ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ A European-American Club founded for white students at a predominantly Hispanic high school has been granted an official charter by the school board.

The club at Anaheim High School was founded to promote ''the educational and social advancement of the European-American student,'' the club's application said.

Students said they felt the club was needed to provide a better idea of post-graduation opportunities.

''We're a minority,''said senior Chris Caballos, 17.''Most outreach and college recruiting on campus is geared toward the Hispanic students,''

Students also pointed to other ethnically based school clubs, such as the Asian Club and Black Student Union.

The school's students are 72 percent Hispanic, 19 percent non-Hispanic white and 5 percent Asian.

The Anaheim Union High School District board voted unanimously Monday to grant the charter, despite a protest from the lone board-appointed student representative, who does not have a vote.

''This only promotes racism,'' said Manuel Ontiveros, student body president of Savanna High School.

Anaheim High Principal Craig Haugen said he was skeptical at first, but was convinced the club's motives weren't racist or exclusionary.

''They're not doing this because they want to distinguish themselves or put down other ethnic groups,'' said Principal Craig Haugen.

Shannon Mounger, 17, a founding member of the group, said about 100 students at school have expressed interest in the club; she said about half of those were Hispanic or non-white.