John F. Kennedy High School (Los Angeles)

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John F. Kennedy High School
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11254 Gothic Avenue
34°16′30″N 118°29′17″W / 34.275°N 118.488°W / 34.275; -118.488Coordinates: 34°16′30″N 118°29′17″W / 34.275°N 118.488°W / 34.275; -118.488
Granada Hills, California, Los Angeles 91344
United States
Type Public, special education
Established 1971
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Dr. Richard Chavez
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 5,064
Color(s) Brown and gold
Mascot Golden Cougar

John F. Kennedy High School is located in Granada Hills, Los Angeles, in the U.S. state of California. It is in District 1 of the Los Angeles Unified School District.


The school was relieved of overcrowding when Valley Region High School 4[1] and Valley Region High School 5 opened in 2011.[2]

The new principal is Dr. Richard Chavez

Academic Programs[3][edit]

John F. Kennedy High School has different programs for students and/or parents who are intrigued. One of Kennedy's programs is Architecture, Digital Design & Filmmaking Magnet, which prepares students for the future. There are also Advanced Placement Application (AP) classes students can take to develop preparation for college. All AP classes can contribute to college credit if AP tests are passed with a score of 3 or higher. Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), Bilingual Program, Impact, Freshman Transition Program, The Carl D. Perkins Program, School for Advanced Studies, Teaching Academy, and Kennedy High School Work Experience Program are other programs that are offered by the school.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]


There are several sports available for students to join, such as: football, Marching Band, color guard, golf, cross country, volleyball, tennis, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, track and swim There are both girls and boys teams for golf, volleyball, tennis and soccer.


There are a variety of clubs for students who are looking for something to keep them involved and interested while attending school, ranging from Anime Club to ASB Student Government.


There are academies available for students who have determined what career field they want to focus on. Kennedy provides students with four options:

College Center[edit]

The college center is available for seniors and all other students who can use help and/or advice about their future. The college center gives information about college applications, personal statements, it also holds workshops to help students fill out college applications, scholarships, FAFSA and resumes. An important calendar is provided for seniors so deadlines are not missed.

School Based Clinic[6][edit]

Kennedy's school based clinic, also known as Hathaway-Sycamores, CFS, El Nido Family Center, is available for Kennedy students as well as the students' family members from ages 2 to 18. Some of the services available include physicals, lab work, and counseling.

Notable alumni[edit]


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