Cupertino High School
|Cupertino High School|
|10100 Finch Avenue
Cupertino, California 95014
|School district||Fremont Union High School District (FUHSD)|
|Color(s)||Cardinal, Gold, and Gray
|Athletics conference||Santa Clara Valley Athletic League
CIF Central Coast Section
|Mascot||Dusty the Pioneer|
|Newspaper||The Prospector |
Cupertino High School, colloquially referred to as "Tino", is a four-year comprehensive public high school located near the Rancho Rinconada and Fairgrove neighborhoods of Cupertino, California, USA. It is part of the Fremont Union High School District. The school serves mostly suburban residential and areas in eastern Cupertino, southern Santa Clara, and west San Jose.
Cupertino High School opened on September 15, 1958, with a school population of 700 9th and 10th graders and 30 staff members, with George Fernandez as principal. Kami Tomberlain is the current principal of Cupertino High, where the student population is currently 2,060.
At its inception, Cupertino High originally contained four classroom buildings, a school office, and a cafeteria. Other buildings weren't fully complete at the time of its opening, leaving vacant lots at the back of the school as well as its sides. New construction started in 2009 to accommodate the quickly growing student population. In the same year, the school built solar panels in the front staff parking lot in an effort to go green. In 2010, most of the athletic fields were demolished one by one and new ones were built by 2013: a rubber track and artificial turf American football field, as well as a baseball field and soccer/field hockey/softball field and a swimming pool. A new building containing a weight room, a team room, and a PE classroom was also created.
On January 3, 2014, the renovated school building opened to the public, connected to the original gym and theatre. It is made up of new bathrooms, a library, a new computer lab, a cafeteria, including a kitchen, and a student lounge, with seating available on two floors. A new main office and the guidance and counseling offices, as well as the career center are located in the south building. Connecting the two buildings is a glass bridge, mainly the library, but also including a media lab, computer lab, conference room, and a staff counseling office.
Cupertino High was named a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education in the years 1990, 1994, and 2007, and in 1996, was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award for public and private K–12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. In 2007, Cupertino High School was ranked 566th in the Newsweek Best High Schools rankings. In 2013, it was ranked 336th in the U.S. News Best High School rankings, 62nd in California.
Cupertino Actors Theatre
Cupertino High School contains a drama program, Cupertino Actors Theatre, that produces plays and musicals and provides educational theatre workshops for English classes and opportunities for performance and design for students considering a career in the performing arts.
Cupertino High's 2010 graduating senior class was awarded $100,000 by Dell for a SuperProm. For four years the class decided that, rather than fundraising for junior and senior prom, they would raise funds for the Nthimbiri Secondary School in Kenya, and pledged to collect $100,000, calling the project Kenya Dream. In early 2010, the senior class came across Dell's SuperProm contest and submitted a video to possibly win the contest and also increase awareness of Kenya Dream. The seniors competed against 200+ schools across the country and won with 32,145 votes.
- John Hencken – Olympic swimmer, medalling at the 1972 and 1976 Summer Olympics.
- Kurt Rambis – NBA basketball player and coach
- Judas Prada – college basketball coach
- Eva Lee - badminton competitor at the 2008 Summer Olympics
- Christopher Sullivan - professional soccer player, member of the U.S. national team
Entertainment, news media, and music
- Azadeh Moaveni – journalist and author
- Bryan "Brain" Mantia – musician, drums
- Peter Shin (1989) – film director
- Renée Montagne – host, Morning Edition, NPR
- Nina Garbiras – actress
- John Doolittle – Congressman from California's 4th congressional district
- Fred Keeley – Assemblyman, California's 27th State Assembly district
Notable staff and faculty
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- Prospector Online
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- "SuperProm Is Sweet Payback for Peninsula Do-Gooders". March 9, 2010. Retrieved September 25, 2011.