Arcadia High School (Arcadia, California)
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|Arcadia High School|
A Symbol of Honor and Pride
|180 Campus Drive
Arcadia, California, United States
|School district||Arcadia Unified School District|
|Principal||Dr. Brent Forsee|
|Number of students||3665|
|School color(s)||Cardinal and gold|
|Athletics||colorguard, football, marching band, baseball, basketball, cross-country, golf, pep flags, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo|
|Athletics conference||Pacific League|
The high school was opened in 1952. The ninth grade was added to Arcadia High School in 1994. The incoming freshman classes consist of students that feed in from Arcadia’s three middle schools: First Avenue Middle School, Richard Henry Dana Middle School, Foothills Middle School.
It is among the few public high schools in California to receive a distinguished Great Schools Rating of 9 out of 10. In 2010, BusinessWeek ranked Arcadia as the best place to raise children in the state of California for the second year in a row, citing the city's school system and its low crime rate.
The school has a teaching staff of 148. Four hold doctorate degrees, and 110 have masters degrees. The administrative staff consists of the principal, four assistant principals, and one dean of students. A staff of eight full-time and two part-time counselors hold masters degrees and Pupil Personnel Service Credentials, with two of the counselors licensed Marriage/Family/Child Counselors. Arcadia High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and received another six-year accreditation in June 2010.
- 1 History
- 2 Achievements
- 3 Academics
- 4 Athletics
- 5 Academic teams
- 6 Extracurricular activities
- 7 Orchestra
- 8 ICC Charted Clubs
- 9 Construction
- 10 Rose Parade achievements
- 11 Notable alumni or former students
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Arcadia was once part of the Spanish Empire and part of a 21-square-mile (54 km2) area called Rancho Santa Anita. In 1845, Hugo Reid, a pioneer from Scotland, bought Rancho Santa Anita from Governor Pio Pico. Through the years, several early settlers occupied Rancho Santa Anita. In 1875, Elias Jackson "Lucky" Baldwin bought the land. The city of Arcadia's destiny was entwined with the fortunes of Baldwin, who expanded his property holdings to 63,000 acres (255 km2) acres in the San Gabriel Valley. Baldwin went on to oversee Arcadia's incorporation in 1903 and became the city's first mayor. The Arcadia School District came to be at the same time as the incorporation of Arcadia in 1903.
In 1950, the high school students of Arcadia, Duarte, and Monrovia attended the same high school, "Monrovia Arcadia Duarte High School", more often called "MAD High". In 1951, with a fast growing population, a bond measure that called for the construction on a new high school in Arcadia was proposed. After its passage, workers began construction and Arcadia High welcomed its first freshman and sophomore classes in September 1952. However, many students had to attend their first year of high school at First Avenue, the oldest school in Arcadia, erected in 1903. The new buildings were built in the next two years and by the 1954 school year, all high school students in Arcadia were together at Arcadia High.
About 1975, the closed-campus policy and the dress code were discontinued. Much of the change was brought about by the U.S. Supreme Court decision that stated, “A student doesn’t shed his rights at the school house door.” That year the student population of Arcadia High reached it highest population at about 3,300 students. For the first time, students also were granted representation on the School Board. They had the right to elect a representative to attend School Board meetings and speak for the student body. The Student Council presided over most of the student body budget.
In the 1980s, enrollment had decreased considerably to about 2,200 students, largely due to the aging demographic in Arcadia. Since then, enrollment has rapidly increased. In the 1990s, the demographics of the school dramatically changed.
The Apache Marching Band has won 30 major championships and has marched in the Tournament of Roses Parade fourteen times. The school ranks scholastically, in the 99th percentile of all California high schools.
Arcadia United School District has discipline procedures covering all areas of high school student behavior.
