• Class of 2016 Commencement
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    Commencement for the SYVUHS graduating class of 2016 will be held on Friday, May 27 at 4:00 PM in Pirate Stadium.
    Seating is first come, first served. The stadium gates will open at 2:00 PM to admit friends and family of the graduates. Seats may not be reserved by leaving blankets or other personal effects. At least one member of each party must remain with any belongings left to hold seats. Unattended items will be removed. Handicapped seating is marked in the bleachers (no track seating) with handicap parking available next to the maintenance building accessible from the back parking lot.
    Graduates are encouraged to carpool or get dropped off and must arrive in the New Gym by 3:00 PM, dressed appropriately (slacks, collared shirts, and dress shoes for guys; skirts or dresses with dress shoes or sandals for girls) and carrying their caps and gowns. Students should bring no other items to check-in as nothing may be hand-carried into the ceremony and nothing may be left in the gym. Please note that graduation leis are permitted, but hand-carried bouquets are not. Caps may be decorated, but must be tasteful and appropriate.
    There is also a mandatory graduation practice at 2:00 PM on Thursday, May 26. All students who plan to participate in commencement must attend. All obligations must be satisfied and debts paid prior to the graduation practice.

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  • May 2016
    Parent 2 Parent Newsletter 
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    Click here to read the current edition of the Parent 2 Parent Newsletter. If you would like to receive our monthly newsletter by email, send your request to We hope you enjoy reading about the many exciting things happening at Santa Ynez High School!

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 Welcome to Santa Ynez
Valley Union High School
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Santa Ynez Valley Union High School was founded in 1896 and is located in the picturesque Santa Ynez Valley--a quaint, rural community just inland from the wild and beautiful central California coast. SYVUHS enjoys a long and rich tradition of excellence.  With only 1,000 students enrolled, our pristine, park-like campus may be small, but our hard-earned reputation for success is widely recognized.  Whether it be in academics, athletics, visual and performing arts, occupational arts, agriculture,  community service, or any other endeavor, our students have historically excelled. Santa Ynez Valley Union High School is proud to be among the highest-achieving high schools in Santa Barbara County, but we don't rest on our laurels. Our faculty and staff actively practice innovative teaching with the goal of preparing our students to meet the uniquely unprecedented challenges of learning in the 21st century.
Welcome to our website. Most of what you need to know about Santa Ynez High School can be found here, but if you find we've missed anything, please don't hesitate to contact us.
Go Pirates!
Mark Swanitz
Class of '85 
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    In an effort to provide the safest possible environment for learning, SYVUHS has a CyberBully Hotline. To anonymously report information about bullying, harassment, intimidation, drug and alcohol use, or any other dangerous or illegal activity, students and parents can text or call the hotline number above. 
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