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HHS Top 10   2017-18


1 Athletic Field Ushers in New Era The brand-spanking-new athletic field (part of the Measure L $229 million-dollar bond) ushers in a new era of Farmer sports with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a slew of "firsts" including the first true home game at night under the lights on August 17, 2018.
2 Music Program Triumphs Music program earns a top superior rating at CMEA and the band provides spirited tunes all year long at sporting events and more.
3 S.T.E.A.M. Building Construction Begins S.T.E.A.M. building construction commences with a new state-of-the-art, high-tech Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math building (eight learning spaces and two Science labs) with an anticipated completion date of Summer 2019, while the remnants of the old pool retire into the memories of (distant) alumni.
4 DA Debate Brings Democracy to Life Seniors put civics into action and District Attorney candidates on the spot while challenging Alameda County DA candidates with insightful questions.
5 Athletics Excels Boy's varsity basketball completes most successful season in a decade and almost "takes it all the way" (view video of winning shot);" Girls Varsity soccer wins league for first time since 1984; Boys varsity soccer returns to playoffs after multiyear drought; Boys Track and Field wins league championship;Varsity football makes playoffs once again while playing its last game ever at Sunset field (plus, the Del Rio Foundation equips football team, three Seniors earn athletic scholarships to UC Davis, Humboldt State and Stanislaus State.
6 HHS Hosts Special Olympics HUSD and the Special Olympics Northern California hold its first-annual track and field event at Hayward High School while HHS student volunteers display their caring nature by assisting participants and leading events.
7 Engineering Pathway Launches The launch of the Engineering Pathway at HHS prepares cohorted students to become industry-ready engineering problem solvers and places HHS as district school with the most pathway program options.
8 Class of 2018 Continues College-Going Culture Seniors bring back graduation to our (new) home field for the first time in over a decade; events such as College Day, College Signing Day (see video) and ECMC/Made In Hayward college fairs support college-bound students; 44% will attend a community college (35% Chabot); 40% will attend a four-year university; 9% will attend a UC (12 accepted to UC Berkeley, 6 attending); 26% will attend a CSU (11% CSUEB, 4% SFSU); 96% of students attending college will attend a public college.
9 Students Earn College Credit via Chabot Classes @ HHS Students continue to earn college credit via Chabot classes on the HHS campus including World Religions, Principles of Sociology and World Mythology coming up this Fall thanks to YEP sponsorship and funding making HUSD one of the only districts to offer college credit on middle school and high school campuses.
10 Star Staff Celebrated Mr. Howard named HUSD Teacher of the Year; Princi-pal Seymour honored as Educator of the Year (view video); Sra. Jennifer Jones Martinez (a.k.a. Downstairs Martinez), Ms. Diane Kevern, and Mr. Earl Watts ride into the sunset as this year's retirees.

