Argonaut High School

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Argonaut High School
Jackson, California, Amador County 95642
United States
Coordinates 38°21′25″N 120°47′30″W / 38.35694°N 120.79167°W / 38.35694; -120.79167[1]Coordinates: 38°21′25″N 120°47′30″W / 38.35694°N 120.79167°W / 38.35694; -120.79167[1]
School type Public
School district Amador County Unified School District
School number (209) 257-7700
Principal Kelly Hunkins
Grades 9–12
Fight song "Argonaut Fight Song"
Athletics conference Mother Lode League
Mascot Mustangs
Rival Amador High School

Argonaut High School is located in Jackson, California and is one of two high schools in Amador County, the other being Amador High School. It is a public school with about 700 students in grades 9–12. Previously known as Jackson High School since its opening, it merged with Ione High School in 1984 to become Argonaut High School, named after the Argonaut Mine just .5 miles off campus.


Argonaut High received the coveted California Distinguished School award.[2]


As of June 25, 2015, Kelly Hunkins, the former principal of Pine Grove Elementary, replaced Dave Vicari as principal of Argonaut High School. Vicari had been the principal of Argonaut for years, but is now in his new position as Personnel Director for the Amador County Unified School District.[3]


Argonaut High School is home of the Mustangs, and they participate in the Mother Lode League. They are well known for their exceptional football program under Head Coach Rick Davis from 2001 to 2013. They had won five Mother Lode League Championships (03,08,10,11,12) and were the CIF Sac-Joaquin Section-Division 4 Champions in 2004. They share a heated rivalry with the Amador High School Buffaloes. Argonaut and Amador play in a football game for the "Rotary Bell" called the "Big Game,"[4] an event that the county continues to come watch since its inception over 50 years ago.


The Argonaut High School band has performed in many local events, such as parades and fundraisers, and in school activities including rallies and football games. Jeremy White had been the band's director for 2 years, building the band program up to 45 enrolled students. The Argonaut band visits and plays at Disneyland every two years, as well as at the Forum Music Festival in the Bay Area. White had resigned for the 2014-2015 school year,[5] with UOP-graduate Heather Walkover taking his place. The Argonaut band performs in winter and spring concerts at Argonaut, as well as a concert located at Amador High School, formally called the "Amador Music Festival" or informally as "Mega Band," where Argonaut combines with other school bands in the county.


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