Saugus High School (California)

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Saugus High School
21900 Centurion Way
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United States
Coordinates34°26′31″N 118°31′04″W / 34.44194°N 118.51778°W / 34.44194; -118.51778Coordinates: 34°26′31″N 118°31′04″W / 34.44194°N 118.51778°W / 34.44194; -118.51778
EstablishedSeptember 6, 1975
PrincipalVincent Ferry
Faculty93.93 (FTE)[1]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment2,441 (2017-18) [1]
Student to teacher ratio25.97[1]
Color(s)     Blue
YearbookSword & Shield

Saugus High School is an American public secondary school located in the neighborhood of Saugus in Santa Clarita, California, and part of the William S. Hart Union High School District.


The Saugus Campus
The New Quad
Quad at night
Saugus' Quad
This is the hill behind Saugus High School, commonly deemed as the "S" hill for the letter that stands upon it, abbreviating the school it represents.
The College of the Canyons football stadium is a venue for many of Saugus High School's events, including football games and graduations

Saugus' campus is built on a hill, with a leveled upper and lower campus and a sloped quad in between the two campuses. The A, B, C, D, E, F, and G buildings are located on the lower campus. Generally speaking, elective classes are located on the lower campus. The theater arts, choir, and band classes are housed in building E. The ASB is housed in the A building, art and ceramics classes in the B building, computer and business classes in the C building. Video, wood, auto shop, and other elective classes are in the D building. Some core classes are scattered throughout the lower campus nonetheless.

The upper campus is larger than lower campus and houses teachers that teach core subjects. If a teacher also teaches an elective alongside their core class, that elective class will be located here. It houses the H, J, K, L, M, P, Q, R, S Lecture Hall, and X buildings. In buildings H, K, and Q are English classes (although some English classes are scattered in the L, P, and A buildings due to a lack of space). In building J is the math department, in L are social studies classes, in M is the world language department, in P and R are history classes, and in the S building is the S lecture hall.

The two-story Y building is located on both upper and lower campus, with the offices portion on the first floor, lower campus portion and the library located on the second story in the upper campus.

One can enter Saugus through a number of different ways. The main entrance is at Centurion Colonnade located between the Y and A buildings in lower campus. Other lower campus entrances include the student parking lot D gate, auto compound gate, basketball courts gate, and the gate located towards the end of the football field. There are two entrances on the upper campus. The "driveway" is located behind the K and J buildings, leading up to Centurion Way.

Saugus' renovations were completed in September 2007. There were many renovations to the school including: The new X building, the football field, the gym, the amphitheater, the refurbishing of the A, B, C, E, F, H, J, L, K, Q, M, P, R, and S buildings, a new cafeteria, a new Student Store, ASB Office, Library and Administration building. During the modernization, the D classroom building in the lower campus and the W weight room building next to the field were not altered, except for the new exterior paint the D building got to match the school's new and modern look. During the summer of 2011, the D building will go through extensive renovation in order to modernize the current electives up to today's standards. Room D5 which houses video production, and TV production (SNN) will expand and receive a new television studio. Wood shop and the auto compound will also receive new equipment and expand their size. new facilities and accommodations continue to arise on campus including construction of a performing arts center. This facility is set to open June 2018 and once complete the 19,00 square foot building will include a large performance state, 468 audience seats, catwalks, and a fly room for lights and set rigging, spaces for drama rooms and a large lobby and ticketing area.


Saugus high runs on a traditional schedule. There are seven class periods per day, the first period beginning at 6:55 am. Each class period is 57 minutes long except for Wednesdays when first period starts at 8:55 and each class is 41 minutes for teacher collaboration. There is a 14-minute "nutrition" period as well as a 38-minute lunch period between the 5th and 6th periods. Saugus offers basic courses as well as many Honors and AP courses. Each morning (except for Wednesdays), Saugus News Network (SNN) is shown. AFJROTC is offered as well to students in grades 9-12.


The school colors are blue and silver and the teams are called the Centurions. Saugus competes in the following sports: football, cross country, basketball, softball, track and field, golf, volleyball, tennis, soccer, baseball, swim and dive, and lacrosse.[2]

Saugus High School's football team, long overshadowed by surrounding high schools Hart, Canyon, and Valencia, had a turnaround season in 2006, in which they made it into the second game of play-offs. The football team's talent continued as the Centurions advanced to the semi-finals of the CIF Southern Section championship in the 2007 season. The team was ousted by St. Bonaventure High School on December 1, 2007 at a score of 55-36.

Saugus High School Football won the Foothill League Championship in the 2008 season, the first time the school has ever won it.

Saugus' girls cross country team competes on a national level. The team took first in the Division 1 California State Championships in 2006 and 2007 while winning the Division II title in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 finishing second overall in the Nike Nationals competition in 2007 and 2008.[3] They hold the course record on the renowned Mt. Sac cross country course and 6 of the top 10 all-time team times on the course.[4]

The Saugus Dance Team has won regional and national awards. They compete in national, state, and regional competitions, earning national titles from the years 2003 to 2008 and 2010 to 2016. In the 2015-2016 competition season, the Saugus Dance Team won national titles in the Small, Medium, and Intermediate categories at the USA Dance Nationals and were also awarded the highest score in the dance category. The team also earned the title of National Grand Champions and National Intermediate Champions at the West Coast Elite Nationals. The Saugus Dance Team has been named state champions and most recently been named 2017 National Champions in the Large Lyrical category at WCE.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in the following subjects: English Language and Composition, English Literature, Government, US History, European History, World History, Human Geography, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Art History, Studio Art, Spanish Language, French, and Chinese.[citation needed]

2019 shooting[edit]

On November 14, 2019, a shooting occurred at the high school. Six people were injured; three critically and three fatally. A 15-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy were killed.[5] The male perpetrator, Nathaniel Berhow, turned 16 on the day of the shooting. He shot himself in the head after firing on the students and died from his injuries the following day.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

Saugus High School was used as the filming location for "Hubert Humphrey High" in the 1990 film Pump Up The Volume.[7] It was also shown in a couple episodes of the show Recovery Road and the Lifetime movie The Wrong Crush.

Notable alumni[edit]


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  3. ^ GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY: Saugus pins down sixth straight crown - LA Daily News
  4. ^ Top Ten All-Time Teams-Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational
  5. ^ Hayes, Mike; Rocha, Veronica; Wagner, Meg; Alfonso III, Fernando (November 14, 2019). "Deadly school shooting in Santa Clarita". CNN. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  6. ^ "Saugus shooting live updates: At least 6 injured at high school, one critically". The Los Angeles Times. November 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "IMDb: Pump Up The Volume (1990)".
  8. ^ Baseball Draft: Draft Picks who came from Saugus HS (Saugus, CA) -
  9. ^ Irwin, Kim (February 6, 1995). "Saugus Teen Dreams of Seeing Name in Lights". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012.
  10. ^ Wu, Nicholas (2019-11-14). "Former Rep. Katie Hill says she's 'really, really concerned' for Saugus High School shooting survivors". USA Today. Retrieved 2019-11-14.

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