Newport Harbor High School
|Newport Harbor High School|
Sailor Pride, Home of the Sailors
|Color(s)||Blue and Gray|
About two months after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, it was on December 29, 1929 that the Irvine Company offered 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land to the school district located at 15th and Irvine for $15,000.
Ground breaking for the first high school in Newport Beach began June 14, 1930, at an original construction cost of $410,000. By 1948, the school had its first gym, metal shop, and snack bar. Eight army barracks were installed to be used as classrooms. When the big football stadium was finally built, it was named Davidson Field in honor of Sidney Davidson, the school's first principal. He had the altruistic distinction of working for the first seven months without pay.
Newport Harbor High School received funding from Measure F that included demolition of the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) Robins-Loats building, its replacement by an all new 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) steel-framed building, and rebuilding the landmark 100-foot (30 m) bell tower. The "Robins-Loats Reconstruction" costs are estimated at $45 million. The original Robins Hall Tower stood for 77 years. The tower was demolished in August 2007 because of earthquake code requirements.
Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) has been designated a California Distinguished School, International Baccalaureate World School, and National Blue Ribbon School. Based on the Accountability Progress Report, Newport Harbor is ranked 8 out of 10 in the state.
Newport Harbor offers a variety of AP courses for the students. These courses include: Art History, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, U.S. Government and Politics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, World History, and US History.
NHHS's International Baccalaureate Diploma Program: The IB Diploma Program is an intellectually-rich, well-rounded two-year course of study for juniors and seniors that is built around three core experiences: Theory of knowledge (a college-level seminar), creative, action, and service (a student-designed community service project), and an extended essay, a research project. IB Diploma Candidates also pursue college-level worj in six subjects: English, a second language, history, math, science, and an elective. IB courses are open to all juniors and seniors, not just those in the full Diploma Program. Like AP, IB classes are recognized by colleges and universities as excellent preparation for higher education. Successful completion of AP and IB courses is usually rewarded with course credit or used for placement.
Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway: this program offered at Newport Harbor involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers. There are three different pathways offered through CTE; the Digital Media Arts Pathway, the Business Pathway, and the Culinary Pathway.
Newport Harbor High School has water polo, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball football, basketball, cross country, field hockey, sailing, soccer, softball, surf, tennis, track and field, volleyball and wrestling teams. Its teams compete in the Sunset League of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. NHHS teams are known as the Sailors, though fans also refer to them as the "Tars". The school colors are primarily blue and gray, and the mascot is Tommy Tar, a representation of Popeye the Sailor Man. Each year the Sailors football team plays in The Battle of The Bay against their cross-town rival, Corona Del Mar High School (CdM for short), Newport has won 37 of the 51 times they have met the Sea Kings; the winning team automatically owns the Newport Bay until they meet again.
Newport Harbor offers some co-curricular activities that students can earn course credit for. These classes being: band/jazz band, cheer squad, choir, dance, drama, newspaper, surf team and yearbook.
Newport Harbor also offers extra-curricular clubs chartered through the Associated Student Body. The clubs being: ACS, Ambassadors Club, ASB Spirit Club, BRIDGES Club, Chess Club, Comic Book Club, Drama Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), Make a Wish, National Honors Society, Newport Harbor Field Studies, Photography Club, Pink Ribbon Club, Rowing Club, STEM Club, Youth and Government, and more.
- Geoff Abrams, tennis player
- Terry Albritton, shotputter
- Steve Aoki, Electro House musician
- Dave Cadigan, NFL football player
- Douglas Crockford, programmer
- Hugh Foster, volleyball player
- Paulina James, adult film actress
- Peter Jason, actor
- Greg Laurie, pastor and evangelist
- Paul Le Mat, actor
- Esther Lofgren, Olympic gold medalist, rowing
- Gray Lyda, comic book artist and writer
- Greg MacGillivray, filmmaker
- Misty May, professional beach volleyball player, Olympic gold medalist
- Kelly McGillis, actress
- Ted McGinley, actor
- Dave McKenna, writer
- Lee Mallory, poet, editor, retired professor
- Marguerite Moreau, actress
- Jim Neidhart, wrestler, held shotput record from 1973 to 1985
- Trevor O'Brien, actor
- Aaron Peirsol, 7× Olympic medalist, swimming
- Bruce Penhall, racer, actor
- April Ross, AVP beach volleyball player, Olympic medalist
- Sharon Sheeley, songwriter
- Steve Timmons, 2× Olympic gold medalist, volleyball
- Ethan Cochran, discus thrower
- Tyson Wahl, Major League soccer player
- Ethan Wayne, actor
- Robert "Wingnut" Weaver, surfer
- Zach Wells, Major League soccer player
- Irene Worth, actress
- George Yardley, NBA Hall of Fame
- Anthony Zerbe, actor
- Constance Zimmer, actress
- Official Newport Harbor Website – History
- Official Newport Harbor Website – History
- Orange County Register (May 18, 2006)
- Newport Harbor Alumni Connections (2005)
- Daily Pilot (Aug. 24, 2009)
- Orange County Register (video)
- Daily Pilot (Aug. 30, 2007)
- Official Newport Harbor Website
- 2013 California Academic Performance Index (API) Growth report.
- Newport Harbor Academic Profile
- IB Program at Newport Harbor High School
- Career Technical Education
- Newport Harbor High Activities