Redlands East Valley High School

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Redlands East Valley High School
Redlands East Valley High School.jpg
Inside the campus, facing northeast
Address
31000 East Colton Avenue
Redlands, California, 92374
United States
Information
School type Public, Secondary
Established September 1997
School district Redlands Unified School District
Principal John Maloney
Grades 9 through 12
Enrollment Over 2,300 students
Color(s) Red , white and black
              
Mascot Wildcat
Rival Redlands High School
Information (909) 389-2500
Website
OriginalREVHSlogo.jpg

Redlands East Valley High School (REVHS, Redlands East Valley, or REV) is a public high school in Redlands, California, USA, near the San Bernardino Mountains. The school opened in the 1997-1998 school year as part of the Redlands Unified School District.

Colors and mascot[edit]

The school colors of REV are red, white and black. Red and white were chosen to contrast with the blue and white of cross-town rivals Redlands High School (RHS). The same rationale chose the Wildcat as REV mascot, which contrasts with the RHS Terrier.

Design[edit]

The school is a 264,000-square-foot (24,500 m2) comprehensive high school located on a 57-acre (230,000 m2) sloping site. Designed to house 2,500 students but currently housing about 2,400 students, the school includes administration facilities, media center, theater and performing arts facility, multi-purpose facility, gymnasium, fine arts building and specialized educational classrooms. Site improvements include a pool facility, track and football field, tennis courts, basketball courts, and baseball and softball fields.

An element in the design was a focus on the media center and its application of technology. A path that circles the media center leads visitors to all the major facilities. Concrete masonry, exposed structural steel, glass and metal roofs make up the majority of the building exteriors.

The school cost US$35,000,000 (41 million 1995) to build and was completed in September, 1997. The roof of the Media Center Library was designed to look like an opened book. The performing arts building was designed to look like a piano, complete with black and white tiles on the floor in the piano lab. The Performing Arts Theater is named in honor of Harry Blackstone Jr., a stage magician who lived in Redlands.

Student government[edit]

The Associated Student Body (ASB) in Room K-110 of REV coordinates all student activities, and oversees and approves the financial transactions for the school in accordance with California state laws. This class, known as student government, is under the direction of the Student Activities Director Matt Fashempour, and its members are elected and selected for one year terms.

Each grade level picks a class president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and two representatives to represent their grade level's interest in school decisions. The most senior elected positions at the school are the ASB President, ASB Vice-President, ASB Secretary, and the ASB Treasurer, which make up the ASB Cabinet. Candidates for a position in the ASB Cabinet are seniors, will have served at least one prior year in student government, and are elected by the entire student body.

The ASB style of student government has come under scrutiny in recent years, with many questioning the legitimacy of the entire process, especially in the fact that only "approved" candidates can run for positions. Although anyone within the ASB period may run for office, the fact that the class is selective and requires an interview and application tarnishes the democratic process that is supposedly paralleling real electoral process in the adult world.

Many students have taken up to protesting with their ballots; instead of voting between no confidence and a single running candidate, some students have taken up the banner of Pedro, with several ballots every year returning to the office with a written in vote for the mysterious unofficial candidate.

Yearbook[edit]

The Odyssey yearbook is a full-color yearbook, with pictures and faces of all things related to the ending school year. The 2014-2015 school year is the beginning of a new Odyssey Era with Photography and Digital Art Teacher, Kelly Tilson directing the yearbook staff.

Mock Trial and Academic Decathlon[edit]

The Academic Decathlon and Mock Trial are coached by Mr. Ed Berman, also known as "The Hebrew Hammer" or just "B" to the students. Known for his lovable character, Mr. Ed Berman is a favorite among students at REV.

