Golden Valley High School (Merced, California)

Golden Valley High School is a high school located within the Merced Union High School District in the community of Merced, California, United States. The school first opened in August 1994, with its first class of seniors graduating on June 5, 1996. The current enrollment is over 1,700 students in grades 9 through 12.[3]

Golden Valley High School
2121 E. Childs Ave
Merced, California 95341
Coordinates37°17′18.8″N 120°27′2.2″W / 37.288556°N 120.450611°W / 37.288556; -120.450611Coordinates: 37°17′18.8″N 120°27′2.2″W / 37.288556°N 120.450611°W / 37.288556; -120.450611
School typePublic
School districtMerced Union High School District
PrincipalKevin Swartwood
Faculty74.60 (on FTE basis)[1]
Enrollment1,792 (2017-18)[2]
Student to teacher ratio24.02 [1]
Campus size48 acres (190,000 m2)
School colour(s)     Cardinal      Gold
Athletics conferenceCentral California Conference
RivalMerced High School
NewspaperCougar Tracks



According to the United States Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment characteristics for the 2014-2015 school year were as follows:

Enrollment by grade
9 10 11 12
Students 454 441 431 459
Enrollment by gender
Male Female
Students 886 899
Enrollment by race/ethnicity
American Indian/Alaskan Asian/Pacific Islander Black Hispanic White Two or more races
Students 5 264 63 1,084 296 73


Golden Valley's Advanced Placement program has earned the praise of Newsweek magazine, which named it a "Top 1300" school in the United States, three years running.[4] Golden Valley has also garnered a Silver Award from US News & World Report, which named it one of the top 1,800 schools in the United States.[5]


The cross-town Bears of Merced High School have been the Cougars' rivals since Golden Valley opened in 1994.

Merced has a deep and long-standing animosity with the Atwater High School Falcons, both in sports and in academics. As the city of Merced grew, so did its student population, forcing the freshmen to be bussed to a different area of the city known as "East Campus" in order to adequately fit them all. This eventually drove the city to develop plans for a second city high school, Golden Valley High. Until the new school's opening, the main rival for the Merced Bears was the Atwater Falcons.

However, the opening of Golden Valley prompted a split in districting of Merced, and nearly half of the first-year students at the new campus were from Merced High. Since then a great competition between "old school" and "new school" has sprung up, and Atwater has fallen into a close second-rival for both city schools.

The NetherlandsEdit

In 2010 the school visited the Stedelijk Dalton lyceum for an interchange project, in Dordrecht in the Netherlands. They were there from 6–9 April, and visited the school, Amsterdam, the windmill of Kinderdijk, and Paris in France.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Golden Valley High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  2. ^ "Golden Valley High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 29, 2019.
  3. ^ Associate Principals are Jennifer Euker,Lindsay Parker,Mike Richter & Megan Cope Campus Information - School History Archived 2009-12-05 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Newsweek magazine - America's Top Public High Schools
  5. ^ US News and World Report - Best High Schools 2008

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