Piedmont High School is a public high school located in Piedmont, California, United States. Piedmont High School is part of the Piedmont Unified School District, Piedmont High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive. Piedmont High School was also a California Distinguished School, Piedmont has a widely known Bird Calling Contest. Football coaches Kurt Bryan and Steve Humphries developed the A-11 offense, Piedmont High School offers ninth through twelfth grade. The school motto is Achieve the honorable, the school maintains rigorous academic standards, and is well known in the area as an excellent school. Many families move into Piedmont for the schools once their children reach school-age, Piedmonts colors are purple and white, and its mascot, the Highlander, reflects the schools Scottish heritage. In September 1922, the Piedmont Unified School District opened the citys first high school and it was funded by a bond passed by voters in 1920. Piedmont High School was the last public school in California to require uniforms, the social scene was once dominated by social clubs, which resembled college sororities and fraternities, reminiscent of Lindsay Lohans Mean Girls. While the social clubs raised money the organizations with which they were affiliated, their exterior was just a front for what they really were. ”The school was covered in the New York Times when in the mid-1990s it began breathalyzing all students before dances, Piedmont High School has an open campus, and students can leave during brunch, lunch, and unscheduled periods. The campus is between Piedmont Park on the right of the school and Piedmont Middle School and Witter Field on the left, the center of campus is a grassy area referred to as the quad. The quad is center of campus, connecting the Allan Harvey Theatre, the library, the cafeteria and student center, classes are scattered around campus, with the music and science buildings the furthest apart. The campus was built on a portion of Piedmont Park. The school was built in 1921 in a design, part of the same plan that built the Piedmont citys Exedra. Since its design by architect W. H. Weeks, the school has undergone several reconstructions, for such as expansion, earthquake retrofitting. In 1974, the school was declared unsafe, under state earthquake laws and it was demolished, and three new classroom buildings and a gymnasium were built. The original library, quad, and administration buildings were rehabilitated, reconstruction in the 1970s reflected the back-to-nature look popular at the time, using wood instead of shingles. The schools breezeway, an open, wide corridor running between the main buildings, exemplifies this
Image: Front of Piedmont High School
A bond for the creation of Piedmont High School was passed in 1920, and the school was built in 1921.
Students congregate on the grass in the quad during brunch, a 15-minute break between first and second blocks.
The school exhibits various styles of architecture, with remains of the original neoclassical design in the library and the distinct "back-to-nature" look in the breezeway and theater.