographic shifts and classroom overcrowding. The addition of new high schools split the talent base and the team fell on hard times - enduring a prolonged string of losing seasons.[11]

Racial tensions[edit]

In the 2000s, the school has dealt with a series of racial tension between Hispanic and African/American students. In 2006, A large fight between ethnic groups broke out during a pep rally prior to the game with rival Redlands High School. The fight, reportedly involving more than 500 students, spilled off campus into the surrounding streets - leading to a massive police response. The incident received widespread local and national media coverage.[12]

Advanced Placement courses[edit]

The following Advanced Placement courses are offered to the students:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • French Language
  • World History
  • U.S. History
  • American Government and Politics
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Statistics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics C: Mechanics
  • Psychology
  • Art
  • Environmental Science

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Fontana Unified School District | Fontana, CA". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  2. ^ http://www.fusd.net
  3. ^ "Fontana High School". self. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  4. ^ "Fontana High - mission". self. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  5. ^ White, Lonnie (1989-12-01). "Los Angeles Times: Archives". Retrieved 2011-01-22. [dead link]
  6. ^ "School Accountability Report Card - FONTANA HIGH SCHOOL". FUSD.net. 2007. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  7. ^ "HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL DATABASE - 1987 NATIONAL PREP POLL". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  8. ^ White, Lonnie (1989-12-01). "It Has Become Hottest Ticket in Town : Prep Football: Community support is a big reason why Fontana High has one of the most successful programs in California. - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  9. ^ Howard-Cooper, Scott (1987-10-24). "PREP FOOTBALL : Top-Ranked Fontana Simply Has Too Much for No. 3 Eisenhower, 26-14 - Los Angeles Times". Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  10. ^ Randy Houk. "Kaiser #1905 Caboose". Sdrm.org. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  11. ^ "Newsbank (authorized access only)". Newsbank.com. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  12. ^ By Scott Conroy (2006-10-14). "Riot Breaks Out At Calif. High School". CBS News. Retrieved 2011-01-22. 
  13. ^ "Travis Barker". FreeDrumLessons.com. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  14. ^ "Corey Benjamin". Basketball-Reference.com. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Former Fontana High School star plays a role in World Series victory for Boston Red Sox". Fontana Herald News. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Red Rocker digs up his roots in Fontana". Daily Bulletin News. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Reuben Henderson". databaseFootball.com. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  18. ^ "CHIVAS USA: Former trainer sues Razov". ESPN LA. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  19. ^ "Sean Rooks". databaseBasketball.com. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  20. ^ "R. Jay Soward". USC Trojan Athletics. Retrieved November 6, 2013. 
  21. ^ "Megan Masters". tvline.com. 

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Coordinates: 34°06′00″N 117°28′00″W / 34.1000°N 117.4667°W / 34.1000; -117.4667