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El Cerrito High School

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Type  Public secondary
Principal  David Luongo
Enrollment  1,208
Colors  White, Green
Established  1941-01-06
Grades  9th - 12th
Phone  +1 510-231-1437
Website  El Cerrito High School website
Address  540 Ashbury Ave, El Cerrito, CA 94530, USA
District  West Contra Costa Unified School District
Mascot  Gauchos (Cowboys in Spanish)

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El Cerrito High School is a public school in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. It is located on Ashbury Avenue in El Cerrito, California, United States.



The original main school building was built in the late 1930s as a WPA project. The school opened to students on January 6, 1941.

Student population quickly outgrew the facilities, and the campus became a collection of small, outlying buildings. As concern grew over the building's safety and structural stability, plans were made for more integrated buildings and, in the summer of 2005, demolition of the old campus began. By 2007, the campus had been demolished, and the terrain was leveled in preparation for reconstruction. During the reconstruction, all classes were held in temporary buildings located south of the campus on the former baseball field. The new campus opened on January 5, 2009.

El Cerrito's student body is 35.6% African-American, 23.7% Hispanic, 17.2% Asian, 16.7% Caucasian, and 2.5% Filipino. Many of these students are actually mixed race, making El Cerrito a very diverse high school. Over one third of students come from families with a low enough income to qualify for free or reduced price lunches under the National School Lunch Act. Many students come from the neighboring city of Richmond, which is also served by the West Contra Costa Unified School District.

Clubs and organizations

El Cerrito High School offers a variety of clubs, including:

  • ASL Club
  • Animal Rights Club
  • Asian Student Union
  • Black Student Union
  • Breakfast Club
  • Chess Club
  • Circle of Friends
  • Comics Club
  • The Creative Club
  • Dance Association
  • Dragon Boating
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • ECHS Mountain Bike Club
  • ECHS Photography Club
  • ECHS Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Film and Literature Club
  • FIDM Fashion Club
  • Garden Club
  • Gaucho Dance Company
  • Guitar Club
  • Highschoolers Uplifting God (HUG)
  • Interact
  • Japanese Soran Bushi
  • Juggling Club
  • Key Club
  • Korean Culture Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Latino Student Union / Latinos United
  • Math Club
  • Nepali Club
  • Queer-Straight Alliance (QSA)
  • Rising Stars
  • Robotics, Engineering, & Design (R.E.D.)
  • Science Club
  • Speech and Debate
  • Students for Social Awareness
  • South Asian Student Union
  • Thespian Society
  • Tibetan Club
  • Urbex Club
  • Women of All Collors Alliance
  • It also operates the KECG radio station.


  • Dwain Anderson, MLB infielder, Oakland Athletics 1971-1972, St. Louis Cardinals 1972-1973, San Diego Padres 1973, Cleveland Indians 1974
  • Jerry Bell, NFL tight end, Tampa Bay Buccaneers 1982-1987
  • Ernie Broglio, MLB pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals 1959-1964, Chicago Cubs 1964-66
  • Mike Burns, NFL player
  • Les Cain, MLB pitcher, Detroit Tigers 1968, 1970–1972
  • John Flavin, MLB pitcher, Chicago Cubs 1964
  • Drew Gooden, NBA power forward/center, Washington Wizards
  • Cornell Green, NFL defensive back, Dallas Cowboys 1962-1974
  • Pumpsie Green, MLB infielder, Boston Red Sox 1959-1962, New York Mets 1963
  • Mario Hollands, MLB pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies 2014-prese
  • Roddy Lee, Olympic athlete
  • Mike McGrath, professional bowler, top money-maker in 1970
  • Jamir Miller, NFL linebacker, Arizona Cardinals 1994-98, Cleveland Browns 1999-2002
  • Bill Nelson, NFL defensive tackle, Los Angeles Rams 1971-1975
  • Bob Newman, football player
  • Chris Roberson, MLB outfielder, Philadelphia Phillies 2006-07
  • Terrell Roberts, NFL player
  • Harvey Salem, NFL offensive tackle 1983-1992
  • Todd Spencer, NFL running back, Pittsburgh Steelers 1984-1985, San Diego Chargers 1987
  • John Thomas, NFL player 1958-1967
  • Lamont Thompson, NFL defensive safety 2002-2007
  • Entertainment

  • Paul Baloff (d. 2002), former vocalist of Exodus
  • Stephen Bradley, touring member of the band No Doubt; music producer
  • Doug Clifford, member of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Lawrence Coates, novelist
  • Stu Cook, member of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • John Fogerty, member of the band Creedence Clearwater Revival
  • Cynthia Gouw, TV news host, model and actress
  • Phil Lesh, musician, of the Grateful Dead
  • Larry Lynch, drummer best known for his work with The Greg Kihn Band
  • Maria Remenyi, former Miss USA
  • Adam Sessler, host of G4's X-Play
  • Mark Whitaker, former band manager of Exodus; produced albums for Exodus and Metallica
  • Steve Wright, bassist best known for his work with The Greg Kihn Band
  • Business

  • Martin Eberhard, founder of Tesla Motors
  • Byron Lars, fashion designer
  • Academia

  • Amy Chua, law professor at Yale Law School
  • Lawrence Coates, professor at Bowling Green University
  • Jeffrey B. Van Duzer, provost and former business school dean at Seattle Pacific University
  • Principals

  • Frank C. Shallenberger (1941–1947)
  • Claude D. Samples (1947–1968)
  • Frank E. Granucci (1968–1975)
  • James G. Nelson (1975–1982)
  • Cameron E. Blackwell (1982–1988)
  • Ronnie Van Zant (1988–1992)
  • Paul A. Daniels (1992–1998)
  • Michael Aaronian, Jr. (1998–2002)
  • Vincent J. Rhea (2002–2007)
  • Jason D. Reimann (2007–2011)
  • David Luongo (2011–2016)
  • Edith Jordan-McCormick (2016– )
  • References

    El Cerrito High School Wikipedia