Grant High School (Los Angeles)
|Ulysses S. Grant High School|
What we are to be we are now becoming.
|13000 Oxnard Street, Valley Glen, California 91401
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Dean||Carlos Renderos, Ana Mejia, Devin Ellison, and Bill Foster|
|Color(s)||Brown, Orange, White|
Ulysses S. Grant High School is a secondary school in the Valley Glen neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, in the east-central San Fernando Valley. It is located adjacent to Los Angeles Valley College.
Its mascot is the Lancer and the school colors are brown, orange, and white. The school motto is: "What we are to be we are now becoming."
The school newspaper is called the "Odyssey" in reference to President Grant's first name - Ulysses - the main character in Homer's epic "The Odyssey." There is a school tradition that, on or about April 1, a satirical issue is distributed called the "Oddity" and it contains comical and irreverent articles. Past "articles" have been about finals being canceled, the school being closed, rats infesting the cafeteria, clothing optional P.E. classes, etc.
The school yearbook is called the "Shield" .
Connected to Grant High School is a communications/technology magnet which emphasizes smaller class sizes and communications technology electives including film/video production, broadcast journalism, computer technology, graphic communications, and performing arts.
Grant opened in 1959.
Grant was featured in Newsweek magazines April 17, 2008 cover story about 25 years of divorce in America; Grant was chosen as a prototypical suburban high school and the article featured members of the class of 1982 and their marital stories.
Academic and artistic feats
In the late 1960s, a local L.A. television station aired a game show called It's Academic, which featured competition among L.A. area high schools in a quiz show format. Grant won the competition both years that the show was on the air.
In 1977, students at Grant achieved a listing in the Guinness Book of World Records for playing the world's largest musical chairs game (record since broken).
Grant students are also credited with helping to paint one of the largest murals in the world—the Great Wall of Los Angeles—in the Tujunga Wash that lies on the border of the campus. The mural, which depicts southwestern U.S. history from prehistoric times, is 2,754 feet (840 m) making it the longest mural in the United States.
Grant's award-winning Academic Decathlon team placed 11th out of 64 schools in the 2009 regional competition.
Grant has a film program for students either considering a career in that field or with a general interest. Students that have completed his program have earned numerous awards such as certificates, CINE Golden Eagles, trophies and other means of recognition. The students are allowed to freely create stories of their own.
Los Angeles city athletic championships
- 1974 Boys Tennis
- 1975 Boys Pole Vault (Howard Kwasman)
- 1986 Boys Baseball
- 1991 Boys Golf
- 1992 Boys Golf
- 1993 Girls Soccer
- 1994 Girls Soccer
- 1996 Girls Gymnastics
- 2012 Boys Pole Vault (Martin Lopez)
- Retired numbers: #13 Rod Beck (Baseball), #21 Nevil Vega (Baseball), #25 Gilbert Arenas (Boys Basketball)
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- Barry Carl, former Rockapella Band Member
- Barry G. Livingston, Actor (including Ernie on 'My Three Sons') 
- Bobby Diamond, 1964, Los Angeles lawyer and former film and television actor
- Brian Robbins, actor in "Head of the Class, director of "Norbit"
- Bruce Manson, former professional tennis player
- Cheryl Holdridge, actress, married to Lance Reventlow.
- Craig Hundley, musician and former child actor, now known as Craig Huxley.
- Danny Nucci, Professional film actor
- David Paich, Keyboardist/singer, composer and co-founder of the rock group Toto
- Davie Allan, instrumental rock guitarist
- Fran Pavley, California State Senator 
- Gary Knell, NPR, President and Chief Executive Officer
- Gilbert Arenas, professional basketball player, NBA All-Star with Washington Wizards
- Ike Eisenmann, Actor/Producer/Sound Effects specialist
- Jeff Green, former Editor-in-Chief of Games for Windows: The Official Magazine
- Minnette Gersh Lenier, teacher of literacy and professional magician
- Jeff Porcaro, Drummer, co-founder of the rock group Toto (d. 1992)
- Jessie Nelson, filmmaker (Corinna, Corinna, I Am Sam, The Story of Us, Fred Claus)
- Jim Gordon, popular session drummer
- Jim Umbarger, Major league baseball player 1975-78
- John Dolmayan Rock Drummer(System Of A Down)
- Johnette Napolitano, Musician/Concrete Blonde
- Joseph Williams, Film/TV composer and former lead singer in the rock group Toto
- Kay Lenz, Emmy Award winning actress, first wife of David Cassidy.
- Kevin Dubrow, Lead Singer, co-founder of the rock group Quiet Riot (d. 2007)
- Larry Magid, Technology journalist
- Lonn Friend, vice president of A and R for Arista Records.
- Louis J Horvitz, 6 Time Emmy Award Winning Director/Executive Producer 
- Megan Marshack, Journalist
- Melora Hardin, Professional Actress, Jan in The Office
- Michael Landau, session guitarist
- Michael Simpson, Grammy award winning record producer and composer, one of the "Dust Brothers"
- Micky Dolenz, Actor/Musician/Drummer of The Monkees.