Top 10  *   2016-17


1 Business Entrepreneur Goes Viral Shami Oshun's made-the-day-of prom dress goes viral with over 2 million hits; budding seamstress awarded the "Earnst & Young Northern California Young Entrepreneur of the Year" and $5,000 scholarship; places first in the NFTE Bay Area Business Plan Competition; will represent Hayward High in New York for the national championship later this year.
2 HHS Achieves "First Evers" for College First-ever "College Day" with special school day for all students including PSAT testing for ALL Juniors paid for by district, college fair and motivational speaker; first-ever "Made In Hayward College Signing Day" celebrates growing list of students headed for college; first-ever "ECMC College Night" draws multiple college reps and huge crowd; first-ever HHS student accepted to Yale University; Respect The Farm #rtf movement kicks off. And not to forget the continuing annual events such as "Cash for College/FAFSA Night" for Seniors and parents; "College Talk" for returning alumni; college application labs; CSUEB on-the-spot admissions; and individual career and college plannings meetings for each and every Senior and parent/guardian.
3 "Election Information Night" Engages Families in Democratic Process Families and staff pack the library for this special event inaugurated by the Social Studies department which included voter registration, statewide election information and mock voting, and the live Clinton/Trump debate on the big screen.
4 HHS Receives Maximum WASC Accreditation HHS presents itself to the visiting WASC committee and is awarded maximum 6-year accreditation; school receives glowing report validating the processes, pedagogies, and commitment to student success.
5 Class of 2017 Sets Records The Class of 2017 may be the highest-achieving HHS class ever. 98% of enrolled Seniors graduated on time; 45% will attend a community college (37% Chabot); 37% will attend a four-year university; 10% will attend a UC (11 accepted to UC Berkeley, 6 attending); 25% will attend a CSU (12% CSUEB, 4% SFSU); 97% of students attending college will attend a public college; 8 will attend a private college including Yale University; Valedictorian Danielle Faxon achieves highest GPA in HHS history; top 5 students would have been valedictorian 5 of the past 7 years; $371,431 in scholarships won.
6 Parent Nights Evolve Families continue to fill the gym for the annual Progress Report Night as parents and teachers connect to best support students. Farner Expo becomes the "Amazing Space" (modeled after The Amazing Race) as families dot from various displays of student work and activities all while competing to cover the most ground.
7 Athletics Leaps Upwards Boys Basketball makes it to the 2nd round of NCS playoffs; cheer takes first place in competition; ground breaks for the new HHS athletic field with lights; HHS Alumnus and Oakland Raiders Coach Jack Del Rio named AFC Coach of the Year,
8 HHS Advanced Placement (AP) Program Receives National Award College Board distinguishes HHS among top schools nationwide for increases in Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment and test scores particularly for underrepresented groups.
9 "Hamilton" Dazzles Students, Brings US History to Life Lucky students witness the mesmerizing San Francisco's Orpheum "Hamilton" performance thanks to staff coordinators and grant; a few brave HHS take the stage before the big show to demonstrate a performance of their own in front of a packed house.
10 Staff Celebrated Carla Schick honored for 30 years of dedicated service in education; teacher retention rate the best ever as only 3 new teachers were needed this past year and almost all are returning next year indicating commitment and overall job satisfaction.

Top 10 * 2016

1 World Language Crosses New Borders Chinese joins World Languages department with Mandarin classes now offered; Spanish students travel to Spain led by Señora Ibarra.
2 Construction Is in the Air (and Water) Bathrooms and ramp get makeover; Measure L plans materialize for Farmer Football stadium to be built this coming school year with STEAM building to follow; Mr. Pham's Physics classes design, build and skipper cardboard boats.
3 Tennis Revived After a 9 year absence, trailblazing students and Coach Chilcoat bring back Farmer tennis for girls and boys.
4 Building an Inclusive and Supportive Culture "Breaking Free" continues to build a culture of empathy and support; new Peer Assistance class provides peer-to-peer counseling while students bond at ropes course challenge; DTR participation continues to soar; GSA "Day of Silence" reminds student body to keep working towards inclusion; main and attendance offices provide welcoming, first-class "customer service," students network with community partners at Puente's annual "Grape Juice and Cheese" event; Interact Club officers surpass individual goals, each accruing over 200 hours in community service while raising funds and awareness against human trafficking.
5 English Learners Advance English Language Learners reclassify in greater numbers for the third year in a row with more ELs earning As and Bs and joining the honor roll than last year.
6 Athletics Ascends Girls soccer and boys baseball make NCS playoffs after multi-year drought; 1/3 of student body participates in at least one school sport; Jack Del Rio comes back home to coach the Oakland Raiders while continuing to support his Farmer alma mater; Sep Togiai catapults his way to state track finals, is named WACC Field Athlete of The Year and signs letter of intent to play football at Sac State; Alex Fifita signs with the Atlanta Falcons.
7 Class of 2016 Achieves: By the Numbers 97.7% of enrolled Seniors graduate on time; 14% graduation rate increase for African-American students; 108 Hayward High Seniors collect $246,733 in scholarships; 91% continue to higher education (55% to community college, 32% four-year university, 3% vocational/trade school); 8% will attend UC campus (all campuses except UCI), 19% a CSU; 71% completed FAFSA or Dream Application for public financial aid
8 College & Career Programs Expand Inaugural class of "Farmers to Pioneers" builds bridge from HHS to CSU East Bay; Biomedical Sciences Pathway debuts; Farmer Alumni in college "come back to give back" at annual "College Talk;" "College Bound" continues to prepare students for college.
9 Staff Thrive Staff continuation rate for next year one of the highest in recent memory; Office Manager Dolores Fernandez and Counselor Judy Dixon celebrated for 38 years of service as retirement calls; Art Teacher Andy Knight recognized with Hayward Historical Society award; staff groove to "Uptown Funk" at DTR (view video).
10 Resources Increase with New Technology Students activate Infinite Campus Portal and Google Apps for Education (GAfE) accounts; students visit Google headquarters in Mountain View; HHS becomes first school in area with its own mobile app for Android and iPhone; school meets challenges of inaugural CAASP (Common Core) online state testing.

