Ventura High School

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Coordinates: 34°16′42″N 119°16′06″W / 34.27833°N 119.26833°W / 34.27833; -119.26833

Ventura High School
Entrance facing Catalina Street
Entrance facing Catalina Street, showing the Atoms for Peace statue
Two North Catalina Street
Ventura, California, United States
Coordinates 34°16′42″N, 119°16′06″W
Type Public
Established 1889
Principal Carlos V. Cohen
Faculty 95
Enrollment 2149 (as of 2009-2010 school year)
Campus Mid-Size City
Color(s) Black and Gold          
Athletics conference CIF Channel League
Mascot Cougars
Rival Buena High School

Ventura High School is a secondary school located in Ventura, California. The school was founded in 1889 and is a California Distinguished School. It is part of the Ventura Unified School District. In 2012, French and Italian language teacher at VHS, Sebastien De Clerck was honored as a California Teacher of Year for 2013.[1]

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Ventura High's music department has a Jazz Bands, a Wind Ensemble, a Symphonic Band, a String Orchestra, a Global String Ensemble and a pep-band that is open to all music students and plays at sporting events. Both the Wind Ensemble and String Orchestra have earned distinction nationwide at invitational music festivals Boston, New York, Hawaii, and most recently in 2015 at the NAI Invitational Festival in Chicago, Illinois in which both groups won first place gold superior in their divisions and String Orchestra won the entire competition.

The Global String Ensemble is both the intermediate level orchestra which performs basic high school string ensemble repertoire as well as traditional Mariachi ensemble repertoire. The department also has an Honors String Quartet chosen every year that has earned distinction nationwide at District, Regional, and State Festivals.

Most recently in the 2014-2015 school year, the school reestablished a Ventura Unified School District Youth Symphony.


Mike Larrabee plaque at Ventura High School
Eric Turner plaque at Ventura High School

David Hess is the athletic director. The school competes in the Channel League and has 21 varsity teams. Its primary rival is Buena High School in eastern Ventura. The stadium above the campus is named for alum Mike Larrabee. The football field is named for alum Eric "E-Rock" Turner. The gymnasium is named for former coach Bob Tuttle.


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