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Ygnacio Valley High School

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Type  Public high school
Superintendent  Dr. Nelly Meyers
Enrollment  1,223 (2011-12)
Mascot  Warriors
Established  1960
Grades  9–12
Phone  +1 925-685-8414
Principal  Efa Huckaby
Ygnacio Valley High School

Motto  "Be safe, be respectful, be responsible!"
Address  755 Oak Grove Rd, Concord, CA 94518, USA
District  Mount Diablo Unified School District
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Ygnacio Valley High School (YVHS) is a public secondary school located in Concord, California, United States. It draws students from Concord as well as from the neighboring communities of Walnut Creek and Pleasant Hill. The school opened in 1962, and its first senior class graduated in 1964. Originally conceived as a temporary facility, the school currently carries an enrollment of over 1,500 total students for grades 9 through 12. When the nearby Northgate High School opened in 1974, YVHS lost approximately half its student body at the time. The school is part of the Mount Diablo Unified School District.

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Athletics

Since 1964, one of the school's main athletic rivals has been the Clayton Valley High School Eagles. The main rival was the College Park Falcons, until the schools were redistricted to prevent ongoing vengeful stunts that were hindering good sportsmanship in the early 2000s. YVHS also shares a lesser rivalry (as well as a property line) with neighboring De La Salle High School.

The first varsity Warrior football game played at the YVHS campus in 38 years took place on September 16, 2006. Ground was broken on a new running track and all-weather turf football and soccer field at YVHS in August 2005. Prior to the completion of the new field, most football home games were played at Mount Diablo High School or Diablo Valley College, due to poor field conditions, condemned bleachers, and a lack of lighting.

In December 2005, the YVHS football team coached by Mike Ivankovich won the NCS-2A championship against Miramonte High School for the second time since 1999.

In the 2009-10 football season, the YVHS football team won the DVAL league championship for the first time. The league had been created two years prior. The team then advanced to the NCS playoffs, losing in the second round to Eureka High School.

In 2009, head football coach Joshua Davis resigned, and Chris Turner was named the new head coach. As of 2010, Chris Turner stepped down, and former defensive coordinator Todd Bauleke is now the head coach.

In 1992, YVHS changed its school colors to navy blue and gold. The student body felt that the previous colors of powder blue and yellow were no longer fashionable for athletic team uniforms.

On March 14, 1987, the YVHS boys' basketball team, coached by Jim Grace, won the Division 1 Northern California Championship at the Oakland Coliseum Arena, 56-54 (2OT) over James Logan High School. This marked the first time in history that an East Bay High School (east of the Caldecott tunnel) accomplished such a feat. The 1987 squad set and still holds the school record with 28 wins. The team was led by Eric Bamberger, Chris Roach and former NFL player for the Bufalo Bills and Minnesota Vikings Chris Walsh.

Famous visits

During the 1988 presidential campaign, then Vice President George Bush made an appearance at YVHS and addressed the student body. In 1996, YVHS received another presidential visit when Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore made a rare joint appearance. They visited the campus as part of the NetDay '96 event, which kicked off a drive to connect California public schools to the Internet.

YVHS is an ideal location for such high-security visits, due to the limited entry points into school property.

In the early 1990s, YVHS also received visits from U.S. Representatives George Miller and Bill Baker, sponsored by the school's now-defunct Public Policy Society.

Ongoing issues

The school mascot, the Warrior, is represented as a Native American with a feathered headdress. Similar mascots representing Native American culture are often a point of contention throughout the state of California, where over 100 high schools have American Indian mascots.

YVHS is occasionally cited in the ongoing school prayer debate, after allowing Muslim students to use an available room for prayer during Ramadan in 2004.

Notable alumni

  • Mike Bellotti - University of Oregon athletic director
  • Lance Blankenship - member of 1989 World Series champion Oakland Athletics
  • Ian Brennan (music producer, author) - Grammy-award winning music producer and author
  • Matt Chesse - Academy-award nominated film editor
  • Jonathan Dayton - director of Little Miss Sunshine
  • Kiko Garcia - shortstop; played for Baltimore Orioles in the 1979 World Series
  • Kristin Heaston - shot put athlete; in 2004 became the first female Olympic athlete to compete in Olympia, Greece
  • Damian Jackson - former infielder for the Washington Nationals and other teams
  • Carl Ryanen-Grant - UC Berkeley University Medalist in 1997; received widespread attention for his battle with malignant melanoma
  • Dave Tollefson - defensive end; played for the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLII
  • Chris Walsh - retired Minnesota Vikings wide receiver
  • References

    Ygnacio Valley High School Wikipedia