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Liberty High School is a public co-educational high school located in Bakersfield, California. Its athletics teams are known as the Liberty Patriots and the school colors are navy, red, and silver. Liberty High School opened its doors in 1999. Liberty High School is currently the most populated high school in the Kern High School District with a student body of 2,801
All students enrolled at Liberty High School must meet the following criteria before graduation:
TOTAL = 220 credits
NOTE = Every student must pass the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) before graduating.
Liberty High School has an impressive AP Calculus Program that is taught by Mr. Jose Castro. As of 2009, 97% of students who took the AP Calculus passed with a 3 or higher, with 316 (65%) receiving a perfect score of 5.
The 100 member group has won many sweepstakes and 1st place awards in band competitions throughout California since its beginning in 1999. In 2002, the band competed in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association (SCSBOA) State Championships receiving 4th place overall in Division 4A. In 2004, the band competed in the Western Band Association WBA State Championships receiving 4th place overall in the 1A/2A/3A Division Finals with the colorguard claiming the High Sweepstakes award in Auxiliary. It received the highest member count of 150 members in 2003. The Marching Patriots continues to receive high scores and 1st place awards today. They also have a wind symphony, symphonic band, concert band, jazz band, percussion ensemble, and colorguard. The Percussion Ensemble caused a huge upset in 2008 when they defeated the 5-time champion Bakersfield High School winter percussion for the gold medal at the 2008 PPAACC Championships. The colorguard won 3rd place at the WGI Las Vegas Regional in 2003 in the Scholastic A Division.
The Liberty Choral Program is regarded as the best of all the high schools in Bakersfield, California. The program contains Liberty Belles and Chamber Belles (both groups Women's Choirs), Chamber Chorale, and the school's major performing ensemble, the 120 member Liberty Chorale. In 2007, the Liberty Chorale was invited to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City and premiere a new choral piece by Mark Hayes. The Chorale is also the only high school group in Bakersfield to perform with the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra and Bakersfield Masterworks Chorale.
Liberty High School is also noted to have many exceptional programs in Academic Decathlon, Forensics, We the People, and Virtual Enterprise. Their drama department is also one of the best in Kern Countly, with Perry Ware as their head of department.
The Liberty P.A.T.S. (Parents-Alumni-Teachers-Support) is the schools Parent Booster group that supports the educational, athletic, and extra-curricular endeavors of Liberty High School Students. Membership is open to all Liberty High School faculty and staff, parents and guardians of students currently enrolled and of alumni, and other members of the general public wishing to assist in the charitable and educational activities and function of the corporation.
Liberty's sports teams are known as the Patriots. Liberty competed in the South Sequoia League in the CIF Central Section from August 1999 to June 2002. In August 2002 the school was promoted to compete in the Southeast Yosemite League in the CIF Central Section. Centennial High School, Stockdale High School, and Bakersfield High School are Liberty's main city rivals. The school's athletic program is considered one of the best in Kern County and the state of California.
The 2001 Liberty Varsity Football Team won League Championships and caused one of the biggest upsets in Central California football by beating Clovis East High School for the Valley Championship. Liberty's football program continues to be one of the best in Bakersfield.
The 2002 Liberty Girls' Volleyball Team won the CIF Division II Women's Volleyball State Championships.
The 2008-09 Liberty Boys' Basketball Team won their first South East Yosemite League Championship against the Garces Rams. In addition the team made it to the CIF Division II Central Section Championship. Under the leadership of point guard, Sam Marcus, they were considered to be the best team in Kern County that season, and the second best team in the Central Section behind Clovis East High School. The program has continued to improve under the coaching of Andy Hicks and Andrew Shearon.
The Commencement Ceremony or Graduation is held each year in late May at Liberty Football Stadium on campus. The school's first graduating class was the class of 2002.
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