Yucca Valley High School
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|Yucca Valley High School|
|7600 Sage Avenue,
Yucca Valley, California 92284
|Principal||Carl R. Phillips|
Yucca Valley High School is in the town of Yucca Valley, California. The school has 1,690 students in grades 9–12. The principal is Carl R. Phillips. The school is part of the Morongo Unified School District. The official mascot is the Trojan and the school colors are black and gold.
A variety of academic courses are offered at YVHS, with classes such as Field Ecology and Acting. YVHS teaches Spanish, French, German, and Latin, and it is one of the few high schools in California to offer Latin as a second language. But that individual has to take two years of French or Spanish to take German or Latin.
A Career Pathways program allots over three-hundred job shadow opportunities for students every year. Pathways students also are offered internships and they are awarded a scholarship based on the hours completed in their internship.
A school newspaper, Carpe Diem, was published until about 1995. It was resumed during the 2006-7 school year. It was published as part of a journalism class. The local paper contributed to it. The paper again suspended publication in 2007.
Yucca Valley High School offers opportunities for students to express themselves artistically and culturally. In addition to music classes and art classes, YVHS has a marching band and an Art Club.
The YVHS Theatre Company, a theatrical organization on campus, produces three performances a year.
The YVHS Theatre Company was started in 1994. The YVHS Drama Club was officially chartered at the start of the 1996-97 school year. In 1997, the YVHS Drama Club affiliated itself with the International Thespian Society of Cincinnati, Ohio, and became I.T.S. troupe 5589.
The wrestling team hosts the annual "Trojan War" wrestling competition, for which other high school teams are invited to compete against YVHS's team. The team recently had their first two time state placers: an athlete placed 8th in the 2005–2006 season and 2nd in the 2006–2007 season.
The Girls' Cross Country program has qualified for the California state meet the last four years in a row (2003–2006).
Yucca Valley High School used trimesters from the 1997-98 school year to the 2003-04 school year. Under the trimester system, there were three trimesters in a year instead of two semesters, and only five classes per day rather than six. YVHS reverted to the semester system for the 2004-2005 school year after seven years on the trimester system.
Due to a lawsuit in 2006, YVHS adopted a "split" lunch policy in the second semester of the 2006-2007 school year. Under the new policy, YVHS had two lunch breaks each day. While the new system provided students with more time to receive their food in the often-crowded cafeteria, this policy has been detrimental to the many clubs on campus that meet during lunch. In the second semester of 2013-2014, the school changed the policy back to one lunch.
Expansion and Modernization
The school board planned to construct expansion buildings by the 2010 school year. Also, a new 2-story building was built in 2014 and is in use for the English courses, and has a lecture hall. The baseball field on campus has grass in the outfield.
- Ed Data retrieved June 6, 2008