El Diamante High School

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El Diamante High School
Eldiamante.jpg
Address
5100 West Whitendale Avenue
Visalia, California 93277
United States
Coordinates 36°18′22″N 119°20′49″W / 36.30611°N 119.34694°W / 36.30611; -119.34694Coordinates: 36°18′22″N 119°20′49″W / 36.30611°N 119.34694°W / 36.30611; -119.34694
Information
Type Public
Established 2002
School district Visalia Unified School District
Principal Angela Sanchez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment Approximately 2,000
Color(s) green, navy blue and white
Athletics swimming, softball, baseball, basketball, soccer, cross country, football, golf, tennis, track, water polo, wrestling, volleyball
Mascot Miner Ed
Nickname Miners
Newspaper The Dig
Yearbook Facet
Website

El Diamante High School, known locally as "El D", is a WASC-accredited high school[1] serving students in grades 9-12 in Visalia, California, USA, in Tulare County. It was established as Visalia Unified School District's fourth public high school in 2002. It's current feeder elementary schools are Cottonwood Creek Elementary, Crestwood Elementary, Goshen Elementary, Linwood Elementary, and Veva Blunt Elementary whose students will attend either La Joya Middle School or Ridgeview Middle School prior to their 9th grade year.[2]

Campus[edit]

El Diamante was built in 2002 by tBP Architecture. The 173,000 square foot campus was built to accommodate 1,900 students as a "school within a school" concept.[3]

The El Diamante High School Theater hosts school productions as well as occasional performances by Tulare County Office of Education's Theatre Company.

Buildings on the campus were named with a mining theme including "The Mine Shaft" (gymnasium), "Pick & Shovel" (cafeteria), and "Miner Emporium" (student store).[4]

Demographics[edit]

Students enrollment by grade[edit]

  • Grade 9: 557
  • Grade 10: 539
  • Grade 11: 478
  • Grade 12: 468

Student enrollment by ethnic background[edit]

  • African American: 2.7%
  • White: 29%
  • Native American or Alaska Native: 1.1%
  • Asian: 5.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino: 59.5%
  • Other: 2.2%[5]

Academic Performance Index (API)[edit]

The state of California rates schools using the Academic Performance Index (API). Based on test scores, schools are ranked on a scale from 200 to 1000. The state expects all schools to eventually obtain an API of at least 800. Schools are also ranked by deciles from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest), according to type of school (e.g., high school).

  • 2013 API Growth Score: 802
  • 2012 Statewide Rank: 7

Athletics[edit]

El Diamante competes in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), Central Section Division II, West Yosemite League.[6]

Fall[edit]

  • Boys' Cross-Country
  • Girls' Cross-Country
  • Football
  • Girls' Golf
  • Girls' Tennis
  • Girls' Volleyball
  • Boys' Water Polo
  • Girls' Water Polo

Winter[edit]

  • Boys' Basketball
  • Girls' Basketball
  • Boys' Soccer
  • Girls' Soccer
  • Wrestling

Spring[edit]

  • Baseball
  • Boys' Golf
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Boys' Tennis
  • Track

Battle for the Saddle[edit]

With the 4th public high school being opened in Visalia, a new cross-town rivalry was created with Golden West High School. Battle for the Saddle is a rivalry football game held annually in November at Groppetti Automotive Visalia Community Stadium. El Diamante currently holds the most wins since the rivalry game's inception in 2013 with a record of 9 wins and 4 losses against Golden West.[7]

Student Activities[edit]

Performing Arts[edit]

  • The Marching Miners (Band)
  • Miner Orchestra
  • Concert Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Winter Percussion

Student Newspaper, Television, and Yearbook[edit]

Student newspaper The Dig is published on a monthly basis with a mission "to inspire interest and involvement from the student body within our school, while displaying the achievements, power, knowledge and talents Miners bring to the community."[8]

ED HewS is a student-produced weekly news program. This program airs weekly in student homeroom classes, and is archived on the OnAirEdHews YouTube channel.

El Diamante publishes their annual yearbook, The Facet, which is released at the end of the traditional school year.

ASB (Associated Student Body)[edit]

El Diamante's ASB class, which like the other four Visalia high schools' ASB classes, prepare for events during the school year, like Battle for the Saddle against Golden West, and rallies.

Clubs[edit]

  • Academic Decathlon
  • American Sign Language Club (ASL)
  • Animal Charity
  • Anime
  • APEX (Achieving and Preparing for Excellence Club)
  • Black Box Club
  • Bowling Club
  • Charity for Change Club
  • Christian Club
  • Class of 2017 Club
  • Class of 2018 Club
  • Class of 2019 Club
  • Class of 2020 Club
  • CSF
  • Drama Club
  • FDIM
  • French Club
  • Gamers Club
  • GSA Club
  • Green Club
  • Green Sea Club
  • Interact Club
  • Key Club
  • Miner Fusion Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Skate for Change Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Sports Therapy Club
  • UNICEF
  • Urban Arts Club
  • Video Club

El Diamante Miner Foundation[edit]

After the school opened, the El Diamante Miner Foundation was created to provide financial support for curricular and co-curricular activities. In 2007 the foundation was investigated by the Tulare County Grand Jury for multiple reasons including funds being used to purchase tobacco and alcohol, misrepresentation of 501(c)(3) status, and a lack of tax document filing.[9] Since 2006, the Miner Foundation has provided over $130,000 in scholarships to El Diamante students. [10]

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