Huntington Beach High School
|Huntington Beach High School|
1905 Main Street|
Huntington Beach, California 92648
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Huntington Beach Union High School District|
|Color(s)||Black and Orange|
CIF Southern Section |
|Rival||Edison High School|
Huntington Beach High School (HBHS) is a public high school in Huntington Beach, California. Built in 1906, it is part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District. HBHS is a California Distinguished School. Huntington Beach High School is also the home of the Academy for the Performing Arts.
Huntington Beach High School's founding was one of uncertainty and political opposition. Originally known as Las Bolsas High School, the school opened in Los Alamitos in 1902 and served as a secondary school for Westminster, Garden Grove, Los Alamitos, Bolsa, New Hope, Fountain Valley, Chica, Ocean View and Springdale elementary districts. However, after only one student showed up for class, the site was scrapped four days after its opening. After attempts to find a permanent location failed due to political opposition and controversy, the remaining districts of Ocean View, Springdale and Fountain Valley were joined by those of Huntington Beach and Newport Elementary.
In 1906, the "school on wheels," as it was often called because of its inability to secure a permanent location, finally settled in Huntington Beach and began operation as Huntington Beach Union High School. Classes were initially held in the basement of an auditorium operated by the local Methodist church. Having received a land grant from the Huntington Beach Company, the high school completed construction of its first permanent buildings at its current location in 1908. By 1910, there were seven teachers and three clubs; Huntington Beach had a population of 815 people. By this time the four graduates had become an average of 14 graduates a year. The first graduating class consisted of six students, but expanded rapidly in the next decade into the hundreds.
In 1921, the Huntington Beach Company increased mining in abundant oil fields around the city bringing a wave of prosperity to the area. In 1926, the school's architects, Allison & Allison, a Santa Ana firm, described the school's structure as a Lombard Romanesque Revival. The iconic bell tower and auditorium were the first buildings constructed, and seven other buildings were built between 1926 and 1952.
In the 1970s, Huntington Beach High School began construction of new facilities for a variety of reasons, the most prevalent was the earthquake on February 9, 1971. Some older buildings were demolished and rebuilt because of damage.
Huntington Beach High School is known for its bell tower and auditorium. They were originally built in 1903 and were rebuilt in 1926. In July 2009, renovations were completed on the 27,000 square-foot, 600- seat Darrel Stillwagon auditorium and the bell tower. Construction was also completed on the school's new 9,200-square-foot performing arts classrooms building and courtyard. The project was funded through the HBHSUSD modernization and expansion program.
The demographics of the student body are as follows:
- American Indian/Alaskan Native 6.7%
- Asian 8.1%
- Pacific Islander 0.5%
- Filipino 0.9%
- Hispanic/Latino 15.6%
- African American 1.2%
- White 59.6%
- Other/Declined to state 7.4%
Academy for the Performing Arts
The school serves as the host campus for the district's magnet arts program, the Academy for the Performing Arts, an audition-only curriculum based school. Originally formed under the name School of the Performing Arts (SPA), the program opened in 1993. It was renamed to Academy for the Performing Arts (APA) in 1997. The Academy has ten separate departments: Acting, Costume Design, Dance, Musical Theatre, Music Media Entertainment and Technology (MMET-Popular Music), MMET-Media, Orchestral Music, Playwriting & Directing (Dramatic Production) and Technical Theatre. APA puts on 39 shows as well as hosts a film festival and talent show annually, along with a multitude of other various performances throughout the community and worldwide.
The school competes in the Sunset League. In 2006 the school moved to the Sea View League (which consisted of Huntington Beach, El Toro, Foothill, Woodbridge, Northwood, and Trubuco Hills) from the Sunset League, but moved back to the Sunset League in 2009. The Sunset League now contains Huntington Beach, Edison, Newport Harbor, Fountain Valley, Marina, and Los Alamitos.
In 1989, the California Interscholastic Federation ruled that the Huntington Beach Oilers football team had to forfeit all of their games because of an ineligible player. The school appealed and a judge ruled in favor of the school.
The first high school varsity surfing team in the U.S. was founded at Huntington Beach High School.
The Huntington Beach High School Varsity Volleyball currently holds the national record of 113 consecutive wins.
- Robert August, Pro Surfer and Film Maker
- Collin Balester, Pitcher for MLB's Washington Nationals
- Corky Carroll, Pro Surfer
- Howie Clark, Professional baseball player
- Hank Conger, Catcher for MLB's Tampa Bay Rays
- Dennis Hamilton, Professional basketball player
- Greg Knapp, Professional football coach
- Courtenay Stewart, 2004 Olympian
- Jim Dedrick, Pitcher for MLB's Baltimore Orioles
- Tony Gonzalez, Professional football player (NFL) – Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Falcons
- Jack Haley, basketball player with Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls
- Sacha Kljestan, Midfielder for MLS's Chivas U.S.A. and R.S.C.Anderlecht.
- Drew McAthy, professional soccer player
- Tito Ortiz, professional mixed martial artist
- Christi Robell, 1980 and 1984 Olympic Gymnast, 1979 Junior National Gymnastics Champion.
- Brett Simpson, Pro Surfer
- Nick Pratto, first round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals
- Paul McBeth, Professional Disc Golfer[better source needed]
Art and media
- Steve Breen, nationally syndicated cartoonist.
- Beth Broderick, actor
- MADSTEEZ (Mark Paul Deren), artist
- Mary Beth Evans, actor
- Matthew Harper, California State Assemblyman and former Huntington Beach Mayor
- Amanda Simpson, Executive Director of US Army Energy Initiatives Task Force, Obama Administration
- Zachary Baker, Rhythm guitar for Avenged Sevenfold
- Dallas Cook, Former trombone player for Suburban Legends
- Forrest Kline, Lead vocals and guitar for Hellogoodbye
- Jesse Kurvink, former keyboardist for Hellogoodbye
- Brian Robertson, Trombone player for Suburban Legends
- Matthew Sanders, Lead vocals for Avenged Sevenfold
- Jimmy Sullivan, Drums for Avenged Sevenfold and formerly of Suburban Legends
- Keaton Stromberg, bass guitar, vocals, back up guitar for Emblem3
- Chad Wackerman, former Drummer and Percussionist for Frank Zappa
- Avenged Sevenfold
- Hellogoodbye
- Over It
- Suburban Legends
- Chrissy Teigen, American model
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