Redondo Union High School
|Redondo Union High School|
|One Sea Hawk Way
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
|School district||Redondo Beach Unified|
|Principal||Dr. Nicole Wesley|
|Number of students||2,718|
|Color(s)||Red and White|
Redondo Union High School (RUHS) is a public high school in Redondo Beach, California.
Redondo Union High School is a part of the Redondo Beach Unified School District. All residents of Redondo Beach are zoned to Redondo Union. In addition, residents of Hermosa Beach may choose to attend Redondo Union or Mira Costa High School of the Manhattan Beach Unified School District.
Since opening its doors in 1905, Redondo Union High School has developed into the second largest high school campus in the State of California, with an overall area of 56 acres (230,000 m2). In addition, Redondo Union High School is considered to be the one of the most beautiful public campuses in Southern California.
With a large teaching staff, RUHS is a comprehensive high school offering various curricula for college-bound students, as well as diversified career path and extracurricular programs.
- 1 History
- 2 Sea Hawk Programs and Highlights
- 3 Advanced courses
- 4 Awards
- 5 College and Career Center
- 6 Scholastic information
- 7 Clubs and organizations
- 8 Sports
- 9 Programs and people
- 10 Facilities
- 11 Media Appearances
- 12 Notable alumni
- 13 Notes
- 14 External links
Redondo Union High School was organized in the summer of 1905. The first classes were held in two upstairs rooms of the Masonic Building in Redondo Beach. In December of that same year, a site known as Old Chautauqua Place was selected as the location for the school.
Today, the spacious campus of more than 50 acres (200,000 m2) extends from Pacific Coast Highway to Prospect Avenue. RUHS is said[by whom?] to be the second largest high school (by area) in the state and the third largest in the country.
With 100 years of history, Redondo Union High School is rich with tradition. A few highlights follow.
1905: RUHS opens with one teacher and 10 pupils.
1906: School colors of red and white are chosen
1911: The tradition begins of passing the mantle to the junior with the highest academic ranking
1912: High school accredited
1915: The first Pilot is printed
1916: An open house is held for new buildings and the new auditorium
1920: The first issue of the High Tide is published
1923: The High Tide becomes one of the only high school newspapers in the nation to be published weekly
1929: The Alma Mater is written by Charlotte E. Cheney, ’26
1939: The Science Building is dedicated
1952: The campus is expanded with the addition of many new classroom buildings
1972The new auditorium is completed
1980: Redondo Union High School celebrates its 75th anniversary with an all-alumni event at the Seaside Lagoon
1983: Redondo Union High School absorbs students from Aviation High School which is closed due to budgetary constraints
1988: RUHS is named a California Distinguished School
1989: RUHS is named a National Exemplary School
1995: The Redondo Union High School Alumni Association is formed
1996: For the second time in a decade RUHS is named a California Distinguished School
1997: The RUHS Alumni Walk is constructed and dedicated
2000: Redondo Union High School celebrates its 95th anniversary with an all-alumni event at the Seaside Lagoon; Girls’ golf team wins CIF Championship
2001: Beach Cities robotics team wins National Championship
2002: RUHS boys’ and girls’ basketball teams both win CIF Division II-A Championships; girls’ team advances to the state finals in Sacramento
2004: RUHS Boy's Tennis win CIF Division IV Tennis Championships
2004: Redondo Union High School begins a year-long celebration of its 100 years of history from 1905 to 2005
2006: Girls volleyball team upsets rival Mira Costa High School in the CIF division 1-AA championahips.
2007: Redondo Union High School's One Hundredth Class Graduates
2009: Academic Decathlon goes to the California State Competition
2010: Beach Cities robotics team wins World Championship
2010: RUHS Girls' basketball team wins CIF
2011: Redondo Union Girls Cross Country rank 10th in the nation at Nike Cross Nationals
2012: Academic Decathlon goes to the California State Competition and sets new school record.
2013: RUHS Boy's Basketball defeats College Park to win the Division II CIF State Championship.
2014: Amber Gore wins Cross Country Division II CIF State Championship
2014: Girls Volleyball wins state open division title
2015: Girls Basketball wins a CIF-SS Division 2 title
2015: Boys Baseball wins first CIF title in Division III to mark 100 years of Sea Hawk Baseball
2015: Girls Volleyball repeats as CIF State Champions 
Sea Hawk Programs and Highlights
- ELD-designed to support students of limited English Proficiency
- Special Education- special instruction in a Special Day Class or Resource Specialist Program for students with identified special learning needs.
- Academy of Health and Fitness- a school within a school focusing on career paths in Health and Fitness.
Redondo offers Advanced Placement classes in
- English Language
- English Literature
- European History
- United States History
- Government and Politics: United States
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- Studio Art
- Chinese Language
- Spanish Language
- Spanish Literature
- Computer Science A
Redondo offers honors courses in Biology, Chemistry, and English.
