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Acalanes High School
Location
1200 Pleasant Hill Road
Lafayette, CA 94549

Information
Type Public
Established 1940
School district Acalanes Union High School District
Principal Aida Glimme
Number of students 1,389
Color(s) Blue and White
Athletics conference CIS NCS DFAL
Mascot Dons
Website

Acalanes High School was the first of several high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District in Lafayette, California. It was built in 1940 on what was then a tomato field. Lafayette businessman M.H. Stanley suggested the name "Acalanes," likely after a local Native American Bay Miwok tribe called Saclan, referred to by Spanish missionaries as "Saclanes". The first graduating class of 1941 selected the school colors of blue and white and the mascot, the Don (a Spanish name for a person of high importance).

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Academics

Acalanes offers a diverse course selection and a number of AP and Honors courses. Among the electives offered are sports medicine, digital design, graphic arts, video production, journalism, drama, photography, Mandarin (Chinese), Spanish, French, chorus, band, and orchestra.

Acalanes academic clubs regularly participate in Bay Area quiz bowl tournaments, including BAAL (Bay Area Academic League). Acalanes also offers Model UN and Academic Decathlon as extracurricular activities. The Acalanes Academic Decathlon team recently won (1st place) in the Contra Costa regional meet in 2007, 2008, and 2009 and took first place in Division III at the 2009 California state competition.

Acalanes established itself as the premier scientific school in the Lamorinda community in 2008, winning the regional science bowl competition at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs. Acalanes finished second in the same competition in 2009.

Athletics

California Interscholastic Federation - North Coast Section - Diablo Foothill Athletic League

  • Athletic Director - Randy Takahashi
  • Head Football Coach - Mike Ivankovich
  • Mens Basketball Coach - Darrell Hirashima Jr
  • Womens Basketball Coach - Corrie Mizusawa
  • Head XC & Track Coach - Manny Myers
  • Mens Soccer Coach - Paul Curtis
  • Womens Soccer Coach - Tom Ginocchio
  • Women's Volleyball Head Coach - Steve Siegmann
  • Men's Lacrosse Head Coach - Brent Ringwood

School Life

The award-winning school paper, Blueprint, is issued every three weeks, and the yearbook is the AKLAN. The leadership class runs a student body website, asbdons.org, and issues a monthly communications video with skits announcing upcoming events. On November 13, 2006, a special video was shown as a kick-off to Acalanes diversity week, and featured a short film, Silhouettes, directed by an Acalanes student. Also screened was the documentary, Invisible Children. Popular events during the school year include concerts and plays, games, rallies, and weekly activities sponsored by the leadership class.

Facilities

Students are issued half-height lockers. The school's library is open from 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM daily, with the exception of an 8:40 AM opening on Wednesdays. The campus includes a track, several fields, a pool, two gyms, weight room, two quads, and a state-of-the-art performing arts center. Measure E bonds passed in 2008 will provide for the complete renovation of the aquatic facilities by 2011.

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Notable Alumni

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Coordinates: 37°54′17″N 122°05′54″W / 37.90481°N 122.09842°W / 37.90481; -122.09842

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