Hilltop High School

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Hilltop High School
555 Claire Avenue

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United States
Coordinates32°38′13″N 117°03′31″W / 32.6369°N 117.0587°W / 32.6369; -117.0587Coordinates: 32°38′13″N 117°03′31″W / 32.6369°N 117.0587°W / 32.6369; -117.0587
Former nameHilltop Senior High
School typePublic, high school
Motto"The Focus at Hilltop is Academics"
Established1959; 61 years ago (1959)
School districtSweetwater Union High School District
PrincipalKaren T. Hernández
Teaching staff87.54 (FTE) (2017–18)[1]
Enrollment2,141 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio24.46 (2017–18)[1]
Color(s)     Kelly Green
NewspaperThe Lance
YearbookThe Idyll

Hilltop High School (formerly Hilltop Senior High) is a four-year public high school located in Chula Vista, California and is part of the Sweetwater Union High School District (SUHSD). The school colors are kelly green, white, and black. The school mascot is the "Lancer". Hilltop boasts the magnet program Foreign Language and Global Studies (FLAGS) as well as the Academies of Hospitality and Tourism (H&T), Information Technology (IT) programs, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Music Technology, Televideo, and Ballet Folklorico.

For the 2007–08 school year, former Montgomery Middle School principal Ernesto Zamudio took over as principal for Hilltop High School and replaced the retiring Jerry Rindone[2] who had served Hilltop since 1997. Rindone is currently serving as a member of the San Diego County Board of Education

Clubs and associations[edit]

Hilltop has many clubs and associations, including: AP Scholars, the BIBLE Club, Best Buddies, Girl's League, Humanities, MVPS, GSA, Metal (Music), Marine Science, Italian, German, Spanish, Latin, Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD), FIRST Robotics, Interact, Chips and Salsa, and Chess and Cards.


Hilltop was named a California Distinguished School in 2005[3] and is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

In the 2006–07 school year, the graduation rate was 93.3%.[4]

Hilltop has the highest number of AP courses available to all students and the highest AP pass rate out of the entire SUHSD at 72.8%.[4] Since the 1999–2000 school year, there has been a 25% increase in exams taken,[4] a 7% increase in the overall pass rate,[4] and a 30% increase in the total number of students testing.[4]


Hilltop is a member of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) San Diego Section and the Mesa League of the Metro Conference. Hilltop competes in the following sports:[citation needed]

Chula Vista Spartans are the Lancers longtime rival school, dating back to the '60s.[citation needed]

Longtime Hilltop Coaches elected as San Diego Sports Hall of Champions Coaching Legends:[citation needed]

  • Don "Big Dawg" Rollins- JV Basketball (Don is currently third all time in Southern California JV wins)
  • John Baumgartner - Baseball
  • Janet Balsley - Field Hockey
  • Chip Holmes - Track & Field
  • Tim Tyler - Wrestling (Tyler was also inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame)


In the 2005–06 school year, the school's Academic Performance Index place it 698 (base) where 800 is the California state goal with a state rank 5 out of 10.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

Name Grad Class Category Best Known For
Joan D. Vinge 1965 Literature Hugo Award-winning Science Fiction Author of The Snow Queen series[6]
Tom Waits 1968 Entertainment American singer-songwriter, composer and actor[7]
Cheryl Cox 1966 Politics Mayor of Chula Vista[8]
Kyle Foggo 1972 Crime Pleaded guilty to fraud associated with the Duke Cunningham scandal[9]
Brent R. Wilkes 1972 Crime Convicted of conspiracy, bribery, fraud and money laundering associated with the Duke Cunningham scandal[9]
Tami Bruce 1985 Sports Olympic swimmer[10]
Todd Pratt 1985 Sports Major League Baseball player from 1992–2006 primarily with Philadelphia and the New York Mets[11]
Mike Jacobs 1998 Sports Major League First Baseman since 2005 currently a free agent[12]
Charlotte Mayorkas 2001 Sports LPGA Golfer, Three-time First Team All-American for UCLA[13][14][citation needed]
Desiree Linden 2001 Sports Winner of the 2018 Boston Marathon[15]
Greg Allen 2011 Sports Professional baseball player[16]

Notable faculty[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Search for Public Schools - Hilltop Senior High (063864006484)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  2. ^ "video biography".[dead link]
  3. ^ "Distinguished School Awards - California School Recognition Program". California Department of Education. Archived from the original on April 8, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  4. ^ a b c d e "Executive Summary School Accountability Report Card, 2005-06" (PDF). Hilltop High School. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 17, 2011. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  5. ^ "School Profile FISCAL YEAR: 2005-06 (General)". Education Data Partnership. 2005–2006. Retrieved October 4, 2007.
  6. ^ "Sweetwater District Hall of Fame Welcomes a Dozen More". Sweetwater Union High School District :: News :: New Archive. Sweetwater Union High School District. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved February 21, 2008 – via www.suhsd.k12.ca.us.
  7. ^ "Tom Waits Timeline: 1949 - 1975". Tom Waits Library. Archived from the original on July 9, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2007.
  8. ^ "How much clout does Cox combo carry?". SignOnSanDiego.Com. Archived from the original on February 2, 2013. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  9. ^ a b "Documents: Foggo rose despite his CIA misdeeds". San Diego Union-Tribune. February 26, 2009. Retrieved August 30, 2018.
  10. ^ Berkshire, Kim Q. (August 28, 1988). "She's Playing Hooky in Seoul". Los Angeles Times. San Diego. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  11. ^ "The Official Site of Major League Baseball: Players Information". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  12. ^ "The Baseball Cube". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  13. ^ "UCLA Golf". UCLA. Archived from the original on April 9, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  14. ^ "The LPGA". LPGA. Archived from the original on February 20, 2008. Retrieved February 21, 2008.
  15. ^ "USA Track & Field - Desiree (Desi) Linden". usatf.org. Retrieved June 22, 2019.
  16. ^ Kenney, Kirk. "Former SDSU outfielder Greg Allen shining in minor leagues". Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  17. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9-hEh7thG1Y

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