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American High School (AHS) is a public secondary school located in Fremont, California. It is one of five public high schools within the Fremont Unified School District. The school receives its students through the American High School attendance area boundary set by the district. It was a California Distinguished School from 2005 to 2009.
American High was founded and opened its doors in 1972. In its first year, only 9th through 11th grade students attended the school. The incoming Sophomore and Junior students were those in the school's attendance boundary who had been attending other schools in the district until American High was completed. Its first graduating class was the Class of 1974. The Freshman Class of 72 became the first class to complete all four years at the new high school with its 1976 graduation coinciding with the country’s bicentennial celebrations.
On May 27, 2010, Ron Leone made an announcement to the school's staff at a previously unscheduled after school meeting that he would be resigning as principal at the end of the 2009-10 school year. He stated that he intends to focus on his family, painting, book-writing, and his bid for a Concord city council member. On the following day, he announced his resignation to the entire student body during the reading of the daily student bulletin.
On June 23, 2010, Greg Bailey was announced by the School Board to be American High School's new principal. As a proud alumni, he is determined to make "American High School the top-notch school that it is."
The student population at the end of the 2004-2005 school year was 1,981 students. In previous school years, 2003–2004, 2002–2003, 2001–2002, the school’s population has been 1,868, 1,692, and 1,586 respectively. A few years before the aforementioned boundary changes, the student population at American ranked around 1,200 students, and according to recent estimates, it has grown to 2017 in the 2005-2006 school year students, and in 2008-2009 school year it grew to 2026. In the 2009-2010 year, American High School's population rose to over 2000, making it the 2nd largest school in the district.
The student population at American High School is approximately 51% male and 49% female. In terms of ethnicity, the largest group at the school is the Asian population. It is the fastest growing portion of the population and represents 31% of the student body. The second largest group is Whites, which represent 28% of the population, African Americans at 26%, followed by Filipinos at 10%, Latinos at 9%, Pacific Islanders at 1% and Native American at less than 1%. 16% of the population identifies itself with another race or multiple races. The large growth in the Asian population is attributed by many to the arrival of students from Ardenwood and Forest Park elementary schools, which both boast a majority Asian population.
American High has struggled to maintain low class sizes among all subjects and classes, but the rapidly increasing population and the limited class space and resources have resulted in a slight increase in class sizes. The class sizes for English and mathematics have stayed about the same, or gone down slightly, as state regulations has mandated smaller class sizes in these critical subjects. However, social science classes have been forced to add 5 more classes of 33 students or more than in previous years. Science classes have had to add 6 more classes of 33 students or more than in previous years.
There are three full-time counselors on campus.
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American High School has gone from having a 59% passing rate on the CAHSEE in 2001 to having an 87% in 2004. The Academic Performance Index (API) has gone from 646 in 1999 to 673 in 2000, 676 in 2001, 681 in 2002, 721 in 2003, and 757 in 2004, improving a total of 111 points in a period of 4 years. In 2009, American High School's API was 787. Additionally, American High School earned a rare 6-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and prides itself on once being a poorly performing school to now being a California Distinguished School (as of 2005). American was a California Distinguished School in 2005-2009!
This maybe due to the changing of boundaries bringing in students from Ardenwood Elementary School and Forest Park Elementary School, two of the largest elementary schools in the district, which originally attended Kennedy High School and Irvington High School respectively. It was widely debated on why Forest Park and Ardenwood attended Kennedy and Irvington since they had always been closer to American High School. The school also dropped Cabrillo Elementary School from its attendance area, leaving it to attend Washington High School instead. This move has resulted in the increase of test scores at American since Ardenwood and Forest Park are two of the best elementary schools in the district, while Cabrillo ranked among the worst.
Over 60% of students participate in the school's clubs and organizations. From 2004 and onward, students have enjoyed over 40 on-campus organizations run by various student body leaders. In 2004, ASB implemented a new rule restricting students to only one presidential position.
