Lynbrook High School

Lynbrook High School

Infobox high school

name= Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA
motto = "Go Vikes!"
established = 1965
type = Public 4-year
endowment =
staff =
faculty = 83
principal = Bill Richter (Filling in)
enrollment = 1,931
students =
city = San Jose
state = CA
country = USA
address = 1280 Johnson Avenue
colors = Blue, White, and Red
mascot = Vikings
affiliations =
website =
footnotes =
:"There is also a Lynbrook High School in Lynbrook, New York."

Lynbrook High School (abbreviated LHS) is a co-educational, public, four-year secondary school located in the West San Jose neighborhood of San Jose, California, USA. It was founded in 1965 and graduated its first class in 1968. It was once ranked among the top five public comprehensive secondary schools in California. Lynbrook belongs to the Fremont Union High School District. It is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.

Lynbrook's official school colors are blue, white, and red, used respectively in order of frequency. On school T-shirts, flags, and sports uniforms, blue is almost always applied as the background, and white is used as the lettering.


Lynbrook High School opened on September 13, 1965, with an enrollment of 1,026 students. Because Cupertino High School had grown very large by that time, a new school in the West San Jose area was constructed. The District Board nominated Kendall Stanger as the first principal of the school. The school was technologically advanced around the time it was built and had closed-circuit television and air conditioning. During the first year, there was no gymnasium, locker room, or swimming pool. There were sophomores and freshman attending that year. By the second school year the gymnasium, locker room, and 'Olympic sized' swimming pool were complete.

Today, Lynbrook's student body is a diverse mix of students from a wide variety of cultural backgrounds, including first, second, or higher generation immigrants from many of the countries in East Asia, South Asia, and the former Soviet Union. The academic focus of Lynbrook's student body is more rigorous than is typically found in other public secondary schools in the United States.


Many of Lynbrook's buildings and facilities are in its original state and have not been significantly renovated. Most of Lynbrook's buildings are constructed of old brick exteriors. New structures and facilities built since 1990 include the library, swimming pool, field house, and Voyager buildings.

Lynbrook has a football field with a dirt track around it, a swimming pool, and a small baseball field. Although the baseball field and football field are in need of renovations, Lynbrook's Olympic-sized swimming pool is in excellent condition. During water polo season, Lynbrook's swimming pool has nine lanes and devotes about half of its area to non-lane-divided deep-water areas. The deep-water area is used mainly for water polo competitions.

The classroom wings are on the back (east) side of the school and are numbered from 101-615. The 100 and 200 wings are on the north side, and the 500 and 600 wings are on the south side. The gymnasium, swimming pool, and tennis and basketball courts are situated on the southwest side of Lynbrook's campus. The western third of the campus consists of the Stober field (a large green lawn used primarily for field hockey practice and student events) and a football field. The visual and performing arts center is the school's easternmost building. The school's mural of the Viking, which faces the main parking lot, is actually painted on the same building that houses the girl's locker rooms and the weight training room.

The rally court or quad is the hub of student life at Lynbrook and is surrounded by the cafeteria, classroom wings, auditorium, and the Associated Student Body den. The rally court is where school-wide skits are performed and occasionally, student activities will congregate within the quad. Another notable happening in the quad is "Club Day." This is a day when participating clubs in Lynbrook sell food and drinks at the quad for fundraising.


Lynbrook has a solid academic reputation. Like nearby schools Monta Vista and Saratoga, Lynbrook is widely known for consistently being one of the top 20 high schools in California for several years. [] Lynbrook's academic reputation has also influenced the real estate market in the surrounding neighborhood, causing home prices to rise higher than other neighborhoods in the San Jose area.

