San Fernando High School

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San Fernando High School
11133 O'Melveny Avenue.
Pacoima, Los Angeles, California
Type Public
Established 1896
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Kenneth Lee
Staff Mr. Fries Assistant Principal, Mr. Lawrence Assistant Principal
Faculty Ms. Byme School Nurse
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,610
Color(s) Black and Gold         
Mascot Tigers
Information (818) 898-7920

San Fernando High School is a high school of the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is located in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles, in the northeastern in the San Fernando Valley, California. It is near and also serves the City of San Fernando.[1]


San Fernando High School—SFHS was established in 1896. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. SFHS was originally located on Fifth and Hager Streets in the City of San Fernando.

In 1906, the school moved to a new campus on North Brand Boulevard, the present day location of San Fernando Middle School. San Fernando High School moved again in 1952, to its present Pacoima campus location.

The auditorium was renamed after César Chávez in 2000, with the dedication ceremony on June 11, 2000.[1]


The San Fernando High School colors are black and gold. All-female teams are referred to as the "Lady Tigers", and all-male teams are referred to as the "Tigers".

School attendance boundaries[edit]

Students in the City of San Fernando are assigned to the school. Originally more of the Pacoima neighborhood was zoned to the school, but much of it was reassigned to Arleta High School upon that school's opening in 2006. Students in the San Fernando Gardens public housing complex in Pacoima are still assigned to San Fernando High School.[citation needed]

San Fernando High School's attendance boundary changed numerous times as well as new high schools opening in the area. In the fall of 2006, 9th and 10th grade students in a portion of San Fernando High School's 2005-2006 school year zone will attend Arleta High School instead of San Fernando [1]; Arleta will phase in grades 11 through 12 [2].

The school was further relieved of overcrowding when César Chávez Learning Academies (Valley Region High School 5) opened in 2011.[2] [3]


As of 2000 the school had 4,500 students.[3]

As of 2000 the school had 220 faculty members. 10% of them had attended San Fernando High School as students. At the time the school was actively seeking alumni to be teachers. Many of the teachers who were alumni of San Fernando High were bilingual and could offer assistance to Spanish-speaking students.[3]

School programs[edit]

In 2008 it was announced that San Fernando High School would start on a traditional academic calendar, rather than the "year-round" staggered calendar to accommodate overcrowding, in fall of that year. The traditional calendar allows all three tracks (A, B, and C-track; roughly 3300 students in total) to join as one academic class. It also made it impossible for the city's planned charter middle school to take campus facilities from San Fernando High School.

It is the only high school in California with Project G.R.A.D. (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams).

Puente Program[edit]

San Fernando is currently the only high school in the San Fernando Valley that is home to the Puente Program. The Puente Program was designed to help underrepresented students graduate from high school and then graduate from a four-year university. The program was ranked number one nationally, and is making a difference at the school.[4]

Clubs and Activities[edit]

Associated Student Body[edit]

The San Fernando High School Associated Student Body (ASB) is a student-oriented club based from the school. Being the major organization that is in charge of most school events, it is tasked with the annual "Tiger Fest". "Tiger Fest" is a school activity in which minor school clubs and teams sell foods and host activities during an extended lunch period; it usually consists of music, activities and themed decorations), the Homecoming Dance/Parade, Prom, Graduation and many other on campus and off-campus events and activities. The current Class President for the class of 2013-2014 is Jose Catalan Facebook for San Fernando ASB

San Fernando High School Cheerleading Team[edit]

The cheerleaders have helped the school accomplish a numerous amount of championships with their support at each game. They themselves have done a superb job at many different competitions such as Sharp Nationals in May 4, 2013 where they placed 3rd and June 8, 2013 where they placed 1st. The cheer team has participated in Cheer Day at the Dodgers Stadium for the past two years (2012 and 2013). They have also participated and supported many different parades in the San Fernando Valley. They will continue to improve their outstanding heroism in the community and grow as a strong team.

San Fernando Mighty Tiger Band and Color Guard[edit]

The Tigers are known for their band, for 21 consecutive years, they have carried the LAUSD Championship banner home. Currently, without a band coordinator to assist them in their field shows, they still strive to be the best under student leadership.



Operating the wishbone offense (a rarity in California) with future USC stars Charles White and Kevin Williams, San Fernando High won the L.A. City Football title in 1974 and 1975, repeating the 1934, 1937, 1953 and 1967 season championships. Prior to the 1975 season, they were ranked #1 in the country. In 1976 they lost their first game of the season to Gardena High by a score of 41-0. The team rebounded, losing only one more game (and defeating John Elway's Granada Hills Charter High School team along the way) to earn a spot in the city playoffs. They went on to defeat Banning High School to win the city title. They also had an amazing talented team in the 06-07 season lead by seniors Rian Williams, Andre Garcia & Tony Hernandez. Even though they didn't win anything that season that team had the talent to match up with any school in the state. In 2012 the team took a lost to Panorama and Sylmar High School out of their ten games making them 8-2, leading them to the Division 2 Championship against Canoga Park.


The San Fernando High School wrestling team currently holds the largest number of city championships in Los Angeles. They have been the City Wrestling Champions in 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 2001—2003, 2006—2009, 2012, and in 2013.

In the spring season of 2006, the Tiger wrestling team had an undefeated season, stating a record of 21-0. The 2006 wrestling team took first place at the C.I.F. championship, with five of their wrestlers qualifying for the State championship.


1991, 2011 & 2013 City Baseball Team Champions. 1988 City Championship Runners-up. Lost to Monroe H.S. The Tigers beat El Camino Real for a final score of 2-0 at USC in the semifinals and beating Chatsworth 8-6 at Dodger Stadium in the final.


1973 City Soccer Team Champions. The LAUSD offered soccer as an official LAUSD sport. winning their first ever championship against Franklin High, 2 to 1.

2010, City Soccer Team Champions and played in the Southern California Regional Playoffs up to semi-finals.


1981 Basketball League Champions 1988 Varsity Basketball League Champions; Varsity Baseball City Finalists, JV Baseball League Champions

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Auditorium to Be Named for Chavez." Los Angeles Times. June 10, 2000. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "11. Proposed Changes to Valley Region High School Zone #5 Zone of Choice Area Schools" (Archive). Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Sandoval, Eric. "For San Fernando High Students, Future May Be in Front of Class." Los Angeles Times. July 23, 2000. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Puente Project
  5. ^ 20th State Senate district: Alex Padilla
  6. ^ "Richie Valens". Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  7. ^ Interview Transcript (November 13, 2008). "Rep. Barbara Lee". The Tavis Smiley Show. Retrieved February 28, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Broadcasters". Retrieved June 19, 2010. 
  9. ^ L. Jon Wertheim (November 3, 1997). "Usc Running Back Charles White". CNN. Retrieved June 19, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 34°16′19″N 118°26′35″W / 34.272°N 118.443°W / 34.272; -118.443