Coachella Valley High School

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Coachella Valley
High School
83-800 Airport Blvd,
Thermal, California 92236
Type Public
Established 1910
Principal Victor Uribe [1]
Enrollment 2900
Information (760) 399-5183
Mascot Mighty Arab

Coachella Valley High School is a public high school for grades 9-12. It is located in Thermal, California. The District includes grade and middle school sites to accommodate a fast-growing population of the area. The population is 90% Hispanic (excluding those from seasonal migrant laborers), and consists mainly of residents from Coachella. Many students also come from areas such as Indio and Thermal.


The high school was opened in September 1910 after 10 acres (40,000 m2) of desert brush land was donated. Coachella Valley High School is the oldest public school in the Coachella Valley. It was incorporated into the Coachella Valley Unified School District in 1966 to include a high school instead of only elementary schools in nearby Coachella. A second high school, Desert Mirage High School opened in 2003 to ease overcrowding which peaked at 2,500 in the early 2000s.

The school's location was decided on because it was the central point of the Coachella Valley. In 2002, social studies teacher Chauncey Veatch was honored as National Teacher of the Year.[2]

Arab mascot controversy[edit]

The school mascot, "Arabs", was named in the 1930s to honor the once large Arab colony involved in the date palm growing industry. The school took the position that the name was a "gift" to the Arab peoples for their contribution to the economy of the Coachella Valley, not as a foreign racial symbol.

In 2002, Coachella Valley High School officials had a meeting to determine whether to rename the mascot out of concern it might produce negative stereotypes against Arabs and Middle Eastern people, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.[citation needed] They decided to keep the mascot name.

In November 2013, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee described the mascot as an offensive stereotype, and began an online petition to get the school to change it.[3]

In April 2014 the committee was working to keep the Arab Mascot, but to develop an image that represented the fierce warrior history of the mascot, in a way that is not considered an offensive stereotypical caricature. In addition, the students and staff were working to add in an Arab History component.

In August 2014, it was reported that the school had decided to drop the "Arabs" mascot.[4][5]

On September 09, 2014, the school board voted unanimously to adopt new logo and mascot, the "Mighty Arab". The decision was done with approval from a non-discrimination group[which?].[6]

Clubs and Groups[edit]

  • "Arab Marching Band"
  • "Arab School Alumni Association"
  • ASB
  • Environmental Club
  • Health Academy
  • Hospitality Academy
  • Public Service Academy
  • Breakfast Club
  • Principals Advisory Council
  • Rugby
  • Chemistry
  • Physics Club
  • Daisy Chain
  • Ophelia
  • Interact
  • AVID
  • Renaissance
  • Scholar's Club
  • Spanish Club
  • K2L(Key 2 Life) Bible Club
  • Future Teachers of American Club
  • Public Service Academy
  • Future Farmers of America Club
  • Young Life
  • H.O.S.A(Heath occupation students of America)
  • Circle Theater Drama Club
  • Powder Puff
  • Art Club
  • Anime Club
  • Dance Club
  • National Honors Society
  • Chorus Club
  • Boy's Varsity Club
  • Girl's Varsity Club
  • Girl Power
  • Link Crew
  • CVHS Marching Arabs Auxiliary - Drill Team/ Colorguard
  • Gay Straight Alliance (GSA)

Former Clubs and Groups[edit]

  • Catch The Dream Program
  • Teenage Pregnancy Alliance
  • Choose Life Club(1984-1999)
  • MEChA
  • Gavel Club
  • Outdoorsman Club
  • Future Business Leaders of American Club
  • Los Arabes Mariachi Club
  • Xochipilli Folkloric Dance Club
  • Valley's Promise
  • California's Cadet Corps
  • Film Club
  • Future Day Laborers of America
  • Save The World Club


Coachella Valley High School is in the Desert Valley League which includes Cathedral City, Coachella Valley, Indio, La Quinta, Palm Desert and Palm Springs. Out of conference opponents sometimes include Desert Hot Springs and Desert Mirage High School near Mecca, California. Coachella Valley High School's main athletic competition (rival) is Indio High School.

  • Cheerleading (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Football (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Volleyball (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Boys Cross Country (Varsity/Jr. Varsity)
  • Girls Cross Country (Varsity/Jr. Varsity)
  • Boys Soccer (Varsity/Jr. Varsity)
  • Girls Soccer (Varsity/ Jr. Varsity)
  • Wrestling (Varsity/ Jr. Varsity)
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)
  • Baseball (Varsity, Jr. Varsity, & Freshman)

Notable alumni[edit]


External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°38′41″N 116°12′03″W / 33.6447°N 116.2008°W / 33.6447; -116.2008