Ocean View High School

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Ocean View High School
17071 Gothard Street
Huntington Beach, CA
United States
Coordinates 33°42′51″N 118°00′03″W / 33.714299°N 118.000957°W / 33.714299; -118.000957Coordinates: 33°42′51″N 118°00′03″W / 33.714299°N 118.000957°W / 33.714299; -118.000957
Type Public high school
Motto Knowledge is Power
Established 1976
School district Huntington Beach Union High School District
Principal Courtney Robinson
Number of students Approximately 1,500
Color(s) Cardinal, Gold, White              

Ocean View High School (OVHS) is a public comprehensive college-prep academy located in Huntington Beach, California. OVHS was established in 1976 whose mascot is the Seahawks. Currently, there are approximately 1,470 enrolled students. It is part of the HBUHSD school district, with five other high schools. The school is unique in that, it features the only IB Program in the district. The implementation of “embedded tutorial” at the end of each period two years ago resulted in the biggest drop in the total number of D and F grades for students in the District. It features a Business Academy that has 170 participants, the sole Mandarin Chinese Foreign Language program in the district, and a college preparation curriculum. In addition, the school boasts the highest senior satisfaction survey results of the district.[citation needed] OVHS is also a two-time California Distinguished School.

International Baccalaureate Magnet School[edit]

OVHS is in the International Baccalaureate or IB program. An IB program consists of three main programs: the IB Primary Years Program (PYP), which is for students ages 3 to 12, the IB Middle Years Program (MYP), ages 11 to 16, and the IB Diploma Program (DP), ages 16 to 19.

Advanced Placement[edit]

Ocean View offers many AP classes in addition to its IB classes. Ocean View High School offers a variety of Advanced Placement courses for students.

School ranking[edit]

In 2008, OVHS was ranked number 775 on the list of Top 1,000 High Schools in the United States, [1] published by Newsweek Magazine. The public schools are ranked by the number of Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate test taken by all students in 2007 divided by the number of graduating seniors.

In 2013-2014 it has been ranked #442 in the State and #2018 in the US.


The demographics of the student body are as follows:
American Indian/Alaskan Native 6.3%
Asian 15.0%
Pacific Islander 1.0%
Filipino 2.0%
Hispanic/Latino 64.6%
African American 2.6%
White 8.3%
Other/Declined to state 0.3%[1]

In the 2013-2014 School Year, 43% of the Student Body is enrolled in the Free Lunch Program, and 7% in a Discounted Lunch Program. At 50%, this places OV in what the State of CA refers to as Economically Disadvantaged.


Ocean View's sports teams are members of the Golden West League in CIF Southern Section. The sports offered at OVHS are: baseball, cross-country, track & field, golf, swimming, basketball, wrestling, volleyball, football, soccer, tennis, water polo, and softball.

The 1976 Football team had an inaugural season of 8-1, losing to Bolsa Grande 13-7 to miss out on the League Title. In 1977.. they beat Bolsa Grande in a rematch 14-7, capturing the league title and to this day, boasts the only perfect season in Seahawks history. The Seahawks did capture a Sunset League Football Title in 1989, but the joy was short-lived. OV from Sept 1991 until Nov 1994 lost 26 consecutive Football games, an Orange County record. OV has qualified for CIF in 2001 and 2008.

OVHS's first Boys' CIF Title came in 1992 in Soccer finishing with a record of 24-4-3. The Head Coach was Paul Kollar.. or better known as Senor Kollar.. teaching Spanish Levels 1-4 at the time. Kollar coached at OV for 15 years; Winning 204 games... helping lead to 13 CIF Playoff berths; Semi-Final Apps in '84, '93.. and the Div IV-A Championship in '92.

Ocean View's Varsity Baseball team has been crowned the CIF Champions three times: 1998, 2005 and the 2010 season. Aaron Kavanagh (c/o 98) was a Starting Pitcher on the 1998 Championship Team (vs. La Quinta at Dodger Stadium), and after graduating college; returned (teaching History at OV) and led the 2005 Team as Head Coach to their 2nd CIF Crown (at Angels Stadium). He currently Coaches at the baseball powerhouse Quartz Hill High School, where he also Coached them to the 2006 CIF Championship (Angels Stadium). Not confirmed how many other coaches have led two different schools to CIF Titles in Back-to-Back seasons. 2005 Championship Game pitcher Alex Burnett currently pitches for the Chicago Cubs.

In 1992, the Girls' Cross Country Team, led by Coach Beth Chilcott, won the Division II CIF State Title.[2]

In 1997, the Girls' Volleyball Team won California Div III State Championship; def. El Molina (of Forestwood, Northern California) at Cypress College. Senior Amy Knebel was recognized as the Div III State Playoffs MVP.[3]

OVHS is also known for a strong Softball program; producing US Olympian Lovie Jung. The 1985 Girls went an amazing 32-0 to capture the schools first CIF Title. In 2008, the girls def Bishop Amat in the Div IV CIF Title game, finishing that season at 29-2; the only HBUHSD to win any CIF Title in the 2007-2008 Academic year.


Jim Harris was the Boys' Basketball coach from the school's founding until his death in 2011. During the 33-year time span under Harris, his teams won 19 league championships and three CIF Southern Section titles, and a 665-265 Record.[4]

The 1998 Team is considered one of the best teams in OC High School History. Preseason Ranking #1 coming off a 1997 22-7 Season, the 1998 Team held the #1 Pre-season County Ranking all season and finished Div III-AA Champions (Defeating Barstow at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim) with a 26-5 record. Led by Tony Dow; CIF III-AA Player of the Year; and their center Kevin Hanson; who is the current Player Development Coach for the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans. Hanson has also been an Assistant Coach with the San Antonio Spurs. Notable League victories were defeating Tustin 54-19; and Santa Ana 68-23... both the lowest point totals in those respective schools' history. OV Lost in the Regional Semi-Finals of the State Tourney to Washington Union.. and their Superstar Chris Jefferies (1st Round; 27th Pick by LA Lakers in 2002). [5]

The 2008-2009 Boys' Basketball team were regional CIF Champions for Division IV, and Advanced to the State Finals; where they lost to Sacred Heart Catherdral 62-55. OV was led by Anthony Brown (Lakers) and shooting Guard Avery Johnson (UC Davis).


The Seahawk Squadron (Band and Color Guard) won 1st place in the SCJA State Band Championships for division 1 in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

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