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2000s History

1999-2000 School Year
  • Ronnie Lott, class of 1977, was named #1 on the San Bernardino Sun's Top 100 Sports Figures of the 20th Century.
  • FBLA and NHS students conduct a book drive for children of the community
  • Erica Quevedo and Daniel Holm, Football Homecoming Queen and King
  • Ike students petition to have third high school named after teacher Charles Grande
  • DECA sends two students to the national competition
  • Raquel Vega traveled with a local Mariachi Group to Washington D.C. While there she sang "The Star Spangled Banner" on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.
  • Theresa Moore, an Instructional Aide at Ike, walked in the Dublin Marathon after raising money for the Arthritis Foundation.
  • Class of 2000 presented the school with a tree and a plaque (see below)
2000 class gift of tree and plaque
2000-2001 School Year
  • Class of 2001 presented the school with an eagle statue (see above)
  • Ronnie Lott became the first Ike alumni to be inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame.
  • The EHS MCJROTC unit was selected as a Naval Honor School
  • Vanessa Aguilar and Bobby Amaya, Football Homecoming Queen and King
  • Eisenhower High School was recognized as a Program of Excellence
  • Girl's basketball player, Laura Dinkins, was featured in the San Bernardino Sun. Dinkins donated stem cells in her blood for her sister who suffers from sickle cell anemia.
  • The Early Bird Eagles program began, offering recreational and tutorial activities and breakfast.
  • Eisenhower alumni, Yolanda Townsend Wheat, returned to speak to students about her life since graduating as Valedictorian in 1979. She spoke about the importance of staying in school and working hard.
  • In spring sports: Boys' volleyball team finished the league undefeated and an overall record of 13-2 to win the CBL; Jorgen Medraza won the CBL Singles Tennis title; Boy's Baseball tied the school record with 10 victories and advanced to the third round in CIF playoffs; and the Track team sent Tyson Jamerson in long jump and the 1600 meter relay team to CIF Masters.
2001-2002 School Year
  • Adam Martinez, a senior, was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program as a Commended Student. He placed in the top five thousand percent of one million students who took the 2000 preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Test.
  • Daisy Varela and Anthony Garcia, Football Homecoming Queen and King
  • Valerie Bryce, a junior, became a semifinalist in the annual Music Center Spotlight Awards competition.
  • Derek Parra, graduate of 1988, went to the 2002 Winter Olympics in speedskating. Parra was among eight athletes selected to carry the flag resurrected from the ashes of the World Trade Center attack. Parra won a silver and a gold medal and set a new world record time of 1 minute, 43.95 in the 1,500 meter race.

Parra holding Olympic medals

  • The boy's basketball team enjoyed a banner year, winning the CBL (again), and was the first Ike team to reach the CIF championship game. Approximately 1100 tickets were sold for the game at The Pond.
  • Adam Martinez was named to the San Bernardino Sun All-County Academic Team.
  • Matt Fitu advanced to the U.S. Nationals in Greco-Roman wrestling.
  • Roger Reupert, an icon at Eisenhower High School, retires from his position as Athletic Director.
  • Patrick Holm and Edward Duque placed first in desktop publishing at the FBLA national competition
  • During the weeks of February 4 - 15, 2002, Eisenhower High School hosted three teachers from England. They were sponsored by TIPD - Teachers' International Professional Development Programme. TIPD offers teachers the opportunity to experience world class teaching in different countries. The three teachers spent time exploring the Eisenhower campus and team teaching with some of the faculty.
  • An aerial view of the campus in 2002 (see below)
2002 aerial view
2002-2003 School Year
  • Mr. Armand Messer takes over as Acting Principal for the 2002-03 school year. Welcoming him to his new office was a beautiful fan with an eagle, donated by Bennie Gordon, Sr.
Fan with eagle
  • (Sustained Silent Reading) SSR is started for the first time at Ike. Book carts were purchased for all the classrooms (teachers could special order books). Pictured below are the carts all lined up after they were put together.

SSR carts

  • The Baseline Marquee was replaced with a brand new electronic signboard.

Electronic marquee

  • The boys's basketball team returned to the CIF Championship game. Final score: Ike 75 Silverado 71!! At the basketball banquet, the team presented Principal Messer with the CIF plaque, game ball, and net from the Pond. He also received a commemorative t-shirt emblazoned with artwork of the championship ring. Directly below are two of the rings.
CIF plaque, tshirt, basketball
CIF mens ring CIF womens ring
CIF souvenir program
  • Matt Fitu advances to CIF State in wrestling
2003-2004 School Year
  • More construction took place over summer vacation. The swimming pool locker rooms finally have a roof!

Swim locker room

  • Jon Brownbridge, 2nd generation Ike student (his father Brian Brownbridge, who is also an Ike teacher, graduated from EHS in 1976), advances to CIF State in wrestling
  • Jeff Conine, class of '84, played in the World Series with the Florida Marlins
  • Former Eisenhower High School Athletic Director, Roger Reupert, was recently inducted into the Citrus Belt Area Athletic Directors' Association Hall of Fame
  • 21 of San Bernardino County's most talented middle and high school students have been recognized as California Arts Scholars. This designation makes them eligible to study with professional masters this summer. Adam Young from Ike was recognized for his work in animation.
  • Eisenhower High School graduate (class of '94) and current Rialto police officer, Roddrick Clayton, received the department's Medal of Valor for saving a child.
2004-2005 School Year
  • Eisenhower High School student, Jonathan Jobe, was selected to the Resident Honors Program at the University of Southern California. Students participating in this program leave high school one year early and generally continue at USC until they complete their undergraduate degree.
  • Mr. Armand Messer announces his retirement after 30+ years in education. At his retirement dinner, the Ike staff gave him a memory quilt adorned with Eisenhower t-shirts. The quilt was made by Marilyn Helms using t-shirts donated by Ike staff.

