Pacifica High School (Garden Grove, California)
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|Pacifica High School|
6851 Lampson Avenue
|School district||Garden Grove Unified School District|
|Student to teacher ratio||24.33|
|Color(s)||Black, white, and blue|
|Athletics conference||Empire League|
Pacifica High School is a high school in Garden Grove, California and is a member of the Garden Grove Unified School District. Pacifica High School first opened its doors in 1965, and since then Pacifica has enrolled more than two thousand students each year. One of Pacifica's most valuable landmarks on campus is the Navy Anchor placed in the quad. Initially painted blue until repainted black in 2011, the anchor was donated by the U.S Navy..
Pacifica's sports teams are called the Mariners, and compete in Empire League of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. Prior to 2006, they competed in the Garden Grove League with the other schools in the district.
Sports offered are as follows:
- Football (boys)
- Cross Country (girls and boys)
- Tennis (girls & boys)
- Volleyball (girls & boys)
- Waterpolo (girls & boys)
- Basketball (girls & boys)
- Soccer (girls & boys)
- Wrestling (boys)
- Baseball (boys)
- Softball (girls)
- Swim (Coed)
- Track (Coed)
The Pacifica High School Orchestra in 2018–2019 received a superior at the SCSBOA Regional Festivals, held at Garden Grove California. In that same year, the high school orchestra also received a unanimous superior at DSUSD (Desert Sands Unified School District).
Marching band and drumline
In 2005–2009 and in 2003, The Pacifica Marching band's Drumline took the SCPA (Southern California Percussion Alliance) gold medal, and in 2006–2009, took the WGI (Winter Guard International) World Championship gold medal in the PSO (Percussion Scholastic Open) division, along with numerous first-place finishes throughout Southern California. Pacifica also finished with an SCPA Bronze medal in 2004 and a WGI silver medal in 2005. The Pacifica drumline is the second ensemble to ever capture four consecutive WGI World Championship gold medals.
- Danny Barber, former pro soccer player for MetroStars.
- Pam Bileck, team gymnastics silver medal 1984 U.S. Olympic gymnastic team.
- Jeff Carlson, former quarterback for NFL's New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- Jon Dorenbos, NFL long snapper for Philadelphia Eagles and professional magician.
- Michelle Dusserre, team gymnastics silver medal 1984 U.S. Olympic gymnastics team.
- Larry Fortensky, last husband of Elizabeth Taylor (dropped out in 10th grade)
- Amanda Freed, member of gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic softball team.
- Dexter Holland, singer and guitarist for band The Offspring.
- Norm Johnson, former NFL kicker for the Seattle Seahawks.
- Rick Kosick, photographer.
- Greg Kriesel, bassist for The Offspring.
- Terry Kubicka, figure skater, 1976 U.S. national champion and Olympian.
- Scott Norton, PBA Tour bowling champion.
- David J. Peterson, language creator (Game of Thrones, Defiance).
- Tommy Sandt, MLB player for Oakland Athletics, minor-league manager.
- Jeffree Star, model, fashion designer, makeup artist, DJ, and singer-songwriter.
- Kevin Wasserman, lead guitarist of The Offspring.
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