Rancho Buena Vista High School

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Coordinates: 33°09′50.11″N 117°14′50.57″W / 33.1639194°N 117.2473806°W / 33.1639194; -117.2473806

Rancho Buena Vista High School
1601 Longhorn Drive
Vista, California

United States
Type Public School
Motto Excellence through Unity!
Established 1988
School district Vista Unified School District
Principal Charles Schindler (Start 2012-)
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,300+ (2008)
Color(s)           Maroon and Silver
Mascot Longhorn
Newspaper The Bull's Eye

Rancho Buena Vista High School or "RBV" is a California Distinguished School and International Baccalaureate Organization World School, located in Vista, California. [1] In the 1990-1991 and 1994-1995 school years Rancho Buena Vista High School was awarded the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education [2], the highest award an American school can receive.


Rancho Buena Vista High School, often shortened locally to "RBV," "Rancho," or "The Ranch," was opened in September 1987. It is a comprehensive, public secondary school in the Vista Unified School District. It is among one of the largest schools in San Diego County with over 3,300 enrolled students. As of January 2015, Rancho Buena Vista High School is one of the 761 schools in the United States offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. It was the first school in the State of California to adopt this rigorous program of study.

The school's mascot is the Longhorn, and its colors are maroon and silver. The current principal is Charles Schindler with assistant principals Carlos Gomez, Eileen Hermansen, and Heather Golly. Shannon Garcia, a former assistant principal, recently transferred to the principal position at Bobier Elementary.


The athletic program at RBVHS currently offers Marching Band, Color Guard, Cheer, Dance, Ballet Folklorico, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo, Golf, Basketball, Soccer, Wrestling, Softball, Baseball, Swimming, Track & Field, and Football. [3]


Known for yearly participation in the National History Day competition, an annual United Service Organizations (USO) show, [4][5] and its ArtSplash festival, [6][7][8][9] RBV boasts award-winning programs in theatre [10], music, and graphic design/digital arts. Many students participate in a large internship programme, AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), the Regional Occupational Program (ROP), IB Diploma and Certificate Programmes and Advanced Placement (AP) classes. Rancho's Cross Country teams are perennially state-ranked, and the varsity Academic Team won the San Diego County Academic League Championship in 2006.[11].


Staff & Select Enrollment (2006-2007 data)[12]

  • Number of full-time paraprofessional staff: 3
  • Number of part-time paraprofessional staff: 23
  • Number of full-time office/clerical staff: 12
  • Number of part-time office/clerical staff: 2
  • Number of full-time other staff: 16
  • Number of part-time other staff 1
  • Enrollment in algebra or algebra II: 531
  • Enrollment in advanced math course: 598
  • Enrollment in first year chemistry: 472
  • Enrollment in first year physics: 197
  • Career-technical education enrollment: 260
  • Total Classroom Teachers: 131

Number of students (2009-2010 data)[13][14]

  • Total students: 3,061
  • 50.7% Male / 49.3% Female
  • Grade 9: 752 students
  • Grade 10: 815 students
  • Grade 11: 794 students
  • Grade 12: 700 students

Student % by Ethnicity[15]

  • 1% American Indian
  • 6% Asian
  • 35% Hispanic
  • 7% Black
  • 50% White
  • 1% Unknown

Student drop outs (2005-2006 data)[citation needed]

  • Number of 9th Grade Drop Outs: 37
  • Number of 10th Grade Drop Outs: 84
  • Number of 11th Grade Drop Outs: 27
  • Number of 12th Grade Drop Outs: 107

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Dave Roberts (1990): Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers [1]
  • Victor Santa Cruz (1990): Head Football coach Azusa Pacific University
  • Eric Kunze (1990): Broadway actor and singer.[2]
  • Deven May (1989): Broadway actor and performer
  • R. Jason McLeod (1989): Baseball Executive: Chicago Cubs Vice-President
  • Von Ware: (1994) Olympian, High School State and US National Triple Jump Champion:[3]
  • Joshua Pruett: Writer, Animation. Emmy nominee for Outstanding Animated Program, Phineas and Ferb (2016)
  • Jennifer Rias: (2000) Broadway actor and performer
  • Jesse English: (2002) MLB Pitcher
  • Brandon Halsey: School wrestling record for wins at 150-16; professional mixed martial artist
  • Tony Wolters: (2010) Catcher for the Colorado Rockies [4]
  • Rowan Zorilla: (2013) Professional Skateboarder for Vans[5]


Rancho Buena Vista High School is featured in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2 (2000),[citation needed] created by San Diego native Tony Hawk. The school's Longhorn emblem is displayed on the wall of one of the buildings in the school level. Dave Roberts, former Major League Baseball player and current manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is Rancho Buena Vista High School's most notable graduate.


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