In the 2003-2004 school year, the new ASB Administration moved toward restricting the creation of new clubs, as well as cracking down on clubs that were not active according to ASB rules that had been rarely enforced up to that year. Several clubs were ultimately eliminated due to lack of fundraising, lack of membership, or failure to participate in required ASB functions. A list of clubs offered at American High are: Academic and Future Advisory Club, Afghan Club, Muslim Student Association(MSA), Indian Student Association Club(ISA), Amnesty International, Art Club, Asian/Pacific Islander(API),Polynesian Culture Club(P.C.C), Burmese Club, Be A Mentor (BAM), now called Children Building the Further (CBF), Helping Other People Everywhere(H.O.P.E), Black Student Union (BSU), California Scholarship Federation (CSF), Chess Club, Christian Club, Cycling Club, Expressions Club, Fashion Club, Forensics Club, French Club, Gay Student Alliance, Health and Medicine, Indian Student Association, Interact Club, Junior Statesmen of America, Key Club, Math Club, Me.CH.A Club, National Honors Society, Philosophy Club, Red Cross Club, Science Club, Spanish Club, Recycling Club(R-E-C-Y-C-L-E), Japanese Comic/Manga Club,Japanese Club American(JCA) Student Association of Gaming(SAG), Robot Club, Rubik's Cube Club, Tri-M Music Club, Racket Sports Club, Mock Trial Team Club, Youth Alive Club, Leadership, Experience, Opportunity Club(Leo's Club), Crafts Baking Club, Athletes Aiding America(AAA), Guitar Club, Marketing Decathlon(DECA), The Drama Club,Debate Club and Creative Writing Club.
American High School was originally separated into three main wings under its original design, the 300. Classes have been organized according to the wings. The 300-wing has traditionally served as the home of English, social studies and foreign language departments. The 500-wing has traditionally served as the home of the mathematics and science classes. The 700-wing has generally been reserved for the arts: music, theater, photography, art, and architecture. There are also two theatres. Theater 50 is similar to a college lecture hall, while Theater 70 serves as the theater for the fall play and spring musical. In addition, there is a 400 wing, which is a series of two computer labs between the 300 and 500 wings. Between the 500 wing and the 700 wing is 600 wing, which is a series of three classrooms, one of which is now a kitchen for the cooking ROP classes. The cafeteria is also located between the 500 and 700 wings, and the classrooms of the 600 wing open up to the cafeteria. The 900 wing is a fenced complex of four classrooms just beyond the 700 wing. There is also a relatively large Faculty Commons, which includes small cubicle areas for the staff, a break room, and a decent sized lounge. The Faculty Common was also the home of the Book Room until the close of the 2005-2006 school year. The Book Room is now in the small office areas below Eagles Nest which were previously affiliated with the Student Activities Center.
American High currently houses the newest swimming/sports complex and library/media tech center in the district. The school is currently undergoing further remodeling, including the recent remodeling of all bathrooms, which was completed throughout the 2005-2006 school year. Further efforts to accommodate the growing population at American High School include the construction of a new cafeteria/multi-purpose room slated to open sometime toward the end of the 2006-2007 school year, as well as the addition of a new, permanent laboratory room to house Honors and AP Physics classes. The new laboratory was slated to open in the 2005-2006 school year, but recent delays in updating the school's power grid coupled with other complications have delayed the construction of both this project, as well as the new cafeteria/multi-purpose room.
The school has been forced to add permanent and temporary portables to areas outside of the main structure completed in 1972, despite the renovation and retrofit to accommodate a larger population in 1994. Initially, in 2000, four permanent classroom portables were added just beyond the 300-wing complex, as well another two permanent classroom portables and two permanent laboratory portables at the end of the 500-wing.
An additional two temporary portables were added beyond the 500-wing sections in the beginning of the 2004-2005 school year. These portables were set to accommodate classes until permanent portables were built; however, they remain as of the beginning of the 2006-2007 school year. They have been joined by three more temporary portables set just north of the original portables beyond the 500-wing. Also, two temporary portables were added to the original four permanent portables beyond the 300 wing.
The complex beyond the 700-wing, consisting of the FUSD maintenance facilities, the weight room, the woodshop room and the Student Responsibility Center (SRC), were all retrofited to better serve the current model of the school. Currently, the weight room is now in the center building of the complex. The woodshop was obsolete since the school no longer offered those classes, and the SRC was moved to a room in the Eagle's Nest, a complex reached by traveling up a staircase at the center of the Rotunda. The south portion of the complex now serves as four classrooms.
The large rotunda at the center of the campus attracted criticism from the school's newly appointed administration in the 2005-2006 school year. It was initially closed for two days due to an excessive trash problem around the school, as a warning and reminder to the students to look after themselves. Up until the 2005-2006 school year, none of the four classes had ever experienced the closing of the rotunda for such a reason.
While regular rotunda lunchtime activity resumed shortly after the administration's warning, the administration again closed the rotunda due to a fight which resulted in the injury of an assistant principal. Citing overcrowding as the problem, Principal Mitchell Carter closed the rotunda for approximately one week in May 2006, and eventually restricted access to the rotunda by alternating allowance between upperclassmen and lowerclassmen throughout the remainder of the year due to continuing outbreaks of fights.
