Newport Harbor High School

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Newport Harbor High School
Newport Harbor High School logo.gif
Sailor Pride, Home of the Sailors
Newport Beach, California
United States
School type Public
Established 1930
Principal Sean Boulton
Enrollment 2,425
Color(s) Blue and Gray

Newport Harbor High School is a public high school in Newport Beach, in Orange County, California, in the United States. It is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


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.[1]

Night photograph of the new NHHS Robins-Loats Building

Ground breaking for the first high school in Newport Beach began June 14, 1930, at an original construction cost of $410,000.[2] By 1948, the school had its first gym, metal shop, and snack bar.[2] Eight army barracks were installed to be used as classrooms.[2] 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.[2]

In 2005, a $282 million school bond issue Measure F was approved by local ballot.[3] Passage of Measure F allows for certain improvements to local schools and libraries in the district.[4]

Newport Harbor High School received funding from Measure F that included demolition of the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) Robins-Loats building,[3] its replacement by an all new 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2)[5] steel-framed building, and rebuilding the landmark 100-foot (30 m) bell tower. The "Robins-Loats Reconstruction" costs are estimated at $45 million.[5] The original Robins Hall Tower stood for 77 years.[6] The tower was demolished in August 2007 because of earthquake code requirements.[7]


Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) has been designated a California Distinguished School, International Baccalaureate World School, and National Blue Ribbon School.[8]


Panorama of Newport Harbor High School's new Robin-Loats Building
Panorama of the new NHHS Robin-Loats Building

Newport Harbor High School has water polo, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball and football 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.

Notable alumni[edit]


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Coordinates: 33°37′22″N 117°54′48″W / 33.62278°N 117.91333°W / 33.62278; -117.91333