August 19, 2021, Goleta, California - As Santa Barbara and Goleta students returned to school this week, the Dos Pueblos High School Foundation launched its first ever annual campaign, the “Charger Champions Circle.”
Funds raised by the “Charger Champions Circle'' campaign will serve the gap between the amount the State of California and the Santa Barbara Unified School District allocate to Dos Pueblos High School, and the actual yearly operating income needed to sustain the school’s academic success and facilities operations, as well as provide opportunities for program and facilities improvement projects through DPHS Foundation grants. The initial goal for the campaign is $50,000 by Thanksgiving.
Foundation President, Rechelle Ringer stated, “As a relatively new organization, the work of the Foundation to date has been focused on smaller, short-term projects, but we have spent the past year reevaluating our priorities and establishing a plan for sustainable fundraising. Significant work has gone into getting us to this moment, so we are excited to launch the Charger Champion Circle campaign and are looking forward to seeing our community’s response.”
Dos Pueblos High School is highly regarded for its academic programs, which include Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Dual Enrollment (in partnership with Santa Barbara City College), English Learner, Career Technical Education (including its internationally recognized Engineering Academy), Honors, and Special Education courses. DPHS serves a diverse population of approximately 2,000 students in ninth through twelfth grades, consisting of 46% Hispanic, 41% White, 7% Asian, 2% African American, and 4% other races. In 2021, approximately 38% of DPHS students have been identified as socioeconomically disadvantaged.
The cost of living in Goleta/Santa Barbara is 98% higher than the national average, and 41% higher than the State of California average, so support from families, alumni, and the community is critical to ensuring students, teachers, and staff have the tools they need for success inside and outside the classroom, and that students continue to experience the nationally recognized academic excellence provided at Dos Pueblos High School.
Nancy Naretto, Vice President of Fundraising added, “The Foundation completed impressive projects over the past two years, despite the pandemic, thanks to the generosity of our community. From providing pandemic financial assistance to families in need to creating outdoor space with the new Charger Patio to the mosaic tribute walls for the graduating classes of 2020 and 2021, the community has been incredibly supportive despite very difficult times. As we move into a new model and envision larger initiatives, we have no doubt our community will show up again.”
August 3, 2021 Santa Barbara, California – 172 students from the Dos Pueblos High School graduating class of 2020 met on the rooftop of the Kimpton Canary Monday night, August 2, for a one-year reunion and the prom they didn’t get when the COVID-19 pandemic abruptly ended their senior year in March of 2020.
The festivities began on the steps of the Courthouse for the traditional prom photos and ended on the Kimpton Canary rooftop for four hours of food, “mocktails”, and dancing.
“The Foundation thought it was important to honor its commitment to create an event for the Class of 2020 when things opened up a bit more,” said Rechelle Ringer, Dos Pueblos High School Foundation President. “We polled the students to see what type of event they wanted and the message was loud and clear: they wanted the prom they had missed out on in May of 2020. So that is what we set out to do.”
The Dos Pueblos High School Foundation was able to cover most of the cost of the evening thanks to donations from the community and parents. The event included local favorite, DJ Hecktik, and a photo booth from AMS Events. Over the course of the evening, the Foundation gave away over $2,000 in gift cards and the Alumni Association gave away alumni t-shirts. The Kimpton Canary served hors d’oeuvres of beef and chicken sliders and quesadillas, as well as a cheese display, vegetable crudité, funnel cake, and more, and an assortment of desserts was donated by La Bella Rosa Bakery. Each student was given tickets for signature “mocktails” and received a gift on their way out.
“We are super grateful to the Foundation and Alumni Association for making this special night happen for the class of 2020. I heard over and over from the students how grateful they were that this was able to happen,” stated Principal Bill Woodard of Dos Pueblos High School. “We not only gave them a prom, but we gave them the perks of the after prom party. Totally awesome and the students are so grateful!” remarked Scott Guttentag, Counselor and Activities Director at Dos Pueblos High School.
In an effort to help students stay connected for future events, the Alumni Association extended its 50% off lifetime membership discount to the students through the end of August. Students may join for $25 instead of the standard $50 price through the end of the month.
The Dos Pueblos High School Foundation’s mission is to raise funds and provide strategic support to honor and build upon the school’s tradition of excellence, enhance the school community, inspire school pride, coordinate efforts to support school programs, and promote the academic and personal growth of our students. The Alumni Association is a division of the DPHS Foundation. More information can be found at dphsfoundation.org and dphsalumni.com.
March 19, 2021 Goleta, California – As many seniors set foot on campus for the first time this week, the Dos Pueblos Foundation kicks off an effort to raise funds for a tribute project to honor what has been, for many, the most challenging school year they have ever faced.
“These students have had so many challenges this year,” stated Rechelle Ringer, President of the DPHS Foundation, “It’s more than missing out on sports and dances and college tours (though those things alone can be devastating to a teen) - they have been separated from their peers and teachers in a year that is crucial in preparing them for what comes next. It is heartbreaking.”
Much like the Class of 2020 Resiliency Wall, completed by the Foundation last August, the new tribute project will be a tile mural located on the outside of the gymnasium. It will be located around the corner from the 2020 mural and each senior will be given a 6”x6” tile to design. Those tiles will be used to spell out a popular school slogan, “We Are DP.”
Senior students were polled earlier this year to determine what type of project they would like to see and the results were overwhelmingly in favor of another tile mural. This year’s focus, however, is different:
“The vision of the wall from the Senior Class of 2021 is to allow the seniors who spent most, if not all, of their senior year off campus a place to leave their mark and their message to future Chargers. The “WE ARE DP” is intended to remind everyone that DP is an inclusive community full of opportunities no matter the distance between us”, said Kelly Choi, teacher and parent of a senior at Dos Pueblos High School.
