Theodore Roosevelt High School (Fresno)

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Theodore Roosevelt High School
4250 E. Tulare Ave


United States
Coordinates36°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
School districtFresno Unified School District
PrincipalMichael Allen
Enrollment2,141 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Kelly Green and Gold          
MascotRough Rider
PublicationThe 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.[2][3][4]

Roosevelt School of the Arts[edit]

The Roosevelt School of the Arts is a district-wide magnet school program established in 1984. The program offers students in-depth specialized training in performing, visual, and media arts.[5] 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. On May 26, 2018, the Roosevelt Auditorium was named in honor of 1988 RSA alumna Audra McDonald, a six-time Tony Award winner.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]

RHS was recognized by the California State Board of Education in 1996 California Distinguished School Award.[7] The school has also won two Golden Bell Awards. RHS renewed their WASC accreditation in 2017. [8]


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 an extensive After School Program, Migrant Education tutoring, and academies and pathways, including Health, Business, Public Service, and Education.


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]


  1. ^ "Roosevelt High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Video: New Rugby Doc Getting Publicity", Rugby Today, November 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "The Unlikely Story Of How Rugby Changed The Future For These Inner City Students", Huffington Post, November 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "High school rugby team rises above Fresno 'hood", Fresno Bee, June 4, 2011.
  5. ^ Roosevelt School of the Arts, accessed June 26, 2007.
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  7. ^ Distinguished Middle and High Schools, California State Board of Education. Accessed June 26, 2007.
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  9. ^ "Ex-Fresnan Follows 'Guiding Light' Back to New York City: Sharon Lean, 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
  10. ^ "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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