Newark Memorial High School

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Newark Memorial High School
39375 Cedar Boulevard


Coordinates37°31′19.02″N 122°0′5.04″W / 37.5219500°N 122.0014000°W / 37.5219500; -122.0014000Coordinates: 37°31′19.02″N 122°0′5.04″W / 37.5219500°N 122.0014000°W / 37.5219500; -122.0014000
School districtNewark Unified School District
SuperintendentPatrick Sánchez
School code0130054
CEEB code052114
PrincipalOlivia Rangel
Faculty81 (2017–2018)
Enrollment1789 (2017–2018)
 • Grade 9490
 • Grade 10459
 • Grade 11434
 • Grade 12399
 • Other7
Campus size44.3 acres (17.9 ha)
Color(s)Royal blue and gold          
Fight songGo Big Blue
Athletics52 teams in 16 sports
Team nameCougars; formerly the Knights (1963–1981) and Patriots (1973–1981)
RivalJames Logan High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges[1]
NewspaperCougar Chronicle
YearbookThe Pride
Feeder schoolsNewark Junior High School
Athletic ConferenceBay Shore Conference
Athletic LeagueMission Valley Athletic League
CIF SectionNorth Coast Section

Newark Memorial High School (NMHS) is a comprehensive high school in Newark, California, United States. It is part of the Newark Unified School District (NUSD).


The original mailer announcing the dedication of Newark Memorial's campus as the memorial to honor all Newark residents who have given their lives in the service of the nation

Newark Memorial High School was formed in 1983 as part of a school consolidation program instituted by NUSD. Prior to this, Newark had two high schools (Newark High School on Lafayette Avenue, and Memorial High School on Cedar Boulevard) and two "intermediate schools" for grades 7–8 (M. D. Silva Intermediate School on Thornton Avenue and John I. MacGregor Intermediate School on Cedar Boulevard).

In 1983, both M. D. Silva and John I. MacGregor were closed and the former Newark High School was converted into Newark's only junior high school, Newark Junior High School. Memorial High School was then renamed Newark Memorial High School and became the sole high school in Newark. The mascots of both Newark High School (Knights) and Memorial High School (Patriots) were abandoned in favor of the Cougars.


The Technology Center was opened in 2002. The 25,000-square-foot (2,300 m2) facility integrates technology, science, mathematics and engineering in its curriculum, with a student testing and reporting (STAR) lab and the infrastructure for more than 1000 computers. The Technology Center includes a television production center with six edit labs, audio/video production rooms, a television studio with a 25' electronic screen, two project rooms for desktop publishing, four classrooms designated for digital photography, robots, engineering and communications, and specialty math and science labs. High-tech firms with local offices, including Sun Microsystems and AT&T/Comcast, were involved in the planning.[2]

The Student Commons was dedicated in 2004,[3] as part of a project that included renovation and expansion of the cafeteria. The design supports both school and community functions.[4]

Sustainable design was incorporated in both the Tech Center and the Student Commons, including the use of durable materials (e.g., porcelain and pre-cast concrete panels), which will reduce the long-term impacts and cost of maintenance, and natural light and ventilation. Clerestory windows provide energy savings and a more comfortable environment.[5] The designs for the Student Commons and the Tech Center earned awards for Deems Lewis McKinley in 2004 from the Coalition for Adequate School Housing /[6] American Institute of Architects California Council (CASH / AIA CC).[7]

The NMHS theater is used by students, along with various outside groups, including the local Stage 1 Community Theatre for their five-production season.

In 2004 the school opened a 2,576-seat multipurpose gymnasium.[8] The gym, known to students as the New Gym (to differentiate between the original gym between the 700 and 500 buildings), hosts volleyball, basketball, and badminton matches.


As of the 2017–2018 school year, there were 1789 students enrolled. Racial and ethnic makeup was 52.2% Hispanic, 14.9% non-Hispanic white, 13.5% Asian, 9.9% Filipino, 4.5% African-American, 1.6% Pacific Islander, and 0.2% Native American.

