Richmond High School (Richmond, California)

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Richmond High School
RHS Oilers Richmond CA logo.png
1250 - 23rd St.


Coordinates37°57′07″N 122°20′32″W / 37.9518682°N 122.3421929°W / 37.9518682; -122.3421929[1]Coordinates: 37°57′07″N 122°20′32″W / 37.9518682°N 122.3421929°W / 37.9518682; -122.3421929[1]
School districtWest Contra Costa Unified School District
PrincipalJose DeLeon; Vice Principals Rocio Reyes, Michael Hatcher, John Hillyer
FacultyElsa Torres, Luis Mazariegos, Veronica Vega, Zenaida Rivera-Camacho, Lola Verdin
Enrollment1,528 (2015-16)[2]
AthleticsFootball, baseball, soccer, volleyball, badminton, basketball, tennis, swimming
Athletics conferenceCIF North Coast Section - ACCAL

Richmond High School (RHS) is a public high school located on 23rd Street, in Richmond, California, United States. It is part of the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD).

Richmond High School competes in the FIRST Robotics Competition as Team 841, the "Biomechs".

Alumni and post-high school education[edit]

Many students choose to attend a community college with intentions of transferring to a four-year university. However, there are programs that are dedicated to helping Richmond High School students get accepted to four-year universities. One such program is College Is Real, a program that provides academic counseling, tutoring, mentoring, motivation, accountability and resources to students. It has grown from its initial 16 members in 2005 to 130 or more members each year plus more than 100 college attendees.

Student demographics[edit]

According to Richmond High's School Accountability Report Card (SARC),[3] which is required to be published annually, 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.

California Standard Tests Scores, proficiency rate [1]
English Mathematics Science History/Social
17% 3% 12% 8%

African-American and Latino students fared worse than the overall student body, with 0% of African-American students and 2% of Latino students achieving proficiency in mathematics.

However, 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.


In 2009, a student was raped on the school property, over a period of hours, by multiple individuals. The incident received national publicity.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "GNIS Detail - Richmond High School". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 14 June 2000. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ "Richmond High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Richmond High's School Accountability Report Card (SARC) for 2007-2008" (PDF).[permanent dead link]

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