Edison High School (Fresno, California)

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Edison High School
540 E. California Avenue
Fresno, CA 93706
Type Public high school, Magnet School
Motto One Tiger, Many Stripes[3]
Established c. 1906
School district Fresno Unified School District
Principal Lindsay Sanders[1]
Faculty 90.6 (on FTE basis)[2]
Grades 9 - 12
Enrollment 2,326 (as of 2009-2010)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 25.7[2]
Color(s) Black and Gold          
Athletics conference County/Metro Athletic Conference
Team name Tigers
Information 559-457-2650 (Phone) 559-457-2742 (Fax)

Edison High School is located in Fresno, California, United States, as part of the Fresno Unified School District. It is a public high school located next to Computech Middle School.

Founded c. 1906, the school was first named Edison Technical High School until a major renovation in the 1960s, when the name became the current Edison High School. In 1982-1983, Irwin Junior High School, located adjacent Edison High School was finally integrated by 1985, forming a larger campus; Edison Computech High School.

It is currently a Magnet school in the academic areas of Math & Science. Academically, it is one of the highest ranked schools in the San Joaquin Valley. It is also competitively ranked among the highest on an academic level among all high schools in the State of California.

Edison is also a public school. The school integrates neighborhood students with magnet students.

As of the 2009-10 school year, the school had an enrollment of 2,326 students and 90.6 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student-teacher ratio of 25.7.[2] Budget cuts have allowed a wider ratio.

Awards and recognition[edit]

Edison High School has been consistently recognized as one of the country's top high schools in Newsweek magazine's rankings since their inception, which are based on the number of Advanced Placement Program (AP) exams. On May 13, 2011, Edison has created an all-time state record of the most students taking the AP Human Geography Exam at one time. The school has been ranked #79 in the 1998 listing,[4] #83 in 2000,[5] #166 in 2003[6] and #331 in 2005.[7]

The school was recognized by the California State Board of Education as a California Distinguished School in 2001.[8] The school was also honored with the award in 1990[9] and 1992, and again in 2007.[10]

In 1975 Edison High School Football Team won the Valley Championship with a 13-0 Record.

In 2014 Edison High School Football Team won the Division One Valley Championship for the first time in 39 years with a 12-1 record. Boys Basketball holds State Record 23 Section Titles

Extracurricular activities[edit]

In 2009, the school's Academic Decathlon team had its historic run of 13 consecutive titles of the Fresno County Academic Decathlon competition ended. They have since managed to win one title.[11][12]

In 2007, the National Forensic League recognized the school's forensic team with its "Leading Chapter Award".[13]

As of 2006 holds weekly meetings of The Simpsons Club. This particular chapter is titled EHS DOH, Edison High Schools/Edison Honors Simpsons Divine Order of Homers.

As of 2007 published Feckless, the first student run humor magazine.

As of 2008 Feckless is now available on iTunes as a weekly podcast simply titled "Feckless Film".

FHA-HERO club has competed in several events such as Apparel Construction, Prepared Speech, Fashion Design, Chapter Activities Manual, Consumer Education, and other competitions. Not only do the students win awards for their achievement in these events, but a number even won sewing machines, cash, and scholarships that range up to $24,000.

