Colton High “Fact of the Day” – May 22


This banner, featuring 2011 senior Cesar Robles, was part of the PRAXIS “Excellence Campaign” that worked at Colton High School starting in Jan. 2010.

Colton High School opened in 1895. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Inland Empire. In this daily feature, we celebrate Colton High’s rich history.

In March, 2011, four members of the Colton High School community were recognized as part of the PRAXIS “Excellence Campaign.” The recipients—English teacher Heidi Wilson, vocational education tutor Valerie Holmes, senior Cesar Robles, and senior Berenice Villa—had photos emblazoned on banners hung on the light posts lining DC Lane.

The “Excellence Campaign” was part of the PRAXIS (Participatory Research Advocating for Excellence in Schools) Inland Empire Project, headed by Dr. Louie Rodriguez, at the time an assistant professor at Cal State University San Bernardino. According to Rodriguez, the purpose of PRAXIS was to reduce the high dropout rate in the Inland Empire. At the time, the dropout rate in San Bernardino County was 21.6%, and higher among the Latino and African American communities.

The project began in January 2010. Rodriguez and his students visited CHS two to three times a week to observe students. They also worked with a specific class of 32 students, shadowing those students to determine what was and wasn’t working for them as students.