Sonoma Valley High School

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Sonoma Valley High School
SVHS Dragon
20000 Broadway 38°16′58″N 122°27′29″W / 38.28278°N 122.45806°W / 38.28278; -122.45806[1]Coordinates: 38°16′58″N 122°27′29″W / 38.28278°N 122.45806°W / 38.28278; -122.45806[1]
Sonoma, California
United States
Type Public
Established 1894 (Sonoma Valley Union High ) 1922 (Current Location)
School district Sonoma Valley Unified School District
Principal Kathleen Hawing
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,350 (2011-2012 School Year)
Color(s) Green, Black and White
Mascot Dragon

Sonoma Valley High School (SVHS) is a high school located in Sonoma, California with approximately 1,350 students.[2] Kathleen Hawing, Principal, Paul Tuohy, and Andrew Ryan, Vice Principals. Sonoma Valley High School is part of the Sonoma Valley Unified School District.


Sonoma Valley High School offers several academic classes. The school offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses, including AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, AP US History, AP World History, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics, AP English Language (11th grade) and Literature (12th grade), AP Spanish Language (11th grade), AP Spanish Literature (12th grade), and AP Computer Science A.

Career and Technical Education[edit]

Along with providing the important academic classes, SVHS provides several Career and Technical Education classes. They offer classes in the Agriculture and Natural Resources Industry, Hospitality, Tourism and Recreation Industry, Manufacturing and Product Development Industry, Building Trades and Construction Industry, Arts, Media and Entertainment Industry, Education, Child Development and Family Services Industry and Finance and Business Industry Sector.


Sonoma Valley High School has approximately 75 faculty members. A listing of teachers can be found on the school's website,


SVHS's Music Room
  • English Department Chairperson: Alison Manchester & Janet Hansen
  • Mathematics Department Chairperson: Drue Jacobs
  • Science Department Chairperson: Jacqueline Levy
  • Social Science Department Chairperson: Andrew Gibson
  • Visual & Performing Arts/Career Tech Department Chairperson: Peter Hansen
  • Foreign Language Department Chairperson: Pedro Merino
  • Health & Wellness Department Chairperson: Dennis Housman
  • Special Services Department Chairperson: Linda Duff
  • Counseling Department Chairperson: Maricela Sanchez


Sonoma Valley was named a California Distinguished School in 1994.[3]

The Sonoma Valley High School student newspaper, the Sonoma Dragon's Tale, received 1st Place in Overall Excellence in the Redwood Empire Excellence in Journalism Awards in 2013. Editor-in-Chief Jamie Ballard also received the Outstanding Journalist award in 2013.[4]


SVHS sports include: Football, Volleyball, Soccer (B&G), Tennis (B&G), Water Polo, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Basketball (B&G), Wrestling, Softball, Baseball, Track & Field, and Golf (B&G).

The SVHS Mascot is the Dragon. School colors are green, black and white.

Student Activities[edit]

The Leadership Class is in charge of organizing student activities. Such activities include rallies, convention, dances, and carnivals.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]