- Mike Curb, Record Producer, California Lieutenant Governor from 1979-83.
- Mike Porcaro, Member of the rock group Toto.
- Mike Post, composer of music and theme songs for many of the most popular TV dramas
- Mitch Gaylord, 1984 U.S. Olympic gold medal winning gymnast
- Moosie Drier, Actor and occasional director.
- Paul Neubauer, violist of the New York Philharmonic and instructor at Juilliard and Mannes College of Music.
- Rod Beck, Major league Baseball Player 1991-2003, 3 time all star.
- Ruthann Friedman, Folk Musician
- Stan Lee (musician) Sobol, Guitarist for the band The Dickies, Formed in 1977, the Clown Princes of Punk
- Steve Lukather, Musician, member of the rock group Toto
- Steve Porcaro, Professional musician/composer, co-founder of the rock group Toto
- Tom Griffin, Major league baseball player, 1969–82, Sporting News National League Rookie Pitcher of the Year in 1969.
- Tom Scott, professional musician and writer of themes to “Starsky & Hutch”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, and “Family Ties”.
- Tom Selleck, Professional film actor
Use as a filming location
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Grant High School has been featured in a number of film and television productions. This is due to the long strip of road (known as "Lancer Lane") that runs between the eastern boundary of the school and a scenic greenbelt, walking path, and the Tujunga Wash, and the availability of ample parking—combined with the ease of moving equipment around. Grant High School is also recognized as among the best high schools in the country for its film/video productions made by students of the communications/technology magnet.
Among the professional film and television productions that have utilized Grant High School as a filming location:
- Balls of Fury - Auditorium and Campus
- Clueless - the film and exterior shots and the television series
- CSI: Miami
- Ferris Bueller
- Freaks and Geeks
- Ghost Whisperer
- Life Goes On
- Malcolm in the Middle
- Mighty Morphin Power Rangers
- Mini's First Time- Lifetime Original Movie
- My Name Is Earl - TV Show on NBC
- Not Another Teen Movie
- Off the Minnesota Strip - Made for TV (1980), Starring Mare Winningham, daughter of a (then) Grant HS teacher.
- Power Rangers in Space
- Power Rangers Turbo
- Power Rangers Zeo
- Project UFO - NBC TV Show (1978–1979)
- Quincy, M.E. - NBC TV Show (1976–1983)
- Reno 911! - Comedy Central Series with guest star Carmen Electra
- Saved By the Bell - exterior shot
- Seduced By Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story
- Six Feet Under - Cable show (interior shots of class rooms)
- The 70's House - MTV Reality Show (Dodgeball scene)
- The Hollow - Movie based on the Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- The Office
- The Secret Life of the American Teenager - ABC Family TV Series
- The United States of Tara - Showtime Series
- True Blood - HBO Series
- What Really Happened to the Class of '65? - TV Series
- Where the Action Is - ABC TV Show (1965–1967)
- Who's Your Daddy?[disambiguation needed] - a direct-to-video feature film
- With Six You Get Eggroll - 1968 movie starring Doris Day and Brian Keith
- You Again
- Yours, Mine and Ours
Many music videos including:
- Deftones - music video Back to School (interior and exterior shots)
- Escape The Fate - "Situations"
- Hellogoodbye - "Baby It's Fact"
- N.E.R.D's "Rockstar" video*Three Doors Down - music video Loser (hallways, teachers lounge, class rooms, and exterior shots)
- P Diddy - "It's All About the Benjamins" (used auditorium)
- Tantric - "Breakdown"
- The Offspring - "Kristy, Are you doing Okay?"
- Magnet Program
- Project Details
- The Divorce Generation Grows Up | Newsweek Culture | Newsweek.com
- Barry Carl - Biography
- Mickey Mouse Club Cast: Cheryl Holdridge
- Freckles and Filigree - TIME
- Danny Nucci Biography - Yahoo! Movies
- CD Baby: VARIOUS ARTISTS: Evil Fuzz - Davie Allan Tribute
-  Jeffrey Porcaro, Toto's Drummer, And a Studio Musician, 38, Dies - New York Times]
- MySpace.com - Mike Porcaro Fan Side - Rock / Fusion / Jazz - www.myspace.com/mikeporcaro
- 1971 Baseball Draft - Round 2
- System Of A Down
- TAXI A&R Interview: Lonn Friend, Arista Records
- Roger Cobb's House - The Official Site for the House Movies
- IMDB Awards
- "Never Enough..." The Official Micky Dolenz Website
- Mike Curb - Biography
- Post, Mike Biography: Contemporary Musicians
- Bringing Glory To The Valley : Watts Tops List Of Area Stars Who Left A Mark. - Free Online Library
- Moosie Drier - Biography
- 1966 Houston Astros Baseball Draft
- CNN Transcript - Larry King Live: Tom Selleck Discusses 'Running Mates' - July 21, 2000
- The Shield 2008-09
- Off the Minnesota Strip (TV 1980) - IMDb
- Ulysses S. Grant High School
- Grant Communications Technology Magnet
- Internet Movie Database: Titles with locations including Grant High School, Valley Glen, California, USA