The journalism program is one of the best in the United States, and has been by far the strongest in the area for two decades. The newspaper, High Tide, and the yearbook, The Pilot, have been winning Gold and Silver Crowns from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), and Pacemakers from the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA).
In Newsweek's The Complete List: 1,200 Top U.S. Schools article in 2006, Redondo was listed as number 687.  In 2007 Redondo was ranked 465th.  In 2009 Redondo was ranked 738th. . In 2010, Redondo was ranked as #799 /
RUHS is the only school in the South Bay to have a fully functioning Industrial Technology Department where students can enroll in Construction Technology, Computer Aided Drafting and Design, Media Arts, Web Design, and Introduction to Engineering Design (a Project Lead the Way  course).
Redondo's Academic Decathlon Team placed 7th out of 56 schools in the 2008 competition. The team received 18 medals and the gold plaque for most improved. That same year they went to State for the 1st time in RUHS history, also winning a significant amount of medals. In 1995, the school placed 5th, its highest placement to date.
College and Career Center
The College and Career Center aims to provide students with the most up to date and comprehensive collection of information regarding career, education, financial aid, and scholarship information.
Advanced Placement classes and Honors classes are weighted at RUHS. Class ranking reflects the student's total weighted grade point average.
In the second semester of the 2007-2008 school year, RUHS began the switch from the SASI computer grading system to Infinite Campus, an internet-based student tracking system. However, the system was not fully implemented until the 2008-2009 school year.
Clubs and organizations
There are currently 96 clubs on campus. What follows is a partial listing
- Academy of Health and Fitness (AHF)
- Amnesty International
- Animal Rescue Club
- Anime Club
- Associated Student Body (ASB)
- Astronomy Club
- Auto Club
- Best Buddies
- Beach Cities Robotics http://www.bcrobotics.org 
- Community Trash Association
- California Scholarship Federation
- Chess Club
- Current Events Club
- Democratic Issues and Action Club
- Dodgeball Club
- Drama Club
- Ecology Club
- Engineering and design club
- Fellowship of Christian Athletes
- Friendship Circle
- Photo and Phood Club
- French Club
- Freshmen Class Council
- Glee Club
- Guitar Club
- Halo Club
- Hung Club
- Honors Art Club
- Improv Club
- Indian Dance Club
- Interact Club
- Junior Class Council
- Key Club 
- Korean Culture Club
- Literary-Arts Club
- Math Club
- Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corp
- Monty Python
- Model United Nations (MUN)
- New Life Club
- Otaku No Anime Club (Anime Club)
- Origami Club
- Polynesian Club
- Radio Free Club
- RUHS RAN (Redondo Union High School Rainforest Action Network)
- Salsa Club
- Seahawk Exchange (http://www.seahawkexchange.com)
- Semper Comites
- Senior Class Council
- Sophomore Class Council
- Spanish Club
- Spirit Hawks
- SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions)
- Student Council
- Xbox Club
- Vegetarian Club
- Set Apart (aka On Campus Christians)
- WoW Club (aka World of Warcraft Club)
- Boys Beach Volleyball (2013)
- Cross-Country (Co-ed)
- Boys Water Polo
- Girls Tennis
- Girls Volleyball
- Girls Golf
- Marching Band/Dance Guard
- Boys Basketball
- Girls Basketball
- Wrestling (Co-ed)
- Girls Water Polo
- Boys Soccer
- Girls Soccer
- Surfing (Co-ed)
- Track (Co-ed)
- Boys Golf
- Boys Lacrosse
- Girls Lacrosse
- Swimming (Co-ed)
- Boys Tennis
- Boys Volleyball
Programs and people
Beach Cities Robotics
The robotics club at Mira Costa High School works with Redondo Union High School and Santa Monica High School as well as other southern California schools to create the Beach Cities Robotics club. The club participates in the organization FIRST  (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a nationwide organization that fosters the advancement of science and technology through several different programs for all grade levels holding robotic competitions year round internationally. During the main event, FIRST FRC competition, the team has six weeks to design, build, and test a robot according to a challenge that changes each year. Students participating in the robotics club will gain knowledge in engineering, physics, math, programming, public relations, teamwork, and many other skills.
Beach Cities Robotics has won numerous awards since starting in 1997, and won 1st place at the international finals in 2001 against over 1000 other teams. Other awards include Engineering Inspiration Award at the Arizona Regional Competition in 2003, the Regional Chairman's Award at the Southern California Regional Competition in 2004, and the Engineering Inspiration Award at the Southern California Regional Competition in 2005. In 2010, the team won the World Championships, in Saint Louis, Missouri. As well as, winning the Los Angeles Regional Competition in 2014, which is 2nd largest robotics competition in the state of California.
