Rancho Verde High School

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Rancho Verde High School
Address
17750 Lasselle Street
Moreno Valley, California, 92551
United States
Information
Motto "Respect, Vision, Honor, Scholarship"
Established 1991
Principal Ross R. Godfrey
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Red, Black and Silver               
Nickname Mustangs

Rancho Verde High School is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Val Verde Unified School District. The school is situated on 38 acres in the southern section of Moreno Valley, California. Rancho Verde represents a community of diverse social and economic backgrounds containing both suburban and rural populations. The school first opened in the fall of 1991. It was designed to accommodate 1,800 students. Two phases of new construction (2001–2003) added several new buildings and renovated existing buildings on campus. The construction included: two science buildings, a music/band building, two multi-story classroom buildings, a football stadium, a second gymnasium, a dance studio, and weight rooms. The school now serves 3300 students with 120 certificated staff and 80+ support staff.

Accomplishments (updated Spring 2014)[edit]

  • National Association of Music Merchants Best communities in Music Award (2012-2013)
  • Olivier Wong Ah Sun - Western Riverside County Association of School Managers (ACSA)- High School Principal of the Year (2012-2013)
  • National Advanced Placement Collegeboard Award as District of the Year (2011-2012)
  • National AVID Demonstration School (2011-2014)
  • US News Best High Schools Bronze Award (2012)
  • Full six year WASC Accredited High School (2010-2016)
  • CIF Football Central Division Champions 2011 (Finalists 1999, 2010, 2012, 2013)
  • CIF State Champions 4 X 100 girls relay (2010)
  • CIF Division I Champions Girls Track & Field (2009)
  • CIF Boys Basketball Division II Champions (2008)
  • Top 20 ranked marching band in southern California, with 4 former students active in the University of California Los Angeles marching band.
  • 40 football Division I & IAA scholarships.
  • 2 basketball full Division I scholarships
  • 30 Male and female track & field full Division I scholarships
  • 5 former students are currently active in the NFL, Tyron Smith, Damon Cromartie-Smith, D'Aundre Reed, Ronald Powell, & Eric Martin.
  • Over 40 clubs, a comprehensive performing arts program, & JROTC.
  • An award winning choir program that has performed at New York's Carnegie Hall and participated in the Disneyland Christmas Candlelight Recital.
  • Notable past Principals: Rob Nichols (1997-2000), Scott Scambray (2000-2005), Mike McCormick (2005-2009), Olivier Wong Ah Sun (2009-2013).
  • Nicole Morris, graduate of the 2014 class won the questbridge scholarship a first at Rancho Verde and received a full ride to Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.

Sports[edit]

Rancho Verde High School has a wide range of successful athletic programs.

  • Cross Country
  • Football (Freshman, Junior Varsity, Varsity)
  • Girls Volleyball (Junior Varsity, and Varsity)
  • Girls and Boys Tennis (Varsity)
  • Cheer and Song
  • Dance
  • Men's Beer Pong
  • Boys and Girls Soccer (Junior Varsity, and Varsity)
  • Boys and Girls Basketball (Freshman, Junior Varsity and Varsity)
  • Wrestling (Junior Varsity and Varsity)
  • Baseball (Junior Varsity, and Varsity)
  • Softball (Junior Varsity, and Varsity)
  • Track and Field (Junior Varsity and Varsity)

Clubs[edit]

RVHS offers over 40 diverse clubs. Meetings are held during lunch or after school. Clubs cater to students’ cultural and academic interests, as well as offer community-service opportunities. Rancho Verde has over 30 extracurricular clubs on this campus. In 2007, the Drama program invited “Stand Up” to perform for the student body. In an effort to promote tolerance, this production explored the struggles some of the cultural and ethnic groups suffer on high school campuses across the country. MEChA has petitioned against Arizona's anti-immigration laws. In the fall of 2009, GSA presented the National Ally Week to promote acceptance and ASB held a Celebrate Diversity program.

The Associated Student Body (ASB) organizes the "Every Fifteen Minutes" presentation by contacting community partners such as the Southern California Fair Grounds, Moreno Valley Police Department, AMR Ambulance Service, Local Fire Department, and parents of student participants, as well as representatives from Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD). These partners are involved by promoting student awareness of the consequences of making destructive decisions

ROTC offers five campus clean-up days throughout the year. Entitled "Operation Ranch Hand," cadets work on campus beautification by picking up any trash and scraping gum off of lunch table surfaces. ROTC participates in a Veteran's Day celebration by attending the Veteran's Parade Air Show at March Air Force Base. Students pass out flyers at the event and assist with parking at the airport.

Drama/Theatre Club produces two shows each year and invites the community to attend. Advertisement is done through flyers and marquee posting.

The Art club sends kids at the Loma Linda Children's Hospital at least five times a year. The Art club holds exhibits and competitions throughout the year where the community is asked to attend and place bids on the artwork that is being shown. AVID seniors and juniors conduct AVID tutorials at a local middle school every minimum day Wednesday. Students earn community service hours for participating and volunteering in this event.

The Bible Club, with assistance from other clubs on campus, hosts a community rummage sale. This event brings a day of unity for the clubs on campus while promoting community awareness and support for Rancho.

National Honors Society is an academic and service oriented club designed to honor high achieving students and promote college entrance. Students who are in this club are required to maintain a grade point average 3.2 and above. Students also complete school and community service programs and honor the teachers at the end of every year at a "Teachers' Tea."[1]

Notable Alumni[edit]

Alumnus Class Field Notability
Ronald Powell 2010 Sports Former American Football Defense End for the University of Florida and current Linebacker for the New Orleans Saints
Michael Snaer 2009 Sports Shooting Guard for Florida State University and 2009 McDonald's All-American recipient
Tyron Smith 2008 Sports Former Offensive Tackle for the University of Southern California, current Offensive Tackle for the Dallas Cowboys
D'Aundre Reed 2006 Sports A defensive end for the University of Arizona, 2011 draftee to the Minnesota Vikings
Da'Mon Cromartie-Smith 2005 Sports An American Football Safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers
Brian Morris 1999 Sports Defensive End for the Fresno State Bulldogs[2]
Larry Ned 1997 Sports Was a Running Back for San Diego State University.[3] Drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the sixth round of the 2002 draft. Later played for the Minnesota Vikings

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