Los Alamitos High School
|Los Alamitos High School|
|Los Alamitos, California
United States of America
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Los Alamitos Unified School District (part of the Anaheim Union High School District, 1967–1980)|
|Grades||9 - 12|
|Number of students||3,125 (2011–2012)|
|Mascot||Griffin (named Gunther and Gretchen)|
|Website||LAHS School website|
Los Alamitos High School (also known as Los Al) is a public school for grades 9 to 12 located in Los Alamitos, California, and also serving the city of Seal Beach and the community of Rossmoor. It is the only traditional high school in the Los Alamitos Unified School District; the far smaller Laurel High School serves as a continuation school and as the district office site. Both Oak Middle School and McAuliffe Middle School feed into Los Alamitos High.
In its very first year, classes were held at Pine Junior High School (now McAuliffe Middle), and only sophomores attended. The following year saw the school move into its new campus whose buildings were specifically designed for Los Al's unique flexible scheduling program (and the addition of juniors, followed by seniors the next year). During its first two years, Los Alamitos High School had a complete flexible schedule program. Student submitted hand-written multi-part daily schedules during their scheduling class. This allowed them to choose from scheduled sessions of their classes for flexible periods of time, depending on the needs of the teachers and students. In the third year, it changed to a computer scheduling program to provide more administrative accountability for the students' whereabouts. This version of flexible scheduling used then-current computer technology to generate daily class schedules based on each instructor's lesson plans. Students would report each morning to their "scheduling class" to receive their daily schedule – broken into a series of "modules". Each teacher would select the needed number of fifteen-minute modules to allow for that day's instruction, whether it be a test, a lecture, a lab, etc. In their scheduling class, students could rearrange or fill open modules from the "October" schedule, a listing of available classes. This allowed serious students to make the best use of their schedule to attend classes in a sequence that made more sense for that day.
Los Al's unique flexible scheduling was replaced with a traditional school schedule in 1977 after it was discovered that less disciplined students were abusing the system. For those more dedicated students who leveraged the school's unique scheduling to their advantage, Los Al produced an extraordinary number of early graduates, who went on to succeed in the best universities.
Beginning in fall 1987, the Orange County High School of the Arts was resident on its campus, but its success and growth led it to move to a bigger campus in Santa Ana in 2001.
Principals of Los Alamitos High School
|06.||1980–1985||(Dr.) Rudy Castruita|
|08.||1998–2000||Dr. Rebecca Shore|
|11.||2009–2012||Dr. Grant Litfin|
- Principal: Joshua Arnold
- Assistant Principal of Activities and Athletics: Melissa Miller
- Assistant Principal of Curriculum: Dr. Gregg Stone
- Assistant Principal of Student Services: Christopher Vlasic
- Dean of Students: Isaaic Gates
- Boys' Athletic Director: Richard Smith
- Girls' Athletic Director: Christopher Vlasic
Los Al is known for its success in many Varsity sports. The boys Varsity Football team won a CIF Southern Section Div. 3 title in 1991, and Division II titles in 1992 and 1993 (the latter a shared title with Esperanza) and won a Division I championship in 2002, and reached the finals and semi-finals on numerous other occasions, most recently in 2004. The Boys water polo team was also CIF-SS Division II champions in fall 1999, and 2004 and were CIF-SS Masters champions in 2007.
The boy's Los Al Tennis team won the CIF SS Division I Championship in 2001. Considering the level of competition in tennis in Southern California, this was a most notable accomplishment. It was in CIF Division I semi-finals in 1999 and 2000. From 1995 through 2001 it had a league record of 69–1, an overall record of 128–18 and produced 16 All-Orange County selections. Additionally, 55 players were honored as scholar athletes and went on to play at college level. The team received recognition from the Mayors of the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach for its contribution to positive publicity.
The girl's volleyball team were CIF Southern Section Division IA champions in 2002, 2004, and 2013 and won CIF Division I State championships in 2003 2005, 2006, and came in second 2013.
Girls soccer won CIF section titles in 1996 (Div. II), 1997 (Div. I) and 2005 (Div. I). The last team was also named the No. 1 team in the nation by Student Sports Magazine. Another indicator of the success of the program was that in 2007 there were 17 Los Al alumni girls playing NCAA Division I soccer.
