Welcome Saints to the 2014-2015 School Year
With a long and valued history that began on September 10, 1889, Santa Ana High School is celebrating its 125th anniversary. There is great pride in being the oldest high school in Orange County and over the decades, we continue to embrace our history. I have no doubt that our students will continue to represent Santa Ana High School with the same pride and traditions as previous generations.
The staff at Santa Ana High School is dedicated to providing all students a strong and rigorous educational program in a safe and encouraging learning environment. Our teachers have continued preparing Common Core State Standards lessons. All students are expected to become proficient or advanced on all assessments including the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) and will also be evaluated using growth model assessments to monitor student achievement results. These results will assist us in providing students personalized services which will help them complete all graduation requirements and fulfill their college and career goals.
During this year Santa Ana High School will be preparing for our school’s accreditation visit by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). This visit will take place from March 2-4, 2015. Throughout the year, updated information will be given detailing our school’s preparation for this important visit.
For students to succeed, we expect them to come to school every day, be on time, properly dressed according to the SAUSD dress and grooming policy and follow our Positive Behavioral Invention (PBIS) guidelines. It is very important that all students get involved in school activities. Students can participate in our visual and performing arts and athletic programs as well as becoming a member in one of our various clubs and organizations.
I welcome parents and members of our community to visit our school and join us in our efforts to prepare our students to be College and Career ready. Throughout the year, please visit our website at http://www.sausd.us/sahs to receive valuable and updated information.
I look forward to an outstanding year of great successes for all students.
Ms. Julie Infante
Bienvenidos Saints al Nuevo Año Escolar 2014-2015
Con una historia larga y valorada que comenzó el 10 de septiembre de 1889, la Escuela Preparatoria de Santa Ana celebra su 125avo aniversario. Hay gran orgullo de ser la escuela preparatoria más vieja en el Condado de Orange y durante las décadas, seguimos estando orgullosos de nuestra historia. No tengo duda que nuestros estudiantes seguirán representando la Escuela Preparatoria de Santa Ana con el mismo orgullo y tradiciones que las generaciones anteriores.
El personal de la Escuela Preparatoria de Santa Ana se dedica a proveer a todos los estudiantes un programa educativo solido y riguroso en un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y alentador. Nuestros profesores continúan preparando lecciones de Estándares Estatales Principales Comunes. Se espera que todos los estudiantes esten en el nivel competente o avanzado en todas las evaluaciones incluso el Examen de Egreso de la Preparatoria de California (CAHSEE) y también se les evaluarán usando evaluaciones del modelo de crecimiento para supervisar resultados de logro estudiantil. Estos resultados nos asistirán a proveer a los estudiantes servicios personalizados que les ayudarán a completar todos los requisitos de graduación y cumplir con sus metas de asistir a un colegio y terminar su carrera.
Durante este año, la Escuela Preparatoria de Santa Ana se preparará para la visita de acreditación por la Asociación Occidental de Escuelas y Colegios (WASC). Esta visita ocurrirá durante el 2-4 de marzo del 2015. A lo largo del año, les estaremos dando la información actualizada detallando la preparación de nuestra escuela para esta visita importante.
Para que los estudiantes tengan éxito, esperamos que ellos vengan a la escuela todos los días, estar a la hora, correctamente vestidos de acuerdo a las reglas de vestimenta y peinado de SAUSD y nuestras pautas del Programa de Intervención para el Comportamiento Positivo (PBIS) Es muy importante que todos los estudiantes participen en actividades escolares. Los estudiantes pueden participar en nuestros programas de artes plásticas y escénicas y programas atléticos, así como convertirse en un miembro de uno de nuestros diversos clubes y organizaciones.
Doy la bienvenida a padres y miembros de nuestra comunidad a visitar nuestra escuela y acompañarnos en nuestros esfuerzos para preparar a nuestros estudiantes a estar listos para el Colegio y obtener una carrera. A lo largo del año, por favor visite nuestro sitio web en http://www.sausd.us/sahs para recibir información valiosa y actualizada.
Se que este año sera un año excepcional de grandes éxitos para todos los estudiantes.
Ms. Julie Infante
The Genesis of the First High School in Orange County
The first class to graduate from Santa Ana High School was in 1892 and consisted of three boys; Harry Hunt, Lee McDrill and Walter Stafford. The commencement exercises were held in Spurgeon's Hall, and all three graduates went to Stanford University, which had just opened. It is questionable if they could have entered the State University at Berkeley, since Santa Ana High School was not accredited until one year later, so the class of 1893 may be able to claim the distinction of being the first class to graduate from our high school. The high school graduating class of 1893 consisted of eleven students.
The first high school was located on the second floor of the building generally referred to as the Central School Building (205 W. Church Street, now Civic Center Drive), the grammar school using the first floor and the elementary division occupying an old school building immediately east on the same site. These were the only school buildings in town at the time.
The first principal of the high school was professor M. Manley who, the school records show, served from 1889 to 1892. The only subjects taught were English, history, Latin, and mathematics. In 1889, the high school was established as a four-year high school and in 1900 moved to the new high school building located on North Main Street, where the old Buffum's once stood. In 1913, the high school was moved to its present location on West Walnut Street, a site that Glenn Martin had once used to try out his first airplane, and considered "out in the country" by the opponents of the bonds voted for the new buildings for the high school.
Santa Ana High School had a number of good track athletes during the early days, and George Horne, a graduate of the class of 1907, broke the world's record in the high jump while attending Stanford University. The girls of the high school organized a basketball team around the turn of the century and were right at the top in competition with other high schools. Santa Ana High School has since gone on to have Olympic athletes as well as professional athletes. To date Santa Ana High School has captured over 108 league championships and 15 C.I.F. championships.
The first known high school yearbook, the Ariel, was published in 1904. For many years there were two issues published annually because there was a class graduating in February as well as in June of each year. These annuals are of great interest because they contain the pictures of many of successful merchants, politicians, and professional leaders in the community today.
Many changes have taken place in the high school subsequent to current days, and the enrollment has sky rocketed, but many of the inhabitants today, who were students during those days, look back with pleasure to happy days spent at Santa Ana High School. No matter the time or the circumstance, a Saint is a Saint and always proud and ready to keep the Saint spirit alive.
Date Built and/or Occupied
The school was founded in 1889. In 1912, the school board purchased the property on Walnut Street and plans began immediately for the new school. After the Long Beach Earthquake (1933) the original building was badly damaged and it was torn down. Santa Ana High School was rebuilt and rededicated in 1935.
The school mascot was originally an owl. This was back in the days that the school was named Santa Ana Polytechnic High School. The term Saint first appeared in The Generator on May 5, 1925. The first design of an actual mascot was done through a design contest in the mid 40's, thus Sammy Saint came to life. Over the last 60 years it has developed into our beloved Sammy and Sally Saint.