In the late 1990s, Native American activists threatened to sue Arcadia High School over its use of the "Apache" mascot. These Native American activists and many Arcadia community members viewed the high school's use of Native American symbols, including an "Apache Joe" mascot, the Pow Wow school newspaper, the "Apache News" television program, the "Smoke Signals" news bulletin boards, the school's auxiliary team's marching "Apache Princesses" and opposing football team fans' "Scalp the Apaches" signs as being "offensive". The school consulted with Native American groups and made some concessions but did not change the mascot. Some residents of Arcadia, who are former students at the school and have Native American ancestry, do not take offense to the school's use of these symbols. Arcadia High School has established a relationship with the White Mountain Apaches and sponsors an annual charity drive to aid them.
- US News Gold Star school 2012
- 250 students compete on eight state and national award-winning academic teams
- The 1993 and 2010 national champions, the We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution Team
- A national-placing Speech and Debate Team
- A national-placing Quiz Bowl Team
- A national-placing Ocean Sciences Bowl Team (1st place in 2013)
- A national-placing Science Bowl Team (4th place in 2010)
- A state-placing Science Olympiad Team
- A state-placing Mock Trial Team
- Nationally recognized 386-member Apache Marching Band and Colorguard
- 350-student Symphony Orchestra program
- About 90 students involved in three groups of Percussion.
- The Arcadia World (Varsity) Percussion Ensemble, the #1 ranked high school percussion ensemble in the nation, is an eight-time finalist in Winter Guard International, winning the world championship in 2011.
- A national-placing colorguard
- Nationally Placing Dance and theater production groups
- 250-student Choral Department program
- Show choirs: Chanteurs and New Spirit
- Arcadian Yearbook and Apache Pow Wow Newspaper Staff of over 115 students
- Video Production and Apache News Team
- Nationally Ranked Cross Country Program
- 2010 and 2012 Boys Cross Country state and national champions
- Future Business Leaders of America in the top eight of the state of California
- Scenes in the movie Deal of a Lifetime were filmed on location at Arcadia High School
Arcadia High students must complete 225 credits and pass math, reading, writing and swimming proficiency tests to graduate. Starting with the class of 2006, students must pass both parts of the California High School Exit Exam, English-language arts and mathematics, in order to receive their diplomas. Arcadia High School offers Advanced Placement, Honors level and college preparatory courses. Arcadia High has 35 Advanced Placement/Honors courses.
Arcadia High has 19 Advanced Placement (AP) courses including: English language, English literature, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Computer science A, US History, US Government, Comparative Government, Chemistry, Biology, Environmental Science, Physics B, Physics C, Spanish language, Spanish literature, Chinese language, French language, Japanese language, Music Theory, and Art History. Nearly all honors and AP classes require admissions criteria, which may include entrance exams, teacher recommendations, and past performance history or audition.
The school does not weigh GPA or rank its students. Arcadia students have a high pass rate in the Advanced Placement exams and usually have at least 25 National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists each year. As of 2013[update], the senior class is represented by 24 National Merit Scholarship Finalists. 69.5% of AHS class of 2013 chose to attend a four year college/university, 23.5% a community college.
Arcadia High School is governed by the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Southern Section as a member of the Pacific League. Its athletic mascot is the Apache and its colors are cardinal and gold. The Apache boys compete in baseball, basketball, cross country, football, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo. The Apache girls compete in basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, and water polo. There is a pep squad with Song, Cheer, and Pep flags. Arcadia’s main rival is Crescenta Valley High School. Both teams often contend for the League Championship.
Arcadia teams often qualify for the CIF playoffs. In 2005, boys' soccer was a finalist in the Division III CIF playoffs. The girls track team has lost two dual meets in the last four years and regularly send athletes to CIF Finals.
Cross country, and track and field
The boys' cross country team were placed 3rd, 7th, 8th, 4th, 3rd, 1st, 2nd and 1st in the 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012 California Interscholastic Federation CIF-State Cross Country Championships in Division I, respectively. They are led by coach Jim O'Brien.
