Ygnacio Valley High School
|Ygnacio Valley High School|
|A mural with the school mascot at the front entrance of the school
"Be safe, be respectful, be responsible!"
|755 Oak Grove Road
Concord, California 94518
|Type||Public High school|
|School district||Mount Diablo Unified School District|
|Vice principal||Rianne Pfaltzgraff|
|Vice principal||José Espinoza|
|Color(s)||Navy blue and gold|
|Athletics||DVAL is a return to previous nomenclature. YVHS won the DVAL title many times in football, for example in 1979.|
Ygnacio Valley High School (YVHS) is a public secondary school located in Concord, California. It draws students from Concord as well as from the neighboring communities of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. The school opened in 1962, and its first senior class graduated in 1964. Originally conceived as a temporary facility, the school currently carries an enrollment of over 1,500 total students for grades 9 through 12. When the nearby Northgate High School opened in 1974, YVHS lost approximately half its student body at the time. The school is part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District.
Since 1964, one of the school's main athletic rival has been the Clayton Valley High School Eagles. The main athletic rival were the College Park Falcons, until the schools were redistricted to prevent on-going vengeful stunts that were hindering good sportsmanship in the early 2000s. YVHS also shares a lesser rivalry (as well as a property line) with neighboring De La Salle High School.
The first varsity YVHS Warrior football game to be played at the YVHS campus in 38 years took place on September 16, 2006. Ground was broken on a new running track and all-weather turf football and soccer field at YVHS in August 2005. Prior to the completion of the new field, most football home games were played at Mount Diablo High School or Diablo Valley College, due to poor field conditions, condemned bleachers, and a lack of lighting.
In December 2005, the YVHS football team coached by Mike Ivankovich won the NCS-2A championship against Miramonte High School for the second time since 1999.
In the 2009-10 football season, the YVHS Football team won the DVAL league championship for the first time. The league was created two years prior. The team then advanced to the NCS playoffs, losing in the second round to Eureka High School.
In 2009, head football coach Joshua Davis resigned, and Chris Turner was named the new head coach. As of 2010, Chris Turner has stepped down, and former defensive coordinator Todd Bauleke is now the head coach.
In 1992, YVHS changed its school colors to navy blue and gold. The student body felt that the previous colors of powder blue and yellow were no longer fashionable for athletic team uniforms.
On March 14, 1987, the YVHS Boys Basketball team, coached by Jim Grace, won the (Division 1) Northern California Championship at the Oakland Coliseum Arena. 56-54(2OT) over James Logan High School. It marked the first time in history that an East Bay High School (east of the Caldecott tunnel), has accomplished such a feat. The 1987 squad set and still holds the school record with 28 wins. The team was led by Eric Bamberger, Chris Roach and former NFL player for the Bufalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings Chris Walsh.
During the 1988 Presidential campaign, then Vice President George Bush made an appearance at YVHS and addressed the student body. In 1996, YVHS received another Presidential visit when Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore made a rare joint appearance. They visited the campus as part of the NetDay 96 event, which kicked off a drive to connect California public schools to the Internet.
YVHS is an ideal location for such high-security visits, due to the limited entry points into school property.
The school mascot, the warrior, is represented as a Native American with a feathered headdress. Similar mascots representing Native American culture are often a point of contention throughout the state of California, where over 100 high schools have American Indian mascots.
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- Carl Ryanen-Grant - UC Berkeley University Medalist in 1997; received widespread attention for his battle with malignant melanoma.
- Dave Tollefson - Defensive end; played for New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII.
- Chris Walsh - Retired Minnesota Vikings wide receiver.
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