Aliso Niguel High School

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Aliso Niguel High School
Aliso Niguel logo.png
28000 Wolverine Way


Coordinates33°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
TypePublic high school
School districtCapistrano Unified School District
PrincipalDeni Christensen
Enrollment3,060 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)             Black, teal, white
NewspaperThe Growling Wolverine
YearbookThe 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.[2] Aliso Niguel was ranked as number 252 in Newsweek's 2016 list of the top 500 high schools in the nation, and was within the top 5% of high schools nationwide.[3]


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.[citation needed]

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.[2] In 2000, Aliso Niguel High School received national recognition as a Blue Ribbon School and New American High School.[2] 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. The campus also includes a stadium, Wolverine Stadium, with a track and multipurpose field. Wolverine Stadium, which opened in 1994, seats 2,675 people, it includes a visitor side and a larger home side for seating.[4]


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, 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 and South Coast 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.[5]

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.[6] The marching band won the title for 2008 WBA combined 1/2/3A Grand Champion.[7] The marching band have also been awarded with first place for 3 consecutive school years from 2017-2019 for the SCSBOA Marching Band 3A Field Championship.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Aliso Niguel High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Aliso Niguel High School: Home Page". Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  3. ^ "America's Top High Schools 2016". 11 August 2016. Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  4. ^ "PREP FOOTBALL '98 / COUNTY STADIUMS : A Guide to Where Football is Played in Orange County". 8 September 1998. Retrieved 8 November 2016 – via LA Times.
  5. ^ "PREPS: Aliso Niguel girls win title". Retrieved 8 November 2016.
  6. ^ Laguna Niguel Holiday Parade, a program partnered with the Toys for Tots
  7. ^ "Western Band Association". 2012-10-27. Retrieved 2012-11-08.
  8. ^ "Michael Roll Biography". Retrieved July 28, 2014.

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