Palos Verdes High School
|Palos Verdes High School|
|600 Cloyden Road
Palos Verdes Estates, California, 90274
|Color(s)||Red, Black, and White|
Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) is one of three public high schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Los Angeles County, Southern California, USA (the others being Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (formerly Rolling Hills High School) and Rancho Del Mar High School). Located by the ocean in Palos Verdes Estates, the school is part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.
Originally opened in 1961, the school earned many awards for academic and athletic excellence before declining enrollments due to demographic changes led the District to close PVHS in 1991, combining three existing high schools into Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS). The campus remained in use as Palos Verdes Intermediate School, with the former intermediate schools having been closed as part of the reorganization. In 2002, climbing enrollments and overcrowding at Peninsula High School led the district to reopen Palos Verdes High School. By the first year, enrollment reached 470 students.
PVHS is home to the Palos Verdes Institute of Technology (PVIT) engineering club.
Palos Verdes High School is also notable for being the only high school to have ever participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge.
The school has a broadcast journalism program Live from 205 (referring to the program's room number).
The athletic teams (known as the Sea Kings) are represented by the colors red, black, and white. The nickname comes from the Greek god Poseidon, the school's official mascot. Palos Verdes competes in the Southern Section, Northern Division of the California Interscholastic Federation.
- Mark Acres, (pro basketball; Boston Celtics 1987-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1992, Houston Rockets 1992, Washington Bullets 1993), Class of '81
- Former Senator George Felix Allen (R-VA), Class of '70
- Christopher Boyce (convicted of espionage, subject of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman, from Robert Lindsey's book of the same name), Class of '70
- Heather Burge WNBA player
- Heidi Burge - WNBA player
- Blair Bush (former center in the NFL), Class of '74
- Craig Hogan, Director of Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics, Class of 1972
- Kyle Kazan, Real Estate Entrepreneur, Class of 1985
- Jan van Breda Kolff, former college and professional basketball player, SEC Player of the Year (1974), Class of 1970
- Bill Laimbeer (Detroit Pistons star and current WNBA coach), Class of '75 and leader of the 1975 CIF championship basketball team.
- Andrew Daulton Lee (convicted of espionage, subject of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman, from Robert Lindsey's book of the same name), Class of '70
- Daniel Levitin (neuroscientist, musician and author), Class of '75
- Billy Martin, Tennis Pro & long time UCLA Tennis Head Coach, Class of 1974
- Dana Rohrabacher (U.S. House of Representatives), Class of '65
- Pete Sampras (tennis great) (attended 1985-88)
- John Welbourn, NFL offensive lineman, formerly with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs (attended 1990-1991)
- Matt Wuerker, Political cartoonist, Pulitzer Prize finalist 2009, Class of 1975