Irvington High School (Fremont, California)

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Irvington High School (Fremont, California)
41800 Blacow Road
Fremont, California 94538
United States
Type Public
Established 1961
Principal Sarah Smoot
Faculty 92[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2032[2]
Color(s) Blue, White
Mascot Viking

Irvington High School is an American public high school located in Fremont, California. It is one of the five public high schools in the Fremont Unified School District.


The 47-acre (190,000 m2) campus is located in the Irvington district. Opened in 1961, it underwent major construction in 1968, resulting in the addition of a 150-seat theater, a second gymnasium, and ten-and-a-half classrooms. Irvington underwent further campus beautification in 2009, with the installation of the prototypical solar panel on the southwest corner and re-sodding of the Varsity and JV Baseball fields. In the summer of 2010, further improvements were made to the main parking lot on the east side of campus.


As of 2010, Irvington High School holds an API score of 856, a 26 point improvement from 830 in 2009.[3] API Score for 2011 is 869.[4] API Score for 2012 is 874.[5] API Score for 2013 is 884.[6]


Students must complete special benchmark projects at Irvington. Currently, IHS has three Benchmarks, one at the 9th grade level called Change Project, one at the 10th grade level and the culminating one, QUEST, for seniors. At Irvington, benchmarks are long-term projects that allow students to demonstrate progress toward or mastery of the four School-Wide Outcomes. These four School-Wide Outcomes are Communication, Critical Thinking, Personal Responsibility, and Social Responsibility. Benchmarks are intended to be consistently evaluated, "authentic," real life assessment projects which provide students, parents, and teachers information about student achievement across a range of important lifelong learning skills.

CHANGE Project[edit]

Freshmen complete a "Change" project in which they become introduced to the Irvington culture by working in teams of three to four students to make a positive change regarding an environmental problem that they identify in the local community. They have approximately 6 months to complete the service project, write three drafts of a research report, and create a Powerpoint presentation to present near the end of the school year.[7]

World Issues Project[edit]

Formerly known as just UN, World Issues adds a service component to Irvington education. Each group must research an assigned country of the world, write two full-process essays, create a Google Earth tour, and deliver a persuasive presentation on a social issues faced by their nation.[8]

QUEST Project[edit]

Each Senior must complete a QUEST project. QUEST is a five-component project designed and completed by all Irvington seniors. The student starts with a "Question," associated with 'providing benefits to the community.' Through "Understanding," an answer to the Question starts to develop through research, reading, writing, and hands on activities. The student and his or her consultant then create an "Experience" plan related to the Question, which could include a variety of jobs that the student-chosen jobs that relate to the Question. Through "Service," the student designs and implements an activity which will allow the student to share his or her new knowledge with the greater community in a way that serves a real need in the community. Finally, at the "Testimony," the student will present his or her entire QUEST experience to a panel consisting of staff, parents and experienced community members.[9]

Attendance Area[edit]

The attendance area includes the Fremont districts of Irvington, Warm Springs, and part of Mission San Jose. Along with Irvington High School, the attendance area also includes six elementary schools—Grimmer, Harvey Green, Hirsch, James Leitch, Warm Springs, and Weibel, and Horner Jr. High School. Students choosing to enter the high school that live outside the district lines may apply for a lottery or a transfer into the Irvington Arts Magnet Program. Additionally, applying for the Center For The Creative Arts Program (CCA) is an art-oriented method of getting in the school if a student does not live within the boundaries. CCA has modified English, Social Studies, and Science classes that are grouped together in a family that include more artistic guidelines.



  • New American High Schools
  • The Bay Area Coalition of Essential Schools
  • California Distinguished School
  • National Blue Ribbon School
  • Bay Area Strategic Reading Collaborative (BASRC)
  • Small Learning Communities (SLC)
  • Center for Creative Arts (CCA) Grant
  • National Service Learning Award
  • Digital High School Grant
  • PG&E Flex Your Power Award
  • Energy Star Certified School
  • Ladies' Home Journal Ten Most Amazing Schools in the United States citation (September 2010)
  • America's Greenest School 2009



