|Rancho Bernardo High School|
13010 Paseo Lucido|
San Diego, California 92128
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Poway Unified School District|
|Color(s)||Blue, White, and Silver|
Rancho Bernardo High School, or RBHS, is a public high school in the Poway Unified School District of San Diego County, California, United States. Rancho Bernardo High School opened in September 1990 as the district's third high school. There are approximately 2,300 students in grades 9 through 12, and approximately 101 faculty members.
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Rancho Bernardo is a Division I school competing in the Palomar League. The school's sports teams go by the name "The Broncos". Their school colors are blue, silver, and white.
In a 1997 incident, three baseball players pleaded guilty to sodomizing a new teammate with a broom handle in the locker room after a game. The school district paid $675,000 to settle the claim and the three players were sentenced to time in juvenile hall. The students stated there was a tradition of hazing in which older team members would threaten to rape incoming freshmen players, or would perform simulated rape.
In April 2002, one of the school's assistant principals forced female students at a school dance to lift their clothing and expose their underwear, in search of G-strings and thongs. The district said the reason for the check was to "ensure appropriate school dress." Rita Wilson, the assistant principal involved in this incident, was later demoted to a teaching position.
In November 2007, a noose along with written racial slurs were found inside the school's performing arts center. As of December 2007, Poway Unified School District administrators have confirmed that a student has been identified and now the hate crime has been recognized as a misunderstanding and no action has been taken.
In April and May 2008, eight students were identified for hacking into the school's website, downloading teacher files, distributing tests to students, and altering transcripts. Assistant Principal Keith Koelzer issued a memo to teachers regarding the students involved. The memo was later released to The San Diego Union-Tribune for printing.
In October 2013, before the homecoming game vs Del Norte High School took place, the school was covered in swastikas, profane language, and other drawn obscenities.
An additional incident occurred in which after students returned to the campus following the break for the observance of President's Week, the campus was covered in threats proclaiming that at 12 PM on the 26th of February, 2018, a person would "shoot up" the school. The messages sprayed around the campus involved threats such as "The innocent will die," "The next American tragedy," and "Florida was nothing."