La Jolla High School
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|La Jolla High School|
|750 Nautilus St.,
La Jolla, CA 92037
|Principal||Dr. Chuck Podhorsky|
|Color(s)||Black & Scarlet|
|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. LJHS is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
- Principal: Dr. Chuck Podhorsky 
- Vice Principal (Grades 9 & 11): Anne McCarty
- Vice Principal (Grades 10 & 12): William Hawthorne
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.
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.
Hate Graffiti Vandalism
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, 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.
- Bill Andrews, surfer, documentary photographer, archivist (1962)
- Michael Andrews, film and television composer, UK #1 chart hit with "Mad World" 12/27/03
- Debbie Melville Beachum, Professional surfer
- Rolf Benirschke, Professional football player (kicker San Diego Chargers)
- Robbin Crosby, guitarist with heavy metal band, Ratt
- Warren DeMartini, lead guitarist with heavy metal band, Ratt
- Pierre de Reeder, bassist of band Rilo Kiley
- Crystal Harris, Playboy Playmate
- Wally Henry, Olympic Curling Coach
- Trip Hawkins, video game pioneer
- Eric Hedlin, Olympic swimmer for Canada
- Terry Holladay, Professional tennis player
- Gene Littler, Professional golfer
- Debbie McCormick, Olympic Curler
- Doug Manchester, real estate developer and publisher of the San Diego Union Tribune
- John Michels, NFL Offensive Tackle
- James H. Newman, Astronaut
- Raul Ramirez, Professional tennis player
- Cliff Robertson, actor
- Bruce Robinson, Professional baseball player (catcher Oakland A's, New York Yankees), singer/songwriter,
- Dave Robinson, Professional baseball player (outfielder San Diego Padres)
- Phil Rodgers, Professional golfer
- Dave Schramm, Offensive Coordinator of the University of Utah's football team
- Blake Sennett, actor and lead guitarist of band Rilo Kiley
- John Shuster, Olympic Curler
- Bob Skinner, Professional baseball player (outfield/1b Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals)
- Karin Smith, Olympic Javelin thrower
- Craig Stadler, Professional golfer
- Butch Van Artsdalen, legendary surfer
- Gore Verbinski, director of Pirates of the Caribbean
- Raquel Welch, actress
- Robin Wright, actress
- "La Jolla Makes Newsweek Top 100". Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "LJHS Administration". Retrieved 1 July 2013.
- "LJHS Charter".
- "Settlement in La Jolla High Case Updates Free Speech Policy for All Students". Retrieved 30 March 2012.
- "Graffiti at La Jolla High called hate crime". Retrieved 25 February 2015.
- "Vandals graffiti La Jolla High School campus". Retrieved 25 February 2015.