La Serna High School

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La Serna High School
Official LSHS Logo.jpg
Motto Be Your Best![1]
Established 1961
Type Public secondary
Principal Ms. Ann Fitzgerald
Students 2700-2850[2][3]
Grades 912
Location 15301 E. Youngwood Drive,
Whittier, California, USA
District Whittier Union High School District
Colors      Crimson
Mascot Lancer
Yearbook The Pennon
Newspaper The Freelancer

La Serna High School (abbreviated LSHS) is a public high school in Whittier, California that was founded in 1961[4] and is part of the Whittier Union High School District. The school's colors are Crimson, Gold and White.


La Serna High School was founded in 1961.[4] The school has been a California Distinguished School four times, in 1990, 1996, 2003, and 2009.[1][5]


At La Serna High School, every Senior is required to complete the Senior Project in order to pass high school, and each year every 10th grader must take the High School exit exam, known as CAHSEE.

Link Crew[edit]

Link Crew was a system implemented in 2005 that was aimed at helping incoming freshman students acclimate to the high school environment by having peer mentors help them through their first year at La Serna.[5]

The Freelancer[edit]

The controversial sex issue

The Freelancer is the name of La Serna High School's newspaper, which has one issue released each month during the regular school year. The Freelancer is created and written by the students, who also allow feedback mail to which they respond. One teacher oversees the production of each newspaper per year.

In 2006, English teacher Holly Vance was demoted from her position as the adviser of the newspaper's production,[6] due to the controversial[7] penultimate issue on May 10 of the 2006 school year entitled The ‘S’ Word, which the topic discussed was sex amongst teenagers.[8] Also due to this, the final edition of the year for the month of June was banned and the student body was unsuccessful in overturning the decision.[9]

The Pennon[edit]

La Serna High School's yearbook is called The Pennon, which, like The Freelancer, is created by the student body and a teacher adviser.


La Serna High has a large athletics program. Their sports include football, track and field, cross country, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, wrestling, and basketball.[10] Boys football and Boys & Girls Cross Country and Boys Water Polo and girls volleyball are held in the autumn; boys and girls basketball, soccer are held in the winter; and boys baseball, tennis,and girls softball and boys and girls track and field are held in the spring every school year.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b La Serna High School official website. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ La Serna High School at Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  3. ^ La Serna High School at Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ a b "La Serna High School Receives 4th California Distinguished School Award". La Serna. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  6. ^ Sergio Hernandez (2006-06-09). "Newspaper adviser removed from post following 'Sex Issue' controversy" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  7. ^ Sergio Hernandez (2006-06-09). "Letters" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  8. ^ Claire Webster (2006-05-10). "The 'S' Word" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  9. ^ Pam Wight (2006-06-27). "Campus paper hot topic: Sexual content prompts censorship, possible lawsuit". Star-News. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  10. ^ Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  11. ^ "Dave Dalby". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  12. ^ "Classmates: Royce Reynolds". Classmates. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  13. ^ "Youth Forum". Soroptimist International of Whittier. Retrieved 2008-09-06. "Andrea is also an alumna of La Serna High School here in Whittier." [dead link]
  14. ^ "Tupe Peko". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  15. ^ a b "Adam Snyder". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 

Coordinates: 33°57′21″N 117°59′50″W / 33.95583°N 117.99722°W / 33.95583; -117.99722