Irvine High School
|Irvine High School|
Integrity, Honor, Social Responsibility
|4321 Walnut Ave
Irvine, CA, 92604
|School type||Public Secondary|
|School board||Irvine Unified School District|
|Superintendent||Terry L. Walker|
|Vice principal||Kelly Molina
|Faculty||76.6 (on FTE basis)|
|Student to teacher ratio||23.9|
|Color(s)||Green, Light Blue, and White|
|Athletics conference||Pacific Coast League|
Awards and recognition
During the 1988–89 school year, Irvine High School was recognized with the Blue Ribbon School Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Education, the highest award an American school can receive.
Additionally, in 2000 and again in 2006, the Accrediting Commission for the Western Association of Schools and Colleges awarded Irvine High a full six-year term of accreditation under the Pursuing Excellence format.
Irvine High School has also been named a Grammy “Signature Gold” for its instrumental and choral music departments.
The High School provided facilities for the 2010 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in August 2010.
Soon after it opened in 1970, University High School, the first high school in Irvine, began to get too crowded from the influx of residents moving to Irvine's fast-developing housing tracts. The school district had already planned for a second high school to be built on what was then the extreme north side of the city across Walnut Avenue from the Greentree residential tract which was completed in 1973. Dr. Dean Waldfogel was chosen to be the first principal of Irvine High School; Waldfogel selected his faculty of a dozen teachers from a large number of applicants. The fledgling organization accepted its first class of 300 freshmen in September 1975. Because the high school's buildings were still under construction and not ready for occupation, the new high school was housed in extra classrooms and portable buildings at Rancho San Joaquin Middle School, sharing facilities such as sports, music and the library with the younger students there. The new Irvine High School campus opened its doors in September 1976, taking in as sophomores the former class of "Rancho" ninth graders as well as a new class of freshmen. Each successive year added another class of freshmen and in September, 1978, the high school finally had all four classes of students. Construction continued on campus during this time, with the theater and the main gym becoming available in 1977, the football-track field in 1978 and the aquatic center in 1979. The first class graduated in June, 1979.
The campus itself is notable for its architecture. It was designed by architect Ron D. Young in the Brutalist architecture style, and built largely of tilt up concrete slabs featuring distinctive cast geometric inlays. The shapes and angles of floor plans and design motifs were based on the hexagon. The initial layout of the Humanities building envisioned two or three teachers and their respective students sharing a single open plan hexagonal room, but this quickly proved too distracting. Portable office dividers were placed in a line to define classroom boundaries, but noise was still a problem. After two years of such conditions, walls were erected to close off the large, open hexagons.
Irvine High has several distinguished academic teams. The Science Olympiad team placed 2nd in Orange County and 4th in Southern California in the 2010–2011 Science Olympiad competitions. The Quiz Bowl team, begun in the 2010–2011 school year, informally ranked in the top 15 schools in Southern California that season. It tied for 2nd in the regular division of the Triton Spring Quiz Bowl Competition. In the 2011–12 season, the Irvine Team placed 6th place at the UCSD Triton Fall Tournament, qualifying them for the 2012 PACE NSC Quiz Bowl Tournament in St. Louis. Irvine's newspaper, the El Vaquero, is regarded as the best high school newspaper publication in the nation, having won the first place prize in 2014.
- Eric Anderson (1972–), musical theatre actor
- Amanda Beard (1981–), U.S. Olympic Women's swimmer.
- Jack DeSena (1987–), actor on All That and Avatar: The Last Airbender
- Bob Hamelin (1967–), former Major League Baseball player.
- Don Jeffcoat (1975–), host of Nickelodeon's Wild and Crazy Kids, actor on One Life to Live
- Dustin Kensrue (1980–), vocalist and guitarist with Thrice
- Jason Lezak (1975–), U.S. Men's four-time Olympic swimming champion
- Chris Mandeville, former National Football League player
- Beverly Oden, U.S. Olympic Women's volleyball player
- Elaina Oden, U.S. Olympic Women's volleyball player
- Kim Oden, U.S. Olympic Women's volleyball player
- Jason Peoples, winner on television show Average Joe
- Jimmy Raye, former National Football League player, Front Office
- Teppei Teranishi, guitar with Thrice
- Jennifer Brundage, U.S. Olympic Women's Softball team
- Veronica Portillo, television personality on MTV Road Rules, Semester at Sea, Real World/Road Rules Challenge
- Sameer Gadhia, main vocalist with Young the Giant
- Irvine High School, National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed December 17, 2007.
- "Irvine: Blue ribbon schools", Orange County Register, September 28, 2006. Accessed December 18, 2007.
- Blue Ribbon Schools Program: Schools Recognized 1982–1983 through 1999–2002 (PDF), United States Department of Education. Accessed May 11, 2006.
- CIBA cited as one of the best by Education Department, Journal Inquirer, November 16, 2006. "The Blue Ribbon award is given only to schools that reach the top 10 percent of their state's testing scores over several years or show significant gains in student achievement. It is considered the highest honor a school can achieve."
- Viers Mill School Wins Blue Ribbon; School Scored High on Statewide Test; The Washington Post. September 29, 2005 "For their accomplishments, all three schools this month earned the status of Blue Ribbon School, the highest honor the U.S. Education Department can bestow upon a school."
- Distinguished School Awards: Award Winners for Orange County, California State Board of Education. Accessed December 17, 2007.
- "OC Register Science Olympiad Article".
- "SoCalQuizBowl Rankings".
- "Triton Spring Results".
- "2011 Triton Fall Results".
- Klein, Sarah A. "Conquering Heroine; Amanda Beard Welcomed Back After Olympic Trial Swim Wins", Los Angeles Times, March 15, 1996. Accessed January 15, 2008. "A sign hastily written on notebook paper and held behind Olympic Swim Team member Amanda Beard's back on Thursday said it all: Amanda Beard is Cool. Even though she's just a freshman at Irvine High School and is only 14, she's cool, calm and collected about her two first-place finishes in the Olympic trials. And she's super-cool in the minds of her classmates."
- Bob Hamelin, The Baseball Cube. Accessed December 17, 2007.