Other student-run clubs include Hmong Club, Philosophy Club, Model United Nations, Thread (literary and artistic magazine), Future Business Leaders of America (F.B.L.A.), Science Olympiad, Bad Movie Club, Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), German Club, French Club, Rock Paper Scissors Society, Mathematics Engineering Science Achievement (MESA), the award-winning Math Team, and Students With Amazing Talents (S.W.A.T.).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Marvin X (1944-) born Marvin Ellis Jackmon, Poet, playwright, essayist.
  • Sherley Anne Williams (1944-1999) African American Poet, Novelist, Professor, Social Critic
  • Ervin Hunt (1947–), former Green Bay Packer defensive back and U.S. Olympic Track Team Head Coach, 1996 Atlanta Olympics
  • Donald Slade (1947–), former San Joaquin Valley Player of the year in basketball 1965,currently Director of Basketball Operations Fresno State University
  • Charle Young (1951–), former NFL tight end, NFL Rookie of the year, All Pro. and Super Bowl Champ.[14]
  • Charles Anthony (1952–), former NFL Linebacker with the San Diego Chargers.
  • Greg Boyd (1952–), former NFL Defensive End with the New England Patriots, Denver Broncos San Francisco Fortyniners and Green Bay Packers and Super Bowl Champ
  • Randy Williams (1953-), 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist in the Long Jump at Munich Olympics and 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist at Montreal Olympics.
  • Joe Henderson (1947-), Former professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox and Cincinnati Reds.
  • Jarvis Tatum (1947-2003), Former professional baseball player for the California Angels.
  • Elbert "Ickey" Woods (1966-), former running back for the Cincinnati Bengals. Notable for performing the "Ickey Shuffle."
  • Tim McDonald (1965-), NFL strong safety who played for the Phoenix Cardinals and San Francisco 49ers and Super Bowl Champ;[15][16]
  • Bruce Bowen (1971-), retired small forward for the San Antonio Spurs now Television Sports Commentator.[17]
  • Planet Asia (1976-) Underground hip hop artist
  • Joaquin Arambula (1977-), Emergency Room Physician and Democratic American politician serving in the California State Assembly representing the 31st State Assembly district.
  • Ricky Manning, Jr. (1980-), cornerback for the St. Louis Rams. He was the varsity football coach at Edison High School in 2012.[18]
  • Clifton Smith (1985-), All Pro kickoff/punt returner for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
  • Cliff Harris (1991-) Former Oregon State football star and Philadelphia Eagle draft pick
  • T.J.McDonald (1991-) Defensive Back St. Louis Rams, son of former NFL player Tim McDonald and a graduate of USC and Edison like his Dad.
  • Villyan Bijev (1993-), Professional soccer player currently signed to FC Liverpool of England's Premier League.
  • Greg Smith (1991-), Professional basketball player for the Houston Rockets.
  • Joey Wells (1968-), comedian/writer on "Seriously Funny", "Laugh At My Pain", & "Let Me Explain" (writer), "Real Husbands of Hollywood" (writer).
  • Jay Obernolte (1970-) Owner and President of FarSight Studios, and Republican American politician serving in the California State Assembly representing the 33rd State Assembly district.
  • Ryan Braun (1970-) Former professional baseball player for the Kansas City Royals.
  • Lolly Vegas and his brother, Pat Vegas, who attended Fresno's Theodore Roosevelt High School, became rock 'n' roll musicians during the club era of Hollywood in the 1960s playing on ABC TV's, "Shindig", as well as at the top clubs throughout Los Angeles including the popular, The Haunted House at Hollywood and Vine. Though originally Surf Musicians, their first move away from this genre occurred when they and Jim Ford co-wrote rock's first bonafide Swamp Rock song, "Niki Hoeky" (1967), though Pat Vegas dubbed this new genre, "Native American Swamp Rock"; founded the world renowned Native American rock band, Redbone, with such hits as, "Come and Get Your Love", "Maggie," "Witch Queen Of New Orleans," et al. Whereas Lolly's song lyrics tended to be pop and rock oriented, Pat's song lyrics tended to touch on social, political and justice issues (e.g. "We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee" and "Message From A Drum"). The Vegas Brothers are a member of the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame viz-a-viz Redbone (2008). Pat is known colloquially as the "Prime Minister of Rock and Roll" for his many behind the scenes influences in the industry. In terms of influence, both Swamp Rock bands and Chicano bands can trace their roots back to the pioneering Pat and Lolly Vegas and their band, Redbone. See "The Story of Pat and Lolly Vegas" for in-depth historical background: [1].


  1. ^ Correa, Tracy. "New principals selected at Bullard, Edison". The Fresno Bee. June 30, 2009. Accessed July 8, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Edison High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 14, 2009.
  3. ^ "Home - Edison". Edison.fresno.k12.ca.us. Archived from the original on 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  4. ^ "CLASS STRUGGLE THE TOP 100* HIGH SCHOOLS", copy of article from Newsweek, March 30, 1998. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  5. ^ Matthews, Jay. "The Top High Schools", The Washington Post, originally appeared in Newsweek, March 13, 2000. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  6. ^ "The Top High Schools: A Web-Exclusive Extended List Of The Nation's Top High Schools", Newsweek, May 24, 2003 (see page 29 of listings. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  7. ^ "The Complete List of the 1,000 Top U.S. Schools", Newsweek, May 5, 2005 (see page 56 of listings). Accessed November 15, 2005.
  8. ^ Rush, Angela Valdivia. "Edison High among state elite Fresno school earns Distinguished award", The Fresno Bee, April 11, 2001. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Edison High School Principal Jim Bowen was the lone person on campus Tuesday when he learned the school had earned one of the state's highest honors, the California Distinguished School award."
  10. ^ Award Winners for Fresno County, California Distinguished Schools. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  11. ^ Correa, Tracy. "Battle of the brains Edison High gets its 10th straight win at the Fresno Co. Academic Decathlon.", The Fresno Bee, February 5, 2006. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  12. ^ "University High School takes home top honor in Fresno County's Academic Decathlon | abc30.com". Abclocal.go.com. 2012-02-07. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  13. ^ Letter to Edison High School, National Forensic League, dated September 24, 2007. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  14. ^ "SEAVER, YOUNG LEAD 7 INTO HALL OF FAME", Fresno Bee, November 6, 1986.
  15. ^    (2010-02-24). "Tim McDonald Resigns as Edison Football Coach | abc30.com". Abclocal.go.com. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 
  16. ^ Tim Mcdonald, database Football. Accessed November 15, 2007.
  17. ^ Wise, Mike. "Bowen Has Every Right and Reason to Be Defensive", The Washington Post, June 14, 2005. Accessed November 15, 2007. "Bowen was the first great athlete I interviewed at my first job. In 1988, he was the star of Edison High School's varsity basketball team."
  18. ^ Fontana, Cyndee. "Patriotic Exercise Fresno coach cheers his former player in defeat", The Fresno Bee, February 2, 2004. Accessed November 15, 2007. "It's the ring that eluded Ricky Manning Jr. in 1998, when his Edison High School Tigers lost to Sanger in the championship game."

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