Pinole Valley High School
|Pinole Valley High School|
|2900 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole, California
|School district||West Contra Costa Unified School District|
|Number of students||1,715|
|Athletics conference||CIF North Coast Section - BSC - TCAL|
Pinole Valley High School is a high school in Pinole, California, which is located in Contra Costa County. First opened in 1967, the school is part of the West Contra Costa Unified School District. Pinole Valley High serves grades 9–12, and has approximately 1,750 students. The school is noted for its girls' basketball team. Coach Dan O'Shea was named "Coach of the Year" in May 2006 by the Oakland Tribune.
Pinole Valley High offers several special programs for students, such as the Environmental Studies Academy, the Conservatory of the Arts, and Advanced Placement classes.
Notable Alums and Attendees
- Billie Joe Armstrong and Mike Dirnt (Michael Pritchard) and ex-drummer John Kiffmeyer of Green Day attended Pinole Valley High School and performed on campus.
- Jocelyn Enriquez and Debbie T. (a rapper featured on En Vogue's Lies) are alumnae.
- Musical groups Facing New York and Fleshies.
- Historical romance author Diane Farr (The Fortune Hunter, Under the Wishing Star, Falling for Chloe, The Nobody and other works) is an alumnus of Pinole Valley High School.
- Nathan Good, ex-drummer for indie rock band Death Cab For Cutie, taught English at Pinole Valley.
- Notable athletic alumni include: 1992 Heisman Trophy winner from the University of Miami, Gino Torretta; Major League Baseball players Jeff Harris, Nathan Haynes, and Chris Singleton; Chicago Cubs manager, Dale Sveum; National Football League player, Thomas DeCoud.
- Larry LaLonde, current guitarist for Primus, and Jeff Becerra of death metal pioneers Possessed recorded the band's first album Seven Churches while juniors at Pinole Valley High School.
- Iamsu!, Bay Area rapper
Historical Economic problems
In 2004, the school district announced that it would eliminate all high school sports, close all libraries and lay off all music teachers and counselors its $180 million budget for 2004–'05.
- Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Pinole Valley High. U.S. Department of Education. Institute of Education Sciences, National Center for Education Statistics. Data for 2005-2006 school year. Accessed on 2007-09-21.
- What will they do now?, San Francisco Chronicle, March 11, 2004