Orange High School (Orange, California)

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Orange High School
Orange HS logo.png
525 N. Shaffer St.
Orange, CA 92867
PrincipalDennis McCuistion[1]
Enrollment1,769 (2019-20)[2]
Information(714) 997-6211
WebsiteOrange High School

Orange High School is a traditional four-year public high school located in the city of Orange, California. Orange High is part of the Orange Unified School District and competes in the Golden West League.


Orange High School first opened on September 21, 1903 as Orange Union High School (using the Dobner Block on South Glassell as a temporary location). The first building for the new campus was completed in the summer of 1905 at Palm Ave. and Glassell St.[3] in the city of Orange and first occupied in September of that year. Orange Union High was the county's fourth school.

In its first year, there were eighty one (81) students enrolled. In 1904, Helen Billingsley becomes the first graduate of Orange Union High School.

In 1953, Orange High School moved to its current location at 525 N. Shaffer St. (corner of N. Shaffer St. and Walnut Ave.) and its original location would eventually become the campus for Chapman University.

Orange High is the oldest high school in the Orange Unified School District and currently serves downtown Orange, and small portions of southern Anaheim, eastern Garden Grove and northern Santa Ana.


Orange Union High's Fred Kelly (1911), wins gold in the 110m high hurdles at the 1912 Olympics.

In 1929, Orange Union High School wins the Southern California Minor League Football Championship.

Orange High School's gymnasium, also known as "The Dome", was dedicated to Howard (HOD) E. Chambers in 1955.

In May 2011, Orange High's Varsity Baseball field was selected by the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and Major League Baseball Groundskeepers organization to be renovated. One high school in the United States is selected each year for this renovation depending on its proximity to the annual meeting of the groundskeeper group.[4] The new field was unveiled on Tuesday, January 10, 2012.

Orange High's Varsity Football team won the CIF Southern Section Division 13 Championship in 2017 for the first time in 88 years[5] and would later fall short, 31-29, to Strathmore High School in the state championship game.

In 2017, Orange High's Girls' Tennis went undefeated (11-0) in league play, with an overall record of 23-2-1. That would be the last time Orange played on the original tennis courts. In 2018, the courts were upgraded, refinished, and dedicated by the Johnson family, long-time supporters of Orange High's tennis program.

In 2019, Orange High's athletic track and field (used by sports such as football, soccer, track, etc.) were refinished and upgraded by the school district. Because of the construction projects going on that year, Orange High sports teams that utilized the athletic field spent a season competing at off-site venues. Later that year, the varsity football team won the Orange Coast League Championship, defeating Santa Ana, 57-13, during its homecoming game at Chapman University. The team would go on to win the next two CIF rounds over San Marino and JW North, before falling to Simi Valley in the third round.

In 1971, the Varsity Football team won the Crestview League Title, coached by Vince Deveney. The team was lead on offense by QB Mike Churchward, FB Tom Nation, HB Paul Sanford and RB Randy Branch. On Defense they were lead by DT Brian Fraser, DT Leonard Wagner, DT Lupe Uribe and LB Rick Swanson.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Faculty & Staff - Orange High School".
  2. ^ "Orange High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 25, 2021.
  3. ^ "About - Orange High School".
  4. ^ Shyong, Frank (May 14, 2011). "Orange High field to get MLB renovation". Orange County Register. p. Local 4.
  5. ^ "Orange opts to go big, brings home first CIF football title since 1929". OC Register. December 2, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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  7. ^ "Steve Johnson Bio". The Official Site of USC Trojan Athletics. Archived from the original on November 26, 2014. Retrieved November 3, 2014.
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Coordinates: 33°47′46″N 117°50′50″W / 33.796201°N 117.847241°W / 33.796201; -117.847241