Laguna Beach High School

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Laguna Beach High School
625 Park Avenue
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651
Type Public high school
Motto Catching Waves to Success
Established 1934
School district Laguna Beach Unified School District
Principal Joanne Culverhouse
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 997
Color(s) Maroon and White
Mascot Breakers

Laguna Beach High School is a 4-year public high school located in Laguna Beach, California, United States. It is the only high school in the Laguna Beach Unified School District. It was established in 1934 and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and as well as being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008. It was also recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2007 and 2012, placing the school among the top 5% of the state.[1]


Prior to 1889 no high school existed in Orange County. That year Santa Ana started adding post-eighth grade courses to their regular instructional program. By 1892, the Santa Ana High School was formally accredited by the University of California as the county’s first high school. Fullerton was established in 1893, Anaheim in 1898. Still, high school education was not required in California until state legislation in 1919 that mandated that all elementary school districts affiliate with a high school district by September, 1921. Rather than join Santa Ana, the Laguna School District joined with four other elementary school districts to form the Tustin Union High School District. This new high school was located on the site of the current Tustin High School more than 20 miles from Laguna Beach. Laguna Beach finally established a separate high school district in 1933 and on Tuesday, September 11, 1934, Laguna Beach High School opened with an enrollment of 157 students in a new wing constructed as part of the existing Laguna Elementary School facility [1928]. In 1935, the K-5 portion of the school was relocated to a new school built across Park Avenue. North Gym opened in 1935, the 1st floor of the high school Library building opened in 1954 and the 2nd floor Science rooms were added in 1960. Dugger Gym and Guyer Field were added in 1962 and Administration was constructed in 1964 on the site of the old 1908 2-room schoolhouse. Major renovations occurred in 1993 with new classrooms, pool and a facelift. Another major remodel and expansion occurred in 2003–05.

In the past years, 4-year enrollment has varied from a high of 1,103 in 1980/81 to a low of 638 students in 1989/90.[2]

Student demographics[edit]

The ethnic makeup of the school is 83.7% White, 9.2% Hispanic, 1.6% African-American, 2.9% Asian, less than 1% Pacific Islander, less than 1% American Indian/Alaskan Native and 2.0% multiple/no response (data from 2012/13 Term).


Laguna teams were originally called the Breakers but the community already had a reputation as an art colony even before the establishing of the Festival of Arts 1932 and the famous Pageant of the Masters 1935. Civic pride with Laguna’s art community culminated in a student body vote on June 4, 1936 to change the nickname to “Artists” after only 19 months as the Breakers. In 2003, the student body voted to return to the “Breakers” nickname. The Breakers compete in the Orange Coast League in the CIF Southern Section. Girls Sports were initially under the Girls Athletic Association with limited interscholastic competition. The Southern Section CIF initiated girls team sport playoffs beginning with Volleyball in 1972. Boys and Girls league competition and sports administration were unified in 1974

Fall Sports: (With 1st CIF Season) include Football (1934) Boys Water Polo (1964), Boys Cross County (1961) Girls Cross County (1974), Girls Tennis (1974) Girls Golf (1999) Winter Sports: Boys Basketball (1935), Boys Soccer (1976), Girls Basketball (1974), Girls Soccer (1982), Girls Water Polo (1998) Spring Sports: Baseball (1938), Boys Golf (1952), Boys Swimming (1962), Boys Tennis (1935), Boys Track (1935), Boys Volleyball (1972), Girls Swimming (1975), Girls Track (1975), Softball (1982–2007, 2011–). Laguna also has a co-ed Surf team (1987) and Sand Volleyball (Girls: Spring 2014, Boys: Fall 2014).

Laguna Beach has success in sports until the rapid urbanization of Orange County in the late 1950s resulted in Laguna becoming the smallest public high school in the county. The football team won the Orange Coast League title in 2006, their first league title in decades, and won again in 2009 and 2012. The football program actually won a lower division (small school) football title in 1946. They have amassed an overall record of 338-396-19 entering the 2014 season. Despite their struggles on the gridiron, Laguna Beach has been successful in other sports. Boys soccer won CIF-SS titles in 1997, 1998, and 2002. Girls' tennis has amassed 11 Southern Section championships including the top 2005 SSCIF Division I title. Laguna had early success in boy's basketball, winning Southern Section titles in 1953 and 1962. In Cross Country the Breakers' boys cross country team won the Southern Section title in 2009 and the state championship in 1989, 2004 and 2009. Eric Hulst has been Laguna's only Boys State Track champion winning the 2-mile (3200M) in 1975 and 1976 setting the State record in 1976. Renee Durrand was the Girls 1982 State Track Champion in the 800M. Boys Water Polo captured the 2010 and 2011 Division III section titles, Girls Water Polo captured the Division IV title in 2001 and Division II crown in 2009 before their dominate 2014 season capturing the D-I title with a 30-1 season. Overall, the Breakers have won 38 Southern Section titles in Boys and Girls athletics, five State Regional CIF titles, and three State titles.

The Laguna Beach location is conducive to success in volleyball, as evidenced by the school winning multiple CIF-SS championships in the sport. The boy's team won section titles in 1975, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1983, 2010 and won the Southern California Division III Regional title in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. From 1981 to 1983, the squad had a 69 match winning streak, the longest in State history. The Boys are 403-55 in 43 seasons of league play and 93-35 in 41 years of Section playoffs. Girl's volleyball won titles in 1976, 1991, 1996, 2006 and 2007. The Girls are also 367-40 in the past 40 seasons of CIF sponsored league play and 99-35 in Section playoffs.


In 2004, MTV created a reality television show titled Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, which aired on MTV for 3 seasons. The show follows the lives of several young Laguna Beach residents as they finish high school and begin the next chapter of their lives. It had a very successful first two seasons and became the second highest rated MTV show. It made regular teenagers Lauren Conrad, Stephen Colletti, Kristin Cavallari, and Lo Bosworth into celebrities.

Notable students[edit]

The cast of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County included Laguna Beach High School students Lo Bosworth, Kristin Cavallari, Stephen Colletti, Breanna Conrad, Lauren Conrad, Raquel Donatelli, Cami Edwards, Tessa Keller, and Kyndra Mayo.


  1. ^ "LBHS School Profile 2013/2014" (PDF (357 KB)). Retrieved 18 October 2014. 
  2. ^ Official website
  3. ^ Muensch, Sarah (November 24, 2006). "Slayer of armored-car guard still free". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved August 13, 2010. 
  4. ^ BIRSCHBACH, TOM (27 March 1992). "John Pitts Is Still Practicing What He Preaches : Football: Former Laguna Beach star athlete, now a banker in Phoenix, believes a person should always make the most of every opportunity.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 November 2011. 

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Coordinates: 33°32′29″N 117°46′37″W / 33.5414°N 117.777°W / 33.5414; -117.777