Granada High School (California)
|Granada High School|
Granada High School Emblem
|400 Wall Street
|School district||Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
Granada High School is a high school located at 400 Wall Street in Livermore, California. Established in 1963, it is part of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD). Granada was established as the town's second public high school in response to significant population growth in the 1960s. Livermore High School was the first high school in Livermore, and rivals Granada. Granada High School has recently gone through some major renovations. During the spring quarter of 2008, the brand new science wing opened. The science center has 14 state-of-the-art classrooms. A media and library center also opened in 2008. The multimedia center is open daily from 7:30a.m. to 4:30p.m.; it has computers and books for students to utilize. The name Granada is a Spanish word meaning pomegranate. The school's official newspaper was "El Toro" and now is called "The Pomegranate." The school mascot is a matador.
Granada High School's academic objective is to transform every student into an active learner. The goal is achieved partially through the use of a block-style scheduling system in which students may construct and arrange their blocks as they choose. This differs from the traditional system in that students may select as many as six full-sized blocks at the beginning of the year, but can only have three of them at once with each class 'block' being twice the length of the tradition period. Halfway through the school year, students will swap blocks. An optional seventh block is available upon request, and if given to students, may or may not be held all year long. If it is an academic class it will most likely be one semester but if it is music class like band, orchestra, or choir it is more likely to be a year long. Note that Granada was subject of a unique program in the late sixties through the 1970s entitled TUFOLD or Time Utilization for Optimum Learning Development.
The school has recently increased the length of all classes and restricted the number of courses each student can take per year to seven. An additional advisory period, frequently referred to as seminar, has also been added as a requirement for all students.
However, when the new school year started in 2008, the schedule changed from the block system to the trimester system. The classes as a result are shorter, and each trimester is 12 weeks long rather than the 9 weeks of the block system. The schedule was changed to allow for more opportunities for students to take elective courses; for more flexibility in meeting student scheduling needs (students can attend periods 1-5, 2-5, 1-4, or 1-3), depending on their post-high school goals and extracurricular commitment; to allow for slower pacing in math classes; and to shorten class periods from 90 minutes to 70 minutes.
Granada High School has teams in 15 sports: Swimming, Diving, Track, Waterpolo, Basketball, Cross Country, Baseball, Football, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball, Lacrosse, and Wrestling. These teams compete in the North Coast Section CIF (NCS) and East Bay Athletic League (EBAL).
The lacrosse team is relatively new to the school. It was created in 2005, as a club team. In the spring of 2007, the program made the transition to an EBAL team. During their first season the boy's team beat Livermore High School twice, including a shutout in the second game. Lately, however, the competition has become more fierce, with the Livermore Varsity Lacrosse team prevailing in more recent matches. The girl's lacrosse team has been very successful with many wins including several wins against Livermore High School.
With Spirit Weeks occurring every season to unite the student body, Granada's massive student body has plenty of activities to do. From common clubs such as CSF, the California Scholarship Federation, to not-so common clubs like STAR, Students Talking About Respect, there are opportunities for every student available. In the beginning of the year, students participate in Homecoming, which is not just a football game and a dance, but also Clash of the Classes (a spirit competition), the Homecoming Carnival, rallies, and skits, which occur throughout the week. Only Seniors are allowed to participate in the Off-Campus Lunch program, allowing them to go to nearby fast food restaurants and grocery stores. There is music at lunch in the Quad occasionally.
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- Mark Davis, Former Major League pitcher. 1989 National League Cy Young Award winner.
- Jack Trudeau, Former professional American football player who was selected by the Indianapolis Colts in the 2nd round of the 1986 NFL Draft. A 6'3", 213 lbs. quarterback from the University of Illinois, Trudeau played in 10 NFL seasons from 1986-1995.
- James DePaiva, Actor.
- Jean Quan, Mayor of Oakland, California
- Brian Johnson, retired American soccer midfielder
- Louie Aguiar, former American football punter
- Van Schaack, Chris. "Principal's Message". Granada High School. Retrieved 2007-09-06.
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