In 2005 they qualified for the state championship for the first time in school history. They were placed third overall and earned a spot on the state podium. In 2006, Arcadia went to the Nike Team Nationals Championship open race where Andrew Pilavjian led the way for the Apaches as the ninth fastest American runner on the day where he placed seventh in the open race and fourteenth overall (open and invitational races combined, including Kenyan national runners).
In 2008, the team placed fourth in Division I at the state championships and came in second in the Open (non-invitational) race behind Kenya at Nike Team Nationals. Renaud Poizat led the team at the state championship with a fifth place showing. They then placed third at the state championship in 2009, losing by a narrow margin of just 12 points. In 2010, the team took first place at Nike Team Nationals and set a new record for the lowest scoring team in history. The team remained undefeated the entire season and broke the California state record. Arcadia senior cross country star Ammar Mousa was named the Gatorade boys' cross country runner of the year in California for a second-straight year in 2011. As defending state champions in 2011, Arcadia came up short of back-to-back state championships where they placed 2nd, however did end up placing fourth at the national championships. They were led by individual state champion Sergio Gonzalez.
In 2012, the boys cross country team won another state championship, led by Estevan De La Rosa. They went on to win the Nike Cross National Championships.
The Boys Track team has also been successful from 2005, winning over 90% of its meets and three league championships in a row, (2005–07).In 2009, Arcadia track became the first team in the Pacific League to be undefeated on every level. The boys and girls frosh and boys and girls varsity were unbeaten. 44-0. 2009 was the 4th league championship for Arcadia varsity boys track in five years. The girls varsity has repeated as league champion for a third straight year (07-09). Coach Doug Speck was inducted into the Cross Country Coaches Association Hall of Fame at Mt. San Antonio College in 2009.
Arcadia is known for its Arcadia Invitational, the largest high school track meet in the nation. The meet has witnessed high school records being broken and has featured future Olympians Quincy Watts, Steve Lewis, Danny Everett, Valerie Brisco-Hooks, Gail Devers, Mike Powell, Michael Marsh, Marion Jones, Allyson Felix, Monique Henderson, Deena Kastor, Michelle Perry, Alan Webb, Cathy Freeman from Australia,Bryshon Nellum and other athletic stars such as Bills Wide Receiver Robert Woods, 2013 Biletnikoff Award Winner Marqise Lee, George Farmer, De'Anthony Thomas, George Atkins III, and Remontray McClain .
Arcadia is home to several academic teams, including the Constitution Team, Quiz Bowl, Destination Imagination, Mathematics Team, Physics Team, Science Olympiad, National Science Bowl, National Ocean Sciences Bowl, Mock Trial Team, Speech and Debate Team, Solar Cup, Academic Decathlon, and History Bowl.
- In 2011 the school won first place at the National Science Bowl, JPL Regional Competition.
- In 2010 the school won first place at the National Science Bowl, JPL Regional Competition. and 4th place in the U.S. Department of Energy National Science Bowl competition.
- In 2013 Arcadia High School won first place at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Regional Competition at JPL, and 1st place in the 2013 National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
- In 2010 Arcadia High School won first place at the National Ocean Sciences Bowl Regional Competition and 8th place in the 2010 National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition.
- In 2010 Arcadia High School won second place at the Los Angeles Regional Science Olympiad Competition and won fourth place at the California State Science Olympiad Competition.
- In 2010 Arcadia High School Constitution Team earned the California State Championship title. In April 2010, Arcadia High School's Constitution Team was declared the national champion of the We The People competition, an achievement that has been 17 years in the making.
- In 2011 and 2012, Arcadia High School Mock Trial team became county champions out of 67 schools in LA country after only being created in 2010. They then received 13th and 10th at state, respectively.
Academic Decathlon is a challenging academic competition. The final Academic Decathlon team consists of nine members, with an Honors student division (3 members with GPAs 3.75 or higher), a Scholastic Division (three members with GPAs between 3.0 – 3.75), and a Varsity Division (three members with GPAs lower than 3.0). The team is open to as many as 25 students but only 9 are guaranteed a chance to compete. All members must compete in all ten areas. Knowledge in seven subjects are tested by multiple-choice examinations. One academic subject (varying each year) is deemed the Superquiz category which is a Jeopardy-style televised question-and-answer section. In 2012, the team made state competition for the first time, placing fourth overall in the regional competition.
