Pittsburg High School (California)

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Pittsburg High School
1750 Harbor Street
Pittsburg, California, Contra Costa, 94565
United States
Coordinates 38°01′12″N 121°53′04″W / 38.0199209°N 121.8844027°W / 38.0199209; -121.8844027Coordinates: 38°01′12″N 121°53′04″W / 38.0199209°N 121.8844027°W / 38.0199209; -121.8844027[1]
School district Pittsburg Unified School District
Principal Todd Whitmire
Vice principal Will Dunford
Teaching staff 102 FTE[2]
Grades K-12
Enrollment 2700[2]
Student to teacher ratio 22:1[2]
Athletics pee-wee
Mascot Pirate
Nickname Pitt, Littsburg
Team name Pirates

Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg, Contra Costa County, California is a suburban school serving all of Pittsburg. It has been in operation since 1924. Over 2,200 students attend the school yearly. The school used to be divided into three campuses: East Campus, Main Campus, and North Campus, but since the remodeling of the school, the East campus has been torn down. Students of each grade (9-12) attend both North and Main campus. The school's marching band has received various invitations, including to the 2009 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, the Florida Gator Bowl in 2011, and the Arizona Fiesta Bowl in 2012. The band participated in the 2013/2014 New Year's Day Parade in London, England. The school's vision "is to be a safe, engaging, cooperative, and respectful academic environment, promoting success for all students."[3]


Pittsburg High School (PHS) is well known for their football team which has reached the NCS final several times consecutively, losing to rival De La Salle. Pittsburg High School's football team was the last team to beat De La Salle High School's football team prior to their national record winning streak; that game was played in 1991, in which Pittsburg High won the NCS championship at the Oakland Coliseum. Many alumni are now competing for Division I programs, e.g. Jason Crawley (Fresno State), WR; Michael Togafau (University of Idaho), DE; Albert Toeaina (University of Tennessee), OT; Ra'shon Harris (University of Oregon), DE; Matt Lemley (Sacramento State), OG; Denton Tuiasosopo (Sacramento State), OL; Deric Davis (Portland State), WR; and many have gone to the NFL.

The school also offers several other sports including soccer, baseball, track and field, softball, cross country, basketball, golf, tennis, wrestling, swimming, and cheerleading.

Deer Valley High vs. Pittsburg High Incident

On the night of October 16th, 2015, The Pittsburg High Marching Band was playing the National Anthem. During the time they were playing, the Deer Valley High School (California) football team were practicing on the field, interrupting the band's performance. One of the players proceed to spit on one of the band players. This was considered controversial for all students. The Next day, the superintendent of Antioch Unified School District said in an email,“Both Antioch and Pittsburg school district administration will jointly review the events that occurred prior to the start of last evening’s football game. Based upon the review, any disciplinary action needed will be taken." Nethertheless, Pittsburg High won the game, despite the incident. The video was posted on Facebook by The PHS Marching Band. Many students received some minor injuries during this outburst, & now Deer Valley High is planning on suing Pittsburg High for this incident.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Mario Delgado (aka Mars) (born April 18, 1980) is a Mexican-American hip-hop artist widely known around the world for his brand of horrorcore rap persona. Mars attended Pittsburg High School's Adult Education program as one of its youngest accepted attendees after the school board met with the artist and learned of his rising achievements in both business and music. He has gone on to appear on TV and the cover of several publications documenting his career as a recording artist.
  • Teresita Perez Jayme (a.k.a. Tessie Jayme) (born September 17, 1944) is a Filipino-American author and novelist. Before graduating Pittsburg Senior High in 1962, she received the 1961-62 Parents Club Award for English. In her Junior and Senior years, she was editor of Sine Qua Non, a literary magazine which published students’ creative work; in addition, she was the 1961-62 Editor of the high school yearbook. Since graduating, she has four published books (as “Tessie Jayme”) available at Amazon.com and various ebook venues. Non-fiction: BOOK OF YES, I DREAMT I WAS NAKED; Fiction: ATOP PEGASUS, BLACK CLOUDS IN MANILA trilogy. Her most recent work, BLACK CLOUDS IN MANILA, is a heavily researched account of a family who survives the Japanese occupation in the Philippines during World War II, inspired by true events in the author’s life.
  • Eddie Hart (born April 24, 1949) is a former American athlete, winner of gold medal in 4x100 m relay at the 1972 Summer Olympics. Born in Martinez, California, Eddie Hart won, as a University of California student, the NCAA championships in 100 yd dash in 1970. Mr. Hart is a Pittsburg High School graduate and active community member. Another notable alum is John Henry Johnson a member of the golden backfield on the San Francisco 49ers and was elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  • John Henry Johnson (born November 24, 1929 in Waterproof, Louisiana) was an American football fullback who played professionally from 1954 to 1965 for the San Francisco 49ers, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Houston Oilers. When he retired after the 1966 season, his 6,803 career rushing yards ranked him behind only Jim Brown, Jim Taylor, and Joe Perry as the top ground gainers of all time. Johnson also was an excellent pass receiver with 186 receptions for 1,478 yards. He scored 330 points on 55 touchdowns in his career. He was an integral part of the "Million Dollar Backfield” that included future Hall of Famers Hugh McElhenny, Y. A. Tittle, and Perry. Johnson was traded to Detroit in 1957 and then to Pittsburgh in 1960. It was with the Steelers that John Henry enjoyed his finest seasons. In both 1962 and 1964, he broke the 1,000-yard rushing barrier, the first Steeler to achieve that lofty level. It was with the Lions, however, that he participated in his only NFL title game, the 1957 contest that saw Detroit overwhelm the Cleveland Browns, 59-14. Johnson was a key figure in the Lions’ title drive that year and wound up as the club's leading rusher with 621 yards. Johnson was selected to play in the 1955, 1963, 1964, and 1965 Pro Bowl Games.
  • Ken Simonton (born June 7, 1979) was a two-sport (football and baseball) star for the Pittsburg High School Pirates. As a sophomore, Simonton rushed for 1,135 yards in 10 games on 105 carries for an average of 10.8 yards per carry. In his junior year, he rushed for 785 yards in eight games on 47 carries for an average of 16.7 yards per carry. For his senior season, Simonton rushed for 960 yards on 92 carries for a 10.4 yard average and scored 23 touchdowns. Simonton was a three-time all-league selection as a running back and he was also named all-league as a defensive back in his senior year. He was a first-team All-Northern California selection, a first-team all-region selection by the Contra Costa Times and was named Offensive Player of the Year in the region by Sports Focus. Simonton played outfield for the Pirates baseball team and was all-league as a sophomore, junior and senior. He was listed in Parade Magazine in 1996 as one of the top 100 college baseball prospects in the nation. He attended Oregon State where he led them to a 41-9 victory over Notre Dame and an 11-1 record. He holds the all-time rushing record at Oregon State with 5,044 yards. He was an undrafted rookie who played in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers, Buffalo Bills, Detroit Lions and with the CFL's Calgary Stampeders.


  1. ^ "Free US Geocoder". Retrieved 2010-05-27. 
  2. ^ a b c "school-stats.com". Retrieved 2010-05-21. 
  3. ^ http://www.pittsburg.k12.ca.us/Page/1342

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