Verdugo Hills High School

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Verdugo Hills High School
Verdugo Hills High School
Verdugo Hills High School
Victory with Honor
10625 Plainview Avenue
Tujunga, Los Angeles, California
Type Public
Established 1937
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
President Grace Piddington
Dean Darren Fitzgerald
Principal Edward Trimis
Head of school Edward Trimis
Grades 9-12
Number of students 4,200
Color(s) Black and Red
Mascot Don
Newspaper La Yuca
School Television Broadcast Eye on Verdugo (IOV)

Verdugo Hills High School (VHHS) is a public school located in the Tujunga community of Los Angeles, California, United States within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The school serves students from several areas of Los Angeles, including Sunland, Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, and portions of North Hollywood, Sun Valley, and Shadow Hills.


The school officially opened for classes for the first time on September 13, 1937, with 437 students enrolled in grades 7 through 11. Verdugo Hills High School was built on the site of a lemon orchard next to the original Plainview Avenue Elementary School.

The school district was going to name the new school Calvin Coolidge High School, but Congressman John Steven McGroarty and others lobbied successfully to have the name changed to reflect the "green Verdugo hills" to the south which the campus overlooks.

The 2009 opening of Sun Valley High School relieved Verdugo Hills of increasingly crowded conditions.[1]


Verdugo Hills is the only school in LAUSD to host the Copernican Block Schedule. Implemented in the fall of 1998, VHHS has experienced widespread success with this schedule. Most students have 3 classes per 10 weeks terms, each class lasting for 90 minutes. Semester courses are now 10 weeks in length and previous year-long courses are now 20 weeks. Athletics, band, and other activities have been moved to an optional 4th period. This gives an opportunity for a student to accomplish more before graduation. In addition, students taking the optional fourth period every semester can graduate a semester or more early. Students not opting to take a fourth period are released at 1:12 every day, allowing more time to complete homework or to work an after school job.

Notable alumni[edit]

Filming location[edit]

In proximity to the Hollywood movie industry, the school website claims that VHHS has been "the location of choice for more movies, television shows and commercials than any other school in the world".

The school was a filming location in the following films, television movies, television series:

Films [4]

Television movies [5]

Television series [6]


  1. ^ "Proposed Changes to Sun Valley High School Area Schools," Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
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  4. ^ "On Location! FEATURE FILMS." Verdugo Hills High School. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  5. ^ "On Location! TV MOVIES." Verdugo Hills High School. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "On Location! SERIES TELEVISION." Verdugo Hills High School. Accessed September 19, 2008.

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