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Clovis High School, or simply “Clovis High” as it is known to the locals, was founded in 1899. It is a four-year high school located in Clovis, California. The school is located at 1055 Fowler Avenue and it is home to the Cougars. The current principal at Clovis High School is Pam Winter. The vice-principal is Steve Pagani.
There are several buildings on the Clovis High campus, built in the early 1970s. Clovis High has a library media center, choir and lecture halls, and a drama room built like a small black-box theater.
Clovis High School has two gymnasiums, tennis courts (resurfaced in 2007), an aquatics center, an aquatic center, baseball field (Merriman Field), and Lamonica Stadium, which is shared with Clovis East High School.
Clovis High School's facilities are 38 years old, and, like most other high schools, troubled by graffiti, burglary, and vandalism occasionally. However, when asked to grade how well the buildings and grounds are maintained at their child’s school, 78% of parents rated the grounds as “good” to “excellent”.
Clovis High's Aquatics Center was dedicated to former coach and teacher Jim Coiner on Nov. 5, 2008.
The campus is relatively technologically advanced, with a total of 349 computers, not all of which are available to students (most student-used computers are housed in the library and the computer lab), and 121 classrooms with internet.
Recently, CHS was awarded a Career Technical Grant to create a construction careers pathway and new facilities.
Clovis High School offers 13 Advanced Placement courses, as well as a variety of core and elective classes.
The Clovis High pep squad won back-to-back national championships in 1997 and 1998
Clovis High School is part of TRAC, the Tri-River Athletic Conference.
Clovis High baseball was voted #1 in the country by USA Today in 1997 and 1998.
As of 2008, the Cougars still enjoy a moderate level of success in the field of athletics, including 10 straight years of league championships won in girls' gymnastics. The CHS boys' water polo team defeated Buchanan High School Nov. 15, 2008 to win its second CIF Championship title.
CHS teams have also won League or Valley Championships in girl’s soccer and baseball, and TRAC, Valley, Masters and State championships in wrestling. Boy's tennis won a valley championship in 1983. Baseball coach James Patrick celebrated his 500th career coaching win in 2008.
Clovis High's football coach Rich Hammond of Gilroy High was hired in March, 2009. Excluding the two disappointing years under former Coach Jerry Campbell, Clovis High has enjoyed a very high level of success. Arguably the premier program in the CIF Central Section during the 80's, 90's, and early 00's with Clovis West and Bakersfield High before the current slump. League championship or co-championship years include 80, 84, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 94, 96, 97, 99, and 2001. Central Section championship years include 84, 91, 96, 97, 99, 02, with Clovis High being valley runner-up in 1996 and 2001. The recent slump is contributed to redistricting which has slashed enrollment, along with the firing of Coach Larry Kellom and his long-time staff.
CHS wrestling is all well known with its astonishing 3 NCAA individual champions, 9 NCAA All-Americans, 9 team state titles, 21 individual state champions, 18 Valley Championships, and 79 Valley Champions.
Clovis High students participate in a number of cocurricular activities, such as Science Fair, Science Olympiad, History Day, Forensics, Academic Decathlon, and Mock Trial. CHS also has a number of clubs. The majority of Clovis High's clubs meet rarely; however, among those extracurricularly active are the Interact Club, the Ecology club, and a number of others.
Clovis High also has an award-winning drama department, a dance repertory, and an active student leadership program.
Clovis High has an orchestra, several choirs, and a marching band. In 1983, the marching band traveled to Whitewater, Wisconsin and won second place in the Bands of America Grand National Championship, missing first place in the nation by only one-tenth of a point. The band also traveled to Washington, DC to march in the US President's Inaugural Parade in January 1977 (Jimmy Carter) and also January 1981 (Ronald Reagan).
The Cougar's Growl, Clovis High's student-produced newspaper, comes out eight times a year, and has won the International First Place Award in the Quill and Scroll News Media Evaluation, 2007–2008.
The Cavalcade is Clovis High School's student-produced yearbook, and has existed for almost 100 years.
In the 2006–07 school year, Clovis High School had an enrollment of 2,518, which has probably increased, and an average class size between 22 and 33 people.
The graduation rate in 2005–06 was 94.4%.
From the book, Images of an Age "Community members tried unsuccessfully to form a high school district as early as 1889. At the time, families sent their sons to Santa Clara or Stockton to schools beyond eighth grade. Daughters went to San Jose, if they went at all. Then, on June 6, 1899, Lee Beal, a Jefferson Colony Farmer, and John Rutledge, a Clovis millman, led seven school districts to join in formation of one high school district. Each of the seven elected one trustee to the board. The school was named Clovis High School, although it was the union of Red Banks, Jefferson Colony, Garfield Colony, Mississippi Settlement, Wolters Colony, Temperance Colony, and Clovis.
Continuing: "Seventeen high school students enrolled in classes at the Clovis school. Louis K. Webb, principal and teacher, received $120 per month. Estelle Kellogg joined the staff in September. Two students, Emory Reyburn and R.E.L. Browne, graduated in the first class of 1902. A separate Clovis High School was financed by bonds in 1903, east of the railroad track between Fourth and Fifth Streets. It was replaced in 1918."
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