Acalanes High School is the first of several high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District in Lafayette, California. It was built in 1940 on what was then a tomato field. The school is built with federal money through the work of the Works Project Administration through the Roosevelt administration. The businessman M. Stanley suggested the name Alcanes. That was the name of the Mexican grant from which all land title within the City of Lafayette derives. Rancho itself seems to have been named bi its Hispanic settlers after the Local Native American Bay Miwok tribe called Saclan, referred to by Spanish missioners as Saclanes. The school colors of white and blue and the mascot the Don were selected in 1941 by the first graduating class. The school offers a diverse course selection and a number of AP and honors courses. Among the electives offered are medicine and digital design, graphic arts and video production, drama and journalism and much more. The academic clubs of the school regularly participate in Bay Area quiz bowl tournaments including Bay Area Academic League, also known as BAAL. It also offers model UN and Academic Decatholn as extracurricular activities.

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Acalanes High School established the premier scientific school in the Lamorinda Community in 2008 winning the regional completion of The National Science Bowl at Lawrence Berkeeley National Laboratory. In 2009 it finished second in the same completion. The school, however, has consistently lagged behind Local High Schools Campolindo and Miramonte in more comprehensive rankings based on AP scores and overall academic quality. Campolindo High School was ranked as 131st in the United States for 2013. Miramonte was ranked 173rd while Acalanes was ranked 275th. The top award at Intel’s 2011 International Science and Engineering fair which was 75 000 $ was won by the students Mathew Feddersen and Blake Margraff for their project, a potential new low-cost cancer treatment using tin particles. The two students were members of the class of 2011. The award-winning school paper Blueprint runs eight issues each year publishing approximately every 3 weeks. The paper recently won the American Scholastic Press Assosiation’s” Most Outstanding High School newspaper for 2009” for a student body population of 1001-1700. AKLAN is the yearbook of the high school. The leadership class runs a student body website, and issues a monthly communications video with skits announcing upcoming events. A special video was shown as a kick-off to Acalanes diversity week on November 13, 2006. Furthermore a short film was featured directed by a student of the school. Students of Acalanes High School are issued half-eight lockers. The library of the school is open from 7.30 AM to 5.30 PM daily with the exception of an 8.40 AM opening on Wednesdays. A track, several fields, a pool, tennis courts, weight room and more are some of the things that the campus includes. In 2008 Measure E Bonds passed provided for the complete renovation of the aquatic facilities which was completed in the summer of 2011.