Chico Senior High School
|Chico High School|
901 The Esplanade
|Type||Public high school|
|Rival||Pleasant Valley Vikings|
In 1996, Chico High School became a California Distinguished School recognized by the California Department of Education. 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.
In 2008, for the first time, Chico High ended off-campus lunch privileges for freshman students.
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. 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.
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.
- Gentry Stein, Yoyo World Champion and professional yoyoer sponsored by YoyoFactory
- Emily Azevedo, Olympic bobsledder (Vancouver 2010), Class of 2001
- Nelson Briles, former Major League Baseball player with the St. Louis Cardinals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles, Class of 1961
- Eddie Butts, former National Football League player with the Chicago Cardinals, Class of 1922
- Gerry Conlee, former National Football League player with the Cleveland Rams, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers
- Clayton Dalrymple, former Major League Baseball player with the Philadelphia Phillies, Class of 1954
- Amanda Detmer, television and film actress, Class of 1989
- Brian Keyser, former Major League Baseball player with the Chicago White Sox, Class of 1985
- Matt Lucena, 1995 U.S. Open Tennis Mixed Doubles champion with Meredith McGrath, and NCAA men's tennis doubles champion at the University of California in 1990 with Doug Eisenman and with Bent-Ove Pedersen in 1991, Class of 1988
- George Maderos, former National Football League player with the San Francisco 49ers, Class of 1951
- Vance McHenry, former professional baseball player with the Seattle Mariners
- Jake McLaughlin, actor, Quantico (2015-), Believe (2014)
- Brett Ratliff, National Football League player with the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns, Class of 2003
- Jason Ross, seven-time Emmy Award-winning comedic writer formerly of The Daily Show; currently with The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
- Roque Santos, Olympic swimmer (Barcelona 1992), Class of 1986
- Donovan Scott, television and film actor, Class of 1966
- Mike Sherrard, former National Football League player with the Dallas Cowboys, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants and Denver Broncos, Class of 1981
- Bill Striegel, former National Football League player with the Philadelphia Eagles, Boston Patriots and Oakland Raiders
- "Chico High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
- "Chico Senior High School - Home Page". Chico High School. 2007. Retrieved 2007-11-08.
- "Freshmen have the lunchtime blues". Chico News & Review. May 15, 2008. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- "Dave Davies column: Looking for memories of Almond Bowl". Chico Enterprise-Record. September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- WEINTRAUB-Sports, IRA (October 16, 2005). "Rodgers returns to watch Almond Bowl". Chico Enterprise-Record. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
- Chico Senior High School– official website
- Chico Unified School District– official website
- Index of Chico High School Yearbooks