Arcata High School

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Arcata High School
1720 M Street
Arcata, California 95521
United States
Coordinates 40°52′36″N 124°5′21″W / 40.87667°N 124.08917°W / 40.87667; -124.08917Coordinates: 40°52′36″N 124°5′21″W / 40.87667°N 124.08917°W / 40.87667; -124.08917
School type Public high school
School district Northern Humboldt Union High School District
Principal Dave Navarre
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 826 (2012-2013)
Color(s) Black and Orange         
Nickname Tigers
Rival Mckinleyville High School

Arcata High School is the primary public high school in Arcata, serving students in grades 9 through 12. It is located in Arcata, California and is part of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District.


Arcata High School was the first high school in Humboldt County, established in the late 19th century. In August 1894, an election was held involving the elementary school districts of Janes, Bayside, and Jacoby. The vote resulted in favor of founding a new high school. It was determined that the high school should be placed in Arcata, and named Arcata Union High School.

In 1903, in order to support the growth of the high school, a 6,000 dollar bond passed. This bond was used to construct the first school building on 16th and G streets, in Arcata. In 1912 enrollment reached 100 students. New buildings opened in 1920, 1924, and 1943. In 1944, enrollment had reached 500 students and 21 teachers were employed. In 1947, construction began on a new classroom wing and gymnasium. In 1952, the schools metal shop building, and science wing, began construction. In 1956, construction began on the wood shop building.

In 1994, Arcata High School had an enrollment of 940 students, 53 certified staff, and 24 classified support staff.[1]


The total student population as of 2012 - 2013 was 826, with 49% male and 51% female.[2] As of 2010, the school had an ethnic makeup of 93.6% Caucasian, 2.5% Latino, 13.9% Native American, 3.0% Asian-American, 1.6% African-American, 1.0% Pacific Islander, and 0.8% Filipino. 29% of the students are socioeconomically disadvantaged, 1.0% are English learners, and 13.5% have disabilities.[3]


Arcata High School has an Advanced Placement program for those who wish to obtain college credit and take more advanced classes. Students at Arcata High School are also given the opportunity to earn college credit by takin[4]g classes at the nearby Humboldt State University.

The high school contains on campus both a charter school, Six Rivers Charter High School, and a continuation school, Pacific Coast High.

All the teachers at Arcata High School have a full teaching credential. 59% of students pass the English-language portion of the California High School Exit Exam and 56% pass the mathematics section. As of 2012, the school had an API rating of 815.[5]


Arcata High School has a number of special programs through the Arcata Arts Institute, which helps students with a particular interest in the arts (music, dance, drama, etc.) to pursue their interests. In addition to the Arcata Arts Institute, Arcata High School has a Concert Choir, Madrigal Choir,[6] Jazz Band, and the ArMack Orchestra.

As part of the Northern Humboldt Union High School District, Arcata High School is closely affiliated with the only other public high school in the district, McKinleyville High School. Groups such as the orchestra and the jazz band, as well as some drama productions, combine students from both schools.


Arcata High School is part of the Humboldt-Del Norte League of the CIF North Coast Section (NCS). The school fields a varsity team for every sport NCS offers.


Arcata High School has various student-managed clubs, which are supervised by the faculty. These include a wide variety of foreign language clubs including French, German, and Spanish. The school has a thriving maker culture, shown by the Maker Club, Girls Who Code, and Entrepreneurs' Club. Many clubs are dedicated to social change such as the Gay-Straight Alliance, Interact Club, [7]The Girl Effect, Green Club, and Peace on Earth Movement. Arcata High School also has clubs relating to art, such as Art Club and Drama Club[8].

Arcata High School publishes its own newspaper written by the Pepper Box Club[9].

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Mike, Thomson (22 August 1994). "Members Resolution No. 1377". California Legislative Assembly: 1. 
  2. ^ "Arcata High School Overview". US News. US News. Retrieved 8 January 2016. 
  3. ^ Arcata High School, Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation, 2012-2013
  4. ^ "About". arcata high school interact club. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  5. ^ EESARC 2010-2011 Executive Summary School Accountability Report Card, 2010–11 For Arcata High, School Accountability Report Card, 2010-2011
  6. ^ "Arcata High School Madrigal Choir stranded in Italy as volcanic ash clouds airways". 2015-07-23. Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  7. ^ "About". arcata high school interact club. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  8. ^ "Arcata Arts Institute". Arcata Arts Institute. Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  9. ^ "The Pepperbox | Arcata High School Newspaper". Retrieved 2017-07-13. 
  10. ^ Taylor, James Allen, MOH Citation, 2013
  11. ^ Christa Johnson, LPGA Tour
  12. ^ Geoffrey Owens Talks About Growing Up, The Cosby Show, and Life Now
  13. ^ "Dane Iorg". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  14. ^ "Garth Iorg". Retrieved 3 February 2017. 
  15. ^ "Chris Butterfield |". Retrieved 2017-06-01. 

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