Dos Pueblos High School

Dos Pueblos High School
Dos Pueblos High School
Ex fide fortis
(Latin: From loyalty, strength)
7266 Alameda Ave.
Goleta, CA

United States
Type Public
Established 1966
School district Santa Barbara School Districts
Principal Shawn Carey
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,300
Color(s) Dospueblos.dp.11953.png Blue and gold
Athletics conference CIF-SS Division 1
Channel League
Mascot Chargers
Rivals San Marcos High School
Santa Barbara High School
Information (805) 968-2541
Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California

Dos Pueblos High School is a high school located in Goleta, California, west of Santa Barbara. Located adjacent to the foothills on the edge of the Goleta Valley in an area known as El Encanto Heights, it serves a student body of approximately 2,300 in grades 9-12.

Dos Pueblos, or "DP" or "DPHS", is a National Blue Ribbon School. Dos Pueblos, whose school mascot is the "Charger", was the first school to win a CIF Division I title in Santa Barbara County. The school recently finished a major renovation which included the building of a large theater, the finishing of a new football stadium, and an Olympic size pool. The school is currently in the process of constructing a 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) engineering facility.



As of the 2008-09 school year, there were 2,358 students. 54.0% of students were White (not Hispanic), 33.3% were Hispanic or Latino, 7.8% were Asian, 1.9% were African American, 0.9% were Filipino, 0.7% were American Indian or Alaska Natives, and 0.1% were Pacific Islander. 1.4% were multi-racial or declined to state.[1]

Academic programs

Dos Pueblos is an IB World School; however, the majority of students participate in a curriculum that includes vocational, college preparation, and Advanced Placement courses.[2][3]

Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy

The Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy is a four-year program at Dos Pueblos High School that provides generally exceptional students with experimental science education. The Academy instills in students not only an appreciation for science and engineering, but also a passion for learning that extends into all areas of knowledge. The coursework is designed to provide the academic foundation necessary to support the 32 senior Engineering Academy students' participation as Team 1717 in the annual international FIRST Robotics Competition. In order to better serve students, construction of a 1,200-square-foot (110 m2) engineering facility is currently underway and is scheduled for completion in July 2011.[4]

International Baccalaureate Programme

DPHS students can participate in the International Baccalaureate Programme, a program that provides highly motivated and academically able college-bound students, an opportunity to pursue a rigorous liberal arts curriculum that is recognized by many colleges and universities. Course pre-requisites and participation are subject to instructor approval and an application process. Students may apply for the program at the end of their sophomore year. There are limited spots and not all are accepted.[2][3]


REACH is a program based on AVID principles; for students with potential to succeed in college if given the encouragement, study skills, and information. It includes in-class tutorials twice a week, speakers, college visitations, college research, and SAT preparation. Students must be on college prep track in coursework and have a 2.5 GPA or better; contract made among teacher, counselor, student and parent. Grades 9, 10, 11 are elective credits; Senior Seminar (applications, essay, scholarship/financial aid, college writing) meets "g" college prep elective credit for UC/CSU.


EXCEL is a program for the student who wants to reach their highest potential. The program helps students identify and plan career paths after graduation, including college. Activities include tutoring, study skill development, test preparation, home visits, speakers, mentors, and trips. Classes are either Period 6 or after school.[3]

CCNE (Cisco Certified Network Engineer) Program

Run by DP's Mr. Soenke, this class allows dedicated students to pass the CCNE tests before they graduate. DP works together with Cisco's educational programs.[3]

Dos Pueblos Mock Trial Program

The Dos Pueblos mock trial program gained prominence in 1984, winning the California state championship in that year and again in 1987. Under the coaching of teacher Ken Larson and attorney coach Chris Kroes (who joined the program in 1988), the Dos Pueblos team won the county championship every year from 1986 to 1988, with second-place state finishes in 1993, 1994 and 1996 and winning state finals in 1987 and 1984. Under the new coach Bill Woodard, Dos Pueblos placed 13th at State in 2009, 5th at State in 2010, and 8th at State in 2011.[5][6]

Science Bowl

In April 2010, Dos Pueblos finished 13th in the nation after making it into the "Sweet 16" in the U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl competition in Washington, D.C. United States Secretary of Energy Steven Chu presented the award of a $1,000 check to the Dos Pueblos High School team, including captain Ilan Goodman, Nicholas Su, Sean Risser, Felix Li, Anjian Wu and Coach Chris Jones. In 2008, Dos Pueblos School's Science Bowl was founded and run by John J. Kim for 2 years. Dos Pueblos team took top honors in regional competition in 2008 and 2009, and advanced to the national finals in 2009. On their first appearance in 2008, the DP team took 2nd place in the Kern County Regional Science Bowl. In 2009, the team placed first out of 32 teams in the U.S. Department of Energy's regional Science Bowl competition in Kern County.[7]

