Ventura High School
|Ventura High School|
Entrance facing Catalina Street, showing the Atoms for Peace statue
|Two North Catalina Street
Ventura, California, United States
|Principal||Carlos V. Cohen|
|Enrollment||2149 (as of 2009-2010 school year)|
|Color(s)||Black and Gold|
|Athletics conference||CIF Channel League|
|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.
- Chris Beal, CIF State Champion wrestler; professional Mixed Martial Artist for the UFC
- Kyle (musician) Rapper
- Mike Larrabee (Double Gold Medalist in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics)
- Eric Turner (former defensive back for the Cleveland Browns, Baltimore Ravens and the Oakland Raiders.)
- Jamaal Wilkes (shooting guard for UCLA, Golden State Warriors, and the Los Angeles Lakers)
- Tyler Ebell (National High School Heisman, UCLA, UTEP, Edmonton Eskimos, Toronto Argonauts, BC Lions)
- Michael Enfield (3 year starter for UCLA, Sydney FC)
- Ramsey Jay (Motivational Speaker)
- Bob Tuttle (Championship Coach)
- Brook Jacoby, Cleveland Indians
- Vincent Bonsignore (Sports Journalist, Los Angeles Daily News)
- Chris Thomas ( Former professional football player with the San Francisco 49ers, the Washington Redskins, the St. Louis Rams, and the Kansas City Chiefs.)
- Roman Fortin ( Former professional football player with the Detroit Lions, Atlanta Falcons and San Diego Chargers)
- Don Lang (former third baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals)
- Karen Grassle (Best known for playing Caroline Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie)
- Dan Clark, musician, member of the band, Army of Freshmen
- Bill Payne, class of 1967, founding member of the band Little Feat
- Shane Cohn and Joseph Locklear, founding members of Shim Come Quick and The Pullmen
- James Ennis (small forward for Miami Heat, Perth Wildcats
- Charles R. "Chuck" Imbrecht, Member of the California State Assembly, 36th district
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.
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.