Analy was established in the town of Sebastopol in the year 1908, where it would stand as the town's local school. It is primarily a college preparatory school. Many local parents are graduates from Analy. The community supports the school; in 2004 they passed a $13,000,000 bond issue, and in 2006 they renewed a four-year parcel tax for another seven years.
Although the town's population is small, the school serves an area of 50,000. The town it serves has changed from a rural community to a more suburban community in recent decades; many residents commute to metropolitan areas. Approximately 85% go directly to two or four-year colleges; the school ranks in the 98th percentile on sending students to two or four-year public schools.
Analy is one of two comprehensive high schools in the West Sonoma County Union High School District, the other being El Molino High School in Forestville, California.
The high school district has 11 feeder elementary districts. Over the last three years these districts together have developed grade level standards K-12 in English, math, and social studies, and work continues in technology and science.
Analy has a seven-period day and offers a wide variety of electives, including 11 programs in practical arts. Analy provides an almost entirely untracked curriculum for all students and a full range of AP and Honors classes in the five academic areas.
Students at Analy participate actively in athletics, performing arts, and debate. In addition, there are thirteen clubs with a total membership of over 600 students. 30% of the student population is involved in the band, choir, or theater departments.
Analy offers a total of 11 AP courses and 5 additional honors courses.Laboratory science
AP Physics B
AP Physics C
AP Calculus AB
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
English 11 Honors
Spanish 4 Honors
French 4 Honors
AP World History (for 10th grade)
AP U.S. History (for 11th grade)
AP U.S. Government and Politics (for 12th grade, one semester)
AP Microeconomics (for 12th grade, one semester)
A minimum of 240 semester units are required for graduation from Analy High School. Ten units equal one year of work for each period. In order to graduate, students must also pass the CAHSEE, which can be taken during the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. Santa Rosa Junior College courses may also be taken in lieu of Analy courses, with 1 SRJC unit equaling 3⅓ Analy credits toward graduation.
Analy High School served 1,317 students in the 2014-15 academic year. Its population is 75.1% Caucasian and 14.7% Latino. 3.1% are Limited English Proficient. Less than 8% are on free or reduced lunch. 9% are in Special Education programs. Analy provides a support class and a Spanish-speaking aide for Latino students and their families. The 2011 Newsweek report on America's Best High Schools found that Analy holds a 99% graduation rate, a 95% college matriculation rate, a 38.1 student teacher ratio, an average 1743 SAT Reasoning Test score (roughly the 75th percentile), and an average of 1.3 Advanced Placement tests per student.Marla Tellez, News Anchor
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Analy has over 600 athletes on 38 teams in 21 sports each year. In 2009, the varsity boys basketball team at Analy won the NCS Division III Final for the first time in the school's 101-year history. Other sports offered by Analy include football, volleyball, cross country, soccer, softball, baseball, swimming, tennis, golf, track and field, wrestling, and badminton.
The Analy High School football team was mentioned by Bruce Campbell's character, Sam Axe in Burn Notice: The Fall of Sam Axe. He stated that the tactics he used to train the rebels were the secrets of the Analy High School football team.
Analy is musically active. There are a total of four band classes and one orchestra class at Analy, with an average combined student participation of well over 200 and has one of the highest instrumental music students per-capita ratios in the State of California. The bands include a 0 period jazz band that starts at 6:45am every morning, an intermediate band, advanced band, and honor band, as well as an orchestra, which were all under the direction of Vance Regan until 2013. The bands perform in two scheduled concerts per year and host the annual Band Wagon Fall Festival. The bands annually perform the national anthem at a San Francisco Giants game, take a trip to southern California to participate in the Disney Magic Music Days main street parade, and march in the local Apple Blossom Festival Parade. The honor band has received numerous awards and has participated in several Festival of Gold National competitions. The Analy bands are well known for masterful performances and exquisite class. In addition, once a week, the orchestra winds and percussion meet at 6:00pm and adjourn at 7:30pm for rehearsal. The band has won numerous awards for their jazz, concert and orchestra programs. The jazz band and orchestra annually participate in the California Music Educators Association festivals and competitions. In 2011, the Analy orchestra was given a unanimous superior at a California Music Educators Association (CMEA) festival at Sonoma State University, the highest rating possible; it was the second consecutive year that the orchestra earned this honor.
Analy's choir department performs three concerts each year. The first concert is performed in the fall, the second in the winter, and the third in the spring. The choir department is divided into different choirs, which perform music at differing styles and levels of complexity.Concert Choir: This is the beginning level choir, and it has no prerequisite to join. The concert choir primarily consists of freshmen and sophomores, though it is not limited to younger students.
