Ocean View High School

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Ocean View High School
Huntington Beach, CA, United States
Type Public high school
Motto Knowledge is Power
Established 1976
School district Huntington Beach Union High School District
Principal Dan Bryan[1]
Number of students Approximately 1600
Color(s) Cardinal and Gold          

Ocean View High School is a public comprehensive college-prep academy located in Huntington Beach, California. OVHS was established in 1976 whose mascot is the Seahawks. Currently, there are approximately 1,600 enrolled students. It is part of the HBUHSD school district, with five other high schools. The school is unique in that, it features the only IB Program in the district. The implementation of “embedded tutorial” at the end of each period two years ago resulted in the biggest drop in the total number of D and F grades for students in the District. It features a Business Academy that has 170 participants, the sole Mandarin Chinese Foreign Language program in the district, and a college preparation curriculum. In addition, the school boasts the highest senior satisfaction survey results of the district, and is the only school in the district that practices Red (Drug), Yellow (Suicide), and Blue (Bullying) ribbon week prevention programs.[citation needed] OVHS is also a two-time California Distinguished School.

International Baccalaureate Magnet School[edit]

OVHS is in the International Baccalaureate or IB program. An IB program consists of three main programs: the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), which is for students ages 3 to 12, the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), ages 11 to 16, and the IB Diploma Program (DP), ages 16 to 19.

Advanced Placement[edit]

Ocean View offers many AP classes in addition to its IB classes. Ocean View High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement courses for students.

School ranking[edit]

In 2008, OVHS was ranked number 775 on the list of Top 1,000 High Schools in the United States, [1] published by Newsweek Magazine. The public schools are ranked by the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test taken by all students in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors.


The demographics of the student body are as follows:
American Indian/Alaskan Native 6.3%
Asian 15.0%
Pacific Islander 1.0%
Filipino 2.0%
Hispanic/Latino 44.6%
African American 2.6%
White 28.3%
Other/Declined to state 0.3%[2]


Ocean View's sports teams are members of the Golden West League in CIF Southern Section. The sports offered at OVHS are: baseball, cross-country, track & field, golf, swimming, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, football, soccer, tennis, water polo, and softball. Varsity Boys’ Basketball was ranked number 2 in Orange County.Boys’ and Girls’ Water Polo and Boys’ Swim were league champs in 2012.The Ocean View Frosh/Soph football team were Golden West League Champions in 2012-2013. However, the 1976 Freshman team had an inaugural season of 8-1, losing to Bolsa Grande 13-7. The following year, The Sophomores beat Bolsa Grande in a rematch 14-7, capturing the league title and to this day, boasts the only perfect season in Seahawks history. Girls’ softball, swim, basketball, soccer and Boys’ Baseball, Volleyball and Basketball participated in CIF competitions last year.

The 2008-2009 Boy's Basketball team were regional champions for Division IV, the farthest any Seahawks sports team has ever advanced. Jim Harris was the Boy's Basketball coach from the school's founding until his death in 2011. During the 33-year time span under Harris, his teams won 19 league championships and three CIF Southern Section titles.[3]

Ocean View's Varsity Baseball team has been crowned the CIF Champions three times: 1998, 2005 and won the Division III championship for the 2010 season. The Ocean View Frosh/Soph team were Golden West League Champions in 2012-2013, with a league record of 9-1.


Entertainment Corps (Band and Color Guard) has won 1st place in the SCJA State Band Championships in their division in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Barnes, Britney (August 13, 2009). "School has new man in charge". Huntington Beach Independent. Retrieved August 14, 2009. 
  2. ^ Dataquest
  3. ^ Sciacca, Mike (October 26, 2011). "Players, colleagues remember Coach Harris". Huntington Beach Independent. Retrieved October 31, 2011. 

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