Canyon High School (Anaheim, California)
|Canyon High School|
|220 S. Imperial Hwy.
Anaheim, CA 92807-3999
|School district||Orange Unified School District|
|Campus size||40 acres (160,000 m2)|
|Color(s)||Brown and Gold|
|Fight song||Canyon Fight Song|
|Rival||Villa Park High School|
|Feeder schools||El Rancho Charter School|
|Website||Canyon HS Home Page|
Canyon High School is a traditional four-year high school located in the Anaheim Hills community in the city of Anaheim, California and is an International Baccalaureate school. It is located on 40 acres (160,000 m2) of land on Imperial Highway between the cross streets of Santa Ana Canyon Road and Nohl Ranch Road, and serves students in the Orange Unified School District. The school, which opened its doors in 1973, has a student population of 2,400. The school primarily serves the community of Anaheim Hills as well as parts of East Anaheim and Orange, and was designated a California Distinguished School in 2007 by the California Department of Education. The school's fight song is Washington and Lee Swing. The school is currently ranked as one of the top 1,000 high schools in the United States by Newsweek at number 537, a distinction given to less than 1% of high schools nationally. It is the 90th highest ranked school in the state of California.
The school started in 1973 as a shared campus with the established Villa Park High School for students in grades 10-12. The high school was built to house students from both Peralta Junior High School and Vista del Rio Junior High School (these schools later have closed).
Upon completion of the Anaheim Hills campus, a variety of names were considered for the site. The proposed name of Anaheim Hills High School was not approved as a name, because the proposed Anaheim Hills community was not yet developed. Santa Ana Canyon High School, another proposed name based on the geographic location of the school, was not approved due to concern that the public would assume that the school was located in the city of Santa Ana, California.
Ultimately, the name Canyon High School was selected. Boundary changes in the district and increase in the population of the Anaheim Hills community resulted in changes at the school. The school was designated to serve students in grades 9 through 12 in 1987, and El Rancho Charter School was designated as the only feeder school within the boundaries of Canyon High School. The school implemented an International Baccalaureate Program in 1988.
Canyon High School offers a variety of programs for its students including the International Baccalaureate Program, Stellar Technology Program, and Specialized Science Program, in addition to numerous college-level Advanced Placement and Honors courses. Its current API Score is 825, designating the school in the top 10% of all high schools in the state of California.
The school focuses on technology, having undergone thousands of dollars worth of upgrading the schools technology, by adding 100 computers, and making 19 of its courses available as online classes.
The school mascot is a Comanche and its colors were originally brown and gold, but the athletic programs are changing slowly to black and gold. Students at Canyon High School compete in the following sports:
- David Buehler, National Football League kicker
- Sam Didier, Art Director for Blizzard Entertainment
- Eden Espinosa, singer/stage actress
- Seonna Hong, artist
- Courtney Mathewson, Olympic gold medalist water polo player
- Omar Benson Miller, actor
- Connie Needham, actress
- Brian Nestande, California State Assemblyman
- Andy Park, Illustrator
- Craig Ritter, Houston Oilers lineman
- Chris Snitko, Major League Soccer player
- James Storm, actor/wrestler
- Kwame Watson-Siriboe, Major League Soccer
Professional Baseball players
- John Cummings, pitcher
- Rob Deer, All-Star right fielder
- Grant Green, second baseman
- Doug Linton, pitcher
- Vinnie Pestano, pitcher Cleveland Indians 
- Steve Scarsone, second baseman
- Eric Valent, first baseman
- Canyon High School Profile - Orange Unified School District
- Distinguished School Awards - California Department of Education
- "America's Top Public High Schools". Newsweek.
- "America's Top Public High Schools: California". Newsweek.
- International Baccalaureate Organization - Canyon High School
- Canyon High School Accountability Report Card
- "Giants sign former Cowboys kicker David Buehler". The Star-Ledger. February 13, 2013.
- Eden Espinosa at the Internet Movie Database
- Mills, Andrea (October 8, 2013). "Canyon High names first four inductees to its Hall of Fame". The Orange County Register.
- Wong, Herman (October 17, 1987). "Once Is Not Enough For Bradford Child". Los Angeles Times.
- MLS Players
- "Kwame Watson-Siriboe". Major League Soccer.
- The Baseball Cube