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Valencia High School is a public secondary school located in the Santa Clarita, California community of Valencia, California, and part of the William S. Hart Union High School District. Valencia High School is known for outstanding academics, award winning fine arts / extracurricular programs, excellent student activities, and nationally recognized athletic teams.
Valencia High Schools mission is to prepare students to meet the challenges of the future and to become responsible citizens through relevant learning opportunities, community involvement, innovative technology, and teamwork.
The Principal of Valencia High School is Dr. Paul Priesz. He was named Principal of the Year by the Association of California School Administrators for 2002 and came in 8th place for California's 2004 National High School Principal of the Year.
Valencia High School began its Maiden Voyage on September 9, 1994, with 816 Vikings on board. At the helm was our leader, Principal Dr. Paul Priesz. The enthusiasm shown by our first freshman and sophomore classes truly charted our futures course. Their dedication and commitment to the school community established the traditions that helped build the pride and spirit of the Viking Purple and Gold.
While concentrating on academic excellence, the Valencia High School student body has created a solid foundation of clubs, activities, and sports programs. Scholars, athletes, club members, and artists have emerged as leaders. Through their hard work and mentoring, future students at Valencia High School will continue to bring merit and excellence to our school community.
It has been 15 years since Valencia High School’s Maiden Voyage, and during this time, the Vikings have experienced a number of notable moments. Some include:
Valencia High School has an award-winning video program. The video program has entered their productions into competitions such as the Student Television Network, and the Santa Clarita Film Festival. The video program also features the daily live-television program, VTV. VTV is an early morning news broadcast to the entire school, updating the school on club information, current events, weather, and sports. In 2007, VTV became a member of the National Student Television Network (STN), and participated in the 2007 tournament at the Disneyland hotel. The VTV team took 3rd place at the tournament. In April, 2009 VTV also won first place in the 12 Hour Film Festival, for their short film "Hugh takes a Chance". Their other film, Reading to Jack won best high school film at the Santa Clarita film festival. Reading to Jack also won best screenplay at STN 2010, and also has been entered into other film festivals.
The speech and debate team has dominated in state and national rankings in the 2000s. The team of Zeke Schumacher and Nick Hall took second place in the 2009 California state championship for Parliamentary Debate; Zeke Schumacher also received a national ranking in 2008 as one of the top ten speakers in the United States for Student Congress.
The Valencia High School Choir program is stellar, consisting of 200 students in six separate touring choirs. Ms. Christine Tavares, the choral director, is a highly trained vocalist in her own right; she won the National Harmony A Cappella Sweepstakes in 2007 performing with Voco. Under her direction, the VHS Choirs have traveled to Florida, Hawaii, Carnegie Hall New York, and in 2009, Italy. The Concert Choir and Women's Chamber Ensembles have repeatedly achieved the ratings of "Gold Choir" and "Choir of the Festival" and have been invited to the highly prestigious Festival of Gold numerous times. They have also been fortunate to have outstanding student accompanists whom have repeatedly won the honored Maestro Awards (Heritage Festival). Each year for the last four years, Valencia has had multiple students accepted into the California All-State Honor Choir. In May 2008, the Women's Choir Dona Bella was awarded Best Overall Choir, the "Esprit Du Cour - Ensemble of the Festival" and given the highest rating in the nine year history of the San Francisco Music in the Parks. The Dona Bellas received a score of 100 out of 100 from Deke Sharon, founder and current vice-president of the Contemporary A Cappella Society. "I have never actually given a score of 100 percent but I gave them 100 percent. I rarely have an opportunity to hear a group that is such a pleasurable experience." "It was like reading a high school essay and, while reading it, finding yourself pouring over an article found in the New Yorker." (This quote is taken from the May 2008 Signal Newspaper Article Interview). The VHS Vocal Jazz program is one of the strongest in California. In April 2007, they placed third in their debut Reno Jazz Festival performance. In April 2008 they won first place in the national Fullerton Jazz Festival in the "Advanced" category, followed by a "Unanimous Superior" rating at the Vocal Jazz Festival in Greeley, Colorado where students in the vocal jazz group Two N' Four were offered $10,000 in college scholarship money for their performance. In 2009, six students from the VHS Choir program comprised the 15 total Californians chosen to participate in the California All-State Jazz Choir. 2009 marks the first year Valencia Choir students will tour perform at the CMEA state convention and internationally to Italy where they will perform mass at St. Peter's Basilica, The Vatican, Rome.