During the year, there were 93 suspensions. The average class sizes were 27 for English and science, and 28 for mathematics and social science. Of the students graduating, 27.2% had completed the course requirements for admission to the University of California or the California State University systems.


As of the 2017–2018 school year, there were 81 teachers, of whom 76 had full credentials. There were the equivalent of 4 academic counselors, responsible for an average of 438 students each, and one librarian.[9]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Newark Memorial competes in 13 boys' sports and 14 girls' sports.[10] Newark competes in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), of the Bay Shore Area of North Coast Section, sanctioned by the California Interscholastic Federation. The seven other schools in the MVAL are James Logan High School of Union City, Moreau Catholic High School of Hayward, and the five public high schools in Fremont: American High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Irvington High School, Mission San Jose High School, and Washington High School.[11]

Since 1983, five Newark Memorial coaches have received NCS Honor Coach Awards: Sheri Boots, 1983, softball; Dennis Frese, 1986, girls' basketball; Jay Guerin, 1987, golf; Vance Wahlberg, 1989, and Paul Weiss, 2001, badminton.[12]

The school has staged productions including The Laramie Project, Les Misérables, Chicago, Aida, Urinetown, Beauty and the Beast, Assassins, Jesus Christ Superstar, Rent, The Wiz, Grease, A Streetcar Named Desire, Harvey, Cinderella, and Little Shop of Horrors.

The Newark Memorial High School band, which serves both as a marching and as an all-wind symphonic band, has performed during the Newark Days parade in Newark, the Double-Ten Parade in San Francisco, and in the Oracle Arena for a Newark Cougars game.

Newark Memorial holds an annual cultural program in March known as HATS, which stands for Hands Across Time & Space (originally stood for Have A Tolerant Spirit). It aims to allow students to display their culture in a creative way and learn about others. HATS is characterized by a series of cultural dances, performed by various clubs such as Filipino Student Union, MeCHA, Black Student Union, Creators University, Polynesian Club, and East Asian Student Union. Each participating club choreographs a dance to cultural music. Newark Memorial also has a Ballet Folklorico that has been in existence for over 10 years.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ WASC-ACS. "WASC-Accrediting Commission for Schools". Retrieved 2009-06-05.
  2. ^ NMHS, Home of the Cougars, accessed 2006-11-13
  3. ^ "Tri City Voice: Newark Memorial High School - Technology Center Dedication - February 3, 2004". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  4. ^ NMHS Student Commons Cafeteria Renovation & Expansion, Deems Lewis McKinley website, accessed 2006-11-13
  5. ^ NMHS Technology Center, DLM website, accessed 2006-11-13
  6. ^ "Coalition for Adequate School Housing". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  7. ^ DLM website, accessed 2006-11-13
  8. ^ "Tri City Voice: Newark Memorial High School Struts Its Stuff! - February 17, 2004". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  9. ^ "School Accountability Report Card for Newark Memorial High School". Newark Memorial High School. February 1, 2019. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  10. ^ "North Coast Section, School and Section Information". Archived from the original on 17 November 2006. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  11. ^ "North Coast Section, Conferences 2004 - 2008". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  12. ^ "North Coast Section, Honor Coaches". Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  13. ^ "Terry Alderete". Hispanic Community Affairs Council. Archived from the original on 12 December 2013. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
  14. ^ Perfect Pitch Online, 2003-04-22 Archived 2007-09-27 at the Wayback Machine
  15. ^ Linda Stone, Tri-City Voice, Local legend brews the blues, 2006-04-04
  16. ^ "RON THOMPSON - Blues Electronic Press Kit - myPPK Power Press Kit". Retrieved 24 April 2018.
  17. ^ Christopher Titus Biography Retrieved 2011-09-06
  18. ^ "Newark Memorial HS - Athlete Records - Womens". May 2005.

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