  • Irvington's Dick Ruthven was named one of the 10 best high school baseball players in the East Bay for 1969.[11] Ruthven eventually played 14 seasons (1973–86) in Major League Baseball.
  • Irvington's Ralph Lozoya (1954–98)[12] won the 1969 North Coast Section Frosh-Soph Cross Country Championship, running the two-mile course at Lafayette Reservoir in 10:04, winning by 21 seconds and setting a course record.[13]
  • On May 12, 1972, Irvington's Varsity Track & Field team won its second consecutive Mission Valley Athletic League championship.[14]
  • Sophomore Lynn Ryan of Irvington finished 3rd in the 880 at the NCS Track & Field Championships with a time of 1:56.0.[15]
  • Irvington's Varsity Cross Country team finished 3rd in NCS in 1972, on a 3-mile course run at Lafayette Reservoir. The Viking placers were Dan Arriola, 12th, 14:55; Steve Houseworth, 15th, 14:59; Don Guillardo, 23rd, 15:12; Stacy Hanoum, 24th, 15:14; Tony Martinez, 25th, 15:14; Lynn Ryan, 35th, 15:30; and Darrel Divis, 85th, 17:00.
  • At the Washington Township Relays, senior Lynn Ryan of Irvington finished 2nd to Washington's Rusty Nahirny in the mile, with Ryan clocking 4:11.5 to Nahirny's 4:11.4. The times placed both runners among the fastest high school milers in the nation.[16]
  • Irvington's Varsity Baseball program has been strong over the last twenty-four years, placing 1st in league in 2008 and winning an MVAL title in 2009. The JV baseball program has won 2 league titles in the past 4 years and has placed 2nd in the other two seasons.
  • Irvington's Badminton team has placed 2nd and 3rd in the MVAL between 2005-2010. It placed 2nd at the 2006 NCS tournament. That same year, the badminton team managed to win 2nd place in the MVALs.
  • Irvington's Cross Country team places high at MVALs. During the 2005-2006 season, the Boy's Varsity team placed second at the MVAL championship, and during the 2006-2007 season, the Girl's Varsity team placed second at the MVAL championships. Varsity and JV girls were 07-08 and 08-09 MVAL Champions and Varsity girls placed 4th at NCS. However recent years (09 & 10), the varsity team has been lacking, with a 5th place (out of 7) finish at 2010 MVAL Finals.
  • Irvington's Varsity Football team took first place in the MVAL in 2005, beating out top competitor Logan High School in Union City, and moving on to the NCS Finals. As well as 2nd place in 2006 (MVAL)and moving on to the NCS Semi-Finals. Robert Turbin (RB) who played during this period would be selected to the NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
  • Irvington's Volleyball team made it to NCS from 2008-2009 season, eventually losing to Mission San Jose High School. The team also qualified for NCS for the 2009-2010 season, but lost to Liberty in the first round. In the 2010-2011 season, the team took first in the MVAL, and made it past the 1st round of NCS, beating San Leandro, but lost to California High School in the second round.
  • Irvington's 2009 Boys Water Polo team made it to NCS for the first time in 11 years.
  • Irvington's Varsity Tennis team has played 2nd in MVALs the past 4 years. The past 2 years, the tennis team has made it to NCS.
  • Irvington's 2009 Gymnastics team was undefeated during the regular season, becoming the season champions. Also, at MVALs Irvington also placed first overall, with an Irvington gymnast taking 1st overall in each of the 3 levels: JV, varsity, and varsity elite.


Irvington's school newspaper, The Voice, reaches over 2,000 students a month. It contains seven sections (News, Student Life, Opinions, Arts and Entertainment, Sports, Humor, Photos) and is the only school newspaper in the Fremont Unified School District to have a Humor Section.

The journalism class is advised by English teacher Matthew Phillips. The staff is composed of over 25 students, with one or two editors for each section, a business manager, and two editors-in-chief.

Their website, redesigned in 2014, contains online editions of the paper as well as regular news and school updates. The Voice also has a broadcast news channel, VTV, and an Instagram account @ihsvoice that documents daily life on campus. The website is currently headed by a single web editor.

We The People[edit]

Irvington has a We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution team led by Cheryl Cook-Kallio, who is currently vice mayor of Pleasanton, CA. Their best finish was taking 4th place at Nationals in 2005; in the most recent school year (2012), the team took 3rd place at the state competition.


Irvington has three choirs—Concert Choir, Treble Ensemble, and Chamber Chorale. It also has a jazz ensemble group called Viking Jazz. Students in the Choir Program participate in the winter and spring concerts, Ardenwood Historic Farm's choir concert in December, tree lighting, ACDA Northern California Women's Golden State Competition, and CMEA Choral Festival throughout the school year. The 2009-2010 Treble Ensemble placed 6th at ACDA. The 2010-2011 Treble Ensemble placed 4th at ACDA.

Band Programs[edit]

Irvington has five concert band groups on campus— A Freshman Symphonic Band, a Symphonic Band, an Orchestra, and two Wind Ensembles. Irvington also has a Jazz Ensemble and several independent ensembles on campus. The Wind Ensemble earned the prestigious Unanimous Superior ranking at CMEA 2011. In addition, the Wind Ensemble frequently sends its members to California's All-State Honor Band and Northern California's All-Northern Honor Band. The entire ensemble was invited to perform at the Chabot Invitational since 2007. The Wind Ensemble placed 1st in the Class A concert competition at the 2007 Lincoln Tournament of Champions. In 2013, Freshman Symphonic Band received unanimous superior during the CMEA Band Festival.

