Eagle Rock High School (Los Angeles, California)

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Eagle Rock High School
Eagle Rock, Los Angeles, California
Type Public
Established 1927
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Dr. David Baca
Faculty 150
Grades 7-12
Enrollment 2500
Campus Urban

Green, Gray, White

Athletics CIF Los Angeles City Section
Mascot Eagles
Newspaper Eagle's Scream

Eagle Rock High School (ERHS) is a public school located in the neighborhood of Eagle Rock of northeast Los Angeles, California.

Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School, an International Baccalaureate World School, is located between the cities of Pasadena and Glendale in the northeastern tip of Los Angeles, one of sixty-one high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is the only one with a 7-12 grade configuration, housing both a comprehensive junior and senior high school, as well a magnet program serving gifted, high ability and highly gifted students in grades 7-10. ERHS also offers a fully authorized IB Middle Years Programme to all students grades 7-10, and the IB Diploma Programme in grades 11-12.

College Admission rates for 2013 4 year colleges: 47% of ERHS graduates attend four year colleges including California public universities (UC and Cal State systems), MIT, Stanford, the Ivy League (including Harvard and Yale), and other private and public colleges.

2 year colleges: 51% of ERHS graduates attend 2 year colleges.

Other: 2% of ERHS graduates attend vocational school and other post secondary educational opportunities such as the military or occupational programs.

U.S. News and World Reports ranking for 2014 Eagle Rock High School is ranked 203rd within California and 959th nationally. Students have the opportunity to take Advanced Placement® course work and exams. The AP® participation rate at Eagle Rock High School is 52 percent. Newsweek ranking of 2013 of 1137 out of the best 2000 schools nationally

Student Clubs Students participate in numerous clubs and organizations including but not limited to: Key Club, Debate Club, SAT Club, Anime Club, MESA, Sierra Club, Amnesty International, Latin Jazz Band, Cheer, Computer Science, California Scholarship Federation, Yearbook, Recycling Club, Drill Team, The Writer’s Bloc, Battle of the Bands, Nature Club, and, SkillsUSA.


Recent Principals
1992-95 Gloria Sierra
1996–2003 Christine Zardeneta
2003–2005 Juan Flecha
2005-2014 Salvador Velasco 2014- Dr. David Baca

The school first opened its doors on September 12, 1927.[1]

Opening day at Eagle Rock Junior/Senior High School was September 12, 1927. Principal Helen Babson greeted some 750 expectant youngsters in an auditorium not yet equipped with seats. Seventy years later a dozen of these former students, wearing “I was there” badges, were honored at the 1997 ERHS Alumni Association Annual Dinner.[1]

Helen Babson during depression years noted that teaching openings were few and ERHS, as a new and nationally designated “progressive education” school, As a consequence the school assembled a highly talented group of educators, many of whom had distinguished careers as teachers and others as administrators. The progressive education experiment didn’t fare well, being replaced in time by more traditional modes of instruction. [1]

Helen Babson was succeeded in 1945 by another principal, Robert Kelly, who later moved on to other leadership posts in the Los Angeles School District.[1]

Charles Sutcliffe was principal from 1953 to 1962 during a time of community stability and postwar growth. The Korean club supported a school near Seoul and was awarded the George Washington medal for their efforts. The north gym was built, at the time it was the finest in the City.[1]

From 1962 to 1975 Charles Hamer S’31, who as an Occidental student had done his practice teaching at Eagle Rock, was principal. Mr. Hamer successfully guided the school through a period of earthquake related rebuilding and cultural transformation. The Boosters club was founded focusing anew community support for the school. Under John Rinaldo the ERHS Jazz Band brought state and national attention to the school.[1]

Eagle Rock has always ranked high among LA City schools in the quality of its faculty and in the achievements of its students. On average 90% of its graduates go on to college or technical education, . And these students are not only successful in the classroom, they also are maintain the ERHS traditions of excellence in choral and instrumental music, community involvement, and in producing winning athletic teams, both male and female. Longtime ERHS traditions continue, the senior class still selects a name which they feel typifies their aspirations, a student designed class plaque is still emplaced in front of the auditorium, which underwent major renovations in 2012, and the class still graduates at the Occidental College Hillside Theatre.[1]

Central Region High School 13, also known as Taylor Yard and then as Sonia M. Sotomayor Learning Academies relieved Eagle Rock of overcrowding when the school opened in 2011.[2]

Eagle Rock High Schools demographics for 2013 are as follows: 7% Asian, 2% African American, 21% Filipino, 58% Latino, 10% white, 2% other The API score is 776 and graduation rate is 92%

Sports offered Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Soccer, Tennis, Water Polo, Cross-country, Volleyball, Track & Field, Wrestling and Swimming. ERHS fields Boys and Girls varsity and junior varsity teams in each sport except for Football and wrestling (boys only) and Softball (girls only). ERHS sports teams compete in the Northeastern League of the Los Angeles Unified School District.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Eagle Rock High School History & Traditions by Eric Warren S '65
  2. ^ Central Region HS #13

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