Fountain Valley High School

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Fountain Valley High School
17816 Bushard Street, Fountain Valley CA 92708
Fountain Valley, California
Coordinates 33°42′16″N 117°57′44″W / 33.70441°N 117.96217°W / 33.70441; -117.96217Coordinates: 33°42′16″N 117°57′44″W / 33.70441°N 117.96217°W / 33.70441; -117.96217
Type Public high school
Established 1966
School district Huntington Beach Union High School District
Principal Morgan Smith
Grades 9–12
Color(s) Gold and Blue and red             
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
Sunset League
Team name Barons
Newspaper Baron News [1]
Yearbook Raconteur

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 The dirt track has been replaced by a synthetic track and the field has been replaced with new natural grass.

For the first few years after opening, Fountain Valley High School had a larger student population than any other high school West of the Mississippi.[2]

A scene from the 1997 film Wag the Dog during abasketball game was filmed at FVHS during Fall 1996 and utilized the 1997 graduating class as extras.

In March 2005, the Fountain Valley High School drumline and band was filmed in Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl" music video.[3]

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


Advanced placement[edit]

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.

Notable alumni[edit]


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