Elk Grove High School (Elk Grove, California)

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Elk Grove High School
9800 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA
Type Public
Established 1893
School district Elk Grove Unified School District
Superintendent Steven M. Ladd, Ed.D.
Principal Catherine Guy
Faculty 100
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,800
Mascot The Thundering Herd

Elk Grove High School or EGHS, is a public four-year high school located in Elk Grove, California,in the United States. It is part of the Elk Grove Unified School District, which also includes Cosumnes Oaks High School, Florin High School, Franklin High School, Laguna Creek High School, Monterey Trail High School, Pleasant Grove High School, Sheldon High School,and Valley High School.


Elk Grove Union High School was the first union high school in the state of California. Sixteen elementary districts voted to tax themselves for a high school, and they all remained as separate districts until the entire K-12 district unified in 1959. The high school opened its doors in 1893 at its first site on Main Street (now Derr Street and Elk Grove Boulevard in Old Town). In 1922, a new brick building was constructed on the corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Elk Grove Florin, where the Joseph Kerr Middle School campus is today. In 1964 a new campus was built closer to Elk Grove Park to move overcrowded high schoolers from the small campus. When the school was moved to its present location it was as a three-year senior high school with grades 7-9 at the junior high. Elk Grove is the second oldest high school in Sacramento County. Until 1977, Elk Grove High was the only comprehensive high school in the district. According to Newsweek Magazine's Elk Grove High School has ranked in the top 5% of the nations high schools from 2006–present. In April 2009, Elk Grove High School was awarded the California Distinguished School award.


Elk Grove High school is home of the Thundering Herd and is well regarded for its superior football and baseball programs. The Thundering Herd football program has won 15 conference championships and five Division 1 championships. Lance Briggs, a linebacker for the Chicago Bears, is an EGHS Football alumnus. In 1997 the Herd's baseball team was ranked #9 in the nation by Baseball America. To date Elk Grove has had nine alumni make it to the Major Leagues. Although Elk Grove has many rivalries within the DVC and throughout the state, their true rivals are the Nevada Union High School Miners

Notable alumni[edit]


  • Cathy Guy 2004–present
  • Frank Lucia 1997-2004
  • LuAnn Boone 1996-1997
  • Paula Duncan 1989-1996

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