Meyerholz Elementary is the second largest elementary school in the Cupertino Unified School District serving nearly 775 students in Kindergarten – 5th grade. In addition to being a Neighborhood school, Meyerholz is home to the Mandarin, Cupertino Language Immersion Program (CLIP). Established in 1998, CLIP was the 1st public Mandarin Immersion elementary school in California. CLIP is referred to as a strand program (a program within a regular school). Meyerholz is also fortunate to offer a primary and intermediate Mild to Moderate Special Day Class, along with a Resource Specialist Program.
In 2012 Meyerholz was awarded as a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School. Meyerholz is committed to serving all students equitably to ensure a world class learning experience for every child. We value every content area as important and critical to the overall elementary school experience. Our goal is to provide high quality instruction in all subject areas and ensure a balance of academic, physical, social, and emotional learning opportunities for our students. Meyerholz is a student centered learning community that places a priority on responding to the unique needs of our students. For more detailed information about Meyerholz, please visit the School Accountability and Report Card.
How Meyerholz Was Named
Rhiner Ivan Meyerholz was born December 10, 1890, on his parent’s ranch on Homestead Road. He was the only son of C. J. Meyerholz, who was born and raised in the East. His mother, Ada Derrick, was born in Vallejo. His parents had come to Cupertino in the 1800’s as some of the original settlers of this area. They were orchardists who made their living by growing grapes and apricots.
When Ivan was a young boy, his family moved to a 14 acre ranch on Sunnyvale-Saratoga Road. He attended San Antonio School and then Santa Clara High School. In 1914 he graduated from the University of Stanford School of Engineering with a degree in Civil Engineering. Four years later, he married Edna Bocks whose parents were original settlers of the Sacramento area.
Ivan’s hobbies started early in life and included almost everything. He especially loved nature and like it for what it was - wild, free and real. Among other best likes hobbies were reading, painting, photography and astronomy.
His civic activities started almost as soon as he had graduated from college. His great interest in water development for the Santa Clara Valley began in 1913 when he submitted the first report for the development of the Stevens Creek Water Resources to the Cupertino Improvement Club. He was later to become Secretary of this club in 1916 and President in 1917. He continued to serve with this organization during its investigation in the early 1950’s on incorporation of Cupertino.
He was also assistant resident engineer for the original survey of underground water of Santa Clara Valley, a study which resulted in construction of Stevens Creek and other dams to underground water resources. This study was the forerunner to the water conservation movement in the valley. He fought the battles for water conservation from 1920 until 1934 when the present reservoirs were completed.
He also distinguished himself during 32 years as a PG&E Civil Engineer, supervising the architectural design of many of its buildings, including offices, warehouses and garages. Among the largest structures he had a hand in building were plants on the Feather River and others on the Pit River and on the Mokelumne. His engineering accomplishments throughout Northern California are monuments that make it possible for us to enjoy the many modern conveniences we take for granted today.
Mr. Meyerholz’s interests and beliefs in public education led him to serve as a member of the Cupertino Union School District for 21 years. He became Cupertino’s third mayor in 1957. In honor of these many productive years for the community, Cupertino named our school for him. It was dedicated in his honor on May 3, 1959. In this year he was also named “Man of the Year.”
The groundwork for the establishment of a progressive and healthy community such as Cupertino is today was due in a large measure to Mr. Meyerholz’s civic responsibility and participation. He was a man who contributed almost his entire 76 years to building the Cupertino Community.