LearnBoost welcomes Del Oro High
Del Oro High School is located in Loomis, California, and is a part of the Placer Union High School District. 50 Years ago (1959), Del Oro High School opened for instruction of freshmen and sophomores on Sept. 28, one week after Placer in Auburn and Colfax opened. It was founded in 1958 and currently has over 1600 students attending with its largest freshmen class in school history (over 500 freshmen students in 2009).
The dropout rate is less than 1%, which is below the California state average. Many of Del Oro's teachers are return students. The school has a decades long rivalry with neighboring Placer High School in Auburn, CA, as well as a more recent rivalry with Granite Bay High School.
Del Oro's performing arts hold a strong role in the small Loomis community. The performing arts department at Del Oro currently consist of an instrumental program, choral program, theatrical program, and dance program.
The oldest and most rooted in Del Oro tradition is the "band program", currently directed by Ben Duncan. The program consists of five ensembles: marching band (fall only), concert band (spring only), jazz band (spring only), winter percussion (spring only), and winter guard (spring only). None of the ensembles run year-round so it is very common that students participate in marching band in the fall and up to three of the other choices in the spring (in rare cases, a student may be able to participate in all ensembles).
The band program holds long standing traditions in the Loomis community as the host of the Del Oro Golden Eagle Spectacular (an annual marching band competition for schools in Northern California and sometimes neighboring states) and more recently its hosting of the Del Oro Golden Eagle Winter Spectacular (an annual competition for winter percussion and winter guard ensembles). The band program also hosts an annual local crab feed and performs an annual "light show" at the homecoming game where the stadium lights are turned off and the students perform wearing lights on their bodies with the marching percussion lighting up on contact.
The marching band prides itself in the level of support it gets from its community but most importantly from the students and the staff within the school (almost unheard of from any other school).
Del Oro has two choral ensembles: beginning choir and advanced choir. Both are directed by Pavel Kravchuk (preceded by Marlene Astle). Del Oro is known within the state-wide choir community for producing significant numbers of honor choir participants both on the regional and state levels.
Though relatively new (the full program began in 2005), the theatre department has quickly become a staple in the Loomis community.
The school received 10 Elly Award nominations, with one win, from the Sacramento Area Regional Theatre Alliance for the performances of "The Foreigner" and "Noises Off" during the 2006-2007 school year.
The newest program started in 2009 and is directed by Dawn Kenniston. The dance program is currently in its early stages however interest and enrollment is high.
The "Del Oro Fight Song" is an adaptation of the Washington State University Fight Song; in fact, the marching band plays the exact same sheet music. The difference between the two fight songs are the lyrics.
Fight, fight, fight for Del Oro High! Win our victory!