Posted by Rick, a resident of the Danville neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2009 at 9:24 am
Dougherty Valley High School (commonly Dougherty, Dougherty Valley, Dougherty Valley High, or DVHS) is a public high school located in the Windemere development of San Ramon, California, USA. Dougherty is one of four high schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD), along with California High School, San Ramon Valley High School, and Monte Vista High School.
The construction of the school cost approximately $128 million, and the total cost, including inspections and management, was about $150 million.
In 2009, the SRVUSD was affected by a major statewide school budget crisis. 236 layoff notices were sent to teachers within the district, more than half of whom worked at Dougherty. All permanent teachers were rehired with the help of a $144 per-parcel tax measure passed in May 2009, which is expected to raise $6.7 million yearly.
During the 2009 flu pandemic in the United States, one tenth-grader at Dougherty was known to have been infected with the Influenza A/H1N1 virus; however, closure of the school did not occur, as it was found to be unnecessary and inconvenient.
Dougherty's 2007 enrollment included a large population of Asian students, accounting for 41.2% of the student body. 32.5% of the school identified themselves as White, 6.5% as Filipino, 6.1% as African American, 4.9% as Hispanic or Latino, 0.7% as Pacific Islander, 0.2% as American Indian or Alaska Native, and 7.9% with more than one ethnicity or no response.
There are 11 major buildings on campus, including four two-story classroom buildings, a career tech facility, a library, a commons building, an administration building, and two gymnasiums. The school has 80 classrooms. For athletic purposes, the school has a 2,800-seat stadium with lights, a press box, and a track. Also at Dougherty are two baseball fields, two softball fields and eight tennis courts. The campus is also home to the area's 11,222 square feet (1,042.6 m2) Venture Independent Study School.
The performing arts center includes a 600-seat proscenium theater, a 3,500-square-foot (330 m2) rehearsal room, a box office, lobby, dressing rooms, rooms for vocal and instrumental music, and city offices.
This is what we provide to the most low income students in the whole srvusd. It's better than what everyone else is going to. This is one story amongst millions, and it is indicative of the trend. We have given leg up after leg up to countless of the "underprivileged." Yet all we ever hear is complaints for more
Posted by Joe, a resident of the San Ramon neighborhood, on Sep 10, 2009 at 3:55 pm
as far as i know, nobody's complaining for more? we can say no and we've done enough. its just right, enough for the needs it meets. DVHS is not a handout, its a provision for the future because San Ramon is growing relatively faster than other tri-valley cities. homegrown and transient problems i dont see there.. i think DVHS is good for its community, and come on, just because it's newer, doesn't mean it's better than CAL. just a little bias on my part since i am alum ;). each hs is unique and has its own merits. i think we should be glad the kids at dougherty aren't all underprivledged, they're on average upper middle class socio-economically. have you been to windemere? it's more expensive than the rest of SR on the whole. i think you're fearing the tri valley is going to turn into west county or something and that's not going to happen overnight or anytime soon. and i dont see a change in cultural attitude towards crime and an increase in poverty happening here in a decade or any decade withstanding a devastating event of some sort.
and why would someone in danville rabble that it's gonna cause more harm to san ramon? our group homes aren't as different as yours, but our community is more diverse and not as extreme in contrast as someone coming from pittsburg to sr, than pittsburg to danville. you guys are intrinsically more exclusive, richer, whiter, to be blunt and thats where i sense you might think having danville might change, but fundamentally it wont. alamo is still a small town, because people have kept it that way. danville is still going to be expensive to live in, and a group home isn't going to bring different attitudes to the whole. the kids might be troubled but not all, and not all the troubled kids are going to come or stay there. the native danville kids are going to keep it the same more or less, and if we want, we can make the group homes here instead of danville, because its an easier adjustment.