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Amador Valley High School
A purple "V" with gold trim is centered on top of a purple "A" with gold trim
1155 Santa Rita Road


United States
Coordinates37°40′05″N 121°52′28″W / 37.6681740°N 121.8743425°W / 37.6681740; -121.8743425Coordinates: 37°40′05″N 121°52′28″W / 37.6681740°N 121.8743425°W / 37.6681740; -121.8743425
Former nameAmador Valley Joint Union High School
TypePublic high school
MottoSchool of Champions
Established1922; 99 years ago (1922)
School districtPleasanton Unified School District
SuperintendentDavid Haglund[1]
CEEB code052495
NCES School ID060002009282[2]
PrincipalJoshua Butterfield[3]
Teaching staff111.87 (on an FTE basis)[2]
Enrollment2,734 (2019–20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio24.25[2]
Campus size39.27 acres (15.89 ha)[4]
Campus typeSuburban[5]
Color(s)   Purple and Gold
Athletics conferenceEast Bay Athletic League
MascotThe Don
RivalFoothill High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
Newspaper"The Amadon" (est. 1930)[6]
Yearbook"The Book of Names and Faces"
Feeder schools

Amador Valley High School is a comprehensive public high school in Pleasanton, California. It is one of three high schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District, along with Foothill High School and Village High School.

The school is a four-time California Distinguished School and a three-time National Blue Ribbon School.[7][8] In national competitions such as We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, the Amador Valley team has ranked in the top 10 teams fifteen times, including winning the 1995 national title.[9] The Amador Valley Wind Ensembles have performed at national venues and conferences, including Carnegie Hall and the Midwest Clinic.[10][11] Several Amador Valley athletic teams have won multiple California Interscholastic Federation North Coast Section Division I titles since 2010, including the softball team which MaxPreps named 2014 mythical national champion following a perfect season.[12][13]

Since 2020, Amador Valley has offered its 2,700 students 25 Advanced Placement courses, 25 varsity sports, a program to study local aquatic wildlife, and vocational training. Amador's location allows it to be the launching point for community protests and parades. The Amador Theater, one of Pleasanton's performing arts facilities, has been hosted at the high school since 1932.

Founded as Amador Valley Joint Union High School (AVJUHS), the school graduated its first class in 1923. Major construction and renovations were undertaken after district voters approved bonds in 1922, 1965, 1997, and 2016.


Region and districts[edit]

Amador Valley High School, originally Amador Valley Joint Union High School,[14] was named for its location in the Amador Valley (part of the Tri-Valley area of the San Francisco East Bay). The valley's namesake was a wealthy Californio rancher, Don José María Amador.[15] The school selected the Don as its mascot, in honor of the title used by Amador;[15] Don is a Spanish term used as a mark of high esteem for a distinguished nobleman or gentleman.

Amador Valley High School is located in Pleasanton, California. While Pleasanton provided elementary and middle school education since its early years, students proceeding to high school attended nearby Livermore High School until 1924. Out of concerns of overcrowding and transportation for the commuting students, Pleasanton parents and students advocated for a local high school in the early 1920s. The activism culminated in a voter bond referendum on March 14, 1922 to establish the Amador Valley Joint Union High School District (AVJUHSD) and build the high school.[16][17][18] Amador Valley's first class graduated in 1923.[19][20]

From 1922 to 1988, the school was part of the AVJUHSD.[14][21] This district taught high school students from Pleasanton, nearby Dublin, and the local rural community.[22][23] The Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956 led to the building of a series of local freeways and increased population and student enrollment.[24][25] In 1969, the school reached its maximum capacity, about 1,895 students. To accommodate the larger student population, Dublin High School was founded as part of the AVJUHSD. Both schools held classes on the Amador Valley campus during the 1968–69 school year.[26] A continued influx of families to the area prompted the foundation of another high school within the AVJUHSD, Foothill, in 1973.[19][23]

Squares and rectangles are around the lab. They are labeled with classroom numbers. Towards the back of the image is an oval with a track around it signifying a football field. To the top and right of the map lays quarter circles that represent baseball fields. A parking lot is illustrated to the left and bottom of the image.
2009 Student-drawn map of school campus

