Eureka High School (California)

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Eureka High School
Eureka, California
United States
Type Public high school
Established January 1896
School district Eureka High School District/
Eureka Unified High School District
Principal Rick Jordan[1]
Faculty 80
Grades 9 to 12
Enrollment 1,204
Campus size 10+ acres
Color(s) Red and Green         
Athletics Big 4 League, Humboldt - Del Norte Conference
Mascot Logger
Team name Eureka High Loggers
Newspaper Redwood Bark
Athletic facilities Albee Stadium, Jay Willard Gymnasium

Eureka High School or EHS, formerly Eureka Senior High School, is a public high school in Eureka, California. EHS is the only regular public high school serving the City of Eureka and all of its contiguous unincorporated neighborhoods, several adjacent unincorporated communities, and related independent elementary school districts, which, altogether, comprise the Eureka Unified High School District.[2] Administrated as part of Eureka City Schools,[3] it is the largest high school in Humboldt County.


Established in 1896, Eureka High School was the first high school on the far North Coast of California. The current main Eureka High School building, at 1900 J Street, is a Gothic Revival structure originally built in 1925 as the Eureka Junior High. The building was designed by John J. Donovan of Oakland and built by James McLaughlin of San Francisco.[4] The site occupied by the current science building is on the location of the original high school main building, built by W. H. Weeks in 1914-1915, which was demolished after analysis deemed it too damaged to save following damage from earthquakes, culminating in the early 1960s. It was remarkably similar to a high school Weeks designed for Santa Cruz, which survives and is in use to this day.

As the school year began in September 1981, Eureka City Schools consolidated the high school from a junior high/senior high system to a middle school/high school configuration, thus changing the name from Eureka Senior High School to Eureka High School, as the administration endeavored to manage effects of declining enrollment. From that time Freshmen have attended the school along with Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.

Mascot and school colors[edit]

The Eureka High School mascot is the Logger, based on the logging industry which has historically been the major economic industry of the area. The school colors of EHS are red and green and are based on the redwood tree (red bark/wood, green foliage) and extensive forests of the region.

Academic programs[edit]

Course offerings include the following programs:


Eureka High School is a member of the Humboldt–Del Norte Big 4 League. In 2009, Eureka High School made it to the NCS Division 2 finals for football where they ultimately faced Montgomery High School of Santa Rosa, CA. The Loggers won the division title, handily.

Arts and music[edit]

  • Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Band
  • Instrumental Music- Concert Band and Orchestra
  • Choir- Concert Choir, Women's Choir, and Limited Edition, The top-tier audition-only vocal jazz Choir
  • Theater
  • Yurok language [5]


Eureka High School has many student-organized and teacher-supervised student groups. Including: The History Club, The YEAH Club (Youth Educating Against Homophobia), Youth Alive Christian Club, The Drama Club, DECA (A business and marketing-oriented club) Interact Club, Friday Night Live(a service club), California Scholarship Federation, and Future Farmers of America.

2010 Earthquake[edit]

In 2010, there was an earthquake off of Humboldt County, California. The school auditorium (located in the main building) was closed because of concerns related to structural security.[6] It was reopened in late 2011.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Our Principal". Eureka City Schools. Retrieved 10 September 2013. 
  2. ^ "Humboldt County School Districts Map" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "Eureka City Schools". 
  4. ^ Eureka: An Architectural View. 1987. The Eureka Heritage Society.
  5. ^ Romney, Lee. (2013, February 6). Revival of nearly extinct Yurok language is a success story. The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 7, 2013
  6. ^ Driscoll, John (13 January 2010). "Gov. declares state of emergency for North Coast quake". The Times-Standard. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Mac Beth". Eureka High School. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 

Coordinates: 40°47′23.54″N 124°9′29.52″W / 40.7898722°N 124.1582000°W / 40.7898722; -124.1582000