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Fresno High School is our city’s namesake campus. And it certainly represents Fresno well. With two new buildings added, and numerous improvements made, in 2013, the exterior is nothing short of grand, showcasing the classical architecture of the city’s oldest high school. Inside, Principal John Forbes, teachers and staff, work to provide students a top-tier education.
When it comes to talking about what Fresno High has to offer the surrounding community, Forbes speaks about a vibrant campus, where there’s always something going on. When it comes to academics and extracurricular activities, he’s proud to say Fresno High is the only International Baccalaureate high school in the area and one of the first in the nation to offer the curriculum to students in all grades.
At a glance, Fresno High is home to roughly 2,400 students in grades 9-12. Not only is the campus architecture historic, but one of its extracurricular clubs, the student senate, is the oldest of its kind in the nation. Other clubs, with focuses such as barbecue and skateboarding, are also offered at the school. Fresno High is one of the most ethnically diverse campuses in the district. It also has an eclectic mix of notable alumni, including Cher, William Saroyan and Dick Ellsworth.
Here, Forbes talks about what Fresno High students are doing in and out of the classroom, how the school serves the community around it and why he got into education nearly 20 years ago.