Poway High School

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Poway High School
15500 Espola Road
Poway, California
United States
Type Public high school
Motto Faithful Titans we will be through the years to you
Established September 1961
School district Poway Unified School District
Principal Ron Garrett
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 2,605[1] (2011)
Color(s) Emerald Green      and Gray     
Team name Titans
Fight Song Sons of Westwood
Newspaper The Iliad
Yearbook Odyssey

Poway High School is a four-year secondary school in southern California accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Established in 1961, its approximately 2,408 students are from the suburban communities of Poway and Rancho Bernardo, north of the city of San Diego. The school has curricula for university-bound, college-bound, and vocation-bound graduates. About 1% of the high school's graduates join the military, 3% get civilian employment; 1% enroll in special schools, 37% enroll in two-year colleges, and 54% go to four-year colleges and universities. Some of its alumni are famous athletes.

Campus activities[edit]

The high school has a campus with several buildings.[2][3] Elective course offerings include agriculture, floral design, architectural design, and computer animation. Other activities include automobile repair and design, choir, marching band, and photography.[4] Its athletic teams are called the Titans.[5][6][7] It has a Theatre Guild.[8][9]

General information[edit]

The four-year secondary school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. It has approximately 2,408 students and employs 90 teachers, 62 support staff, 4 administrators, 4 counselors, 1 psychologist and 1 librarian. The length of its class periods vary and add to 297 minutes per week. Every Monday is a "professional growth day" with 48-minute periods. 2 days a week periods are 57 minutes and 114 minutes another 2 days a week.[10]

Community overview[edit]

The school was established in September 1961 to be the first of five high schools for the Poway Unified School District.[11] The general population in the district reached about 186,195 in 2014, of which about 33,000 were students, including kindergarten through the twelfth grade. The students of Poway High School are from the suburban communities of Poway and Rancho Bernardo which are 15 miles northeast of the City of San Diego.[12]


Students take required classes in English, Social Science, Mathematics, Physical Science, Biological Science, Health, Physical Education, and Fine Arts. They must pass the CAHSEE in English Language Arts and Mathematics. They also take a required amount of elective classes..[13] There are three majors: University-bound, College-bound, and high school graduation. The last take electives based on their vocational interests. There are advanced placement, honors, and occupational courses. There are also English language and remedial courses.[14]


In the 2012-2013 Poway students scored higher than the national means on the SAT test, 784 students took AP exams and 4 were National Merit semi-finalists.[15] Student pursuits following graduation have been: 5% in the military, 3% full-time employment; 1% in special schools, 37% in two-year colleges and 54% four-year colleges and universities..[16]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "Poway High - Reports (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2012-03-23. 
  2. ^ Site Plan, Poway High School. Retrieved, 12:53 AM 8-18-14
  3. ^ Poway High School, Google Maps. Retrieved, 12:58 AM 8-18-14
  4. ^ About Poway High School, Retrieved, 12:39AM, 8-18-14
  5. ^ Glae Thien. October 12, 2007 Poway rallies to stay unbeaten, Retrieved, 1:35 AM 8-18-14 San Diego, CA: The Union-Tribune
  6. ^ Kevin Gemmell. January 22, 2006. Former Titans wrestler a natural fit coaching Slammers feeder program Retrieved, 1:35 AM 8-18-14 San Diego, CA: The Union-Tribune
  7. ^ Boyce Garrison. December 30, 2007. Actions speak louder than words for Poway Retrieved, 1:35 AM 8-18-14 San Diego, CA: The Union-Tribune
  8. ^ North County Times. Feb. 5, 2004 PHS Theatre Guild to perform 'Bus Stop' Retrieved, 1:50 AM 8-18-14 San Diego, CA: The Union-Tribune
  9. ^ U-T. October 15, 2004. North Inland FYI . . . Poway High School Theatre Guild . . . Retrieved, 2:02 AM 8-18-14 San Diego, CA: The Union-Tribune
  10. ^ Poway High School. 2014. General Information, School, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  11. ^ Poway High School. 2014. An Overview, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  12. ^ Poway High School. 2014. Community, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  13. ^ Poway High School. 2014. Graduation Requirements, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  14. ^ Poway High School. 2014. Curriculum, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  15. ^ Poway High School. 2014. Academic Recognition, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  16. ^ Poway High School. 2014. Post Secondary Pursuits, Poway High School Profile, 2013-2014.
  17. ^ "Albrey Battle". all-xfl.com. Retrieved November 26, 2014. 
  18. ^ [1] Accessed June 19, 2008.
  19. ^ Tony Gwynn Jr. Bio Accessed June 19, 2008
  20. ^ Charley Hoffman Biography. Accessed October 3, 2009.
  21. ^ 'Mad' man. San Diego Union Tribune, September 19, 2004. Accessed April 26, 2009.
  22. ^ Michael Bower. "Prep baseball: Poway High's Newman commits to University of Arizona". Pomerado News. Retrieved May 6, 2015. 
  23. ^ [2] Accessed June 19, 2008
  24. ^ Pomerado News. 2007. WSOP: Poway High grad Rast has chance at largest prize ($18.3M) in poker history
  25. ^ U-T San Diego. MMA: Poway's Jesse Taylor seeks belt
  26. ^ U-T San Diego. 2005. NFL: Top-play nominees
  27. ^ Kevin Gemmell. March 26, 2006. Century club Union-Tribune

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Coordinates: 32°59′53″N 117°01′30″W / 32.99806°N 117.02500°W / 32.99806; -117.02500