San Lorenzo High School
|San Lorenzo High School|
|50 E. Lewelling Blvd.
San Lorenzo, California
|Established||January 24, 1950|
|School district||San Lorenzo Unified School District|
|Number of students||~1,400|
Maroon, White, and GoldFreshmen: Sophomores: Juniors: Seniors:
|Newspaper||The Rebel Record|
|Website||San Lorenzo High School Homepage|
San Lorenzo High School, also known as "SLz", is a public high school located in San Lorenzo, California and is part of the San Lorenzo Unified School District. The school has recently undergone remodeling and construction of additional classroom facilities.
The school's student body reflects the diversity of its surrounding and nearby communities, namely San Lorenzo, San Leandro, Hayward, and Oakland. As of 2007-2008, demographics from the California Department of Education show that student demographics are, Hispanic-Latino (49%), followed by Black (22%), non-Hispanic White (15%), Asian (4%), Filipino (8%), and Pacific Islander (2%).
Ground-breaking ceremonies for the first San Lorenzo High School were held on January 24, 1950 by the Hayward Union High School District Trustees.
The land was purchased from Jack Smith who had an apricot orchard and fruit dryer facing Ashland Avenue, which is now the parking lot and cafeteria area of the school. Both adults and children of the community picked apricots and cut them to place on the trays to be dried. Smith's house, which was later moved next to the current U.S. Armory facing Ashland Avenue, faced Lewelling Boulevard. It was used as a parent co-op for small children by the San Lorenzo School District until demolished in the early 1960's. The corner property bordering Ashland Avenue and Lewelling Boulevard was kept for his family. Mr. Smith built a Spanish style house for his daughter, Olive Smith Silva, which is now part of the current Silva Hacienda complex. Mr. Smith and his wife moved to San Leandro.
The only high school in the area was Hayward High School located on Foothill boulevard, Centennial Hall is a building from this school. All high school students rode a bus to Hayward High. The trustees of the Hayward Union High School District had to build more schools to accommodate the growing population. So San Lorenzo High was the second high school built. Freshmen and sophomores moved into the $2,500,000 campus, and the first graduating class was in 1953. Arroyo was built in 1954, then Castro Valley in 1956, Tennyson in 1958, Sunset in 1959, and Mount Eden in 1960.
In the early 1960's, the state pressured schools to unify into elementary and high school districts. As a result, the HUHS District, which had educated thousands of high school students since 1892, became three unified districts in 1963: San Lorenzo, Castro Valley, and Hayward Unified School Districts respectively. The San Lorenzo Unified School District built Marina High School in 1964. San Lorenzo High was part of Hayward Union School District from 1950 – 1963. It joined the San Lorenzo School District in 1963 while Paul Ehret was the Superintendent. Past principals of San Lorenzo High School were: Carl Ekoos (1951–56), Nels Nelsons (1956–61), David Snider (1961–76), William Griffin (1976-82), Joanne Knowles (1982–89), Jerome Glenn (1989–99), Terry Clark (1999-2001), Jerome Glenn (2001-2002), Sheryl Cambra (2003–2007), and Theresa McEwen (2007-2012), Tovi Scruggs (2012-2016), Allison Silvestri (2016-Present)
San Lorenzo High School includes three academies in partnership with the California Partnership Academies program:
- Green Engineering and Technology (GREEN) - for students interested in careers in engineering, technology or other ecological or green industries. Instructors include Marcela Barajas, Julie Edwards, Alan Fishman, Jane Nikkel, Bob Jackson, Cheryl Morris, Tanny Hoffman, Katie Herrick and Bowe Carter.
- Law Leadership and Culture (LLC) - for students interested in the law, in how societies and language develop and change over time, and about how students impact the world in a positive way. Instructors include Olivia Bauman, Sayuri Shimada, Alyssa Bradley, Nicole Elliot, Andrew Wild and Suzanne Vargas.
- Bay Area Digital Arts (BADA) - an academy which covers all the regular subjects while teaching skills in digital arts. Students participate in various visual/performing arts classes and their learning is enhanced through creativity. Participating instructors include Lance McVay, Joseph Erikson, Anthony Dimanno, Jesse Isaacs, Vandana Makker, Rachel Ahrens, Beth Daly, Jean Alderson, Dana Wickner, Cheryl Morris, Apollo Mulhauser, Carys Steers, and Marianne Nolte.
- San Lorenzo students are also able to enroll in Advanced Placement and Honors courses such as AP Government, AP Calculus, AP US History, and AP English.
- Our school library is open from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. on school days and offers students access to thousands of books as well as computers with high-speed internet and printers.
- Annually, after graduation, SLz has a high rate of seniors who go straight into colleges/universities or go straight into the work force.
- In Fall of 2009, San Lorenzo High School transitioned off the 4x4 Block schedule in which students take 80 credits per year, to a 6-period day in which students take 60 credits per year. Therefore, the graduation requirements will be incrementally adjusted over the course of the next four years, 2009-2010 through 2012-2013.
- In 2015/16, SLz added an optional class, Criminal Justice, a first of its kind in San Lorenzo Unified, to its roster.
San Lorenzo's Associated Student Body (ASB) Leadership program is headed by ASL teacher Glenna Wurm-Hayenga, and consists of over 30 students elected by the student body as a whole, or appointed by the incoming President and Vice President. The ASB and its composition is also called when in order on Wednesdays, the Executive Council. The Executive Council is composed of elected officers and various assistants representing aspects of student government. Executive Council is the body which approves all student activities. If a club or class wishes to have an activity approved, the proposal must first be approved by the Executive Council and then presented to the School Operations Council for final endorsement. To be a student body or class officer, one must maintain a 2.0 grade point average from the previous semester with no F grade from the previous semester. Executive Council is also the organization which students can approach with their ideas concerning school improvements or any other problems pertaining to SLZ.
San Lorenzo students participate in a variety of activities/clubs including DECA, Link Crew, Druids, International Club, PenSLZ, La Raza Unida, TV&FILM, and many other student organizations.
Students also participate in many athletics. Fall sports include football, girls' volleyball, girls' tennis and cross country. In the winter, students may participate in basketball and soccer. In the spring, sports offered include baseball, softball, and track & field, and boys' tennis.
- Manny Fernandez, former NFL defensive tackle. Two-time Super Bowl champion with the Miami Dolphins
- Nonito Donaire, Boxer, former World Bantamweight Champion
- John Ralston, College Football Hall of Fame Football Head Coach
- Steve Smith, singer
- Jerry Smith, former NFL tight end. Two-time Pro Bowl selection with the Washington Redskins
- Pauline Russo Cutter, Democratic Mayor of the City of San Leandro, California.
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