Fontana High School
|Fontana High School
|Fontana, California, United States|
|School district||Fontana Unified School District|
|Number of students||3792|
|Color(s)||Maroon and White|
Fontana High School is the "Home of Steeler Pride". 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.
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.
Ethnic breakdown of the 4,073 students enrolled as of the 2007-2008 school year was:
4.8% African American
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. 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 maroon and white clad fans filled Steeler Stadium for epic battles with rival schools like Redlands, Pacific, A.B Miller, Eisenhower 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) 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.
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.
Advanced Placement courses
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
- Physics C: Mechanics
- Environmental Science
- Travis Barker - drummer of the band blink-182, +44, Transplants, Box Car Racer, and Expensive Taste
- Corey Benjamin - former NBA player. 1998 1st round draft pick of the Chicago Bulls
- Greg Colbrunn - 13-year Major League Baseball Player. Member of the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks
- Antwuan Dixon - professional skateboarder who rides for DeathWish Skateboards
- Sammy Hagar - singer and former member of Van Halen
- Reuben Henderson - 4-year NFL player. Chicago Bears & San Diego Chargers
- Pedro Nava - former California State Assemblyman from Santa Barbara, CA. 2010 candidate for Attorney General
- Ante Razov professional soccer player in MLS
- Sean Rooks - 12-year NBA player and current professional basketball coach
- R.J. Soward - Former University of Southern California Trojans football star and NFL first round draft pick
- Megan Masters - A native of Southern California and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Masters’ career in journalism began as a reporter for Style Network’s MyStyle.com Web site. Upon realizing that television was her passion, she made the move to E! Online, where she found a home as a part of the Watch With Kristin TV news franchise. During her time at E!, Masters made a name for herself as an Assistant Editor, providing the site with exclusive content, breaking news and countless interviews with television’s biggest personalities. Masters also has acted as field producer for E! Entertainment’s E! News series. Megan has also ventured in to acting, holding roles on Days of Our Lives and Revenge, playing a reporter.
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