Acalanes Cross Country
and Track & Field
Acalanes High School was the first of several high schools in the Acalanes Union High School District in Lafayette, California. It was built in 1940 on what was then a tomato field. Lafayette businessman M.H. Stanley suggested the name "Acalanes," likely after a local Native American Bay Miwok tribe called Saclan, referred to by Spanish missionaries as "Saclanes". The first graduating class of 1941 selected the school colors of blue and white and the mascot, the Don (a Spanish name for a person of high importance).