Fremont High School (Sunnyvale, California)
|Fremont High School|
|1279 Sunnyvale–Saratoga Road
Sunnyvale, California, 94087
|School district||Fremont Union High School District|
|Color(s)||cardinal and white|
|Nobel laureates||Andrew Fire|
Fremont High School is a co-educational, public secondary school in Sunnyvale, California, United States. Fremont is currently the only open public high school located in the city of Sunnyvale and is part of the Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD).
Fremont was originally named West Side Union High School, the first school opened in the West Side Union High School District. In 1923, it opened in rooms of the Sunnyvale Grammar School as the only high school in the Sunnyvale–Cupertino (West Valley) area, and then moved to a temporary building after purchase of the school site in 1923. The school building was designed in 1925 by noted California school architect W. H. Weeks, after the necessary bond referendum passed on the third attempt. On March 27, 1925, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change the name of the school and district to Fremont Union High School.
In 1969, a late-night fire occurred in the Bell Tower (visible in the photo to right) of the main building but did little damage to the school property.
On July 1, 1996, after much controversy, the Fremont Union School Board did away with the original Indian mascot at the request of American Indians[dubious ], replacing it with the current Firebirds mascot. This change has been embraced by the school population.
Fremont High School is located at the intersection of Fremont Avenue and Sunnyvale–Saratoga Road. The school has a comparatively large football stadium, which is used by nearby schools such as rival Homestead. The original buildings are built in a Spanish mission architectural style. The Fremont Union High School District's offices are also located on the school campus.
The school site was once used as a military base. During World War II and the Vietnam War the wrestling room was designed as a bomb shelter. There is a stretch of open space on the campus that runs from the front entrance gates to the rear parking lot (parallel to Fremont Ave). That area was used as a short runway for fighter jets that departed on secret reconnaissance missions on Japanese-controlled island in the north Pacific. After much controversy, an executive order effectively shut down this unauthorized base, supported on a Supreme Court ruling that held that "educational facilities are not appropriate for military missions." . There are also a couple of World War II-era Quonset huts located near the tennis courts.
In the 2006–2007 school year, Fremont had a total enrollment of 1,878 students. Fremont is known for its diversity; nearly every racial group found in California is represented in its student population. White students comprise 26.9% of the student population while black students comprise 4.7% of the population. Hispanic students are the largest group, representing 36.6% of the student population with Asian students not far behind at 31.2% of the school's student population. Also, there are a small number of American Indian students, comprising around 0.5% of the student population. This racial diversity makes Fremont High School unique in the Fremont Union High School District; the other schools in the district are predominantly made up of white and Asian students.
Fremont students participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities ranging from marching band and athletics to various cultural, community service, and general interest clubs like Octagon, Key Club, Culinary Club, LiNK (Liberty in North Korea), the Apple Club, and The Movie Club. The poetry slam team has won numerous awards at spoken word poetry competitions. Fremont High School DECA has a variety of outstanding achievements, having over 2000 hours of community service as a whole for the 09-10 school year (more than all other Fremont clubs combined) and sent numerous competitors to represent at the international competitive level. Seventy-Five percent of those representatives became finalists at those international competitions (which includes than 1% of all DECA students). Furthermore, so far in the 2005–2006 school year, Fremont athletic teams have had successful seasons; Fremont currently holds League Champions titles in Varsity girl's tennis, wrestling, and Varsity girl's basketball. The Fremont Wrestling Team is also currently one of highest ranking high school wrestling teams in the state, after taking 3rd place as a team at State Championships in 2006, as well as having 4 State Champions. A member of the team later won the Walsh Ironman Invitational in Ohio in December 2006, as well successfully defended his state title in 2007. In 2003–2004 the Fremont varsity cheerleaders took 1st place in every cheer competition in which they competed, including the National Cheerleading Association Championships in Anaheim.
Fremont's rival, Homestead High School, located in nearby Cupertino (although it can not be entered without going through Sunnyvale due to Interstate 280 (California) blocking access from the south) is also part of the FUHSD.
Notable alumni of Fremont High School include:
- Tully Banta-Cain — New England Patriots football player
- Carl Ekern — Los Angeles Rams football player
- Andrew Fire — Professor at Stanford University and 2006 Nobel Prize co-winner of Medicine or Physiology
- Donna Hanover — Newscaster, actress
- Teri Hatcher — Golden Globe-winning actress
- Steve Kloves — Oscar-nominated screenwriter
- Francie Larrieu-Smith — Olympic distance runner
- Jason Simontacchi — Washington Nationals baseball player
- Troy Tulowitzki — Colorado Rockies shortstop
- Bill Green - former United States Record holder in Track and Field (hammer throw), fifth in the 1984 Olympic Games
- Bruce Wilhelm — World's Strongest Man and Olympian in Weightlifting
- Peter Ueberroth — Olympic organizer and 1984 Time Magazine Man of the Year
- Imran Khan (actor) — Bollywood actor
- Lucia Tran - Editor-in-Chief of Zooey Magazine
|Fremont Union High School District|