Rialto Unified School District

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Rialto Unified School District
Rialto Unified School District Logo.png
Type and location
Type Public
Grades K through 12
Region San Bernardino County
Country United States
Location Rialto, California
District information
Superintendent Mohammad Z. Islam (interim superintendent)
Other information
Website www.rialto.k12.ca.us

Rialto Unified School District (RUSD) is a school district in Rialto, California. The interim superintendent is Mohammad Z. Islam. The president of the board of education is Joanne T. Gilbert.

The school district has about 26,485 students, 3,800 staff, and a budget of about $200 million.


The district's first schoolhouse, which opened in 1888, was a part of the Brooke School District. The Rialto school district was formed out of the Brooke district on April 9, 1891.[1]

Holocaust writing assignment controversy[edit]

in 2014, the school district and its interim superintendent were criticized for introducing a writing assignment which asked students to argue that the Holocaust did not happen.[2] This assignment was given to all 8th grade students.[3] Students were provided with a very limited selection of sources, including material from a known Holocaust denial website, but were not allowed access to the internet or other materials that show that this material had been discredited. A follow-up investigation by the The San Bernardino Sun found that (contrary to the district's initial claims) at least 50 of the 2,000 students taking the test ended up concluding that the Holocaust did not occur. The district has apologized and promised not to repeat the exercise, and also sent all the eighth graders to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, a museum known for its exhibits about the Holocaust.[4]

Elementary schools[edit]

Levi Bemis Bobcats
J. Calvin Boyd Bulldogs
Merle S.Casey Cougars
Sam V. Curtis Colts
Helen L. Dollahan Dalmatians
George H. Dunn Dolphins
Dr. Edward M. Fitzgerald Foxes
Dr. Ernest Garcia Grizzlies
Lida M. Henry Hawks
Elizabeth T. Hughbanks Huskies
J. P. Kelley Koalas
A. H. Morgan Mustangs
Georgia F. Morris Mountain Lions
W. A.Myers Dragons
Lena M. Preston Panthers
Samuel W. Simpson
W. J. C. Trapp Timberwolves
Charlotte Nan Werner, Opening July 2008 [1]

Secondary schools[edit]

Warren H. Frisbie Middle School Falcons
William G. Jehue Middle School Jaguars
Ben F. Kolb Middle School Cougars
Ethel Kucera Middle School Coyotes
Rialto Middle School Tigers
Wilmer Amina Carter High School Lions
Eisenhower High School Eagles
Rialto High School Knights
Dr. John Milor High School Mustangs (Continuation)
Charles Zupanic High School (Continuation)


  1. ^ "120 Years of RUSD - A Look Back..." (Archive). Rialto Unified School District. Retrieved on July 1, 2014.
  2. ^ Rocha, Veronica. "Rialto school officials apologize for Holocaust assignment." Los Angeles Times. May 8, 2014. Retrieved on July 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Yarbrough, Beau. "EXCLUSIVE: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust" (Archive). San Bernardino Sun. May 4, 2014. Retrieved on July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Beau Yarbrough, "Holocaust denied by students in Rialto school assignment", The San Bernardino Sun, July 11, 2014.

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