Point Loma High School

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Coordinates: 32°44′23.83″N 117°13′31.25″W / 32.7399528°N 117.2253472°W / 32.7399528; -117.2253472

Point Loma High School
Address
2335 Chatsworth Boulevard
Point Loma
San Diego, California, 92106
United States
Information
School type Public high school
Opened 1925
School district San Diego Unified School District
Principal Hans Becker
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2100
Mascot Pointer Dog
Nickname Pointers
Newspaper Pointer Press
Yearbook El Portal
Website

Point Loma High School is a public high school in the San Diego Unified School District in San Diego, California. It is located in the Loma Portal neighborhood of Point Loma. The school serves the neighborhoods of Point Loma and Ocean Beach. In addition, students who live in Mission Hills may choose to attend Point Loma High School as their neighborhood school.[1] Point Loma is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).[2]

History[edit]

PLHS is the third oldest high school in the San Diego Unified School District. It was dedicated in 1925 as Point Loma Junior-Senior High school, serving grades 7 through 12. There were 386 students at its opening on September 22, 1925. The first principal was Pete Ross and there were 30 teachers. Some San Diegans opposed creating a school in Point Loma, contending it was too far away from town, but school board member Edgar F. Hastings pushed the proposal through. In its early days the school was sometimes referred to as "Hastings' folly".[3]

The original three-story high school building was torn down in the 1970s as part of a statewide requirement to make all schools earthquake-safe. It was replaced by a number of two-story buildings.[4]

During the 1950s it was converted to a three-year high school with the opening of Richard Henry Dana Junior High School. In 1983 it became a four-year high school. PLHS now draws from six elementary schools serving grades kindergarten through 4, and two middle schools: Dana Middle for grades 5 and 6, and Correia Middle for grades 7 and 8.

The school also holds the distinction of having produced two major-league baseball pitchers who threw perfect games -- David Wells and Don Larsen. Only 21 pitchers have thrown perfect games in Major League Baseball history. On June 17, 2014, PLHS announced that Wells will be the school's head baseball coach, starting with the 2014-2015 school year. Wells had been volunteering as an assistant coach for several years, and the team's home field was named David Wells Field in 2010.[5]

Demographics[edit]

Point Loma High School is the third largest of 16 high schools in the San Diego Unified School District. It is a four-year, comprehensive high school serving grades 9–12. It houses a student population of approximately 2000 students who come primarily from the local community. Approximately 35 percent of the student body participates in specialized programs, such as the Voluntary Ethnic Enrollment Program (VEEP), the Choice Program, the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program, or the Seminar Program.

Academics[edit]

Point Loma High School is a leader in the number and variety of AP classes offered, ranging from Music Theory to Physics.

Athletics[edit]

The school's colors are maroon and gold, although football uniform colors are typically unconforming with their traditional colors of a main maroon with an accented gold. The mascot is the Pointer Dog. The school offers a variety of both men's and women's competitive sports:[6]

Offered[edit]

Fall[edit]

  • Cross Country (men & women)
  • Field Hockey (women)
  • Football (men)
  • Golf (women)
  • Tennis (women)
  • Volleyball (women)
  • Water Polo (men)

Winter[edit]

  • Basketball (men & women)
  • Soccer (men & women)
  • Water Polo (women)
  • Wrestling (men & women)

Spring[edit]

  • Badminton (men & women)
  • Baseball (men)
  • Golf (men)
  • Lacrosse (men & women)
  • Softball (women)
  • Swim (men & women)
  • Tennis (men)
  • Track & Field (men & women)
  • Volleyball (men)

Awards & Championships[edit]

Football[edit]

The Point Loma "Pointers" Football team has won or shared the CIF championship five times in the past fifty years, all under head coach Bennie Edens. 2005-2006, under head coach Mike Hastings, the Pointers reached the championship game but lost to Saint Augustine High School both times. They reached the championship game again in 2007 and 2009 but lost to Cathedral Catholic High School both times again led by 1st team All-C.I.F. selection Anthony Joyner and 2nd team All-C.I.F. selection Jordan Sparkman. In the last 4 years the Pointers have had 7 Division 1 football athletes.[citation needed]

Women's Soccer[edit]

The Lady Pointers soccer team has done almost the same (in terms of winning) each year. However in 2009, they made more progress than usual and went to the CIF Champoiship game defeating many higher seeded teams to get there. The game ended in a tie, with Point Loma winning it in PK's.

Women's Basketball[edit]

The "Lady Pointers" basketball team was a powerhouse at the state level during the late 1980s, capturing the state championship and inspiring a graffiti-style mural that endures at the athletic field to this day. Under legendary women's basketball coach Lee Trepanier, known as "Coach T", the Lady Pointers posted an astonishing record of 335 wins and 51 losses between 1977 and 1990.[7]

Men's Water Polo[edit]

The Point Loma High water polo team had the distinction of making it to the CIF tournament seeded eighth in 2007 and most recently seeded fifteenth.

Men's Tennis[edit]

The Point Loma High Men's Tennis team has won C.I.F two years running now, in 2008 and 2009. Their strongest team rivaled teams from all divisions losing only one match, to Torrey Pines.

Sailing[edit]

In 2010 the PLHS Sailing Team won the Baker Trophy, the national team-racing championship of the Interscholastic Sailing Association, making them the national champions in the sport of sailing. The team was as follows: Skippers were Kevin Laube '10, Jake LaDow '11, Olin Paine '12, Shone Bowman '10, and Jake Reynolds '12; Crews were Claire Bagg '10, Will Herrin '12, Reece Bernet '10, and Kyle Sutter '12. PLHS sailing teams also won the national championship in 2003, 2004, and 2005.[8]

Alumni[edit]

Some famous alumni include:

Leap of Faith[edit]

The school became known among skateboarders for an infamous drop called the "Leap of Faith". This was an 18 foot 8 inch drop, consisting of 27 stairs, that had to be approached by an ollie over a railing. Professional skateboarder Jamie Thomas made this spot famous in his filmed attempt to land it; he landed without injury, but his board snapped upon impact.[10] His attempt was included in the Zero video Thrill Of It All.[11] Another skateboarder named Richard King[12] and several rollerbladers attempted it, among them Ian Brown,[13][14] Brian Shima,[15][16] and Chris Haffey,[17] but no one was successful at landing it completely, and several people broke their leg or ankle in the attempt. In 2005 the drop was blocked when the school installed a new elevator.[18] The PLHS Leap of Faith was included as part of Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 2, a skateboarding-based video game.

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