Soquel High School – Wikipedia

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Public secondary school in Santa Cruz, California, United States

Soquel High School is a high school in Soquel, California, located on Old San Jose Road. It has 1,200 students and was established in 1962. The school is operated by the Santa Cruz City High School District. The school mascot is the Knights.


SHS offers advanced placement classes in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Spanish, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Statistics, and Calculus. SHS also offers intensive English and History for grades 9 and 10. It has several CTE classes (career technology education) which values learning by doing. Such classes include the beloved Woodshop and Agriculture programs, metal shop, graphic design, and even floral design.

Music, theater, and ROP[edit]

The SHS Music Department has a variety of different music classes- beginning band, intermediate band, varsity band, beginning jazz band, advanced jazz band, jazz singers, beginning choir, and advanced choir. Special needs Theater Arts department stages a variety of performances during fall and spring. Soquel high school is also known for its Regional Occupations Program (GSA) which includes courses in Horticulture, Floristry, Veterinary Science, Sports Occupations, Administration of Justice, graphic design, and Cabinetry.


Soquel High School offers a variety of competitive sports and is part of the Santa Cruz Coast Athletic League (SCCAL) and the California Interscholastic Federation-Central Coast Section (CCS). In the fall Soquel offers Cross Country, Football, Girls Golf, Girls Tennis, Girls Volleyball, and Water Polo. The men’s water polo team has been particularly successful winning 20 straight SCCAL championships and a CCS championship in 2003.[2] In winter, Soquel offers Basketball, Soccer and Wrestling, and in the spring there is Baseball, Softball, Track & Field, Swimming & Diving, Boys Tennis, Boys Golf, and Boys Volleyball. In addition, Soquel High School students can compete in surfing and cheerleading that fall outside of the SCCAL and CCS and are listed under Club Sports.[3]

Student body[edit]

While the student body changes year to year it is typically comprised ethnically of: American Indian 1%, Asian 3%, Hispanic 34%, Black 1%, White 57%, Decline to state 4%. Typically 51% of the students are male and 49% female. The teacher to student ratio is about 1:18.[4]

Soquel High School was opened to students on September 11, 1962, and has approximately 1,200 students as of 2018. The high school spans 40 acres and is located on a plateau in the foothills of this Coastal California community one mile from the shores of Monterey Bay. Its original meaning is derived from a Costanoan Indian word for “place of the willows”. Students at Soquel High School reside in Capitola, Live Oak and parts of Santa Cruz, Scotts Valley, and of course Soquel.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Kyra Davis, author[5]
  • Linda Gustavson, Olympic Gold Medal swimmer; two other Olympic medals
  • David Cay Johnston, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and best-selling author
  • Dwight Lowery, NFL cornerback
  • Casey McGehee, MLB Infielder
  • Edmund McMillen, video game designer
  • Troy Miller, MLB
  • John Orton, former MLB catcher
  • Luke Rockhold, professional mixed martial artist and former UFC middleweight champion[6]
  • Chris Sharma, climber
  • Derek Sherinian, rock keyboardist
  • Maggie Vessey, middle distance runner


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