Troy High School (California)

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Troy High School
2200 East Dorothy Lane
Fullerton, California, Orange County, 92831
United States
Coordinates 33°52′53″N 117°53′34″W / 33.88139°N 117.89278°W / 33.88139; -117.89278Coordinates: 33°52′53″N 117°53′34″W / 33.88139°N 117.89278°W / 33.88139; -117.89278
Established 1964[1][2]
School district Fullerton Joint Union High School District
Superintendent George Giokaris
CEEB Code 051009
Principal Mr. William Mynster
Vice principal Dr. Danielle Kenfield
Faculty 112
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,850 (2009)
Campus type Suburban
Color(s) Red, Black, and White
Mascot Wally the Warrior
Accreditation Western Association of Schools and Colleges[3]
National ranking 13th (Business Insider[4]
Average SAT scores 1,917
Newspaper "The Oracle"
Yearbook "Ilium"

Troy High School is a public magnet school situated in Fullerton, California, USA, acclaimed for its Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate programs. It is located in the Fullerton Joint Union High School District. As of the 2014-15 school year, 2850 students attend the school. Troy High School has several national distinctions. It has won the maximum number of U.S National Science Olympiad tournaments in the country. It has the #1 AP Computer Science Program in the World, according to the AP Report to the Nation. Troy is ranked as the #6 best STEM school in the nation (#3 in California) by the US News Best High Schools 2014 report.


In the late 1980s and early 1990s, then-principal Jerry Atkin was instrumental in developing and implementing a Science and Technology magnet program, known as Troy Tech, for Troy High School.[5] Troy was one of 27 high schools nationwide honored as a New American High School by former U.S. President Bill Clinton in 2000. It has won first place in the U.S. National Science Olympiad in 1996, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014, and 2015 and has also placed favorably in many other competitions on both the regional and national level, including the American Computer Science League (1st in the nation, 5th overall in 2005). Troy's Science Olympiad team has consistently attended nationals for the last 20 years, emerging as national champions in 10 of those 20 competitions (with 4 second place and 3 third place). Troy’s Science Bowl Team has placed first and second for four years in the Western Regional Science Bowl sponsored by NASA/JPL and the U.S. Department of Energy. In 2001, the team captured the national second place at the U.S. Dept. of Energy Competition in Washington, D.C.

A number of Troy Tech and International Baccalaureate students have received nationally recognized honors, by competing and often placing highly in the prestigious Siemens Westinghouse Competition in Math, Science, and Technology and the Intel Science Talent Search. In 2008, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted the school a six-year accreditation.



The Girl's Basketball Team won the state CIF Division II Title in 2003, 2005, and 2006.[citation needed] Sports Illustrated ranked the team the #4 program in the country for 2006,[6] and the Los Angeles Times ranked Troy the #5 program in all of Southern California for the second year in a row.[7]

Girl's Water Polo[edit]

The Girl's Water Polo team won the CIF Division IV Title in 2013. The Warriors became just the second Freeway League team to capture a CIF girls water polo title.[8][9] Coach Jason Wilson received State Coach of the Year following their win.[10]

Girl's Swim and Dive[edit]

The Girl's Swim and Dive team won the CIF Division II Title in 2013. The title was the first in school history for swim. Captains Katja Claesson, Katelyn Martin, Gwen Walter, and Lexi Geiger headed the Warriors' assault on the point standings.[11]



Troy's school newspaper is the highly selective Oracle, which was awarded the George H. Gallup Award in the Quill and Scroll International Honor Society News Media Evaluation Service in 2012 [12] and 2014.[13] A number of individual writers have also received honors in competitions such as Orange County Journalism Education Association (OCJEA).[14]


Ilium, Troy's yearbook, has also placed favorably in OCJEA.

NJROTC Program[edit]

Troy's Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) has won 1st Place at the Area 11 Championship (State Championship) five consecutive times since 2008. It achieved the title of "Best Unit in the Nation" in 2009 and took 2nd Place at NJROTC Nationals 2011 and NJROTC Nationals 2015. The unit is composed of over 400 cadets making it the largest unit on the west side of the Mississippi River and is now considered a regiment. Currently it is led by Senior Naval Science Instructor, Commander Allen Stubblefield of the United States Navy, with the help of three Naval Science Instructors, Chief Petty Officer Terrik King of the US Navy, 1st Sgt. Steven C. Lyon of the US Marine Corps, and 1st Sgt. Warren Barnes of the US Marine Corps. Troy NJROTC has many competitive teams, including a Marksmanship Team, a Brain Brawl Team, a Computer Security Team, and an Orienteering Team. There are also two competitive drill teams who compete nationally. There are two teams, Varsity (Team Black) and Junior Varsity (Team Red). They participate in events such as Armed Regulation, Unarmed Regulation, Armed Exhibition, and Unarmed Exhibition, an Naval Science Knowledge Test, a Physical Training Competition, and Color Guard.

