Grant High School (Los Angeles)

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Coordinates: 34°10′46″N 118°24′57″W / 34.179332°N 118.415773°W / 34.179332; -118.415773

Ulysses S. Grant High School
What we are to be we are now becoming.
13000 Oxnard Street, Valley Glen, California 91401
Type Public
Established 1959
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Dean Carlos Renderos, Devin Ellison
Principal Pamela Damonte
Grades 9-12
Color(s) Brown, Orange, White               
Mascot Lancer
Newspaper The Odyssey
Yearbook The Shield

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.

It is part of District 2 of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school serves several areas, including Valley Glen, much of Sherman Oaks, and sections of Van Nuys.[1]

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.[2]


Grant opened as a high school in 1960.[3]

In 2006, Grant was relieved of many 9th and 10th graders by the opening of East Valley High School, which planned to phase in grades 11 and 12 in the following two years.[4]

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.[5] Grant opened in 1959 - Our class which graduated in 1962 was the first class to attend all three years.

Academic and artistic feats[edit]

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.

Film program[edit]

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[edit]

  • 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)

Notable Alumni[edit]

Use as a filming location[edit]

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:

Many music videos including:


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