El Cerrito High School

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El Cerrito High School
540 Ashbury Avenue
El Cerrito, California
United States
Coordinates 37°54′31″N 122°17′43″W / 37.90861°N 122.29528°W / 37.90861; -122.29528[1]
Type public high school
Established 1941-01-06
School district West Contra Costa School District
Principal Edith Jordan-McCormick
Faculty 55.2 FTEs[2]
Grades 9th - 12th
Enrollment 1,364 (as of 2014-15)[2]
Student to teacher ratio 24.7:1[2]
Color(s) Green and white          
Mascot Gauchos (Cowboys in Spanish)[3]

El Cerrito High School is a four-year public high school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. It is located on Ashbury Avenue in El Cerrito, California, United States.

As of the 2014-15 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,364 students and 55.2 classroom teachers (on an FTE basis), for a student–teacher ratio of 24.7:1. There were 572 students (41.9% of enrollment) eligible for free lunch and 119 (8.7% of students) eligible for reduced-cost lunch.[2]


The original main school building was built in the late 1930s as a WPA project. The school opened to students on January 6, 1941.

Student population quickly outgrew the facilities, and the campus became a collection of small, outlying buildings. As concern grew over the building's safety and structural stability, plans were made for more integrated buildings and, in the summer of 2005, demolition of the old campus began. By 2007, the campus had been demolished, and the terrain was leveled in preparation for reconstruction. During the reconstruction, all classes were held in temporary buildings located south of the campus on the former baseball field. The new campus opened on January 5, 2009.[citation needed]

El Cerrito's student body is 35.6% African-American, 23.7% Hispanic, 17.2% Asian, 16.7% Caucasian, and 2.5% Filipino.[4] Many of these students are actually mixed race, making El Cerrito a very diverse high school. Half of students come from families with a low enough income to qualify for free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Act.[2] Many students come from the neighboring city of Richmond, which is also served by the West Contra Costa Unified School District.[5]

Clubs and organizations[edit]

El Cerrito High School offers a variety of clubs, including:

  • ASL Club
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Student Union
  • Black Student Union
  • Breakfast Club
  • Chess Club
  • Circle of Friends
  • Comics Club
  • The Creative Club
  • Dance Association
  • Dragon Boating
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • ECHS Mountain Bike Club
  • ECHS Photography Club
  • ECHS Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Film and Literature Club
  • FIDM Fashion Club
  • Garden Club
  • Gaucho Dance Company
  • Guitar Club
  • Hitler Uplifting Nicolas Cage (HUG)
  • Interact
  • Japanese Soran Bushi
  • Juggling Club
  • Key Club
  • Korean Culture Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Latino Student Union / Latinos United
  • Math Club
  • Nepali Club
  • Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA)
  • Rising Stars
  • Robotics, Engineering, & Design (R.E.D.)
  • Science Club
  • Speech and Debate
  • Students for Social Awareness
  • South Asian Student Union
  • Thespian Society
  • Tibetan Club
  • Urbex Club
  • Women of All Collors Alliance

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It also operates the KECG radio station.

Notable attendees[edit]






  1. ^ United States Geological Survey (14 June 2000). "GNIS Detail - El Cerrito Senior High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-01-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d e School data for El Cerrito High, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 12, 2016.
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  4. ^ California Department of Education, Educational Demographics Unit (2009-07-07). "2008-09 School Enrollment by Ethnicity - El Cerrito Senior High". Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  5. ^ WCCUSD. "WCCUSD High School Attendance Areas" (PDF). Retrieved 2010-11-30. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Clubs and Student Unions". Retrieved 2010-03-24. 
  7. ^ "Clubs and Student Unions". Retrieved 2013-05-29
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  9. ^ "Todd Spencer". Stats Crew. Retrieved 10 February 2018.