Orange and White
Valhalla High School is a public, comprehensive high school located in Rancho San Diego, a neighborhood near El Cajon, California. It serves approximately 2,100 students in grades nine through twelve. Opened in 1974, Valhalla is the tenth of 12 high schools established by the Grossmont Union High School District. Its motto upon opening was "Freedom with Responsibility" and was an experimental, open campus with a college-like class schedule. Many classrooms were open air, with few walls between work areas. Quiet areas were color indicated, and generally the school maintained an open space feeling within the large, round superstructure of the school. Although the school's unique indoor architecture remains, the open-campus policy changed significantly in the 1980s and it became more traditional. Valhalla High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and is a 2001 and 2007 California Distinguished School Award winner.
Valhalla's student body is composed of students from the following ethnic backgrounds
(2009-2010 school year):
White - 66.4%
Hispanic or Latino - 20.7%
African American - 5.2%
Asian - 2.2%
Filipino - 2.2%
Chaldo-Assyrians - 16%
American Indian - 1.0%
Pacific Islander - 0.3%
Two or More - 0.1%
None Reported - 1.9%
Valhalla's main structure is a four-story, orange, blue, octagonal building. Classrooms are situated along the outside wall and center of the building. The gymnasiums are freestanding. Sports facilities include a football and soccer field, baseball and softball diamonds, basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, and two swimming pools. A new, freestanding, two-story building that house 12 science classrooms is currently in use. They have state of the art science and laboratory equipment. The building was proposed in order to make more room for teachers. It was dedicated in May 2010.
Odin's March is the initiation for any new students or faculty members entering Valhalla High School. They must march up the stairs, through the rainbow bridge, and touch Thor's Hammer. When a student graduates, he or she descends the stairs and once again touches Thor's Hammer. Each year the senior class paints a mural that is permanently displayed and hung up inside the school building. Each mural is unique to the year in which that particular class attended including current events not normally related to the school itself.
"The vision of the staff and administration at Valhalla High School includes quality instruction and curriculum designed to meet the diverse needs and interests of all students. There also exists at Valhalla an ongoing commitment on the part of all stakeholders to continually assess the core curriculum to assure that, through academic offerings, the standards established by the State of California, the Valhalla Expected School-wide Learner Results, and our school's Core Values are met."
Hail the Norsemen of Valhalla
Marching Forth We See the Light
Proudly Bear the Noble Colors
Vibrant Orange and Sparkling White
Set the Standards for Our Future
Fight for Right and Never Yield
For the Glory of Valhalla
Proudly Bear the Norsemen Shield