Livermore High School
|Livermore High School|
Livermore High School Emblem
Together We Can. Together We Will. Cowboy Up!
|600 Maple Street
|School district||Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Green and Gold|
|Website||Livermore High School|
Founded in 1891, Livermore High School is a public high school located in the city of Livermore, California, USA, and is part of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District (LVJUSD). In 2007, it was chosen as one in four schools in Alameda County to receive the California Distinguished School award.
Mr. F. R. Fassett, who was one of the leading citizens of Livermore and served in the State Legislature in 1890, introduced a bill which allowed any township to establish a union high school. Livermore established its high school which was opened in 1891 with E. H. Walker as teacher and principal in one of the rooms of the Livermore Grammar School. The Class of 1893 was first to graduate from Livermore Union High School.
The contract for the first high school building was agreed upon December 31, 1892. The building consisted of eight rooms and was finished in the summer of 1893 on the site of what is now a Livermore Area Recreation and Parks District Facility.
Immediately after spring vacation in 1930, the high school students moved into a new two-story, red brick building with 14 classrooms and an auditorium, located at the present site. In 1939, the building was made earthquake-proof and refinished with a stucco face. Since then, many new classrooms, buildings, and facilities have been added to the school. During the 1988-89 school year the auditorium was completely renovated, and is now known as the Livermore High School Performing Arts Theater. In 2005, the quadrangle was renovated to include an outdoor amphitheater. In 2009, new science buildings were created and the temporary classrooms were removed.
Livermore offers a wide variety of courses, including many Advanced Placement and honors courses. The curriculum consists of course offerings in English, mathematics, history and social sciences, foreign languages (French, Spanish, and German), visual arts (photography, ceramics, drawing, video production, animation), music (concert and marching band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, concert and show choir, chamber chorale, music composition), theater and performing arts, economics, government, journalism, psychology, technology, and science (biology, physics, earth sciences, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, and field biology). Livermore High School is home to the LHS Green Engineering Academy which is a program to promote engineering through hands-on learning activities and applications of engineering to all areas of the students academics. GEA is open to 60 students per year. In October 2012, GEA won the prestigious Golden Bell Award for outstanding academic programs in a California classroom. The GEA gained further success and publicity through students' audits of Bay Area schools, being featured on ABC 7 News, CBS 5 News, KQED 88.5 FM radio, the Alameda County Office of Education, kW Engineering, and PG&E.
At the minimum, students are required to complete 3 years of history/social science courses, 4 years of English, 2 years of mathematics, 2 years of science, 1 year of a foreign language, 1 year of a visual or performing arts, 2 years of physical education, 1 semester of health, and 80 credits of elective courses.
Advanced Placement courses offered include English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, French Language, Spanish Language, Studio Art (2-D, 3-D, and Drawing), Psychology, Chemistry, Calculus AB and BC, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Biology, United States History, World History, and Computer Science.
Livermore High School is also a member of the Tri-Valley Regional Occupation Program (ROP), hosting numerous ROP classes such as Auto Body, Environmental Science, Criminal Justice, and Marketing. Livermore High is also the only school in Alameda County to still have a branch of the Future Farmers of America.
Livermore High School competes in the following sports:
Fall: cross country, football, girls' volleyball, water polo, girls' tennis, girls' golf
Winter: basketball, soccer, wrestling, cheerleading
Spring: track and field, boys' volleyball, softball, baseball, swimming and diving, boys' tennis, boys' golf, and lacrosse
Under Livermore Wrestling coach, Steve Page, the wrestling team won EBAL Championships in 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1998, and placed in the top 5 at the North Coast Section several times. Frisbee Goodall (1984), Bryan Vashus (1989), Clark Conover (1990), and Derek Bowerman (1996) each won CIF NCS individual titles. Clark Conover, Scott Page, Peter Matheson, and Marc Kavanagh placed at the CIF State Championships, notably the toughest high school state wrestling tournament in the country. In addition, Andrew Koponen, Clark Conover, and Scott Page each earned All-American honors at the Freestyle & Greco-Roman Nationals. 1989 Alumni, Andrew Koponen was a Bronze Medalist at the Olympic Festival. In May 2016, Coach Steve Page, along with wrestling alumni and former coach, Al Fontes were inducted into the California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame (Lifetime Service Award). Garen McDonald is the only wrestler in Cowboy history to win a California Interscholastic Federation State Championship (1980).
Under Livermore Cross Country coach, Ed Salazar, the cross country team a NCS record with 7 straight section titles from 1990-1996. During this period Micheil Jones (1994) and Joe Smith (1995) won individual state cross country titles. Other notable individual state finishes were Amik Jones (6th 1990), Steve Immel (10th 1993, 3rd 1994), Adrian Eimerl (12th 1995), and Tim Ricard (10th 1996) The Cross country team finished 3rd at the state meet in 1994 and 2nd at the state meet in 1995. The 1994-1995 cross country teams had 4 runners go on to compete at the collegiate level (Steve Immel, Micheil Jones, Joe Smith, Adrian Eimerl). The Track team was EBAL champions at 1988.
The Cowboy football team was EBAL champions in 1971 and 1972 and 1993, finishing 2nd in the NCS Playoffs in 1993. In 2000, the LHS Football team went 10-2 and reached the semi-finals of the NCS Playoffs before being eliminated by Ygnacio Valley. The Cowboy men's soccer team was NCS champions in 1982, and reached the semi-finals of the NCS championship in 1983.
More recently, the Livermore men's cross-country team won the EBAL championship in 2005, while the baseball team won EBAL in 2007 and 2008. The 2007 team lost in the semifinals of NCS to De La Salle. The 2008 baseball team lost in the NCS semifinals to Arroyo. They were also ranked #1 in California and #16 in the nation for part of the year.
The men's water polo team qualified for the NCS Championship in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2009, they won their first NCS game and advanced to the second round of games. In 2012, the women's water polo team finish third in the East Bay Athletic League and qualified as a 7th place seed for the NCS Championship with a 17-5 overall record. In 2013, they again earned 3rd in EBAL, qualified as a 4th place seed for the NCS Championship, and won their first ever NCS game.
The Livermore lacrosse team was created in 2006. At the end of the 2008 season, four team members were named East Bay Athletic League Honorable Mention players. 
- Mikkel Aaland: Award Winning Photographer
- William J. Cahill: San Francisco County, California Superior Courts of California Judge (Ret.)
- Troy Dayak: Professional Soccer Player - San Jose Earthquakes
- Delbert Gee: Alameda County Superior Court Judge
- Al Fontes: Inducted into the California Wrestling Hall-of-Fame - 2016 (Lifetime Service Award), 2001 Wrestling USA Editor-of-the-Year.
- Duane Glinton: Professional Soccer Player
- Gavin Glinton: Professional Soccer Player
- J. R. Graham: Professional Baseball Player
- Randy Johnson: Hall of Fame Professional Baseball Player
- Tara Kemp, American Pop and R&B singer in the early 1990s
- Ralph Merkle, 1970: pioneer in cryptography
- Ignatius Piazza: Firearms Trainer
- James Wesley Rawles Best-selling novelist
- Bryan Shaw: Professional Baseball Player - Cleveland Indians
- Jon Stebbins, 1976: Author
- Ray Arthur Wang: Award-winning filmmaker and concert pianist
- Carter Johnson: Well-known Youtube star who plays games such as Minecraft and RuneScape. He is also a professional makeup artist. 
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