Standardized testing statistics[edit]


SAT I: Reasoning Test
Section Mean Score State Rank
Total 1917 7
Critical Reading 622 4
Math 668 4
Writing 627 9
Figures for schools with greater than 200 test-takers from 2012-2013
SAT II: Subject Tests
Section Mean Score
Math Level 1 685
Math Level 2 768
United States History 659
World History 610
Chemistry 712
Physics 718
Biology E 705
Biology M 719
Chinese w/L 779
Korean w/L 771
Japanese w/L 601
Spanish 672
French 615
English Literature 650
Figures for schools with greater than 50 test-takers from 2012-2013


Mean SAT I: Reasoning Test - AP/IB Diploma Students
Section Mean Score
Total 2261
Critical Reading 734
Math 774
Writing 753
2012-2013 Statistics [15]
Mean SAT II: Subject Test - AP/IB Diploma Students
Section Mean Score
Math Level II 777
Chemistry 728
Spanish R 705
Japanese w/L 740
Korean w/L 792
Biology E 739
Biology M 763
Physics 761
Spanish w/L 705
French R 620
US History 738
Literature 706
Chinese w/L 790
French w/L 710
World History 800
2012-2013 Statistics [15]
  • 2013 IB exams offered:

SL: Spanish, French, Japanese, Latin. Chinese: Mandarin, Physics, Biology, Math, Computer Science, Design Technology, Business & Management, Film HL: English Literature, Spanish, French, Japanese, Philosophy, History of Americas, Biology, Physics, Math: Statistics, Math: Calculus, Computer Science, Film

National Merit statistics[edit]

Year Finalists Semifinalists Commended Scholars Hispanic Scholars
2009 57 95 5
2008 42 51 87 6
2006 39 66
2005 40 42 72 7
2004 30 51 8

Student Body[edit]

The following are details and statistics about Troy High School's student body:


Troy High School has a total enrollment of 2,631 students. 682 students are in 9th grade, 628 students are in 10th grade, 644 students are in 11th grade, and 673 students are in 12th grade.[16]

Student Diversity[edit]

Troy High School is a very racially diverse high school. Minorities make up 71% of the student body. The student breakdown by ethnicity/race is as follows: Asian (38%), Caucasian (24%), Hispanic (24%), Filipino (7%), Indian-Asian (4%), African-American (2%), American Indian/Pacific Islander/Undesignated (1%).

Males make up 52% of the student body and females make up 48% of the student body.[16]

Economically Disadvantaged Students[edit]

13% of students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. Of these, 9% of students are eligible for free lunch and 4% of students are eligible for reduced-price lunch. [16]

College Attendance[edit]

As of 2013, 99% of Troy High School students attend colleges and universities. Of those, 76% attend 4 year universities and colleges and 23% 2 year colleges. [15]


Troy High School has not been immune from controversy, as detailed below:


Troy High School and district administrators were embroiled in a controversy surrounding the improper removal and handling of asbestos while school was in session. No public notifications or warning was issued about the removal while school was in session.

In one incident, five asbestos-containing bags were left near an intake for the ventilation system feeding the entire school. Numerous individuals at the school later reported respiratory symptoms, and over 80 faculty members at the school signed a petition to the district demanding full disclosure of the extent of exposure.[17]

School and district officials still deny the existence of asbestos in the building, and refuse to disclose the full extent of the exposure.[18][19][20]

Oracle controversy[edit]

In December 2004, Ann Long, at the time a Troy student and editor of the Oracle, the school newspaper, wrote an Oracle article that profiled several openly gay students at the school. The article was generally well received by students. However, the school administration initiated disciplinary action against the student, citing school and state education codes that prohibit asking students about their sexual orientation without parental notification. Long claimed she was forced to resign voluntarily or she would be fired from her position as student editor, even though the article had been approved by the newspaper's faculty advisor. Long was supported by the American Civil Liberties Union, as well as the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network and the California Safe Schools Coalition.[21][22][23]

Student government vote rigging scandal[edit]

In April 2012, Associated Student Body (ASB) member Jacob Bigham confessed to breaking into the school database with a faculty password, which he had overheard while an assistant principal was having a speakerphone conversation with the school's computer technician, to view the results of the ASB election. Bigham had suspected foul play in prior elections, and operated under the suspicion that the current election results would be tampered with. Bigham found that the election results had indeed been altered by ASB faculty adviser Jennifer Redmond and that he had actually won the ASB Vice Presidency. Bigham was suspended for five days and was stripped of his student-government post. After controversy broke out, Bigham was reinstated and Redmond resigned from her advisory position at the end of the school year. Principal Buchan and then-Assistant Principal were reprimanded by the Fullerton Joint Union High School District for exposing it to "undue scrutiny, ridicule and embarrassment." Buchan accepted the reprimand and retired the next year, while York did not return phone calls on the matter.[24][25]

Notable alumni[edit]


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