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Chico High School
901 The Esplanade

TypePublic high school
PresidentRoger Williams
PrincipalDoug Williams
Teaching staff79.04 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,811 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.91[1]
Colour(s)Scarlet, Gold
RivalPleasant Valley Vikings
The first Chico High School on West First Street at the present site of the Meriam Library; photo from Meriam Library Special Collections

Chico High School is a four-year comprehensive public high school located in Chico, California, United States. It currently has 2,083 students.[2]

Founded in 1902, it predominately serves as the senior school for graduates of Chico Junior High School.[2]

In 1996, Chico High School became a California Distinguished School recognized by the California Department of Education.[2] In 1998 and 1999, it was given the National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, in 2001 it received the National Service-Learning Leader School, and in 2002–2005 it received National Smaller Learning Communities School award.[2]

In 2008, for the first time, Chico High ended off-campus lunch privileges for freshman students.[3]

Chico High School on The Esplanade ca. 1925

Since 1967, the school has competed with cross-town rival Pleasant Valley High School at the annual Almond Bowl in junior varsity and varsity football. The game was unnamed in the schools' first three meetings, but local businessmen led by KPAY-AM radio executive Frank Mertz named the contest the "Almond Bowl" before the 1970 clash, when the schools were members of the newly formed Eastern Athletic League.[4] The freshman game is unofficially referred to as the Peanut Bowl; Chico Junior High School played Bidwell Junior High School from the time of Bidwell's establishment in 1958 until 1992, after which freshmen were incorporated into the high schools.[5]

The school's graduation ceremony, held at California State University the evening of June 4, 1987, was featured on America's Funniest Home Videos due to the fact that the university's stadium sprinkler system began spraying water on the graduates unexpectedly. Principal Roger Williams scrambled to place a garbage barrel over one sprinkler head before it inundated the podium.

The school now hosts its graduation ceremony at its newly-built Chico High School stadium.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Chico High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 17, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "Chico Senior High School - Home Page". Chico High School. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  3. ^ "Freshmen have the lunchtime blues". Chico News & Review. May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  4. ^ "Dave Davies column: Looking for memories of Almond Bowl". Chico Enterprise-Record. September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  5. ^ WEINTRAUB-Sports, IRA (October 16, 2005). "Rodgers returns to watch Almond Bowl". Chico Enterprise-Record. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  6. ^ "Haley Cope Bio - The University of California Official Athletic Site". University of California Golden Bears Athletics. Retrieved 2019-06-24.
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