Highland High School (Palmdale, California)
|Highland High School|
|Type||Public High School|
|Principal||Mr. Steve Ford|
|Location||39055 25th Street West, Palmdale, CA 93551,
Palmdale, California,, USA
|Colors||Cardinal and Gold|
Highland High School is located in Palmdale, California and is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. About 4,000 students attend Highland High School in grades 9 through 12. It received a California Distinguished School award in 2005.
Highland High School was founded in 1989 in response to Palmdale's rapid population growth. Palmdale High School was not large enough to serve the children of the new families moving into the Antelope Valley. Highland High School is now the largest high school under the Antelope Valley Union High School District. The school has seen a rapid increase in the number of students each year as the area around Highland becomes more developed. The school also attracts students outside of its own district as one of the two schools in the area (the other being Quartz Hill High School) to offer the International Baccalaureate program.
The Highland HS principal announced on January 23, 2013 that the IB program would be phased out at Highland HS. Future students would be able to take two years of pre-IB at Highland but would have to transfer to Quartz Hill HS to complete their diploma. Quartz Hill HS is an impacted high school and transfer students would have to go through open enrollment.
The school's website defines its mission as follows:
"The mission of Highland High School is to provide an opportunity for all students to be empowered with the knowledge and skills derived from a quality core and elective curriculum; to encourage all students to develop their capacity for critical thought and effective communication in order to function in the jobs available today and in the future; and to become well-informed and productive citizens."
- Will Demps, NFL football player for the New York Giants
- Marcus Demps, NFL football player, Detroit Lions
- Sean Franklin, soccer player for the Los Angeles Galaxy
- Shauna Gambill, Miss Teen USA 1994; Miss California USA 1998; first runner-up, Miss USA 1998
- Jason Kubel, National League baseball player for the Arizona Diamondbacks
- Ryan Millar, Olympian and professional indoor volleyball player.
- Kurt Caselli, Pro MTX racer Hare & Hound FMF[disambiguation needed]/KTM Off-Road Racing Team
- DeShawn Shead, Seattle Seahawks 2012- Present, Superbowl XLVIII Champion