The Kern High School District (KHSD) is headquartered in Bakersfield, California and serves the county of Kern located at the southern end of the San Joaquin Valley. The Kern High School District is California's largest 9-12 high school district with more than 35,000 students and 3,500 employees.The KHSD encompasses about 3,500 square miles, about 43 percent of the total area of Kern County. Founded in 1893, the KHSD currently includes:

18 Comprehensive campuses
6 Alternative Education campuses
2 Career Technical Education sites
4 Special Education centers
Frontier High honor students to kickoff "Big Give Week"
Community service is not measured on federal or state tests taken by high school students, but Frontier High students will immerse themselves in the subject the last week of April and early May. [Posted: 4.21.2014]

KHSD Board of Trustees appoint new Principals for two schools
Two Kern High School District (KHSD) campuses, Foothill High School and West High School, will have new Principals when the 2014-15 school year begins in August. [Posted: 4.8.2014]

KHSD Special Education students to sprint, toss and jump for gold
More than 220 Special Education students from 15 Kern High School District (KHSD) campuses will sprint, toss, jump and otherwise go for the gold during Centennial High School's 6th annual SDD Track Meet to be held on Thursday, April 10 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the school's football stadium. [Posted: 4.3.2014]

Skills Olympics to test high school students' real world job skills
The career and technical skills of more than 500 Kern High School District (KHSD) students will be tested during the annual Skills Olympics competition to be held on Friday, March 28, starting at 8 am at the KHSD's Regional Occupational Center (ROC), 501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. [Posted: 3.27.2014]

Centennial High robotics team makes history at state tournament
A Centennial High School Robotics Team made history recently becoming the first team representing a Kern High School District (KHSD) school to finish in the top ten of the State Robotics Tournament. [Posted: 3.27.2014]

Stockdale High teacher one of state's Language Teachers of the Year
Stockdale High School Spanish teacher Megan Bassett was recently named one of three Outstanding Teachers of the Year by the California Language Teachers Association (CLTA). [Posted: 3.26.2014]

KHSD continues quest for public input on LCFF funds
The Kern High School District has created a web page and has scheduled additional meetings to allow the public to express their views on how to best use newly restored funding for students who are socioeconomically challenged, in foster care, or are English Learners. [Posted: 3.21.2014]

County's best K-12 chess players to compete at Foothill High on April 5th
The best young chess players in Kern County will be determined on Saturday, April 5th at Foothill High School during the Kern County Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament. [Posted: 3.19.2014]

KHSD expands opportunities for public input on LCAP
The Kern High School District (KHSD) has expanded public opportunities to provide input on the District's new Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) which will determine how newly restored state funding will be used for students who are socioeconomically challenged, in foster care, or are English Learners. [Posted: 3.12.2014]

Independence High to be awarded Energy Grant by PG&E
The honors and awards just keep coming for Independence High School's (IHS) Falcon Autistic Solar Team (FAST), the latest being a $2,500 grant from Pacific Gas & Electric Co. to explore the possibilities of Hydrogen Fuel Cells as an alternative energy source. [Posted: 3.10.2014]

Youth, Rotarians team up for Business Leadership & Ethics Conference
More than 140 area high school students are expected to attend the Business Leadership & Ethics Conference to be held on Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at the Marriott Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Marriott Hotel is located at 801 Truxtun Avenue in Bakersfield. [Posted: 3.4.2014]

KHSD Trustees announce selection for next Superintendent
When Kern High School District (KHSD) Superintendent Dr. Don Carter retires on August 1, he will be replaced by Dr. Bryon Schaefer, a 26-year District employee with an array of teaching and administrative experience including his current position, KHSD Assistant Superintendent for Personnel. [Posted: 3.3.2014]

High school students to teach science to grade schoolers
Independence High School students will be teaching science to elementary school students in the Lakeside School District on Thursday Feb. 27. The "science teachers" will be members of Independence High's Energy & Utilities Career Academy. The students will be second through eighth graders who attend Lakeside School, 14535 Old River Road. The lessons will be taught from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. [Posted: 2.25.2014]

KHSD seeks public input on how to use new funding
What is the best way for the Kern High School District (KHSD) to better assist those students facing additional challenges such as poverty, foster care or not being fluent in English? The public is invited to answer that question in a meeting with KHSD administrators to be held Tuesday, Feb. 25 starting at 7 pm at the District Office located at 5801 Sundale Ave. [Posted: 2.19.2014]

