School Details

Galena High School

3600 Butch Cassidy Way, Reno, NV 89511
(775) 851-5630

(out of 10)

Public Grades 9-12 & ungraded 1365 students 24 students/teacher (NV avg is 20)

Test Scores by grade


High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE)

In 2010-2011 Nevada used the High School Proficiency Examination (HSPE) to assess high school students in reading, math and writing. The HSPE is a high school graduation requirement. The HSPE is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Nevada. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2013
  • Washoe County School District average
  • Nevada state average

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About this school

Galena High School is a public high school in Reno. The principal of Galena High School is Thomas Brown. 1,365 students go to Galena High School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Asian. 6% of the Galena High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 26% of the 1,365 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Galena High School is 24:1. Sage Ridge School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish


  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 54%
Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 7%
Asian 3% %
Hispanic 27% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 4%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 37%
Limited English proficiency 6% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    STEM Academy offers students great engineering opportunities. Teachers are very helpful and communicate well w students and parents re expectations.The student body is very active. Students are encouraged to join the Riot Squad so they have fun at football and other sport games. Loads of opportunites w clubs sports and all level classes. We transferred within District and are very happy at GHS.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is the best in the country. Best Girls Basketball Team!! Best teachers. Mr. Browm is awesome. Student of the month is Amanda Feldman.

  • (4 years ago)

    I had gone to Galena for most of my junior year and I tought it was the best school. I have been to two other schools and this by far was the best school that I have been to. I had gone to elementry and middle school with most of the students so there wasn't much social change. I thought that the teachers were great and expected more out of its students than other schools. There was a large amount of pride in the community. There was a very limited amount of violence in the school. Over all I think that this is the best school in Washoe County.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am a student at Galena High School and I hated it. I was a new student in the middle of the year and found many other new people to hang out with. I loved all of my teachers and I would have stayed there if i didnt get invited to sex drug and drinking parties. The students were the only problem that i saw with the school. I didnt feel safe when i walked up to the building. Over all a 1 star rating. I liked the teachers and counclers The students are a whole different story.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son attends this school and so far things are going well. However my husband and I contribute financially to the sports programs. I have noticed a cast system. If you don't have money you aren't treated as well. I am lucky to be fortunate however I don't feel this should be a standard for the treatment and education of children.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Galena. My son attends the school and loves it as well. I like the fact that I can go down there and talk to any of his teachers pretty much any time. I hear a lot of people complaining because they feel athletes are treated differently. My son didn't play sports freshman year and does now. He isn't treated any differently he still has the same work and the same discipline as he did as a freshman.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a student at Galena and I love this school. The teaching staff is amazing and fun and really creative. Im an honors student here and i believe that i am getting a solid education here. Yes school sports is a huge part of Galena but its like that at every school. Galena puts out so much effort into academics and i believe that im getting an amazing education. The administration is tough but they dont baby us the care for us and help us reach our goals. Galena High is a great school and by far has one of the best reputations in northern nevada.

  • (5 years ago)

    i play sports for galena and that part of the school is great like the person underneath me said half of my teachers were very lazy and like 3 administrators are very rude but i love galena and would go know were else

  • (5 years ago)

    I have attended galena for two years now and I do not like it at all. The majority of the teachers have this philosophy that all they need to do is pass out worksheets and not even teach or teach for half the class and let you sit there for the next hour or so doing absolutly nothing. I would only recommend this school to someone who wants to be very involved in school sports becasue that is pretty much the only thing that stands out to any of the administrators. No matter how intelligent you are they put too much pride into the athletics department. The administrators are rude and irritable almost everyday. I would recommend attending a charter school or online high school if you are not involved to attached to the school activities outside of school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is excellent my kids go here and we love it. There is so much school spirit even with the teachers and administration. Every school function you will see many of them attending. The Orchestra program is top notch Mr. Munc runs this program with pride. You can't find a better high school in Reno!

  • (6 years ago)

    i love galena high school. i just started and i already love it! it is so amazing and so are the teachers. there IS discipline and the dress code IS NOT ignored trust im just happy to be going here.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think Galena High School is the best school there is in Reno. I have the honor of going there just as my brother did three years ago.

  • (8 years ago)

    Galena HS is a very disappointing school. No real discipline. Dress code is ignored. Thief from student is common place. If you son or daughter plays sport for them they will be treated like gods. If they are just plain good kids then they're a dime a dozen. No real opportunity for a smart child to excel because of rigid format of classes. No wonder they're SAT and ACT scores are so low with the neighborhood have the highest property value in Reno-Sparks area. I removed my son after one year and enrolled him in a charter school Coral Academy. He smiles every day and his grades are up. Finally if you send your child to Galena HS just send a very large check with a donation to the sports program because that's what they valve the student for.

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