Rio Mesa High School

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Rio Mesa High School
Once a Spartan, always a Spartan
545 Central Avenue

Oxnard, California
United States

Coordinates 34°15′10″N 119°08′40″W / 34.252784°N 119.144541°W / 34.252784; -119.144541Coordinates: 34°15′10″N 119°08′40″W / 34.252784°N 119.144541°W / 34.252784; -119.144541
Type Public
Established 1965
Principal Ray Gonzalez
Faculty 106
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,300
Campus rural
Color(s) Red and Black         [1]
Athletics conference Pacific View
Mascot Spartan
Team name Spartans

Rio Mesa High School is located in Oxnard, California and is within the Oxnard Union High School District. It serves the Oxnard communities of Northern Oxnard, River Park, Nyeland Acres, and El Rio, as well as the western portion of the city of Camarillo. The name "Rio Mesa" was conceived by then trustee board member Robert (Bob) Matthews derived from the two original school districts that fed the school in 1965—Rio School District and Mesa Union—though it now takes students from the Pleasant Valley School District as well. The school is surrounded by the Oxnard Plain strawberry fields.


Rio Mesa High School

The Spartan Marching Band[edit]

This year (2010–2011) the Rio Mesa Marching Band & Colorguard is directed by Mr. Mark Petrowsky, with Drum Major Daniel Balderrama.

Rio Mesa Championships[edit]

CIF Football - 1971 Rio Mesa (Div A) John Reardon 28-20 Paso Robles PVL Wrestling- 2010 5-1

Track and Field - Coach Brian Fitzgerald has an outstanding record coaching sprinters. Angela Burnham, Marion Jones and Valexsia Droughn each won the prestigious 100 meters at the CIF California State Meet, with Burnham adding the 100 and 200 meters titles while leading the team to the girl's team in 1991.[2] Jones also won multiple titles, including both sprints 4 years in a row, completed after transferring out of the program for her junior year. Jones went on to future worldwide fame and disrepute. Both Burnham and Jones were named the national Girl's "High School Athlete of the Year" by Track and Field News twice.[3] Both were also named Gatorade Player of the Year.[4] In 2000, Porchea Carroll, came within a few thousandths of a second of also winning the state 100 meters title.[5] In 2012, Rio Mesa came with 3 thousands of a second of sweeping both boy's relay events at the CIF California State Meet, winning the 4x400 metres relay and losing the 4x100 metres relay in the last step of the race. Blake Selig, Darion Zimmerman and Cameron Roach ran on both teams, Anthony Teart ran the 4x400, while Roderick White led off the 4x100.[6]

Notable alumni[edit]


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