T-shirt quilt

  • Varsity football returns to the CIF playoffs
  • Sean Marshall, class of '03, currently a sophomore at Boston College, took part in the Wooden Classic at UCLA. Boston College went on to beat UCLA 76-64.
  • The inaugural presentation of the Lott Trophy took place in Orange County. This new award is being established to recognize players who not only excel on the field, but whose personal character is above reproach. Lott, a graduate of Eisenhower High School, as well as an NFL Hall of Famer, was willing to have his name on the award because it would be "the first award to give equal consideration to the personal character of athletes."
2005-2006 School Year
  • Several improvements were begun on the Ike campus. The D-wing satellite cafe is being completely remodeled, and another satellite cafe is being added to the J-wing. Shade covers were added near the cafeteria to protect students from the elements.
  • Paloma Villa and Fidel Gallardo, Football Homecoming Queen and King
  • The R-wing portables were removed.
  • Plans for the quad renovation moved forward. The model shown below was built by Brian Montez, Grounds Maintenance Supervisor for Rialto Unified School District. The full model was displayed throughout the 2004-05 school year in the Ike library.

Quad renovation model​​​​​​​

  • The 12th Marine corps District in San Diego selected Eisenhower High School as an Honor School for the school year 2004/2005. Eisenhower competed against 32 schools covering the western states, Hawaii and Japan. Only 6 schools were chosen.
2006-2007 School Year
  • Quad is dedicated in Charles Grande's name. Mr. Grande taught at Ike from 1964 - 2001.

Quad dedication

  • Breanna Fizdale and Eddie Vega, Football Homecoming Queen and King
  • Some students in the class of 2009 have the chance to graduate from high school with a diploma in one hand and a college degree in another. The College Academy is set up for students to attend Eisenhower first period each day and then be bused to SBVC at 8:30 am, Monday through Thursday. Students arrive at SBVC before 9:00 am, attend elective classes until 11:00 am, and then are bused back to Eisenhower where they attend periods 5, 6, and 7.
  • Eisenhower gets taken over by MTV. The school was featured in a pilot episode called "Crash My School."
  • Coach Lance Riley was recognized as the All-Sun Boys Soccer Coach of the Year. In winning 10 games at Ike this year, Coach Riley helped the Eagles rebound from consecutive 1-21-1 and 1-20-2 records. The Eagles finished the season with a 10-8-7 record and jumped from eighth place in the Citrus Belt League to fourth place in one year.
  • Bertha Jazmin Hernandez, an immigrant who arrived at EHS with no English, passed CAHSEE English and Math on the first attempt after studying English for 10 months and was recognized by RUSD as Student of the Quarter in April.
2007-2008 School Year
  • The cafeteria and kitchen were completely remodeled. Students now have several food courts to choose from.
  • Gabriela Vallejo and Will Smith, Football Homecoming Queen and King
  • A new program was started called GEAR UP. The mission of GEAR UP is to significantly increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter and succeed in postsecondary education. The program will follow the class of 2011 until they graduate from Ike.
  • Intro to Engineering is introduced. The lab was donated by Office Max last year as part of the MTV special.
  • Trees were added to the quad as part of the ongoing renovation.
  • Two varsity basketball players were named to the Prep Boys Basketball 2007-08 All-Sun Team. Andrew Bock, a junior guard, and David Chavarria, a senior center, were both named to the first team.
  • One varsity soccer player was named to the Prep Boys Soccer 2007-08 All-Sun Team. Daniel Montalvo, a junior goalkeeper, was named to the first team.
  • Bertha Jazmin Hernandez has now been recognized not only in the local press, but on KNBC. Roggins Heroes featured Jazmin recently as she was honored for her exceptional achievement as a student.
  • The class of 2008 donated a new eagle to top the Baseline Marquee

New eagle on marquee

2008-2009 School Year
  • Trees were added to the planter boxes along the main north-south sidewalk.
  • Leydy Sosa, Football Homecoming Queen
  • Issiah Avila, class of '96, returned to Eisenhower with a little something for our display case. Issiah is a grammy winner for his work on Usher and Mary J. Blige's albums.
    Iz Avila

    Issiah "Iz" Avila
    Class of '96
    Grammy awards
    Usher s grammy Blige s grammy
  • The boys' basketball team won the CIF Division II State Championship. They are the first team from San Bernardino County to do so.
Photos from our road to the State Championship
CIF SS patch State Basketball patch
CIF SS regional plaque
State basketball plaque
State basketball trophy Basketball signed by team
CIF regional souvenir program State championship souvenir program
Team photo
State championship ring Side view state championship ring
  • Coach Steve Johnson and varsity basketball player Andrew Bock received numerous recognitions.
  • Andrew Bock and Coach Steve Johnson were both recognized as All CIF-Southern Section. Andrew Bock was recognized as Division II-A All CIF-SS Co-Player of the Year, LA Times All-Star basketball team, and the San Bernardino Sun Boys' Basketball Player of the Year. Coach Johnson was recognized as Division II-A All CIF-SS Co-Coach of the Year, Los Angeles Times Coach of the Year, Calhisports Coach of the Year for 2009, and San Bernardino Sun Boys' Basketball Coach of the Year.
  • Other Eagles receiving recognition were Nick Carter-First Team and Alex Varner-Second Team
  • Boys and Girls track teams were CBL champs
  • Sakia Sailinuu was the CIF 800 meter champion
Hand wearing 3 championship rings
A real piece of Eisenhower history can be seen above. The three rings represent:
1993 CIF Division I Football Champions on the left,
2009 CIF Division II Basketball State Champions in the middle,
2003 CIF-SS Division II Basketball Champions on the right.