La Serna High School
|La Serna High School|
|15301 E. Youngwood Drive
|Motto||Vestri Optimus erit|
|School district||Whittier Union High School District|
|Rival||California High School|
La Serna High School (abbreviated LSHS) is a public high school in Whittier, California that was founded in 1961 and is part of the Whittier Union High School District. The school's colors are crimson, gold and white.
|AP Classes offered|
|AP Environmental Science|
|AP Computer Science Principles|
|AP Psychology *|
|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|
|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
At La Serna High School, every senior is required to complete the Senior Project in order to graduate high school.
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.
Model United Nations
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 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, due to the controversial penultimate issue on May 10, 2006, entitled "The 'S' Word", which discussed sex amongst teenagers. 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.
The Freelancer was revived during the 2014-15 school year under the supervision of English teacher Gina Alexander.
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. 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.
- Dave Dalby, 1968 – former center for the Oakland Raiders from 1972 until 1985
- Royce "The Voice" Reynolds, 1984 – a member of the doo-wop group The Alley Cats
- Gary Allan Herzberg, 1986 - country music artist
- Jeff Davis, 1991 - actor most notable for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway?
- Matt Gourley, 1991 - comedian known for the Superego podcast and his appearances on Drunk History.
- Ara Babajian, 1990 - drummer for the Slackers and the McMartin Choir Boys
- Andrea Barber, 1994 - actress most notable for her role as Kimmy Gibbler on Full House
- Tupe Peko, 1996 - former offensive lineman for the Indianapolis Colts from 2002 until 2004
- Adam Snyder, 2000 - current offensive guard for the San Francisco 49ers
- Andrew Garcia  2010 - 9th place on American Idol Season 10
- Chase De Leo  2014 - player for the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League
- La Serna High School official website. Retrieved on 2008-05-12.
- "La Serna High School Receives 4th California Distinguished School Award" (PDF). La Serna. Retrieved 2009-04-18.
- Sergio Hernandez (2006-06-09). "Newspaper adviser removed from post following 'Sex Issue' controversy" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-12-11.
- Sergio Hernandez (2006-06-09). "Letters" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
- Claire Webster (2006-05-10). "The 'S' Word" (PDF). The Freelancer. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
- Pam Wight (2006-06-27). "Campus paper hot topic: Sexual content prompts censorship, possible lawsuit". Star-News. Retrieved 2008-09-06.
- MaxPreps.com. Retrieved on 2007-10-22.
- "Dave Dalby". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
- "Classmates: Royce Reynolds". Classmates. Retrieved 2008-10-27.
- "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.
- "Tupe Peko". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
- "Adam Snyder". Database Football. Retrieved 2008-03-03.
- "Chase De Leo". Orange County Register. Retrieved 2014-08-20.