Santa Rosa High School (Santa Rosa, California)

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Coordinates: 38°27′07″N 122°43′06″W / 38.45194°N 122.71833°W / 38.45194; -122.71833[1]

Santa Rosa High School
Santa Rosa High School, July 08.jpg
1235 Mendocino Ave

United States
TypePublic secondary
PrincipalKimberly Clissold
Enrollment2,022 (2016-17)[2]
Color(s)Orange and black

Santa Rosa High School (SRHS) is a secondary school located in Santa Rosa, California. It is part of the Santa Rosa City High School District, which is itself part of Santa Rosa City Schools; the main administration is formed by the Principal (Dr. Kimberly Clissold), a Vice Principal (Alwyn Greene) and Assistant Principals (Casey Shannon, Karolina Gage & Norma Vasquez). According to Santa Rosa City Schools, SRHS has 2,022 students, which is the largest school in the North Bay region.


SRHS was the only public high school for Santa Rosa from 1874 to 1958. Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), located on the adjacent property, was actually a part of Santa Rosa High School from 1918 to 1927.[3]

The school had several locations; the previous location on Humboldt Street burned to the ground in 1921. The school was moved to its current location and opened in 1924; the current school's design Brick Gothic, with soaring white columns towering over the triple entryway and the addition of gargoyles in niches near the roof, was created by W. H. Weeks in 1922. There are many more recent additions to the school, some copying the original design and others with more modern design and flavor.


Santa Rosa High School is an academic leader in Santa Rosa, having had for nine consecutive years the district's highest SAT scores, the streak ending in 1973. Santa Rosa High School has an API rating of 751. On-campus tutoring is available through an arrangement with Sonoma State University.[4]

In 2011 Santa Rosa High School received the California Distinguished School and the California Career Technical Awards.

In 2015 Santa Rosa High School received the California Gold Ribbon Award, which replaced the California Distinguished Schools Award as the highest award a school can receive from the state of California. Only two other high schools in the county received this award in its inaugural year.

There is also a branch of SRHS called ArtQuest (see section below), a specialized academic program focused on Visual Fine Arts, Drama, Dance, Music (vocal and instrumental), and Multimedia/Video.

Athletics: The Santa Rosa Panthers[edit]

Santa Rosa High School offers a wide variety of athletic programs and competes in the 5-A North Bay League of the North Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation.

The Santa Rosa High Fight Song[edit]

Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, fight on for your fame!
Pass the ball right down the center,
Touch down sure this time,
Rah, rah, rah!
Santa Rosa, Santa Rosa, fight on for your fame!
Fight, fellas, fight, fight, fight!
We'll win this game!

Nevers Field[edit]

Ernie Nevers attended Santa Rosa High School, where he excelled in football. In 1920, as a senior, he led the team to the NCS Championships, he went on to attend Stanford University, and play for the Duluth Eskimos and the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League. In 1925 the football field at Santa Rosa High School was renamed Nevers Field in his honor. In 2004, just in time for the homecoming game, a $2 million refurbishment of Nevers Field was completed; the improvements included an artificial turf, an all-weather 8-lane track, new bleachers, a snack bar and ticket booth, restrooms, and lights for night games.

ArtQuest Program[edit]

Santa Rosa High School is known for its award-winning ArtQuest program; this district-supported program allows students to take classes with specialty course work in the arts, including Visual Fine Arts, Dance, Theatre Arts, Photography, Instrumental and Vocal Music, Digital Arts, and the Video program. It was recently awarded the prestigious Jack London Award for Educational Excellence.

School Newspaper[edit]

Santa Rosa High School has a journalism class that produces newspapers about once a month. Entitled The Santa Rosan, it has consistently won awards at the annual Press Democrat competition, among others, and in 2012 won second overall.


Santa Rosa High School has several student-organized and teacher-supervised clubs, ranging from many different subjects:[5]

  • Anime
  • Art
  • Asian
  • California Scholarship Federation
  • Chess
  • Classic Rock
  • Dance
  • Debate Team (Acting Coach: Casey Elsa)
  • Drama
  • Climate Protection
  • French
  • Future Farmers of America
  • Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)
  • Harry Potter
  • History Club
  • InterKey
  • Invisible Children Club
  • Math Club
  • National Honor Society (NHS)
  • Outdoor Club
  • Photography
  • Safe Schools Alliance
  • Science Symposium
  • Spanish
  • Ska
  • Swing
  • Ultimate Frisbee Club
  • Writer's Club
  • Brony's Club
  • Elsa's Club

In the Movies[edit]

Santa Rosa High School was used for several Hollywood movies, including Peggy Sue Got Married and Inventing the Abbotts. For the filming of Peggy Sue Got Married, the production company paid for a complete restoration of the school's aging gothic facade, including repair and replacement of the many gargoyle figures.

Director Wes Craven applied for the use of Santa Rosa High School and reached a verbal agreement with the principal of the school for the filming of his 1996 horror film Scream. Just days before filming was to begin, the school board denied permission for the use of the school. In response, following the listing of organizations and individuals whom the filmmakers wished to thank in the closing credits of Scream, Craven included the note, "No thanks whatsoever to the Santa Rosa City School District Governing Board".


The Santa Rosa High School Foundation is a group of alumni who take an active interest in SRHS;[6] the Foundation helps raise money for school programs and other services.

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Santa Rosa High School (Santa Rosa, California)
  2. ^ "Santa Rosa High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 15, 2019. Cite web requires |website= (help)
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  7. ^ "Cubs hero Kyle Schwarber showed off power swing in Cardinal Newman workout". October 15, 2015. Retrieved January 23, 2019. Cite web requires |website= (help)

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