Rio Americano High School

Coordinates: 38°34′40″N 121°21′25″W / 38.57787°N 121.35686°W / 38.57787; -121.35686
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Rio Americano High School
Rio Americano, Sacramento.png
4540 American River Drive

Coordinates38°34′40″N 121°21′25″W / 38.57787°N 121.35686°W / 38.57787; -121.35686
TypePublic high school
School districtSan Juan Unified School District
PrincipalCliff Kelly
Faculty66.01 (on FTE basis)
Enrollment1,820 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio24.28
Color(s)Green and Gold   
Athletics conferenceCapital Athletic League
CIF Sac-Joaquin Section
Team nameRaiders
NewspaperThe Mirada
Communities servedArden Park, Arden Oaks, Sierra Oaks, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Gold River, La Sierra
WebsiteRio Americano High School Online

Rio Americano High School, colloquially known as Rio, is a public high school in Arden-Arcade, California, just outside Sacramento, serving students in grades 9 through 12 as part of the San Juan Unified School District. Rio Americano students come from the surrounding areas of Arden Park, Arden Oaks, Sierra Oaks, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Gold River, and to a much lesser extent, the La Sierra community. In recent years, more students have been transferring from other districts and areas, partly due to the shift of Sacramento High School to a charter school. Rio's two rival schools are Jesuit High School and El Camino Fundamental High School because of the schools' close proximity.

As of the 2019–20 school year, the school had an enrollment of 1,953 students.[2][3] Cliff Kelly is the principal.[4] Christopher Hauger, Jennifer Dalton and Robert Kerr are the vice principals.[5]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Rio Americano High School, Sacramento, California

During the 1994–96 and 2006–07 school years, Rio Americano High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education,[6][7] the highest award an American school can receive.[8][9]

In 2008 Newsweek ranked Rio as number 595 on their list of the top 1,300 public schools in the United States.[10]

In 2013, Rio Americano held an Academic Performance Index (API) of 823.[11]

Rio Americano produces a handful of National Merit commended students and a few National Merit semifinalists each year.[12] Rio students also perform well on Advanced Placement (AP) exams, with over 400 AP exam scores of 3 or better and over 100 AP exam scores of 5 (the highest score possible) in 2009.[13]


Demographics White Asian African American Hispanic American Indian Filipino Pacific Islander
Percentage[3] 74% 12% 2% 9% <1.0% <1.5% <0.5%

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Mock Trial[edit]

Mock Trial is a year-round program that places students in a courtroom environment in which they act the parts of attorneys, witnesses, court clerks and bailiffs, in order to better their knowledge in the field of law. Each year the Team participates in competitions organized through the Constitutional Rights Foundations. Rio Americano's Mock Trial Team is known for its continuous record of success at both the County and State level Competitions. The Team has won 13 Sacramento County Championships: 1980, 1982, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, and 2021.[14] From 1979-202, the coach of Rio's Mock Trial Team is local attorney James "Jay" R. Greiner. In 2017, the team placed 3rd in the Sacramento County competition. In 2018, the team placed 2nd in the Sacramento County competition. In 2021 the team won the Sacramento County competition.[14]

Science Bowl[edit]

Science Bowl is an academic competition sponsored by the United States Department of Energy that tests students in various categories of Science including Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Space Science, Earth Science, Energy, and Mathematics. Rio won the Sacramento Regional Competition in 1992 and competed in the national tournament in Washington, DC.[15]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  2. ^ Rio Americano High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved August 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Rio Americano High".
  4. ^ "Principal's Message / Principal's Message". Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  5. ^ "Staff Directory / Staff Directory". Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  6. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982-1983 through 1999-2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  7. ^ Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 2003 to 2006 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
  8. ^ CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
  9. ^ Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
  10. ^ America's Top Public High Schools | Newsweek Best High Schools | Archived May 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  11. ^ "2011 Growth API School Report - Rio Americano High". Archived from the original on 2014-08-08. Retrieved 2012-03-20.
  12. ^ "Rio Americano High School / Homepage".
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  14. ^ a b "SCOE | Rio Americano H.S. Wins 2021 County Mock Trial Competition". Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  15. ^ "NSB Other Participants 1992 | U.S. DOE Office of Science (SC)". 29 December 2010.
  16. ^ Barbi Benton Fansite - Pictures, Biography, Photos and Wallpapers
  17. ^ John Bowker: Biography and Career Highlights | Players
  18. ^ 1986 Rio Americano High School (Sacramento, California) Yearbook
  19. ^ The Sacramento Bee - She was a Rio Americano cheerleader in the 1980s. On Tuesday, she canceled 'Roseanne' - May 29, 2018
  20. ^ Merrin Dungey - IMDb
  21. ^ "Center Mike Flanagan When he isn't injured, he's among the best at his trade", Sacramento Bee, August 21, 2005. Accessed October 21, 2007. "Sidelined with a knee injury and going stir crazy in his Green Bay living quarters, the Packers' Pro Bowl center and Rio Americano High School product let the cable guy in one dreary day to do some repairs."
  22. ^ "Election 2018: Ted Gaines seeks tax board seat - Capitol Weekly". Capitol Weekly. Retrieved 2018-11-09.
  23. ^ "Alexander P. Heartman". IMDb.
  24. ^ "President Announces 2005 National and State Teachers of the Year".
  25. ^ Jonathan Karsh - Biography
  26. ^ "Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu - supreme_court".
  27. ^ Parker-Pope, Tara (12 June 2020). "The Scientist, the Air and the Virus". The New York Times.
  28. ^ "His name is linked with 49ers' deal for Rice", Sacramento Bee, December 12, 2004. Accessed November 1, 2007. "Trevor Matich is an inspiration to any child who wants to compete in sports but is often told he or she isn't good enough.... Yet he persevered, became a highly recruited high school player at Rio Americano and went on to BYU..."
  29. ^ "AHEAD OF HER TIME DEBBIE MEYER DIDN'T CASH IN ON OLYMPIC SUCCESS, BUT SHE'S A HALL OF FAMER", The Sacramento Bee, September 20. 1987. Accessed November 29, 2007. "The swimmer was Debbie Meyer, then a 16-year-old Rio Americano High School student."
  30. ^ Doug Ose - Votes Database Archived 2007-10-21 at the Wayback Machine, The Washington Post. Retrieved October 30, 2007.
  31. ^ "Rio Americano High school—Jazz Schools". Archived from the original on 2012-03-29. Retrieved 2009-06-15.
  32. ^ "2020 Nobel Winner Rice One of Many Notable Rio Alumni". The Mirada. Retrieved 2022-01-19.
  33. ^ Clémence Bragard and Léa Dauplé (7 April 2016). "Padre X: le rap, la croix et la banniere" [Padre X: the rap, the cross and the banner] (in French). Terminus Europe. Archived from the original on 27 September 2016. Retrieved 31 March 2017.
  34. ^ KPK (21 January 2017). "Roses for modige meninger" [Lauded for courageous stances] (in Norwegian). Dagen. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
  35. ^ Grimstad Adressetidende, 11 June 2020 p. 16
  36. ^ Rio Americano High School - Sacramento, CA Notable Alumni
  37. ^ Rio Americano HS class of 1980
  38. ^ Major League Soccer Archived 2009-04-02 at the Wayback Machine

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