Shortly before the end of the 2005-2006 school year, a new plan was designed for reopening the rotunda, despite a larger freshman class in the 2006-2007 school year. Initially, the district had plans to remodel and retrofit the rotunda, including reinforcing the several large pilings holding up its roof. The Administration refined the remodeling plans to include the demolition of the Student Activity Center, which occupied a significant portion of the rotunda, in hopes of providing more space. This plan resulted in several changes, including a reduction in the number of available lockers, which previously were not been able to sufficiently provide every student with storage space. Other changes included the widening of the infamous "Hell Hall," a large hall filled with lockers which served as a connection between the 300-wing, and the 500-wing. In addition, the large amount of retrofiting resulted in the replacement of all flooring in the rotunda. All of the carpet which was purchased by the ASB in 2002 was ripped out and the entire rotunda was paved with colorful red, white and blue tiles.
American has a Weight Room,Swimming/Sports Complex,Two gyms,One Cafeteria,Tennis Courts,Baseball Field, and a Track Field.
American High School's mascot is the American Eagle and its colors are red, white, and blue. Unique at the time, the incoming students to the school in 1972 were polled and chose the school's name, mascot, and colors. American High School belongs to the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL), which includes the five Fremont high schools as well as Union City's James Logan High School and Newark's Newark Memorial High School. The MVAL is a league of the North Coast Section (NCS) of California school sports.
The following sports are offered at American High School: cross country, football, girl's volleyball, water polo, girl's tennis, basketball, soccer, wrestling, baseball, golf, softball, swimming, track and field, boy's tennis, badminton, and boy's volleyball.
American High also boasts an award-winning marching band and color guard. The American High Marching Band is the only one in Fremont that competes in both parade and field show competition. The band represents the school very well and is known throughout N.California. The most current league championships have been in golf (2002, 2004, 2005, 2006) and cross country (2002, 2004) coached by John Randazzo.
Other emerging teams include boys tennis, which went from 4-8 in 2003 and 5-7 in 2004 to 9-3 in 2005 and 7-2 (3 games canceled due to weather) in 2006. In 2004, doubles partners Rudy Gagneron and Eugene Wang became the first MVAL champions in the school's history and in 2005, American boasted its first win over Mission, snapping Mission's 87 game league winning streak, and preventing them from winning at least a share of the title for the first time since 1983. 2006 also featured American's win over Logan, which helped American win second for the first time in boys tennis history.
In 2004, the water polo team (which only became an American High School sports team in 2000), won the first two games in school history, both 13-6 wins over Irvington. The 2004 team was coached by Phil Hagmann and led by the senior star duo of Eugene Wang and Nick Riley.
The American High football team has also had a significant turnaround, including an NCS berth under first-year coach Ken Peffer. In 2006, American opened the season with 3 straight league wins including a 55-6 domination of Mission at the Homecoming game, but it ended the season with three losses, including a 2-point loss to the surprising league champion, Irvington, and a 1-point loss to the runner-up, James Logan. In the 2009 season, American's varsity team got to NCS only to go against the mighty De La Salle.
American high school Wrestling was ranked top 5 in the nation in the year 1972, 1974, 1984, 1987, 1992, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2004, and 2005.
Baseball League champs in 1989 with a record of 12-2.
American is also known for its Track and Field team. The girls varsity team has been undefeated in the league as well as City of Fremont Champions in 2007, 2008, and 2009. The boys frosh-soph team won the title of Frosh-Soph Kings in 2009. They were also City of Fremont Champions 2009. Furthermore, American has also displayed many spectacular performances at many high level meets such as Mt. Sac, the East Bay Invitational, Stanford Invitational, North Coast Section, Meet of Champions, as well as the CIF State Meet.
Activities that students will do include individual, dual and team sports. Dance, physical fitness, physical fitness testing and swimming are also part of the curriculum.
The PE classes also get to use the weight room to test and try all the weights and exercising machines American has.
The PE teachers at American are: Jerry Losson, David Bravo, Christine Fern, Katherine Davila, Steve Kline, and Thomas Bischofberger.
'Yearbook and Journalism '
The current American High yearbook advisor is Ms. Lindy Hatten. Ms.Hatten and the yearbook class do their best to make American's Yearbook look as nice as the other ones do. The general name of the American's yearbook is Aerie. The 2010 Yearbook's name on the cover was "Determination".
Students,Parents,and Staff get to know whats going on in American by reading the "The Express" newspaper. The Express is totally free to all AHS students and staff.