The Constitution Team (Government Team) is an academic team that participates in a national competition sponsored by the Center for Civic Education. The team has been to the state competition for 21 years in a row, and was state champions five times.
The Arcadia High Constitution Team is composed of thirty seniors, selected through a two-tier interview process. The team is partitioned into six units of five students, each focusing on an aspect of the United States Constitution and government. The team partakes in congressional hearing style competitions at the district, regional, state, and national levels. The team is led by their advisor Mr. Kevin Fox, and each of the unit coaches.
Arcadia High School's 2009 - 2010 Government Team took the California State Title in February 2010. On Monday, April 26, 2010, the AHS Constitution Team was declared the 2010 national champions of the We The People competition. This is the second time the AHS Constitution Team has won the national title, the first being in 1993. In 2012, the team won its second state championship in just three years, going on to place third at the national level.
The Math Team is an award winning team that represents Arcadia High School at math competitions throughout the year, including the Bay Math League (series of four after-school competitions) and Math Day at the Beach, at Cal State Long Beach. Math Team members participate in several write-in competitions as individuals and as a team. Members can participate in national contests including the American Mathematics Competitions and American Regions Mathematics League.
Ocean Sciences Bowl
The Ocean Sciences Bowl competition pits two four-person teams against each other in timed rounds during which the teams are asked questions and are given written team challenges to collectively answer. Questions focus on oceanography and associated sub-topics. Arcadia's team recruits in the range of ten to fifteen members each year, five of whom participate in the regional Los Angeles Surf Bowl competition in February or March held at USC. In the past few years, the team has placed in the top three at the regional competition, taking first place in the 2010 LA Surf Bowl and moving on to eighth place in the National competition. In 2013, the team achieved the first place in the National Cup.
The Physics Team prepares the members for the Physics Bowl Test Competition in April, created by the American Association of Physics Teachers, (AAPT) in which members will participate in Divisions 01 and 02. Physics Team also prepares students for the Physics Olympiad Test Competition held in March. Those who qualify in that competition will be admitted into the U.S. International Physics Olympiad, where they will compete worldwide. The first round is an intense competition against thousands of students from the United States.
The team covers topics in Physics at the Advanced Placement Level. Major topics the team stresses on include Newtonian mechanics, Electricity, Magnetism, Fluid mechanics, Thermal physics, Waves, Optics, Atomic physics, and Nuclear physics, all of which are part of the general knowledge of Newtonian and Quantum Physics. Arcadia High School has won second place in the Nation and first place at State Level for Physics Bowl.
Quiz Bowl Team
Quiz Bowl is a Jeopardy-style competition in which four-person teams compete by answering questions on multiple topics. Tryouts occur in September and team members are selected according to their performances. The team is usually made up of 20-30 members. The Quiz Bowl team has competed at the NAQT National Championships in the past five years, ranking seventeenth of over 170 teams in 2008.
The Quiz Bowl Team qualified for the NAQT HS national championship tournament in 1998, 2002, and from 2006-2013. Two Arcadia teams made the playoffs in 2007, placing 33rd and 49th, respectively, in the nation; and one Arcadia team placed 17th in the nation in 2008. In 2011, two Arcadia teams again made the playoffs, placing 33rd and 128th, respectively. In 2012, three Arcadia teams qualified for nationals, placing 49th (2 tied) and 101st.
Science Bowl Team
Science Bowl is a buzzer competition with questions classified into several topics. Since 2011, a new Energy topic has been added to the subject categories, and Earth Science and Astronomy have been combined into "Earth and Space Sciences". Questions are now asked in the categories entitled Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Mathematics, Energy, "Earth and Space Science" and "General Science". In late 2002, Computer Science was dropped as an official category, questions relating to computer science are now asked under Mathematics.