As of 2005, Lynbrook High School's base Academic Performance Index (API) averaged 895, which is similar to those of Saratoga, Gunn, and Monta Vista. [] The 2004 API ranking for Lynbrook High School is 10 out of 10, which is the best rating possible for any school, and its similar-schools API ranking is 9 out of 10. Also in 2005, The Washington Post magazine rated Lynbrook as the 178th best high school in the entire United States. [] Within California, Lynbrook is ranked as having the 14th highest API score in the state. [] In 2007, the school scored a 10 out of 10 in both API Statewide and Similar School ranking. []

Lynbrook students consistently receive high marks on standardized exams, including the SAT and Advanced Placement Exams. On the SAT I, the mean verbal score for the class of 2005 was 592/800 and the mean math score was 662/800. In the 2002-2003 SAT results, 83% of all Lynbrook students scored over 1000. Out of 837 tests by 446 students who took Advanced Placement Exams in 2005, 41% scored 5, the highest score possible, and 89% passed. STAR test results are also remarkably high, with most students scoring proficient or above in almost all subjects.

Almost all students take the SAT. Many SAT prep schools have sprung up all over San Jose, Cupertino, and Saratoga. These SAT prep classes are taken by a large percentage of Lynbrook pupils; as a result, Lynbrook High School appears to have relatively high SAT and AP scores. Many students choose to take honors and AP classes to boost their GPA.

Like nearby Monta Vista High School, Lynbrook has a relatively high proportion of high student GPA's. GPA's above 3.5 are not uncommon. For some students, heavy emphasis is placed on honors and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. Due to their high academic success, many Lynbrook graduates have gone to several high profile colleges and universities around the country, including Ivy League institutions. More than half of all Lynbrook graduates attend the University of California, making Lynbrook one of the university's largest feeders. Not all students attend four-year colleges, and about one-fourth attend two-year colleges. []

Athletics and extracurriculars


Lynbrook offers a total of 16 distinct sports, with sports split into two different seasons for girls and boys (such as tennis and volleyball) counted as one sport. [ [ Lynbrook High School, San Jose, CA ] ]

Fall (6 sports)
*Cross Country (girls and boys)
*Field Hockey (girls)
*Football (boys)
*Tennis (girls)
*Volleyball (girls)
*Water Polo (girls and boys)

Winter (3 sports)
*Basketball (girls and boys)
*Soccer (girls and boys)
*Wrestling (girls and boys)

Spring (8 sports)
*Swimming (girls and boys)
*Badminton (girls and boys)
*Tennis (boys)
*Volleyball (boys)
*Baseball (boys)
*Softball (girls)
*Golf (girls and boys)
*Track and Field (girls and boys)

Other Extracurricular Activities

Other activities at Lynbrook include:

*Marching Band and Color Guard (fall)
*Winter Guard (winter/spring)
*Winter Percussion (winter/spring)
*National Forensic League
*Dance team (called the "Valkyries")
*Chess Team
*Mock Trial
*Robotics Team ("Team 846: Funky Monkeys")
*Math Honor Society
*Science Bowl Team

School publications include:
*Newspaper ("The Epic")
*Literary Magazine ("Vertigo")
*Yearbook ("The Valhalla"; the 2004-2005 edition being the first in color)
*Newsletter ("The Lynk"; formerly "Viking Pride")

Lynbrook also has many other clubs, a complete list of which is available [ here] .


The Lynbrook ASB (Associated Student Body) organizes student activities and is lead by both student and administrative members. A complete updated list of ASB officers can be found [ here] . The ASB organizes many class competitions, brunch and lunch time entertainment, rallies, and also homecoming. Homecoming is the largest event on the school calendar. During homecoming, classes hold "skits" and compete against each other during homecoming week.

ASB cards,issued by the ASB, allow students to receive discounted prices on school merchandise, tickets, and activities. As of the 2006-2007 school year, an ASB card can be purchased for $75, with the cost of the yearbook included.

Lynbrook holds school dances throughout the year, usually on Friday nights. The dances begin at 7:30 P.M. and end at 10:30 P.M. School rules are in effect during the dances, and only Lynbrook students are allowed in the dances unless a guest pass is obtained.

There are 4 to 6 spirit weeks held throughout the school year. During these themed weeks, the ASB puts on spirit games in the quad that involve students and teachers in ridiculous but entertaining games. Usually these games involve one student from each class.

More information about Lynbrook's ASB can be found at its website [ here] .

chool culture and life

Lynbrook's student ethnicity is mainly Asian American. Isolated from poverty, crime, and gang activity, the school has a very low crime and delinquncy rate, thus earning a reputation as one of the safest schools in California. Lynbrook's culture and general environment is most similar to those of Monta Vista, Saratoga, and Mission San Jose.


