Pleasant Valley High School (California)

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Pleasant Valley High School
Pleasant Valley High School Chico CA.jpg
1475 East Avenue


Coordinates39°45′39″N 121°49′0″W / 39.76083°N 121.81667°W / 39.76083; -121.81667Coordinates: 39°45′39″N 121°49′0″W / 39.76083°N 121.81667°W / 39.76083; -121.81667
FounderAlex Brown, W
School districtChico Unified School District
PrincipalDamon Whittaker
Enrollment1,828 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Navy blue and white          
AthleticsBoys' tennis, girls' tennis, football, swimming, boys' basketball, girls' basketball, field hockey, softball, boys' soccer, girls' soccer, wrestling, cross country, golf, boys' volleyball, girls' volleyball, skiing, snowboarding, baseball, and track
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperThe Saga

Pleasant Valley High School is a public high school located in Chico, California. It was named a California Distinguished School in 2007.

Since 1970, Pleasant Valley has competed with cross-town rival Chico Senior High School at the annual Almond Bowl in junior varsity and varsity football.[2] The Almond Bowl series is currently tied at 23-23-1. The freshman game is referred to as the Peanut Bowl.[3][4]


Pleasant Valley High is the only California high school north of the Rosewood area to offer the IB Diploma Programme.[5] Pursuant to the Diploma Programme, it offers IB exams in English, Chemistry, Biology, History, French, Spanish, Japanese, Mathematics, and Theater Arts. The school's current IB coordinator is teacher Christine Callas.

Pleasant Valley High also offers a number of AP classes, including AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP World History, AP US History, AP Chemistry, AP Biology, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Spanish, and AP French. The school's current AP coordinator is Vice Principal Deanna Holen.

Along with several other high schools in the Chico Unified School District and throughout Butte County, Pleasant Valley offers a program known as College Connection,[6] which allows seniors to spend their senior year taking classes at the local community college, Butte College, instead of at the high school itself.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Pleasant Valley offers a variety of clubs and other extracurricular activities, including a school newspaper known as The Saga, California Scholarship Federation, Rotary Interact, Mock Trial team, Key Club, TOMS Club,[7] Gay-Straight Alliance, and Anime Club.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Pleasant Valley High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  2. ^ "Dave Davies column: Looking for memories of Almond Bowl". Chico Enterprise-Record. September 30, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  3. ^ WEINTRAUB-Sports, IRA (Oct 16, 2005). "Rodgers returns to watch Almond Bowl". Chico Enterprise-Record. Retrieved 2008-11-08.
  4. ^ Ponarul, Nellie (October 19, 2009). "The tradition plays on between rivals". Archived from the original on November 27, 2013.
  5. ^ "Participating IB Schools - California, Nevada". California Association of IB World Schools. Retrieved 26 November 2013.
  6. ^ College Connection - School and College Relations - Butte College
  7. ^ TOMS Campus Clubs

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