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Pioneer's History

Pioneer High School (PHS) was established in 2003 as the second comprehensive high school in the Woodland Joint Unified School District. Pioneer is located on the southeast side of the city of Woodland, in Yolo County.  Pioneer opened its doors in 2003-2004 with sophomores and freshmen, in 2004-2005 a new freshmen class was added, and in the 2005-2006 school year PHS had a full complement of four classes. The school celebrated its first commencement exercises in June of 2006. Starting with that first graduating class, Pioneer students have gone on to a wide variety of secondary educational and occupational opportunities. 

 
2017 - 2018

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Principal- Sandra Reese
Vice Principal-Kym Milisci
Vice Principal - Paige Powell
Vice Principal- Lore Carrillo
 
Aeries Gradebook program introduced at all school sites
Beauty and the Beast performed as the Spring Musical
2018 valedictorian - Binisha Dahal 
2018 salutatorians - Olivia Bryant, Carolina Perez
2016 - 2017

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Principal - Sandra Reese
Vice Principal - Kym Milisci
Vice Principal - Paige Powell
Vice Principal - Lurdes Rosales
Link Crew program initiated for incoming 9th graders 
S.T.A.R.R. Patriot program introduced to staff, parents and students
UC Davis Chancellor visits PHS
Tarzan performed as the spring musical
PHS travel club visits Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Munich
2017 Valedictorian - Kate Rasmussen
2017 Salutatorian - Malika Sen
2015 - 2016

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Principal - Sandra Reese
Vice Principal - Kym Milisci
Vice Principal - Paige Powell
Vice Principal - Lurdes Rosales
Senior Lauren Millang elected FFA State Vice President
P.O.P. students paint mural on side of H building
The Addams Family performed as the Spring Musical
PHS hosts oral arguments for the CA Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District
WASC two day committee revisitation
Valedictorian - Eric Palomares
Salutatorians -: Patricia Morales, James Gonzales
2014 - 2015

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Principal - Angelina Arias
Vice Principal - Raylene Ewing
Vice Principal - Jerald Ferguson
Vice Principal - Kym Milisci
Pioneer and Woodland Honor Band perform at Carnegie Hall
Pioneer and Woodland Drama departments perform Shrek for Spring Musical
Pioneer Travel Club visits Spain and France
Pioneer Opportunity Program (P.O.P.) opens on campus
Valedictorian - Gwendolyn Hammons
Salutatorian - Hallie Sala
2013 - 2014

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Principal - Kerry Callahan
Vice Principal - Raylene Ewing
Vice Principal -Jerald Ferguson
Vice Principal - Antonia Slagle
Sophomore Orientation Week (SWAG) added
10th grade teams added
Karen Ross, California Agriculture Secretary visits FFA program
Music Man performed for Spring Musical
Smarter Balance Exams piloted in 11th grade classes
Girls Softball - Division Three Champions
Boys Baseball - Division Three Champions
Girls Swim Team - TCC Section Champions
Ag Building dedicated to Merritt Family
2014 Valedictorians - Robia Amjad and Jordan Fredrickson
2012 - 2013

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Principal - Kerry Callahan
Vice Principal - Jaime Calderon
Vice Principal - Raylene Ewing
Vice Principal - Antonia Slagle
AP Government students participate in CA Supreme Court Special Outreach Session
Solar Panels installed
Independent Irrigation Water pump installed
Full WASC committee review, receives six year accreditation with a two day midterm visit.
The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee performed for Spring Musical
Pioneer Travel Club visits Germany, Switzerland, and Italy
Girls Varsity Softball TCC Section Champions
Linda Merrida named Cal - HI Media School State Coach of the Year
2013 Valedictorian - Zachary Patton
2011 - 2012

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Principal - Kerry Callahan
Vice Principal - Carolynne Bottum
Vice Principal - Jaime Calderon
Vice Principal - Britney Meyer
Benchmark Assessment used in Core classes
Beginning of Modified Seven Period Block Schedule
Freshmen Teams created
Freshmen Seminar added as an elective course
Freshmen Orientation week (POW) added
ACES academy created
First "report card chats"
Cinderella performed for Spring Musical
City of Woodland hosts the 4th of July celebration at the PHS stadium
Adrienne Scott named 2012 Woodland Masonic Educator of the Year
Valedictorian: Gladys Garcia-Montoya
Salutatorians: Farah Amjad and Adriana Pedroza
2010 - 2011

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Principal - Kerry Callahan,
Vice Principal - Cliff De Graw
Vice Principal - Geoffrey Barney
Vice Principal - Jas Bains-wright
Vice Principal - Carolynne Bottum
Agriculture Building opens
Congressmen Mike Thompson visits campus and answers questions from Pioneer students
Pioneer Jazz combo performs at UC Davis Mondavi Center with Delfeayo Marsalis
Pioneer Travel Club visits France and Italy
Beauty and the Beast performed for Spring Musical
Lynn Plocher named 2011 Woodland Masonic Educator of the Year
Valedictorian: Victoria Sandsor
Salutatorian: Ian Souza-Cole
2009 - 2010

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Principal - Kerry Callahan
Vice Principal - Jas Bains Wright
Vice Principal - Geoffrey Barney
Vice Principal - Cliff De Graw
First Homecoming Parade
Beginning of 4x4 Block bell schedule
Pacing Guides created in Core classes
First Elective Fair
Career Center Closed
The "Play" - PHS v. WHS football game
First "Great Patriot" Race
Valedictorians Brianna Ewing, Jessie Jaeger and Carter Reiff
2008 - 2009

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Principal - Mark Roberts
Vice Principal - Ellie Aguilar-Ramirez,
Vice Principal - Cliff De Graw,
Vice Principal - Kerry Callahan
PHS Stadium opens
UC Davis Chicana/o Mural project paints mural for Amphitheater 
Youth Development Network chosen as Pioneer High School student behavior program.
PHS Travel Club visits Ireland, Wales and England
You're A Good Man Charlie Brown performed as Spring Musical
Valedictorian Julia Frankenbach
Salutorian Savannah Reiff
2007 - 2008

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Principal - Mark Roberts
Vice Principal - Ellie Aguilar-Ramirez
Vice Principal - Cliff De Graw
Vice Principal - Shirley McNichols
Valedictorian Stephen Peyton
2006 - 2007

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Principal - Thomas (Nick) McNicholas
Vice Principal - Armando Olvera
Vice Principal - Ellie Aguilar-Ramirez
Vice Principal - Shirley McNichols
First Club Shopping Cart Parade
First WASC visitation
PHS Travel club visits France, Switzerland, Austria and Germany
Pirates of Penzance performed as Spring Musical
Valedictorian - Catherine McMurry
Salutatorian - Alexandra Reiff
Salutatorian - Enrique Fernandez
2005 - 2006

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Principal - Thomas (Nick) McNicholas
Vice Principal - Armando Olvera
Vice Principal - Mariama Smith
12th grade added
Woodland Community Band starts
Guys and Dolls performed for Spring Musical
First Graduating class
Valedictorian - Anna Arons
Salutatorian - Stephanie May
2004 - 2005

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Principal - Rick Stout
Interim Principal - Barry Cooper
Vice Principal - Armando Olvera
11th grade added
2003 - 2004

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Principal - Rick Stout
Vice Principal - Armando Olvera
Pioneer High School opens with 9th and 10th grades