Reedley High School
Together, we will reach the treasure.Respect, Honor, Success
|Location||Reedley, California, United States|
|Sports||CIF Central/ Div. II/ NYL|
|Colors||Kelly Green and White|
Reedley High School is the first public high school in Reedley, California and in the Kings Canyon Unified School District. The marching band is one of the largest marching bands in the West Coast. The school was established in 1918 and has since created many unique traditions for the high school. Pirate Pride is instilled in every alumnus and student at RHS especially at sporting events and competitions. Every year, Reedley High hosts the Fresno County Academic Decathlon Scrimmage and a CMEA Music Festival.
There are approximately 1,900 students who attend Reedley High. The racial makeup of the school is 47% White, >1% Black or African American, >1% Native American, 2% Asian, 1% Filipino 1% from other races. 48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino.
The school's mascot is the Mighty Pirate also known as Pete the Pirate. RHS school colors are Kelly Green & White. Reedley High School participates in sports as a Div. II school in the CIF Central Section and play in the North Yosemite League (NYL). They have won many CIF Div. II championships and their cross country team is persistently dominant. The sports at RHS include:
|Football||Soccer||Track & Field|
|Swimming & Diving|
|Volleyball||Soccer||Track & Field|
|Tennis||Swimming & Diving|
Reedley High School gives students many options in what type of classes they want to take. From basic classes such as English 9 to creative classes such as Children's Literature, Chicano Literature, American Literature, English Literature, Creative Prose & Poetry. Reedley High School offers many electives such as the VROP classes that offer hands-on career experience, video production, computer graphics and design, woodshop, automechanics, floral design, virtual enterprise, on your own, fashion, Microsoft certification, photography, veterinary science, peer counseling, student council, fitness and conditioning, and many other specialty classes. RHS offers many AP classes and Honors classes ranging from English to Psychology and French to World Cultures. There are also many academically-related clubs and activities that are active throughout the campus.
One of the clubs or commonly known as classes, on the Reedley High Campus that adds lots of potential, success and leadership ability is the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC), which is located within Area 11 just one out of few other ROTC programs, this class is conducted by Retired Naval personnel, a Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) and Naval Science Instructor (NSI), which is determined by the rank given within their time served in the navy. During the years of 2001 to 2006 Master Chief James Okray (SNSI) and Chief Petty Officer Joseph Arruda (NSI) were the two teachers upholding the classes to their fullest potential along the sides of the students, the fourth years which normally consist of ranking officers teaching the third second and first years how to gain leadership ability and military knowledge. In 2006 Master Chief Okray moved on to bigger and better things leaving RHS with a new SNSI in the class, Reedley High gained Lt. Commander David J.Brunkhorst who served 25 years in the Navy and retired in 2006 to teach at Reedley High school along the side of Chief Petty Officer Joseph Arruda. In the year 2006/2007 the Unit won an Outstanding Achievement for Area 11. In 2007 Lt. Commander David J Brunkhorst left the school as did fellow Chief Petty Officer Joseph Arruda, leaving the Reedley High NJROTC program to settle with two more teachers, little did this unit know Master Chief James Okray (NSI) came back to teach, the unit also gained Warrant Officer Daryl Stocking (SNSI) from the Parlier ROTC program, this year 2007/2008 The program has proven to have one of the best shooting teams in the West. 2008 will be Warrant Officer Daryl Stockings last year as the SNSI here at Reedley High, because he filed a grievance against the district concerning pay and the Superintendent of Personnel didn't renew his contact. RHS will be gaining yet another SNSI in the last three years.
The music program has been very successful as well. The majority of the students haven't taken any type of private lessons. The marching band competes in many festivals and always seem to be the favorite or most talked about.The biggest competition is the annual Selma Band Review. In 2000, the marching band consisted of 400 members and were personally invited to participate in the 2000 Rose Parade. The Band's 325 members regularly tour Northern and Southern California and have participated in the Hollywood Christmas Parade, the Disneyland Christmas Parade, the San Jose Holiday Parade, the Raiders Pre-game show, the Hawaiian Punch Bowl, and many other famous events. After marching season, the music students are divided into 4 music programs by audition. The 5 directors hold auditions and decide whether that student should go to Intermediate Band, Triad Band, Concert Band, or Symphonic Band for concert season.
RHS also has an award winning vocal program with students auditioning to be placed into the 4 singing groups, the highest being Madrigals which consists of only 8-10 singers. The RHS Madrigals traveled to New York City to compete in a music festival and received many 1st place awards.
Clubs & activities
Reedley High has many clubs such as the:
- LEO Club
- Future Farmers of America
- Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (NJROTC)
- Spanish Club
- Asian Persuasion
- Key Club
- Students for Peace
- Catholics in Action (C.I.A) Club
- Entre Nous
- Science Club
- German Club
- French Club
- Academic Decathlon
- Bilingual Club
- Computer Club
- Drama Club
- Forensics Club
- Generation Green
RHS hosts a week of events filled with activities and dress-up days during Homecoming Week, WinterFest, Spring Week, and other special events. There are also tons of things to do after school and many activities
The school publications are:
The Porcupine (School Yearbook)
The Paragon (School Newspaper)
The Navigator (School Newsletter)