Following a 1988 ballot measure, the AVJUHSD merged with the Pleasanton Joint School District to form the Pleasanton Unified School District. Prior to the district unification, the AVJUHSD operated Amador Valley High School, Foothill High School, and Dublin High School.[27][28] Dublin High School was annexed into the Dublin Unified School District.[23][29] As of 2020, the Pleasanton Unified School District contained two comprehensive high schools (Amador Valley and Foothill), one continuation high school (Village), three middle schools, nine elementary schools, one preschool, and an adult education program.[30]

The school grounds are bordered on the east and southeast by Santa Rita Road, a Union Pacific railroad track on which the Altamont Corridor Express runs, and Arroyo Valle.[31] To the north are several businesses and residential districts lie on the western border. The school is the launch point for annual community parades and protests, including the Alameda County Fair Fall Festival Parade and the Tri-Valley Women's March.[32][33] The Fall Festival Parade, occurring since the 1940s, features bands, floats, balloons, horses, and antique cars.[34]


Beige building with red roof. Grassy field in front and tree-covered hill in the back. A group of students sits on a bench facing the building.
School campus with the Pleasanton Ridge in the background

Classes were first held at Amador Valley on August 14, 1922 at the school's initial location at the Pleasanton Grammar School, serving 59 students.[35] The first class of eight students graduated in 1923, and the school quickly became known for its municipal bands and sports teams.[36]

The initial school land, building, furnishings, and upkeep was funded by a $110,000 bond authorized by district voters on September 26, 1922.[37][38][39] Construction started in 1923 on the Rancho Valle de San Jose property, to accommodate 200 students upon its completion in 1924. The initial school campus was built in Mediterranean Revival style and included "five regular recitation rooms, a science laboratory with lecture room, a sewing room, a cooking room, a room for commercial branches, two drawing rooms, a shop with two connecting work rooms, a library, a reception room and office for the pricipal [sic], a teachers' room, a nurses' room, and gymnasium".[17][40]

Pleasanton mothers started a school lunch program in 1927 to provide students with a better environment for learning. Parents donated pots and pans, and a newly hired cook prepared lunches, to be eaten at new tables and benches. The tables and benches were constructed by the custodian and the music teacher from the wood of horse stalls formerly on the campus. This project led to the formation of a Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) chapter at Amador Valley in the late 1920s.[41]

District voters approved a $1.5 million school bond issue in 1965, with the authority to borrow up to $5 million more. The bond was directed towards site procurements and new construction.[42] Much of the "original" Amador Valley High School building was demolished then significantly reconfigured in 1968.[17][19]

The Amador Theater was added to the main campus building in 1932. As of 2019, the theater remains the city's largest performing arts facility.[43] The theater has hosted school plays, band concerts, performances, lectures, and assemblies.[44] The theater survived the demolition of the rest of the campus in 1968 and was restored after a community fundraising effort.[19] The Amador Theater underwent another substantial renovation and expansion between 1981 and 1989, at a total cost of $2 million. The project was mostly funded by the City of Pleasanton, which took ownership of the theater the same year. The land under the theater remained owned by the school district.[43][44]

The teachers union and the Pleasanton school districts failed to come to an agreement on a contract for the 1985–86 school year.[45] In protest of a breakdown in negotiations, Amador Valley teachers went on a rolling strike in 1986.[46] The school brought in substitutes to replace the picketing teachers.[47] After over a week of walkouts and negotiation including a state mediator, the teachers went back to work having won immediate 8 percent pay raises.[48] Amador Valley teachers are unionized under the Association of Pleasanton Teachers, California Teachers Association, and National Education Association.[49]

On the left, a beige two-story building with large windows. The front of the building says "Library Media Center." On the right, a smaller beige building and a large tree
The library and media center, opened in 2002,[50] is the tallest building on the Amador Valley campus.[51]

The city passed a general obligation bond, Measure B, in 1997. The bond granted the school district $69 million to replace old and crowded facilities and modernize the school campus.[51] The measure enabled the addition of renovated science classrooms, a multipurpose room, a library and media center, and a sound-proofed music building. The parking lot and central quad were expanded, with more than 550 parking spaces in the new lot, and classrooms were equipped to be more energy efficient. A new two-story building was completed in 2004, containing twenty-four classrooms. The following year, the school aquatic center was remodeled.[52][53]

