Artesia High School (California)
|Artesia High School|
12108 E. Del Amo Boulevard|
Lakewood, California 90715
|School type||Public high school|
|School board||ABC Unified School District|
|Website||Artesia High School Website|
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. The school's 2009 Academic Performance Index score was 745. 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. 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.
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.
- Joel Adamson - Major League Baseball pitcher
- Memo Arzate - soccer, graduated 1999
- Stephen Burton - football, Minnesota Vikings
- Tony Farmer - professional basketball player
- James Harden - basketball player, Houston Rockets, 5-time NBA All-Star, 2017-2018 NBA MVP; won two California state championships at Artesia
- Jason Kapono - basketball, Panathinaikos B.C.
- Abner Mares - professional boxer
- Jack Michael Martínez - basketball, Dominican Republic national basketball team and Europe
- Ed O'Bannon - basketball player for UCLA 1995 national champions and in NBA
- Charles O'Bannon - basketball player for UCLA 1995 national champions and in NBA
- Ryan Reyes - basketball, Cal State Fullerton and PBA (Philippine Basketball Association)
- Orlando Scandrick - football, Dallas Cowboys, played football at school before transferring to Los Alamitos
- Jón Arnór Stefánsson - basketball, NBA and Europe
- Tom Tolbert - basketball, NBA player and analyst, sports talk show host
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