Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, California)

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Los Altos High School
Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, California) (coat of arms).gif
15325 East Los Robles Ave.
Hacienda Heights, California
Type Public
Established 1958 (1958)
School district HLPUSD School District
Principal Jeff Hess
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,025
Color(s)      Royal Blue
Mascot Joe the conqueror
Rival Glen A. Wilson High School
Newspaper www.lahsconqueror.com
Yearbook Los Recuerdos

Los Altos High School is a comprehensive four-year public education high school located in the bedroom community of Hacienda Heights, California, which is located in eastern Los Angeles County. This Los Altos High School should not be confused with the Los Altos High School located in the city of Los Altos, California.The two high schools are not affiliated with each other.


The school was founded in 1958 originally as the second of seven high schools in the former La Puente Union High School District. It is now one of four high schools in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, which was created in 1970 by a vote of the electorate unifying four high schools and the Hudson Elementary School District.

Enrollment levels of the school have varied over the years. In 1978, it reached its highest enrollment, of 2,850 students. In the early 1990s the enrollment dropped to about 1,500 and currently enrollment hovers around 2,100.[1]

Los Altos Academy of Engineering[edit]

The Los Altos Academy of Engineering was founded in 1989 by Robert Franz and was a joint program between the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program. They have won awards for building and racing a solar car in international competition, and won took 1st place in the DaimlerChrysler/Trellis Build Your Dream Vehicle Competition in 2005 and 2006.[2] From 2007-2009 the Academy's engineering students competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas taking 1st place in the hydrogen division in 2007 and presenting the first hydrogen internal combustion engine to compete in 2008.[3]

Los Altos Visual and Performing Arts Academy[edit]

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) is a cross-curricular program utilizing the talents of highly motivated instrumentalists, actors, dancers, vocalists, and technicians to present theater arts productions of exceptional quality. The program is available to students who have the interest, talent, and desire to experience the challenge of performing arts on a higher level. The five areas that comprise the VPAA (drama, dance, instrumental and vocal music, and technology) bring their talents together for spring productions.[4]

Los Altos Health Occupations Academy[edit]

HOSA is a national student organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Education (HSE) Division of ACTE. HOSA's two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA's goal is to encourage all health science instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSE-HOSA Partnership.

HOSA provides a unique program of leadership development, motivation, and recognition exclusively for secondary, postsecondary, adult, and collegiate students enrolled in health science education and biomedical science programs or have interests in pursuing careers in health professions. HOSA is 100% health care!

Since its inception in 1976, HOSA has grown steadily reaching over 165,000 members through 48 chartered HOSA State Associations, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Italy and approximately 3,600 secondary and postsecondary/collegiate chapters in 2013-2014.[5]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Joe Kay - DJ, radio host, and founder of Soulection, a record label/platform/radio show/culture
  • Michael Smith - former All-America basketball player at BYU and first-round pick of the Boston Celtics (13th overall), current television and color announcer for Los Angeles Clippers.[6]
  • Troy Tanner - former member of the national men's volleyball team, which played at the Seoul Olympic Games (1988).
  • Shaun Cody - former USC Trojan Star, current NFL free agent .
  • Travis Brown - former New Mexico Lobo standout (2x 1st Team All-MWC) and NFL Football Player (St. Louis Rams)
  • Renae Cuéllar - former player for Mexico Women's National Football Team.
  • Edie Robinette-Petrachi - Actor, Singer, Writer, Film and TV Producer and Director (Class of 1977).
  • John Vargas (Water Polo) - Former US National Team water polo player and head coach. Currently head coach for the men's Stanford men's water polo team.
  • Joseph Vargas - Former US National Team water polo player. Helped US National Team win silver at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.


  1. ^ "Los Altos High School". 
  2. ^ "Los Altos Academy of Engineering Competition Participation". Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Los Altos Academy of Engineering Competition Participation". Retrieved 19 April 2013. 
  4. ^ https://lahs-hlpusd-ca.schoolloop.com/academies
  5. ^ https://lahs-hlpusd-ca.schoolloop.com/academies
  6. ^ CLIPPERS: Michael Smith

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°00′28″N 117°58′35″W / 34.00769°N 117.97646°W / 34.00769; -117.97646