Fremont High School (Sunnyvale, California)

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Fremont High School is a comprehensive
Comprehensive school
A comprehensive school is a state school that does not select its intake on the basis of academic achievement or aptitude. This is in contrast to the selective school system, where admission is restricted on the basis of a selection criteria. The term is commonly used in relation to the United...

, co-educational, public secondary school
Secondary school
Secondary school is a term used to describe an educational institution where the final stage of schooling, known as secondary education and usually compulsory up to a specified age, takes place...

 in Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale, California
Sunnyvale is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. It is one of the major cities that make up the Silicon Valley located in the San Francisco Bay Area...

, California
California is a state located on the West Coast of the United States. It is by far the most populous U.S. state, and the third-largest by land area...

, United States. Fremont is currently the only open public high school located in the city of Sunnyvale and is part of the Fremont Union High School District
Fremont Union High School District
The Fremont Union High School District is a school district in Northern California, serving Cupertino, most of Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose, Los Altos, Saratoga, and Santa Clara. As of 2004, it serves over 9,500 students...



Fremont was originally named West Side Union High School, the first school opened in the West Side Union High School District. In 1923, it opened in rooms of the Sunnyvale Grammar School as the only high school in the Sunnyvale
Sunnyvale, California
Sunnyvale is a city in Santa Clara County, California, United States. It is one of the major cities that make up the Silicon Valley located in the San Francisco Bay Area...

Cupertino, California
Cupertino is an affluent suburban city in Santa Clara County, California in the U.S., directly west of San Jose on the western edge of the Santa Clara Valley with portions extending into the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. The population was 58,302 at the time of the 2010 census. Forbes...

 (West Valley) area, and then moved to a temporary building after purchase of the school site in 1923. The school building was designed in 1925 by noted California school architect W. H. Weeks
W. H. Weeks
William Henry Weeks was an early 20th century architect who designed hundreds of buildings including many schools, banks, and libraries. He was well-known for his monumental Greek Revival neoclassical style of architecture, although he also employed other architectural styles. His offices were...

, after the necessary bond referendum passed on the third attempt. On March 27, 1925, the Board of Trustees unanimously voted to change the name of the school and district to Fremont Union High School.

In 1969, a late-night fire occurred in the Bell Tower (visible in the photo to right) of the main building but did little damage to the school property.

On July 1, 1996, after much controversy, the Fremont Union School Board did away with the original Indian
Indigenous peoples of the Americas
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The term mascot – defined as a term for any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck – colloquially includes anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, society, military unit, or brand name...

 at the request of American Indians, replacing it with the current Firebirds
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 mascot. This change has been embraced by the school population.


Fremont High School is located at the intersection of Fremont Avenue and Sunnyvale–Saratoga Road. The school has a comparatively large football stadium, which is used by nearby schools such as rival Homestead
Homestead High School (Cupertino, California)
Homestead High School is a four-year high school serving north western Cupertino, western Sunnyvale, and portions of southern Los Altos, in Santa Clara County, California. Established in 1962, the school serves 2,270 students in grades 9 to 12 as part of the Fremont Union High School District...

. The original buildings are built in a Spanish mission architectural style. The Fremont Union High School District
Fremont Union High School District
The Fremont Union High School District is a school district in Northern California, serving Cupertino, most of Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose, Los Altos, Saratoga, and Santa Clara. As of 2004, it serves over 9,500 students...

's offices are also located on the school campus.

The school site was once used as a military base. There is a stretch of open space on the campus that runs from the front entrance gates to the rear parking lot (parallel to Fremont Ave). That area was used as a short runway. There are also a couple of World War II
World War II
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-era Quonset hut
Quonset hut
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s located near the tennis courts.

Student enrollment

In the 2006–2007 school year, Fremont had a total enrollment of 1,878 students. Fremont is known for its diversity; nearly every racial group found in California is represented in its student population. White
White American
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 students comprise 26.9% of the student population while black students comprise 4.7% of the population. Hispanic
Hispanic and Latino Americans
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 students are the largest group, representing 36.6% of the student population with Asian
Asian American
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 students not far behind at 31.2% of the school's student population. Also, there are a small number of American Indian students, comprising around 0.5% of the student population. This racial diversity makes Fremont High School unique in the Fremont Union High School District
Fremont Union High School District
The Fremont Union High School District is a school district in Northern California, serving Cupertino, most of Sunnyvale and parts of San Jose, Los Altos, Saratoga, and Santa Clara. As of 2004, it serves over 9,500 students...

