Nevada Union High School

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Nevada Union High School
Nevada Union High School Logo.jpg
11861 Ridge Road
Grass Valley CA 95945, California USA, 95945
Coordinates 39°14′28″N 121°03′08″W / 39.24106°N 121.05229°W / 39.24106; -121.05229
Founded 1961
School board Nevada Joint Union High School District Board of Trustees
Superintendent Dr. Louise Johnson
Principal Mike Blake
Vice principal Dan Frisella, Kelly Rhoden and Paul Lundberg
Staff 300-600
Faculty 62
grades 9-12
Language  ?
School colour(s) Blue and Gold         
Mascot Miners

Nevada Union High School (NU) is located in the Sierra Nevada foothills northeast of California's capital, Sacramento. Situated between Nevada City and Grass Valley, the school serves those two incorporated cities and a large surrounding community. The Nevada Union High School district covers a huge geographic area with some students bussed in from as far as 56 miles away. NU was named a California Distinguished School in 1997 and 2012 and in 1998 was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon High School. NUHS serves ninth through twelfth grade students. NUHS does not have an ethnically diverse student population, as 99% are Caucasian. It is, however, economically diverse with 45% of families qualifying for the Free and Reduced National School Lunch Program.


Nevada Union opened in 1961 to serve the needs of Nevada City, Grass Valley, and the surrounding communities. Prior to Nevada Union, there were separate high schools in Grass Valley and Nevada City.

In the 2005-2006 school year, 242 of 602 seniors (40%) took the SAT, with average scores of 554 Critical Reading (~65th Percentile), 559 Math (~63rd Percentile), and 548 Writing (~68th Percentile).[1][2]

Student body[edit]

Students who attend Nevada Union are not only from Grass Valley and Nevada City; they also commute from North San Juan, Penn Valley, Rough and Ready, Cedar Ridge, Chicago Park, Lake Wildwood, Oregon House, Brownsville, and Alta Sierra. [3] Many find the bus routes to be insufficient for the aforementioned areas.

Recent Development[edit] It was later discovered that only a hand-full of kids actually partook in these activities, and should not reflect the entire student body of NUHS.


The NU mascot is the Miner with female teams referred to as the "Lady Miners". The school colors are officially Blue and Gold and the shades of those two colors have also changed over time.

Due to NU's relative success in several athletic programs, it has developed some significant rivalries that have changed over the years due to league realignments and changes in sports programs. A big rival in the 70's was Placer High School in nearby Auburn. In the 80's and 90's, Grant High School in Sacramento was considered the chief rival. Grant High School has recently become a season game once again due to league changes, and were throttled by the Nevada Union miners in 2012.

In both 2004 and 2005 the Lady Miner Volleyball Team appeared twice at the Division I California State Championships to compete for the State Title.

In 2005 the Nevada Union Football team won the first section title in more than a decade, placed 1st in the state of California and 19th in the United States. The final game was Nevada Union 46, West 7.

In 2008, the Lady Miners Volleyball Team won its seventh straight section title. This set a new record in all of California for most consecutive section titles in any sport.

In 2009, Nevada Union's Miner Football team won its 2nd section title in 10 years.

NU has Cross Country, Track, Swimming, Soccer, Tennis, Golf, Nordic skiing, snowboarding, alpine skiing, Dance, Wrestling, and others, including a Mountain Bike Team.

Football is the main target of Nevada Union's booster support.

Performing arts[edit]

Throughout the past decade, Nevada Union has thoroughly established itself as a producer of performing artists and Nevada Union's drama department has produced several notable young actors of the new age. The drama department, the Nevada Union Theatrical Society or NUTS, has produced several outstanding plays in the last several years.

The Nevada Union Instrumental Music program is a multi-faceted, award-winning program.[citation needed] The band consists of roughly 150 members, many of whom belong to multiple bands. The concert/symphonic band has taken many awards and received several unanimous "superior"s in the past three years. This band is much more extensive, with several members already playing for professional orchestras.

Nevada Union also has two small jazz bands and a marching band. In the past three years, the marching band has received nearly fifty awards altogether, and has also had an award-winning color guard and percussion division during the winter.[citation needed] The marching band follows the Drum Corps International style of marching band, and has one Drum Major as of now.

The Nevada Union High School Choir Program has seven outstanding choirs. This program consists of roughly 250 members. The Concert and Chamber choirs place in the top five every year at Golden State Festival in Northern California. Every other year, these choir travel to Europe to perform, always receiving high amounts of praise. The Chamber choir is favored in the community, and performs at many events throughout the year. This choir program has been award-winning and world famous for over fifty years, first with director Don Baggett and now with his son, director Rod Baggett.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Postsecondary Preparation (CA Dept of Education)
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