La Costa Canyon High School

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Coordinates: 33°04′23″N 117°13′40″W / 33.07306°N 117.22778°W / 33.07306; -117.22778

La Costa Canyon High School
Established 1996
Type Public
Principal Bryan Marcus
Students 2,718
Colors Green, White, Blue, and Gold
Mascot Maverick
Rival Torrey Pines High School

La Costa Canyon High School (LCCHS) is a high school in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Located on 88 acres (360,000 m²) in south Carlsbad in northwest San Diego County, La Costa Canyon opened in September, 1996. The students attending La Costa Canyon live in Encinitas and south Carlsbad. These communities include both beach and agricultural areas and lie in proximity to the University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the Salk Institute, and Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation.

General information[edit]

2,548 students were enrolled at La Costa Canyon High School in 2009, with a senior class of about 700. The average number of students who drive into school is 1567. The pupil-teacher ratio is 34:1. The average SAT score is in the 1150-1200 range, making LCCHS one of the most academically acclaimed public schools in the state and ranked 232 by out of 91,957 public schools in the US. For the 2008-2009 school year LCC had an API of 817. Over 97 percent of the students are college bound. 77% of the student body is Caucasian and 17% of the student body is Latino, the rest being a mix.[citation needed]


The faculty consists of a principal, three assistant principals, one dean, six counselors, a media-specialist, and over 125 certificated staff members. Approximately 70% have degrees beyond a Bachelor's Degree. Over the past 13 years, La Costa Canyon has seen 7 different principals. The newest administrative additions are Dr. Kyle Ruggles, the new 09-10 principal, and two new 09-10 assistant principals: Bjorn Paige and Mark Van Over. [1]

Speech and debate[edit]

As a member of the Southern California National Forensic League District, La Costa Canyon is ranked within the top four hundred speech and debate teams in the nation. Its tournament, the San Diego Winter Classic, is a Tournament of Champions qualifier for Policy Debate and Public Forum Debate and a National Individual Events Tournament of Champions qualifier for Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Humorous Interpretation. With multiple nationally ranked speakers and debaters, La Costa Canyon has advanced students at the national tournament in a variety of events, including Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, and Humorous Interpretation. The courses offered are Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Speech.


La Costa Canyon offers a highly competitive full men's and/or women's athletic program in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Marching Band, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Rugby, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling. Surfing and Table Tennis are club sports available to LCCHS students. La Costa Canyon has many teams ranked highly on both a national and state-wide level and has produced numerous CIF division champions.

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