Bell High School (California)

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Bell High School
4328 Bell Avenue
Bell, California, Los Angeles, 90201
United States
Type Public
Motto Honor Lies In Honest Toil
Established October 23, 1925
Principal Rafael Balderas
Grades 9-12
School color(s)      Purple
Mascot The Eagle
Rival Huntington Park High School[1]
Newspaper The Bell Chimes [1]

Bell High School is a public high school in Bell, California, United States. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of District 6 of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Bell High’s motto is "Honor lies in honest toil", its mascot is the eagle, and the school colors are purple and gold. They are rivals with the Huntington Park Spartans.

The school serves several municipalities.[2] The school serves the cities of Bell,[3] Cudahy,[4] and Maywood,[5] and it serves portions of Huntington Park and portions of Vernon.[6][7] Some portions of Huntington Park and Maywood are jointly zoned to both Bell High School and Huntington Park High School.[5][6]


Bell High School began as the Bell Unit of the Huntington Park Union High School, and opened with two classes, freshmen and sophomores. There were 14 teachers and 325 students. Mr. Claude L. Reeves, a graduate from USC, was the first principal of Bell High School and he remained until 1939.

Located in the Southeastern section of Los Angeles County, Bell High School is a comprehensive high school (grades 9-12) serving 5,375 (2006–2007) students from the tri-communities of Bell, Cudahy, and Maywood. One of six high schools in Local District 6, and one of forty-nine comprehensive high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Bell High School opened its doors in 1925 for 800 students.

In 2005, South East High School in South Gate opened, relieving Bell. In 2006, Maywood Academy High School opened.


As of the school year 2008-09, there were 5,512 students attending the high school.[8]


-Bell High School usually competes with neighboring schools Huntington Park, South Gate, Southeast, Jordan, James A. Garfield and Roosevelt High School's. Bell's basketball team has won two 3-A city championships in Bell's 85 years of existence, the first coming in 1997 and the second in 2007. Bell's wrestling team has won four C.I.F. city championships, in 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2005.


Interact Club[edit]

  • Academic Decathlon
  • Anime Club
  • Bible Club
  • Film Club
  • French Club (to be cancelled at the beginning of the 2013-2014 school year)
  • Future Teachers of America
  • Green Club
  • Key Club
  • Latinas Guiding Latinas
  • Sports Club
  • Drama Club
  • Spanish Club
  • Youth Action Club
  • Gay Straight Alliance
  • Scrapbook Club
  • Music 101
  • Comic book club
  • Leadership
  • Yearbook

The Pride of the Southeast[edit]

The Bell High Marching Eagles consists of the Marching Band, Color Guard, Short Flags and Shields groups at Bell High School. They are known as "The Pride of the Southeast" of the southeast Los Angeles Area due to their excellent performances on the field during football games, field tournaments and competitions and award-winning performances at parades.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Mario Villegas , A 'Classic' for many reasons, ESPN Los Angeles, November 4, 2010
  2. ^ "Proposed Changes to South East HS Area Schools." Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on June 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Bell city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  4. ^ "Cudahy city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  5. ^ a b "Maywood city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  6. ^ a b "Huntington Park city, California." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on July 2, 2010.
  7. ^ "Zoning Map." City of Vernon. Retrieved on June 2, 2010.
  8. ^

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 33°58′27.5″N 118°11′24″W / 33.974306°N 118.19000°W / 33.974306; -118.19000