Stockdale High School (Bakersfield, California)

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Stockdale High School
Campus entrance2.jpg
2800 Buena Vista Rd.
Bakersfield, California
Coordinates 35°19′34″N 119°07′35″W / 35.32611°N 119.12639°W / 35.32611; -119.12639Coordinates: 35°19′34″N 119°07′35″W / 35.32611°N 119.12639°W / 35.32611; -119.12639
School type High School
Established 1991 (1991)
School district Kern High School District
Principal Ramon Hendrix
Grades 9 to 12
Number of students 2,069
Color(s)             Black, Silver, and White
Slogan "Branded By Excellence"
Athletics conference Southwest Yosemite League
Mascot Mustangs
Rival Garces Memorial, Centennial, Liberty, Bakersfield
Newspaper Mustang Memo
Yearbook The Silverado

Stockdale High School is an American senior high school located in Bakersfield, California. Its athletics teams are known as the Stockdale Mustangs and the school colors are black and silver. Stockdale High School first opened in 1991. Now in its 25th year, with approximately 2,069 students enrolled,[1] has an API of 831,[2] and has earned a reputation in the community and around the state as a school that meets the needs of all students. Sixty-four sections of GATE, Honors, and Advanced Placement classes are offered for the college-bound. For students interested in career pathways, eight courses are offered, including Agricultural Science and Technology, Applied Engineering and Design, Computer and Commercial Graphics, Computer Science and Information Systems, Accounting and Finance, Medicine (M.A.S.H., the Medical Academy of Stockdale High), Virtual Business Enterprise, and Construction Technology. The school motto is "Branded by Excellence." In 2010, Newsweek ranked Stockdale among the top 6 percent of all public schools in the United States.[3]

Associated Student Body[edit]

Stockdale High School's official student governing body is the Associated Student Body (ASB). The ASB Executive Board is made up of two representatives from each class as well as a panel of board members elected by the students. The Executive Board oversees all dances, clubs, student groups, activities, community service, and various other school events.


The Stockdale High School Silver Mustang Band and Colorguard[edit]

The 185 member ensemble, under the direction of John Biller and Scott Dirkse, is one of the largest and finest marching bands in the state. In addition to performing the halftime show at all their home football games and as well as local Veteran's Day and Christmas parades, the participate in many marching band competitions throughout Kern County and California, winning many first places and sweepstakes awards. The Silver Mustang Band and Colorguard have performed at Disneyland, Magic Mountain, the Bulldog Stadium in Fresno, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Every mid-November, they host their marching band competition, the "Stockdale Band Spectacular", which features 20–25 middle school and high school marching bands competing for top honors. In addition to the marching band, the instrumental program offers winterguard, winter percussion, string orchestra, symphony orchestra, wind symphony, symphonic band, and jazz band. The orchestras are also two of the largest and finest orchestras in the state. The orchestra regularly performs in different places, ranging from local elementary schools to Disneyland.

Field Shows[edit]

  • 1991-1997 - Unknown
  • 1998 - Rhapsody in Blue
  • 1999 - Russian Easter Overture and Russian Christmas Music
  • 2000 - Hook
  • 2001 - The Mask of Zorro
  • 2002 - The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • 2003 - The Mummy
  • 2004 - Pirates of the Caribbean
  • 2005 - The Age of Jazz
  • 2006 - Batman
  • 2007 - The Lion King
  • 2008 - The Incredibles
  • 2009 - West Side Story
  • 2010 - Star Trek
  • 2011 - The Rocketeer
  • 2012 - The Phantom of the Opera
  • 2013 - The Legend of Zelda
  • 2014 - Les Misérables
  • 2015 - Skyrim
  • 2016 - The Polar Express
  • 2017 - To Be Announced

National Honor Society[edit]

The NHS at Stockdale is the primary community service organization on campus and includes over 590 students as members. The NHS is responsible for organizing events with many local organizations as well a sponsoring recurring events such as Welcome Home - a downtown homeless outreach project - and the Stockdale Christmas Miracle. The club was awarded national recognition in 2015 as one of five chapters in the country chosen for the Outstanding Service Project award for Welcome Home. They have also won Beautiful Bakersfield awards and PEAAK awards.

Medical Academy and HOSA[edit]

The Medical Academy of Stockdale High (MASH) has its own Health Occupation Students of America club (HOSA). Students enter the academy their freshman year and take special medical classes until completion in the senior year.

Math Club[edit]

The Math Club meets once every week to do many different math related activities. It hosts the CAML, a math competition, as well as the AMC.

Forensics (Speech and Debate)[edit]

Forensics is a school elective that many students participate in. They regularly go to tournaments, and do very well. They won the Valley title in Speech 2002, 2014, 2015, 2016, and the valley title in Debate 2016. They also have many individual valley title winners in both speech and debate. The unprepared events champion in IX, NX and Impromptu for speech as well as Parliamentary Debate regularly comes from Stockdale.

Ticket Booth at Mustang Field

Notable graduates[edit]

  • David Carr, former quarterback for the Houston Texans, and first overall pick. Now retired.
  • Grant Desme, centerfielder at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (Big West Conference Player of the Year); drafted in 2007 by the Oakland Athletics; retired in 2010 after being named Arizona Fall League MVP, to enter a Catholic seminary to study for the priesthood.
  • Casey Mears, NASCAR driver
  • Cory Hall, former NFL free safety for the Cincinnati Bengals attended Stockdale High School his freshman through junior year before transferring to South High School.
  • Sam Betty, European basketball star and stand-out two-sport Division III-A athlete at Occidental College


Stockdale High School is a part of the Kern High School District, one of the largest high school districts in the state of California. Stockdale High's boundaries cover much of the southwest corner of Bakersfield, California.

"The Spine", the school's main hallway


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