Birmingham High School
|Birmingham Community Charter High School|
|Location||17000 Haynes St,
Lake Balboa, Los Angeles, California, USA
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
|Athletics||CIF Los Angeles City Section|
|Mascot||Patriots (formerly the Braves)|
Birmingham Community Charter High School (formerly Birmingham High School) is a public coeducational high school in the neighborhood/district of Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, California, United States. On July 1, 2009, the Los Angeles Unified School District (LSUAD) voted to allow the high school to become a charter school under the name Birmingham Community Charter High School. It was founded in 1953 as a 7–12 grade combined high school, and became solely a senior high school in 1963. The school has a Van Nuys address and serves Lake Balboa, parts of Encino, and Amestoy Estates.
In popular culture
Birmingham High School has been used as the backdrop for numerous music videos, commercials, and television shows such as the music video for Simple Plan's song Can't Keep My Hands Off You, Missy Elliott's song Gossip Folks, Gwen Stefani's song "Hollaback Girl", Corbin Bleu's song "Push It to the Limit," Eminem's No Love, and Lil Wayne's Prom Queen. Also, in 2007 an episode of America's Next Top Model was filmed there. Other shows filmed at Birmingham High School include Nip/Tuck, NCIS, Cold Case, Scrubs, The Office, Ghost Whisperer and Monk.
The school's football field was used as a set for the shoot of the music video for Angels & Airwaves "Everything's Magic" (the first single to their new CD, I-Empire). The track, surrounding the football field, also served as the location for the relay race scene starring Kirk Cameron in Like Father Like Son. An episode of Full House was filmed there, with Danny, Jessy, and Joey running a race around the track. In addition, Fanny Pak of America's Best Dance Crew comes to the dance studio to practice before they go on tour.
In the 2000s Birmingham became an independent charter school within LAUSD. About 66% of the faculty members of the school supported it. Because of the divisions within teachers and other staff members, the faculty and staff of the magnet program received permission from LAUSD to split from Birmingham. In 2009, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School was formed as an independent high school within the Birmingham campus. Connie Llanos of the Los Angeles Daily News said that Pearl "got off to a rocky start." During the first year as a standalone school, one third of the students left. Some left due to conflicts with Birmingham staff and students; some Birmingham students and staff members tormented Pearl students. Some left because Pearl was so small; they wanted a more comprehensive high school experience. Pearl moved into its own facility next to Birmingham in 2010.
In June 2009 Los Angeles Schools superintendent Ramon C. Cortines objected to photographs of the school's football team posing with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen in his guise as Brüno that appeared in GQ magazine.
From 2003 to 2007, the basketball coach was Andre McCarter, MVP for the Rochester, New York Zeniths of the Continental Basketball Association in the 1978–79 season. McCarter played on UCLA's national championship teams in the early 1970s under John Wooden.
In the 2008–09 school year, Birmingham introduced a Lacrosse team.
In 2013 the Birmingham wrestling team achieved to win the first ever L.A. City Section Championship in school history.
In 2010 the Birmingham Cross Country team went on to win both the Boys and Girls L.A. City Section Championship. Adding to head coach Scott Kings already incredible 16 city championships in his time at Birmingham.
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- Damon Buford – Former Major League Baseball player
- Marc Cohen – ABC Radio talk show host
- Tim Conway Jr. – radio personality (The Tim Conway Jr. Show)
- Jordan Farmar – NBA basketball player
- Sally Field – actress
- Terry Gilliam – director, actor (Monty Python)
- Bill Handel – radio personality, KFI 640 AM
- Jermaine Jackson (1973) – singer, songwriter
- Linda Lingle – governor of Hawaii
- Michael Milken – financier/philanthropist
- Tamera Mowry – actress
- Tia Mowry – actress
- Robert Newman – actor (Guiding Light)
- Michael Ovitz – talent agent
- Daniel Pearl – journalist
- Sally Ride – American physicist and former NASA astronaut, though she graduated from Westlake School for Girls.
- Paul Rodriguez Jr. – professional skateboarder
- Bobby Sherman – actor 
- Karen Valentine – actress
- Billy Warlock – actor
- Cindy Williams – actress
- Jeron Wilson – professional skateboarder
- Pamela Skaist-Levy – clothing designer, founder of Juicy Couture
- Mossimo Giannulli – clothing designer, founder of Mossimo (graduated from H.S. in Orange County)
- Michael Richards – actor (graduated HS in Ventura County)
- Mickey Sholdar – actor
- Llanos, Connie. "Daniel Pearl Magnet High School small but mighty." Los Angeles Daily News. August 19, 2011. Retrieved on September 1, 2011.
- "LA schools chief fumes over 'Bruno' school photos. (June 30, 2009) Associated Press. Retrieved on August 31, 2011.
- Back to Basics: Why Does High School Fail So Many? – Los Angeles Times
- Spotlight on LAUSD Alumni
- Birmingham High School – official website