Santa Ynez Valley Union High School on Dec. 7 will celebrate 125 years as a beacon of educational pride for the community since its establishment as a a combination grammar and high school in 1896.
According to Superintendent Andrew Schwab, the public event will be a celebration of "past, present and future" to be held at the recently renovated Pirate Plaza and Café from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
“This will be a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to celebrate 125 years of Pirate pride,” Schwab said.
Following the celebration, guests are invited to attend a staff vs. varsity girls volleyball game from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the new gym.
Then and now
Santa Ynez High, established in 1896 as a schoolhouse for a growing population of settlers' children of all ages, was originally built on the site of today’s Santa Ynez Elementary School in downtown Santa Ynez. When the school burned down in 1908, a separate grammar school and high school were built in its place until the high school was moved to its current location in 1937.
Today, nearly 900 students in grades 9-12 from all six elementary school districts — Ballard, Buellton, Los Olivos, Santa Ynez, Solvang and Vista de las Cruses — attend Santa Ynez High.
To accommodate a growing student population, many additions have been made to the campus over the years, including the recent modernization of its cafeteria and student center, and a replacement of the AstoTurf on the football field that were completed in August 2020.
Renovations are still underway, with construction of a $3 million state-of-the-art culinary teaching and food production facility on campus projected to begin this winter, according to Schwab, while tradition is kept at the forefront.
“The new Pirate Plaza and Café is a project that really showcases how we can embrace tradition while forging ahead with innovation and excellence for the next generation of students,” Schwab said.
Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is located at 2975 Highway 246 in Santa Ynez.
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The year-long improvements project targeted the cafeteria, student center and football fields, all of which, will be ready for students upon their return to campus on Aug. 13.
Scott Cory, on June 30, will bring his 8-year run as superintendent for Santa Ynez Valley Union High School District to a close. He will leave behind a newly renovated campus and sports field, as well as a modernized educational model spurred on by the COVID-19 pandemic.