Dougherty Valley High School (commonly referred to as Dougherty, Dougherty Valley, Dougherty Valley High, DVHS, or DV High) is a public high school in San Ramon, California, United States.


California High School, San Ramon Valley High School, and Monte Vista High School are the four high schools in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD). Dougherty was the first developer-designed school in the SRVUSD, built by Shapell Industries of California and Windemere Ranch Partners BLC. In 2007, the school first opened its doors.


The Wildcats are Dougherty's nickname, and the school colors are navy, Columbia blue, and silver. It is noted for its cutting-edge campus, which includes a performing arts center and an aquatics center that are shared with the city under a joint-use arrangement. According to the Academic Performance Index, Dougherty is the best school in the district. There are over 200 clubs and several after-school events at the school.



Shapell Industries of California and Windemere Ranch Partners BLC, the two key developers of the Dougherty Valley area in general, designed Dougherty Valley High School. Shapell was required to "contribute its fair share of the cost of additional high school space needed to accommodate students created by the project," according to a December 1988 agreement with the SRVUSD. The project in question was the construction of 11,000 houses in the region.


In comparison to the traditional approach of a developer and the state financing the school system for construction of any required schools, Dougherty is the first developer-built high school in the SRVUSD. In 2001, the district and developers resumed discussions about the school's building.


Although the name, school colors, and mascot had to be approved by the Board of Education, the name, school colors, and mascot were selected from more than 150 suggestions submitted through an online survey. Jennifer Wong, a senior at Monte Vista High School at the time, designed the school logo after winning a student logo design contest with 12 other entries in 2006.


Wong won $500 for her concept and was recognized at a school board meeting alongside the contest's runners-up. Denise Hibbard was chosen as Dougherty's first principal after six years as an assistant principal at California High School.




Based on a comparison of the school's standardized test results to those nationally, awarded the school a perfect ten out of ten score; it is one of the few schools in California to receive this honor. Dougherty had an Academic Performance Index rating of 905 out of 1000 in 2009, up from an initial ranking of 891 in 2008. By API ranking, the school was the top-ranked high school in the SRVUSD, the 27th highest in the state, and the 744th highest in the nation.


With an API ranking of 921 in 2011, Dougherty Valley rose by 12 points from the previous year, making it the third highest high school in Contra Costa County and the top high school in SRVUSD. Dougherty Valley gained even further in 2012, with an API score of 937.


U.S. News & World Report awarded the school a gold medal in 2013 and placed it among the top 500 schools in the nation.

San Ramon, California is blessed to be one of the top school districts in all of California.  Here’s a list of our favorites:

  • California High School

  • Windemere Ranch Middle School

  • Pine Valley Middle School

  • Gale Ranch Middle School

  • Iron Horse Middle School 

  • Hidden Hills Elementary School

  • Live Oak Elementary School

  • Bollinger Canyon Elementary School


All of these wonderful attractions are located just a short distance from our location at 9835 Belladonna Drive in San Ramon!