City voters passed another general obligation bond, Measure I1, in 2016. This was the district's first bond passed since Measure B in 1997. The bond granted $270 million to the school district to repair and improve district facilities, as well as provide new science equipment and learning technology. As a part of these renovations, Amador Valley is planning a two-story instructional building, including "five standard classrooms, three science classrooms, two computer science labs, and two rooms specifically for special day class students". Construction started on the new science building in 2020.[54][55]

The passage of Prop 39 funded the 2019 addition of solar panels to the student parking lot. The cost of $650,000 is projected to save about $1.8 million in electricity costs over 25 years. The solar panels provide renewable electricity to the high school and create covered parking in a re-oriented lot.[56]

Court cases[edit]

The AVJUHSD challenged the constitutionality of the 1978 California Proposition 13, which placed a cap state-wide on county real estate taxes. The proposition limited property tax assessments to the 1975 standard, eliminating $7 billion of $11.4 billion in annual property tax revenue to the state. According to The Washington Post, the "severe" limitations this imposed on state funding forced local governments and most school districts in California to make "drastic cutbacks".[57] A 1978 article in the Los Angeles Times predicted that the proposition would jeopardize the state's ability to receive about $98 million of Federal Impact Aid each year since the state could not maintain prior levels of spending.[58]

The district held that the measure was "so drastic and far-reaching that it was 'a revision' of the state Constitution and not a mere amendment". The district was unsuccessful in its suit. In their ruling, the judges distinguished between "amendment" and "revision". The court confirmed that an initiative cannot "revise" the constitution; Proposition 13, however, was an amendment to the California Constitution and not a "revision".[59] In 2009, Amador Valley was cited by dissenting Justice Carlos R. Moreno in arguing the non-constitutionality of California Proposition 8.[60]

Amador Valley administrators censored 1999 Salutatorian Nicholas Lassonde's graduation speech for being "too religious", claiming that it "violated separation of church and state".[61] Lassonde filed suit against the school district, claiming that the censorship violated his First Amendment rights. In Lassonde v. Pleasanton Unified School District, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled against Lassonde citing a precedent from Cole v. Oroville Union High School District (9th Cir. 2000).[62] The court upheld the censoring of student graduation speeches, claiming that in this case, "if the school had not censored the speech, the result would have been a violation of the Establishment Clause".[63][64]



As of the 2018–19 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,713 students and 111.87 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 24.25.[2] Seven percent of Amador Valley students are involved in special education, four percent qualify for English language learner support, and seven percent qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.[65] School enrollment grew 27% between 2000 and 2005, primarily because of new residential development. After 2005, enrollment growth slowed to an average of 4% per half-decade as of 2020.[66] Despite relatively stable enrollment since 2005, the school has seen shifts in demographics by ethnicity.[5] Between 2005 and 2020, the White subgroup halved from 72% to 40% of the student body while the Asian subgroup tripled from 14% to 44%.[67] As of the 2020–21 school year, the student population at Amador Valley had similarly sized pluralities of White and Asian enrollment, with smaller Hispanic and African American minorities.[2]


President George W. Bush and Japanese Prime Minister are on the right of a high school student. The high school student speaks. In the background are more high school students and important political figures.
President George W. Bush and Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda talk with an Amador Valley representative at the 2008 G8 Summit.[68]

The school is a four-time California Distinguished School and a three-time National Blue Ribbon School.[7][8] In 2008, a team of Amador Valley students won the national UNICEF-sponsored Junior 8 Competition. The team traveled to Toyako, Japan to attend the 2008 Group of Eight (G8) Summit of World Leaders to discuss global issues.[69] The 2021 U.S. News & World Report high school rankings listed Amador Valley as #460 in its National Rankings and #62 in its California High School Rankings.[70] Nine of Amador Valley's teachers—Mark Aubel,[71] Tony Dennis,[72] Debbie Emerson,[73] Jon Grantham,[74] Tom Hall,[73] Debbie Harvey,[75] Brian Ladd,[76] Marla Silversmith,[77] and Eric Thiel[73]—have been recognized as a Pleasanton Unified School District teacher of the year; one of those honorees, Brian Ladd, was designated an Alameda County teacher of the year.[76]


As of 2020, Amador Valley curriculum offered 25 Advanced Placement (AP) classes. This includes courses in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, mathematics), social sciences, visual and performing arts, and AP Language courses and their literature complements in English, French, Japanese, and Spanish. Amador Valley's AP program is participated in by 39.8 percent of its students, of which 94.3 percent receive at least one score of 3 or greater.[65][78] The school's honors and AP classes are offered under an "open-access" policy; students are encouraged to take more advanced courses if they feel like they can handle it.[5] As of 2019, the school's most enrolled AP classes were AP Psychology, AP United States Government and Politics, AP Macroeconomics, AP Statistics, and AP English Language and Composition.[79]

Three high school students stand beside a beautiful creek. Two hold a net in the stream, the third points towards the water.
A group of Amador Valley students studies aquatic wildlife with Project Creek Watch at Arroyo Valle.