Top 10 * 2015

1 LBQK Steals the Show at Hayward-wide Step-Off Led by team captain Shakur Lewis and Ms. Alvarenga, the stepping Last Black Queens & Kings (LBQK) host the Hayward-wide Step Off while retaining their title as defending champs.
2 So Cal College Tour 100 Sophomores and Juniors explore 10 universities on the So Cal College Tour (Cal Poly SLO, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, USC, CSU Long Beach, San Diego State, UC San Diego, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and CSU Northridge), led by Farmer alumni now attending those universities.  Read Haywire article.
3 New InterventionStaff and Parent Liaison Boost Student Success Thanks to a CSUEB/AT&T grant and new funds, intervention counselor Antonious Dean and tutors team up with new HHS staff (Kimberly Ware, Laura Parra, Hope Cranford) to bolster student support and intervention services. HUSD named among 11 most-improved districts in California for improved attendance and dropout prevention. 
4 New Principal Starts with a Splash Former Assistant Principal Dave Seymour, shortly after being tapped to transfer to Tennyson, is brought back as Hayward High School's next principal, accepting the call to action including the Ice Bucket Challenge.
5 College Bound Hayward Leads the Way Mr. Michael Harris and Ms. Diana Levy team up with College Bound Hayward and the College Bound Brotherhood to provide workshops, college field trips, scholarships and mentoring, more than doubling the number of students served this year.
6 Visual & Performing Arts Excels & Grows Pablo Neri joins the 2015 Honor Band of America as one of the top 10 high school trombone players in the nation, the choral program picks up momentum and the Drama program is revived.
7 Athletics Leaps Forward Women wrestlers place 9th in NCS with two state qualifiers, Hayward Boys basketball competes in Hawaii, Measure L passes in a landslide victory with a new, state-of-the art footbal field and other athletic facilities (plus STEAM building) to come, MLB greats Ricky Henderson and Michael Young throw out the ceremonial first pitch leading off the new baseball program featuring new coach Cesar Brown and new infield courtesy of The Oakland A's and The Good Tidings Foundation, 23 college recruiters visit Haward football players, AD Kristi Prasad honored as "Hayward Hero," Jack is Back! Class of '81 alumJack Del Rio returns to the Bay Area to coach the Raiders.
8 Health Van Arrives on Campus After years of planning, the Tiburcio Vasquez Health Center (TVHC) wheels onto campus delivering expansive on-site health services to all students.
9 Business Students Shine Business student Bobbie Reyes qualifies for NFTE Entrepreneurship National Championship while Samantha Faxon and Sharlyn McClendon star in the NFTE Bay Area Business Plan Competition, and Isiah Patrick finishes first in the SAP Hackathon.
10 College-going Culture Expands UC Berkeley chancellor visits HHS to honor thePuente Project, HUSD earns AP Honor Roll status for increasing AP course work while increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams, and "Farmers to Pioneers" program led by CSUEB supports more students with a college pathway.