California "We The People..." finals here Saturday.
The state championship "We the People..." competition will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at Golden Valley High School in Bakersfield. [Posted: 2.4.2014]

Kern High Board of Trustees seeks public input on qualities, characteristics of next Superintendent
The Kern High School District (KHSD) Board of Trustees has provided the public three methods of providing input on their selection of the District's next Superintendent. [Posted:1.27.2014]

KHSD's API score increases for tenth consecutive year
The Kern High School District achieved an all time high on the 2013 Academic Performance Index (API), the state's primary measurement of public school district effectiveness. [Posted:1.22.2014]

Save Mart donates produce at Golden Valley High School
Save Mart donates "Farmers Market" produce to Golden Valley cafeteria, promoting healthy, local food options. [Posted:1.15.2014]

Last of Class of 2013 graduates to be honored on Friday
More than 250 students in the Kern High School District's (KHSD) Class of 2014 will receive their diplomas on Friday during a commencement ceremony to be held at Harvey Auditorium on the campus of Bakersfield High starting at 6 p.m. [Posted:12.18.2013]

Principal Partners' Day offers look at "Win-Win Partnerships"
The Kern High School District's (KHSD) 2013 Principal Partners' Day (PPD) will be held on Wednesday, October 9. The District's annual "open house" is a half day event that begins simultaneously at 20 KHSD school sites starting at 7:45 a.m. More than 200 local business, government and educational leaders will spend the morning at one of the schools. The event ends with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the DoubleTree Hotel that concludes at 1:00 p.m. [Posted:10.01.2013]

KHSD to honor top scholars with Superintendent's "First In Class" Award
Class of 2013 graduates with the highest grade point average (GPA) in their graduating class will be honored during the Kern High School District (KHSD) "Superintendent's First In Class Awards" ceremony to be held on Thursday evening, June 27. [Posted:06.24.2013]

New KHSD technology speeds communication with parents.
Parents, would you like to have your high school student's report card emailed to you? Would you like to receive a text message to your cell phone if there is a power outage at your student's school and students are to be sent home early? [Posted:06.12.2013]

Special Education student to be honored for workplace excellence.
Adrianna Davila will be honored for workplace excellence by her employer, CVS Pharmacy, on Friday, May 31 in a 9 a.m. ceremony at the CVS store located at 6500 South Union Ave. Davila is a 2012 graduate of Arvin High who, during her senior year, began an internship with CVS through the Kern High School District's WorkAbility program. In the ensuing weeks, Davila gained experience in stocking merchandise, organizing, cleaning and greeting and assisting customers. She is now a full time CVS employee. [Posted:05.30.2013]

Liberty High "ribbon cutting" to open school's new fitness center.
Liberty High School will conduct a "ribbon cutting" ceremony to officially open the school's new fitness center on Friday, May 17 at 12:45 p.m. The Liberty High School Fitness Center was funded by a generous donation from a local business, "Sound Body Sound Mind." The company donated the funds for the fitness center to Liberty High at the request of an employee, Keith Legro, who graduated from Liberty High in 2004. [Posted:05.20.2013]

California's Chief Justice to present award to Golden Valley.
The Chief Justice of California will be in Bakersfield on Friday May 17 for an awards ceremony to be held at Golden Valley High School starting at 9 a.m. in the school's cafeteria. Tani G. Cantil-Sakauye, the 28th Chief Justice of California, will be at Golden Valley High for one hour only during which she will present the school with a Civic Learning Award of Excellence. Only three schools in California received the award co-sponsored by the Chief Justice and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson. [Posted:05.15.2013]

Best of high school sports and activities to be honored at KHSD's PEAAK Awards.
The best of the best in 27 areas of the KHSD's 2012-13 school year experience will be spotlighted during the District's 2013 Promoting Excellence in Athletics and Activities in Kern (PEAAK) Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 15. [Posted:05.08.2013]

Kern High School District Class of 2013 graduations scheduled.
The Kern High School District's first graduation ceremony for the Class of 2013 will be held Tuesday, May 28, when the KHSD's Regional Occupational Center honors its graduates at the Kern Agricultural Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace Ave. starting at 6 p.m. Read further for the entire 2013 KHSD graduation schedule. [Posted:05.08.2013]

"Purple Heart" to be reunited with family of fallen WWII veteran.
During World War II, Army Private First Class Norval A. Monroe was killed in action on August 27, 1944 in France. Almost 70 years later, Monroe's surviving family will be reunited with his Purple Heart Medal during a ceremony to be held on Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Kern Veteran's Memorial Wall of Valor at Truxtun and S Streets. [Posted:05.02.2013]

