Arvin High School
Arvin High School
Bear Country
900 Varsity Road
Arvin, California, (Kern County), 93203
 United States
Coordinates 37°56′04″N 118°50′10″W / 37.934415°N 118.836209°W / 37.934415; -118.836209Coordinates: 37°56′04″N 118°50′10″W / 37.934415°N 118.836209°W / 37.934415; -118.836209
Type Public
Established 1949
School district Kern High School District
Principal Scott Cole[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,650 approx.[2]
Campus Rural
Color(s) Red and White         
Athletics Baseball
Cross Country
Track and Field
Athletics conference South Sequoia League
Central Section
Division 4
Mascot Bears
Yearbook Praeterita
Arvin High School
Arvin High Court Yard

Arvin High School is located in Arvin, Kern County, California, USA and is part of the Kern High School District.

Arvin High School was established in 1949, and is located in the southern part of the San Joaquin Valley. Arvin High serves approximately 2,650 students in grades 9-12.[2] The School is composed of three agriculturally based communities: Arvin, Lamont and Weedpatch. The nearest colleges are: California State University, Bakersfield, located 18 miles from the high school and Bakersfield Community College located 17 miles away.

Arvin High School has 115 classroom teachers, two directors, two program coordinators, six administrators, nine counselors and 115 support personnel. The school is one of eighteen comprehensive, four-year high schools in the Kern High School District.

The school principal is Scott Cole; the assistant principal of instruction is Melisa Boatman; the assistant principal of administration is Robert Moore; the dean of students is Socorro Guerrero; the dean of instruction is Michael Akey; the dean of retention is Johnny Duenas. [1]

The school colors are red and white and their mascot is the Bears.



AHS switched to the A/B block schedule during the 2006-2007 year in which students attend periods 1, 3, and 5 on one day (red) and then 2, 4, and 6 on the next day (white) Monday through Friday. The A/B block schedule has added nearly 6,500 instructional minutes per year to the regular instructional calendar by decreasing passing periods and without adding more or longer days. Each class period is 120 minutes in duration; instruction and leadership is centered on individual student needs and is founded in professional collaboration.[3][2]


Arvin High School was opened in 1949. Many of the original students came to the Arvin, California area during the Dust Bowl era as depicted in the book Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck. [3][4]

The first Arvin High graduating class was in 1952.

Awards and recognition

Arvin High School achieved California Distinguished School status in 1994.

For the third year in a row, Arvin High was named overall winner of the 20th Congressional District "We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution" competition.[5] [6]

In 2011 Arvin High School's manufacturing program was honored as "program of the year" for the state of California.[7]

Alma mater

To thy honor, to thy fame
Alma Mater fair,
We stand and with united hearts,
To thee we send our prayers.
That the Red and White shall be
Now and for Eternity,
The flay of Right and Purity
Of Arvin High, our ARVIN HIGH!!!!


Frank Barle Stadium

In 1980 the stadium was named after 31 year retired AHS Athletic Director Frank John Barle by the Kern High School District. This was the first time that a stadium, field, or building was named after a living recipient. Mr. Barle was also a member of the 1934 and 1935 University of Minnesota Golden Gophers college football national championship teams.


2006 - Arvin High won the South Sequoia League title. [8]

1990 - Arvin High captured the South Sequoia League title and defeated Fresno-San Joaquin Memorial 21-7 to win the Central Section CIF Sequoia Division Valley Championship.[9]


2011 - The Arvin High School boys tennis team defeated Corcoran High School 5-4 to win their first Central Section CIF Sequoia Division Valley Championship.[10]

Arvin High Gym


2005 - The AHS volleyball squad went 9-1 in league play to capture a share of the South Sequoia League title. [11]


2009 - Arvin girls basketball team won their second South Sequoia League title in three years. [12]

2007 - Arvin High girls basketball squad captured the South Sequoia League title. [13]


2004 and 2005 - Arvin High won the South Sequoia League wrestling title in Raymond Menchaca first year as head coach.


2007 - The Arvin High boys soccer team went 7-1 in league play to capture the South Sequoia League title. [14]

Performing arts

AHS Jack O Schulze Auditorium

Crimson Bear Brigade

The school band became known as the Arvin High Crimson Bear Brigade in 1979.[4] The Crimson Bear Brigade performed at the opening ceremonies for the baseball portion of the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California[citation needed].

Student body




Male - 1367 (52%)

Female - 1282 (48%)


Notable alumni

  • Shannon Grove - California Republican Assemblywoman for the 32 district. [16][17]
  • Junior Kennedy - Major League Baseball player for the Cincinnati Reds and Chicago Cubs. Drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1st round with the 10th overall pick.[18]
  • John Tarver - National Football League player for the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles.[19]
  • Dallas Grider - Former head football coach for the Bakersfield College Renegades. While playing linebacker for two seasons at UCLA he recovered a critical onside kick that led to UCLA's final touchdown and their first Rose Bowl victory over Michigan State.
  • Bernard Tarver - Former running back and lead kick off returner for the University of Southern California. Won a national championship and two Rose Bowls while at USC. [20]
  • Adam Rendon - Author of The Vallie.
  • Billy R Satterfield - Former baseball and football star at Idaho State University. He led the nation in both interceptions and stolen bases during the same academic year while playing football and baseball at Idaho State. [21]
  • Tommy Rowland - Star Defensive Tackle and End for the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) from 1968-1971. Started every game in his four year career @ UNLV. Led the team in tackles in 1969 (125) and 1971 (134) from the defensive line. Recorded 37 career sacks. Was named MVP of the Defense in 1970 and 1971. Played pro football two years with the Las Vegas Casinos (1972-1973). Was invited to NFL camp by the Minnesota Vikings and played entire pre-season. Was offered a free agent contract by the New York Jets in 1975. Elected into the UNLV Athletic Hall of Fame in 1994. Elected into the Arvin High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010. [22]
  • Jim Kennedy - Major League Baseball player for the St. Louis Cardinals. Originally signed as a free agent by the New York Yankees. [23]
  • Marcos J. Reyes - Percussionist with the funk group War (band). Was a guest star with the group on the George Lopez Show. Lopez, who loves the band, used “Low Rider” as the show's opening song.[24]


Scenes from the movie Cavegirl (1985) were shot on the Arvin High School campus.[5]

Below Arvin High School is a large Cold War bomb shelter constructed in the early 1950s. At the time it was the largest bomb shelter in California equipped with an operating room, 60 bed hospital and a shooting range. The shelter extends under each of the many wings of the school, gymnasium, and auditorium. Former mechanical drawing teacher Audie Watts was the Civil Defense Coordinator for the area and was in charge of the shelter.


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