Norte Vista High School

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Norte Vista High School
6585 Crest Avenue
Riverside, California 92503
United States
Coordinates 33°56′58″N 117°28′28″W / 33.949492°N 117.474484°W / 33.949492; -117.474484Coordinates: 33°56′58″N 117°28′28″W / 33.949492°N 117.474484°W / 33.949492; -117.474484
Type Public
Opened September 1961
School district Alvord Unified School District
Principal Jason Marquez
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,189 (2014–15)[1]
Color(s) Red               
Athletics conference CIF River Valley League
Nickname Braves

Norte Vista High School is a high school in Riverside, California, part of the Alvord Unified School District, and the home of the Norte Vista Braves.


Norte Vista (or Novi) started as a junior high school, named Arlington Junior High, from 1958 to 1961. The first graduating class was in 1964.

In 2015, Norte Vista was awarded the Gold Ribbon Award, which temporarily replaces the California Distinguished schools program. The gold ribbon award recognizes the few schools that demonstrate academic excellence and outstanding test scores.[2]

In 2017, Norte Vista was nationally recognized in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, and was awarded a bronze medal.

International Baccalaureate[edit]

The first class of students from Norte Vista High School who graduated from the International Baccalaureate program did so in 2010. Since the addition of this program, there has been a shift in the culture of education at this high school. The IB program at Norte Vista is different from those at other schools because of the emphasis the program puts on mentoring and personal relationships, giving back to the community, and pushing the students to constantly set the bar higher than what they expect. Because of this, many students at Norte Vista have been able to go to college and succeed there that normally would not have.

Some awards that the IBNV program has received include:

  • 2014 Riverside County Champions on the Rise
  • 2012 California Association of World Schools Spotlight School
  • IB Model Program

Fine and Performing Arts[edit]

Norte Vista High School has a drama program, an art program, a choir program, and a band program.


Norte Vista High School is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation River Valley League. Sports offered include tennis, volleyball, cheer-leading, cross country, football, soccer, wrestling, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, softball, swimming and water polo, and track and field.

Norte Vista has won numerous league championships in all sports combined and has won several CIF southern section championships. Norte Vista is very well rounded with all sports in that they all end up very high in state and national rankings.


  1. ^ "Norte Vista High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 6, 2017. 
  2. ^ "2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award - Year 2015 (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved January 13, 2018.