North High School (Bakersfield, California)

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North High School
North High School (Bakersfield, CA) school logo.JPG
Principal Alan Paradise
Rival Schools South, East Bakersfield, Centennial
Established 1953
District Kern High School District
School Type Public
Grades 9th through 12th
Street Address 300 Galaxy Avenue
Location Bakersfield, California, U.S.
Campus Type Urban
Student Body Approximately 1,800
Faculty/Staff Approximately 145
Mascot Estrellas
School Colors              Red, Gray, White
Website Website

North High School (abbr. NHS) is an American senior high school set in Bakersfield, California. The school is part of the Kern High School District. Its campus is located on Galaxy Avenue.


NHS was founded in 1953. It became apparent that the existing high schools in the Kern High School District were not sufficient in number for the accelerated growth of greater Bakersfield. After several years of planning, ground was broken on March 23, 1952, for the construction of NHS. On September 8, 1953, NHS held their first ever classes with an enrollment of 625 students, with 28 teachers and counselors.[1] Over 50 years later, NHS is currently home to a number of students and nearly 150 members of the administration, faculty, and staff.


The following is a link to the administration department at NHS: NHS Administration. The following is a link to the counseling department at NHS: NHS Counselors


All students enrolled at NHS must at least meet the following criteria before graduation:[2]

  • 4 years of English (40 credits)
  • 3 years of Social Studies (30 credits)
  • 1 year of World History, Culture, Geography (10 Credits)
  • 1 year of American History and Geography (10 Credits)
  • 1 year of U.S. Government/Economics (10 Credits)
  • 3 years of Math (30 credits)
    • All students must pass Algebra or an approved sequence of courses covering the Algebra standard (Ed. Code 51224.5) in grades 7–12.
  • 2 years of Science (20 credits)
  • 1 year of Physical Science (10 Credits)
  • 1 year of Biological Science (10 Credits)
  • 2 years of P.E. (20 credits)
  • 1 year of Foreign Language/Fine Arts (10 credits)
  • 1 semester of Health (5 credits)
  • 65 credits of electives

In total, 220 credits are necessary for a student at NHS to graduate. Also, every student who graduates must pass the CAHSEE and an approved Algebra course.[2]

Furthermore, NHS offers the following AP, GATE, and Honor’s courses, which students can take to earn college credit, pass an SAT II exam, or be academically challenged:[3]

The athletic director for NHS is Mr. Brian Huens. NHS sports teams are called the Stars, and have their home games on campus. The Stars participate in the Southwest Yosemite League (Div. II, CIF Central Section)[4] and have varsity, JV and Frosh/Soph teams. The following is a link to NHS Athletics: website. Below are all the sports that NHS participates in and their respective season:

Clubs & Organizations[edit]

Every year, NHS has the following clubs and organizations that students can participate in:[5]

Alma Mater[edit]

Resounding from the foothills of the valleys
Our alma mater praises ring!
Remembering our everlasting friendships,
We join together as we sing! May our praises reach the sky,
We will raise our voices high!
To her majesty North High![6]

Notable alumni[edit]


Coordinates: 35°25′44″N 119°01′32″W / 35.42889°N 119.02556°W / 35.42889; -119.02556