The school offers specialized instruction through vocational education as part of the Tri-Valley Regional Occupational Program. Courses offered include business economics, marketing, sports medicine, criminal justice, digital art, and AP Environmental Science.[65][80] Students in the business courses participate co-curricularly in DECA, competing in exams, project presentations, and case studies to prepare for careers in "marketing, finance, hospitality and management".[81][82] Amador's DECA program was one of the "largest in the state" according to Pleasanton Weekly;[83] as of 2015, over 100 Amador Valley students participated in the program.[84] Over 50 Amador Valley teams and individuals have placed in the top 10 at DECA's International Career Development Conference (ICDC) since 2005.[85][86] Business class students at Amador Valley have been selected as one of three California high schools to pitch Got Milk? advertising campaign ideas to the California Milk Processor Board.[87][88]

The Amador Valley science department initiated Project Creek Watch in 1994. The project provides students with resources for the long term study of Arroyo Valle; these resources include information about the chemistry in the creek, images of the creek, a guide to flora and fauna, and student projects on aquatic species.[89] The project received a Golden Bell Award for excellence in education from the California School Boards Association. A Project Creek Watch co-founder won a 2001 "Internet Innovator Award" from National Semiconductor for development of the website and associated curricula.[90]



A female high school basketball player dribbles the ball towards the camera with a focused look on her face. Behind her trail basketball members from her team and the opposing team. All are running towards the camera.
The Amador Valley varsity girls' basketball team faces rival team Foothill High School.

As of 2021, the school offered 25 varsity sports teams. These sports are run under the Amador Valley Athletics Boosters and include badminton, baseball/softball, basketball, cross country/track, football, golf, lacrosse, soccer, cheer, swimming/diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling.[91] Athletics at Amador Valley are solely funded by parental donations and the Athletics Boosters; the school district stopped providing financial support to athletics in 2008 due to statewide cuts in funding.[92] The school's athletic rival is the cross-town Foothill High School. In the '70s and '80s, before the Amador/Foothill rivalry developed, the school's athletic rival was Dublin High School.[93] The rivalry culminates at the annual football game.[94]

As of 2017, over 1,000 students participated in the school's athletic program.[5] Amador Valley competes in the East Bay Athletic League and California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) North Coast Section.[95] Several school teams have won multiple North Coast Section Division I titles since 2010, including baseball/softball, cross country (girls), golf (girls), track (boys), and volleyball (boys).[13] The school's basketball teams were runner-ups for the CIF State Division II title in 1993 (boys)[96] and 1999–2001 (girls).[97][98] MaxPreps named the Amador Valley softball team its mythical national champion of 2014 following a 27–0 perfect season.[12] The Amador Valley stunt cheer team won first place in intermediate stunt out of 42 teams at the 2017 United Spirit Association nationals cheer competition.[99]

The Amador Valley Athletic Booster Club has hosted East Bay Special Olympics "basketball tournaments, track meets, and volleyball competitions" at Amador Valley since 2004.[100][101] The school coordinates parent and student volunteers, donates proceeds from snack sales, and provides facilities free of charge. The Amador Valley varsity boys' and girls' basketball teams host an annual eight-team basketball tournament, the Amador Basketball Classic (ABC), in the first two weeks of December. The ABC brings high school basketball teams from both inside and outside the state to play in Pleasanton. Each team plays four games between Wednesday and Saturday.[102] Taking place every year since December 1961, the ABC is the longest-running eight-team basketball championship in California.[103] The girls ABC tournament has been held since December 1994.[102]

Civic engagement[edit]

Five high school students in suits and name tags face left. They are seated on the same side of the table and smiling.
Students of Amador Valley "We the People" team testify in a simulated congressional hearing.