Kern agricultural community to honor county's top students.
More than $80,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Kern County's top agricultural students during the Kern Agricultural Foundation's 2013 Scholarship Awards Banquet to be held on Wednesday evening, May 1 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Kern Agricultural Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace Ave.. [Posted:04.26.2013]

KHSD Special Education program awarded $2,500 grant by PG&E.
Students in SCC's Able to Conserve Energy (ACE) class were awarded a $2,500 PG&E Solar Schools grant. A PG&E official presented the ACE students their $2,500 check today at the school. The grant funds will be used to build solar powered sheds and plant a school garden with vegetables and flowers on the SCC campus located adjacent to the KHSD's Golden Valley High School, said club advisor and SCC teacher Tim Horton. [Posted:04.24.2013]

Centennial High Virtual Enterprise Team FIRST in National Competition
Centennial High School's Virtual Enterprise team took first place in the nation in a Virtual Enterprise National Business Plan Competition held in New York City. Centennial represented California in the competition that concluded Thursday April 11. [Posted:04.19.2013]

Kern's best K-12 chess players to compete at Foothill High on Saturday
The best young chess players in Kern County will be determined on Saturday, April 20th at Foothill High School during the Kern County Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament. [Posted:04.16.2013]

East High AVID program to be awarded prestigious designation.
The AVID program at East Bakersfield High School (EBHS) will, on Wednesday starting at 3 p.m., be honored as a National AVID Demonstration School. Only about 150 AVID programs have been so honored, said EBHS Principal Lee Vasquez. An AVID program is dedicated to preparing students to succeed in college and a global society. [Posted:04.15.2013]

Liberty High named California Distinguished School.
Liberty High School has been named by the California Department of Education as a California Distinguished School for 2013. Liberty High is one of 218 California Middle and High schools to be honored as Distinguished Schools this year, said Tom Torlakson, the State's Superintendent of Public Instruction. "These schools have gone the extra mile to provide high-quality instruction that puts their students on the right path toward career and college," Torlakson said. "Given the enormous challenges schools have faced in recent years, it is inspiring to see this kind of success in so many schools. Our future depends on meeting the needs of every student no matter where they come from or where they live." [Posted:04.12.2013]

Youth, Rotarians team up for Business Leadership & Ethics Conference.
More than 140 selected area high school students are expected to attend the Business Leadership & Ethics Conference to be held on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at the Doubletree Hotel from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Doubletree Hotel is located at 3100 Camino Del Rio Court in Bakersfield. [Posted:03.07.2013]

KHSD campuses involved in array of holiday charity efforts.
Kern High School District students are working overtime these days to help the less fortunate with their holiday needs. Some of the efforts on district campuses (and a contact phone number) include:
(Click to see story) [Posted:12.10.2012]

Bakersfield High social studies teacher earns state honor.
Bakersfield High social studies teacher Jeremy Adams has been honored by the California Dept. of Education (CDE) as a semi-finalist in the CDE's state "Teacher of the Year" Award program. [Posted:11.28.2012]

Hall of Famer Frank Gifford to Bakersfield for BHS honor.
Frank Gifford, a Bakersfield High School (BHS) graduate and a member of the National Football League (NFL) Hall of Fame, will be at the school on Friday, Nov. 9 for a special presentation in his honor. [Posted:11.09.2012]

KHSD conducts Fall Commencement Program for Class of 2012
The Kern High School District (KHSD) Fall Commencement Program will be held on Friday at Bakersfield High starting at 3:30 p.m. [Posted:10.04.2012]

KHSD's Principal Partners' Day offers look at "Pathways to Graduation"
The Kern High School District's 2012 Principal Partners' Day (PPD) will be held on Wednesday, October 10. The District's annual "open house" is a half day event that begins at school sites starting at 7:45 a.m. More than 200 local business, government and educational leaders will spend the morning at one of 20 District schools. The event ends with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel that concludes at 1 p.m. [Posted:10.04.2012]

Notice of Special Meeting (Board Workshop)
On Thursday, September 27, 2012, at 10:00 am, the Board of Trustees will receive training on BoardDocs. BoardDocs is the online program being used to generate the Kern High School Board agendas. No District Business will be discussed at this meeting other than the training issues. [Posted:09.26.2012]

