Rancho Bernardo High School
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|Rancho Bernardo High School|
|13010 Paseo Lucido
San Diego, California
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Poway Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Blue, White, and Silver|
|Newspaper||The Silver Spur|
|Website||Rancho Bernardo High School|
Rancho Bernardo High School, or RBHS, is a public high school in the Poway Unified School District of San Diego County, California. Rancho Bernardo High School opened in September 1990 as the district's third high school. There are approximately 2,300 students in grades 9 through 12, and approximately 101 faculty members.
- 1 Academics
- 2 School Safety
- 3 Athletics
- 4 Instrumental Music Program
- 5 Controversies
- 6 Notable alumni
- 7 See also
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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The school computes grades on an A-F system. Starting with the 2007–2008 school year, the high school stopped providing rankings on school transcripts.
Led by physics/chemistry teacher Yvonne Eibeck, RBHS Science Olympiad consists of about 90 students broken into 6 teams. In February, they host a middle school Science Olympiad competition on the RBHS campus. Following the middle school competition, they attend the Division C San Diego Regional SO competition where the team has historically placed high. Due to their consistent success in the regional competition, the RBHS Science Olympiad team has been invited to compete in the SoCal State Science Olympiad Competition every year (except 2010) since 2008. The Science Olympiad team has existed since at least 1997.
According to the California Department of Education and a Channel 8 news report (October 2012) Rancho Bernardo High School is considered the third safest high school in San Diego county. The report based the rankings on the schools with the lowest violence and drug rates based on suspension statistics.
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Rancho Bernardo is a Division I school competing in the Palomar League against Poway High School, Mount Carmel High School, Westview High School, Torrey Pines High School, and Canyon Crest Academy. The school's sports teams go by the name "The Broncos". Their school colors are blue, silver, and white.
Some famous athletes to come from Rancho Bernardo are MLB baseball players Cole Hamels, Alex Jackson, and Hank Blalock. Rancho Bernardo High School has a reputation for being heavily focused on baseball. According to the book Moneyball, Rancho Bernardo is known in baseball circles as "The Factory" due to the consistent quality of players being produced from its program and later going on to either college, minor, or major leagues. MLB First draft picks include Cole Hamels (2002), Danny Putnam 2001 graduate (2004 out of Stanford University), Allan Dykstra (2008), and Gosuke Katoh 2013 graduate (drafted 66th overall by the New York Yankees).
In 2015, the high schools football team followed their mantra "Finish The Mission" by prevailing in their division and winning a state title.
Instrumental Music Program
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Rancho Bernardo Royal Regiment
Their marching band, the Royal Regiment, is under the direction of Duane Otani. The Royal Regiment has nearly 200 students participating, which consists of the band, the percussion, and the color guard. During the fall, they compete in several tournaments in San Diego County and one in Los Angeles county, the Arcadia tournament. Each time that the Mount Carmel tournament has taken place in the last fourteen years (it did not take place in 2007 due to the Witch Creek fire and the other fires that were devastating San Diego county), they have won the top award in every category of judgment, and earned numerous sweepstakes . At the Arcadia tournament, one of the largest in Southern California, they have won the Grand Sweepstakes: Championship award (the tournament’s highest honor) as well as “The Mace,” the top honor for the marching segment of the competition, without an upset from 2001 to 2014. In 2013, the Royal Regiment won 1st place (gold) at the SCSBOA 6A Championships. They have also been hosting the Rancho Bernardo High School Field Tournament since 2008.
During the spring season, the students get separated into 3 bands; Concert Band II, Concert Band I, and Wind Ensemble, based on audition.
In a 1997 incident, three baseball players pleaded guilty to sodomizing a new teammate with a broom handle in the locker room after a game. The school district paid $675,000 to settle the claim and the three players were sentenced to time in juvenile hall. The students stated there was a tradition of hazing in which older team members would threaten to rape incoming freshmen players, or would perform simulated rape.
In April 2002, one of the school's assistant principals forced female students at a school dance to lift their clothing and expose their underwear, in search of G-strings and thongs. The district said the reason for the check was to "ensure appropriate school dress." Rita Wilson, the assistant principal involved in this incident, was later demoted to a teaching position.
In November 2007, a noose along with written racial slurs were found inside the school's performing arts center. As of December 2007, Poway Unified School District administrators have confirmed that a student has been identified and now the hate crime has been recognized as a misunderstanding and no action has been taken.
In April and May 2008, eight students were identified for hacking into the school's website, downloading teacher files, distributing tests to students, and altering transcripts. Assistant Principal Keith Koelzer issued a memo to teachers regarding the students involved. The memo was later released to The San Diego Union-Tribune for printing.
In October 2013, before the homecoming game vs Del Norte (a rival school) took place, the school was covered in swastikas, profane language, and other drawn obscenities. It was believed to be a student from Del Norte- however, it was eventually learned that the student attended Rancho Bernardo High School and action was taken against the student for his behavior.
- Eugene Amano, offensive lineman for the Tennessee Titans
- Hank Blalock, third baseman for the Texas Rangers
- Tom DeLonge, guitarist and vocalist for Blink-182
- Cole Hamels, pitcher for the Texas Rangers
- Anurag Kashyap, winner of the 2005 Scripps National Spelling Bee
- Gosuke Katoh, second baseman for the New York Yankees
- David Kennedy, guitarist for Hazen Street and Angels and Airwaves
- Stephanie Kim, singer and dancer in TSZX The Grace
- Reed McKenna, professional soccer midfielder for Oklahoma City Energy FC
- Danny Putnam, outfielder for the Oakland Athletics
- Scott Raynor, drummer for Blink-182
- Jelynn Rodriguez, actor on the show The Drop
- "Rancho Bernardo High - Reports (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2013-06-07.
- Rancho Bernardo High School U.S. News and World Report, 2014
- "Sports hazing incidents". ESPN.
- Yang, Eleanor (May 1, 2002). "Rancho Bernardo High official suspended over underwear inspection". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
- Whitaker, Barbara (June 19, 2002). "Underwear Check Leads To Demotion". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
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