Alhambra High School is a comprehensive public high school in the Martinez Unified School District. Nestled in the rolling hills of Martinez, Alhambra keeps a strong tie to deeply rooted community traditions. Our high school maintains its original Spanish style, yet is on the cutting edge of 21st-century education.
Alhambra High School was established in 1897 and is the only comprehensive high school in the Martinez Unified School District. Alhambra High School is the source of pride in the community and retains many traditions that reflect the strengths that come from being a single high school in a small community, including a homecoming parade that goes right down Main Street as it is lined with a thousand spectators. One of the most reliable assets of Martinez is the generational commitment to the high school. Often both parents, and even grandparents, have attended Alhambra and return with pride to see their children graduate from the same institute. Strong community commitment is evidenced in parent and business involvement in the Site Council, PTSA, Athletic Boosters, Interact/Key Club, Safe and Sober Bulldogs, Alhambra Arts Foundation, and Music Boosters.
While retaining our sense of history and tradition, Alhambra High School continues to grow and adapt in order to provide a rigorous and relevant education to our students. Alhambra is a 1:1 computing high school where technology is used on a daily basis to support and enhance learning. Our efforts in this regard were validated in 2015 when we were recognized as a California Gold Ribbon School. Alhambra has also broadened its course offerings, especially in the area of Career Technical Education and Career Pathways. And at the same time, the physical school continues to grow with major renovations and new construction designed to complement the educational program and needs of our students.
Currently, we have approximately 1200 students enrolled at Alhambra for the 2021-2022 school year. In 2015, Alhambra was honored by the state of California as a Gold Ribbon School. We received a six-year accreditation from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges in the spring of 2017.
Looking out to the broader community, Alhambra High School has also been proactive in seeking out grant opportunities to support our educational program. Alhambra High School is privileged to be a member of the Diablo Gateways to Innovation (DGI) consortia, which was awarded grant money through the California Career Pathways Trust in Spring 2014. The DGI grant was instrumental in supporting the launch of the new Career Pathways at Alhambra. The consortia identified three high-wage, high-need industry sectors: Engineering and Advanced Manufacturing, Health and Medicine, and Information and Communication Technology. Within those industry sectors, Alhambra offers four career pathways (course sequences that culminate in a capstone course with embedded work-based learning opportunities): Engineering/Construction, Computer Science, Digital Media Arts, and Health and Medical Sciences. As the payout period of the DGI grant comes to an end, Alhambra has joined with the Contra Costa County Regional Occupational Program to continue our Career Technical Education Incentive Grant endeavors. Martinez Unified is also the lead district in local consortia that was awarded a grant with Code.org to provide professional development around Computer Science.
By leveraging existing community support and proactively seeking out new opportunities, Alhambra High School retains our links to the past while reaching ever forward into the future.