the history of eldorado high school
Eldorado High School is a public urban school located on the eastern side of the Las Vegas Valley at the base of Sunrise Mountain. This location places it within Area Two of the Clark County School District. The school was opened during the 1973-1974 school year, accommodating eighth graders but no senior class its first year. At first, Eldorado High School drew a large percentage of its student population from Nellis Air Force Base. Explosive growth and residential development in the surrounding area has caused numerous zone realignments that led to the exclusion of Nellis Air Force Base and its student population.
Originally, Eldorado High School was designed to accommodate 1785 students with a 2100 student maximum. During the last 6 years the school has seen enormous growth and contraction of its student population. At the time of the last Northwest Accreditation Self Study the student population was 2750 with 8 portable classrooms. In 2005 the enrollment was over 3200 with 35 portable classrooms. For the 2007-2008 and the 2008-2009 school years there were 2 separate campuses seven miles apart. The freshmen were housed at the Eldorado Preparatory Academy and were on an 8 class block schedule. During the first year of the split campus, some students from the Eldorado Preparatory Academy took 2 elective classes at the main campus and then were bused to finish their day at the Prep Academy site. The Main Campus was on a regular schedule for the first year. For the 2008-2009 year both campuses were on block schedule. Presently the enrollment is 1804 with no portables, and the students attend 6 classes each day. The student population is currently 80% minority representing a diversity of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
From 1973 until 2015, Eldorado High School has had nine principals: Niles Bayless (1973-1982), Richard Paulin (1982-1990), Gail Dixon (1990-1996), Thomas Barberini (1996-2004), Richard Carranza (2004-2007), Dr. Ron Lustig (2007-2010), Dr. Danielle Miller (2010-2012), Dr. John Anzalone (2012-2015), and David Wilson (2015-present). At present the administrative staff consists of David Wilson, Principal; Roy Thompson, Assistant Principal; Mike Butler, Assistant Principal; Michele Ferriolo, Assistant Principal; Zeola Braxton, Dean; and Susan Romero, Dean. During the 2004-2005 school year the staff on campus totaled nearly 250 people. In 2016, the staff totaled 210. Eldorado High School currently employs 94 certified teachers and administrators, 29 support staff, 2 full-time cafeteria workers, 12 custodians and 1 full-time police officers.
In order to graduate from Eldorado High School, a student must earn 22 ½ credits for a standard diploma or 24 credits for an advanced diploma. To earn a standard diploma the student must complete 4 credits of English, 3 credits each of Math and Social Studies, 2 credits each of science and PE, ½ credit each of Health and Computers and 7½ elective credits.
Beginning with the class of 2010, students are enrolled in classes to meet the requirements of the 21st Century Course of Study Expectations in order to be competitive in higher education, the workforce and the world beyond high school. This requires a fourth year of math and a third year of science which includes Biology. The class of 2010 is the last class eligible to receive an Honors Diploma that requires 12 Honors/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate classes in specified areas and a 4.0 GPA.
Future classes are eligible to earn an Advanced Honors Diploma requiring completion of 12 Honors/Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate classes plus the requirements for the Advanced Diploma. The Advanced Diploma requirements are nearly the same as the 21st Century Course of Study Expectations with the only differences being the electives credits must include 1 credit of arts/humanities and the un-weighted GPA must be 3.25 or higher. All students must pass the Nevada End of Course Examination in Math, English, Writing and Science in order to receive a diploma. Students who meet the course requirements but do not pass the exam will receive a certificate of attendance.
An EHS student’s non-academic achievement is not recorded on the student’s permanent record. EHS students have numerous extra-curricular activities from which to choose. In previous years participation in clubs was low as most students were off campus by the end of the lunch period. Currently, more students are within walking distance of the campus. Many students qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) and all students are provided breakfast at no cost.
The athletic program at EHS is geared towards excellence. Each athlete is expected to maintain an attitude above reproach on the athletic field and in the classroom. The student activities at EHS are designed to provide a variety of experiences for those students who participate. Students are encouraged to “get involved” in their school and to pursue activities in which they are particularly interested. All students participating in the athletic or student activities programs must conform to district and state eligibility standards.
EHS students also have opportunities in leadership. The school offers an active student council that consists of the student body officers, class officers and an advisor for each class as well as a Navy JROTC unit.