Each spring, the ten members of the next year's team are selected. Five members of the team compete in a regional competition every February at JPL. The Arcadia H.S. Science Bowl team won the JPL regional in 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003, 2010, and 2011 and thus qualified for the national tournament in each of those years. The team placed 4th in the national tournament following their 2010 JPL regional win. The winning team of each regional Science Bowl competition is invited to participate in the National Science Bowl, all expenses paid. Each year, in late April or early May, the National Science Bowl competition is held in Washington, DC. Since the mid-nineties, the competition has been hosted by the National 4-H Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Science Olympiad recruits about twenty testing members, 15 of whom compete at regional and state competitions in March and April. The competition consists of 23 events that include written tests as well as hands-on laboratory exams, experimental design components, and building events, in which devices are constructed beforehand to complete given tasks. The events include creative building events that include building bottle rockets, electric vehicles, bridges, etc. The team has done well at both the regional and state level, placing consistently in the top three in Los Angeles County, and the top five in Southern California.
Solar Cup is a 7 month solar powered boat building competition in which high school students from across the state design, engineer, and build a 16 foot long dory boat. Additionally, teams are required to submit technical reports throughout the 7 months leading up to competition on the drivetrain, electrical system, and the hull of the boat. Teams are required to meet deadlines for submitting illustrated reports on these systems. In 2007 the competition was split between "veteran" (returning) and "rookie" (new) teams. The competition is a scored event, divided up into several categories: Technical Reports, Workshops, Visual Displays, Qualifying Times, Endurance Distance, and Sprint Times. Combined, all of these categories add up for a 1000 maximum possible points. Overall, 41 teams competed in 2007, and 36 teams competed in 2010. The advisers for past Arcadia Solar Cup Challenge teams include Mr. Benjamin Smith, Ms. Joan Stevens, and Mr. Michael Winters.
The school has two show choirs: New Spirit, an all-girls' show choir, and Chanteurs, a mixed show choir. Chanteurs and New Spirit have been around for 59 and 35 years, respectively, as of 2011. Both groups have earned the highest honors in competitions throughout Southern California, maintaining its rank as two of the top show choirs in its years running. They also perform shows around the community at Christmas, Fundraisers for both groups include selling cheesecakes, spookbusters (cleanup insurance for trashed yards during Halloween), and tickets to concerts such as the Madrigal dinner.
The choral program includes a Concert Choir, which consists of male and female choral singers performing classical pieces, and a Treble Choir, which consists of lower classmen female singers learning to sing in a choir setting. The Arcadia High School choral department also hosts the annual Pow Wow Show Choir Invitational. The Arcadia Choral Department was directed by Mr. Rollie Maxson, the director for more than 20 years, who retired in 2010. Mr. Rick England is now the choir director. Starting with the 2012-2013 School Year, Arcadia High School will have two mixed show choirs "Chanteurs" (Advanced Mixed) and "Harmonix" (Intermediate Mixed). With the creation of an Intermediate Mixed show choir ("Harmonix") at Arcadia High School, their women's group "New Spirit" has dissolved.
Arcadia's Colorguard competes at the World Class level and the scholastic A level. At nationals Arcadia World Guard has placed 5th in 2005, and 3rd in 2006, 2007, and 2013. Its World Guard has won gold at Southern California Championships numerous times.
Concert Band is divided into three levels: Band I, Band II, and Band III. Band I consists of freshman. Band II is divided into two classes due to its size: Brass and Woodwinds, and consists of all players who are not freshmen and not in Band III. Band III is the selective top-level Concert Band, with an audition requirement to enter.
The orchestra has competed in the Heritage Festivals in Orlando, San Francisco and San Diego and winning first place in all three divisions for their three orchestras. The orchestra, like the Concert Band, is divided into three levels: Orchestra I, Orchestra II, and Orchestra III. Orchestra III has an annual audition process, selecting those who qualify for next years group.
