Santa Rosa High School (Santa Rosa, California)

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Coordinates: 38°27′07″N 122°43′06″W / 38.45194°N 122.71833°W / 38.45194; -122.71833[1]

Santa Rosa High School
Santa Rosa High School, July 08.jpg
1235 Mendocino Ave

United States
TypePublic secondary
PrincipalKimberly Clissold
Faculty86.09 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment1,948 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio22.63[2]

Santa Rosa High School (SRHS) is a secondary school located in Santa Rosa, California. It is part of the Santa Rosa City High School District, which is itself part of Santa Rosa City Schools. Santa Rosa High School has 1,991 students as of the 2017-2018 school year.[3]


SRHS was the only public high school for Santa Rosa from 1874 to 1958. Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), located on the adjacent property, was actually a part of Santa Rosa High School from 1918 to 1927.[4]

The school had several locations. The previous location on Humboldt Street burned to the ground in 1921. The school was moved to its current location and opened in 1924. The school's current Brick Gothic design was created by W. H. Weeks in 1922.[5][6]

In 2011 Santa Rosa High School received the California Distinguished School and the California Career Technical Awards.[7]

In 2015 Santa Rosa High School received the California Gold Ribbon Award, which replaced the California Distinguished Schools Award as the highest award a school can receive from the state of California.[8]

Nevers Field[edit]

Ernie Nevers attended Santa Rosa High School, where he excelled in football. In 1920, as a senior, he led the team to the NCS Championships. He went on to attend Stanford University, and play for the Duluth Eskimos and the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. In 1925 the football field at Santa Rosa High School was renamed Nevers Field in his honor. In 2004, just in time for the homecoming game, a $2 million refurbishment of Nevers Field was completed. The improvements included an artificial turf, an all-weather 8-lane track, new bleachers, a snack bar and ticket booth, restrooms, and lights for night games.[9]

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


Santa Rosa High School has a wide variety of athletic programs and competes in the 5-A North Bay League of the North Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation. The teams are known as the Santa Rosa Panthers. Sports offered include football, volleyball, cross country, tennis, golf, basketball, wrestling, soccer, baseball, softball, track and field, badminton, and swimming.[10] The cross country varsity boys team was the undefeated league champions, a record of 7-0, in the 2008-2009 season.[11] In the 2016 swim season, both men's and women's varsity teams were undefeated with 7-0 records. In the 2017 school season, the boys team was similarly undefeated.[citation needed]


ArtQuest is a magnet program for Santa Rosa High School that allows students to take classes with a focus on the arts.[12] ArtQuest has specialty course work in visual fine arts, dance, theatre arts, photography, instrumental and vocal music, digital arts, and video. It was recently awarded the prestigious Jack London Award for Educational Excellence.[citation needed]

School Newspaper[edit]

Santa Rosa High School has a journalism class that produces newspapers about once a month.[13] Entitled The Santa Rosan, it has consistently won awards at the annual Press Democrat competition, among others, and in 2012 won second overall.[citation needed]


Santa Rosa High School has several student-organized and teacher-supervised clubs, ranging from many different subjects.[14] Some of the groups include anime club, arts and writing club, chess club, debate club, Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), InterKey, math club, National Honor Society (NHS), and the writer's group.


The Santa Rosa High School Foundation is a group of alumni who take an active interest in SRHS.[15] The Foundation helps raise money for school programs and other services.

In the Movies[edit]

Santa Rosa High School was used for several Hollywood movies, including Peggy Sue Got Married and Inventing the Abbotts.[16]

Director Wes Craven applied for the use of Santa Rosa High School and reached a verbal agreement with the principal of the school for the filming of his 1996 horror film Scream. Just days before filming was to begin, the school board denied permission for the use of the school. In response, following the listing of organizations and individuals whom the filmmakers wished to thank in the closing credits of Scream, Craven included the note, "No thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board".[17]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Santa Rosa High School (Santa Rosa, California)
  2. ^ a b c "Santa Rosa High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 4, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Santa Rosa High". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
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  5. ^ "Historic Neighborhood Schools Success Story - Santa Rosa High School - Santa Rosa, CA". 2006-02-02. Archived from the original on 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  6. ^ "Vintage photos show what Santa Rosa High looked like 125 years ago". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2019-12-05. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  7. ^ "California Distinguished Schools Awardees 2011 - California Distinguished Schools Program (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  8. ^ "2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award - Year 2015 (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  9. ^ a b "Who was Ernie Nevers?". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2008-12-25. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  10. ^ "Santa Rosa High School - Sports". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
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  12. ^ "About ArtQuest". ArtQuest at Santa Rosa High School. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  13. ^ "The Santa Rosan | The Student Newspaper of Santa Rosa High School". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
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  16. ^ "Explore Santa Rosa's Hollywood History". TripSavvy. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  17. ^ a b "The Time Wes Craven Called Out a High School in the Scream Credits". 2015-10-22. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  18. ^ "Cubs hero Kyle Schwarber showed off power swing in Cardinal Newman workout". October 15, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "Coronavirus Update: Santa Rosa Classmates Give Video Salute To Dismissed Naval Commander Brett Crozier".
  20. ^ "LeBaron: Believe it — Ripley's story is woven into Santa Rosa's past". Santa Rosa Press Democrat. 2015-01-11. Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  21. ^ "Rolando Toyos, MD | Desoto Surgery Center". Retrieved 2019-12-24.
  22. ^ Time Magazine, Sept. 28, 1978

Time Magazine, Sept. 28, 1978.

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