San Clemente High School (San Clemente, California)
|San Clemente High School|
|700 Avenida Pico
San Clemente, California, 92673
|School district||Capistrano Unified School District|
|Grades||9 through 12|
|Color(s)||Black and Scarlett|
San Clemente High School is a high school located in southern Orange County, California in the town of San Clemente. San Clemente High’s current attendance boundaries include the City of San Clemente and portions of Capistrano Beach and San Juan Capistrano. The school has an enrollment of approximately 3000 students.
The school was opened in 1964, and the first graduating class was the class of 1965. The first class to have attended SCHS all four years graduated in 1967. In 1996, San Clemente High was noted as one of the few remaining “small town” high schools in Southern California. In 1999, the school was nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.
In 2007, San Clemente High School was ranked number 471 by Newsweek magazine. In 2012 it was ranked number 380.
In February 2012, a Orange County Sheriff's Department deputy shot and killed Marine Sergeant Manuel Loggins after Loggins failed to comply with the deputy's instructions while on school grounds. In 2013, the Orange Count Sheriff's Department settled with the Loggins family regarding an wrongful death lawsuit.
San Clemente's Academic Performance Index for the 2011–2012 school year was 844.
The school possesses a number of academic and vocational enrichment programs: the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program, the Advanced Placement program, Model United Nations, Model Congress, National Honor Society, California Scholarship Federation (CSF), National Merit Scholars, Early Childhood Education Academy, Automotive Technology Academy, the Regional Occupation Program (ROP), and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program.
The school offers the following Advanced Placement (AP) Courses: AP Economics (Macro and Micro), AP US History, AP Psychology, AP Environmental Science, AP Japanese Language, AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP European History, AP Art History, AP Spanish Language IV and V, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics,
The school also offers the following IB Courses: IB Literature, IB Math Studies, IB Math (SL/HL), IB Latin American 20th Century, IB Economics, IB Biology, IB Chemistry, IB Environmental Studies, IB Physics (SL/HL), IB Languages (French, Japanese, Spanish), IB Dance (SL/HL), IB Music Appreciation (SL) and Music (SL/HL), IB Psychology, IB Theory of Knowledge (TOK)
The average class size is 35. The school currently has about 3,000 students and about 108 teachers. The percent of teachers with a full credential is 100%. Graduation rate as of 2012 is 98%.
The school also has an Academic Decathlon team, which competes against other schools in the OCAD association. They have a senior/junior team in 1st semester, and a sophomore/freshman team 2nd semester.
The school offers a variety of athletic teams, which include wrestling (3-time CIF champions), football, boys and girls tennis, surf team (national champions), boys/girls waterpolo (CIF champions) and swim teams, girls' soccer (nationally ranked), boys' soccer (CIF champions), girls/boys basketball, girls and boys volleyball, cross-country and track, boys' and girls' lacrosse, boys/girls golf, boys' baseball, and girls' softball.
During the 2010'––2011 school year, the boys soccer team was able to win the title of CIF champions and went on to compete and win the State Championships title.
In 2006 the San Clemente Varsity cheer squad brought home a national championship, beating out 22 other teams. The San Clemente Varsity wrestling team has won Southern CIF three times, two were back to back and were runner-up 2 times in a 5-year period.
The Tritons have won three CIF Wrestling Championships (2005, 2007, and 2008), one CIF Wrestling Academic Championship (2003), and 15 Wrestling League Championships. Noteworthy: San Clemente is the only team in Orange County that has had one or more CIF Place Winner every year since 1982.
In 2010, the San Clemente Baseball team ranked 23rd in California, and 121st in the Nation. The baseball team has the most players playing at the next level (college) than any other sport in the school.
In 2011, the San Clemente football team had a 12–2 overall record, ranking 5th in California, and 19th in the nation. They made it to the final round of CIF, before losing to Santa Margarita 13–27.
In 2014, San Clemente had its first ever state champion in track and field; Rocky Fenton produced a personal best throw of 184 ft 11 in the discus throw to win.
The Triton fine arts department includes: Triton Marching Alliance, Jazz Band, color guard, drumline, dance team, Women's Ensemble, Men's Ensemble, Bel Canto, A Capella, Madrigals, String Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Advanced Band, and Wind Ensemble.
The marching band is known as the Triton Marching Alliance. They compete in the 3A division SCJA. The winter guard team took home a 2nd place title at the WGASC Championship in 2011 creating a winning impression that lasted throughout the season with two first place titles and two 2nd place titles. In 2011, the Triton Marching Alliance was invited by the Governor of California to perform in the National Memorial Day parade in Washington D.C., in which San Clemente was one of two schools that represented California.
The choirs have performed in various venues ranging from New York's Carnegie Hall to the University of Hawaii. The choir department consists of 3 auditioned choirs (Madrigals, A Capella, and Bel Canto) and two beginner choirs (women's and men's ensemble). In 1999, an alumnus of the SCHS choir department died and left the music department with a donation of $10,000 in his will. That money continues to be used in rewarding students with exceptional talents in music in a manner that encourages their continuance of music in college.
The string and band department has played in venues across Europe and in New York and Hawaii.
The Dance team in 2013 came home with three national champion titles for medium dance, intermediate dance, and best overall choreographed dance, marking its 14th National Title in the last 10 years.
The Drama department, which consists of hundreds of students as well as the parent booster club, was recognized with a Macy Award for the play, "Curtains".
- Brian de la Puente, NFL football player
- Jorge Garcia, actor, Lost
- Gabe Gardner, member of 2008 Olympics USA Mens Volleyball, gold medal winner
- Eric Hester, film composer
- Evan Evans, film composer
- Trevor Insley, wide receiver, Indianapolis Colts, 2000–2003
- Travis Wilson, quarterback, University of Utah, 2012–
- Aaron Johnson, music producer. Produced multi-platinum album How To Save A Life by The Fray as well as the #1 self-titled follow up.
- Rian Johnson, director and screenwriter, notably Star Wars VIII. Most of his 2006 film Brick was filmed on and around the school grounds
- Bill Kenney, quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs, 1980–1988
- Tiffany Brissette, actress, Small Wonder
- Tessa Keller, star of MTV's Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County
- Masafumi Kawaguchi
- Rachel York, Broadway and film actress, original name was Rachel Lemanski
- Coby Bell, television actor, Third Watch, The Game,
- Colin McPhillips, professional longboarder
- Katie Vernola, Playboy Playmate Miss June 2010
- Ryan Sheckler, professional skateboarder
- Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathoner
- Chase Rettig, quarterback, Green Bay Packers, 2014-
- Connor De Phillippi, race car driver
- Newsweek, Top 1,000 Schools in America
- Garske, Monica; Bacchus, Danya (29 September 2012). "Fatal Shooting of Marine was Justified: DA". KNSD (San Diego). Retrieved 25 April 2015.
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