The instrumental music department has a strong music program from the middle schools. The music department consists of groups such as the Marching Band, Orchestra, Color Guard, Open and World Percussion.
The Marching Band has over 300 members. The Arcadia Apache Marching Band consists of the band, the color guard and the percussion. The band has marched in the Rose Parade in nearby Pasadena fifteen times, most recently in 2012. They have also marched in venues as the Gator Bowl parade and the 44th Presidential Inaugural Parade. Arcadia has held the annual Arcadia Festival of Bands since 1954.
Arcadia has a drama program, a dance/prop production program (Colorguard) who has placed third in the nation twice, a dance program, an advanced dance company (Orchesis), four choirs and a large instrumental music program. The Arcadia High School Theatre Department won first place in the High School Intermediate Category for its ensemble performance of Oklahoma!. Competing with schools from all over the United States, they secured the first place trophy in February 2012. In 2013, the Arcadia High School Theatre Department took home the Drama Teachers Association of Southern California (DTASC) Sweepstakes Trophy. Out of 66 schools throughout Southern California, Arcadia High School won the most first place awards ranking them in first place for the overall sweepstakes award. 
Winter Percussion Ensemble
During the year's second semester, Arcadia's three percussion ensembles participate in indoor competitions organized by the Southern California Percussion Alliance (SCPA). The program has one ensemble participate in each of the three divisions: Scholastic A, Scholastic Open, and Scholastic World, comparative to beginner, intermediate, and expert levels, respectively. Furthermore, the Scholastic World line travels to Dayton, Ohio in April to compete in the Winterguard International Percussion Championships. The Scholastic World Division ensemble placed 7th at WGI Championships in 2010.
AHS' Varsity Percussion Scholastic World Division Ensemble traveled to Dayton, OH on April 13–17, 2011 to perform in the Winterguard International (WGI) worldwide championships. The Ensemble competes in the “World Division”- the highest level of competition for High school groups. After performances in the preliminaries and finals rounds, the Arcadia High School Percussion Ensemble was awarded the Gold medal and named the National Champions with a score of 97.525. In 2012, the Percussion Ensemble placed 4th in WGI's PSW division.
ICC Charted Clubs
Arcadia High has many clubs governed by the associated student body, including Pre-Med Club, Physics Club, Art Club, Philosophy Club, Film Club, Gay Straight Alliance, A.L.L.I.E.S. Christian Club, Chinese Club, Korean Culture Club, Kare 4 Kids Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Arcadia Young Democrats of America, Young Republicans of America, Key Club, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation, Interact Club, Leo Club, Students Promoting Literacy Club, SADD Club, French Club, Chemistry Club, Writer's Bloc, Photography Club, Magic Tricks Club, S.I.G.N. (speaking in gestures naturally) club, India Club and Astronomy Club.
A $218 million bond measure was passed on the November 7, 2006 election ballot for the purpose of upgrading and repairing Arcadia schools. A large part of local property taxes are absorbed by the state, and Arcadia is the lowest funded unified school district in Los Angeles County. A new Student Services Center provides a "front door" to the high School on Campus Drive. The two story structure includes general and special education classrooms, three computer labs, television studio, graphic design and digital photography classrooms, and the high school’s career center and health, counseling and administrative offices. The brick and glass exterior finish visibly blends with other elements of the campus. Ground was broken in the summer of 2008.
The Science Center is located on the south side of the campus on Duarte Road. The two-story center includes chemistry labs with preparation areas and collegiate designed biology and physics classrooms separated by lecture rooms.
The 40,000-square-foot (3,700 m2) Arcadia High School Performing Arts Center will anchor the campus at the northwest corner. The center will have ground level and mezzanine seating for 1200, the stage will accommodate 150 musicians. The building will contain a small theater, orchestra and dance rooms, and an internal courtyard. The Performing Arts Center construction began in 2010. The facility opened in October 2012. "This will be the first venue of its kind for the district and the community," said district Superintendent Joel Shawn.