The group hopes to raise the funds needed for the project by the end of March so that students can begin designing their tiles after Spring Break, with an ultimate goal of finishing the project before graduation in June.
Principal Bill Woodard stated, “I am so grateful to the Dos Pueblos Foundation for supporting this effort to honor and recognize the Class of 2021 whose junior and senior year experience was significantly curtailed by the pandemic, and who missed out on so much of the magic of this school. This lasting tribute, in the spirit of the Foundation's wonderful tribute to last year's graduates, will be a beautiful, inclusive, and collective reminder of the school’s 'We Are DP' spirit.”
The DPHS Foundation has created a fundraising page at dphsfoundation.org where they hope to raise $10,000 to cover the material costs as well as installation. The DPHS Foundation is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible.
January 5, 2021 Goleta, California - The new Charger Patio has been completed and is ready to welcome students back on campus as soon as it is safe to do so! A huge thank you to everyone who donated to make this project possible. Thank you to Carrie Hawn and Mark McClenathen for their vision and leadership.
October 22, 2020, Goleta, California - The DPHS Foundation is excited to announce that it broke ground on the Patio Project this week! The project will include 1,872 square feet of additional hardscaping in the area above the Greek Theatre where we will install as many as 13 picnic tables, 12 benches and 5 new trash cans so students can eat lunch or do school work outside when they return to campus in January.
The hardscaping should be completed by November 6, at which point they will order the benches, picnic tables and trash cans so they can be installed before students return to campus.
If your family (or a group of families) is interested in donating a picnic table, visit www.dphsfoundation.org! Dedication plaques will be provided by the Foundation.
Since yesterday, all benches have already been spoken for!
THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this project! The Foundation is celebrating its 5 year anniversary this month and we can't think of a better way to celebrate than seeing this project come to fruition. Go Chargers!
August 11, 2020 Goleta, California – The Dos Pueblos High School Foundation announced the completion of the Class of 2020 Resiliency Wall today. The 264 square foot mural incorporates 466 student tiles, as well as the school crest, the year, and “We are Resilient” (an homage to the “We are DP” school slogan). The plaque next to the mural reads: “Dedicated to the Class of 2020 who showed their resiliency and strength during the COVID-19 Pandemic. We are DP!”
Over Memorial weekend, graduating seniors were each given a 6”x6” tile to design like a flying graduation cap (the mural captures the mortarboard toss, a graduation tradition the Class of 2020 missed out on). Volunteers painted caps with names on them for those who couldn’t participate so all graduated would be represented.
Principal Bill Woodard stated, “Seeing the beautiful mural come to fruition was a wonderfully emotional moment - symbolizing our school coming together to overcome the challenges of last spring to celebrate the class of 2020. I want to thank the DPHS Foundation for spearheading the efforts which will be a lasting legacy to the class of 2020!”
“The Dos Pueblos community really stepped up to make this project a reality. We raised over $10,000 in less than two weeks. In addition, Tileco donated over 1,000 tiles, local artist Scott Boger painted the crest and lettering, Eliesa Bollinger, our high school ceramics teacher, spent the summer firing tiles, and local craftsmen and alumni, Clayte Robinson and Jorge Lorca, did the installation” stated Rechelle Ringer, DPHS Foundation board member and parent of a 2020 graduate, “We had staff, parents, students and community members all working on different aspects and the end result is a lasting tribute to the class, the school and the community. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results.”
The Foundation still plans to do a ribbon-cutting celebration with the graduating class when it is safe to do so. In the meantime, the mural may be viewed on the south wall of the high school gymnasium.
May 7, 2020 Goleta, California – In support of the graduating class of 2020, the Dos Pueblos High School Foundation is crafting a tile mural to celebrate the seniors’ resilience during a disappointing senior year. The mural will capture the iconic moment at the end of the graduation ceremony when each graduate tosses their cap into the air.
Each of the 466 seniors is being given one 6”x6” tile for the approximately 250 square foot mural to design in the way they would decorate their mortarboard for the graduation ceremony. The words “We are Resilient” and “MMXX” (Roman Numerals for 2020) will also be part of the design.
Principal Bill Woodard stated, “With our seniors losing so many rite-of-passage celebrations, we have been working hard to come up with ways to show that their school community cares. The tile mural is a wonderful way to create a lasting tribute to our graduates. On behalf of the class of 2020 and the entire DP community, we are so very grateful to the DPHS Foundation for spearheading this project.”
The mural will be placed on an outside wall at the school and will include a dedication plaque to the Class of 2020, with the goal of completion by the end of summer for a ribbon-cutting ceremony before students head off to college.
“If gubernatorial orders prevent bringing the students together for a celebration in July or August, we will wait until Winter Break so students who are going away for college can participate. This is their moment, so we will wait as long as we need to” stated Rechelle Ringer, DPHS Foundation board member and parent of a 2020 graduate, “What they have accomplished, during a very trying time, is remarkable and worth celebrating for years to come.”
The DPHS Foundation has created a fundraising page at give.dphsfoundation.org/2020 where they hope to raise $10,000 to cover the material costs as well as installation. The DPHS Foundation is a 501(c)3 and all donations are tax deductible. More information can be found at www.dphsfoundation.org.
Dos Pueblos High School
Attn: DPHS Foundation
7266 Alameda Avenue
Goleta, CA 93117
The Dos Pueblos High School Foundation is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. Tax ID# 47-5229640.