Los Gatos High School
|Los Gatos High School|
Los Gatos High School is located on E. Main Street in Los Gatos, California
|Type||Public high school|
|School district||Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District|
|Color(s)|| Orange |
|Athletics conference||Santa Clara Valley Athletic League |
CIF Central Coast Section
|Mascot||Leo the Cat and Leonna the Cat (Zeus the Cat - Unofficial)|
|Communities served||Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, Saratoga|
|Feeder schools||Fisher Middle School, C.T. English|
Los Gatos High School (LGHS) is a high school in Los Gatos, California. It was founded in 1908 and is part of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District.
The school enrolls approximately 2,100 students and employs about 100 teachers. In 2004, 94% of graduating seniors went on to attend college, including 64% to four-year colleges. Los Gatos High School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and has regularly received six-year accreditations, the highest possible. In the 1970s, Los Gatos High School was listed among the top thirty high schools in the State of California. In 2018 US News & World Report ranked Los Gatos High 63rd within California. It has been recognized twice as a National School for Excellence. LGHS is also notable for its sports programs. The Los Gatos Wildcats are part of the Santa Clara Valley Athletic League of the CIF Central Coast Section.
Los Gatos High School, originally Los Gatos Union High School, was founded in 1908 and remains the only high school in Los Gatos. From the late 1880s until then, high school age students were taught at Los Gatos Central School, a grammar school which was established in 1886. The original building was in Mission Revival style, and on the site of the current library. The current Neoclassical main building was dedicated on January 17, 1925; it was built using a $250,000 bond measure passed in 1923, and was designed by W. H. Weeks, a famous architect of schools in California. The former building continued in use but was gradually demolished and by 1955 had entirely disappeared. The main building was extensively renovated in the mid-1960s, reopening in 1967. In 2001, the town of Los Gatos passed a $79 million bond measure for a new renovation, which has included several new buildings.
Due to the unusual joint cooperative nature of the Los Gatos-Saratoga Joint Union High School District, until 2005, Saratoga High School shared Los Gatos High School's Prentiss Brown Auditorium for performing arts and, until 2006, they shared Helm Field for football games. Both are on the grounds of Los Gatos High School but are available for equal use by both schools. When the two schools played each other, the title of home team rotated between them each year.
Notable alumni at Los Gatos High School include:
- Jared Allen, NFL defensive end for the Carolina Panthers
- Kiko Alonso, NFL linebacker for the Miami Dolphins
- Mark Bingham and Todd Beamer, passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 on 9/11 believed to have stormed cockpit after hijacking
- Lynn Burke, winner of two gold medals for Swimming in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
- Kari Byron, best known for her appearances on Discovery Channel show MythBusters
- Hugh Campbell, former head coach of NFL Houston Oilers, Canadian Football League Edmonton Eskimos, winner of 5 Grey Cup championships.
