Granada High School is located in the midst of housing tracts in Livermore, California. Livermore changed from an agrarian community to a growing suburban community at the end of World War II. This change was escalated by the development of the research laboratory that started in the 1950's as a reaction to the United States' role as a nuclear power. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is still a major employer in the community. The growth of the Bay Area as a leader in the area of technology has also changed the nature of the Livermore community, as has the recent development of the local wine industry.
Granada High School opened its door to students in January 1963. It is one of two comprehensive high schools in the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District. Opening enrollment this year was over 2400 students in grades 9-12. This is an increase of over 500 students since 2003. Our student body is 68% Caucasian, 17% Hispanic or Latino, and the other 15% is made up of various ethnic groups. Based upon information given to us by students when they graduate, approximately 32% of our graduates start college at four-year schools; 52% start at community colleges. There are presently five administrators, one hundred and eleven teachers, three counselors, and a fifty-four member support staff that includes custodians, campus supervisors, office clerical, a school resource officer, an athletic director, and instructional assistants. Although there has been significant turnover in our staff in recent years, Granada remains a blend of experienced and new, with many of our teaching staff having been at Granada for over twenty-five years.
Granada High School has undergone many changes in the last few years. Budget cuts forced us to make significant changes several years ago but we still managed to move ahead with our reform efforts. Now that finances have improved in the district we feel as though we are well positioned to offer many outstanding opportunities to each of our students. It is our current expectation of our students that they complete four academically rigorous years of study and that they focus their energies on the development of skills that will help them to be successful in post-secondary education or the workforce.