North Hollywood High School
|North Hollywood High School|
|Aerial photograph of North Hollywood High School taken in 1927.|
|5231 Colfax Avenue
Valley Village, California, 91601
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Los Angeles Unified School District|
|Principal||Mr. Ricardo Rosales|
|Assistant principals||Mr. David Way
Ms. Zepure Kivork
Mr. Antonio Reveles
|Color(s)||Blue, White, Grey|
|Feeder schools||Walter Reed Middle School
Sun Valley Middle School
Roy Romer Middle School
Gaspar de Portola Middle School
|Website||Official website HGM Official website|
North Hollywood High School, originally called Lankershim High School when it opened in 1927, is a secondary school in Valley Village in Los Angeles, California. The school mascot is the husky, and the school colors are blue, white and grey.
North Hollywood High School is located in the San Fernando Valley and enrolls approximately 3000 students each year. It is located in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Several neighborhoods, including most of North Hollywood, Valley Village, Studio City and Sun Valley, send students to this school.
As of 2014, the school principal is Mr. Ricardo Rosales. From 2000 to 2007, North Hollywood High was a year-round school with 3 tracks (A, B, and C). During the 2007–2008 school year, a traditional calendar was re-adopted and the students were divided into many small learning communities (SLCs). Most of these SLCs were closed in June 2012.
Built in 1927, Lankershim High School was named for the town of Lankershim (first called Toluca, now North Hollywood) and its founding family. It opened with 800 students, graduating its first class in 1928. The Board of Education was asked to employ teachers who were already residents of North Hollywood, creating jobs and education opportunities right in the area. Lankershim High School was renamed North Hollywood High School in 1929. An addition was added three years later to form what is now its main building. This main building was officially named the John F. Kennedy Memorial Hall in 1965 by the Senior class of 1963, who petitioned to the Board of Education to name the building in memory of the slain President.
In 2006 East Valley High School opened, relieving overcrowding at North Hollywood. Grades 9 and 10 in the eastern portion of the North Hollywood attendance zone were reassigned to East Valley, while 11th and 12th grades were phased into East Valley over a two-year period.
Founded in 1981, this magnet is a specialized school that buses students to a site next to the Los Angeles Zoo in Griffith Park. At this site, the approximately 300 students who attend take both regular classes such as history, math, and English and Advanced Placement classes related to biological and zoological sciences. Many of these classes include fieldwork in the Los Angeles Zoo, Botanical Gardens, Los Angeles River ecosystem, Autry National Center and the natural world of Griffith Park for tours and observation. This is the only school in LAUSD with ties to the Los Angeles Zoo. One class, Animal Behavior, requires observation time in the Los Angeles Zoo. Another class, Animal Husbandry, requires volunteering with zookeepers in different areas of the Los Angeles Zoo (this class is reserved for seniors). Classes meet 3 days a week for a duration of 2 hours per class, as they are on a block schedule. The school is a close-knit community composed of 10 teachers and staff.
Highly Gifted Magnet
The Highly Gifted Magnet at North Hollywood High School is a component of the voluntary integration program of the Los Angeles Unified School District, designed to provide an academically challenging college preparatory program. The Magnet was established in 1989. Students have chosen this magnet within the public school system and have studied a stringent, rigorous curriculum. They may not have enjoyed many of the material advantages that private schools often provide; however, they have gained immeasurably by interacting in a culturally diverse urban high school. The program seeks to thematically bind the four years of study into a comprehensive interdisciplinary format which will prepare students to thrive in the most demanding of university environments. The students participating in the magnet represent all residential areas of Los Angeles City. They display a variety of extracurricular interests, as well as diversity in their academic directions. To qualify for admittance to the Highly Gifted Magnet, students must demonstrate measured IQ levels of 145+.
The level of course work is commensurate with the most demanding of public or private college preparatory schools in the country, allowing students to study Advanced Placement courses in all subject areas. Average student scores have far exceeded state and national averages on advanced Placement tests and other national exams. They have gained national and international recognition for their academic achievements. The educational environment is highly competitive and students are expected to develop their talents in an interactive atmosphere with students of similar high ability levels.
- In 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001, 2002, and 2004, North Hollywood High School won first place at LAUSD Band and Dance Team Championships.
- North Hollywood High School has won first place in the LADWP Science Bowl every year from 1998 to 2013.
- In 2001, North Hollywood High School won first place at the U.S. Science Bowl.
- In 2004, 2005, and 2006, North Hollywood High School was a finalist in the Southern California Band and Orchestra Association marching band competitions.
- In 2006, North Hollywood High School won second place at the National Science Bowl.
- In 2008, North Hollywood High School won sixth place at the National Science Bowl.
- In 2009, North Hollywood High School won first place in the Regional Oceans Science Bowl.
- In 2009, North Hollywood High School won first place in Los Angeles County Science Olympiad, and second place in California State Science Olympiad.
- In 2009, North Hollywood High School won second place in State Academic Decathlon.
- In 2010, North Hollywood High School won first and second place with two teams at the Duke Moot Court National Tournament.
- In 2010, North Hollywood High School won first place in Regional Science Olympiad.
- In 2010, North Hollywood High School won third place at the National Science Bowl.
- In 2010, North Hollywood High School won first place in the Duke Moot Court National Tournament.
- In 2010, North Hollywood High School was a quarterfinalist in the Long Beach FIRST Robotics competition, and received the Rookie Inspiration Award.
- In 2010, North Hollywood High School won third place in the Regional Oceans Science Bowl.
- In 2011, North Hollywood High School won first place in Regional Science Olympiad.
- In 2011, North Hollywood High School received Best Programming and Judges' Choice at the International Botball Competition.
- In 2012, North Hollywood High School won second place in Los Angeles County Science Olympiad.
- In 2012, North Hollywood High School won second place in the National Science Bowl Competition in Washington, DC.
- In 2012, North Hollywood High School won third place in the Los Angeles Surf Bowl.
- In 2012, North Hollywood High School was a semifinalist in Duke Moot Court National Tournament.
- In 2012, North Hollywood High School's Indoor Drumline won 5th place at DAC Championships and 2nd place at LAUSD Championships.
- In 2013, North Hollywood High School won fourth and sixth place in CyberPatriot V National Finals.
- In 2013, North Hollywood High School won third place in the Science Olympiad State Finals.
- In 2013, North Hollywood High School's Indoor Drumline won 4th place at DAC Championships and 2nd place at LAUSD Championships.
- In 2014, North Hollywood High School won first place in Regional Science Olympiad.
- In 2014, North Hollywood High School won first place in CyberPatriot VI National Finals.
- In 2014, North Hollywood High School's Indoor Drumline won 3rd place at DAC Championships and 4th place at LAUSD Championships.
- In 2014, North Hollywood High School's Speech and Debate Team had two finalists in the California Speech and Debate Championships, placing 10th and 11th.
- North Hollywood's rivals are Polytechnic High School and Ulysses S. Grant High School.
- In 2004 and 2007, North Hollywood's varsity football team was undefeated and league champs.
- In 2012, North Hollywood's baseball team won Division II Championships at Dodger Stadium.
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