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Ramona High School (Riverside, California)

Ramona High School is a high school in Riverside, California, United States, part of the Riverside Unified School District, and the home of the Ramona Rams. Ramona graduated its first class of students in 1958. Ramona has been designated as a “National Demonstration School” for the AVID Program.

Ramona High School
Ramona High School.jpg
7675 Magnolia Avenue


United States
Coordinates33°56′28″N 117°24′50″W / 33.94111°N 117.41389°W / 33.94111; -117.41389Coordinates: 33°56′28″N 117°24′50″W / 33.94111°N 117.41389°W / 33.94111; -117.41389
School districtRiverside Unified School District
SuperintendentDavid Hansen
PrincipalVictor Cisneros
Enrollment2,142 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)Columbia blue, Navy Blue, White
Athletics conferenceCIF River Valley League
RivalRiverside Poly[2]
NewspaperThe Rampage



Ramona's feeder middle schools are Chemawa Middle School and Sierra Middle School. Riverside Polytechnic High School and Ramona are the two oldest high schools in the Riverside Unified School District.

Ramona Creative and Performing Arts (RCAPA)Edit

Ramona's Creative and Performing Arts magnet program[3] provides visual, creative and performing arts classes to more than 1,200 students on their campus and comprises the largest elective department at Ramona.

Dynasty Band and Color GuardEdit

Ramona's Dynasty Band and Color Guard participated in the 2004 Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago, Illinois, and the 2006 New Year’s Day Parade in Paris, France.[4] In December 2014, Dynasty performed in the Hollywood Christmas Parade.[5]

RCAPA, as of the 2013-2014 school year, offers the following courses:[6]

  • Art Design
  • Band / Color Guard
  • Ceramics
  • Culinary
  • Dance
  • Drawing
  • Film/Television/Video Production
  • Guitar
  • Orchestra
  • Painting
  • Piano / Music Theory
  • Technical Theatre Production
  • Vocal Performance

AVID ProgramEdit

Ramona High School implemented Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) in 1987 becoming the first site outside of San Diego County to use the program. When Ramona High School started their AVID system, only three percent of the 325 graduating students went to college. Today, ninety-nine percent of the AVID students at Ramona enroll in college.[7]

More than 1,200 students have graduated from Ramona’s AVID program, receiving more Dell and Gates scholarships than any other high school in the nation.[8]


  • Girls': Swimming, Water Polo, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Track, Softball, Volleyball, Cheerleading
  • Boys': Football, Baseball, Swimming, Water Polo, Tennis, Basketball, Soccer, Golf, Cross Country, Wrestling, Track

The Boys' football team won CIF Titles in 1983 and 1989. The Ramona High school stadium underwent extensive remodeling and was re-opened in 2010.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Ramona High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 31, 2018.
  2. ^ Diamond, Dick (1980). "Where Eagles Soar". Inland Empire Magazine. Retrieved May 16, 2012. If the SBHS-Pacific rivalry was hard fought, the rivalry between (Riverside) Poly and Ramona after 1957 was no less fierce.
  3. ^ "Magnet Programs". Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  4. ^ "About the Band". Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  5. ^ "2014 Hollywood Christmas Parade". Retrieved December 10, 2014.
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  7. ^ Morse, Liz. "Ramona High School Celebrates 25 Years of AVID" (PDF). Retrieved February 15, 2013.
  8. ^ Lockman, Scott. "Dell Scholars for 2013". Retrieved January 6, 2015.
  9. ^ Coats, Michael. "Astronaut Bio: Michael L Coats". Astronaut Biographies (NASA). National Aeronautics and Space Administration. Retrieved 7 November 2011.

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