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.
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.