Del Oro High School

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Del Oro High School
Del Oro High School, Loomis, California.jpg
3301 Taylor Road, Loomis, California 95650

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Coordinates38°49′52″N 121°11′04″W / 38.83119°N 121.18434°W / 38.83119; -121.18434Coordinates: 38°49′52″N 121°11′04″W / 38.83119°N 121.18434°W / 38.83119; -121.18434
School typeSecondary
MottoWear the black, Be the gold
School districtPlacer Union High School District
PrincipalDan Gayaldo
Enrollment1,746 (2016-17)[1]
School colour(s)Black and Gold
SloganAnyone. Anywhere. Anytime.
Fight songDel Oro Fight Song (based on the WSU Fight Song)
AthleticsCIF Sac-Joaquin Section
Athletics conferenceSierra Foothill League
MascotGolden eagle
Team nameGolden Eagles
RivalPlacer High School
Rocklin High School
Granite Bay High School
Folsom High School
PublicationDel Oro TV

Del Oro High School is located in Loomis, California, and is a part of the Placer Union High School District. Del Oro High School opened for instruction of freshmen and sophomores on September 28, 1959, one week after Colfax opened. It was founded in 1958 and currently has over 1600 students attending.

The dropout rate is 1%,[2] which is below the California state average. Many of Del Oro's teachers are return students. The school has a decades long rivalry with neighboring Placer High School in nearby Auburn, as well as more recent rivalries with Granite Bay High School and Rocklin High School.


Del Oro's Division I ranked athletes compete in football, basketball, tennis, baseball, cross country, water polo, swim and dive, softball, track, soccer, and wrestling.

Student Government and Service[edit]


Del Oro High School has an outstanding Leadership program that is responsible for upholding and continuing the years of tradition that make up Del Oro High School and the surrounding community. It is available for students each term 1st and 3rd block. To get into the class as a commissioner, a student must apply and be accepted by class or ASB officers. To be a class officer, a student must be elected by his or her class in the elections held each spring. To be an ASB officer, a student must be elected by the entire school.

The Leadership Program is the most well established Del Oro High School organization within the rural Loomis community. The outreach of the program extends far beyond the school, recognized often for substantial dedication and accomplishments in local publications. It is currently headed up by Del Oro High School activities director and water polo/swim coach, Stephanie Fee, a Del Oro graduate of her own.


Del Oro High School's WINGS (standing for With Integrity aNd Guiding Support) program is a group of students responsible for mentoring and guiding the freshmen class each year.

Performing arts[edit]

Del Oro's performing arts hold a strong role in the small Loomis community. The performing arts department at Del Oro currently consist of an instrumental program, choral program, theatrical program, and dance program.

Instrumental music[edit]

The oldest and most rooted in Del Oro tradition is the "band program," currently directed by Ben Duncan. The program consists of five ensembles: marching band (fall only), concert band (spring only), jazz band (spring only), winter percussion (spring only), and winter guard (spring only). None of the ensembles run year-round, so it is very common that students participate in marching band in the fall and up to three of the other choices in the spring (in rare cases, a student may be able to participate in all ensembles).

The band program holds long standing traditions in the Loomis community as the host of the Del Oro Golden Eagle Spectacular (an annual marching band competition for schools in Northern California and sometimes neighboring states) and more recently its hosting of the Del Oro Golden Eagle Winter Spectacular (an annual competition for winter percussion and winter guard ensembles). The band program also hosts an annual local crab feed and performs an annual "light show" at the homecoming game where the stadium lights are turned off and the students perform wearing lights on their bodies with the marching percussion lighting up on contact.

Choral music[edit]

Del Oro has two choral ensembles: beginning choir and advanced choir. Both are directed by Lisa Murgo (preceded by Marlene Astle). Del Oro is known within the statewide choir community for producing significant numbers of honor choir participants both on the regional and state levels.


Though relatively new (the full program began in 2005), the theatre department has quickly become a staple in the Loomis community. The program's debut production was the American classic "You Can't Take it With You," written by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart and directed by Jeffrey Johnson, co-founder of Del Oro's theatrical program. It opened in late-2004, prior to the completion of the new theatre facility and was performed on the campus cafeteria stage.

The school received 10 Elly Award nominations, with one win, from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance for the performances of "The Foreigner" and "Noises Off" during the 2006-2007 school year.


The newest program started and was founded by a student named LaTasha Holland in 2006.

Fight song[edit]

The "Del Oro Fight Song" is an adaptation of the Washington State University Fight Song; in fact, the marching band plays exactly the same sheet music. The difference between the two fight songs are the lyrics.

The Del Oro marching band of 1999 plays the fight song (no voices)

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Del Oro High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 4, 2019.
  2. ^ "Del Oro High School". Retrieved 2008-12-10.