La Quinta High School (La Quinta, California)

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La Quinta High School
79255 Blackhawk Way


United States
Coordinates33°42′49″N 116°16′51″W / 33.713528°N 116.280912°W / 33.713528; -116.280912Coordinates: 33°42′49″N 116°16′51″W / 33.713528°N 116.280912°W / 33.713528; -116.280912
School districtDesert Sands Unified School District
PrincipalDr. Rudy Wilson
Faculty99.70 (FTE)[1]
Number of students2,691 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio26.99[1]
Color(s)Burgundy and Navy   

La Quinta High School is one of six public high schools, grades 9-12, in the Desert Sands Unified School District. It is located in La Quinta, California. The school was a California Distinguished Schools award winner in 1999, 2003 and 2011.


La Quinta High School was built in 1994 but fully completed by 1996. In its first year it had an enrollment of approximately 600 students with only grades 9-10 and in 1998, with grades 9-12, it now exceeds 3,000 students making it the largest high school in the Coachella Valley.[citation needed] The campus is crowded and there used to be portable classrooms which got replaced with new state of the art classrooms for Career Technical Education programs, as well as new buildings for the other academic courses offered at this school.

It is the home of the La Quinta Blackhawk Brigade marching band and color guard.

In 2010, La Quinta High School's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps received the Distinguished Unit award, making the unit part of the top 5% of junior ROTC units worldwide.

In 2016, the Clinton Foundation brought their Clinton Day of Action to La Quinta High School, and provided them with a new greenhouse, campus cleanup, and a new desert landscape in the front of the school.


In 2006, the school was ranked 614th in Newsweek's "The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools".[2] In the most recent available API[clarification needed] index (2013) the school had the highest growth API score in the Coachella Valley with an 842.

Career Technical Education programs and academies[edit]

La Quinta High School has four academies for students that have a feel of what they want to do once they get older. These academies educates them about the field they would want to get into and prepares them to be able to continue their education after graduation.

Medical Health Academy[edit]

The Medical Health Academy is a California Partnership Academy grant-funded program for students interested in pursuing a career and college in the medical field. This is a Career Technical Program.

This program can be taken by any student interested starting their sophomore year.

Public Service Academy[edit]

The Public Service Academy program has grown from 100 students 10 years ago to over 260 students today.[when?] After students complete the three year program, they are able to move into productive jobs in law enforcement, fire fighting, military and related fields.

Culinary Arts[edit]

The Culinary Arts program is for students that want to pursue a career in the kitchen. It is a 4-year program where they get to meet chefs from around the Coachella Valley, create Culinary Showdowns much like in the television show Chopped, and cater meals to events valley wide as well as provide some of the food for La Quinta High Schools' events.

In 2016, The Clinton Foundation brought their Clinton Day of Action to La Quinta High School and built a greenhouse for the culinary arts students to use in their state of the art kitchen.

Information & Communications Technology Academy[edit]

The Information & Communications Technology Academy is the newest academy in La Quinta High School. It was added in the 2015-2016 school year. The academy is for student who are interested in technology. It is a dynamic program set up to give interested students the opportunity to be exposed to fields related to Information Support and Services, Networking, Software and Systems Development, and Games and Simulation. The program is a 3-year course and offers students technical training as well as educational core classes.


La Quinta High's mascot is the "Blackhawk", they participate in the Desert Valley League and their main rival is Palm Desert High School. La Quinta is the only school in the Coachella Valley with a rugby union program. It was the first school in the Coachella Valley to win two consecutive CIF[clarification needed] football championships.[citation needed] The school has also won three consecutive CIF wrestling championships in 2009, 2010, and 2011.[citation needed][when?] The school's water polo team has also to win the CIF water polo championships in 2012 to become the first team to win CIF in the Coachella Valley.[citation needed] The boys soccer team also won CIF Division 2 in 2015.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c La Quinta High
  2. ^ The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools - Newsweek America's Best High Schools Archived 11 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Tyler Hilton". Soylent Communications. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
  4. ^ Associated Press (17 August 2009). "Chiefs add free-agent receiver Lelie". Retrieved 17 August 2009.
  5. ^ Bonk, Thomas. "True To His Roots". Golf Digest. Retrieved 4 June 2013.

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