Two South High art teachers accorded state honors
South High School art teachers Rita Torres and Hank Washington have been selected by the California Art Education Association (CAEA) to receive the organization's Exemplary Program Award for 2012. [Posted:09.24.2012]

Foothill High stadium to be named for legendary coach.
Legendary Foothill High School (FHS) head football coach Ned Permenter became a permanent part of the school's landscape Tuesday evening when the Kern High School District (KHSD) Board of Trustees unanimously approved naming the school's athletic stadium in his honor. [Posted:09.06.2012]

Independence High Special Education teacher again honored
Independence High School Special Education teacher Kevin Crosby has again been honored for educational excellence. Crosby's most recent recognition is that of the Kids In Need Foundation's 2012 Teacher of Year. The award is to be presented on Sept. 19 in Minneapolis, MN. [Posted:08.29.2012]

Last of 2012 KHSD diplomas to be awarded at summer school graduation
More than 400 students from about 20 Kern High School District (KHSD) campuses will be awarded high school diplomas on Friday, July 13, during the District's Summer School Graduation ceremony to be held at Bakersfield High School (BHS) starting at 10 a.m. [Posted:07.12.2012]

Environmental "boot camp" draws raves from students.
A week long "environmental boot camp" held the week of June 11-15 at the Wind Wolves Preserves south of Bakersfield drew rave reviews from Independence High School (IHS) students. [Posted:7.02.2012]

KHSD to honor top scholars with Superintendent's "First in Class" Award.
Seniors in the Class of 2012 who achieved the highest grade point average (GPA) in their graduating class will be honored during the Kern High School District Superintendent's First In Class Awards Ceremony to be held on Thursday evening, June 28. [Posted:6.26.2012]

South High parents, students headed to UCSB.
About 40 South High parents will travel Saturday, May 26, with their students to the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) for a day long look at university life. The trip to Santa Barbara is the final session for South High's 2012 Parent University program in which parents learn how to prepare their students for college entrance, explained South High Assistant Principal Jason George. [Posted:05.25.2012]

East High to honor distinguished math teacher.
One of the most influential math teachers in California mathematics history will be honored on Thursday May 24 at East Bakersfield High School with the formal dedication of the "Margaret DeArmond Center for Mathematics" starting at 4:00 p.m. Kern High School District (KHSD) Trustees formally approved at their May 16 meeting the naming of a wing of the school's new math/science building in honor of DeArmond, who retired in 2007 after at 36 year career with the KHSD. [Posted:05.23.2012]

High school students test math skills with Rubik's Cube
Solving a Rubik's Cube is challenging even with all the time in the world, but solving it in less than 20 seconds will be the goal of some of those participating in the Kern High School District's annual Rubik's Cube competition to be held on Tuesday, May 15 in the Golden Valley High School gym on starting at 4:30 pm. [Posted:05.14.2012]

Kern High School District Class of 2012 graduations scheduled.
The Kern High School District's first graduation ceremony for the Class of 2012 will be held Tuesday, May 29, when the KHSD's Regional Occupational Center honors its graduates at the Kern Agricultural Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace Ave. Starting time is 6 p.m. The entire KHSD Graduation Schedule can be viewed by clicking here. [Posted:04.30.2012]

Best of high school sports and activities to be honored at KHSD's PEAAK Awards.
Best athletes? Best artists? Best cheerleaders? Best community servants? Best scholars? The best in every area of the high school experience will be spotlighted during the Kern High School District's 2012 Promoting Excellence in Activities and Athletics in Kern (PEAAK) Awards Ceremony to be held on Wednesday, May 16. [Posted:04.27.2012]

Kern agricultural community to honor county's top students.
More than $80,000 in scholarships will be awarded to Kern County's top agricultural students during the Kern Agricultural Foundation's 2012 Scholarship Awards Banquet to be held on Wednesday evening, May 2 starting at 6:30 p.m. in the Kern Agricultural Pavilion, 3300 East Belle Terrace Ave. [Posted:04.26.2012]

Annual Physics Olympics to test student science skills
An estimated 1,000 Kern High School District (KHSD) students will test their science skills at the District's 24th annual Physics Olympics to be held at Bakersfield College (BC) on Friday, April 27 starting at 9 a.m. in the school gymnasium. More than 410 student teams from 15 KHSD schools will test their skills in construction, calculation and other areas of physics. A competition-concluding Super Quiz is scheduled for 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the BC gymnasium. [Posted:04.25.2012]