Amador Valley's main competitive civic engagement teams emphasize public speaking. The school participates in the Constitutional Rights Foundation's annual California Mock Trial competitions, fielding a prosecution and a defense team to "study a hypothetical case, conduct legal research, and learn about courtroom protocol and procedures".[104] The school's Mock Trial team has won the Alameda County competition and advanced to the California Mock Trial Finals four times since 2007;[105][106][107] the team achieved 6th place in the state competition in 2017.[108] Team members have received California Mock Trial Finals 1st place awards for Courtroom Artist and Courtroom Journalist.[108][109]

The national We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution competition takes place each spring in Washington, D.C. At the competition, students compete to "demonstrate their constitutional knowledge and understanding of federal government in mock congressional hearings".[9] The Amador Valley "We the People" team was started as an advanced civics class in 1989, shortly after the national program started in 1987.[110][111] The team consists of up to 30 seniors selected by tryout, split into 6 units which each prepare a brief presentation followed by question-and-answer sessions.[112][113]

The Amador Valley "We the People" team has represented the state of California at the national competition 18 times since 1992,[9] earning the national title in 1995.[114] Multiple present and former members of the United States Congress have congratulated the team, including Pete Stark, Ellen Tauscher, Richard Pombo, Jerry McNerney, Eric Swalwell, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and Senator Dianne Feinstein.[115][116] The Judiciary of California, as part of its Civic Learning Initiative, awarded the Civic Learning Award of Merit to Amador Valley in 2014, in part because of the "We the People" program.[117][118] The East Bay Times called Amador Valley's "We The People" team "one of the top programs in the country".[119]

Math and computer science[edit]

39 students stand on a staircase and face the camera. In the background is foliage.
The Amador Valley Math Team, as part of the Pleasanton Math League, won third place at the 2013 Stanford Math Tournament.[120]

Math and computer science clubs at Amador Valley host outreach events and participate in competitions. The Mathematical Association of America placed Amador Valley High School on its School Honor Roll in 2019 (one of 26 nationwide), 2020 (one of 15 nationwide), and 2021 (one of 33 nationwide) for performance on the American Mathematics Competitions 12A series;[121] multiple Amador Valley students qualified for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad in those same three years.[122] The Math Team has ranked in the top 10 teams seven times in the nationwide Fall Startup Event since 2012, including a 2nd place finish in 2018.[123] The group placed second at's northern California tournament in 2009, and received an invitation to's national tournament in Kansas City.[124] The following year, the team placed second in the large school division at the national tournament.[125]

The Math Team hosts the Amador Valley Geometry Bee, modeled after the Scripps National Spelling Bee. This competition invites students from Amador Valley, Foothill, and the district's three middle schools to compete in timed rounds. The style of the competition consists of rounds of ten questions each, deviating from the traditional spelling bee format.[124]

Computer science clubs on campus, such as ACE Coding and Girls Who Code, host outreach events for local elementary, middle, and high school students. These events allowed students to attend coding workshops led by industry professionals and other students.[126][127] The school received the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award for “their efforts in engaging more young women in computer science”.[128] Multiple Amador Valley students have won the Congressional App Challenge for California's 15th congressional district for developing original, usable mobile apps.[129][130]


Two color guard members dressed in togas spin flags with fire designs in the middle of the DVC football field. Surrounding these color guard members are flute and saxophone players standing still and playing. They are dressed in a purple jacket and black marching pants and are wearing shakos.
The Marching Band and Color Guard perform "Heroes, Gods, and Mythical Creatures" at the 2008 WBA Championships.

Amador Valley's music program, initially an orchestra and glee club, was founded in 1928. In the early years of the program, students performed in parades and numerous school operettas.[131][132] Since 1975, the band has hosted the annual Campana Jazz Festival, a multi-day event that invites local jazz bands to the school to perform and compete.[133][134] Amador Valley's music program consists of five concert bands, two orchestras, two choirs, and three jazz bands.[5] The five concert bands are Wind Ensemble I, Wind Ensemble II, Symphonic Band Purple, Symphonic Band Gold, and Concert Band.[135] As of 2017, the band program had 320 students.[5]

The Amador Valley Wind Ensemble has performed twice at the Midwest Clinic[11][136] and once at Carnegie Hall.[10][137] The symphony orchestra received positive attention from Hongkongers for a virtual performance of Glory to Hong Kong as part of a concert series on "songs of protest".[138]