Like most other American high schools, Lynbrook is a four-year high school that consists of freshman, , junior, and senior classes. As of 2006 Lynbrook's largest class is the class of 2010.Fact|date=March 2007

Ethnic diversity

As of the 2005-2006 school year, Lynbrook High School had a total of 1864 students and a senior class of 403. 72% of the students were Asian American, 24% were white, and 4% of all students consisted of other ethnic groups. Like Monta Vista High School and other schools in the Cupertino area, very few Latino, Filipino, or African Americans attend Lynbrook. The school is composed mostly of Asian Americans and whites. There are only about 50 Latino students enrolled in the school, and even fewer Filipinos and African Americans.

The ethnic makeup of staff members is highly different from the student demographics, as 79.7% of staff members at Lynbrook High School are white. The parent education-level data, as of the 2003-2004 school year, showed that 60% of the students' parents had at least a master's degree. Only 10% had only some college or less.

Many Lynbrook High School students are from Mandarin Chinese-speaking families, of whom a significant percentage have parents from Taiwan. Other major Asian ethnic sub-groups in Lynbrook include Asian Indians, Japanese, and Korean Americans. Less than 10% of Lynbrook High's students are English Language Development (ELD) students. Most of the minority students were born in the United States.

chool boundaries

Lynbrook High School's boundaries comprise the western part of West San Jose and parts of northern Saratoga. The school's area is bound to the north by Bollinger Road, to the east by Saratoga Creek, to the south by Cox Avenue, and to the west by De Anza Boulevard.

Currently, the Residency Verification policy states that all students who are enrolled in Lynbrook High School must be physically residing within the district's boundaries. The Residency Verification Anonymous Hotline is one of the district's ways of helping to enforce the policy. ("see" Fremont Union High School District). However, a small number of students live elsewhere but are allowed enrollment due to lottery enrollment or by exceptions from the district.

Alleged white flight

According to a Wall Street Journal article, Lynbrook High, along with rival Monta Vista High School, has also been supposedly affected by a very mild white flight that has slowly taken place over the years as the Cupertino area has become more densely populated by Asian Americans. The article contends that this phenomenon is due to white students' concerns over intense academic competition with Chinese and Indian Americans. Some white students are also concerned about possibly being an underachieving minority group within the school, as whites collectively have an average API score (844) that is 70 points lower than the average API for Asian Americans.

However, the report has faced much criticism from local residents, the school district, and sociologists, who say that the news article is a biased report that misuses gathered information in order to explain that a new form of white flight exists in the Cupertino-West San Jose area. Many local students, parents, and teachers claim that Lynbrook High School has not faced any major demographic shifts as they point out that there has not been even a 30% drop in white student enrollment over the past five years. Furthermore, parents of both Asian and European ancestry contend that some white families have chosen to move or send their children to other schools due to an intense focus on academics, not fear of competition with Asian American students.

chool information


Lynbrook High School's schedule has Mondays and Thursdays as tutorial schedules. Tuesdays are odd block (only odd-numbered periods are attended), and Wednesdays are even block (only even-numbered periods are attended). Fridays are normal schedules. There are a total of seven periods (from 1 to 7), and 1st and 7th periods are optional (most students take either six or seven periods, although some take as few as four).

Lynbrook High School's classes usually start at 7:35 A.M. and end at 2:05 (if the student's last class is at period 6) or 2:55 P.M. (if the student has 7th period), although the times may vary slightly for the different days of the school week. On Tuesdays, classes begin at 7:35 A.M., but only odd-numbered periods are attended (periods 1, 3, 5, and 7). Students who do not have 7th period and who do not choose to eat at the school are dismissed at 12:45 P.M. On Wednesdays, classes begin at 9:15 A.M. and only 2nd, 4th, and 6th periods are attended, with a staff development and collaboration period before the start of the second period. Wednesday is the only day of the school week that is late start. The school also has 35-minute tutorial (i.e., study hall) periods on every Monday and Thursday. Brunches are 15-minute breaks, and lunches are 40-minute breaks followed by sixth and seventh periods.

