Long Beach Polytechnic High School
|Long Beach Polytechnic High School|
"Home of Scholars & Champions"
"Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve"
|1600 Atlantic Avenue
Long Beach, California, USA
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Long Beach Unified School District|
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, founded in 1895 as Long Beach High School, is a high school located at 1600 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, California, United States. The school serves portions of Long Beach, including Bixby Knolls, and some parts of the cities of Signal Hill & Lakewood. Polytechnic, (more commonly known as Poly), is the flagship high school of the Long Beach Unified School District. It is a large urban high school with just over 5,000 students.
Polytechnic has long been distinguished in both academics and athletics. The PACE (Program of Additional Curricular Experiences) and the CIC (Center of International Curriculum) magnet programs boast more total University of California admissions than any other high school in California. In 2005, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Polytechnic the "Sports School of the Century", which applauds Polytechnic's badminton, baseball, basketball, football, track, cross country, swimming, water polo, tennis, and softball teams. Polytechnic has also received numerous prizes for its music program, including multiple (6) Grammy Awards, 2 of them being "golden signature" grammy awards. Long Beach Poly has also sent more players to the NFL than any other high school in the country, sending over 60 throughout the history of the school. Also, Long Beach Poly was named athletic school of the century and ranked number one in best high school athletic program in the nation by sportsillustrated.cnn.com.
The school motto states: Poly is the "Home of Scholars and Champions". The PACE and CIC magnet programs are highly desired destinations for students throughout the South Bay & Northern Orange County. In 2008, 1,573 AP exams were administered at Poly with over 75% of testees receiving a passing score of 3 or higher. The national pass rate in 2008 was slightly over 58%. Poly is also the highest academic performance index of any traditional high school in Long Beach with a 2009 score of 747. Poly consistently ranks a 9 out of 10 when compared to schools with similar demographics since 2007. Pac Rim is a California magnet academy, for students interested in business. (academies also included in Polytechnic high are the following: (Beach, Humanities, METS,and MAPS.) 
4th and Forever
A reality television on Current TV, titled 4th and Forever, focuses on the school's strong football program. It's been called the real-life version of Friday Night Lights but has also been derided as inaccurate and "[relying] on repetitive reality-show conventions".
Long Beach Poly has been the backdrop for many commercials, television shows, and films.
- The Craft (1996)
- American Beauty (1999)
- American Pie (1999)
- The Insider (1999)
- The Other Sister (1999)
- Even Stevens (2002) Episode 3.15 "The Big Splash"
- Simple Plan (2002) Music Video I'm Just A Kid
- P.O.D. (2003) Music Video Will You
- Love Don't Cost a Thing (2003)
- MTV's MADE (2004) Episode 5.1 Surfing Selena
- Monster Garage (2004) Monster Nation 2 1966 Volkswagen Bug / Dune Buggy
- Sleepover (2004)
- Cold Case (2004) Episode 1.22 "The Plan"
- Juicy Fruit (2005) CPR Dummy Steals gum Commercial
- Coach Carter (2005)
- The New Guy (2002)
- Cold Case (2006) Episode 3.12 Detention
- NCIS (2006) Episode 3.18 Bait
- Paris Hilton (2006) Music Video Nothing In This World
- Miss/Guided (2007) Ashton Kutcher TV Pilot
- Nancy Drew (2007)
- Mind of Mencia (2007) Stereotype Olympics
- Boston Legal (2007)
- Snoop Dogg's Father Hood (2008)
- Cold Case (2008) Episode 6.2 "True Calling"
- Fired Up (2009)
- Oreo (2010)
- Aim High (2011)
- Milton Bradley
- Oscar Brown
- Ollie Brown
- Chris Gwynn
- Tony Gwynn
- James McDonald
- Randy Moffitt
- Chase Utley
- Charlie Williams, MLB Umpire
- Marques Anderson
- Isaiah Green
- Kareem Kelly
- Brian Banks
- Darnell Bing
- Mark Carrier
- Jurrell Casey
- Hershel Dennis
- Tony Hill
- DeSean Jackson
- Winston Justice
- Marcedes Lewis
- Earl R. McCullouch
- Willie McGinest
- Stephone Paige
- Samie Parker
- Marquez Pope
- Ken-Yon Rambo
- Leonard Russell
- Omar Stoutmire
- Pago Togafau
- Gene Washington
- Manuel Wright
Track and Field
- Alice Estes Davis, Disney Legend in Costume Design
- Terry Kennedy, professional skateboarder
- Samantha Larson - mountaineer
- Actor John Wayne attended before transferring to Glendale High in the 1920s
- Opera Singer Marilyn Horne
- Actress Barbara Britton (Brantingham)
- Spanish-language Banda singer Jenni Rivera "La Diva de la banda"
- Spanish-language singer Lupillo Rivera
- Julieta Venegas, Mexican-American regional singer
- Vietnamese singer Linda Chou
- Actress Cameron Diaz
- Rapper Snoop Dogg
- Actor Percy Daggs III
- Actor Carl Weathers,
- Writer Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston 
- Actor and Academy award winner Van Heflin
- Musician Spike Jones
- Rapper Nate Dogg
- Actress Laraine Day
- Singer Jo Stafford 
- Musician Lita Ford
- Zillgitt, Jeff, "Pipeline to the NFL? Big states, schools are key", USA Today, 21 April 2006
- Best High School Athletic Programs', www.sportsillustrated.cnn.com, 11 May 2005
- "DataQuest (CA Dept of Education)". Data1.cde.ca.gov. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- "AP Data & Reports". Professionals.collegeboard.com. 2007-06-18. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- "Education Data Partnership Home Page". Ed-data.k12.ca.us. Retrieved 2010-12-29.
- Knowles, David (24 May 2011). "4th and Forever: TV Review - The Hollywood Reporter". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- McNamara, Mary (26 May 2011). "'4th and Forever': TV review - latimes.com". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 June 2011.
- MLB Draft Factories, Maxpreps.com, Jun 03, 2008.
- City of Long Beach Baseball Hall of Fame, City of Long Beach Parks and Recreation
- The Reason, WeAreSC.com, May 13, 2007.
- One high school, so many future NFL players , USATODAY, APR 22, 2008.
- Two High Schools Share Lead for Most NFL Players, USA Football.com , SEP 27, 2007.
- 18-year-old California woman scales Everest, becoming youngest to complete 'seven summits', The Associated Press, 19 May 2007
- "Percy Daggs III". SideReel. 1982-07-20. Retrieved 2010-09-24.[dead link]
- "Carl Weathers Bio". Rotten Tomatoes.com. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- "Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (1934–) - Personal, Addresses, Career, Member, Honors Awards, Writings, Sidelights, Autobiography FeatureJeanne Wakatsuki Houston". Biography.jrank.org. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
- Stanton, Scott (2003). The tombstone tourist : musicians (2nd ed. ed.). New York: Pocket Books. p. 136. ISBN 0-7434-6330-7.
- Leonard, Vince (19 March 1964). "Jo Stafford Easy Talker". The Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 9 January 2011.
- Long Beach Polytechnic High School profile at NNDB
- LB Poly baseball players at The Baseball Cube
- LB Poly is #1 Sports High School in America at Sports Illustrated
- IMDb: Filming Locations