O.B. Whaley Elementary School is a public school serving students in kindergarten through 6th grade in the Evergreen School District of San Jose, California.



Principal's Message

Gina Ornellas

The O.B. Whaley School staff believes excellence lies in maintaining high expectations for ourselves and for the students we serve. We collaborate to provide a program of academic excellence in which individual students’ strengths, needs, and learning styles are recognized and supported. O.B. Whaley School was honored in 1989, 1997, and 2004 as a California Distinguished School, and in 1990 as a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. In 2004 and 2007, we were also honored as a Title I Achieving School.


Otis B. Whaley

O.B. Whaley School, part of the Evergreen School District, was built in 1965. It is located near the foothills in southeast San Jose. Our Mascot is the Whale. Our colors are Navy Blue and White.

O. B. Whaley School, the district's third school, was named in 1963 after Otis Butler Whaley, who served on the Evergreen Board of Trustees for 27 years. The Whaley family purchased a prune and apricot orchard in the foothills off of San Felipe Road in 1911. They called their orchard Sunnyslope Farm. The property is now part of the Meadowlands housing development. Mr. Whaley died in 1946 at the age of 75.


An Award Winning Academic School

California Distinguished School Logo
National Blue Ribbon School Logo
Title 1 AA Award logo

School Mission Statement

At O.B Whaley we are dedicated to providing the best educational experience for our students. We strive to ensure academic and social success by using a variety of teaching strategies based upon quality research and successful practice. Our school is a place where children feel valued within a safe and nurturing environment and will achieve to the best of their ability.  As our children develop a positive self image and intellectual capacities, they will become successful in school and in their future.

School Vision Statement

The O.B Whaley community of learners is committed to life-long learning. Our community of learners are focused on building 21st Century Skills (communication, collaboration, creativity, critical thinking), Career and College Readiness, and meaningful learning experiences aligned with the Common Core standards. Our students participate daily in rigorous curriculum and are engaged with the new knowledge by practicing the 21st century skills in the daily instruction.

The Whaley learning community believes all students can achieve at high standards within a safe and nurturing environment.

We want our students to have opportunities to make positive choices, demonstrate responsibility and respect for others, so they will become contributing members of our greater community.


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