Economics Challenge and Capital Markets Contest

Dos Pueblos High School had a successful run in the 2009 Capital Markets contests. One team went to the Los Angeles County competition on Wednesday and another team to the Orange County competition yesterday. The Los Angeles team took third in a close contest, and the Orange County team took first place against a very tough field. Our Orange County champions (all juniors) are, Philip Bildner, Da-bin Ryu, Nick Su, and Anjian Wu.[8]

The Dos Pueblos team also won the 2010 Los Angeles Capital Markets Contest. The team consisted of Haley Araki, Owen Chen, Richard Cheng, and Peter Shao for the Los Angeles Capital Markets Contest on May 27 at the Federal Reserve Bank in Los Angeles. Roland Lewin is the students’ coach/economics teacher. The contest enables students to learn basic economic principles through stock trading and financial analysis, and challenges them to draw conclusions and provide recommendations for addressing national economic issues.[9]

Performing Arts

Dos Pueblos Charger Theater

The Dos Pueblos Charger Theater's program challenges its participants and audiences to think, dream, and live creatively through visionary programming, collaboration with leading resident theater companies and colleges, ongoing community outreach, interaction with professional artists, and unique performance opportunities for all levels and interests. Students have the opportunity to participate directly in the creation of brand new work, gaining invaluable insights into writing, rewriting, professional theater rehearsal processes and character interpretation.

The construction of a new 749 seat theater was completed in September 2007 and named The Elings Performing Arts Center in 2011 after donor Dr. Virgil Elings[10]. In the spring of 2008, the DP Theater produced Beauty and the Beast[11], the first musical in the new theater. The Charger Theater has also produced the plays The Visit[12] (2008) and You Can't Take it With You[13] (2009), along with the musicals Annie[14] (2009) and Curtains[15] (2010). More recently, Servant of Two Masters (2010) and Hello, Dolly![16] (2011) took the stage at DP. The 2011-2012 school year will showcase the West Coast premiere of the musical Like You Like It and the first ever high school production of Disney's Tarzan: The Musical.

In addition to two annual large-scale productions, Dos Pueblos Charger Theater features the unique "Holiday Package" show, hosting completely student written and directed comedy work. Also unique to Dos Pueblos Theater is the student leadership program that manages the theater program and facility, and produces Holiday Package as well as the annual haunted house.

Dos Pueblos Jazz Choir

The Dos Pueblos Jazz Choir recently received a first place finish in the AAA division of the prestigious Reno Jazz Festival.

Dos Pueblos Instrumental Music Program

Marching/Concert band

The Dos Pueblos High School Marching Band is the biggest group in the Instrumental Music Program at Dos Pueblos. It comprises drumline, color guard, and horn line, whom all compete and perform as one group. The Marching Chargers perform at football games as half time entertainment, in parades such as the Santa Barbara Downtown Holiday Parade, and also compete all along the south coast against other marching bands. For the two weeks preceding the beginning of the school year, the band meets every day for band camp. After school starts, the band meets daily during periods 6 and 7 to practice music and drill for their field show.

Every year the group changes the theme of its show. For the 2010/2011 season, the show was "Echoes of Childhoods Past", composed and arranged by Lozell Henderson and including "In My Life" by the Beatles, The Twilight Zone theme song, the Looney Toons Theme Song, The Simpsons Theme Song and "We Don't Have To Take It" by Twisted Sister. The drum major Is Daniel Henry, Drum Captain is Graham Wood, and the horn sargent is Orion Sweet. Previous shows have included "Synergy," "Through the Veil of Night", "An American Portrait", "Flight", The Incredibles, The Phantom of the Opera, Grease, and Les Misérables. During their "Flight" show in the 06-07 season, at the Battle of the Bands competition at Moorpark High School, the band got first place for the first time in more than five years. In 2007 the Dos Pueblos Marching Chargers also won sweepstakes with their show "An American Portrait", beating 17 other bands at the Royal Competition in October. This is the first time band has won this award in more than 15 years and it is a great honor to them. The Drumline also got the first place and high Percussion award at the Royal Competition. In 2008, the band received sweepstakes again and high music awards at the Royal Competition. In the 2011-2012 marching band season, Lozell wrote the band a song called "American Anthems". the show features a boton twirler, traditional songs of the United States, and a strong sense of american pride.

Once second semester comes, the band splits into smaller groups who each go their separate ways. The Horn Line becomes a performing concert band, the Color Guard becomes Winter Guard, and the Drumline becomes their own performing group just like the rest to showcase their talents with their instrument and compete against others of their level.[17]

Jazz Ensemble

The Dos Pueblos HS Jazz Ensemble is the reigning Reno Jazz Festival champion. These young men and women perform at a variety of venues in the Santa Barbara area, as well as the Reno Jazz Festival, and other Community College and High School jazz festivals on the central coast. A few students in this band even take on the responsibility of producing the annual Dos Pueblos High School Jazz Festival, which will be in its 40th year in March 2009. The 39th Festival featured thirteen competing bands from Southern California and was followed by a benefit concert for the new theatre, which all the local district high school and Santa Barbara City College bands participated in.[18]

As well as participating at jazz festivals, the Jazz Ensemble regularly plays at the local Elks' Lodge. The band plays from a classic repertoire of danceable swing tunes. The Ensemble is available for hire in the Santa Barbara area.

