Reseda High School

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Reseda High School
18230 Kittridge Street, Reseda, Los Angeles, California 91335
Type Public
Established 1955
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Principal Melanie Welsh
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 1738

Navy, Columbia blue, White

Athletics conference Valley Mission League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
Mascot Regents

Reseda High School, established in 1955, is located in the Reseda section of the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California, United States.

The school is home to the Reseda High School Police Academy Magnet, the Reseda High School Science Magnet and the Reseda High School Law & Public Service Magnet. Reseda High School's program consists of four small learning communities (SLC), the 9th Grade Academy, 10th Grade Academy, Academy of Technology & Health Careers, and the Liberal Arts & Education Academy.


Reseda High was the first complete high school to be built after World War II.[citation needed] Reseda opened with complete academic and science buildings, gymnasium, track & field, Industrial shops, including an automotive repair facility. Reseda was the first High School to have a three-color system of navy, Columbia blue, and white.[citation needed] It is one of few high schools in the San Fernando Valley to have a complete auditorium.

Academic programs[edit]

Reseda High School programs include a Humanities Academy, Multilingual Teachers Academy, Academic Decathlon program, Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, Chapter of Health Occupations Students of America, Science Bowl.

Reseda High School is one of the few schools in the San Fernando Valley to have a robotics team.[1]


Reseda High School fields teams for boys & girls in football, basketball, soccer, baseball, softball, volleyball, tennis, golf, track & field, cross country, water polo, swimming & wrestling. The teams have won CIF Championships in sports including football, basketball, track & field, soccer, volleyball, cross country and tennis. The school has had several successful individual athletes.

Reseda has marching band, cheerleading and dance & drill teams.


The Reseda High School football team won league championships in 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1993, 2010 and 2011 seasons for three different leagues. The Regents were 2-A CIF champions in 1986 and 3-A champions in 1995.

Reseda's football field is dedicated to former head coach Joel Shaeffer, who died in early January 2013. Schaeffer coached the Regents from 1976 to 2000, in which the team won 6 league titles and 2 CIF championships.[2] The team's current Head Coach, Alonso Arreola took over the team in the 2005 season and won consecutive league Championship titles in the 2010 and 2011 seasons led by linebacker Heber Silva.

Reseda High School Police Academy Magnet[edit]

Reseda High School’s Police Academy Magnet (PAM) was founded in 1998 by then football coach Joel Schaeffer.

Reseda High School Science Magnet[edit]

The Reseda Science Magnet School attempts to provide students with a strong background in science, math and social responsibility. The program prepares students to be successful at the college level in the fields of medicine, physics, chemistry, engineering, geology and environmental science. Students are expected to have a strong background in mathematics.

Students are offered three choices: a medical option, an engineering option, and a geology/ environmental science option though a majority of the students choose the medical option.(As of 2014 these programs do not exist anymore.)

The Reseda Science Magnet scores the highest on CSTs, SATs, and ACTs in the entire school.

School shooting[edit]

On February 22, 1993, 15-year-old Robert Heard shot and killed 17-year-old Michael Shean Ensley in a corridor of Reseda High School. Although police declined to characterize the shooting as gang-related, they did say both boys were involved in tagging.[3]

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Coordinates: 34°11′24″N 118°31′51″W / 34.189964°N 118.530886°W / 34.189964; -118.530886