César E. Chávez High School
HISTORY OF THE SCHOOL NAMECesar 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.DATE THAT THE SCHOOL WAS OCCUPIED1992The 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.
Last Modified on July 20, 2015