College Park High School (Pleasant Hill, California)

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College Park High School
201 Viking Drive
Pleasant Hill, California 94523-1809
United States
Coordinates 37°57′54″N 122°04′15″W / 37.96500°N 122.07083°W / 37.96500; -122.07083[1]Coordinates: 37°57′54″N 122°04′15″W / 37.96500°N 122.07083°W / 37.96500; -122.07083[1]
School type Public high school
Founded 1960
Superintendent Nellie Meyer
Principal Joe Alvarez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,054[2] (2014-15)
Language English
Area Pleasant Hill, California
Color(s) Purple and white         
Mascot Falcons

College Park High School is a public high school located in Pleasant Hill, California, United States, adjacent to Valley View Middle School and Diablo Valley College. It is part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD). CPHS was honored as a 2013 California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education.[3] It received the same status in 2012.[4]


College Park High School was founded in 1960 to alleviate population pressure from nearby Pleasant Hill High. The new institution chose the falcon for its mascot. The school had been constructed on land adjacent to Diablo Valley College, leading to the name College Park. A fierce rivalry developed between College Park and Pleasant Hill High until the latter closed. This rivalry would later be transferred to both Alhambra and Northgate High Schools. [5]


  • In June 2004, members of the student body were found to have created a website that contained stolen test answers and student-posted homework answers. Much of the junior class was found to have knowledge of the site, which had existed nearly all year long. Two students as well as a teacher went on to appear on the Dr. Phil show as a result of the incident, gaining College Park national attention for the scandal.[6][7]
  • CPHS also gained national media attention in January 2005 when United States Army recruiters turned the school's quad into a lunchtime shooting range. The event was approved by the school's principal, but, after much criticism, he claimed he had envisioned a different type of event than what took place.[8]



2014-2015 [9]

White Hispanic or Latino Asian Multiple/no response Filipino African American American Indian or Alaskan Native Pacific Islander
1195 458 200 142 103 74 15 13 Total enrollment: 2020
59.6% 22.9% 10% 7% 5.1% 3.7% 0.7% 0.6%

Teaching staff[edit]

2014-2015 [9]

Year Doctorate % doctorate Masters % masters Bachelors % bachelors Total Avg. years of teaching Avg. years in district
14-15 6 7.2% 43 51.8% 34 41% 83 Males: 12.7, females: 12.0 Males: 10.9, females: 11.2
13-14 4 4.5% 43 48.8% 41 46.5% 88 Males: 12.9, females: 13.3 Males: 11.1, females: 11.4

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT scores [9]

Year Grade 12 enrollment Number tested Percent tested Critical reading average Math average Writing average
2012-13 458 235 51.31 548 574 536
2011-12 453 232 51.21 541 564 531

ACT scores [9]

Year Number of 12th graders tested English average Math average Reading average Science average Composite average
2012-13 115 25.6 27.5 26.3 25.6 26.4
2011-12 102 24.5 26.6 25.5 24.7 25.4

Student groups[edit]


College Park has numerous clubs and activities.[10]

Visual and performing arts[edit]

Instrumental music[edit]

The Instrumental Music Program consists of eight ensembles: Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Jazz Band, and Jazz Ensemble.

Vocal music[edit]

The choir programs consists of five ensembles: Bass Clef Choir, Treble Choir, Women's Ensemble, Varsity Choir, and Concert Choir.


The drama department presents three productions throughout the year, including a biennial musical.


Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ United States Geological Survey (19 January 1981). "GNIS Detail -College Park High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  2. ^ California Department of Education. "Enrollment by Grade for 2016-2017". DataQuest. Retrieved 15 May 2015.
  3. ^ "2013 Distinguished Middle and High Schools". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  4. ^ Contra Costa County Office of Education. "California Distinguished Schools in Contra Costa County". Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  5. ^ Nilsen, Adam P. (2007). Images of America: Pleasant Hill. San Francisco, CA: Arcadia Publishing. ISBN 978-0-7385-5565-2.
  6. ^ "Dr.". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  7. ^ "Public Affairs - Clips". Retrieved 20 November 2015.
  8. ^ Burrell, Jackie (January 27, 2005), "U.S. Army recruiters cause uproar at College Park High", Contra Costa Times
  9. ^ a b c d "College Park High School WASC Self-Study Report". 31 March 2015.
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