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 Red|
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. 
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, football, boys/girls tennis, surf team (national champions),boys/girls waterpolo (CIF champions)and swimteams, girls soccer (nationally ranked), boy's soccer (CIF Champions), girls/boys basketball (nationally ranked), girls and boys volleyball, cross-country and track, boys/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 3 times, two were back to back and were Runner-Up 2 times in a 5 year period.
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 boasted 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.
The Triton fine arts department includes: Triton Marching Alliance, color guard, drumline, dance team, Women's Ensemble, Men's Ensemble, 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 2 auditioned choirs (Madrigals and A Capella) 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".
- Rian Johnson, screenwriter and director. Most of his 2006 film Brick was filmed on and around the school grounds
- 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.
- Eric Hester, composer
- Jorge Garcia, actor, Lost
- 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
- Gabe Gardner, member of 2008 Olympics USA Mens Volleyball, gold medal winner
- Coby Bell, Television actor, Third Watch, The Game,
- Bill Kenney, Quarterback, Kansas City Chiefs, 1980–1988
- Colin McPhillips, professional longboarder
- Katie Vernola, Playboy Playmate Miss June 2010
- Ryan Sheckler, Professional Skateboarder
- Dean Karnazes, Ultramarathoner
- Chase Rettig, Quarterback, Boston College Eagles, 2010-
- Connor De Phillippi, Race Car Driver
- Dane, Patrick, and Tanner Gudauskas Professional Surfers
- Trevor Insley, Wide Receiver, Indianapolis Colts, 2000-2003
- Travis Wilson, Quarterback, University of Utah, 2012-
- Newsweek, Top 1,000 Schools in America