The Griffin Varsity Boys soccer team won CIF-Southern Section titles in 1991 and 2002. Alums Mike Munoz (2001) and Jonathan Bornstein (2002) have both made MLS rosters (Galaxy and Chivas USA) and Bornstein was not only the MLS 2007 Rookie of the Year but is currently on the US Men's National team roster.
The boys Basketball team won CIF Division IA and IAA championships in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Los Al Basketball great Ali Ton holds the assist record at Davidson College
The Los Alamitos High School Marching Band has competed in circuits such as Western Band Association (WBA) and Marching Band Open Series (MBOS). In 2009 and 2010 they placed 1st in the WBA 3A division as well as the combined 1A/2A/3A Finals, and in 2011 and 2012 the unit placed 3rd in the WBA 3A division. In 2013 they placed 2nd in the WBA 3A division, 3rd in the combined 1A/2A/3A Finals, 1st in the MBOS Black Opal division, and 7th in the combined MBOS Finals. The unit also has an award-winning drumline and color guard.
The LAHS Surf Team took second place over all in ISF State Championships in 2009. Boys Shortboard finished with second place, bodyboard placed third and Girls Longboard finished as State Champions. Los Al finished in third place in 2008 and First place in 2007 and 2006.
In their fourth season of competition, the LAHS Girls Lacrosse team was the undefeated CIF Division I Orange County and Southern Section Champions in 2009 and 2010. Los Al finished the season ranked #4 in the state of California.
LAHS Boys Golf – They have won back to back league championships while setting course records at difficult golf courses. In a win over Newport Harbor this year, the team set the lowest team score there in 7 years.
Note: This list does not include sports which are currently clubs and thus not officially recognized in CIF.
Other school group programs
- United States Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School – 1990, 1994, 1998 (Special Honors in Art Education for 1998)
- California Department of Education California Distinguished School – 1988, 1994, 1998, 2009
- California School Boards Association Golden Bell Awards – 1998 (Griffins with a Mission), 2005 (Contemporary Media in the Arts)
Notable alumni (A.K.A. Former Griffin Greats)
- Dante Basco – actor (Hook, Take the Lead)
- Stephanie J. Block – singer, actress (Elphaba in Wicked, Liza Minnelli in The Boy From Oz, and Grace O'Malley in The Pirate Queen on Broadway)
- Cathy Cavadini – voice actress (Tanya Mousekewitz in An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Blossom on The Powerpuff Girls)
- Chad Doreck – actor (Grease: You're the One that I Want!)
- Susan Egan – singer, actress (First Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway, the voice of Megara in Disney's Hercules)
- Kayla Ewell – actress (The Bold and the Beautiful, The O.C.)
- Michael Fishman – actor (D.J. Conner on Roseanne)
- Lauren German – actress – (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Hostel: Part II)
- David R. Gordon 2003 - actor - (Flashdance the Musical (2013–2014)")
- Myles Jeffrey – actor (My Mom's Got a Date With a Vampire, Recess)
- Jason Lewis – actor (Sex & The City, Brothers & Sisters)
- Allison Mack – actress (Smallville)
- Taryn Manning – actress (Crossroads, Hustle & Flow, Cold Mountain)
- Matthew Morrison – stage actor (Hairspray on Broadway), plays Mr. Schuster on "Glee"
- Sarah Ramos – actress
- Cathy Rigby – Olympic gymnast, stage actress (Peter Pan)
- Matthew Shaffer – actor
- Elliott Cho - actor (Byong Sun)
- Clayton Snyder – actor (Lizzie McGuire)
- Jodie Sweetin – actress (Stephanie Tanner on Full House)
- Anneliese Van der Pol – singer, actress (That's So Raven, Last Belle in Beauty and the Beast on Broadway)
- Jonathan Bornstein 2002 – professional soccer – Chivas USA (MLS); US national soccer team
- Antoine Cason 2004 – NFL – San Diego Chargers, All-American University of Arizona, 2007 NCAA Jim Thorpe Award Winner
- Tim Carey, American football player
- Lynne Cox 1975 – long-distance open-water swimmer and author
- Chase d'Arnaud 2005 - MLB - Pittsburgh Pirates
- Jacqueline Frank DeLuca 1998 – American water polo goalkeeper, 2004 bronze medal Olympian and two-time collegiate National Player of the Year.
