Loara High School

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Loara High School
Logo loara.gif
1765 West Cerritos
Anaheim, California 92804
United States
Coordinates 33°48′42″N 117°56′39″W / 33.81167°N 117.94417°W / 33.81167; -117.94417Coordinates: 33°48′42″N 117°56′39″W / 33.81167°N 117.94417°W / 33.81167; -117.94417
Type Public Secondary, International School
Motto "Once a Saxon, Always a Saxon"
Established 1962
Principal Katrina Calloway
Staff 111 (2007-8)[1]
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,377[2] (2014-15)
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Scarlet and Vegas Gold
Mascot Saxon
Newspaper The Saxon Shield
Yearbook Seaxe

Loara High School is a public four year American high school in the Anaheim Union High School District, located in the city of Anaheim in Orange County, California. Loara is a Title I school that serves a large number of students from low-income families, and the campus consists of 2,578 students and 111 certificated staff.[1] As of 2008 the student to teacher ratio of 25.8 to 1.[1] Loara is a California Distinguished School which prepares students to "innovate in service of their community". The school was one of the premier institutions becoming an International School under the International Baccalaureate in Orange County in 1999, however, the program was discontinued in 2009 due to the lack of funding.


In 1962, the student body consisted of the following percentage of ethnic groups: 90% Caucasian, >0.1% Native Americans, >0.5% Asian/Indian American, >0.1 Filipino American, 8% Hispanic, >0.1% African American. As of 2010, the campus' over 2,686 students consists of the following percentage of ethnic groups: 0.3% American Indian, 11% Asian, 1% Pacific Islander, 3% Filipino, 71% Hispanic, 1% Asian Indian, 2% African-American, and 12% Caucasian.[1] Over half of the student qualify for the reduced lunch program. Nearly one fourth of the students participate in an English learners program. [3]


Loara was established in 1962, with the first graduating class in 1965, and is one of eight comprehensive high schools within the district.

In 1971, then-California governor and future U.S. President Ronald Reagan visited the Loara campus on a tour of the city of Anaheim.

The school has recently undergone modernization under Bond Measure Z, which includes two gyms, a science building, and a math building.[4] In 2006, the campus completed an extensive technology improvement plan. This includes the construction of the prototype for "Classroom of the Future," two technologically advanced rooms that were designed to model future prospects.

Sammy Saxon is the school mascot. His appearance is typically depicted as a caricature of an Anglo-Saxon warrior.[5]


Loara had one of the largest International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in Orange County. The IB program is no longer offered at Loara.[6] Loara was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme in July 1999, the program is taught in English to 148 students.


The school competes in the CIF-SS Golden West League.

State championships

  • Tennis, 1966

CIF Championships

  • Football, 1968
  • Football, 1979
  • Baseball - 1983
  • Wrestling - 1983

Notable faculty[edit]

  • Lute Olson (Robert Luther Olson); Former high school, college and Olympic Coach.[7]

Notable alumni[edit]


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