La Serna High School

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La Serna High School
Official LSHS Logo.jpg
15301 E. Youngwood Drive
Whittier, California
United States
Type Public
Motto Vestri Optimus erit[1]
Established 1961
School district Whittier Union High School District
Principal Ann Fitzgerald
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,940
Color(s)      Crimson
Mascot Lancer
Rival California High School
Newspaper The Freelancer
Yearbook The Pennon

La Serna High School (abbreviated LSHS) is a public high school in Whittier, California that was founded in 1961[2] and is part of the Whittier Union High School District. The school's colors are crimson, gold and white.


La Serna High School was founded in 1961.[2] The school has been a California Distinguished School four times, in 1990, 1996, 2003, and 2009.[1][3]


AP Classes offered
AP Environmental Science
AP Chemistry
AP Biology
AP Physics
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Psychology *
Social Sciences
AP Human Geography
AP European History
AP United States History
AP Economy/ Government
AP Art History
AP Studio Art *
AP Music Theory *
AP Calculus AB
AP Calculus BC
AP Statistics and Probability
AP English Language and Composition
AP English Literature and Composition
World Languages
AP Spanish Language and Culture
AP French Language and Culture
AP German Language and Culture

lAsterisks denote classes that only earn elective credits.

Students and student life[edit]

At La Serna High School, every senior is required to complete the Senior Project in order to graduate high school.

Link Crew[edit]

Link Crew was a system implemented in 2005 that was aimed at helping incoming freshman students acclimate to the high school environment by having junior and senior peer mentors help them through their first year at La Serna.[3]

Model United Nations[edit]

Model United Nations was founded in the 2015-2016 school year. The Model United Nation's team attends an annual average of six conferences and one travel conference. In 2016, La Serna's MUN team competed at the UC Berkeley MUN conference.

The Freelancer[edit]

The controversial "Sex Issue"

The Freelancer is the name of La Serna High School's newspaper, which releases one issue each month during the regular school year. The Freelancer is created and written by the students, who also allow feedback mail to which they respond. One teacher oversees the production of each newspaper per year.

In 2006, English teacher Holly Vance was demoted from her position as the adviser of the newspaper's production,[4] due to the controversial[5] penultimate issue on May 10, 2006, entitled "The 'S' Word", which discussed sex amongst teenagers.[6] Also due to this, the final edition of the year, for the month of June, was banned. The student body was unsuccessful in overturning this decision.[7]

The Freelancer was revived during the 2014-15 school year under the supervision of English teacher Gina Alexander.

The Pennon[edit]

La Serna High School's yearbook is called The Pennon, which, like The Freelancer, is created by the student body and a teacher adviser.


La Serna High has a large athletics program. Their sports include football, track and field, cross country, soccer, volleyball, baseball, softball, tennis, wrestling, swimming, and basketball.[8] Boys' football, boys' and girls' cross country, boys' water polo, and girls' volleyball are held in the autumn; boys' and girls' basketball and soccer are held in the winter; and boys' baseball, tennis, and girls' softball, boys' and girls' swimming, and boys' and girls' track and field are held in the spring every school year.

The varsity football program were the 2013 CIF Southern Division champions in the southern section, with Frankie Palmer's winning touchdown in a double overtime against Norwalk High School.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b La Serna High School official website. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
  2. ^ a b
  3. ^ a b "La Serna High School Receives 4th California Distinguished School Award" (PDF). La Serna. Retrieved 2009-04-18. 
  4. ^ Sergio Hernandez (2006-06-09). "Newspaper adviser removed from post following 'Sex Issue' controversy" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-12-11. 
  5. ^ Sergio Hernandez (2006-06-09). "Letters" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  6. ^ Claire Webster (2006-05-10). "The 'S' Word" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  7. ^ Pam Wight (2006-06-27). "Campus paper hot topic: Sexual content prompts censorship, possible lawsuit". Star-News. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  8. ^ Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
  9. ^ "Dave Dalby". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Classmates: Royce Reynolds". Classmates. Retrieved 2008-10-27. 
  11. ^ "Youth Forum". Soroptimist International of Whittier. Archived from the original on January 6, 2009. Retrieved 2008-09-06. Andrea is also an alumna of La Serna High School here in Whittier. 
  12. ^ "Tupe Peko". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  13. ^ a b "Adam Snyder". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03. 
  14. ^ "Chase De Leo". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2014-08-20. 

Coordinates: 33°57′21″N 117°59′50″W / 33.95583°N 117.99722°W / 33.95583; -117.99722