Top 10 ** 2014

1 School Newspaper Revived Print and on-line versions of Haywire brings back journalism, replacing former Haypress.
2 Class of 2014 Achieves at Record Levels Senior class wins record $944,309 in scholarships, 36% attend four-year university (continuing increase over the last 3 years), 12% of Senior class will attend a UC (almost double last year, state average is 9%), Jasmine Johnson receives scholarship to attend USC and Seth Wills earns a full-ride to West Point Military Academy.
3 Counseling Services Expand Personal counseling services expand with Coordination of Services Team (COST), full-time therapists, and TVHC Health Center. College & career counseling services expand with first College & Career Day for all students in all grades, variety of supports help 77% of Seniors complete their FAFSAComprehensive Counseling Plan for all grades provides ALL students with college and career planning
4 BSU Takes Over UCSB BSU students from Northern and Southern California converge on the campus of UCSB, all for the common goal of promoting higher education amongst Black youth as well as taking in history and social justice lessons from the birthplace of Ethnic Studies.
5 Senior Patio Gets Makeover New block H welcomes all at front gate, bricks honoring Farmer legacies anchor the marble benches, new murals depict school pride and history, "Made in Hayward" campaign elevates sense of pride.
6 Events Affirm Diversity Bullying slurs "buried," GSA allies promote school harmony, and Breaking Down the Walls does just that.
7 Student Health Improves Health Corps continues to promote healthy living, eating choices, exercise and awareness, Active Alliance host HHS students at the Oracle Arena for Step Up Your Game Basketball Clinic with Golden State Warriors
8 Student-Athletes Excel 49% of student-athletes maintain 3.0+ GPA during their season of sport, 23% of those maintain a 3.5 gpa and recognized as NCS scholar athletes. Niauni Hill becomes two time NCS wrestling champ, reaches state championship final and wins full-ride athletic scholarship along with Marjani Ellison and Dartise Jones.
9 Robotics Takes Off Robotics with Computer Programming starts at HHS thanks to the initiative of students and Mr. Moore.
10 Retirees Leave Behind 99 Years of Service Retirees Edgar Erker (German, Science, 24yrs@HHS), Joe Joseph (English, 18yrs@HHS), Gil Cisneros (PE 24yrs@HHS), Peggy Hearne (Social Science, 17yrs@HHS), and Lenore Mankins (Family & Consumer Science, 16yrs@HHS) make their exit into the sunset with long naps and no more grading on the horizon.  


Top 10 ** 2013

1 College-Going Culture Expands: The four-year Career and College Portfolio is launched for all students with expanded counseling services to support a-g fulfillment and college readiness. Advanced Placement (AP) enrollment almost doubles (179% increase). A staggering 99% of enrolled AP students take the AP exam in hopes of earning college credits.  This year's Senior Valedictorian achieves highest GPA in school's history.
2 Health Corps Promotes Well Being: Sponsoring the Teen Chef Battle, Oh Hey Cafe, Health Fair, Club Fresh, and staff health challenges, Ms. Borillo and her Health Corps team impact our entire community's well-being. HHS thanks Dr. Oz for awarding HHS as one of the few national grant recipients.
3 African-American Parent Initiative Launches: The African-American Parent Initiative engages African American parents in the decision-making process that leads to improving the quality of education for African-American students and to raise the level of understanding about culturally sensitive issues.

So Cal College Tour Doubles: Twice as many students attend So Cal College Tour compared to previous years. By the numbers: 100 students, 30 HHS graduate tour guides, 12 staff chaperones, 10 universities, 5 days, 2 buses, and 1 mission to allow HHS students to experience college up close and personal. View pictures and list of colleges visited

5 College & Financial Aid Access Expand: The Dream Act (AB 130/131) expands college financial aid to qualified undocumented students. The Puente Class of 2015 raises over $3500 via the AB540 Walk-A-Thon to further support undocumented students attending college.
6 Students Revive Theater: The student-driven production of the play ROSE brings back theater to HHS.  
7 College and Career Week Prepares Students for Futures: Students benefit from a variety of events including Career Day  (Sophomores) and the College & Career Expo (all grades).   Students gain exposure to educational and professional networks. 

Woodshop Crafts Pen-manship: The HHS Woodshop fundraises over $1,000 by making and selling elegant, finely-crafted wooden pens.  

9 Japanese Exchange Program Renewed: The exchange program between Sado High School and HHS (dating back to the '80s) is revived with the two-week visit of five enthusiastic Japanese students and the generous HHS host families. Read a related article from CSUEB.
10 HHS Gets Techie: Equipped with increased technology capacity, students learn and utilize Google Apps to become, as HHS ESLRs stateresourceful users of technology. Meanwhile, the District "goes Google," setting the foundation for a more collaborative learning community see how. All students use Google Docs to create and manage their College & Career Portfolios and more.

Top 10 ** 2012


1 Health Corps promotes student wellness: Co-founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz and wife Lisa, Health Corps arrived on campus this past year with a bang, raising health awareness among students and staff.  Hayward High is one of the first schools in the Bary Area to receive this grant with the mission of promoting nutrition, fitness and mental resilience education. Our very own enthusiastic coordinator, Rose Marie Borillo, implemented a health fair, lunchtime demonstrations, staff wellness challenges, and a multitude of interactive classroom activities.
2 AP classes expand with the addition of three new AP courses (AP Statistics, AP Music Theory, AP Macroeconomics) a total of 11 AP courses are now available to HHS students.  AP Enrollment at HHS for next year has almost doubled, (179% increase).  HHS now offers more AP courses than the charter schools combined.  Strong recruitment efforts also result in significant enrollment increases of African-American students in AP English.
3 The PRIDE of Hayward High Music Program expands educational outreach to younger students in surrounding elementary schools.  When the elementary instrumental music program was cut, The PRIDE of Hayward High began its own Elementary Music Program in February of 2011. Approximately 75 elementary students in 3rd through 6th grades have participated.

