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The List: Sonoma County’s 7 oldest public high schools

Friday, August 15th, 2014 | Posted by

It’s back-to-school time in Sonoma County, with an easy pop-quiz on local history. Can you name the oldest public high school in the Redwood Empire?

A few hints may help. It’s located in the former Egg Basket of the World. It features a wildlife museum that’s one of only a few museums in the country run solely by students.

Score an “A” if you correctly guessed Petaluma High School, one of the oldest public high schools in California.

Six others also have surpassed their centennial celebrations. Though comprehensive and contemporary, these high schools have a solid place in local history and the loyalty of generations.

At Petaluma High, the staff includes alumni and parents of alumni, all keeping true to their school.

The following are the oldest public high schools in Sonoma County:

1. Petaluma High School, 1873, home of the Trojans.

2. Santa Rosa High School, 1874, home of the Panthers.

3. Healdsburg High School, 1888, home of the Hounds.

4. Cloverdale High School, 1891, home of the Eagles.

5. Sonoma Valley High School, 1894, home of the Dragons.

6. Analy High School (Sebastopol), 1908, home of the Tigers.

7. Geyserville High School (now Geyserville New Tech Academy), 1919, home of the Bronchos.

 – Dianne Reber Hart

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