Policies and grading

Lynbrook High School's most important policies are covered by the Fremont Union High School District's main policies, including the Zero Tolerance Policy, Academic Code of Conduct, and Residency Verification. Assistant principals and the Student Legislative Council set minor policies and school rules.

Like most other high schools within the Fremont Union High School District, most of Lynbrook's classes follow an A-F grading system; 90-100% is marked as A, 80-89.9% as B, 70-79.9% as C, 60-69.9% as D, and lower grades are marked as F.


The current (2008-09) Lynbrook Administration includes Interim Principal Bill Richter, Assistant to Principal Jan Broman, Assistant Principals Rich Amlin, Sydney Marsh, Ellen Reller, and Kathleen Sullivan. Other staff members servicing the school including Jose Ramirez, Student Conduct Specialist, and Xuan Cao and Marissa Goldstein, Guidance Counselors. A complete list of staff members can be found [ here] .

The administrative offices are all located in the main office next to the library.

Course information

=AP and Honors courses=

Lynbrook offers a total of 17 different AP courses (counting AP Calculus AB and BC as two separate courses) and 8 different honors courses.

Laboratory science
* AP Biology
* AP Chemistry
* Chemistry Honors
* Physics Honors

* AP Calculus AB
* AP Calculus BC
* AP Statistics
* Pre-Calculus Honors
* AP Computer Science AB

English language
* AP English Language and Composition (for 11th grade; also known as "APLAC" at Lynbrook)
* AP English Literature and Composition (for 12th grade; also known as "AP English" or "AP Lit")

Foreign language
* AP Spanish (level 5)
* AP French (level 5)
* AP Japanese (not available school year of 2007-2008) (level 5)
* AP Chinese (level 5)
* Spanish 4 Honors
* French 4 Honors
* Japanese 4 Honors
* Chinese 4 Honors

Social studies
* AP U.S. History (for 11th grade)
* AP U.S. Government and Politics (for 12th grade)

Visual and performing arts
* AP Music Theory (not available as of school year 2008-2009)
* Advanced Drama Honors

Graduation requirements

A minimum of 220 semester units are required for graduation from Lynbrook High School. Ten units equal one year of work for each period. In order to graduate, students must also pass the CAHSEE, which can be taken during the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

Lynbrook's electives include 3D Design, Art, Architecture, Business, Choir, Computer-Aided Design (Drafting), Java, Computer Science, Electronics, French, Japanese, Marching Band, Orchestra, and Spanish. Physical education is a required course for freshmen and sophomores. Sophomores also have the opportunity to take PE Athletics (Team Sports), Total Fitness, or Weight Training instead of PE 10.

chool technology

Lynbrook considers itself a technology-literate school which uses the Internet as the primary means of communication. Like some schools within the Fremont Union High School District, teachers, administrators, and students use the [ A+ Board] for announcements, discussions, assignments and schedules. The A+ Board can also be used for posting e-mail addresses and files.

Teachers use,, and other such websites to post grades and collect and evaluate papers.

The school library also has 36 public terminals for student use. Two computer labs in Rooms 005 and 006 are only for use by classes that have made appointments with the school, but students may access the computers during Monday and Thursday tutorial periods.

Alma mater

Under the mountain,
Stately and strong.
True to our colors,
We shall raise our song.
Long may our friendship,
Mount to the sky.
Long may we ever sing,
Our praise to Lynbrook High!

Notable alumni

*Greg Camp, Class of 1985, guitarist and lead songwriter for the band Smash Mouth.Fact|date=June 2008
*Vinay Bhat, Grand Master in ChessFact|date=June 2008
*Kristie Lu Stout, American journalist and reporter for CNN InternationalFact|date=June 2008


* [ School Profile]

External links

* [ Lynbrook High School Official Website]
* [ Lynbrook High's Official School Newspaper]
* [ School Information]
* [ Lynbrook ASB]
* [ Lynbrook Speech and Debate Team]
* [ Lynbrook Robotics Team]
* [ Lynbrook FBLA Chapter]
* [ Lynbrook Red Cross Club]
* [ Lynbrook JETS]
* [ Lynbrook Alumni Association]
* [ Yahoo! Education profile of Lynbrook]
* []

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