The Valencia High school band (known as the "Pride of the Vikings") is led by director Mark Judd, as of December 13, 2009. It had been under the direction of Erin Stankey since the 2007-2008 school year until her announcement that she was moving. Before Erin Stankey, Robert Babko was the band's director from 1995 until 2007.
The band makes a trip to Hawaii every four years, the last time being in April, 2009.
In 2007, the Valencia Color guard came in second place in the National Championships. They never got less than third place in the winter season of 2007.
The school is home of the CA-782nd AFJROTC, a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps. The CA-782 is led by Capt Edward Colley (USAF Retired) and MSgt Frederick Malcomb (USAF Retired). The CA-782 uses military techniques to build a cadet run program where students from three schools in the district meet to develop leadership and physical fitness.
The Darfur Now Club is also known as Student Task Force Members. The Darfur Now club has worked with other schools to help stop not only the genocide in Darfur, but other violations of human rights around the world. The Darfur Now Club, along with Canyon High, has held the Red Hand Print campaign, and has officially made February 12 Red Hand Print Day in the city of Santa Clarita.
The Drama Club at Valencia High School is a well recognized and reputable program throughout Southern California. The program usually puts on at least two performances a year, normally a comedy, or drama. There have also been numerous student directed one-act productions at Valencia High School. The program has won numerous awards, particularly at the Annual Chapman University Shakespeare Festival. For the second time in a row, Valencia High School won Best Scene, the top award given at the Chapman University Shakespeare Festival in Orange County. They also revel in general domination in competition with other local schools at the annual HDTP (Hart District Theater Project) tournament.
Previous Valencia High School Drama Club Productions: Fall 1995- Tom Sawyer (A joint production with William S. Hart High School due to the Theater at “Hart” High School being damaged from the Northridge Earthquake).
Spring 1996- Bye Bye Birdie
Fall 1996- Godspell
Spring 1997- Rest Assured
Fall 1997- The Saga of the Prospector’s Daughter (or She Was Only a Miner’s Minor)
Spring 1998 - EMMA
Fall 1998- Meet Me in St. Louis
Spring 1999 – The Music Man
The GSA (Gay Straight Alliance) has been in the school for a few years now, but it wasn't until the beginning of the 2008-2009 school year, that it was resurrected. By the efforts of Kim Forbes, the video-production/English teacher and junior Kevin Slocum, that the Valencia GSA was brought back. The GSA is recognized as an official place of discussion for any students who are or know someone who is part of the LGBT community. It is also considered a sanctuary for anyone suffering from oppression over sexual orientation. The GSA has taken part in such notable activities as the Los Angeles AIDS benefit walk and the Day Of Silence, a day where all students who wish to participate silence themselves for the whole day, to commemorate and recognize hate crimes against those of the LGBT community. The current president of the VHS GSA is Andrew Nelson, Junior, the vice president is Alyssa Green, Junior, and the events coordinator is Chris Alfarero, Senior.
Notable events: 2009 Los Angeles AIDS Walk, 2009 Long Beach Pride Event & Parade, 2008 and 2009 Day of Silence
The boys volleyball team, lead by Kevin Kornegay, has won more than eighty consecutive league matches dating back to 2001. They advanced to the CIF championship game in each season from 2001 to 2006, winning in 2003, 2004, 2006, and most recently in 2008. Under head coach Mark Knudsen, the Vikings have won CIF in four of the previous six seasons, with a 186-27 record since 2003, posting a school best 35-2 record in 2008.
Valencia Volleyball alumni have been named All-American Volleyball Players and many have received scholarships to play on 7 NCAA Division 1 teams.
Going into the 2008 season, the Vikings have been ranked the #1 team in the entire nation by Rivals.com. They finished the season as the #1 team in the nation after defeating Santa Barbara in the CIF-SS DII Championship game, claiming the 4th championship title in the last 6 years.
In 2006 the girls team went undefeated in all their league meets, while the boys team suffered only five losses. The team has taken second place at League finals in 2005 and 2006. The mens team has also placed second at League finals from 2005-2010.
Softball team The girls softball team lead by Coach Donna Lee, has won eight consecutive foothill league champions. They also have won back to back CIF champions in both 2007 and 2008. The lady Vikings were ranked number one in the nation in 2007 with a record of 32-1.
Valencia High School competes in the Foothill League, one of the most competitive leagues in all of California. Other schools in the league are: Hart High School, Canyon High School, Saugus High School, West Ranch High School, and Golden Valley High School (with previous schools being John Burroughs High School of Burbank and Burbank High School.
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