School Profile

Zoe Barnum High School is located in Eureka, California. Eureka is the largest city in Humboldt County and has a unique rural feel while also facing many of the challenges associated with more urban areas. Eureka is the most ethnically diverse city within 150 miles. 

Zoe Barnum High School is a California Continuation High School which features innovative course offerings presented by caring, highly qualified, and dedicated instructors. Our students find success in a positive, safe environment, which fosters academic growth and personal responsibility. Our program embraces individual and cultural diversity as a means to bridge bias in order to prepare students to be productive members of a global society.

Zoe Barnum opened in 1966, and was located at the Worthington School site for 15 years. In 1981, the school moved to the Jacob's Junior High School site which it occupied for 27 years. With declining district enrollment, Zoe Barnum was moved to the Winship Campus in 2008 and remained there until the spring of 2013. Zoe Barnum now resides on the Lincoln Campus which is a former elementary school site.

The staff at Zoe Barnum High School is committed to the success of all of our students. Small class size allows teaching staff to develop close relationships with each student and to offer remediation in those subjects and areas where students may be struggling. Non-teaching staff works diligently to promote students success through mentoring.

Recognizing and acknowledging student academic and social growth is a high priority at Zoe Barnum. Staff works closely with students to ensure they are informed of their academic standing progress toward meeting graduation requirements. Weekly, a student is selected by staff as the Commendable Student of the Week. Each month one of the Commendable Students is voted by staff to become the Scholastic Student of the Month, and the student is highlighted in the Times-Standard, our local newspaper.

During the months of October through May, one female student is recognized by the local Soroptimist organization and presents their scholastic achievements at a Soroptimist International Club Meeting. These young women are selected for their contributions to the community along with their academic accomplishments and positive contributions to the school.

Our students and our staff are active in the community at large. The Southwest Rotary Club of Eureka partners with Zoe Barnum High School to form an Interact Club whose mission is to provide service to the local community. Our students work with Humboldt Sponsors, The Salvation Army, The Blood Bank, and local environmental restoration groups, and Sequoia Park Zoo to mention just a few.

Zoe Barnum High School is proud of its program offerings, and our staff is constantly looking for innovative means to address the diverse needs within our student population.

Mission Statement

Zoe Barnum High School, in partnership with the community, empowers all students to become productive, responsible citizens and lifelong learners prepared for an ever-changing world through an engaging, individualized, rigorous, education.