Fountain Valley High School
|Fountain Valley High School|
|17816 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley CA 92708
Fountain Valley, California
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Huntington Beach Union High School District|
|Color(s)||Gold and Blue and red|
|Athletics conference||CIF Southern Section
|Newspaper||Baron News |
Fountain Valley High School (FVHS) is a public high school in Fountain Valley, California. It was established in 1966 and is a part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District. It is notable for its rivalry with Edison High School, particularly during football season, in which both schools compete in the "Battle of the Bell".
The athletic teams are known as the Barons, and the school colors are blue and gold. The school had to renovate some of its buildings, which were sinking, starting in 2002. These renovations yielded new portable buildings in an area which was previously a parking lot. As of 2006, these semi-permanent portable buildings have been removed and replaced with permanent facilities. In March 2011, the track and football field were renovated. The dirt track has been replaced by a synthetic track and the field has been replaced with new natural grass.
In April 2007, Fountain Valley High School was recognized as a California Distinguished School for the second consecutive time.
List of Principals
Paul Berger 1966-1979 Founding Principal
Larry Lucas 1979-1980
David Hagen 1980-1985
Mike Kasler 1985-1991
Gary Ernst 1991-2000
Connie Mayhugh 2000-2004
Chris Herzfeld 2004-2014
Kirk Kennedy 2014-2015
Morgan Smith 2015–present
Fountain Valley High School has an advanced placement (or AP) program which allows high school students to study college level course work. Nearly every AP course available is offered at FVHS . Newsweek Magazine has annually ranked United States public high schools according to AP scores. Since the mid-90's, FVHS has ranked in the top 100 schools multiple times.
The school currently competes in the Sunset League and is a part of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section (CIF). Prior to 1974 the school competed in the Irvine League. Fountain Valley High School fields all of the following sports; boys baseball, basketball, cross country running, football, golf, soccer, Swim, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. On the girls side Fountain Valley fields the sports of basketball, cross country, field hockey, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. In the past Fountain Valley fielded gymnastic and badminton teams. Fountain Valley High School has won 15 CIF Team Championships
1973 Girls Swimming Susan Jenner
1977 Wrestling Wayne Mickaelian
1978 Football Bruce Pickford
1978 Gymnastics Les Armstrong
1980 Girls Gymnastics Martha Bartlett
1981 Girls Gymnastics Martha Barlett
1981 Gymnastics Les Armstrong
1985 Baseball Tom De Kraai
1985 Wrestling John Rosales
1988 Football Mike Milner
1994 Baseball Ron LaRuffa
1995 Baseball Ron LaRuffa
1996 Girls Volleyball Lori Biller
2005 Girls Cross Country Barry Migliorini
2015 Wrestling Brad Woodbury
In addition to 15 CIF Titles Fountain Valley teams have been CIF runner ups 23 times and in the team national rankings 5 times. Fountain Valley also boasts 77 individual CIF Champions, 13 CIF Player of the years, 4 high school all-Americans, 9 Olympians that have won a combined 12 medals (5 gold, 6 silver and 1 bronze). Additionally Fountain Valley has produced 61 professional athletes.
Fountain Valley has had two coaches and one athlete enshrined in the CIF hall of fame; Carol Strausberg-basketball coach, Ron LaRuffa-Baseball coach, Shirley Babashoff-swimmer.
Fountain Valley High School also holds Five Counties Wrestling Championships, which is one of the biggest tournaments in the nation. The Fountain Valley wrestling team has won 24 League Champion Titles (Irvine 1968, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 74) (Sunset 1976, 77, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 86, 97, 98, 2008, 09, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16).
Fountain Valley’s football game against rival Edison high school on December 11, 1980 was the fourth highest attended game in State history with 28,968 fans in attendance.
- Jasmine Tookes, model
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- Nicholas Arciniaga, 2013 USA Marathon Champion 
- Tara Lynne Barr, 2011, Actress 
- Joel Anderson, 1984, CEO of Five Below 
- Gary Bohay, 1988 Olympic wrestler, Silver Medal 1989 World Championships (Freestyle) 
- Craig Brewer, 1990, Director 
- Bryan Caldwell, Football player: Houston Oilers defensive end
- Emile Harry, Football player: Denver Broncos wide receiver, 1980 CIF Division I (Big Five Conference) Player of the Year
- Luke Hudson, Retired Baseball player: Kansas City Royals pitcher
- Casey Janssen – Class of 2000 – Baseball player: Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher
- Candie Kung, LPGA golfer
- Paul La Blanc, Wrestler: N.A.I.A. All American, Vanguard University, Silver Medal 1983 Pan American Games (Sambo)
- Brad Leggett, Football player: Seattle Seahawks center
- Duval Love, Football player: New Orleans Saints offensive tackle
- Ken Margerum, Football player: Chicago Bears and San Francisco 49ers wide receiver, San Jose State college football assistant coach
- Omar Metwally, Class of 1992, Actor 
- Barry Migliorini, Professional ABA Basketball Head Coach 
- Michelle Pfeiffer, Actress, star on Hollywood Walk of Fame, 1978 Miss Orange County Beauty Pageant winner 
- Kevin Romine, Baseball player: Boston Red Sox right fielder
- David Sias, Professional Soccer Player 
- Andre Sommersell, Football player: Oakland Raiders linebacker, Mr. Irrelevant of the 2004 NFL Draft
- Matt Stevens, Football player: Kansas City Chiefs quarterback, UCLA college football radio analyst
- Brett Stewart, Composer, Musician: Millennial Choirs and Orchestras 
- Chris Tillman, Baseball player: Baltimore Orioles pitcher 
- CJ Wilson – Class of 1998 – Baseball player: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim starting pitcher 
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