- Robert Chambers (1944), track & field, second-fastest all-time high school 880 as of that date; 3rd NCAA 880 for USC 1948; 6th 1948 London Olympics 800 meters
- Hal Chase, MLB player (New York Highlanders, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, New York Giants)
- Jordan Corey, singer/songwriter
- Colleen Holland, president of Fresh Healthy Media and publisher of VegNews Magazine
- Michael Eugene Couchee, Major League Baseball player
- Trent Edwards, NFL quarterback, 2007-2014
- Joan Fontaine, Academy Award-winning actress, estranged sister of Olivia de Havilland
- Scott Frank, screenwriter, wrote screenplays to Get Shorty and Minority Report
- Olivia de Havilland, two-time Academy Award-winning actress who played Melanie Hamilton in Gone with the Wind
- Jeffrey Hornaday, choreographer and director. Choreographed Flashdance and Madonna world tours
- Dan Jinks, producer of American Beauty, Big Fish and Down with Love
- Jason Jurman (Class of 1998), actor (Cougar Club)
- Chris Knapp, drummer for The Ataris
- Audrey Long, film actress
- Fred Markham, Olympic bicycle racer
- Roy McAlister, luthier, featured in Smithsonian museum and in Stringed Instrument museum of Cremona, Italy
- Ryan Nyquist, professional BMX rider
- Mike Park, musician and owner of Asian Man Records
- Logan Schafer, MLB player (Milwaukee Brewers)
- Holden Smith, wide receiver for NFL's Indianapolis Colts and USFL's Oakland Invaders
- Jackson Stewart, professional bicycle racer
- Phillip Stuart-Sharkey (1967), Aquanaut, undersea explorer, National Fellow of Explorers Club, founding officer of American Academy of Underwater Sciences, associate member of Boston Sea Rovers
- Terry Scott Taylor, lead singer and songwriter for Daniel Amos, The Swirling Eddies; founding member of Lost Dogs
- Christine Von Saltza, winner of three gold medals and one silver for Swimming at 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, Italy
- Carrie Yazel, Playboy Playmate of the Month, May 1991
In the media
The front façade of the school was shown on The Amanda Show starring Amanda Bynes. It was used in the show's soap opera spoof segment called "Moody's Point". The front exterior of the school was also used on Saved by the Bell.
The school, its stadium and track, and nearby Santa Cruz Avenue were also used for filming an episode of the 1986 television series Starman; drama students played the role of some extras.
The 1988 made-for-TV film Quiet Victory: The Charlie Wedemeyer Story was based on the life of former Los Gatos High School head football coach Charlie Wedemeyer, who was stricken with Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and continued to coach the football team for several years. The movie was actually filmed in Goose Creek, South Carolina at Stratford High School.
In 1992, Principal Ted Simonson, former Dean of Boys during earlier decades, attracted media controversy for a series of jokes he made during a roast at the Lions Club in which he referred to female joggers as "jigglers" and described gay-friendly city of San Francisco, California as "Fairyland" and the city of Oakland, California, with its large African American population, as "Jungleland."
- Kristi Grasty (2015–present)
- Markus Autrey (2009–2015)
- Doug Ramezane (2005–2009)
- Trudy McCullough (1998–2005)
- Ted Simonson (1978–1998)
- Dr Allen Coryell (1971–1978)
- Fred Canrinus (1957–1970) – older principals
- Prentiss Brown (1931–1956)
- J. Warren Ayer (1922–1931)
- Irving Wallace Snow (1920–1922)
- E. N. Mabrey (1918–1920)
- W. F. Walton (1916–1918)
- Edwin Forrest Blayney (1915)
- Frank M. Watson (1909–1915)
- Allan B. Martin (1908–1909)
- Charles I. Kerr (1905–1908)
- W. W. Wilson (1901–1905)
- George C. Russell (1899–1901)
- Louis K. Webb (1898–1899)
- A. M. Kelley (1895–1898)
- H. E. Shumate (1891–1895)
- C. H. Crowell (1889–1891)
- Henry Meade Bland (1887–1889) – later California Poet Laureate
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- "Los Gatos High". US News & World Report. Retrieved September 20, 2018.
- Salem, Avi (September 19, 2018). "Fast Times at Los Gatos High". Metro Silicon Valley. pp. 14–19.
- Conaway, Peggy (2004). "Cultural Memory". Images of America: Los Gatos. Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing. pp. 119–121. ISBN 0-7385-2903-6.
- Stone, Larry (October 31, 2012). "Vikings' Jared Allen channels his inner beast". The Seattle Times. Retrieved March 24, 2013.
- "Jason Jurman obituary". San Jose Mercury News. 2014-10-15. Retrieved 2014-11-01.
- Bryant, Dale (May 27, 1998). "Principal Lessons: Whether the road is bumpy or smooth - and it's been both - Ted Simonson stays the course". Los Gatos Weekly-Times.
- Bruntz, George. The History of Los Gatos 1971, p.111
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