Venice High School (Los Angeles)
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|Venice Senior High School|
|Venice High School
Rowing, Not Drifting
|13000 Venice Boulevard
Venice, Los Angeles, California, 90066
|Type||Public high school, Language Magnet, STEMM Magnet|
|Established||1911 (LAUSD 1925), (Magnet 1988)|
|NCES District ID||0622710|
|NCES School ID||062271003429|
|Principal||Dr. Elsa H. Mendoza|
|Enrollment||2773 (including 526 from magnet)|
|Mascot||The Gondolier, (Gondo)|
Venice High School is a public high school located in westside Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California within the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). The school contains a Foreign Language and International Studies Magnet, and STEMM Magnet. The school is known for offering a large number of Advanced Placement classes.
The school's English-language newspaper is The Oarsman. A bohemian literary journal characteristic of the area, Written Voice, features students' poetry, short stories, and other work. An unofficial newsmagazine, The Venice Independent, was formerly run by Venice students.
The school's current principal is Dr. Elsa H. Mendoza. The vast majority of the students are Latino, with small minorities of European Americans, African Americans and Asian Americans. Despite the fact that the school is east of Walgrove Avenue, which forms the boundary with the adjacent neighborhood of Mar Vista, the boundaries of the neighborhood of Venice were actually extended east of Walgrove to encompass the campus and to reflect the school's original venue and name.
Elementary schools in the Venice High district include Beethoven Elementary, Mar Vista Elementary, Playa del Rey Elementary, Broadway Elementary, Braddock Drive Elementary, Stoner Avenue Elementary, Short Avenue Elementary, Westminster Avenue Elementary School and Coeur d'Alene Avenue Elementary School. Marina Del Rey Middle School, Daniel Webster Middle School, Mark Twain Middle School, and Palms Middle School feed into Venice. Until LAUSD established sufficient capacity in the area during the immediate post-World War II period, Culver City-based Betsy Ross Elementary, now closed, was actually the largest single feeder to the then 7–12th grade high school.
The school was established in 1910 (then called "Venice Union Polytechnic High School") when classes were held in an old lagoon bathhouse two blocks from the beach. It moved to a new neo-romanesque structure at its present location three miles inland a decade later.
A famous statue, installed in 1922 and for which then-unknown Venice High School student Myrna Loy served as model, stood on the front lawn of Venice High School for over 70 years. An unsightly cage had to be erected to deter vandalism, but ultimately was removed and sent to indoor storage in 1998. However, a bronze-cast replacement statue was mounted before two thousand cheering onlookers in an April 2010 ceremony.
On March 10, 1933, the school was seriously damaged by the Long Beach earthquake. As a result, classes were held in hastily constructed tents for two years until a replacement school was built. Art Deco earthquake-resistant buildings were built in 1935, and are still used by the school today.
On May 15, 2009, students staged a walkout in response to LAUSD increasing class sizes and cutting teachers. Students who engaged in the walkout received support from the ACLU and the National Lawyers Guild in clearing their truancies on that particular day. A similar walkout occurred in 1951 when school administration disqualified a candidate for student body office because of a questionable campaign speech. Administration retaliated by focusing on agitators within the heretofore self-selective service clubs, suspending the clubs and then reorganizing them later with a more pliant membership. Small protests (e.g. graffiti, lawn burnings, tree fellings) continued sporadically for a year.
An historically successful sports competitor,Venice High fields 16 sports with most teams competing in the Western League of the CIF LA City Section. The football team has won 9 of the last 10 Western League titles and the baseball team has won five City championships (1967, 1972, 1984, 1985, 1986). The basketball team won the City championship in 1948. The boys' swimming team won three consecutive City championships in the 1950s (even before the school had an on-campus pool). The school also captured the City championship in golf in 2011 and 2012. Eight graduates have appeared in Major League Baseball and NFL games in the last twenty years
Venice High School was used as the Rydell High School location for the 1978 movie Grease—indeed, the opening shot was the Myrna Loy statue. It was also used in other movies such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, American History X, Matchstick Men, and Heathers, as well as in several music videos, including Britney Spears' international hit "...Baby One More Time", Bowling for Soup's "High School Never Ends", Cher Lloyd's single Oath ft. Becky G and, and Young MC's "Principal's Office". Venice is also in The Faders' "No Sleep Tonight". Additionally, aerial photographic images of the school were used to show the location of the high school in the 1987 movie Masters of the Universe. The campus was also used for the TV show Glee on an episode ("Yes/No", aired January 17, 2012) which recreates the classic "Summer Nights" scene from Grease, as made famous by John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (and filmed on the same location). Glee creator Ryan Murphy has expressed interest in using the school's pool as the pool set for William McKinley High School, which is the school the cast of Glee attends. The school was compensated financially for the use of its facilities. The school expressed interest in having more productions filmed there to raise funds.
Neighborhoods zoned to Venice
Three University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) student housing facilities for families are zoned to Venice High School. They include Rose Avenue Apartments, University Village, and Venice-Barry Apartments. Rose Avenue had been rezoned from Hamilton High School to Venice in 2007.
Notable Venice High alumni and students include:
- Larry Atkins, NFL linebacker, Kansas City, Oakland 1999–2004
- David Bluthenthal (now "Blu"), led Israeli team to 2004 Euroleague basketball championship
- Cliff Bourland, 1948 Summer Olympics 4X400 gold medal; US 400m champion
- Craig Breedlove, land-speed world record holder 
- Beau Bridges, film actor
- John Bromfield, actor, television star
- Les Clark, legendary Disney animator and one of Disney's Nine Old Men
- Leon Clarke, NFL end 1956–63, twice in Pro Bowl
- Gary Collins, actor and TV personality
- Walter Cunningham, NASA astronaut, (Apollo 7 pilot)
- Crispin Glover, actor
- Gogi Grant (Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg), singer
- Marty Klein, two-time California high school championship tennis coach
- Donna Loren, singer and actress; "Dr Pepper girl"
- J.P. Losman, NFL quarterback, Buffalo, Oakland 2004–09, Miami 2011
- Myrna Loy, (Myrna Williams), film actress, voted "Queen of Hollywood" in 1938
- Teena Marie (Mary Christine Brockert), singer, songwriter, producer
- Dana McLemore, NFL defensive back, New Orleans, San Francisco, 1982–87
- Jonas Mouton, NFL linebacker, San Diego, 2011–present
- Stacy Peralta, skateboarder, surfer, documentary film director
- Don Perry, 6-time AAU and NCAA champion in gymnastic rope climb, world record holder
- Doug Slaten, MLB pitcher for Washington Nationals
- Harry Snyder, founder of In-N-Out Burger chain
- Joanie Sommers (Joan Drost), singer, "Pepsi Girl"
- Larry Stevenson, skateboard pioneer, designer
- Gerald Sutton, U.S. diplomat
- Jerry Turner, MLB player 1974–83 for San Diego, Detroit, Chicago White Sox
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- Official Venice High School website
- Venice High School Alumni Website
- The Oarsman's official website
- Venice High's demographics from LAUSD
- LAUSD demographics for the foreign language magnet run out of the same campus
- Graduating class Summer 1959