Rialto Unified School District

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Rialto Unified School District
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Rialto, California
San Bernardino County
United States
District information
GradesK through 12
SuperintendentDr.Cuauhtémoc Avila (Superintendent)
Other information

Rialto Unified School District is a school district in Rialto, California. The Superintendent is Dr. Cuauhtémoc Avila. The president of the Board of Education is Joseph W. Martinez.[1]

The school district has about 26,485 students, 3,800 staff, and a budget of about $200 million.


The district's first schoolhouse, which opened in 1888, was a part of the Brooke School District. The Rialto school district was formed out of the Brooke district on April 9, 1891.[2]

Holocaust writing assignment controversy[edit]

in 2014, the school district and its interim superintendent were criticized for introducing a writing assignment which asked students to argue that the Holocaust did not happen.[3] This assignment was given to all 8th grade students.[4] Students were provided with a very limited selection of sources, including material from a known Holocaust denial website, but were not allowed access to the internet or other materials that show that this material had been discredited. A follow-up investigation by The San Bernardino Sun found that (contrary to the district's initial claims) at least 50 of the 2,000 students taking the test ended up concluding that the Holocaust did not occur. The district has apologized and promised not to repeat the exercise, and also sent all the eighth graders to visit the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, a museum known for its exhibits about the Holocaust.[5]


On May 10, 2014 Kolb Middle School won the first ever championship for its district. They beat Jehue Middle School, 36-34.

The undefeated 5-0 Cougars faced Jehue (4-1) on May 15, 2015. Kolb beat them again, by a blowout of 60-15. They were the only school to score double digits on the Cougars all season. The Cougars were the First team in the district to have an undefeated wrestling season, 6-0.

Elementary schools[edit]

  • Levi Bemis Bobcats
  • J. Calvin Boyd Bulldogs
  • Merle S.Casey Cougars
  • Sam V. Curtis Colts
  • Helen L. Dollahan Dalmatians
  • George H. Dunn Dolphins
  • Dr. Edward M. Fitzgerald Foxes
  • Dr. Ernest Garcia Grizzlies
  • Lida M. Henry Hawks
  • Elizabeth T. Hughbanks Huskies
  • J. P. Kelley Koalas
  • A. H. Morgan Mustangs
  • Georgia F. Morris Mountain Lions
  • W. A.Myers Dragons
  • Lena M. Preston Panthers
  • Samuel W. Simpson Seahawks
  • W. J. C. Trapp Timberwolves
  • Charlotte Nan Werner, opening July 2008 [1]

Secondary schools[edit]


  1. ^ http://kec.rialto.k12.ca.us/board
  2. ^ "120 Years of RUSD - A Look Back..." (Archive). Rialto Unified School District. Retrieved on July 1, 2014.
  3. ^ Rocha, Veronica. "Rialto school officials apologize for Holocaust assignment." Los Angeles Times. May 8, 2014. Retrieved on July 1, 2014.
  4. ^ Yarbrough, Beau. "Exclusive: Rialto Unified defends writing assignment on confirming or denying Holocaust" (Archive). San Bernardino Sun. May 4, 2014. Retrieved on July 1, 2014.
  5. ^ Beau Yarbrough, "Holocaust denied by students in Rialto school assignment", The San Bernardino Sun, July 11, 2014.

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