Theodore Roosevelt High School (Fresno)

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Theodore Roosevelt High School
4250 E. Tulare Ave
Fresno, California
United States
Coordinates 36°44′31″N 119°45′11″W / 36.742°N 119.753°W / 36.742; -119.753Coordinates: 36°44′31″N 119°45′11″W / 36.742°N 119.753°W / 36.742; -119.753
Type Public
Established 1928
School district Fresno Unified School District
Principal Michael Allen
Enrollment 2231 (2015-2016)
Color(s) Kelly Green and Gold          
Mascot Rough Rider
Publication The T.R. Times - NOT ACTIVE -

Theodore Roosevelt High School (RHS), is located in southeast Fresno, California. It is a high school established within the Fresno Unified School District. The high school mascot is the Rough Rider (in physical form it is a horse) named after the 1st U.S. Volunteer Cavalry Regiment Theodore Roosevelt organized and helped command during the Spanish–American War. The high school's colors are green and gold.

The school was opened in 1928, and was both a junior and senior high school. It now serves grades 9-12. During the 2011–2012 school year 2,184 students attended RHS.

The school received publicity in 2014 with the movie documentary Try which focused on Roosevelt's rugby program and the positive effect it has had on the high school students who began playing.[1][2][3]

Roosevelt School of the Arts[edit]

The Roosevelt School of the Arts is a district-wide magnet school program established in 1984, offering students in-depth specialized training in performing, visual, and media arts.[4] The Roosevelt School of the Arts program was recognized as a winner of the Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education "Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award", one of five schools to receive this award for outstanding achievement in Arts Education.

Awards and recognition[edit]

RHS was recognized by the California State Board of Education in 1996 California Distinguished School Award.[5] The school has also won two Golden Bell Awards. In 2009, RHS renewed their WASC accreditation.


Many of its students are immigrants from Mexico and Southeast Asia. 51.8% of the student population are English learners. Below are rough figures of the student population.

Ethnicity Population Percentage of total population
Asian 454 11.9%
Pacific Islander 3 0.1%
Latino 2078 78.2%
African American 123 4.6%
White 183 4.6%

RHS has many programs to serve its students, including AVID tutoring, IRS Business Academy and Migrant Ed.

Campus Culture Directors/Activities Directors[edit]

  • Néstor R. Cerda (March 2007 - Present) *Assistant CCD September 2006 - March 2007
  • Gus Short (September 2006 - March 2007)
  • Angélica Reynoso (August 2006 - September 2006)
  • Rudy Torres (August 2005 - August 2006)

Campus Clubs & Organizations[edit]

  • Associated Student Body
  • Anime Club
  • AVID (Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)
  • Bass Fishing Club
  • Californians for Justice
  • California Scholarship Federation
  • Daisy Chain & Ushers
  • Ecology Club
  • Ex-Libri
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
  • Health Academy
  • Hmong Club
  • Hmong Dance Club
  • IRS Academy (Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors)
  • Link Crew
  • Los Danzantes
  • Rough Rider Band & Marching Band
  • Rough Rider Color Guard)
  • Senior Legends
  • Senior Vocational Education
  • Set Apart Christian Club
  • T.A.P.
  • Virtual Enterprise
  • Yearbook
  • Young Hmong Scholars
  • Youth Leadership Institute

Athletic Directors[edit]

  • Larry López (2011 - Present)
  • Howard McNair (2007-2011)


Every fall RHS holds the "Little Big Game" (a.k.a. "Pig Game"), a football game that is played between Roosevelt and longstanding rival and fellow historic high school Fresno High. Fresno High has the most wins in this rivalry.

The varsity boys soccer team has won six out of the last eight central section championships, in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2013[citation needed]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Chris Gorham, actor, Ugly Betty, Harper's Island
  • Sharon Leal (1972-), actress, Boston Public, Dreamgirls.[6]
  • Audra McDonald, five-time Tony Award-winning American actress and singer.[7]
  • Gary Soto, Author, born April 12, 1952 in Fresno, California [1]
  • Heidi Blickenstaff, Actress, [title of show]
  • Mick Wingert, Voice Actor, "Kung Fu Panda, Legends of Awesomeness"
  • Virak Ou, human rights activist in Cambodia
  • Taku Hirano, musician, Percussion, Associated acts Fleetwood Mac, Whitney Houston, Dr. Dre, Stevie Nicks, Bette Midler, Cirque du Soleil
  • Pat Vegas: he and his brother, Lolly Vegas, who attended Fresno's Edison High School, became rock 'n' roll musicians during the club era of Hollywood in the 1960s playing on ABC TV's, "Shindig", as well as at the top clubs throughout Los Angeles including the popular, The Haunted House at Hollywood and Vine. Though originally Surf Musicians, their first move away from this genre occurred when they and Jim Ford co-wrote rock's first bonafide Swamp Rock song, "Niki Hoeky" (1967), though Pat Vegas dubbed this new genre, "Native American Swamp Rock"; founded the world renowned Native American rock band, Redbone, with such hits as, "Come and Get Your Love", "Maggie," "Witch Queen Of New Orleans," et al. Whereas Lolly's song lyrics tended to be pop and rock oriented, Pat's song lyrics tended to touch on social, political and justice issues (e.g. "We Were All Wounded At Wounded Knee" and "Message From A Drum"). The Vegas Brothers are a member of the Native American Music Association Hall of Fame viz-a-viz Redbone (2008). Pat is known colloquially as the "Prime Minister of Rock and Roll" for his many behind the scenes influences in the industry. In terms of influence, both Swamp Rock bands and Chicano bands can trace their roots back to the pioneering Pat and Lolly Vegas and their band, Redbone. See "The Story of Pat and Lolly Vegas" for in-depth historical background: [2].


  1. ^ "Video: New Rugby Doc Getting Publicity", Rugby Today, November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "The Unlikely Story Of How Rugby Changed The Future For These Inner City Students", Huffington Post, November 25, 2014.
  3. ^ "High school rugby team rises above Fresno 'hood", Fresno Bee, June 4, 2011.
  4. ^ Roosevelt School of the Arts, accessed June 26, 2007.
  5. ^ Distinguished Middle and High Schools, California State Board of Education. Accessed June 26, 2007.
  6. ^ "EX-FRESNAN FOLLOWS "GUIDING LIGHT' BACK TO NEW YORK CITY: SHARON LEAL, FORMERLY OF GOOD COMPANY PLAYERS AND ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL, LANDS SPOT ON SOAP OPERA.", The Fresno Bee, February 10, 1996. "It's not that she's tired of Erica, Brooke, Tad, Adam and the rest of the All My Children crew. But being a proud mom, she wants to support her daughter, Sharon. The ex-Good Company Players and Roosevelt High School graduate is joining the cast of Guiding Light.".
  7. ^ "AUDRA -- LIVING HER DREAM ... ", Fresno Bee, January 15, 1989. Accessed December 31, 2007. "Audra McDonald loves New even though two people have thrown up on her in the subway and she thought she would never survive a New York taxi ride. McDonald, a June graduate of Roosevelt School of the Arts, is living a dream come true."

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