Arvin High School

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Arvin High School
Arvin High Logo.jpg
Bear Country
900 Varsity Road
Arvin, California, (Kern County) 93203
United States
Coordinates 37°56′04″N 118°50′10″W / 37.934415°N 118.836209°W / 37.934415; -118.836209Coordinates: 37°56′04″N 118°50′10″W / 37.934415°N 118.836209°W / 37.934415; -118.836209
Type Public
Established 1949
School district Kern High School District
Principal Carlos Sardo[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,458
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and White         
Athletics Baseball
Cross Country
Track and Field
Athletics conference South Sequoia League
Central Section
Division 4
Mascot Bears
Newspaper Bear Facts
Yearbook Praeterita
Arvin High School
Arvin High Court Yard

Arvin High School is located in Arvin, Kern County, California, USA and is part of the Kern High School District.

Arvin High School was established in 1949, and is located in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley. Arvin High serves approximately 2,458 students in grades 9-12. The School is composed of three agriculturally based communities: Arvin, Lamont and Weedpatch. The nearest colleges are: California State University, Bakersfield, located 18 miles from the high school and Bakersfield Community College located 17 miles away.

Arvin High School has 115 classroom teachers, two directors, two program coordinators, five administrators, six counselors and 115 support personnel. The school is one of eighteen comprehensive, four-year high schools in the Kern High School District.

The school principal is Carlos Sardo; the assistant principal of instruction is Ed Watts; the assistant principal of administration is Robert Moore; the dean of students is Mary Alice Finn; the dean of instruction is Michael Akey.


AHS switched to the A/B block schedule during the 2006-2007 year in which students attend periods 1, 3, and 5 on one day (red) and then 2, 4, and 6 on the next day (white) Monday through Friday. The A/B block schedule has added nearly 6,500 instructional minutes per year to the regular instructional calendar by decreasing passing periods and without adding more or longer days. Each class period is 120 minutes in duration; instruction and leadership is centered on meeting the needs of the individual student and place greater emphasis an test scores, it's founded on professional collaboration.[2]


Arvin High School was opened in 1949. Many of the original students came to the Arvin, California area during the Dust Bowl era as depicted in the book The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

The first Arvin High graduating class was in 1952.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Arvin High School achieved California Distinguished School status in 1994.

Since 2009, Arvin High has been named overall winner of the 20th Congressional District "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.[3]

In 2011 Arvin High School's manufacturing program was honored as "program of the year" for the state of California.[4]

For the 2012-2013 school year, Arvin High School's "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" participated in the national competition; winning the 'Best Western States Team.' [5]

The Winter Guard program won the PPAACC "AAA" Championships in 2012 and the SJVCGPR "A Bronze" Championships in 2013. "Winter guard"

Alma mater[edit]

To thy honor, to thy fame
Alma Mater fair,
We stand and with united hearts,
To thee we send our prayers.
That the Red and White shall be
Now and for Eternity,
The flag of Right and Purity
Of Arvin High, our ARVIN HIGH!!!!


AHS is a member of the South Sequoia League of the CIF Central Section.

Frank Barle Stadium[edit]

In 1980 the stadium was named after 31 year retired AHS Athletic Director Frank John Barle by the Kern High School District. This was the first time that a stadium, field, or building was named after a living recipient. Mr. Barle was also a member of the 1934 and 1935 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers college football national championship teams.


1967 SSL Champs Valley Finalists

1971 SSL Champs Valley Finalists

1974 EYL Champs First Yosemite Division Championship (Large School) in school history

1975 Yosemite Division semi finalists. Lost to eventual champion Edison 27-21. The only points Edison allowed in the playoffs.

1976 EYL Champs Defeated #1 Valley ranked West High 15-6 in pre-season.

1979 EYL Champs

1987 SYL runner up. Defeated Bakersfield High 27-18 in the final game. Bakersfield's last loss before a 39-game win streak.

1990 - Arvin High captured the South Sequoia League title and defeated Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial 21-7 to win the Central Section CIF Sequoia Division Valley Championship.[6]

1991- Undefeated SSL champs. Made it to Valley semi-final

2006 - Arvin High won the South Sequoia League title.[7]


1972 SSL Champs Valley runner ups.

1983 SYL champs. Yosemite Semi Finalists

1992 SSL champs. First SSL team to go undefeated 15-0 in league.

1993 SYL champs. Yosemite Semi Finalists lost to National Champion Bullard 6-3.

1994 Yosemite Division finalists. Beat #1 team in the state Clovis West in the semi finals. Lost to Hanford 6-5 in the finals.

1995 SWYL Champs


2011 The Arvin High School boys tennis team defeated Corcoran High School 5-4 to win their first Central Section CIF Sequoia Division Valley Championship.[8]

Arvin High Gym


2005 The AHS volleyball squad went 9-1 in league play to capture a share of the South Sequoia League title.[9]


2009 Arvin girls basketball team won their second South Sequoia League title in three years.[10]

2007 - Arvin High girls basketball squad captured the South Sequoia League title.[11] 1976 Undefeated EYL Champs Lost in Valley D-1 Final 4 44-39 to BHS

1971 SSL Champs Defeated Bullard 61-50 at Bullard to make D-1 final 4

1970 SSL champs

1968 SSL champs

1967 SSL Champs


2004 and 2005 - Arvin High won the South Sequoia League wrestling title in Raymond Menchaca first year as head coach.

1987-88 Arvin High School defeated Bakersfield High school to win the South Yosemite League title.


2007 - The Arvin High boys soccer team went 7-1 in league play to capture the South Sequoia League title. [2]

Performing arts[edit]

AHS Jack O Schulze Auditorium

Crimson Bear Brigade[edit]

The school band became known as the Arvin High Crimson Bear Brigade in 1979.[12] The Crimson Bear Brigade performed at the opening ceremonies for the baseball portion of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California[citation needed].

The Crimson Bear Brigade was under the direction of Mr. Kevin J Brady who was there from 2012-2013. The Crimson Bear Brigade also features the current undefeated AAA Championship Winterguard under the direction of Mr. Eric Alvarez and award winning Winter Percussion under the direction of Mr. Gus Villegas.

The Crimson Bear Brigade won numerous awards for the 2012 marching season, including 1st Place AA Marching Band at the Stockdale Band Spectacular, 2nd in Percussion, and 1st in Colorguard.

The Winterguard program received the title of Champions for the 2013 season at the SJVCGPR for A Class Bronze on Saturday April 7, 2013. They won the Bronze for PPAACC 2013 AA.

The Brigade is now under the direction of Mr. Emmanuel Gonzalez, an alumnus, who graduated from CSUB in 2013.

Student body[edit]

Enrollment as of 2011: 2458 [1]

Notable alumni[edit]

Shannon Grove - California Republican Assemblywoman for the 32 district. [3][4]


Scenes from the movie Cavegirl (1985) were shot on the Arvin High School campus.[13]

Below Arvin High School is a large Cold War bomb shelter constructed in the early 1950s.[citation needed] At the time it was the largest bomb shelter in California equipped with an operating room, 60-bed hospital and a shooting range. The shelter extends under each of the many wings of the school, gymnasium, and auditorium. Former mechanical drawing teacher Audie Watts was the Civil Defense Coordinator for the area and was in charge of the shelter.


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