SOURCE: San Ramon Valley High School

San Ramon Valley High School

March 16, 2011 11:30 ET

Contra Costa's San Ramon Valley High School Honors 100 Years With Black Tie Gala at Blackhawk Museum

SRV 100-Year Gala Expecting Crowd of 450; Evening to Include Silent and Live Auction With Several Exclusive Items up for Bid

DANVILLE, CA--(Marketwire - March 16, 2011) - A Bay Area high school celebrates its 100th birthday this weekend as faculty, alumni and politicians gather together to attend San Ramon Valley High School's (SRVHS) 100-Year Gala at the Blackhawk Museum, March 19, 7:00 pm - Midnight. A once in a lifetime opportunity for a seven-day African Safari for four people is just one of over 60 exclusive items that will be auctioned off to support academics, arts and athletics at Contra Costa County's second oldest high school. The Gala will be the first large-scale community event sponsored by the school's foundation, the SRVHS Wolf Foundation.

"The staff and I are very excited for this very important and elegant event," said Joe Ianora, principal, San Ramon Valley High School. "We are extremely lucky to have the parents and alumni that we do, and because of their dedication and generosity, I know the Gala will be an enormous success. Proceeds from the Gala will help support the much needed capital improvements and integral programs at our school."

The unique silent and live auction items are collectively worth more than $150,000. Other special items include:

  • A four-night/five day stay in an exclusive 6,000 sq. ft. Cabo San Lucas Villa on Pedrigal Hill overlooking the Sea of Cortez.
  • A VIP private suite for 18 at an A's Game with a $250 food and beverage credit.
  • A two-week marketing internship at Comcast working on projects such as new product launches (Xfinity iPad application) and a co-branded advertising campaign with the Oakland A's.
  • A one-week stay in a beautiful 4,500 sq. ft. five bedroom/three-and-a-half bath North Shore lakefront home in Carnelian Bay.
  • Ruby Hill Winery bus tour including wine tasting and Campo de Bocce dinner and Bocce Ball.
  • A Tim Lincecum autographed baseball from the World Series.

The SRVHS 100-year Gala will also feature wine tasting from eight local wineries, a light supper buffet catered by Scott's Seafood, and dancing to local scene band Jamfunkshus. For more information, please visit Gala organizers are urging all SRVHS alumni to register with the San Ramon Valley Wolf Foundation at

A Brief History of San Ramon Valley High School
In 1909, a resolution was passed by the Board of Trustees of the Contra Costa Educational Association to build a high school in the quiet town of Danville, Calif., and in August of 1910, the school opened. Initially called San Ramon Valley Union High School, the school included two teachers and approximately 30 students, 12 of which traveled from Walnut Creek by a four horse bus because they did not have a high school of their own. The permanent location of the first school was on the corner of Front Street and Diablo Road, and in 1914, the first graduating class consisted of five women who are credited with choosing the school's identifying colors of yellow and green. The five graduates included Ruth Weinhauer, Ora Bell, Alice Bell, Viola Lynch and Astrid Olsson. In 1916, the school was moved to a different location due to the rapid growth in the area and need for more room. Ten acres were purchased near Danville Boulevard and Love Lane with 10 gold coins and the mission-style building was completed in 1916.

About SRVHS and the SRVHS Wolf Foundation
San Ramon Valley High School (SRVHS) was established in 1910 and it is the second oldest high school in Contra Costa County. SRVHS is a National Blue Ribbon school, a four-time California Distinguished School and a fully WASC-accredited public high school. The school is located at 501 Danville Boulevard, Danville, Calif., a Contra Costa County community approximately 35 miles east of San Francisco. The SRVHS Wolf Foundation is a 501c(3) tax-exempt charitable organization affiliated with the San Ramon Valley Education Fund. Formed in January 2009 with the vision of building a community partnership dedicated to the development of student achievement through capital improvements on the 100-year-old campus, the Wolf Foundation is the first of its kind in the San Ramon Valley School District. The Wolf Foundation has the endorsement of the SRVHS staff and administration as well as the SRVUSD.

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