La Jolla High School

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La Jolla High School
750 Nautilus St.,
La Jolla, CA 92037
Type Public school
Established 1922
Principal Dr. Chuck Podhorsky
Enrollment 1,400
Color(s) Black & Scarlet          
Mascot Viking
Rivals The Bishop's School, Cathedral Catholic High School,

La Jolla High School (LJHS) is a comprehensive high school for grades 9–12 located in La Jolla, California, a community within the city limits of San Diego. LJHS supports approximately 1,400 students. The student body consists of the local community and students from the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program, School Choice, and the Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) programs.

In 2003, LJHS was named a California Distinguished School. La Jolla High has been ranked as one of the top 100 high schools in the nation by Newsweek magazine.[1] LJHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).


  • Principal: Dr. Chuck Podhorsky [2]
  • Vice Principal (Grades 9 & 11): Anne McCarty[2]
  • Vice Principal (Grades 10 & 12): William Hawthorne[3]


In 2002, La Jolla High School made an agreement with the district such that it would have partial autonomy. This autonomy is dependent upon the performance of the school (mainly on STAR testing).[4]

Having autonomy from the district means that the school can choose textbooks for courses, though it has to pay for them. If it chooses to use the same text book as the district, the district will buy them.

ACLU Settlement[edit]

On February 17, 2012, a year after the former principal of La Jolla High School, Dana Shelburne, whitewashed students’ political messages from its free speech benches, a student represented by the ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties agreed to a settlement with the San Diego Unified School District that greatly strengthened the free speech rights of all district students. The settlement goes well beyond the senior benches at La Jolla High, marking a major victory for student speech in California and the nation. The settlement includes an updated and constitutionally-sound free speech policy for all students in the San Diego Unified School District.[5]

Hate Graffiti Vandalism[edit]

Between Friday, February 20, 2015 and Saturday, February 21, extensive "hate graffiti" was left on the La Jolla High School campus. The words "White America," a swastika, and various other explicit phrases were found on the campus walls and bulletin boards,[6] including the dedicated free-speech bulletin board from the 2012 settlement. News footage from San Diego CBS8 shows SDUSD employees removing student posters from the board in order to scrub explicit graffiti.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "La Jolla Makes Newsweek Top 100". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ "LJHS Administration". Retrieved 1 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "LJHS Charter". 
  5. ^ "Settlement in La Jolla High Case Updates Free Speech Policy for All Students". Retrieved 30 March 2012. 
  6. ^ "Graffiti at La Jolla High called hate crime". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Vandals graffiti La Jolla High School campus". Retrieved 25 February 2015. 
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Coordinates: 32°49′59″N 117°16′23″W / 32.833°N 117.273°W / 32.833; -117.273