Every fall the Sea Hawk Band and Guard competes in field show competitions. In the Spring the RUHS Jazz Ensemble competes in festivals at Royal High School, Mayfair High School and Westlake High School. In 2005, RUHS took in a new band called the RUHS Wind Ensemble. They compete alongside the concert band in every festival. In the 2010 Marching Band season, the band took 1st place in the Southern California Judging Association Championships in Division 3A. The RUHS marching band qualified for the SCSBOA Championships this past 2010 season and received 10th place out of 12 other marching bands despite performing first. During the 2011 season, the RUHS Percussion line competed in its first ever DAC competition. In the Stand Still Division, the Percussion line placed 5th out of 7 other percussion lines and placed 5th again out of 14 other percussion lines overall. The theme for the 2012 year was called "Variations on a Korean Folk Song" arranged by Mike Lloyd. The original composition is from John Barnes Chance. In the 2013 season, the marching band performed "Carmen" composed by Georges Bizet. For the 2014 concert season, the band is playing selections from Aaron Copland's "Simple Gifts." For their 2014 field production, the band performed an original show designed by their new director titled "007 Legacy". In the 2014 season the band made it to semi-finals in which they placed 12th in SCJA. This 2015 season their show entitled "Above and Beyond" pays tribute to those in the armed services. The band took their show to semi-finals in which they placed 2nd and then in championships which they were crowned Division 4A Champions in the SCJA circuit. This season has been their most successful ever. The Band and Dance Guard were honored by the city of Redondo Beach on January 19th, 2016 with a special parade to city hall resulting in the city call that date, Redondo Union High School Marching Band and Guard DAY. The band's current director is Ray Vizcarra or as he is lovingly referred to by his students, "Mr. V"
Every year at Redondo the Theatre Art Department puts on several productions, including a spring musical. Past productions include: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, The Ninth Guest, Anything Goes, 12 Angry Jurors, The Iliad and The Odyssey and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less, Seussical, Grease (musical), Cabaret (musical), MacBeth, and Thoroughly Modern Millie (musical). Planned for fall 2015 is A Christmas Carol and Spring 2016 will be Beauty and the Beast (musical).
- 2 Indoor Gyms: Redondo Union High School has a large gym and a small gym.
- 14 lane Swimming Pool
- Football Field a.k.a. Sea Hawk Bowl.
- Lacrosse Field
- Wrestling Room
- Two Weight-Training and Conditioning Facilities
- Tennis Courts
- Volleyball Courts
- Baseball Fields
- Softball Fields
- Soccer Fields
- Golf Practice Course
- Video Production Facilities
- Fine Arts Facilities
- Dance Room
- Band Room
- Choir Room
- Drama Room
- Computer Lab
- College/Career Center
In Season 3, Episode 27 of The Beverly Hillbillies, Alan Reed Jr., as a beatnik, stepped out of a car in the Clampetts' driveway, stared at the front of the mansion and said, "Man! This place looks like Redondo High!"
The new Disney Channel XD skateboarding show Zeke and Luther is filmed at Redondo High.
- Dez Cadena - singer for Black Flag
- Keith Ellison - NFL-Buffalo Bills
- Kevin Ellison - University of Southern California Trojans
- Morgan Ensberg - MLB- New York Yankees
- Carla Esparza (née: O'Connell) - professional female mixed martial artist
- Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme - Member of the Manson family
- Nona Gaye - recording artist and daughter of Marvin Gaye
- Lynn Hoyem - NFL-Dallas Cowboys and Philadelphia Eagles
- Charles Lindbergh - Famous pilot
- Traci Lords - Actress (not actually an alumnus; dropped out at age 15)
- Ty Page - professional skateboarder
- Donald Peterman - Academy Award-nominated cinematographer
- The Smothers Brothers - comedians 
- Ted Stevens - Former United States Senator for Alaska
- Dijon Thompson - former NBA player with the Phoenix Suns and Atlanta Hawks, currently playing in Europe. 
- Byron McMackin - Drummer for Pennywise
- 1971 The new auditorium is completed as well as the "Pipe Oregon" restored
- Bravin, Jess (1997). Squeaky: The Life and Times Of Lynette Alice Fromme. St. Martin's Press. p. 29. ISBN 0-312-18762-9. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- GEERHART, BILL. "Lynette Alice "Squeaky" Fromme". MOST LIKELY TO KILL. Retrieved 27 December 2015.
- Charles Lindbergh
- Krikorian, Greg. The Daily Breeze, “Skateboard artists talk safety on whirlwind tour,” May 31, 1976.
- "Perry Moore, 'Narnia' series executive producer, dies at 39; Don Peterman, Oscar-nominated cinematographer, dies at 79; Nancy Carr, network TV publicist, dies at 50". Los Angeles Times. 2011-02-22. Retrieved 2011-02-23.
- Player Profile
- RUHS website
- Redondo Unified School District Website
- RUHS Student Newspaper
- RUHS Theatre Arts
- Cross Country and Track and Field
- Aerial image of campus from USGS via Microsoft Research Maps
- RUHS Alumni Website
- Beach Cities Robotics
- RUHS Class of 1983
- RUHS Class of 1980
- RUHS Class of 1962
- RUHS Band
- RUHS Graduation Requirements
- RUHS Registration Information
- RUHS Key Club
- RUHS Alumni