Irvington High School (Fremont, California)

Irvington High School (Fremont, California)

name = Irvington High School
motto = Home of the Vikings
established = 1961
type = Public
grades= 9-12
principal = Pete Murchison
faculty = 92 [ [ Data] ]
enrollment = 2,043 [ [ data] ]
mascot = Viking
colors = Blue, White
location = 41800 Blacow Road
Fremont, California 94538
United States
contact number = +1-510-656-5711
website =

Irvington High School is an American public high school located in Fremont, California. It is one of five public high schools in the Fremont Unified School District.


The 47 acre campus is located in the Irvington district. It opened in 1961 with a capacity of 1,450 students.

Major construction in 1968 resulted in the addition of a 350-seat theater, a second gymnasium, and twenty-two classrooms, which boosted school capacity to 2,150. To help cope with the closing of the off campus lunch in 2009, a second cafeteria has already been built and is currently in use.

A fire broke out on campus on the morning of Sunday the 14th.

tudent and Demographics

Attendance Area

The attendance area includes the Fremont districts of Irvington, Warm Springs, and part of Mission San Jose. Along with Irvington High School, the attendance area also includes five elementary schools—Grimmer, Harvey Green, Hirsch, Warm Springs/Leitch, and Weibel—and Horner Jr. High School. Students choosing to enter the high school that live outside the district lines may apply for a lottery or a transfer into the Irvington Arts Magnet Program. Additionally, applying for the Center For The Creative Arts Program (CCA) is an art-oriented method of getting in the school if a student does not live within the boundaries. CCA has modified English and Social Studies classes that are grouped together in a family that include more artistic guidelines.


*New American High Schools
*The Bay Area Coalition of Essential Schools
*California Distinguished School
*National Blue Ribbon School
*Bay Area Strategic Reading Collaborative (BASRC)
*Small Learning Communities (SLC)
*Center for Creative Arts (CCA) Grant
*National Service Learning Award
*Digital High School Grant []


Irvington offers a variety of extracurricular activities, some of which include the following: Badminton, Tennis, Basketball, Track, and more.


Irvington houses a Lamda program named [ The Irvington Conservatory Theater] in the Valhalla theater. The school holds a partnership with the local community college, Ohlone College.

Recent productions include:
*"Footloose"- Spring 2008
*"A Midsummer Night's Dream" - Fall 2007
*"Seussical" - Spring 2007
*"Wind in the Willows" - Fall 2006
*"Little Shop of Horrors" - Spring 2006
*"A Christmas Carol" - Fall 2005
*"Kiss Me Kate" - Spring 2005
*"Cinderella" - Fall 2004
*"Once on This Island" - Spring 2004


Irvington's school newspaper is called The Voice (formerly The Viking Voice). It has a history of excellence in journalism, and was advised by FUSD Teacher of the Year Alicia Pike-Green. The name of the paper was altered to reflect the school's desire to downplay what certain members of the faculty perceived to be a politically incorrect mascot.

During the 2002-2004 years, the Viking Voice was advised by Teri Hu, who also taught the Advanced Placement English Literature classes. The Viking Voice operated independently of the Irvington High School Administration. After multiple articles critical of the Irvington Administration in the 2003-2004 school year, the Administration pressured Teri Hu to leave. Co-editor-in-chief Kevin Zhu made an impassioned speech before the school board on behalf of First Amendment issues. The Voice's independence from the administration in recent years has been disputed.

Additionally, Irvington also publishes an annual literary arts magazine called "The RUNE". In May 2005, "The RUNE" returned after a six year hiatus.

In 2003 Volume 42 was titled "Viking Tales" And the theme consisted of mystic artwork. This book was noted for its cover and Viking-style dragon artwork. In 2004 Volume 43 was titled "Convergence" The theme focused on connection though high school years.In 2005 Volume 44 was titled "Ending-Unending" This book was noted for its bright colors and its sideways binding. In 2006 Volume 45 was titled "SAGA" This book was self titled and focused hevily on photography, using large pictures that extended to the edge of the pages.In 2007 Volume 46 was titled "Heroes" This book was done in a comic book style, every layout was modled after an actual comic book layout and was noted for its black cover and the Division Pages.

We The People

Irvington has a We The People team composed of 24 students. Irvington's We The People team 2004-2005 went to the Nationals in Washington D.C. for the first time, and finished 4th place in the nation.