- Landry Fields 2006 – NBA – drafted in 2010 by the New York Knicks
- Greg A. Harris 1974 – former Major League Baseball player. He is the only player to pitch both left-handed and right-handed in a MLB game.
- Keenan Howry 1999 – NFL – former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver
- Mike Kelly 1988 – former Major League Baseball player, 3-time All-America at Arizona State, No. 1 pick in 1992 baseball draft.
- Chris Kluwe 2000 – NFL – Minnesota Vikings
- Mike Munoz 2001 – MLS – Los Angeles Galaxy. Formerly of Chivas USA.
- Stacey Nelson 2005 – Softball – 2009 Florida Gators softball team; US Women's National team, 2009
- Robb Nen 1987 – Retired Major League Baseball player. Played for Texas Rangers, Florida Marlins, San Francisco Giants.
- Ifeanyi Ohalete 1997 – NFL & AFL – former Washington Redskins, Arizona Cardinals, Cincinnati Bengals, and New York Dragons safety
- Jacob Nix 2014 - baseball player
- Mike Patterson 2001 – NFL – First round draft in 2005 by the Philadelphia Eagles, currently playing for New York Giants, All-American USC
- Bernard Riley 1999 – NFL & AFL – former defensive tackle of the Los Angeles Avengers, Columbus Destroyers, Arizona Rattlers, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Jared Rollins – UFC – The Ultimate Fighter season six on Spike
- Orlando Scandrick 2005 – NFL – Dallas Cowboys
- J.T. Snow 1986 – Retired Major League Baseball player. Played for New York Yankees, California Angels, San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox
Ron Cassidy - 1975 - NFL - former (Green Bay Packers) 1979–1985
- Kit Armstrong – pianist and composer
- Aaron Barrett – lead singer of the ska band Reel Big Fish
- Daniel Bieranowski – wrote, engineered, and produced for indie group Teenagers From OuterSpace. Also played bass for metalcore band Scars of Tomorrow.
- Joe Escalante – bass guitarist of The Vandals and owner of Kung Fu Records; on-air personality Indie 103-FM
- Sean Kibler - fiddle player for Americana (music) group Moonsville Collective
- Scott Klopfenstein – trumpet, guitar and singer from Ska band Reel Big Fish as well as lead singer, pianist and guitar player of The Littlest Man Band
- Maile Misajon – singer in the band Eden's Crush
- Nikki Monninger - bass player from alternative rock band Silversun Pickups
- Monique Powell and Steve White – of the ska band Save Ferris
- Mark Powell – drummer of The Get Set, Kosmos Express and The Kite-Eating Tree
- Priest Soopafly Brooks – Hip hop producer
- Mark Trombino - Drummer of Drive Like Jehu and record producer.
- Chris Tsagakis – Drummer in RX Bandits
- Brooks Wackerman – current drummer of Bad Religion
- Bayless Conley – Televangelist
- Kevin Woyjeck - Firefighter ; was among the 19 heroes who died Sunday, June 30, battling the Yarnell Hill Fire in Prescott, Arizona.
- Notable Criminals
- Mikhail Markhasev – Murderer of Bill Cosby's son Ennis Cosby
- Jeremy Strohmeyer – Murdered 7 year old Sherrice Iverson at the Primmadonna Resort and Casino in Primm, Nevada
- Daniel Wozniak – Accused of killing and dismembering Samuel Herr, then luring Juri Kibuishi to the victim's apartment, murdering her and making it look as if she had been raped. He was to be married on Friday, May 28, 2010 but is spending time in jail. If convicted, he faces a life sentence without possibility of parole due to the premediated nature of the crimes.
- Terry Shields- Former Los Alamitos Unified School District bus driver convicted of child molestation and sentenced to 151 years to life in prison.
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