Piner High School
(PHS) is a secondary school
located in Santa Rosa, California
. It is part of the Santa Rosa High School District, which is itself part of Santa Rosa City Schools
Piner High School was built in 1966 in semi-rural Sonoma County
on Fulton Road near Piner Road just west of Santa Rosa. Initially it was surrounded by orchards and pastures. By 1975 the City of Santa Rosa expanded to the back fence of the school. In the late 1980s further expansion included more housing on two sides and Youth Community Park (including an award winning skate park) across the street.
Piner High School was opened with 9th, 10th, and 11th grades in the fall of 1966. The next year it became a four year high school, with the class of 1968 being the first graduating class of the school history. The class of 1975 was the last of the four year classes until 1996. They re-established Piner as a four year high school to alleviate populations of the local middle schools. The central quad was completed for the fall of 1970, and the class of 1974 was the first class to enjoy crossing campus without going through the mud during rainy winters.
Piner High School was named for a family of squatters who occupied nearby lands for several decades in the late 1800s. The entire region northeast of Santa Rosa took on this name, as the Piner family became quite notorious and certainly the most recognizable name in the area.
In the past four years, Piner High School has remodeled more than half of the buildings, as well as adding new structures.
- The administration offices were moved to a brand-new two story building along with ten english classes and three language classes, and 5 history classes. Along with the new Adminisration buildings, other classrooms are located in another two story building that is connected to the Administration building.
- A new culinary arts building was established at the old location of the administration offices.
- A new library, performing arts, and science wing were also built on the campus.
- A new performing arts center, which was finished in the year 2001. It seats 360 students.
- A new football field with artificial turf, snack bar, and bleachers.
Starting in the 2007-2008 school year, the new principal is Mary Beth Halsey, formerly Vice Principal at Elsie Allen High School
. She will be replacing Janet Olson, who served as principal for over five years. The new vice principal is Paul Gallegos, who was formerly, the vice principal at Comstock Middle School. Mary Ann Ayala is returning as an Assistant Principal, while Gregory Watt was appointed the other new Assistant Principal, who is replacing Craig Wycoff, who moved to Maria Carrillo High School
Early College Magnet Program
In the 2006-2007 school year, the Early College Magnet Program started. This program prepares students for college and by the time they finish high school, they will have completed a year of college. This is in part with the Santa Rosa Junior College
Freshman and sophomore years the students will take accelerated and in depth classes denoted Honors classes at Piner, which will prepare them for rigorous college courses. In their Junior and Senior years, they will take four classes, including Honors and AP classes, at Piner and, at lunch, will be bussed to the Junior College to take two classes, earning up to a year of college credits.
Piner High School is a member of the 4-A North Bay League of the North Coast Section of the California Interscholastic Federation
Sports that Piner High offers are:
Piner High School has several student-organized and teacher-supervised student groups as of March 2006
The school's population as of 2006 is approximately 1530 students. Piner is one of the most racially diverse schools in the Santa Rosa School District. Over the past few years, Piner's enrollment has fluctuated widely, from approximately 1300 students in the 2004 school year to 1530 students by the 2007 school year.