Laguna Blanca School

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Laguna Blanca School
4125 Paloma Drive Santa Barbara, CA 93110
Type Private, Coeducational, Day School, Grades K-12
Established 1933
Headmaster Richard Maricino (interim 2013-2014)
Grades K-12
Color(s) Blue and White
Mascot Owls
Information 805.687.2461

Laguna Blanca School is a private school located in Santa Barbara, California on two different campuses. Founded in 1933, Laguna Blanca is an independent, co-educational, college-preparatory day school for students in grades K-12 in Santa Barbara.


The land in Hope Ranch was made available by Harold Chase for the establishment of a school—Edward Selden Spaulding and three of his colleagues from the Deane School founded Laguna Blanca School in 1933. With Mr. Spaulding as the first headmaster, the School opened its doors to 45 young men and graduated its first official class four years later in 1937. To keep pace with increasing enrollment, the School added new buildings, classrooms, and science labs, growing from a 6-acre (24,000 m2) campus to the approximate 35 acres (140,000 m2) that houses the school today. In 1942, Laguna became coeducational, and in 1957, the School added a kindergarten to elementary and secondary classes.

The year 2000 proved pivotal in the history of Laguna Blanca with the acquisition of a new Lower School site in Montecito. Grades K-4 are located on the Montecito campus, while the rest are located on the main campus. Laguna Blanca's main rivals include Cate School located in Carpinteria, California, as well as Thacher School located in Ojai, California.[1]


  1. ^ " Laguna Blanca School About Page"

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