County's best K-12 chess players to compete at Foothill High on May 5th.
The best young chess players in Kern County will be determined on Saturday, May 5 at Foothill High School during the Kern County Scholastic K-12 Chess Tournament. About 100 students from 10 public or private schools will compete in the annual event to be held in the Foothill High cafeteria, said event organizer Wade Tavorn. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. with competition starting at 10:15 a.m. [Posted:04.25.2012]

Liberty High Health Fair spotlights health careers, healthy lifestyle.
The risks of drugs and eating disorders and the rewards of healthy living and a career in a health industry will be spotlighted during the first ever Liberty High Health Fair to be held at the school on Wednesday, April 25. [Posted:04.23.2012]

Project BEST scholars to be honored for hard work, high achievement.
Some of the Kern High School District's (KHSD) top scholars will be honored at the Project BEST Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony to be held at West High School, on Friday, April 19, starting at 6:00 p.m. Honored during the event - to be held in West High's auditorium - will be about 80 seniors from 13 KHSD schools with programs dedicated to Project BEST (Black Excellence in Scholarship and Teaching.) [Posted: 04.17.2012]

Foothill High's Astronomy Day offers stargazing, glimpse of the invisible.
Some of the greatest stars in the universe will be appearing at the fifth annual Kern County Astronomy Day to be held at Foothill High School on April 14th. Foothill High is located at 501 Park Dr. in northeast Bakersfield. Astronomy Day activities such as making your own planet globe, observing the sun safely and "A Walk Through the Solar System" begin at 2 p.m. in the Foothill High gymnasium. After a dinner break, a "door prize" drawing will begin at 7:15 pm. Prizes will include books, toys, globes, binoculars, and four telescopes. Stargazing with high powered telescopes begins at 8 p.m. and continues until the event concludes at 10 p.m. [Posted: 04.02.2012]

Skills Olympics to test job skills of more than 400 high schoolers
More than 400 high school students will test their occupational skills during the 15th annual Kern High School District (KHSD) Skills Olympics to be held on Friday, March 23 at the KHSD's Regional Occupational Center (ROC), 501 S. Mt. Vernon Ave. starting at 8 am. [Posted: 03.14.2012]

Student videographers to test film making skills over 18 hours
The second annual Kern High School District "18 Hour Film Project" (18HFP) begins on Friday at East Bakersfield High School starting at 5 p.m. in the school's auditorium. Videographer teams from Arvin, West, Frontier, Ridgeview, Centennial, Highland and East Bakersfield high schools will have exactly 18 hours to write, shoot and edit a 3 to 5 minute film, said Al Gaines, an event organizer. More teams may enter the competition before the Wednesday noon deadline. [Posted: 02.07.2012]

KHSD charter school to honor graduates on Thursday.
Workforce 2000, a charter school associated with the Kern High School District, will hold its winter graduation ceremony on Thursday, December 22nd in the East Bakersfield High auditorium starting at 5:30 p.m. [Posted: 12.19.2011]

Thousands headed to Bakersfield for State Virtual Business competition.
About 2,000 high school students from throughout California and New York are expected to attend the 13th annual California State Virtual Enterprise Trade Show and Business Plan Competition to be held in Bakersfield on Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 30 - Dec. 1. The competitions will be held at the Rabobank Convention Center and Marriott Hotel from 8 am to 6 pm on Wednesday and 8 am to 1 pm on Thursday. The public is invited. Admission is free. [Posted: 11.28.2011]

KHSD Special Ed Students & Staff to Celebrate Halloween with a Blast.
More than 1,000 local Special Education students, staff, and volunteers are expected to participate in the Kern High School District's (KHSD) annual Special Education Halloween Blast to be held on Thursday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the East Bakersfield High School's New Gym. [Posted: 10.25.2011]

Frontier High students collecting shoes for charity.
The collection of new and gently worn shoes began Oct. 14 and will conclude Oct. 29. Shoes collected will be forwarded to Soles4Souls, a charity which has distributed more than 15 million pairs of shoes to people in need all over the world. [Posted:10.19.2011]

KHSD's "Principal Partners" Day offers look at 21st Century High School
The District's annual "open house" is a half day event that begins with visits that start at 7:45 a.m. at any one of 20 various District school sites. The District tries to honor participant requests to visit a particular school but such requests cannot always be honored. The event ends with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel that concludes at 1 p.m. [Posted: 10.5.2011]
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