Pasadena High School (California)
|Pasadena High School|
|2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Pasadena, California, Los Angeles, 91107
|Number of students||2213|
|Color(s)||Red and white |
|Athletics conference||CIF Southern Section|
|Rival||John Muir High School|
The school was first established as a district school in 1884 and became Pasadena High School in 1891. In 1928, the school merged into Pasadena Junior College and operated as a four-year school, grades 11, 12, 13 and 14. Pasadena realigned its 6-4-4 school system in 1954 with Pasadena High School regaining its separate identity. PHS, however, shared the Pasadena City College Colorado Boulevard campus through the graduating class of 1960 when PHS moved to its present campus on Sierra Madre Boulevard at Washington Boulevard.
In 2013, Pasadena High School's student population consisted of 2,028 students, with 56% of students being Latino, 20% white, 16% African-American, and 5% Asian, Pacific Islander and Filipino. 
Pasadena High School offers several special unique programs. The Graphic Communications Academy was established in partnership with the Printing Industry of Southern California and Pasadena City College. The Visual Arts and Design Academy is linked with the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Art Armory. The Center for Independent Study program is a remedial program to help students who are behind in credits.
- Kim Anderson, 1975, NFL Baltimore Colts
- Walt Becker, 1986, director of Van Wilder and Wild Hogs
- Mario Clark, 1973, NFL Boston Patriots
- Carol Cleveland, 1960, actress, associated with the Monty Python's Flying Circus TV show
- Mike Connelly, 1952, NFL Dallas Cowboys.
- Michael Cooper, 1974, basketball player and coach
- Bob Eubanks, 1955, TV personality
- Howard Hawks, 1914, Hollywood film director (Scarface, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes)
- Chris Holden, 1978, 53rd Mayor of Pasadena, City councilman (District 3) (1989-2012), California State Assemblyman, 41st District (2012-)
- Michael Holton, 1979, basketball player and ESPN analyst
- Yun Jung Hoon, popular Korean actor
- Chidi Iwuoma, 1996, cornerback for Pittsburgh Steelers
- Payton Jordan, Hall of Fame Olympic Track Coach and Masters Track and Field World Record holder
- Emil Mătăsăreanu, one of the perpetrators of the North Hollywood shootout
- Chris McAlister, 1995, NFL cornerback for the Baltimore Ravens and New Orleans Saints
- Edwin McMillan, co-recipient of the 1951 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Yura Movsisyan, soccer player for FC Spartak Moscow
- Charley Paddock, two-time Olympic champion, fastest man in the world
- George S. Patton (~1903/1904), US Army general in World War II
- William H. Press, 1965, astrophysicist and 165th President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
- James Sanford, 1980 world's fastest human
- Stan Smith, 1964, tennis player and two time Grand Slam singles champion
- Kevin Tighe, 1962, actor
- Mark Trahant, 1975, Native American journalist
- Alex Van Halen, member of rock band Van Halen The family moved to Pasadena, California in 1962.
- Eddie Van Halen, founding member of Van Halen
- Cynthia Whitcomb, 1969, television writer and playwright
- Jim Wilks, 1976, NFL New Orleans Saints
- Hodgy Beats, rapper.
- Lester Towns, 1994, NFL Carolina Panthers LB 2000-2003
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After 26 years as drama teacher at Pasadena High, Franco was retiring to devote full time to acting and writing. For three months, his one-time pupils had planned this tribute, a party Saturday night at the Bel-Air home of scriptwriter Cynthia Whitcomb (class of '69).
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