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Alhambra High School is a secondary school located at 101 South Second Street in Alhambra, California, USA. Established in 1898, it is the largest secondary school in the Alhambra Unified School District. It is located in downtown Alhambra, adjacent to many of the city's other public service buildings, such as the Alhambra Public Library, city hall, police station and courthouse.
As of October 2009, the Alhambra High School student population was 48.7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 43.6% Hispanic, 5.9% White, 1.3% Black, and .1% American Indian. 64% are considered economically disadvantaged, participating in a free or reduced- price lunch program, and 28% are English language learners.
Alhambra High School is a Title I Academic Achievement Award-winning school, offering Honors and Advanced Placement courses across all academic areas. The sciences are particularly emphasized with the school's Biomedical Independent Study program (Biomed), one of the few public high school programs in the western United States to regularly send students to regional undergraduate research symposia.
Alhambra High School competes in the CIF Southern Section Almont League composed of Bell Gardens High School, Mark Keppel High School, Montebello High School, Schurr High School, and San Gabriel High School. Sports offered include football, basketball, baseball, Cross-Country, softball, soccer, tennis, badminton, swimming, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, and track & field.
In 2002 the wrestling team, ended an undefeated season of (23-0) which culminated in its first CIF championship and has seen further experience culminating in league championships in 2008 and 2009. The school's football team won a league championship in 2002 and 2006. The Alhambra baseball team, has won 6 straight league championships dating from 2005 to 2010 and are on the run for number 7. Alhambra baseball has made 7 straight playoff appearances and have had notable alumni like Noe Ramirez who now pitches for Cal.St Fullerton . Head coach Steve Gewecke has turned Alhambra into a baseball power house along with the assistance of coach Chris Cosbey. The 2008 team finished with a new school record of 23-5, and finished 23-5 in 2010, tying a school record for overall wins and best league record going 14-1. Recently, the 2009 varsity basketball team won the league championship while finishing the season with the best league record of 8-2 and overall record of 18-10 after defeating their rival, the Mark Keppel Aztecs in a thrilling game led by their starting back court duo of Aeric Allen and Nelson Chan. Alhambra varsity basketball would then go on to the CIF playoffs and win their first game against Rosevelt with the help of Nelson Chan's unbelievable 4-point play that sent the game into overtime, but lost their second game to West Valley, thus ending their season.
Alhambra High School drill and dance teams have represented the United States in Miss Drill Team International competitions held around the world, most recently in Japan and Australia. Alhambra dancers often compete in and win solo competitions in Miss Drill Team USA and National Street Dance USA. Alhambra High School has consecutively won competitions throughout California. Alhambra High School itself is home to the Elementary Drill Team USA competition, a Miss Dance Drill Team USA dance/drill team and pep art event.
Alhambra High School also has an All-Male Dance Team, which regularly competes in and around Southern California, in addition to participation in the National Street Dance USA competition.
Also, their Orchesis Dance Team has excelled in many competitions. Competing in the Miss Drill Team USA competition, they have been and continue to be very successful.
Their cheer squad has always been left in the dust. Since a strong return in 2007 they have competed in many different competitions and have excelled.
The Mighty Moor Marching Band and Color Guard has won numerous awards and honors in its 89 year history. Under the current direction of Mark Trulson, the Mighty Moor band is considered one of the oldest high school marching bands in the San Gabriel Valley. The band, on occasion, performs with the marching bands from Mark Keppel High School and San Gabriel High School, as the Alhambra Unified School District Band. This band was given the prestige honor of marching in the 2009 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. It has been over 40 years since a marching band from the city of Alhambra has performed in this parade. The Mighty Moor Marching Band were regular Rose Parade participants in the 1950s and 1960s. www.ausdband.com. The Mighty Moor Winter Guard is the winter version of the band's color guard. Under the direction of Ariel Martin, they competed their first season in WGASC in the year 2010. The Mighty Moor Drumline is a percussion ensemble made up of the band's drumline and band students. Under the leadership of instructor Tom Float, the drumline assembles a full competition ensemble in the winter months and competes against other high school drumlines throughout Southern California. The Mighty Moor Jazz Band regularly performs in front of the Alhambra Edwards Renaissance Theater.
The Associated Student Body Executive council is a 13-member council which oversees all activities of Alhambra High School. Each member is a representative of a department in the school, such as boys' athletics, fine arts, or visual and performing arts. ASB also has a legislative branch, consisting of one member from each third-period class, and elected each semester. Meeting bi-weekly, members speak and vote on issues affecting the school. It is headed by the Speaker of the Legislature. The Director of Boys and Director of Girls are the presidents of Girls League and Boys Federation, clubs which organize and many of the school's events. The Director of Clubs oversees the Interclub Council (ICC), made up of the presidents and other leaders of service clubs.
There are currently ten service clubs on campus, some of which are branches of larger service organizations.
Clubs registered as of 2009 are listed below.
Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y clubs are affiliated with the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA and are not a part of the ASB club system, though they are centered around the high school. These service (social) clubs are associated with the WSGV YMCA to provide an opportunity for high students to network with other individuals while giving back to the community. Y-clubs are a great source for high school individuals to learn the importance of community service, socializing, and networking, while building relationships along the way.
- Martha Baldwin Elementary
- Mark Keppel High
- Marguerita Elementary
- Independence High (Alternative)
- Granada Elementary
- Garfield Elementary
- Fremont Elementary
- Emery Park Elementary
- Century High
- William Northrup Elementary
- San Gabriel High
- Ramona Elementary
- Park Elementary
- Ynez Elementary
- Repetto Elementary
- Brightwood Elementary
- Monterey Highlands Elementary