Aliso Niguel High School

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Aliso Niguel High School
Aliso Niguel logo.png
28000 Wolverine Way
Aliso Viejo, California, 92656
United States
Coordinates 33°33′40″N 117°43′11″W / 33.56111°N 117.71972°W / 33.56111; -117.71972Coordinates: 33°33′40″N 117°43′11″W / 33.56111°N 117.71972°W / 33.56111; -117.71972
Type Public high school
Established 1993
School district Capistrano Unified School District
Principal Deni Christensen
Faculty 120
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3126
Campus Suburban
Color(s)              Black, teal, white
Mascot Wolverines
Newspaper The Growling Wolverine
Yearbook The Legend
Aliso Viejo, California

Aliso Niguel High School (ANHS), which is part of the Capistrano Unified School District, is located in the city of Aliso Viejo, California. Most of its students reside in the communities of Aliso Viejo and Laguna Niguel. The school is a California Distinguished School, a National Blue Ribbon School, and a New American High School.[1] Aliso Niguel was ranked as number 217 in Newsweek's 2011 list of the top 500 high schools in the nation, and was within the top 5% of high schools nationwide.


Opening its doors in 1993 with a student body of 1600, ANHS became the fourth high school in the Capistrano Unified School District. With the implementation of Digital High School grant in 2000, Aliso Niguel High School invested over $1 million in new technology and related instruction. Additionally, all teachers have e-mail addresses and web sites for swift communication with parents. Organized parent involvement takes the form of an active PTSA and a wide range of parent booster organizations.

In 1996, Aliso Niguel was selected as a California Distinguished School, the youngest school ever to be recognized as such by the State Department of Education.[1] In 2000, Aliso Niguel High School received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School and New American High School.[1] In 2004, The Western Association of Schools and Colleges granted Aliso Niguel a six-year term of accreditation, which it renewed for an additional six-year period in 2010.


Although the high school started small (with about 1,400 students) in their first year, the high school grew rapidly over the years, and it still continues to grow to this present day. Currently, the school has 26 portable classrooms in its southern parking lot adding to 22,080 square feet (2,051 m2), and 100 permanent classrooms. The permanent buildings are 200,000 square feet (19,000 m2) forming a grand total of 222,080 square feet (20,632 m2) on the campus, making Aliso the largest school in the district.


In 2005, the school's students scored within the top 90% of all schools on the California High School Exit Exam. 90% of all students that took the English Language Arts passed and 91% passed in the Math section.[citation needed]

The "Growling Wolverine" is the mascot of the school


Aliso Niguel's sports teams are known as the Wolverines and compete in the Sea View League of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. From 1998 to 2005, they were members of the Sea View League, and in the Pacific Coast League (California) before 1998.

In 2012, the Aliso Niguel Girls' Soccer team won the CIF Southern region championship.[2]

Fine and practical arts[edit]

Marching band[edit]

The Aliso Niguel Marching Band is a representative class that rehearses outdoors. As part of the Western Band Association, they perform in four marching competitions and participate in the WBA finals. They also perform in the Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade in the second Saturday in the month of December every year.[3] The marching band won the title for 2008 WBA combined 1/2/3A Grand Champion.[4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Aliso Niguel High School: Home Page". Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
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  3. ^ Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, a program partnered with the Toys for Tots
  4. ^ "Western Band Association". 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-11-08. 
  5. ^ "Michael Roll Biography". Retrieved July 28, 2014. 

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