Arroyo Grande High School
|Arroyo Grande High School|
|495 Valley Road
Arroyo Grande, CA, San Luis Obispo County 93420
|School type||Public High School|
|Motto||"Home of the Eagles"|
|School district||Lucia Mar Unified School District|
|Principal||Mr. Conan Bowers|
|• Grade 9||567|
|• Grade 10||601|
|• Grade 11||539|
|• Grade 12||554|
|Average class size||27.3|
|Hours in school day||7|
|Campus type||Urban Fringe of a Mid-size City|
|School color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Fight song||"On Arroyo!"|
|Athletics||Varsity and junior varsity baseball, basketball, cheerleading, cross country, football, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, track and field, tennis, volleyball, water polo, and wrestling, color guard|
English-Language Arts (ELA): 89% Pass (2008)
|Average ACT scores (2006–07)||22|
|Communities served||Arroyo Grande, Avila Beach, Grover Beach, Pismo Beach, Oceano|
|Alumni||See Notable alumni|
|California Academic Performance Index Ranking|||
|Website||Official Web Site|
The majority of classrooms are arranged in rows, starting with the 100s wing at the front of the school, and the 800 wing at the back of the school. The athletic fields bisect the school. The eastern portion of the school contains the 900 wing, or "Orchard" as it is called due to its proximity to Orchard Avenue. The 100 wing is primarily school administration. The 200s and 300s are mostly for social sciences and humanities. The 400s and 500s are where most language courses are taught. 600s and 700s are where the technical and scientific courses are held. The 800 wing contains the Inquiry Center, school farm, and other industrial, technology, occupational skills courses and additional science classes. The 900s are home to mathematics, business, foreign language and arts courses.
The Inquiry Center is the school's library, which also accommodates a variety of electronic data acquisition tools, including remote access data retrieval, CD-ROM compact disks, and a multiple user computer network.
2005–2008 Renovation project
In 2004, local voters passed a school bond, Measure A-04. Its objective was "to repair, upgrade, equip and construct school facilities at Arroyo Grande High School, including the school library and restrooms, upgrade electrical wiring to accommodate technology, install energy efficient heating/ventilation systems, classrooms, cafeterias, plumbing, qualify for State matching funds, reduce overcrowding, by issuing $21,350,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, appoint a Citizens' Oversight Committee and perform annual audits to ensure that no bond money is wasted or used for administrator's salaries".
The Citizen's Oversight Committee oversaw the project. The first phase, in 2005, involved renovation of restrooms and drainage systems, and extensive renovation of the 500 wing of classrooms. In 2006, the other classroom wings on the Valley Road side of campus were renovated, and a new swimming pool was completed on the old tennis court site. The third phase included a new administration and student support center, and a new multi-purpose room with food services. The old administration building was demolished, with the administrative staff temporarily relocated to a building across from the library. The final phase involved new tennis courts, a food court, and a parking area located in a section of campus previously used by the maintenance department and some old classrooms that were removed. The construction was completed in September 2008.
Arroyo Grande High School offers a comprehensive high school curriculum in agriculture, business, English, fine arts, foreign language, health, home economics, industrial technology, mathematics, physical education, reading, science, social science, special education, speech and occupational skills.
Advanced Placement (AP)
- AP Art History
- AP Biology
- AP Calculus
- AP Chemistry
- AP European History
- AP Language and Composition
- AP Environmental Science
- AP Literature and Composition
- AP Microeconomics
- AP Macroeconomics
- AP Physics
- AP Psychology
- AP Spanish Language
- AP Statistics
- AP United States Government and Politics
- AP United States History
- Cross Country
- American football
- Track and field athletics
- Water Polo
- Jamie Martin, class of 1988 — National Football League player
- Thornton Lee, 1923 to 1925 — Major League Baseball player
- Stephanie Brown Trafton, class of 1998 — 2008 Olympic gold medalist in discus
- Zac Efron, class of 2006 — actor
- Aaron Metchik, class of 1998 — acting coach and actor (The Torkelsons)
- Harry Shum Jr., class of 2000 — actor (Glee)
- Pornographic Actors
- Gianni Reyes, class of 1987 -actor many adult films
- Jenaveve Jolie, class of 2002 — supporting actor in Pirates (2005 film)
- Business, Technology and Media
- Randall Pitchford, class of 1989 — video game creator (Duke Nukem 3D, Halo: Combat Evolved, Brothers in Arms (video game), Borderlands (video game))
- Richard Nielsen, class of 1974 — Author and Persephone Award Recipient; writer of Fourteen Lives The Man Who Could Heal, [permanent dead link]
- Chris Burkard, class of 2004 — Action Photographer and 2010 Overall Winner of Red Bull Illume Photo Contest
- "Ed-Data Website: School Profile, Fiscal Year: 2007–08". Education Data Partnership. 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "Classified Staff Report — School Level". California Department of Education, Educational Demographics Unit. 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "Number of Teachers in California Public Schools by School". California Department of Education, Educational Demographics Unit. 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "CAHSEE Results (ELA)". California Department of Education, Educational Demographics Unit. November 16, 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "CAHSEE Results (Math)". California Department of Education, Educational Demographics Unit. November 16, 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "Arroyo Grande High School — Arroyo Grande, California — CA — School overview". GreatSchools, Inc. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "2008 Growth API School Report — Arroyo Grande High School". Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "Ed-Data Website: School Profile, Fiscal Year: 2006–07 (API Base Scores)". Education Data Partnership. 2008. Retrieved April 18, 2009.
- "2004 School District Offices and Ballot Measures" (PDF). 2004. Retrieved December 30, 2006.[dead link]
- Pinkerton, Ryan (October 13, 2008). "Principal's Message". AGHS Eagle Communicant (newsletter). Arroyo Grande High School. Retrieved April 18, 2009.[dead link]
- "A.G. High grad stars in Fox's show 'Glee'". The Tribune (San Luis Obispo). February 5, 2011.