Controversy[edit]

Racial tensions arose when a picture taken during a cheerleading exercise to promote team-building was held that was called, "Gangsta Day". The image featured students dressed as 'Latino Gangsters' with baggy pants, plaid shirts, heavy eye make-up, and pregnant teenagers. The principal John Maloney came under heavy fire when he made comments during a graduation ceremony praising the girls for their 'strength and courage'.[1]

Accelerated classes[edit]

Accelerated classes include:

  • AP English Language
  • AP English Literature
  • AP Spanish
  • AP US History
  • AP French
  • AP European History
  • AP Government
  • AP Economics
  • AP Calculus (AB and BC)
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Art History
  • AP Studio Art (2D and 3D)
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Physics
  • AP Environmental Science
  • English 9H
  • English 10H
  • Plane geometry 9H
  • Algebra II E
  • Math analysis E

(Students in the 9th grade take honors courses, while students that are in 10th-12th take AP)

Graduation requirements[edit]

225 total credits including:

  • 8 semesters of English 9-12
  • 6 semesters of social studies
  • 4 semesters of science (life & physical)
  • 4 semesters of mathematics (including 2 semesters of Algebra I for the Class of 2004 and on)
  • 4 semesters of physical education
  • 2 semesters of fine arts or foreign language
  • 1 semester of health/geography.

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Orchestra[edit]

  • String orchestra
  • Pit orchestra
  • Percussion orchestra

Band[edit]

Director:Adelle Glass

The REVHS music bands include:

  • Symphonic Band
  • Wind Ensemble
  • Jazz Band
  • Chamber Ensembles
  • Full Orchestra
  • String Orchestra
  • Marching Band
  • Piano Ensembles
  • Percussion Ensemble
  • Drumline
  • Winterguard
  • Concert band

Groups have performed and competed at places including San Diego, Las Vegas, Sydney, London, San Francisco, Washington DC, Dublin, and Long Beach.

The REVHS Marching Wildcats won the bronze medal at the 2009 SCSBOA Class 4A Championship.[citation needed]

Choirs[edit]

Director:Rita Stevens

  • East Valley Singers (EVS)- auditioned chamber choir
  • Advanced Women's Ensemble (AWE)- auditioned classical choir
  • Sweet Sensations- AWE's division 1 Show Choir
  • Bella Voce- auditioned classical and division 2 Show Choir
  • Treble Choir- non-audition choir for girls
  • Concert Choir- non-audition men's choir
  • Men's Barber Shop- audition octet men's group (two per part/section)

Theatre Arts[edit]

Two major productions are performed yearly in the Blackstone Theatre.

The Theatre Arts Department is headed by Kathleen Johnson. Her husband, Glen Johnson, helps Mrs. Johnson in producing and directing the school's productions, while also teaching Video Production and coordinating REV's weekly Friday show, REVweek.

Football[edit]

The Redlands East Valley Wildcats play in the Citrus Belt League. The Head Coach is Kurt Bruich who has been at REV for 13 years. Head Coach, Kurt Bruich has transformed REV Football and has led his team at one point to Number #2 in the state and #17 in the nation.[citation needed] With REV's victory over the Citrus Hill Hawks on November 28, 2014, the school became the first in the district since 1979 to reach the CIF finals. On December 5, 2014, Redlands East Valley won their first CIF championship in football, defeating Riverside Poly 36-33. Two weeks later, the Wildcats won their first ever state championship at the StubHub Center, defeating Clayton Valley Charter High School of Concord, 34-33 in the Division II championship game.

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Robinson, Belinda (15 June 2015). "High school principal praises students for their 'strength and courage' over fallout from racist photo showing them dressed up as 'Latino gangsters' last year". DMG Media. dailymail.com. Retrieved 17 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Marshall, Pete (May 3, 2012). "Andriese is on". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  3. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (July 1, 2011). "Chatwood uses his fast pass". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  4. ^ Trudgeon, Kevin (April 11, 2010). "Donovan returning to REV". Redlands Daily Facts. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  5. ^ DiGiovanna, Mike (November 30, 2012|). "Angels trade Jordan Walden to Braves for starter Tommy Hanson". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 8, 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (November 30, 2012). "Angels get Hanson from Braves for Walden". MLB.com. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ Weinburg, David (October 5, 2013). "Three-and-out with Eagles running back Chris Polk". The Press of Atlantic City. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ Brown, Obrey (December 19, 2013). "Ex-Wildcat Polk found goal line in Eagles’ win". Highland Community News. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  9. ^ Condotta, Bob (December 18, 2010). "Chris Polk has back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing seasons for Washington". Seattle Times. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 

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