Richmond High School (Richmond, California)
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|Richmond High School|
1250 - 23rd St.
|School district||West Contra Costa Unified School District|
|Principal||Jose DeLeon; Vice Principals Rocio Reyes, Michael Hatcher, John Hillyer|
|Faculty||Elsa Torres, Luis Mazariegos, Veronica Vega, Zenaida Rivera-Camacho, Lola Verdin|
|Teaching staff||67.80 (FTE)|
|Student to teacher ratio||21.32|
|Athletics||Football, baseball, soccer, volleyball, badminton, basketball, tennis, swimming|
|Athletics conference||CIF North Coast Section - ACCAL|
|Website||Richmond High School|
Richmond High School opened on August 5, 1907, in a two-room building on Standard Avenue with 36 students, three teachers, one principal, and one supervising principal. In 1908 a new building was erected for $85,000 on 23rd Street near Macdonald Avenue. It serviced students in a 34 square mile radius; it currently services half of North Richmond, south of Parr Blvd., and part of the Iron Triangle. On August 13, 1928, Richmond High School opened at its present location with 859 students. The building had two main features: a tower that resembled the tower at the University of California and the “rock”, the symbol of the school’s strong foundation. It was the only high school for students from five surrounding cities and five unincorporated areas. In the 1960s the old building was deemed unsafe, and the students and staff were relocated to two different campuses for a few years until the new school was built on the site. It reopened in 1969: the tower was removed but the “rock” remained. Since its reopening in 1969 the building has undergone some interior changes to the main building as teachers felt they could not teach in an open court situation. Walls were added to divide large spaces into contained classrooms. Currently, Richmond High School is one of six comprehensive high schools that serves the students of the inner city of Richmond and San Pablo.
In 2009 a student was raped on the school property over a period of hours by multiple individuals. The incident received national publicity.
In 2019 a P.E. teacher who worked at the school was arrested for an inappropriate relationship with an underage student.
According to Richmond High School's annually published School Accountability Report Card (SARC), the school has a predominantly Hispanic or Latino student base, accounting for 76.43% of its total enrollment. The SARC report also cites that 75% of the student base is "socioeconomically disadvantaged", with 54% designated as "English learners".
By multiple measures, Richmond High School's academic performance is extremely poor. African-American and Latino students performed worse than the overall student body, with 0% of African-American students and 2% of Latino students achieving proficiency in mathematics.
Compared with other schools in the district with similar demographics, Richmond High School students are higher achievers. This is in part the result of the implementation of a system of Smaller Learning Communities, also called academies. Presently there are five separate academies: Multimedia, Law, Health, Engineering, and Creative & Performing Arts. Three of these academies are certified by the California Partnership Academies arm of the California Department of Education. Students choose an academy based on their interests and are provided with integrated curriculum project-based learning opportunities, career technical elective classes, teachers with a common preparation period, internships, and mentors. Academies handle all but the most serious discipline problems.
According to the California School Dashboard report for 2019, Richmond high students scored 38.4 points below average for English Language Arts and 115.2 points below average in Mathematics. They reported an 84.1% graduation rate for 2019.
Richmond High School has a fully functional music program and marching band. RHS' modern music programs were created by Music Department Director Andrew Wilke. The band performs at many events during the school year such as rallies and all of the home football games, the El Sobrante Stroll, and the Richmond City Cinco de Mayo Parade. An anonymous donor provided the band with all new instruments in 2017. The RHS Oilers Marching Band participated in the Santa Cruz band review in 2018 and 2019.
- Ken Carter, former basketball coach at Richmond, subject of the 2005 film Coach Carter
- Eli Holman, professional basketball player
- Jim Landis, centerfielder primarily for the Chicago White Sox
- Louis A. Mackey, linebacker for the Dallas Cowboys
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