Cabrillo High School (Lompoc, California)

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Cabrillo High School
Cabrillo High School Logo.png
4350 Constellation Road
Lompoc, California, 93436
United States
Coordinates 34°42′42″N 120°28′29″W / 34.7118°N 120.4747°W / 34.7118; -120.4747Coordinates: 34°42′42″N 120°28′29″W / 34.7118°N 120.4747°W / 34.7118; -120.4747
Type Public High School
Motto Spiritus Noster Omnia Vincit
(Our Spirit Conquers All)
Established 1965
Locale Vandenberg Village, Lompoc, California
School district Lompoc Unified School District
Principal Jeff Wagonseller
Grades 9–12
Number of students 1,447 (2014-15)[1]
Color(s)      Black
Athletics conference Los Padres League
Nickname Conquistadors
Rival Lompoc High School
Newspaper Fore & Aft
Yearbook Tierra Royal

Cabrillo High School is a California Distinguished School[2] that serves students of Vandenberg Village, the city of Lompoc, and Vandenberg Air Force Base in Santa Barbara County, on the California Central Coast.


The school was founded in 1965 by the Lompoc Unified School District. Built to serve the residents of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village, and the northern Lompoc Valley, Cabrillo answered the sudden population boom during the late 1950s and 1960s, a result of the booming space program at Vandenberg. Named for the early Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the school board of Lompoc chose the Conquistador to be the mascot of the new high school in the early 1960s, with the black and gold of the first Spanish Californian flags as the school colors. In 2001, Cabrillo opened up its Aquarium Room to the public. In 2007 the California Department of Education awarded Cabrillo as one of the winners for a California Distinguished School Award, as well as 171 other schools in California.


The first school year on campus was 1965–66, with Camillo Wilde as the principal. Wilde would leave during the second school year to assume the position of Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent, and he was succeeded by assistant principal Robert Bickford, who would serve until the late 1970s. Wilde would return for a second stint as principal in 1978. There have been seven principals since Wilde's retiring in the mid-1980s: Dr. Debra Bradley (1986–1993), Mr. John Lemon (1993–1999), Mr. Jeff Carlovsky (1999–2003), Dr. Fred Manzo (2003–2005), Ms. Betty McCallum (2005–2008), Mrs. Lore Desmond (2008–2014), Mr. Jeff Wagonseller (2014–present). The current vice principals are Sue Pettis, and Brian Grimnes.


Cabrillo High School has won 13 CIF SS championships in 8 sports, including boys' basketball (1979), boys' cross country (2004), boys' track & field (1983, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991), boys' water polo (1976, 1996), girls' track & field (1986), softball (1976, 1985), wrestling (1988), and women's water polo (2007). Cabrillo High has seen much success in aquatics, with a combined 62 league titles in boys' swimming (17 titles), boys' water polo (28 titles), girls' swimming (9 titles), and girls' water polo (8 titles).

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Michael Coe was a 2006 graduate and a track and field star. He led the boys cross country team to CIF all four years he attended and even to state in 2004 and 2005. He took second at the Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 2005, while taking first in the Boston Indoor games in 2006. Coe ran at the University of California, posting a personal best mile of 3:56.18.
  • Danny Duffy was a 2007 graduate and was a 3rd-round pick of the Kansas City Royals on his graduation day. Duffy pitched for the 2015 World Series champion Royals, appearing in three of the Series' five games.[3]
  • Colin Hacker was a 2006 graduate and a track & field/cross country standout. He helped the team earn four consecutive league championships, Santa Barbara county championships, and state championship appearances. Individually he led the 2004 squad to the first CIF-SS cross country team championship in school history. Hacker and Coe also led the team to two consecutive runner-up finishes at the California state cross country Championships. These performances mark the highest team finishes in any sport in Cabrillo history. Upon graduating, Hacker continued his career at the University of California, Irvine. At UCI he won the 2011 Big West Conference 1500 meter title. He currently holds the 5th fastest mark in UCI history in that event. His collegiate resume also includes two California/Nevada 1500m titles, three consecutive NCAA appearances at 1500m, and an academic-All-American certificate.
  • Valerie Harmon, a ballerina for SMUIN Ballet of San Francisco as of August 1, 2016. Graduate of the 2004 class.[4] Valerie began her career with State Street Ballet upon graduation. Valerie danced with Milwaukee Ballet from September 2006 - May 2016
  • Gabe Lopez is a singer/songwriter/producer in the Los Angeles area who has produced and written for American Idol finalists Jim Verraros and Angela Peel, as well as international stars Triniti and Tyler Hilton. Lopez' debut album was released in 2006.
  • Dr. William Nelson, a 1972 graduate, is a professor of Old Testament at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California, where he has taught for the past 25 years. Dr. Nelson has served as chaplain for the United States Air Force Reserves since 1993. He has published several entries in the Oxford Companion to the Bible, co-edited an anthology of ancient Near Eastern texts, and is currently working on a commentary on Daniel for the New International Biblical Commentary series.[5]
  • George Porter a 1985 graduate held the National Record in the 300 Intermediate Hurdles for 22 years (still #3 all time).[6]
  • Duane Solomon was a 2003 graduate and Track & Field legend while at Cabrillo. At the 2003 California State Championships he claimed victory over 800m with a blistering time of 1:49.79. Solomon went on to compete for the Trojans of USC where he earned multiple All-American honors and developed into a world class talent. Solomon competed at the 2007 IAAF World Outdoor Championships, 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2012 XXX Olympic Games, 2013 IAAF World Championships, and the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup. His most notable performance to date came when he finished fourth place at the Olympic 800m final in 2012. In that performance, he clocked a personal best of 1:42.82, which ranks him the second fastest American 800m athlete of all-time.


  1. ^ "Cabrillo High". NCES. Retrieved November 5, 2017. 
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  3. ^ "Danny Duffy Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-03-10. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
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  6. ^ Archived 2010-12-16 at the Wayback Machine. Hurdles First

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