Pasadena High School (California)

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Pasadena High School
2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Pasadena, California, Los Angeles, 91107
United States
Coordinates 34°09′43″N 118°05′30″W / 34.162005°N 118.091794°W / 34.162005; -118.091794Coordinates: 34°09′43″N 118°05′30″W / 34.162005°N 118.091794°W / 34.162005; -118.091794
Type Public
Opened 1884[1]
Principal Gilbert Barraza[2]
Faculty 115[3]
Number of students 2213[4]
Color(s) Red and white   [5]
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section
Mascot The Bulldogs
Rival John Muir High School[6]
Accreditation WASC[7]
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Pasadena High School (PHS) is a public high school in Pasadena, California.


The school was first established as a district school in 1884 and became Pasadena High School in 1891.[1] In 1928, the school merged into Pasadena Junior College and operated as a four-year school, grades 11, 12, 13 and 14. Pasadena realigned its 6-4-4 school system in 1954 with Pasadena High School regaining its separate identity. PHS, however, shared the Pasadena City College Colorado Boulevard campus through the graduating class of 1960 when PHS moved to its present campus on Sierra Madre Boulevard at Washington Boulevard.

Student profile[edit]

In 2013, Pasadena High School's student population consisted of 2,028 students, with 56% of students being Latino, 20% white, 16% African-American, and 5% Asian, Pacific Islander and Filipino. [4]


Pasadena High School offers several special unique programs. The Graphic Communications Academy was established in partnership with the Printing Industry of Southern California and Pasadena City College. The Visual Arts and Design Academy is linked with the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Art Armory. The Center for Independent Study program is a remedial program to help students who are behind in credits.


Turkey Tussle[edit]

Pasadena High School competes against John Muir High School at the Rose Bowl in a football game known as the Turkey Tussle. The tradition began in 1947. However, PHS has not won in nineteen years.[8]

Notable alumni[edit]


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  6. ^ Mario Villegas, A 'Classic' for many reasons, ESPN Los Angeles, November 4, 2010
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  8. ^ "The Turkey Tussle". Pasadena High School Official Website. Retrieved 2007-12-09. 
  9. ^ Wright, Rick (10 November 2005). "ABQjournal: From Childhood, Through UNM and the NBA, Michael Cooper Has Persevered". Albuquerque Journal. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  10. ^ Holt, Steve (9 December 2010). "Bob Eubanks fullfills [sic] lifelong dream". The Acorn. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  11. ^ McCarthy, Todd. Howard hawks: The Grey Fox of Hollywood. Grove Press. 1997. p. 36.
  12. ^ "City of Pasadena: Councilmember Chris Holden (1989–2012)". Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Player Bio: Michael Holton,
  14. ^ Tranquada, Jim. "Occidental College :: Legendary Track Coach Payton Jordan to be Honored at SCIAC Track Championships April 23". Occidental College. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "Decebal Stefan Emilian Matasareanu". Retrieved 12 April 2014. 
  16. ^ "Oral History Transcript — Dr. Edwin McMillan". American Institute of Physics. June 1, 1972. 
  17. ^ Hogan, Marvin (July 29, 2008). "Gainesville native called fastest man in the world". Gainesville Daily Register. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  18. ^ Farago, Ladislas. Patton: Ordeal And Triumph. Westholme Publishing. p. 57. ISBN 1-59416-011-2. 
  19. ^ Jensen, George (March 23, 1964). "Marsh Named Valley's Top Prep Cager". Pasadena Independent. p. 15. Retrieved July 31, 2015 – via open access publication - free to read
  20. ^ a b Beyette, Beverly (1988-01-04). "'Franco's Kids' Pay Tribute". Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles, California). After 26 years as drama teacher at Pasadena High, Franco was retiring to devote full time to acting and writing. For three months, his one-time pupils had planned this tribute, a party Saturday night at the Bel-Air home of scriptwriter Cynthia Whitcomb (class of '69). 
  21. ^ a b "Drummerworld: Alex van halen". Retrieved December 1, 2008. 

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