Test scores increase for second year in a row as the three "Rs" (Rigor, Relevance, & Relationships), Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), standardized learning, collaboration and other school-wide measures result in higher test scores on California Standardized Tests.

5 Parent programs expand as new parent groups take flight with weekly activities, meetings and parent-support trainings.  The Parent/Community Center opens, CAFE participation among latino parents skyrockets, more than 30 parents graduate from a parent university program (PIQE), and our first African-American Parent Advisory Committee (AAPAC) debuts at HHS while planning to kick off next school year with a Welcome Back BBQ. as the three "Rs" (rigor, relevance, & relationships), Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), standardized learning, collaboration and other school-wide measures result in higher test scores on California Standardized Tests.
6 Seniors graduate with honors as the 120th graduating class receives its Hayward High diploma.  The Class of 2012 won over $580,000 in scholarships including full rides and major grants to Harvard, Fresno State, Holy Names University, Dominican University and Santa Clara University . Click here to read about Valedictorian Helen Tomimbang and her 4.28 GPA in the CSUEB Pioneer On Line.
7 Hayward Community members from Eden Church along with student and parent leaders work together to decrease violence by focusing on youth and parent engagement.  The group has been actively working towards creating an on-site health clinic that would benefit HHS students and families.

Senior Athletes, Men's Soccer and Men's Track 'n Field set records as Senior athletes receive full-ride scholarships to Fresno State and Holy Names University and the men's soccer and track 'n field teams take first place in the HAAL for the first time in many years.

9 Measure G passes and brings in 2 million dollars a year for the next 5 years for all HUSD schools. Read more about Measure G.  This is the second measure in a row approved by voters in support of Hayward schools.  Measure I, passed in 2008, is almost complete with the opening of 4 new elementary schools and 1 middle school this coming year.   Future bond measures, if passed by Hayward voters, will include the construction and modernization of a new Hayward High school.
10 Educator of the Year Awards bestowed upon outstanding HHS teachers Peggy Hearne and Mary Walsh.  Ms. Hearne was recognized by the Hayward Area Historical Society for her dedication, innovation and outstanding ability to connect students with history.  Ms. Walsh was honored as a Region IV Outstanding Educator by the California League of High Schools.

Top 10 ** 2011


1 Biggest API Increase in District HHS achieves the biggest API increase in District, a jump of 49 points from 2009 to 2010 Academic Performance Index (API), meeting growth targets schoolwide and in subgroups.
2 Gates Millennium Scholar receives full ride to UCLA and graduate school Irmary Garcia wins the highly-coveted Gates Scholarship which will pay for all college expenses including graduate school, starting with UCLA where Irmary will be attending this Fall.
3 WASC The visiting WASC committee rewards HHS with the maximum 6-year accreditation.
4 NCS Champion receives full ride to Cal Jonte Grant, NCS champion in triple jump, reaches CIF State Championships in 3 events, the long jump, triple jump and high jump, earning himself a full athletic scholarship to UC Berkeley as an accomplished student-athlete. 
5 Attendance Rate Improves
6 Valedictorian Achieves Perfection Fiona Greer, Class of 2011 Valedictorian, graduates with a  4.19 GPA, earning nothing but A's in all classes, including Honors & AP
7 College Going Rate Increases The Percent of HHS Graduates Enrolled in College Increases 7 percentage points from 49% to 56% between 2005 and 2011.
8 Exceptional Art Achievement Alise Smith wins the Ken Cook Memorial Scholarship and is honored by Congresswoman Barbara Lee at the annual Congressional High School Art Competition.
9 "Challenge Day" builds Community Principal George Bullis and Teacher Jill Barbosa debut the first "Challenge Day," a life-changing, group experience that breaks down judgments and barriers while building school community.
10 Retirees Honored for Service HHS honors 16 retirees and their 134+ years of combined service to our school community.