Rancho Bernardo High School
13010 Paseo Lucido


United States
Coordinates32°59′43″N 117°03′58″W / 32.99528°N 117.06611°W / 32.99528; -117.06611Coordinates: 32°59′43″N 117°03′58″W / 32.99528°N 117.06611°W / 32.99528; -117.06611
TypePublic high school
EstablishedSeptember 1990
School districtPoway Unified School District
School code052536[1]
PrincipalHans Becker
Faculty84.48 (FTE)[2]
Enrollment2,352 (2019-20)[2]
Student to teacher ratio28.09[2]
Color(s)Blue, White, and Silver    
NewspaperThe Silver Spur

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 was opened in September 1990 as the district's third high school.


Submitted data for the 2019-2020 school year shows that 2,352 students attend Rancho Bernardo High School.[3] When divided by class, 609 students were in 9th grade, 580 in 10th, 581 in 11th, and 582 in 12th. The student body is 46.6% White, 22.7% Asian, 16.3% Hispanic or Latino, 2.3% African American, 0.5% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.1% American American or Alaska Native.


Broomstick incident

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.[4]

Underwear incident

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."[5] Rita Wilson, the assistant principal involved in this incident, was later demoted to a teaching position.[6]

Notable alumni

See also


  1. ^ "K–12 School Code Search". SAT Suite of Assessments. 2016-01-12. Retrieved 2021-09-10.
  2. ^ a b c "Rancho Bernardo High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  3. ^ "2021-21 School Accountability Report Card" (PDF). Poway USD. Retrieved May 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "Sports hazing incidents". ESPN.
  5. ^ Yang, Eleanor (May 1, 2002). "Rancho Bernardo High official suspended over underwear inspection". San Diego Union Tribune. Retrieved 2007-06-04.
  6. ^ Whitaker, Barbara (June 19, 2002). "Underwear Check Leads To Demotion". New York Times. Retrieved 2007-06-04.