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Santa Ana Valley High

History of Name

Board of Education Minutes: January 13, 1959
Naming of New High School
The board of Education, at its June 23, 1958 meeting, agreed that the selection of a name for the new high school be tabled for an indefinite period.  A number of names were considered at that time, among which were: Golden West Senior High School; Mountain View Senior High School; Crestwood Senior High School; Portola High School; and George Mason High School.  The name "Del Rio Senior High School" was used in connection with the records pertaining to construction of the school.  It was recommended that the school be officially named the "Santa Ana Valley Senior High School."
It was moved by Mr. Miller, seconded by Mrs. Cheney and carried that the new high school, (presently known as Del Rio Senior High School), be named "Santa Ana Valley Senior High School."

Date Built and/or Occupied
Del Rio High School was built in 1958 and opened as Santa Ana Valley Senior High School in 1959.
The first graduating class was 1961.

School Mascot


Name: Freddy (Francesca added in 2009 after a new mascot costume was purchased)

Notable Alumni

Dan Griset

Mayor, Santa Ana

Ed Carouthers

1968 Olympic Silver Medalist, High Jump

NFL Washington Redskins

Super Bowl Champions

Lou Saunders

Actor/Author "Chips"

MLB San Diego Padres

Myron White

MLB LA Dodgers

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe & Grey Boy All-Stars

Melvin Davis, Bassist

Pointer Sisters +

Wing Brothers: Musicians

Albert, Saxophone

Gene, Trumpet

Gary, Drums


Bordeaux Brothers:

Derek & Byron


VJ Lovero, deceased

former staff photographer of

Angels and Anaheim Ducks


Notable Athletes
  • Rick 'Doc" Walker,TE Washington Redskins

Last Modified on April 1, 2015