Las Plumas High School
|Las Plumas High School|
|2380 Las Plumas Ave
Oroville, California, Butte 95966
|Motto||Home of the Thunderbirds|
|School district||Oroville Union High School District|
|Number of students||1114 students (2014-15)|
|• Grade 9||321|
|• Grade 10||270|
|• Grade 11||254|
|• Grade 12||269|
|Campus size||64 acres|
|School colour(s)||Red, white, and royal blue|
|Fight song||"Thunderbird Fight Song"|
|Rival||Oroville High School|
|Newspaper||The Las Plumas Times|
Las Plumas High School (LP) is located in the north valley in Oroville, California, United States, about 70 miles north of Sacramento. The school was established in the autumn of 1961. The class of 1965 was the first class to go from freshmen to seniors at the school. Its main sports rival is Oroville High School. The school song used to be AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", but was later changed to the "Thunderbird Fight Song".
The school is situated north of the small farming community of Palermo, located just south of Oroville. Both Table Mountain and the Sutter Buttes can be seen from the school, as well as the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains.
The school has a large, spread-out campus that is dominated by open fields in the southern part. In the center of the campus is the quad, where most of the school's activity takes place. The quad is regularly decorated by several clubs, and is maintained by many student organizations, most notably the FFA, who planted many of the quad's flower beds and maintain the new saplings.
The 2014–2015 student population was broken down as follows: 4% American Indian, 10% Asian (mostly Hmong), 24% Hispanic, 1% Black, .1% Filipino, and 53% White. The ratio of males/females was 51%/49%, and the graduation rate was 89.96%. For that school year the school had 80 classroom teachers, and the ratio of teachers to students was 24:1.
Clubs and activities
Thirty-six clubs are listed at the school's official website, including the following: Academic Decathlon, Anime Club, Art Club, ASB, Asian Club, Auto Club, AVID, BSU, California Scholarship Federation, Conflict Manager, Diversified Occupations, Diversity Club, Environmental Club, FBLA, FFA, FHA-HERO, Freshman Class, Friday Night Live, GATE, Gay-Straight Alliance, Gamerz Club, Key Club, Interact Club, Junior Class, Legend Yearbook, Link Crew, MECHA, MESA, Native American Club, NJROTC, Senior Class, Snowboard/Ski Club, and Sophomore Class.
Las Plumas High has maintained a mock trial team since 1993, and has competed at the state level for 14 years. Two students have been recognized by the Constitution Rights Foundation with outstanding achievement awards at the state level - Benjamin Rodgers for outstanding pretrial in 2005, and Gary Ferdinand for outstanding prosecution witness in 2010.
The school's journalism class maintains a school newspaper, the Las Plumas Times, which is distributed to the school, as well as several businesses around Oroville and Marysville, including the Marysville Charter Academy for the Arts.
The Las Plumas/Oroville Alliance Marching Band is the biggest source of prestige for the Oroville Unified High School District, having consistently placed among the top ten bands in California while under the direction of director Jeff Stratton. In the fall of 2008, the LPO band won nine sweepstakes awards, almost breaking the record for the school. In the same school year, the band room's renovation was completed, allowing room for the hundreds of trophies and plaques accumulated over the years. Some of LPO's biggest consistent rivals include Fairfield High School, Armijo, Golden Valley, and Franklin. In the fall of 2009, the Las Plumas/Oroville Alliance marching band was named the third-best in the state by the California Band Directors Association. Normally, the band is judged by members of the Northern California Band Association.
In 1988 the Las Plumas High School Marching Band and Auxiliary represented the United States of America at the World's Fair in Brisbane, Australia under the direction of Glenn and Carolyn Dawson. The band and auxiliary toured for ten days on the eastern coast of Australia presenting student leadership and marching techniques before performing at the world's fair.
In 1990 the Las Plumas High School and Auxiliary toured the island of O'ahu performing at several schools demonstrating student leadership, marching and music techniques under the direction of Glenn and Carolyn Dawson. Within two years Glenn combined the Oroville High School music program with the Las Plumas High School music program to promote music education that included all students in the greater Oroville area.
Opportunities for higher education
Butte College offers comprehensive programs in many fields as well as a college connection program for current seniors. California State University Chico, a four-year university that offers a full spectrum of curricula, is about a 25-minute drive from the city of Oroville. Oroville is about three hours from the cultural centers of San Francisco and the Bay Area and about two hours from Reno, Tahoe and Sacramento.
Las Plumas offers sports, including football, girls' volleyball, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, girls' softball, baseball, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, wrestling, boys' and girls' track and field, boys and girls' cross country, girls' tennis, boys' tennis, and golf. The school's premiere sports are football, basketball, and baseball.
The 2012 football season marked a turnaround for the Thunderbirds. After going 5 - 85 in the previous nine seasons, new Head Coach David Morris guided the Thunderbirds to six wins over the subsequent two seasons, including back-to-back Bell game wins over crosstown rivals Oroville High. The track and cross country teams have been solid, having several state participants over the years.
The Link Crew program connects upperclassmen with freshmen students. Link Leaders help freshmen improve student study skills and beneficial academic habits. Activities including tailgate parties and movie nights help freshmen to become more involved in high school life.
The Safe School Ambassadors are students trained to identify potential problems on campus dealing with bullying and mistreatment.
Conflict Managers are students who have been trained to act as neutral third parties to help settle disputes between other students.
On Respect Days, up to 100 students are taken out of class for the day and placed together in groups of mixed races, genders, and social affiliations to promote respect for others who are different. Las Plumas High School did not observe Respect Days in the 2009–2010 school year, but may hold more in the future.
The Las Plumas Fight song was written by art teacher Al Walsh, in 1961 Steve Green and George Kerth designed the multi-colored Thunderbird that was used as the school's symbol during its early years. The fight song fell into disuse, until it was revived by the Associated Student Body in 2008. The class of 1998 donated the fight song board located in the gymnasium next to the scoreboard. The song goes as follows:
Fly high you T-birds
Fly up to the sun
Down we go to victory
Now we've got them on the run!
Rah! Rah! Rah!
Soar to the heavens
Send aloft our cry
We will defeat them
We will beat them
Thunderbirds will conquer all!
Greg Wright incident
A lockdown which took place at the school on September 28, 2007. Student Greg Wright brought a gun to school and held a drama class hostage in the band room. The attack wasn't directed at the drama class, but at a rival student who was not on campus at the time. After about 2½ hours, he released the hostages and was taken into custody by Oroville police. The other students were taken to a church across from the school, where they were picked up by their parents.