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School History

On August 27, 2007, Dougherty Valley High School opened its doors to 500 ninth and tenth grade students.  This school represents a major, ongoing partnership between the San Ramon Valley Unified School District and the City of San Ramon.  This collaboration between the school and the community has made DVHS both a top qualtiy academic instituion and public space for the Dougherty Valley. 


Over 15 years ago, a group of community members determined the school's colors -- navy blue, Columbia blue, and silver -- and selected the wildcat as its mascot.  Today the school colors and the Wildcat represent the tenacity and traditions in excellence that make Dougherty Valley High School an exemplarary high school.  Beginning with only 2 grades in 2007, the school now serves grades 9-12 and has over 3,300 students. We have over 160 student clubs and 26 athletic teams competing at all three levels. 


One of the first tasks for our students, parents, and staff was developing the academic and extracurricular traditions of our school.  The first five graduating classes began the legacy with stellar academic performances.  Since then, we gained stature by being recognized as one of the top high schools in the United States and a Best High School in California by U.S. News and World Report.  We competed in state, national, and international competitions in athletics, debate, science, robotics, and a variety of other activities.   


The tradition of academic excellence continues!