There is also a smaller jazz combo. It is partially student run and emphasis is placed more on individual improvisation and expression, rather than ensemble playing.

Color Guard

Using hand and eye coordination along with a wide variety of flags, rifles, sabers, props, and dances, the Color Guard entertains the crowd while they listen to the music of the Marching Band and the beat of the Drumline. During the first semester of the school year, the Color Guard performs with the Marching Band and the Drumline. They perform at football games and competitions. For the second semester, the guard performs to a CD instead, and travels to competitions and other performances.


The Dos Pueblos High School Orchestra gives the opportunity for high school string and wind players in 9-12 grades to learn and rehearse a variety of music as a group. Dos Pueblos is the only high school in the Santa Barbara Unified School District with an Orchestra, and the number of members have been growing each new school year. The orchestra performs at their Winter and Spring Music Concerts onstage at Elings Performing Arts Center. Some years, the group also performs at Disneyland during Disney Magic Music Days. "The class emphasizes the fundamentals of orchestral playing and all around musicianship, including proper tone production, knowledge of key signatures and their scales, technique, sight reading, and the performance of intermediate and advanced level high school orchestral literature." For more information, visit the Dos Pueblos Instrumental Music Program's website.


School teams play in the Channel League, and thus are eligible for a California Interscholastic Federation championship.


The furthest Dos Pueblos has reached in CIF playoffs was in 2001, when they were CIF Western Division runners-up. The Chargers are the 2010 Channel League and City champions. Dos Pueblos beat rival San Marcos 34-7 and Santa Barbara 27-7 to win the City Championship, an unofficial title amongst Channel League teams from Santa Barbara County. They went undefeated in Channel League, beating Ventura 30-27 to win their first league title since 1979.[19][20][21]

Boy's soccer

The 1983 boy's soccer team won the CIF Championship. Although the championship game with Camarillo HS ended with the score knotted at 3-3, the match was officially declared over after two overtime periods. Oddly, that year there was no method for ending a tie such as with penalty kicks. Therefore, co-champions were officially declared. This was the first CIF 4-A Championship ever won by a Dos Pueblos HS athletic team.[22]

The coach was Jorge Lorca. Players on that team were Chuck Adam, Jose "Yo-Yo" Banuelos, Alan Carlin, Pedro Guillen, Gary Hoag, Paul Hovda, Gerardo Jimenez, Mike McGrath, Mickey Miranda, Paul "Babe" Mocker, Abel Pizano, Rafael Rios, Lewis Stark, James Stupak, Andy Tangel, Scott Valianos, Fred Wilms, Brian Wolf and Brian Zimmerman. (Added to the postseason roster were Bruce Shumikowski, John Blaney and Michael Blaney.)

On November 29, 2008, the team celebrated the 25th anniversary of the championship with a game against a squad of current varsity players and recent alumni. A celebration of the lifetime achievements and overall contributions to soccer in Goleta of Joe Nunez, Jorge Lorca, R. Cam Camarena, and Abe Jahadhmy capped the weekend. Tributes of applause, gratitude, tears (and shirts signed by the players) were bestowed on these four individuals in recognition of the deeply valuable contributions each has made to the communities, schools, and student-athletes of Goleta Valley.

Girl's Volleyball

The girl's volleyball team won a CIF volleyball title in 2009. Coached by Todd Garrett, the powerhouse team swept all games to take the championship match. Players on the team were Sam Wopat, Carly Wopat, Sammie Brown, Karina Evans, Megan Smith, Kelcey Chaffin, Sally Yingst, Paige Craine, Taylor Racich, Katie Spieler, Jordan Roberts, Nicki Brown,and Gaelen Vasquez.


On May 11, 2010, Shawn Carey was named the new principal, and she began performing her job duties on July 1, 2010. Shawn Carey was a former teacher and assistant principal at DPHS.

The school has three assistant principals: Monica Hammonds (Athletics and Activities), Ryan Gleason (Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment), and Jorge Fulco (Discipline and Safety).

Notable alumni

Kim Wilson
Amir Abo-Shaeer


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  12. ^ "Dos Pueblos’ Fall Play Weighs the Personal Price in ‘The Visit’". Noozhawk. 5 November 2008. 
  13. ^ "Costume Crew Sews Up Dos Pueblos’ ‘You Can’t Take It With You’". Noozhawk. 1 November 2009. 
  14. ^ "Dos Pueblos Presents “Annie” Next Month". Noozhawk. 9 February 2009. 
  15. ^ "Curtains Opens at Dos Pueblos on March 12". Santa Barbara Independent. 9 March 2010. 
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