Treble Choir: This is an all female chorus. It is the second level for female singers, and students are required to audition before joining the treble choir.
Honor Choir: This is the advanced mixed-voice chorus. It is also an audition-only choir, and usually consists of singers who have graduated from the concert or treble choirs. The group is not limited though, and singers with potential are encouraged to audition even without experience in the previous two choirs.
Vocal Ensemble: The Vocal Ensemble is not an actual course. It is a small group (usually consisting of 8-12 singers) that rehearses outside of class hours, usually once a week. This group often tackles music that is considered more challenging, both in technical and vocal facets, also consisting wholly of songs that are performed a cappella. Auditions for the group are held early in the year, and are limited to students in the Honor Choir. The Vocal Ensemble is a relatively new facet of the Choir Department, which witnessed its creation in 2002.
During the 2009/10 school year, the Analy High School Honor Choir was selected by DCINY to sing the entire piece of Faure's Requiem Mass at the Lincoln Center in New York City. The concert was set to take place in April, 2010, and was to be sung under the directing of Daniel Hughes. However, a call was received in mid-October saying the show was cancelled. Another show was set up at Carnegie Hall during the same time period, and the choir will sing songs directed by famous and contemporary composer Eric Whitacre. The students have been diligently fundraising, and are visibly excited by the opportunity presented. It will be the first such cross country trip encountered by the Analy Honor Choir.Each winter, the Honor Choir has traditionally performed the Hallelujah Chorus, from Handel's Messiah as the last song of the evening. Alumni of the honor choir are invited to join the chorus onstage to perform with the choir.
Every spring, several graduating seniors are selected to direct a song each. They are given their choice of songs and rehearse with their choir, as conductor, in place of Mr. Del Monte. Eventually they conduct their piece on the night of the Spring Concert.
On Graduation Day, at the end of each school year, the Honor Choir performs a song for the graduating seniors.
The Drama department headed by teacher/director Starr Hergenrather, produces two shows per year, a non-musical in the fall, and a musical in the spring. The department annually attends the Lenaea Festival, a high-school theatre event held on the California State University, Sacramento campus.
Since its inception in 1995, Analy's High School's Speech and Debate Team has qualified varsity members to the state championships. It has also qualified members to many national championships for the last three years. Analy's team is a member of the Golden Gate Speech Association league, the California High School Speech Association (CHSSA), and the National Speech and Debate Association (formerly the National Forensics League). In addition to competing in local league tournaments and national invitationals, team members speak at local service club organizations such as Lion's Club and Rotary Club, where they earn hundreds of dollars every year in scholarship money. Analy speakers place in the finals at nearly every league tournament, often going undefeated. The league is ranked #1 in the state and is among the top ten in the nation.In 2006, the parliamentary debate team of Chris Catterton and Harrison Noah placed in the top 15 teams in the nation according to the National Parliamentary Debate League.
In 2007, Chris Catterton won Top Speaker and was the Top Team at the Parliamentary Debate National Tournament. Chris earned the title of Parliamentary Debate Grand National Champion for this illustrious achievement.
In 2008, three Varsity Parliamentary debate teams qualified to the State Debate Championships, a first in Analy history. The team of Catterton and Stafford placed fifth, the team of Burnes and Coulter placed fourth, and the team of Millerick and Noah placed third.
In 2009, sophomore Gordon Allen competed in the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Voice of Democracy Speech Competition, advancing through league and district to place 1st in California. The organization then sent him to Washington, D.C., where he placed 11th in the nation.
Also in 2009, Allen auto-qualified to the State Debate Championships in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, which is accomplished by having an exemplary record at the local tournaments throughout the year. Allen advanced to semifinals, placing him in the top four in the state.
In 2010, three speakers qualified for the State Championships from Analy High School: Gordon Allen in Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Nate Rosen in Impromptu Speaking, and Ryan Taylor-Davis in Oratorical Interpretation. Allen auto-qualified to the State Championships for the second year in a row for the first time in league or Analy history. Rosen advanced to semifinals, placing 9th in the state.
Also in 2010, Allen qualified to the National Forensic League National Speech and Debate Tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, among three other Lincoln-Douglas debaters from the league. At Nationals, Allen advanced to partial-quarterfinals and was ranked 7th in the nation.
Analy's debate coach, Lynette Williamson, was named the Golden Gate Speech Association's Coach of the Year in 2000, and in 2005 she was inducted into the California High School Speech Coaches' Hall of Fame.
Newsweek ranked Analy #184 on their list of the top 500 high schools in the country for 2011, #95 for 2014 (the highest-ranked Californian school north of San Francisco), and #352 for 2016. Analy was named a California Distinguished School four times: in 1986, 1994, 1999, and 2009.