Toward the end of March 2005, controversy sprung up after the reassignment of former principal Connie White, a well respected individual within the Fremont and American High School community, was announced. Over 250 supporters attended school district meetings, and many parents, local residents, students, and teachers spoke up against the decision, urging the school board and the district superintendent Dr. John Rieckewald to reverse the decision. Over 50 speeches were made between March and May 2005, and the money for two full-page newspaper ads ($1265) was raised solely through donations. Students created "Save Connie White" pins and a website in her support. The decision to reassign Connie White was finalized on May 25, 2005. Connie White was reassigned to a teaching position at Irvington High School, but she resigned shortly after the beginning of the 2005-2006, choosing to move to South Dakota to care for her parents.
After a final meeting in June to discuss what particular qualities and attributes parents, students and faculty would want in a principal, the school board announced Mitchell Carter as principal for the 2005-2006 school year.
The reassignment of White and hiring of Carter resulted in a massive shake-up of the administration and the staff at American. Longtime Assistant Principal David Chamberlain left for a position as principal of a middle school. Newly appointed assistant principal Kathy Burgardt joined Chamberlain's replacement, Rob Reibenschuh, in the 2005-2006 school year. Citing the lack of communication and a troubled relationship with the new administration, longtime counselors Debra Miller and Nancy Johnson left at the end of the 2005-2006 school year.
The 2007-2008 School year proved to be transitional. Mitchell Carter retired at the end of the school year after beginning innovative projects. Replaced at the beginning of the 2008 school year Ron Leone of Deer Valley High School and the pupil services department began an aggressive campaign to make American High a model school for academic learning. Without any major staff or administrative defections, Leone focused heavily on academic success, student involvement, and a new disciplinary matrix. Mr. Leone had stirred up tension between him and the students, staff and parents during his time at American.
As of the 2009-2010 school year three current members of American's staff will be retiring this year: Ms. Schwalbe, Ms. Burgardt, and Mr. Leone. Mr.Leone has served as American's principle for two years, while Ms. Burgardt has been assistant principle for six years. At the beginning of this year it was revealed here that this was the final year of Ms. Schwalbe's tenureship. She is the last of the original American High teachers. Ms.Schwalbe was a Spanish teacher at American High.
Replacing Mr.Leone as Principle is Mr.Greg Bailey formerly Principle at Horner Junior High School also part of the FUSD. Replacing Ms.Burgardt as Assistant Principle will be Ms.Anette Raichbart. She used to teach History at Thornton a while back.
Due to many fights and problems at American, the school has three full time campus supervisors. The three campus supervisors can be found on campus at all times. American also has a school resource and police officer on campus.
In 2003 American High School students, parents and teachers fought to keep their graduation ceremony on school grounds, as was tradition, instead of moving it to TAK Fudenna Stadium. Many supporters attended and gave speeches at district meetings. The lobbies were successful, provided that the school would bankroll the ceremony for that year.
In 2005 students and parents again lobbied to keep the graduation on school grounds. The school board agreed, allowing all schools the option to graduate on their own campus due to unfinished repairs at TAK Fudenna Stadium. Both graduating classes at American High School and Washington High School were able to raise enough money to hold graduation on their own campuses. The graduating class of Mission San Jose High School, Irvington High School and John F. Kennedy High School, however, failed to raise enough money and thereby held theirs at Central Park in Fremont.
The following year, in 2006, parents and students failed to approach the board, resulting in the first time since 1987 that American High School students graduated off campus. The ceremony for the 384-student graduating class of 2006 took place at TAK Fudenna Stadium on June 14, 2006. Since the class of 2005, the graduating classes have assumed the motto "(Graduating year, e.g. 'oh six')! Like what?" This moto was first used during spirit week in 2002 while introdcuing class of 02. The classes of 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010 also graduated from TAK Fudenna Stadium, as no future efforts to bring back graduation to American have been initiated.
Notable alumni from American High School include:
- Ardenwood Elementary
- Brier Elementary
- Brookvale Elementary
- Mission Valley Elementary
- Joshua Chadbourne Elementary
- Joseph Azevada Elementary
- John M. Horner Junior High
- John Gomes Elementary
- John G. Mattos Elementary
- John F. Kennedy High
- John Blacow Elementary
- J. Haley Durham Elementary
- Harvey Green Elementary
- Glenmoor Elementary
- E. M. Grimmer Elementary
- Circle Of Independent Learning
- Centerville Junior High
- William Hopkins Junior High
- Washington High
- Vista Alternative
- Tom Maloney Elementary
- Thornton Junior High
- Steven Millard Elementary
- Robertson High (Continuation)