Hayward High School (California)

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Hayward High School
Hayward High School logo.jpg
1633 East Avenue
Hayward, California 94541
United States
Coordinates 37°40′20″N 122°4′5″W / 37.67222°N 122.06806°W / 37.67222; -122.06806Coordinates: 37°40′20″N 122°4′5″W / 37.67222°N 122.06806°W / 37.67222; -122.06806
Type Public high school
Motto Personal Responsibility In Delivering Excellence
Established 1892; 126 years ago (1892)
School district Hayward Unified School District
Principal Dave Seymour
Teaching staff 78
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1638 (2014)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Black and gold          
Athletics 49 teams in 15 sports
Mascot Farmer
API average 688 (2012-13)
Newspaper The Haywire
Yearbook The Agrarian

Hayward High School is a public high school in Hayward, California, United States, one of four high schools in the city. It is one of the oldest high schools in Northern California. The school's official mascot is the "Farmer", which dates back to Hayward's period as an agricultural center. Its emblem features a farmer with a plow, a reference to the city's agricultural past.


Founded in 1892, Hayward High is one of the oldest high schools in the San Francisco Bay Area. The first true high school that opened in 1893 was called Union High School #3. It served students from Hayward, Castro Valley, San Lorenzo, Redwood, Palomares and Stonybrook. Initially, it was a one-story building with a basement. As late as the 1960s, students still rode their horses to school and tied them to hitching posts. As the number of students exceeded the campus' limit, the site was expanded from 10 to 30 acres (120,000 m2). The architecture for the new buildings included ionic columns, low-pitched roofs, and friezes of goods. This building, built in 1911, lasted until Hayward High moved to its current campus in 1962, to make way for the City Center Building. Frederic Johnson was principal of the school from the 1911 opening to 1935. The school gymnasium became the now demolished Centennial Convention Center.[3]


Hayward High had an enrollment of 1,665 students in the 2014 school year.[4]

School activities[edit]

Hayward High has over 30 student groups, including Advancement Via Individual Determination, Model United Nations, Junior Statesmen of America, Gay Straight Alliance, California Scholarship Federation, and DECA.


Hayward High is a member of the Hayward Area Athletic League (HAAL), the North Coast Section (NCS), and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). It offers a full interscholastic athletic program providing a total of 15 sports during the school year. Over 700 students participate during the fall, winter and spring seasons.


The 1975 team holds the U.S. record (along with San Lorenzo High School) for the longest game played by a high school team. The game went 25 innings.[citation needed]


The Hayward High basketball program won the California Division IV State Championship in 1991.

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