; the other schools in the district are predominantly made up of white and Asian students.


Fremont students participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities ranging from marching band
Marching band
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 and athletics to various cultural and community service clubs like Octagon, Key Club
Key Club
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, Culinary Club, LiNK (Liberty in North Korea
North Korea
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), and The Movie Club. The poetry slam team has won numerous awards at spoken word
Spoken word
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 poetry competitions. The Gamer's Club is one of Fremont High School's most exclusive clubs: of 147 applications submitted, only 32 were allowed membership in the club for the 2010-2011 school year. Fremont High School DECA has a variety of outstanding achievements, having over 2000 hours of community service as a whole for the 09-10 school year (more than all other Fremont clubs combined) and sent numerous competitors to represent at the international competitive level. Seventy-Five percent of those representatives became finalists at those international competitions (which includes than 1% of all DECA students).
Furthermore, so far in the 2005–2006 school year, Fremont athletic teams have had successful seasons; Fremont currently holds League Champions titles in Varsity girl's tennis
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, wrestling
Scholastic wrestling
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, and Varsity girl's basketball
Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five players try to score points by throwing or "shooting" a ball through the top of a basketball hoop while following a set of rules...

. The Fremont Wrestling Team is also currently one of highest ranking high school wrestling teams in the state, after taking 3rd place as a team at State Championships in 2006, as well as having 4 State Champions. A member of the team later won the Walsh Ironman Invitational in Ohio in December 2006, as well successfully defended his state title in 2007. In 2003–2004 the Fremont varsity cheerleaders took 1st place in every cheer competition in which they competed, including the National Cheerleading Association Championships in Anaheim
Anaheim, California
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Fremont's rival, Homestead High School, located in nearby Cupertino, is also part of the FUHSD.

Notable alumni

Notable alumni of Fremont High School include:
  • Tully Banta-Cain
    Tully Banta-Cain
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     — New England Patriots
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    National Football Conference
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  • Carl Ekern
    Carl Ekern
    -Biography:Carl Ekern was born in Richland, Washington. He attended Fremont High School in Sunnyvale, CA. Ekern was a graduate of San Jose State University and played pro football from 1976 to 1988 for the Los Angeles Rams. He died of head injuries on August 1, 1990 when the Jeep he was driving ran...

     — Los Angeles Rams football
    American football
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  • Andrew Fire
    Andrew Fire
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     — Professor at Stanford University
    Stanford University
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     and 2006 Nobel Prize
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     co-winner of Medicine or Physiology
  • Donna Hanover
    Donna Hanover
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     — Newscaster, actress
  • Teri Hatcher
    Teri Hatcher
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     — Golden Globe-winning actress
  • Steve Kloves
    Steve Kloves
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     — Oscar
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    -nominated screenwriter
  • Francie Larrieu-Smith
    Francie Larrieu-Smith
    Francis Ann "Francie" Larrieu Smith was an American track and field athlete, flagbearer at the Barcelona 1992 for the United States of America. Larrieu-Smith was the first female American athlete to make five Olympic teams, a feat equaled in 2008 by swimmer Dara Torres.Since 1999 she is cross...

     — Olympic distance runner
  • Jason Simontacchi
    Jason Simontacchi
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     — Washington Nationals
    Washington Nationals
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    National League
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  • Troy Tulowitzki
    Troy Tulowitzki
    Troy Trevor Tulowitzki , nicknamed Tulo, is a Major League Baseball shortstop for the Colorado Rockies.Tulowitzki's arm, range and instincts at shortstop are highly regarded...

     — Colorado Rockies
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    Shortstop, abbreviated SS, is the baseball fielding position between second and third base. Shortstop is often regarded as the most dynamic defensive position in baseball, because there are more right-handed hitters in baseball than left-handed hitters, and most hitters have a tendency to pull the...

  • Bill Green
    Bill Green
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     - Olympian, Track & Field (Hammer Throw, 5th Place 1984)
  • Bruce Wilhelm
    Bruce Wilhelm
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     — World's Strongest Man
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     and Olympian in Weightlifting
  • Peter Ueberroth
    Peter Ueberroth
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     — Olympic
    Olympic Games
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     organizer and 1984 Time Magazine Man of the Year
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  • Imran Khan (actor)
    Imran Khan (actor)
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     — Bollywood
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