Castro Valley High School

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Castro Valley High School
Castro Valley, California
Coordinates 37°42′13.22″N 122°4′41.79″W / 37.7036722°N 122.0782750°W / 37.7036722; -122.0782750Coordinates: 37°42′13.22″N 122°4′41.79″W / 37.7036722°N 122.0782750°W / 37.7036722; -122.0782750
Type Public
Established 1956
School district Castro Valley Unified School District
Principal Blaine Torpey[1]
Number of students 2,975 (2012–2013)[1]
School color(s) Green and gold
Mascot Trojans
Newspaper The Olympian
Yearbook Palladium

Castro Valley High School is located in the unincorporated suburban community of Castro Valley, California, United States. It is a comprehensive public high school for grades 9 to 12. Named a National Exemplary School in 1984–85 and 1988–89, it was a California Distinguished School in 1987–88, 2000-01, and 2009.[2]

It is part of the Castro Valley Unified School District.[3]


As a comprehensive high school, Castro Valley High School provides a wide variety of course offerings, including advanced, honors, and Advanced Placement courses. Advanced, Honors, and AP courses include Advanced Algebra 2, Advanced Sophomore English, AP Calculus AB and BC, Honors American Literature, AP Statistics, AP English Literature, AP Computer Science, AP United States History, AP Economics, AP Biology, AP European History, Honors Chemistry, AP Studio Art, AP Chemistry, AP Art History, Honors Physics, Honors Chamber Orchestra, AP Environmental Science, Honors American Sign Language, AP Spanish, AP French, AP German, and AP Japanese.[4]

Castro Valley High is the only high school in the United States to offer Honors American Sign Language.

In 2008, CVHS opened a new, state-of-the-art library that includes computer labs, teaching spaces, study areas, periodicals and an updated book collection.

Students receive a variety of awards for their achievements, including Academic Blocks, Renaissance Program, California Scholarship Federation and Departmental Awards from individual faculty members. At graduation students are ranked for Honors (3.5 – 3.74), High Honors (3.75 – 3.99) and Highest Honors (4.0 and above).

During the 2013–14 school year 313 students took the SAT with a mean Critical Reading score of 533, a mean Math score of 568 and a mean Writing score of 529. During the 2013–14 school year, the ACT was taken by 166 students with a mean score of 25.3 on the composite.[5]

Visual arts and performing arts[edit]

Castro Valley High School offers an extensive array of visual art courses that allow students to explore interests, improve skills and learn about career options in arts-related fields. Current course offerings feature a variety of hands-on art experiences and include traditional and digital art options.

During the 2005–2006 school year, the Center for the Arts, a state-of-the-art facility that includes a theater, classrooms and an art gallery, was built on the eastern edge of the campus. The theater hosts productions from CVHS drama classes that showcase professional and amateur performances of music and theater.

CVHS also has a music department, offering vocal classes, orchestra, band and jazz band courses. The CVHS choirs are directed by Laryssa Sadoway. The A Cappella choirs and the Madrigals have placed in the Golden State Choral Festival (Northern California). In 2013, the A Cappella choir won fourth place. In 2014, the Madrigals won 4th place. In 2015, both A Cappella and Madrigals placed, with fifth and third respectively.

The bands and orchestras are under the direction of Steven Hendee.

The Olympian[edit]

The Olympian
Castro Valley High School
We are born to seek the truth
Olympian Banner.png
Type Monthly newspaper
Format Broadsheet
Founded 1958
Language English
Headquarters 19400 Santa Maria Avenue
Castro Valley, CA 94546
Free online archives

The Olympian is the student-run newspaper of Castro Valley High School, established in 1958.

The newspaper is distributed through mail to subscribers or through newsstands located around various halls on campus.

The Olympian publishes a total of 12 issues each school year, including two special colored issues. Each year also features a "Homecoming Issue," an "April Fools Issue," and the "Senior Issue." All issues feature news pages, opinion pages, feature pages, a sports page, and an A&E pager. The journalism class writes, edits, and proofs each issue along with its online articles by themselves with assistance from adviser, Matt Johanson.


This school was first established in 1956 as the Spartans. Therefore, the first issue of the paper created in 1958 was named The Spartan Scroll. Suggestions for a permanent name were requested from the student body, and The Achean was chosen as the official name for the paper. Achean is Latin for "Greece", and it refers to the people of Greece, similar to how the paper represents the students at Castro Valley High School.

After the mascot of CVHS changed, the title of the newspaper changed along with it. Around the late 1970s, the paper adapted the name of The Olympian.

In the 1950s, the paper was produced as an extracurricular called the Press Club. Eventually, the duty was shifted to students enrolled in the journalism class, and in recent years, the class has been offered as a zero period that starts at 7:05 am.


School year Awarded to Association
2015–2016 "A shadow will no longer be the place I hide"[6] Journalism Education Association of Northern California
"Let's do the bro shake with everyone"[7] Journalism Education Association of Northern California
"Anatomy test stolen, students suspended"[8] Journalism Education Association of Northern California
"Attack reported on social media"[9] Journalism Education Association of Northern California
"Trojan's turf raises health concerns for athletes"[10] Journalism Education Association of Northern California
"Sports suffers, cuts coming"[11] Journalism Education Association of Northern California,
California Newspaper Publishers Association
Photo: Soccer Game Journalism Education Association of Northern California
Photo: School Blackout Journalism Education Association of Northern California
"What's cool in our school?" California Teachers Association Journalism Contest
Editorial Cartoon: UC tuition hikes Quill and Scroll Writing and Photo Contest
"Dying with dignity is your choice"[12] California Newspaper Publishers Association
General Newspaper Excellence California Newspaper Publishers Association


Student enrollment in the 2014–2015 school year was approximately 2,980 students. Their ethnic makeup was:

  • 31% Caucasian
  • 27% Asian
  • 23% Hispanic/Latino
  • 8% African American
  • 9.7% Two or more races
  • 1% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • .3% American Indian or Alaska Native[5]

Sister schools[edit]

専修大学北上高等学校 Kitakami, Iwate Prefecture, Japan Japan, Castro Valley High's Japanese Language program has partnered with 専修大学北上高等学校 to be sister schools and also send students from Castro Valley High to Japan for cultural exchange programs allowing students to be with a host family and explore Japan.

Notable alumni[edit]


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