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USA TODAY High School Sports recently brought you the story of Grant High in Van Nuys, which has scrapped its way to a 6-0 start to the season despite competing with just 20 players on its roster. As impressive as that Southern California feat is, it may be topped by another program farther up the state.
As reported by the Modesto Bee, Denair High has jumped out to a 4-2 record, racking up victories against both former Sac-Joaquin Section champion LeGrand by a score of 50-0 and 2015 Division VI semifinalists Ripon Christian 32-0. Both of those results would be surprising for a program that has just two winning seasons in 12 years, but they’re stunning when you consider another factor: Denair is competing with just 14 players.
That’s right. Forget a 20-man roster, Denair lists just 16 players in total and has had only 14 active in recent weeks. Nonetheless, the Coyotes’ “Mighty 14” are on track to capture, potentially, both a Southern League crown and Sac-Joaquin Section playoff spot. Consider the fact that Blair High in Pasadena recently canceled the remainder of its season because it’s roster shrunk to 20 players, and the Mighty 14 can seem almost like superheroes.

Coyotes’ Defense Dominates with 7 Interceptions, 2 Fumble Recoveries in Second Straight Shutout

This year’s Denair football team is unconventional in many ways – in its toughness despite often being physically outmatched, in its versatility because there are so few players and in its ability to make a big play that shifts the momentum in its favor.

All those characteristics were in evidence in the Coyotes’ 32-0 Southern League victory over Ripon Christian on Friday night at Jack Lytton Stadium.

Denair posted its second straight shutout despite never once forcing the Knights to punt. Instead, the Coyotes’ opportunistic, bend-but-don’t-break defense took the ball away time and again – intercepting an incredible seven passes while also recovering two fumbles.

Ripon Christian’s turnovers allowed the Coyotes to turn a taut 6-0 game at halftime into a blowout by early in the fourth quarter. Denair (2-1 in the SL, 4-2 overall) stretched its scoreless streak on defense to nine quarters. It hasn’t given up a point since the third quarter against Gustine on Sept. 23.

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Curnow Scores 6 TDs as Denair Crushes Le Grand 50-0

Brendan Curnow’s six touchdowns Friday night in a 50-0 demolition of Le Grand may or may not have set a school record. When you’ve been playing football since 1946 – as Denair High has – there is a lot of history to chronicle, though not all of it is written down. For sure, Curnow’s performance is one of the best any Coyote has ever had.

And still that may not have been the most interesting takeaway from a game that Denair dominated from start to finish.

The fact is the Coyotes suited up just 13 players – and then had Jarred Carbajal go down with a dislocated left shoulder on the opening kickoff. It takes 11 players to field a team, meaning Denair played the rest of the game with only one reserve. There were many more coaches on the sideline than extra players.

“Every time we had a hard hit, I kind of freaked out until everyone got up,” admitted head coach Anthony Armas.

He said his coaching staff had 30 seconds before the first offensive series to “teach” Justin Gomes how to play tight end to replace Carbajal, who already was subbing for the injured Dylan Mann.

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Scholarship Opportunities is offering their $1,000 Healthcare Leaders Scholarship to a deserving student accepted or enrolled in a medicine or healthcare-related program. Application is available at the website below.
DEADLINE: January 29th, 2017

Sixt rent a car company has an annual nationwide scholarship opportunity currently available. They will be awarding 5 students $5,000 toward their study at any 2 or 4 year accredited university. The link is posted below.
DEADLINE: November 30th, 2016

Dates and details from the counselor, Mrs. Gresham:

  • CSU application process: October 1st - November 30th. accessible at
  • CSU application workshop on campus: November 15th from 1-3PM in computer lab
  • FAFSA workshop on campus: October 18th in computer lab, time TBD
  • Cash for college night: Nov. 9th 5p.m.-7p.m. @ DCA computer lab
  • UC application process: November 1st- November 30th.
  • MJC application workshop on campus: November 16th from 1-3PM in computer lab
  • SAT test dates: October 1st, November 5th, and December 3rd. students register at
    *the December test date is the last test date Seniors can test
  • Fee waivers are available with Kara for students who receive Free/reduced lunch
  • ACT test dates: October 22nd and December 10th. students register at
    *the December test date is the last test date Seniors can test
  • Fee waivers are available with Kara for students who receive free/reduced lunch
  • Week of December 5th I will be doing the schedule changes for students needing to change their schedules for 2nd semester. Exact dates TBD. Schedule changes will only be done for students needing to meet graduation requirements.

Jostens Fall Ordering Information

September 16, 2016
Presentations to sophomores for rings and to seniors for graduation announcements, cap and gown, etc. Flyers will be handed out with ordering information to take home.
September 28, 2016-Fall order day!!
Orders will be taken at lunch from the students and in the evening for parents in the library from 5:00p.m.-6:30p.m.

Meet the Principal

It is with great pleasure to introduce myself as your new Director of Secondary Education. My name is Kara Backman and this will be my 17th year in the education field, working as a teacher, administrator and education consultant. My husband, James and I have three amazing children, Kade, Kash and Jacee. Kade will be attending DECA in August as a Kindergartener in the bilingual program. My family is deeply rooted in the Denair community where both my husband and sister in-law graduated. The land where our family owned pig farm resides is the property in which my husband’s grandfather homesteaded. I am firmly passionate about youth first, giving back to your community and purposefully growing your mindset through life-altering relationships.
We are going to have an amazing year as we focus on Building a Strong Culture and Climate for our high school community and fostering Academic Success through support and accountability. My work at Denair High School has already begun and is deeply entrenched in this transformation. I have been relentless about hiring the right “fits” for our student, staff and family community. My goal is to be fully hired by Coyote Call and we are well on our way!

New Cell Phone Policy

Per student and family request, we have adjusted the cell phone policy. I hope that this appeals to 100% of our student body. Please take a few moments to read the enclosed policy and partner with us to reinforce this new policy with your child.
Thank you for giving me this opportunity of partnership. I am excited about the year ahead of us.

“Student Password Changes

All returning students’ passwords have been updated from seven characters to eight characters, by placing the number “9” in front of your existing password. For example, a student who previously had a password of 1234567, would now have a password of 91234567. Students new to the District for the 2016-17 school year, already have eight character passwords.”

School Site Council

We are in need of members and parent participants to assist in the oversight of the Single Plan for Student Achievement are needed. Please email Mr. Dale Lovelace at if you are interested.


ACT test registration information

Denair Pulse
DenairPulse was created to share news about happenings in Denair, CA. The intent of this site is to promote positive news about the community, the schools and the people who make Denair a great place to live. We’re hoping to post news items on a regular basis, to keep the community informed about events and news that matters to you.

Breakfast at DHS

Breakfast is FREE to all students. Breakfast is served in the Coyote Cafe from 7:30 to 7:55 a.m.



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