The Longest Continuously Active
High School Club In the Nation.

The Fresno High School Senate club (FHS Senate) was established in 1890, modeled after the United States Senate. The FHS Senate membership was for boys only until 1978 when girls were added to the membership. The FHS Senate is primarily a debating club, governed by Roberts Rules of Order and the FHS Senate Levy Handbook of Tradition. Weekly on-campus meetings follow an organized agenda, and detailed minutes are maintained as a permanent record of club proceedings. Boys are required to wear ties, and girls are required to wear dresses or skirts.

The Fresno High School Principal appoints 1-2 volunteer faculty sponsors annually or longer, and they are given the title of President of the United States. Sponsors attend all meetings on campus to preserve decorum, to preserve traditions and to provide other guidance when needed.

Admission to the FHS Senate requires a majority vote of the body for academically qualified candidates, sponsored by an active member of the club. Candidates must attend at least three club meetings and present a speech to complete the application process. Upon club admission, a U.S. state is permanently assigned to the new senator, and he/she is invited to declare a political party preference.

The FHS Senate contributes to the community – since 2005, FHS Senators have provided docent services for an annual historic home tour in the Fresno High School district.

The FHS Senate sponsors a number of annual events including a Thanksgiving actives/alumni touch football game, a winter formal dance, a last supper and others.

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