Class of 2000 - 4th Place at State

Class of 2001 - 6th Place at State

Class of 2002 - 5th Place at State

Class of 2003 - 5th Place at State

Class of 2004 - 3rd Place at State

Class of 2005 - 4th Place at Nationals

Class of 2006 - 4th Place at State

Class of 2007 - 5th Place at State

Class of 2008 - 5th Place at State

Band Programs

Irvington has three concert band groups on campus—Freshman Symphonic Band, Advanced Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble. Irvington also has a Jazz Ensemble and several independent ensembles on campus. The Wind Ensemble earned 3 Superiors (the highest rank, out of 5 possible ranks) in concert and an Excellent (the second-highest rank) in sight reading at CMEA 2007. The Wind Ensemble also frequently sends its members to California's All-State Honor Band and Northern California's All-Northern Honor Band. The entire ensemble was also invited to perform at the Chabot Invitational for both 2007 and 2008. The Wind Ensemble also placed 1st in the Class A concert competition at the 2007 Lincoln Tournament of Champions.

Irvington also has a Marching Band composed of approximately 100 members. In 2005, the marching band won first place in the Division B competition at the Tournament of Champions at Lincoln High School in Stockton. The color guard also took first place at Lincoln as well as at the 35th Annual Santa Cruz Band Review. In 2006, the marching band and color guard took second place for Division B at Lincoln. In 2007, the marching band and colorguard took second place again for Division B at Lincoln, and the Drum Major placed 3rd in the Mace category.

Irvington's Marching Band also has an active Drumline. In 2005, the Drumline placed 4th at the Lincoln Tournament of Champions. In 2007, the Drumline again placed 4th at the Lincoln Tournament of Champions and 5th at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk band review.


Irvington competes in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) of the North Coast Section (NCS). As part of the MVAL, Irvington faces against four other Fremont schools, American High School, John F. Kennedy High School, Washington High School, Mission San Jose High School, and neighboring schools Newark Memorial High School of Newark and James Logan High School of Union City.

Many students at IHS consider Mission San Jose High School high to be Irvington's main rival.


*Irvington High School's badminton team placed 2nd at the 2006 NCS tournament making it Irvington's most successful sport.
*Irvington's cross country team places high at MVALs. During the 2005-2006 season, the Boy's Varsity team placed second at the MVAL championship, and during the 2006-2007 season, the Girl's Varsity team placed second at the MVAL championships. Varsity and JV girls were 07-08 MVAL Champions and Varsity girls placed 4th at NCS.
*Irvington's varsity football team took first place in the Mission Valley Athletic League (MVAL) in 2005, beating out top competitor Logan High School in Union City. The football team made it through NCS finals, reaching the final game at played at the Oakland Colisseum. Unfortunately, the Irvington football team lost. Irvington looks forward to another year of success in MVAL football.
*Irvington's High Tech Militia Club hosted a 180 person LAN Party during Spring Break 2007.
*Irvington's softball team placed in third in the 2004-2005 and 2005-2006 MVAL seasons.
*Irvington's Varsity boys swim team won first place at the MVAL championships in 2006, after defeating long-time rival Mission San Jose, ending a 26 year Mission championship streak.
*Irvington's girl's tennis program yielded their number one singles player garnering first place in the 2006 MVAL singles championship, before losing in the NCS Championships.
*Irvington's 2007 girl's tennis team tied for 1st place and were MVAL league co-champions with MSJ for the first time in the school's history. This same season, Irvington girls top seeded doubles team, Tara Kurihara and Sonam Malhi, won the MVAL doubles championship before losing in the quarterfinals of the NCS Championship.
*Irvington's JV Water Polo team placed first in MVAL's by crushing unbeaten Washington 6-5 in overtime. Derek Giguere made the winning shot after an unlucky Washington player redirected the ball into the goal.
*Irvington's marching band won first place in the B division marching competition in 2005 at Lincoln High School in Stockton. Colorguard took first place at Lincoln, as well as the 35th Annual Santa Cruz Band Review. The school includes a Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Jazz Band, Marching Band, and Drumline. In the 06-07 school year, a Concert Band will be added.


External links

* [ Irvington High School Home Page]
* [ Irvington Conservatory]
* [ Fremont Unified School District Home Page]

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