Golden Valley High School (Merced, California)
|Golden Valley High School|
|2121 E. Childs Ave
Merced, California 95341
|School district||Merced Union High School District|
|Faculty||103.4 (on FTE basis)|
|Enrollment||2,316  (2009-10)|
|Student to teacher ratio||22.4 |
|Campus size||48 acres (190,000 m2)|
|Athletics conference||Central California Conference|
|Rival||Merced High School|
Golden Valley High School is a high school located within the Merced Union High School District in the community of Merced, California, United States. The school first opened in August 1994, with its first class of seniors graduating on June 5, 1996. The current enrollment is over 2,300 students in grades 9 through 12.
|American Indian/Alaskan||Asian/Pacific Islander||Black||Hispanic||White||Two or more races|
Golden Valley's Advanced Placement program has earned the praise of Newsweek magazine, which named it a "Top 1300" school in the United States, three years running. Golden Valley has also garnered a Silver Award from US News & World Report, which named it one of the top 1,800 schools in the United States.
The cross-town Bears of Merced High School have been the Cougars' rivals since Golden Valley opened in 1994.
Merced has a deep and long-standing animosity with the Atwater High School Falcons, both in sports and in academics. As the city of Merced grew, so did its student population, forcing the freshmen to be bussed to a different area of the city known as "East Campus" in order to adequately fit them all. This eventually drove the city to develop plans for a second city high school, Golden Valley High. Until the new school's opening, the main rival for the Merced Bears was the Atwater Falcons.
However, the opening of Golden Valley prompted a split in districting of Merced, and nearly half of the first-year students at the new campus were from Merced High. Since then a great competition between "old school" and "new school" has sprung up, and Atwater has fallen into a close second-rival for both city schools.
In 2010 the school visited the Stedelijk Dalton lyceum for an interchange project, in Dordrecht in the Netherlands. They were there from 6–9 April, and visited the school, Amsterdam, the windmill of Kinderdijk, and Paris in France.