Valencia High School (Santa Clarita, California)

Valencia High School is a public secondary school located in the neighborhood of Valencia in the city of Santa Clarita, California, United States. It is a part of the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Valencia High School
Address
27801 Dickason Drive

,
91355

United States
Information
TypePublic
MottoLearning For Life
Established1994
PrincipalDr. Pete Getz
Grades9 - 12
Number of students2,713 (2019-20)[1]
Color(s)   
AthleticsWrestling
Basketball
Football
Cross Country
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Track & Field
Tennis
Volleyball
Dance
Lacrosse
Cheerleading
Baseball
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section
MascotVick the Viking
NewspaperThe Viking Vision
YearbookThe Viking Voyager
WebsiteValencia High School

Valencia High School is ranked in Newsweek's 2012 list of America's Best High Schools. The list is based on six components provided by school administrators: graduation rate (25 percent), college matriculation rate (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE tests taken per student (25 percent), average SAT/ACT scores (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE scores (10 percent), and AP courses offered per student (5 percent).

HistoryEdit

Valencia High School opened on September 9, 1994. The school received its first full accreditation from WASC in 1998. In 2001, Dr. Paul A. Priesz was named California Principal of the Year. This was the year that Valencia High School's student population reached over 3,500 students.

  • 2002 - Valencia High School's API test scores were the highest in the district. The boys’ volleyball program secured the first CIF Championship in the school's history. The co-ed cheer team placed first in the state competition.
  • 2004 - Valencia High School dedicated a stadium to Dr. Paul A. Priesz. Valencia High School received a full accreditation from WASC.
  • 2006 - The boys’ volleyball team won its 3rd CIF championship. Valencia High School was recognized for its state model School-to-Career program. The softball team won the school's first official national championship.
  • 2008 - The boys’ volleyball team won the national championship. The school's softball team went on to clinch another CIF Championship. Valencia High School's Speech and Debate team won local, state, and national awards. The Valencia High School dance team won a National Championship. Valencia High School scored above 800 on the Academic Performance Index (API). This achievement placed Valencia High School among the top achieving high schools in both the state and the nation.
  • 2009 - The Valencia High School dance team brought home another national championship.

PrincipalsEdit

In chronological order:

  • Dr. Paul A. Priesz
  • John Costanzo
  • Stephen Ford
  • Dr. Pete Getz (since 2020)

ActivitiesEdit

VTVEdit

VTV is an early morning news broadcast to the school. Valencia High School's video program has entered their productions into competitions such as STN, NFFTY, All American High School Film Festival (AAHSFF), and the Santa Clarita Valley Film Festival.

ChoirEdit

The Concert Choir has repeatedly achieved the ratings of "Gold Choir" and "Choir of the Festival".[2]

BandEdit

The band performs at home football games and at school rallies. The band has won gold medals in the Orchestra Association (SCSBOA).

Color GuardEdit

The color guard performs at home football games and at school rallies. It also has competitive seasons for both the first and second semester of the school year. Within the first semester, the team performs with the Valencia High School marching band. During the second semester, the team takes part in WGASC and WGI competitions.

ROTCEdit

ROTC’s goal is to train high school cadets in citizenship. The other goals are to instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline.

AthleticsEdit

Boys VolleyballEdit

The boys’ volleyball team won 112 consecutive league matches dating back to 2001, before losing 3-1 to Saugus High School on March 21, 2013. They advanced to the CIF championship game in each season from 2001 to 2006, winning in 2003, 2004, 2006, and 2008. They have won the CIF championship in four of the previous six seasons, with a 186-27 record since 2003, posting a school best 35-2 record in 2008. The winning streak spanned from 2001 to March 21, 2013.

Swim TeamEdit

In 2014 and 2015, the varsity teams won first place in the Foothill League. In those same years, the teams had finished in the top 10 at the CIF Southern Section competition.

Softball TeamEdit

The softball team has won eight consecutive Foothill League championships. They have also won back to back CIF championships and were ranked number one in the nation in 2007.

Athletic AwardsEdit

 
Valencia High School Softball - National Champions 2007

Foothill League ChampionsEdit

Valencia High School competes in the Foothill League. The other schools in the league are Canyon, Castaic, Golden Valley, Hart, Saugus, and West Ranch High Schools. The schools that no longer participate are John Burroughs High School and Burbank High School.

  • Baseball - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Boys Basketball - 1999, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2019, 2020
  • Girls Basketball - 2000, 2001, 2005, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Football - 2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Boys Golf - 2000, 2002
  • Girls Golf - 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Boys Soccer - 2016
  • Girls Soccer - 2001, 2009
  • Softball - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • Boys Swimming - 2014, 2015
  • Girls Swimming - 2014, 2015, 2017
  • Boys Tennis - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2019
  • Girls Tennis - 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Track & Field - 2001, 2016
  • Boys Volleyball - 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015
  • Girls Volleyball - 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2015

CIF ChampionsEdit

  • Boys Volleyball 2003 - Division II
  • Boys Volleyball 2004 - Division II
  • Boys Volleyball 2006 - Division II
  • Boys Volleyball 2008 - Division II
  • Softball 2007 - Division l
  • Softball 2008 - Division l
  • Track & Field - 2009
  • Girls Tennis - 2014

CIF FinalistEdit

  • Football - 1999
  • Football - 2001
  • Boys Volleyball - 2001
  • Boys Volleyball - 2002
  • Boys Golf - 2002
  • Boys Volleyball - 2003
  • Girls Soccer - 2003
  • Football - 2004
  • Boys Volleyball - 2004
  • Girls Golf - 2004
  • Softball - 2005
  • Girls Golf - 2005
  • Girls Tennis - 2005
  • Boys Volleyball - 2005
  • Boys Volleyball - 2006
  • Girls Tennis - 2006
  • Softball - 2007
  • Girls Tennis - 2007
  • Boys Volleyball - 2008
  • Softball - 2008
  • Track & Field - 2009
  • Boys Volleyball - 2015
  • Football - 2017

State ChampionsEdit

  • Softball - 2007
  • Boys Volleyball - 2008
  • Track & Field - 2009

National ChampionsEdit

  • Dance Team - 2003
  • Boys Volleyball - 2006
  • Softball - 2007
  • Dance Team - 2007
  • Dance Team - 2008
  • Boys Volleyball - 2008
  • Dance Team - 2009
  • Dance Team - 2010
  • Dance Team - 2011

Student demographicsEdit

As of the 2019-20 academic year, Valencia was the most populous school in the Hart District, with 2,713 students. 45.3% of students were non-Hispanic white, 24.4% were Hispanic, 19.2% were Asian American, and 4.2% were African American.[3] 354 students (13%) were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.[1]

Notable alumniEdit

Filming LocationEdit

Valencia High School was used as a set for the films Bio-Dome, Romy and Michelle's High School Reunion, and Pleasantville. It was also used for filming the TV series Sweet Valley High. In 2019, George Salcedo's two short films Witness to Murder and Winger were also filmed on campus.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Valencia High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 20, 2021.
  2. ^ "Valencia High School Choir - Valencia Choirs". valenciachoir.com. Retrieved 2020-10-20.
  3. ^ "Enrollment by Ethnicity - William S. Hart Union High (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved December 21, 2020.
  4. ^ "Filming Location Matching "Valencia High School - 27801 Dickason Drive, Valencia, California, USA" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-10-20.

External linksEdit

Coordinates: 34°26′21″N 118°33′47″W / 34.4392°N 118.5631°W / 34.4392; -118.5631