Newport Harbor High School

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Newport Harbor High School
Newport Harbor High School logo.gif
600 Irvine Avenue
Newport Beach, California 92663
United States
School type Public
Motto Sailor Pride, Home of the Sailors
Established 1930
Principal Sean Boulton
Faculty 107
Enrollment 2,370 (2015-16[2])
Color(s) Blue and Gray
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
Sunset League
Mascot Tommy Tar
Team name Sailors
Rival Corona Del Mar
Accreditation IBO[1]

Newport Harbor High School is a public high school in Newport Beach, in Orange County, California, in the United States. It is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.


About two months after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, it was on December 29, 1929 that the Irvine Company offered 20 acres (81,000 m2) of land to the school district located at 15th and Irvine for $15,000.[3]

Night photograph of the new NHHS Robins-Loats Building

Ground breaking for the first high school in Newport Beach began June 14, 1930, at an original construction cost of $410,000.[3] By 1948, the school had its first gym, metal shop, and snack bar.[3] Eight army barracks were installed to be used as classrooms.[3] When the big football stadium was finally built, it was named Davidson Field in honor of Sidney Davidson, the school's first principal. He had the altruistic distinction of working for the first seven months without pay.[3]

Original Bell from the Clock Tower - March 20, 2010

In 2005, a $282 million school bond issue Measure F was approved by local ballot.[4] Passage of Measure F allows for certain improvements to local schools and libraries in the district.[5]

Panorama of Newport Harbor High School from 15th Street, Newport Beach - Dec. 11, 2016

Newport Harbor High School received funding from Measure F that included demolition of the 70,000-square-foot (6,500 m2) Robins-Loats building,[4] its replacement by an all new 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2)[6] steel-framed building, and rebuilding the landmark 100-foot (30 m) bell tower. The "Robins-Loats Reconstruction" costs are estimated at $45 million.[6] The original Robins Hall Tower stood for 77 years.[7] The tower was demolished in August 2007 because of earthquake code requirements.[8]

Heritage Hall - March 20, 2010


Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) has been designated a California Distinguished School, International Baccalaureate World School, and National Blue Ribbon School.[9] Based on the Accountability Progress Report, Newport Harbor is ranked 8 out of 10 in the state.[10]

Newport Harbor offers a variety of AP courses for the students. These courses include: Art History, Studio Art: 2-D Design, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, comparative Government and Politics, Computer Science, English Language and Composition, English Literature and Composition, Environmental Science, European History, U.S. Government and Politics, Physics, Psychology, Spanish Language and Culture, World History, and US History.[11]

NHHS began offering the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program in 2010. The IB Diploma Program is an intellectually-rich, well-rounded two-year course of study for juniors and seniors that is built around three core experiences: Theory of knowledge (a college-level seminar), creative, action, and service (a student-designed community service project), and an extended essay, a research project. IB Diploma Candidates also pursue college-level work in six subjects: English, a second language, history, math, science, and an elective. IB courses are open to all juniors and seniors, not just those in the full Diploma Program. Like AP, IB classes are recognized by colleges and universities as excellent preparation for higher education. Successful completion of AP and IB courses is usually rewarded with course credit or used for placement.[12]

Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathway: this program offered at Newport Harbor involves a multiyear sequence of courses that integrates core academic knowledge with technical and occupational knowledge to provide students with a pathway to post-secondary education and careers. There are three different pathways offered through CTE; the Digital Media Arts Pathway, the Business Pathway, and the Culinary Pathway.[13]


Panorama of Newport Harbor High School's new Robin-Loats Building
Panorama of the new NHHS Robin-Loats Building

Newport Harbor High School has water polo, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, baseball, football, basketball, cross country, field hockey, sailing, soccer, softball, surf, track and field and wrestling teams. Its teams compete in the Sunset League of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. NHHS teams are known as the Sailors, though fans also refer to them as the "Tars". The school colors are primarily blue and gray, and the mascot is Tommy Tar, a representation of Popeye the Sailor Man. Each year the Sailors football team plays in "The Battle of The Bay" against their cross-town rival, Corona Del Mar High School (CdM for short), Newport has won 37 of the 55 times they have met the Sea Kings; the winning team automatically owns the Newport Bay until they meet again.

Tommy the Tar statue - March 20, 2010


Newport Harbor offers some co-curricular activities that students can earn course credit for. These classes being: band/jazz band, cheer squad, choir, dance, drama, newspaper, surf team and yearbook.

Newport Harbor also offers extra-curricular clubs chartered through the Associated Student Body. The clubs being: National Junior Classical League (NJCL), ACS, Ambassadors Club, ASB Spirit Club, BRIDGES Club, Chess Club, Comic Book Club, Drama Club, Gay Straight Alliance, Junior Statesmen of America (JSA), Make a Wish, National Honors Society, Newport Harbor Field Studies, Photography Club, Pink Ribbon Club, Rowing Club, STEM Club, Youth and Government, and more.[13]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "IBO: Newport Harbor High School". International Baccalaureate. 
  2. ^ "NHHS Profile 2015-2016" (PDF). Newport Harbor High School. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Newport Harbor High School: History". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "School district has to $282 million to use". The Orange County Register. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  5. ^ Newport Harbor Alumni Connections (2005)
  6. ^ a b "Let the new bell toll". tribunedigital-dailypilot. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  7. ^ "Video - The Orange County Register". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "Breaking News:". tribunedigital-dailypilot. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Newport Harbor High School: About NHHS". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Newport Harbor High". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Newport Harbor High School: School Data". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  12. ^ "Newport Harbor High School: IB Diploma Program at Newport Harbor High School". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  13. ^ a b "Newport Harbor High School: Activities". Retrieved 20 August 2015. 

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Coordinates: 33°37′22″N 117°54′48″W / 33.62278°N 117.91333°W / 33.62278; -117.91333