Rose Parade achievements
Arcadia High School has several alumni who have joined the ranks of the Rose Court, seven of which have been Queens.
- Pamela Tedesco graduated from Arcadia High School in 1968. She was chosen as Rose Queen in 1970 for the Tournament of Roses Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena, California.
- Linda Deal reigned as Rose Princess in 1980. (Her three brothers were all Eagle Scouts and carried banners in the Rose Parade). In 1939, Linda's mother, Rosemary Kuchenski (Deal), rode the American Legion Float when Shirley Temple was the Grand Marshall for the first time.
- In 1986, April Lake reigned as a rose princess.
- Sandra Waltrip and Diane Welch reigned as two of the princesses in 1987.
- Kristin Leigh Harris & Julie Jeanne Myers were chosen as back-to-back Rose Queens for 1987 and 1988.
- Marisa Stephenson, princess in 1989.
- Erica Brynes, the 76th Tournament of Roses Queen in 1994.
- Christina Farrell '99, the 81st Rose Queen in 1999. Chaitali Gala and Olivia Wilson were princesses the same year.
- Crystal Uribe and Nini Jiang, princesses in 2001
- Shannon Stockdale and Stephanie Valenzuela, princesses in 2002.
- Erinne LaBrie, princess in 2003.
- Alyssa Jones, princess in 2006.
- Dusty Gibbs, 90th Rose Queen and reigned over the 119th Rose Parade and 94th Rose Bowl Game in 2008.
- Courtney Chou Lee, 91st Rose Queen, giving Arcadia back to back Rose Queens in 2008 & 2009
- Lauren Valenzuela, princess in 2009.
- June Ko, princess in 2010.
- Tatyane Barrios, princess in 2011.
- The Arcadia High School Marching Band has marched in the Rose Parade 15 times.
Notable alumni or former students
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- Jeff Grosso, professional skateboarder for Van Doren Rubber Company, Anti-Hero skateboards, Independent trucks, Spitfire wheels.
- Mike Saxon, professional American Football Player for the Dallas Cowboys, New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings
- Mike Lansford, professional American Football Player for the Los Angeles Rams
- Bruce Bochte, professional baseball player (MLB)
- Stacie Chan, was the voice of Jade in the animated television series, Jackie Chan Adventures.
- Renee Chen, Taiwanese singer and songwriter signed by Warner Music
- Scoop DeVille, Hip-Hop music producer and rapper, founding member of the Get Busy Committee, son of rapper Kid Frost
- Marianne Gravatte, model/actress and 1983 Playmate of the Year
- Dave Hostetler, professional baseball player
- Steve Kemp, professional baseball player (MLB)
- Bruce Matthews played football at Arcadia High and at USC. Bruce played for the Houston Oilers/Tennessee Oilers/Tennessee Titans. He is a first-year (inducted in the first year of eligibility) Hall-of-Famer of 2007.
- Clay Matthews played football at Arcadia High and at USC. After college, Clay played for the Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons. He is a 4-time Pro Bowler
- Mirai Nagasu, figure skater formerly enrolled at Arcadia High School.
- Stevie Nicks, member of the pop-rock band Fleetwood Mac
- Brian Ralston, film/TV composer. Was also a member of the Arcadia Apache Marching Band while in high school.
- Bill Seinsoth, Jr. played baseball, holds records at Arcadia High and at USC. After college, Bill was the Los Angeles Dodgers first-round draft pick for first base. He was killed in an auto crash shortly thereafter in 1969
- Mark Smith, professional baseball player (MLB)
- Michael Anthony Sobolewski, former bassist and founding member of the hard rock band Van Halen.
- David Tao, Taiwanese singer
- Debbie Turner, played the role of Marta Von Trapp in The Sound of Music.
- Rena Wang is an American badminton player. She was invited by the World Badminton Federation to compete at the 2012 Olympics in the women’s singles event.
- Jeffrey Collins CEO of Deuce King INC.
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