Irvington's Marching Band is composed of approximately 186 members during the year of 2013-2014. In 2005, the marching band won first place in the Division B competition at the Tournament of Champions at Lincoln High School in Stockton. The color guard also took first place at Lincoln as well as at the 35th Annual Santa Cruz Band Review. In 2006, the marching band and color guard took second place for Division B at Lincoln. In 2007, the marching band and color guard took second place again for Division B at Lincoln, and the Drum Major placed 3rd in the Mace category. Irvington finished the 2009 season capturing 1st Place in Marching Band, 1st Place in Concert Band (Wind Ensemble), and 3rd Place overall in Drumline at the Tournament of Champions at Lincoln High School in Stockton. In 2011, the marching band and color guard took sweepstakes in three of four categories competing in Division AA including music, showmanship and overall parade. The color guard took first place in Div AA and the Drum Major placed 2nd in the Mace category. The 2011 accomplishments at the Lincoln Tournament of Champions were the highest ever achieved by the Irvington Marching Band and Color Guard in the history of Irvington. In 2012, Irvington also took sweepstakes at the Feste Del Mar Band Review, with a score of 92.6. In 2012, the Color Guard also took sweepstakes at the Tournament of Champions at Lincoln High School in Stockton.

Irvington's Marching Band also has an active Drumline. In 2005, the Drumline placed 4th at the Lincoln Tournament of Champions. In 2007, the Drumline again placed 4th at the Lincoln Tournament of Champions and 5th at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk band review. In 2009, the Drumline placed 6th at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk band review and 2nd at the Lodi Grape Bowl Classic Band Review. They finished the 2009 season placing 3rd overall at the Lincoln Tournament of Champions. In 2011, the Drumline placed 3rd overall at the Tournament of Champions. In 2012, Drumline placed 1st overall at the Santa Cruz Band Review.


Irvington houses a Lamda program named Irvington Conservatory Theater in the Valhalla theater. The school holds a partnership with the local community college, Ohlone College.

Recent productions include:

LAN Parties[edit]

In the 2005-2006 school year, Yahya Alhafid and Derek Ortiz along with a few other students started a club known as the "High Tech Militia" or [HTM] for short, the club began to host LAN gaming events in an effort to raise money for the school. The events have been wildly successful and have raised thousands of dollars for the school's computer technology department. The first event was the Winter Wonder LAN in 2006 which had a sell out attendance of 65 people. The second event was the Spring Break LAN in 2006, the event was moved to Norse Hall to accommodate more attendees, with the increase in capacity Spring Break LAN had an attendance of 150 people.

Over the past 7 years since the clubs incarnation the club has run various LAN events such as the Spring Break LAN, Winter Wonder LAN, Turkey Shoot LAN and Summer LAN. Some of these events have had an excess of 180 attendees, given away thousands of dollars in prizes and have been attended by prominent gaming professionals such as Jonathan "Fatal1ty" Wendel.


Evan Chen of Irvington's Math Club is contestant TWN2 at IMO 2014, 2014 USAMO National Winner, and Akamai Foundation Scholar.


The Irvington High School Robotics Club, founded in February 2010, is one of the information technology clubs at Irvington High School. The club’s first-time participation in the 2010 Northern California Botball Tournament held in San Mateo earned first place in the Alliance Competition and won a plaque for Outstanding Documentation.

In the fall of 2010, the club expanded from a single competition team to three teams: Team Bluescreens, EndOfLines, and the Red HoloRAMs. In its first year of participation, the Red HoloRAMs dominated the FTC Regional Qualifiers, winning 1st place in the Fremont Qualifier. All teams advanced to the 2011 Northern California FTC Championships, winning 8th, 10th, and 19th place out of 26 teams.

The club returned to Botball in the spring of 2011, with Team Bluescreens winning the Judge’s Choice Award for Most Creative Design for using an “Omni-wheel” for steering its robot. In addition, EndofLines won 2nd place in the Alliance Competition.

In fall 2011, newly formed Team Terrorbotics received second place at Brentwood qualifications. They advanced to regionals, placing 19th.

As of 2012, Team Bluescreens won 1st place at the Brentwood Qualifiers.Team EndOfLines has been replaced by Team NuclearEndermen.

The Club makes annual trips to Maker Faire, which are highly anticipated within the club.

Interact Club[edit]

The Irvington Interact club is one of the largest, most active clubs on campus, sponsored by the Warm Springs Sunrise Rotary Club in Fremont, CA. The Irvington Interact club is a part of Interact District 5170, the largest and most successful Interact district in the entire world. Interact District 5170's most recent International projects include End Polio Now, Shelterbox, Free the Youth, and Life, Love, Literacy. Over the past few years, Interact District 5170 has raised over half a million dollars for numerous non-profit organizations and causes. Interact continues to thrive both at Irvington and on a district level, with over 6,000 Interact members from the Pleasanton to Santa Cruz area.


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