Evergreen Valley High School

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Evergreen Valley High School
Evergreen Valley High School Logo.jpg
3300 Quimby Road

Bay Area

Coordinates37°19′27″N 121°46′44″W / 37.3242°N 121.7788°W / 37.3242; -121.7788Coordinates: 37°19′27″N 121°46′44″W / 37.3242°N 121.7788°W / 37.3242; -121.7788
School typePublic, Comprehensive high school
Motto" We lead, Others follow."
School districtEast Side Union High School District (ESUHSD)
OversightWestern Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Schools
PrincipalKyle Kleckner
Enrollment2,809 (2015-16)[1]
Student to teacher ratio26.36[2]
Color(s)Teal, Black, White             
NicknameEVHS, EV
RivalSilver Creek High School (San Jose, California)
USNWR ranking140[3]
National ranking755[3]
Test average866[3]
Average SAT scores (2014)1684[4]
Athletics conferenceCalifornia Interscholastic Federation
Blossom Valley Athletic League

Evergeen Valley School is a comprehensive, 4-year high school located in the Evergreen area of San Jose, California, and is part of the East Side Union High School District. It was founded in 2002. The school held its first graduation of seniors on June 7, 2005.[5] From 2007 to 2015, U.S. News and World Report recognized the school with a silver award in its Best High Schools 2008-2015 list.[6] In 2013, Evergreen Valley received a clear six year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.


Evergreen Valley High School opened in 2002 on the "Small School" concept, with an emphasis on technology and the idea that every student would have a laptop to take home for doing homework.[7][8] The school opened initially with only two grade levels: freshmen and sophomores. It existed as a single high school, with four mostly independent schools within it: Science & Technology, Global Economy, Human Performance, and Humanities. The first year EVHS was open, Science & Technology and Human Performance students received IBM Notebooks, while Global Economy and Humanities Students received Apple iBooks. In Fall 2002, the campus was still unfinished, so classes took place in portables on two nearby campuses: Silver Creek High School and Mount Pleasant High School. S&T and HU were situated at Silver Creek, while HP and GE were situated in Mt. Pleasant.[9] The EVHS campus officially was open for attendance in January 2003.[10] Administration tended to be unhelpful in teachers' and students' requests for aid, although they themselves were also swamped with the task of managing a brand new school.[11] In January 2004, petitions circulated after enrollment at Evergreen Valley quickly approached its limit of 1,800: one calling for shrunken boundaries and another for expansion.[12] On March 11, 2004, district trustees voted to construct a new building on campus to ease overcrowding.[13] In 2006, construction began for the building.[14]

In July 2004, the San Jose Mercury News profiled the use of the Xanga blog site by EVHS students.[15]

Principals existed for all of the schools, and were supervised by a primary principal. However, due to change in district leadership and issues with funding and philosophy, in February 2004, the small school system was done away with, and the high school adopted a traditional format, which it has kept until the present.[10][16]

The Class of 2006, the first class of students to have attended the school since its opening year in 2002, graduated on June 7, 2006.[17]

Several troubling instances occurred on one week in March 2009; overnight between March 14 and 15, a 20-foot swastika was etched on a lawn that had also been salted earlier, and several trees were cut down.[18] Then on March 17, an envelope was mailed to school containing a suspicious white powder and a letter expressing dissatisfaction over the school's dress code policy regarding hats. This led to the administrative building being evacuated, but an investigation revealed that the substance was merely baby powder.[19] Following rumors spread over the Internet that a shooting would occur that day, a majority of the student body did not show up to class on March 20. The Federal Bureau of Investigation and San Jose Police Department began a probe into these incidents immediately.[18]

Another instance occurred on January 27, 2012, when a student was detained that Friday morning by the San Jose police after making threats on a social networking site to "shoot up" the school. Rumors of a shooting had already been circulating around the school since Wednesday of that week, prompting the police to search the boy's home and later on Friday, an intensive search for the boy. Lockdown of the school lasted for around one hour and was lifted around 10:30 AM. None of the student body or the staff were injured. Police later released the student due to a lack of evidence connecting that student to the threats.[20]


Evergreen Valley High School achieved APIs of 663 in 2011, 665 in 2013, and 666 in 2015.

