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

The mission of O.B. Whaley Elementary School is to provide a challenging educational environment that allows all students to develop their ability to communicate effectively, think critically, analyze, problem solve, and apply what is learned in a technical and global world.

Equity Statement

We believe in creating an inclusive environment that supports equitable access to a high quality education, which empowers our students to actively participate in the global community by meeting the needs of the whole child (educational, physical, social-emotional).



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