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Santa Ana
Unified School District
Matthew Cruz, Principal
2128 South Cypress Avenue
Santa Ana, CA 92707

Phone: 714.430.5700
Fax: 714.430.5799

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Principal's Message


Mr. Cruz at Desk  
     Cesar E. Chavez High School is a extraordinary place.  It is a high school that offers non-traditional options for the students of Santa Ana School District to take control over their academic paths to college and/or careers.  Classes fulfilling the A through G college requirements can be taken at accelerated rates; meaning that students are able to obtain a high school diploma and enter into a university or career earlier than what is possible at traditional high schools.  The dedicated teaching staff works diligently to structure classes so that Core Standards are accessible to students, and are student-centered.  What this means is that students at Cesar E. Chavez High School are delivered a rigorous meaningful education empowering them to achieve their unique plans of study.

     Students at Chavez High School will develop plans of study enabling them to plan, implement, and monitor their classes.  Their unique plans will be developed online through the California College Guidance Initiative.  After creating their own student profiles at, students will be able to track their own progress towards achieving their post-secondary (after high school) dreams.  Graduating with a diploma from Cesar E. Chavez High School means that students are prepared and ready for a successful college education and/or prosperous career.

     The academic footprint of Cesar E. Chavez High School is big in how it can support students who have a need to recover credits lost due to illness, family problems, or just poor personal choices.  It is also big in how it can support students who want an opportunity to participate in an accelerated academic program so that they can quickly move on to a college or career.  Although big in its academic offerings, the Chavez campus is intimate in scale with class sizes smaller than what you would find at a traditional high school.  This makes it possible for students to develop strong relationships with teachers and staff who actively care about them, helping them daily to make positive choices.

     Making students WHOLE is the daily work of Cesar E. Chavez High School.  We work with students to insure that they are Well.  We will help students discover their purpose in life so that they will be Happy.  We teach them how to be Organized so that they can work on a plan of study.  We insure that they Learn what is necessary to achieve academic success.  And we teach them the joy of being Excellent.

      Every student is an integral part of the success at Cesar E. Chavez High School.  And at Chavez High School, we prove that the WHOLE is greater than the sum of its parts.  The greatness at Cesar E. Chavez High School is making students WHOLE.  We invite you to be a part of its greatness.

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Matthew G. Cruz

School Pride

Cesar E. Chavez High School


Cesar E. Chavez High School is named for the Civil Rights pioneer, Cesar Chavez, who dedicated his life to ensuring that all people had the right to realize their fullest potential.   Like Cesar E. Chavez, Cesar E. Chavez High School works to ensure that all students will take charge of their lives and realize their full potential.  Cesar E. Chavez is more than a name, it is a legacy that if recognized, will compel all who know it to act, fight, and struggle to do whatever it takes
to achieve excellence and success.



Chavez with Eagle  
The school mascot is the eagle.  It is rendered in the style of the eagle that was affixed to the flags of the Farm Workers during their labor struggles.  Cesar Chavez, and family members Richard and Manuel Chavez first designed the Farm Workers' logo in 1962.  They borrowed the eagle's head from the flag of Mexico (some have called it a thunderbird).  Andrew Zermeno, a graphic artist friend, noticed that the wings of the eagle resembled an inverted Aztec pyramid.  Cesar wanted the image to be easy for Farm Workers to reproduce.  He decided the colors would be white to represent hope, black to represent the struggle of the workers, and red for the sacrifice that would be made.  Many of the Farm Workers were of Mexican descent, so the eagle logo -- with its Mexican and Aztec imagery -- was a powerful symbol that was easily understood.  The United Farm Workers logo became a highly recognizable icon and
a symbol of the emerging Chicano rights movement.
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