North High School (Torrance)

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North Torrance High School
3620 W. 182nd Street Torrance, CA 90504
United States
Type Public Secondary
Established 1955
Principal Ronald Richardson
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 2,100
Color(s)           Blue and White
Mascot Saxons

North Torrance High School is a four year public high school located at 3620 W. 182nd St. in Torrance, California. Of the four public high schools in the Torrance Unified School District, North High is the second oldest. The school's mascot is the Saxon and the school colors are blue and white. North High is accredited by WASC.[1]


  • White 17%
  • Asian 31%
  • Latino 34%
  • Black 9%
  • Pacific Islander 1%
  • Other 8%

School facts[edit]

  • Opened in September 1955
  • Campus has 24 buildings and 100 classrooms
  • Serves youth living north of 190th St. to north city boundaries
  • Maximum student enrollment capacity is 3000


North High was voted by the Pioneer League as the runner-up for Most Athletic School in 2007-2008.

  • Prior to 2003-2004 North High was in the Ocean League and also The Bay League
  • In 2001 fall season the Varsity Football team were runner ups in the CIF Division X Championship
  • in 2002-2003 Spring Season Boys Varsity Track won League: Specelle Williams and Eric Davis went to CIF finals
  • In 2003-2004 winter season the varsity wrestling team were Div.II CIF Champions in both duals and individuals.
  • In 2004 fall the Varsity Football team went undefeated in the Pioneer League and were runner-ups in the CIF Division X Championship
  • In 2008-2009 winter season the boys varsity soccer team were CIF semifinalists and suffered a tough loss in penalty kicks.
  • 2008-2009 winter season the boys varsity soccer team advanced to State.
  • In the 2008 fall season the girls varsity tennis team were league champions.
  • In 2009-2010 winter season the boys varsity soccer team were league champs.
  • In the 2008 and 2009 spring season the girls softball team were back-to-back CIF Champions. In 2010 they are in the CIF Final for the third straight year
  • In 2010 spring season the boys varsity volleyball team were CIF semifinalists
  • In 2009 fall the Varsity Football Team won the Pioneer League Title
  • In 2009-2010 winter season boys varsity league champs and back to back CIF Semifinalists
  • In 2009-2010 winter season girls varsity basketball won the title Pioneer League Champs
  • In 2010-2011 North High School's marching band won state championships in the 2A division
  • In 2009-2010 and 2011-2012 North High School's marching band came in 2nd place at state championships in the 2A division.
  • In 2011-2012 winter season the varsity wrestling team won CIF Duals Division III
  • In 2012 Varsity Football Team reached to CIF Southern Section Championship after 2-8 record from last season.
  • In 2012 North High Saxon Regiment Marching Band and Color Guard won state championships in the 3A division.
  • In 2013 and 2014 Spring season Boys Varsity Track & Field were undefeated two-time Pioneer League Champions.
  • In 2013 and 2014 North High Saxon Regiment and Color Guard won 2nd in SCJA State Championships in the 2A and 3A division, respectively.
  • In 2014 Spring season Girls Varsity Track & Field were Pioneer League Champions.
  • In 2014 the North High School Saxon Regiment and Color Guard received 8th place in Grand Championships against every competiting band.

Current administration[edit]

Principal- Dr. Ron Richardson
Assistant Principal- Mr. Lawrence Hom
Assistant Principal- Ms. Michelle Nye
Dean of Students- Mr. Andrew McCarty
Student Activities- Advisor Mr. Marc Pioch
Athletic Director- Mr. Brian Ormsby
Assistant Athletic Director- Ms. Tina Gross

Notable alumni[edit]


City of license Torrance, California
(Los Angeles County)
Broadcast area South Santa Monica Bay area
Slogan The Rock of the Block
Frequency 89.7 (MHz)
First air date 1966 (?) to 1991
Format Music chosen by whoever was on the air at the moment
Power 10 Watts
ERP 13 watts estimated
Class D
Callsign meaning North High School
Owner Torrance Unified School District

KNHS, was an FCC licensed FM radio station on 89.7 MHz, serving the Torrance, California area with a variety music format. KNHS ceased legal broadcasts when a short-sighted TUSD allowed the station license to expire December 1, 1983. Former students of North High School say that the station broadcast until 1991 raising the possibility that the station was a pirate broadcaster from 1983 until 1991. The FCC facility ID was: 67342. According to the High School newspaper, The North Wind, The station broadcast with one Watt until 1972 when its studios and transmitter were moved to the second floor of the Industrial Arts building. The transmitter and limiter, which were mounted on a shelf in the old 3-room radio station by the cafeteria (announcer booth, control room that had a Gates audio console, and the records storage room) survived the big earthquake on February 9, 1971. When KNHS moved to the industrial arts building, the antenna tower was moved to the roof above the studios. The tower originally was above the old KNHS studios near the cafeteria.

There was no professional manager for KNHS, so broadcast students managed KNHS with some supervision by schoolteachers Mr. McKenzie and Mr. Fields, so the programming, educational value and financial earnings potential of KNHS was never realized. There was no engineer for the station except for a contract engineer who was only called when something was known to be wrong and a monitoring company measured the frequency of KNHS monthly to comply with FCC regulations: We would turn on the transmitter, call the monitoring company, who would record the specific frequency of the radio station. In 1970, the radio station got its first phone line, allowing it to take music requests from its listeners, though at 10-Watts and limited broadcast hours, the listening "public" was probably limited to the students who announced the music, and who also did the remote broadcasts of sporting events, thanks to the technical knowledge of Mr. McKenzie.

North High School had speakers at various places on campus, including the "quad," and cafeteria, so the unsuspecting students could be subjected to the sound of the campus radio station at lunch time. A local "landmark" was the KNHS tower with its two omni-directional "halo" elements, one at the top and one lower on the tower. The tower was damaged in a winter storm in 2010 and removed from view.


  1. ^ "Directory of Schools: Search Details". Retrieved 26 August 2014. 
  2. ^ Crowe, Jerry (4 December 2006). "The story arc of his life has some real hooks to it". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 8 December 2013.

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