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Yucaipa High School

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Yucaipa High School
Thunderbirds Crest
33000 Yucaipa Blvd.
Yucaipa, California 92399
Type Public
Established 1958
School district Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District
Principal Shad Kirkland
Grades 9–12
Enrollment Approximately 2,800 students
Color(s) Navy blue and gold
Mascot Thunderbird

Yucaipa High School is a public high school in Yucaipa, California (yoo-KAI-puh) that serves the cities of Yucaipa and Calimesa and the community of Oak Glen, 65 miles east of Los Angeles.


The original Yucaipa High School campus is now used as the Oak View High School and Education Center. The campus moved to its current location on Yucaipa Blvd. in 1970 and now houses grades 9–12. The 50th Anniversary of Yucaipa High was celebrated in 2009 at the Yucaipa High School 9th Grade Campus (now OVEC) on 6th St. in Yucaipa, CA.

Design and structures

The Yucaipa High School campus consists of the A, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, L, M, N, O, P, and Q buildings, Multi-Purpose Room, Gymnasium, and Boys and Girls Locker Rooms. In the summer of 2007, a new artificial turf football field was completed.

Student publications

The student-produced news magazine, The Epigraph, has been published and distributed by the Journalism class since August 2000.

Extracurricular activities


Two types of band classes are offered at Yucaipa High School: Symphonic Band and Concert Band. Concert band is a required course for all 9th grade and beginning musicians wishing to advance to the Symphonic Band. Music appreciation is also offered, giving students basic grounding in music history, music theory, and the playing of the recorder. Extra-curricular band activities include the Yucaipa High School Jazz Band, and the award-winning marching band, the Thunderbird Marching Regiment. The current director of bands is Robert Presler.


Varsity Choir and Madrigals are choir classes at Yucaipa High School, also under the direction of Robert Presler. The Madrigal choir is the highest level auditioned vocal ensemble at Yucaipa High School and has performed at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing, China during spring of 2008.


The Yucaipa High School Theater program offers students award winning opportunities. In the 2005–2006 school year, they successfully performed Les Misérables and Deadwood Dick; in the 2006–2007 school year they performed West Side Story and Hamlet; and in the 2007–2008 school year they plan to perform Twelfth Night and the musical 1776. They have been chosen to attend Edinburgh, Scotland in the Fringe Festival in 2008 and annually enter into the California Educational Theatre Association.


The Yucaipa High School Forensics (Speech and Debate) Program is a course run by Yucaipa High Government – AP European History teacher John Eichman. As a member of the National Forensics League, Southern California District #10, the team of about 40 competes in various tournaments throughout California.


  • Best Buddies Club
  • Alive Club (Christian Club)
  • Invisible Children
  • Block Y
  • Club Otaku
  • Interact Club
  • iMatter Club
  • Key Club
  • Leo Club
  • French Club
  • International Thespian Society Troupe #960
  • Drama Club
  • A# (Choral Booster Club)
  • Book Club
  • Friends of Rachel Club
  • Engineering Club
  • Secular Student Alliance
  • YHS Game Club
  • Gay-Straight Alliance


Yucaipa recently joined the Citrus Belt League.

Fall Season (September–November)

Winter Season (December–February)

Spring Season (March–May)

Notable alumni

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Coordinates: 34°01′44″N 117°03′38″W / 34.02889°N 117.06056°W / 34.02889; -117.06056