The Marching Band and Color Guard compete in the Western Band Association (WBA) circuit. The band practices a competitive field show, performed at football halftime shows and competitions. The Marching Dons are classified into WBA Class AAAAA. The Amador Valley Marching Dons have received sweepstakes and first place awards and earned fourth place in 2014 at the WBA Grand Championships.[139][140] The band and colorguard have been invited multiple times to perform at the annual London New Year's Day Parade[141] and Fiesta Bowl National Band Championship.[142][143]


A male student holds a small vehicle in a body of water. The vehicle is enclosed in a clear plastic tube and the machinery inside is clearly visible.
An Amador Valley Robotics Team student swims with the team's AUV during the RoboSub competition at the Transducer Evaluation Center (TRANSDEC) at Naval Base Point Loma.

The Amador Valley Robotics Team, founded in 1999, is the first and only high school team to compete in the RoboSub Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) competition hosted by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI).[144][145] Each year, with a minimal amount of outside technical assistance, the team develops an AUV to maneuver an underwater obstacle course.[146]

The team first entered the competition in 2000 with its Hammerhead AUV, weighing 98 kg (220 pounds).[147] They placed seventh in the field of twelve, as the "first high school team at the competition".[144][146] The following year, Amador Valley placed second to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with its Manta Ray AUV.[148] The Manta Ray weighed less than 100 kg (220 pounds) and featured a modular design.[149]

After its second-place finish, Amador Valley redesigned its submarine under the Barracuda line in 2002. The submarine was "propelled by two laterally mounted SeaBotix thrusters controlling speed and heading and two auxiliary thrusters aligned vertically controlling pitch and depth". To guide the AUV autonomously, a pressure sensor, compass, camera, and hydrophone array return navigation input data to the software. The AUV uses a Beagle Board single-board computer that runs Angstrom Linux.[150] In 2008, several fundamental changes were made to the Barracuda robot. The control system was reorganized and the mission control software was revamped to improve communication and to limit overhead. A low-level microcontroller-based control system was added to free up system resources. This extra processing capability was used for mission control and image processing tasks.[151]

Following the retirement of its 13-year-old Barracuda line, the team adopted a new line, Marlin. The hull and frame were expanded and an all-new electronics and pneumatics package was developed. To allow for easier testing of separate subsystems, the software was re-written to be more modular. The added maneuverability of eight new brushless thrusters and the processing power of a desktop computer motherboard gave the team overhead for developments and improvements.[152] In 2020, the team launched a new AUV, Nemo. The robot runs on a Mini-ITX motherboard with an Intel Core i7 processor, with control of the submarine handled through an Arduino. A GTX 1080 Ti GPU is connected for real-time neural network processing, to run computer vision tasks such as OpenCV underwater image enhancement. The internal electronics were re-organized to allow for easier access and service.[153] In 2021, the team placed 1st in sensor optimization and 6th in website as well as hull design out of 54 teams. The majority of the competing teams were prestigious universities and institutions such as Cornell University, University of California, Berkeley, Texas A&M University, and Washington State University. Their placings earned them $800 dollars in total.[154]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable Amador Valley alumni include former National Football League players Nate Boyer,[155] Mike Burke,[156] Chris Geile,[157] Rick Kane,[158] Greg Kragen,[159] Scott Peters,[160] and Joe Terry.[161] Other athletes that graduated from Amador include soccer player Jacob Akanyirige,[162] soccer player Jason Annicchero,[163] tennis player Matt Anger,[164] soccer player Kevin Crow,[165] soccer player Thomas Janjigian,[166] golfer Joel Kribel,[167] basketball player Kevin Laue,[168][169] baseball player Stephen Piscotty,[170] and hockey player Matt Tennyson.[171]

Several alumni are known as entertainers and actors, including filmmaker and actor Paul Korver, American-Canadian game show host Jim Perry, Broadway singer and actress Donna Theodore,[172] and Mighty Morphin Power Rangers actor David Yost. Musicians who attended Amador Valley include punk musician Craig Billmeier,[173] drummer Joe Plummer, and Jellyfish rock band duo Andy Sturmer and Roger Joseph Manning Jr..[174] Other notable alumni include United States Air Force commander Cary C. Chun, Health advocate for ethnic minorities Janet Liang,[175] journalist and community activist Abby Martin,[176] Alameda County district attorney Tom Orloff,[177] and shooting victim Kate Steinle.[178]



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