Welcome to the Ranch

Principal’s Message

I am excited to welcome you to the 2023-2024 school year and join Rancho Alamitos High School as your  Principal.   It is an honor to join a community of teachers and staff who are dedicated to providing our students with the best possible high school experience.


I look forward to continuing Rancho’s long standing traditions and also being a part of an innovative and creative school staff that consistently looks to the future and what our school community and students can become. We are committed to providing an exceptional  education that is grounded in our District Goals (Spanish, Vietnamese).  Here students will be empowered to excel academically and supported and inspired to learn.  Each day, students will gain the Academic Skills  needed to find success in the classroom and engage in a rigorous curriculum.  They will build their Personal Skills and become creative and critical thinkers with a love for lifelong learning.  Our graduates are well prepared for Lifelong Success. 


 In their time at Rancho Alamitos each student will  create a plan to meet their educational and career goals and be supported by our counseling team in taking the steps necessary to follow a clear path to life after high school. There are outstanding opportunities for coursework in multiple professions through our CTE program.  These include Graphic Arts, Culinary Arts, Restaurant Management and Automotive Diagnostics, Services and Repair.  Our partnership with Cypress College provides coursework in Cybersecurity and students enrolling in this course will earn college credit while exploring this fast growing career.  Throughout their four years, students will engage with a challenging curriculum that promotes high level thinking through engaging lessons and research based instruction.  Rancho’s teachers are dedicated to providing high level instruction in an environment that motivates students to grow in their thinking and supports them as individuals


We enter the school year with a brand new synthetic turf field and synthetic track that will be home to all of our field sports, Marching Band, ColorGuard  and Track and Field teams.  Please come out to enjoy watching our athletes  compete and musicians perform  in this beautiful facility.  Our summer programs for athletics, performing arts and academics have had a very busy and productive few months and enter the school year ready to put their practice into play.  Rancho’s extensive array of extracurricular activities and sports is an integral part of students’ lives. I look forward to seeing all that our students do outside the classroom and meeting their family and friends who come out to support them.


Family Involvement is key to our students’ success both in and outside of the classroom.  When our students' home and school communities come together, great things happen for them.  You will be hearing from me throughout the year when opportunities for you to join us arise.  I look forward to working with our students and  families throughout their amazing High School experience at Rancho Alamitos!


With Vaquero Pride,


Linda Giuliani





Assistant Principals

Ms. Julie Garcia
Ms. Orsi Justice
Mr. Gregg Primeaux
Mrs. Liz Stimmler, Principal's Secretary
Ms. Michelle Honda, Receptionist

History of the School
Rancho Alamitos High School opened its doors in 1957. Its name means ranch of the little cottonwoods and is an acknowledgement of the Hispanic heritage of this area. The forty acres of the Rancho Alamitos High School campus was part of the original Rancho Los Nietos (grandchildren), circa 1784. Later, the land was divided among many family members into smaller Ranchos. In the 1950’s, the Garden Grove Union High School District purchased the land from the Evans family. Construction of Rancho Alamitos High School began in 1956 and was nearly complete by 1957. There were two homes on the property facing Dale Street. The homes belonged to the Evans and Miller families and were located just north of the faculty parking lot. The homes were used as classrooms until construction was completed in 1959. Rancho Alamitos first opened for grades nine through eleven on the Garden Grove High School campus during the fall of 1956. In the spring of 1957, the Rancho Alamitos campus officially opened under the direction of the first principal, Mr. Don Kennedy. The first senior class graduated in the spring of 1958 under the principalship of Mr. Richard Bivin. In 1960, Mr. Sam Chicas was principal and was succeeded by Mr. Vic McClain (1961). Rancho’s next principal was Mr. William Zogg (1964), followed by Mr. Tracy Strong (1966), Mr. Ron Forsyth (1976), Mr. Jim DeLong (1982), Mr. Bob Mesa (1985), Mr. Tom Robins (1991), Mr. Gene Campbell (2000), Mr. Frank Mackay (2006), Ms. Mary Jane Hibbard (2009), and our current Principal, Ms. Linda Giuliani.
We are proud of our heritage and proud to be Vaqueros!