Artesia High School (California)

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Artesia High School
Artesia High School (Lakewood, California) Logo.jpg
12108 E. Del Amo Boulevard
Lakewood, California 90715
United States
Coordinates 33°50′44″N 118°04′30″W / 33.845571°N 118.075065°W / 33.845571; -118.075065Coordinates: 33°50′44″N 118°04′30″W / 33.845571°N 118.075065°W / 33.845571; -118.075065
School type Public high school
Founded 1954
School board ABC Unified School District
Superintendent Mary Sieu
Principal Sergio Garcia
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1,568[1] (2014-15)
Language English
Color(s)      White
Team name Pioneers

Artesia High School is a public high school in Lakewood, California, with a student population of around 2,000.[citation needed] It is one of the five high schools in the ABC Unified School District.


Construction of Artesia High was completed in 1954, making it the oldest active high school in the ABC Unified School District since the 1979 closure of Excelsior High School, then known as the Excelsior Union High School District. While there is a city of Artesia, California, this high school with the same name is located about 1 km south of the southern border of that city.

The opening ceremony of the school was highlighted with a speech by then-Vice President Richard Nixon. In his speech he expressed his hope that Artesia High School would serve as an example of educational integration, in light of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling passed only a few months before. The school mascot is the Pioneer.


The school is part of the Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement program and is under the direct guidance of California State University, Long Beach.[2] The school's 2009 Academic Performance Index score was 745.[3] In 2013, Artesia High was designated as a California Distinguished School.


Artesia High School is a member of the Suburban League of the CIF Southern Section and is renowned for its competitive sports teams.[4] The boys' basketball team, which featured future NBA All-Star James Harden, was ranked 1st in California during the 2005-2006 season. The school won the CIF Division III championship with a record of 33 wins and a single loss. The 2006 win was the second time in the school's history that the team won the California Basketball championship. The Pioneers have a total of 5 state championships, ranking 4th in the state in terms of state championships.[5]

On March 24, 2007, the boys' basketball team defeated Bishop O'Dowd High School from Oakland for the CIF Division III State Championship title, and celebrated Artesia's second back-to-back D-III title and fifth overall state championship.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Artesia High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved October 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "MESA - List of Schools Served". UC Regents. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  3. ^ "2009-10 Accountability Progress Reporting (APR)". California Department of Education. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Super 25 boys' basketball rankings". USA Today. 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2010-09-01. 
  5. ^ "Past Champions & Records" (PDF). California Interscholastic Federation. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-01. Retrieved 2010-12-05. 

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