Acalanes High School

1200 Pleasant Hill Road
Lafayette CA 94549
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Opening Hours

  • Mon: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Tue: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Wed: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Thu: 7:30am-5:30pm
  • Fri: 7:30am-5:30pm

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<p>One of the "Big Three" high schools in Lamorinda - Miramonte and Campolindo round out the field - Acalanes has been around since 1940, when it was built on rural land to accommodate the growing number of students whose parents had chosen to make their home in Lafayette.&nbsp; It is one four high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District, serving students from Lamorinda and Walnut Creek.</p> <p>Perhaps due to its longevity, the school is the subject of much local lore, including how it came by its unusual name.&nbsp;Accepted opinion is that M.H. Stanley, a local businessman, wanted the school named for the Saclans - an indigenous people linked to the Miwok tribes.&nbsp;Spanish landowners referred to the Saclans as "Saclanes" and throughout the years the pronunciation took its current form, the school's first graduating class adopting "The Don" - a <i>Californio</i> name for a person of wealth and standing - as their mascot.</p> <p>The school offers an array of advanced placement and honors courses, paid for in part by generous donations and the continued support of parent's groups and other organizations.&nbsp; The school newspaper, <i>BluePrint</i>, was named the best high school newspaper in the country early in 2010.</p> <p>The school has a history of turning out athletes, musicians and scholars, includingHall of Fame quarterback Norm Van Brocklin, Saturday Night Live comedian and writer Will Forte, and Journey bassist Ross Valory.</p> <p>The school principal is Aida Glimme.</p>