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Ramona's Rich History

Ramona High School was opened in 1956, and graduated its’ first class in 1958. More than 33% of each graduating class applies to, and is accepted into 4-year colleges and universities, and more than 24% of each graduating class attends a 2-year community college. Ramona also boasts a nationally acclaimed band that has been featured in major motion pictures, television & commercials worldwide. Ramona has been designated as a “National Demonstration School” for the AVID Program and hosts visitors from around the world. Ramona High School is home to the largest campus in Riverside Unified School District covering 55 acres, and has a stadium and full-sized performing arts theatre.

Riverside Unified School District, 15th largest school district in California, enrolls approximately 44,000 students in kindergarten through grade 12. It serves a 92-square mile area including a major portion of the city of Riverside. Riverside schools have been racially integrated since 1965, and more than 51 different languages are spoken by students. The district operates 47 schools -- 30 elementary, 1 special education pre-school, 6 middle schools (grades 7-8), 5 comprehensive high schools (grades 9-12), 2 continuation high schools, 2 alternative schools and the Riverside Virtual School. Riverside Unified also provides an excellent Adult School. The District employs 3,973 persons, of whom 2,323 are fully certificated (as of August 2008).

Riverside, CA - Founded in 1870 by John North and a group of Easterners who wished to establish a colony dedicated to furthering education and culture, Riverside was built on land that was once a Spanish rancho. Investors from England and Canada transplanted traditions and activities adopted by prosperous citizens: the first golf course, polo field, condominium, indoor mall and auto mall were built in Riverside. Riverside, however is most famous for the citrus industry that was started in 1871 when Eliza Tibbets received two Brazilian navel orange trees sent to her by a friend at the Department of Agriculture in Washington. Riverside was chosen as an All-American City in 1955 and 1998, and is host to several colleges and universities including University of California - Riverside, Riverside Community College, La Sierra University, and California Baptist University