Biotech Academy[edit]

Geared towards relieving the overcrowding at Evergreen Valley High School, the Biotech Academy existed from 2004–06 in portables at the campus of Evergreen Valley College in August 2004, offering a "small school" environment (similar to EVHS's original blueprint) as well as a focus on biotechnology and the opportunity to take more advanced classes, including college classes.[21][22] Laptops and smaller classes were also promised, and delivered after half a year. Students attending the Biotech Academy were still eligible to participate in extracurricular clubs, leadership programs, sports, and activities at Evergreen Valley High School.[23] However, the academy was closed in 2006 due to budget cuts and declining interest. As soon as the Biotech Academy was closed, construction began on a new building in EVHS to handle the overcrowding due to extremely large incoming classes.[10]

AP Courses[edit]

Evergreen Valley High School offers the following Advanced Placement Courses:


In the 2005–06 school year, out of 2,411 students, 57.6% of all students were of Asian descent (12% of which is Filipino), 23.2% Hispanic, 14.3% White, 4.6% African American, and 0.3% American Indian.[10] As of 2004-2005, the graduation rate was 68.9%.[24] According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the son of actor Don Duong once attended EVHS.[25]

In the 2008-09 school year, out of 2,601 students, 60.5% of all students were of Asian descent (11% of which is Filipino), 24% Hispanic, 10.2% White, 4% African American, 1% Pacific Islander, and 0.3% American Indian. www.ed-data.k12.ca.us[26]

In the 2013-14 school year, 2,715 students were registered with the school, 61% of all students were of Asian descent, 20% were Hispanic, 6% were Caucasian/White, 2% were African American/Black, and 1% were reported as being Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander. 18% of all students were eligible for free or reduced lunch fees and 53% were considered English Language Learners (ELL). [27]

In the 2014-15 school year, 2,693 students were registered with the school, 68% of all students were of Asian descent, 20% were Hispanic, 7% were Caucasian/White, 2% were African American/Black, and 0.5% were reported as being Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander. 16% of all students were eligible for free or reduced lunch fees.[28]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Evergreen Valley has many extracurricular programs. Its musical and performing arts programs include:

The school's orchestra and wind ensemble performed in Carnegie Hall in New York City.[29][30]


Evergreen Valley offers a variety of 90 unique clubs including:

Speech and Debate[edit]

Evergreen Valley High School has a fairly successful Speech and Debate team,[31] which attends tournaments in the California Coast Forensics League and on the national circuit. With several members who have qualified, attended and won the annual Tournament of Champions, EV's Speech and Debate team has been ranked one of the highest in the nation.


Evergreen Valley has had a strong athletic tradition since the opening of the school. Sports that are offered are Cross country, football, tennis, volleyball, water polo, basketball, wrestling, soccer, wrestling, badminton, baseball, softball, swimming, cheerleading, track and field, and golf (as of the 2009–10 school year). The San Francisco Chronicle profiled an EVHS swimmer in April 2005.[32] For the 2006–07 school year, the Blossom Valley Athletic League ranked EVHS fifth out of 22 in the league's "Best of the Best" standings.[33]


  • Evergreen's Track and Field Boys completed undefeated seasons of 7-0 [JV] (2005-2006)[34] & 7-0 (2012–13)[35]
  • Evergreen's JV Wrestling completed an undefeated season of 7-0 (2006-2007)[36]
  • Evergreen's Swimming Boys & Girls completed an undefeated season of 7-0 (2006-2007)[37][38]
  • Evergreen's Badminton completed an undefeated season of 16-0 (2013-2014) and (2016-2017)[39]
  • Evergreen's JV Football completed an undefeated season of 7-0 (2014–15)[40]
  • Evergreen's Golf Boy completed consecutive undefeated seasons of the 2014 & 2015 school years. Recording 16-0 (2014)[41] & 15-0 (2015) [42]
  • Justin Suh (golf) finished 2nd in the state in 10th grade, 1st in 11th grade, and 2nd in 12th grade where he shot 2 under par at the pro Poppy Hills course in Pebble Beach.[43]
  • Mason Jiang and Eric Jiang (badminton) won the Central Coast Section for Boys Doubles on Saturday, May 31 of 2013. They beat the #1 overall seed of the tournament in a three set thriller 26-25,19-21,21-18.[44]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  37. ^ http://www.bval.org/standings/Standings2006/BSwimming.htm
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