South Hills High School (West Covina, California)

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South Hills High School
645 South Barranca Avenue


Coordinates34°03′44″N 117°52′57″W / 34.0623°N 117.8826°W / 34.0623; -117.8826Coordinates: 34°03′44″N 117°52′57″W / 34.0623°N 117.8826°W / 34.0623; -117.8826
TypePublic Secondary
School districtCovina-Valley Unified School District
PrincipalMatt Dalton, Ed.D.
Enrollment1,647[1] (2016–17)
Color(s)Green and Gold         
Athletics conferencePalomares League

South Hills High School (often known by its abbreviation, SHHS) is a public coeducational high school located in the hills in the eastern part of West Covina, California (although there is a common misconception that it is in Covina), east of Los Angeles in the San Gabriel Valley. South Hills High School is part of the Covina-Valley Unified School District. South Hills opened in the fall of 1964, with incoming freshmen, as well as sophomore and junior transfers from Covina and Northview high schools. Its first graduating class was in June, 1966.


The buildings were designed by architect Henry L. Gogerty (1894–1990) in 1963.[2]


During the 2007–2008 school year, there were 2,113 students. The current enrollment is at 1,650 students. 500 of 1,650 are transfer students on permit from other school districts.[3] By comparison, there were 1,306 students during the 1993–1994 school year.

Demographics by ethnicity; 2007–2008 [4]


South Hills competes in the CIF Southern Section in the Hacienda League. Prior to the 2014–15 school year South Hills had been a part of the Sierra League.

The arch-rivals of the South Hills athletic teams have changed throughout the years as the leagues they have played in have changed. While in the Valle Vista League, the rivals were Northview and Covina. While in the San Antonio League, the rivalry was with West Covina High School. While SHHS was a part of the Sierra League, the rivalry was with Charter Oak.

Notably, the South Hills varsity football team has won the Division VII CIF Southern Section championship 4 out of the 5 years before CIF State was reinstated.[citation needed] The football game between West Covina and South Hills is known as "The Kings of Cameron" game due to both schools being located on Cameron Avenue.

In 1981, South Hills wrestling won both the CIF state title and the CIF-SS title.[citation needed] The varsity wrestling team also won CIF championships in 2003, 2008, and 2009.[citation needed]

The Husky baseball team won the CIF-SS Div. III title in 2009.[citation needed]

The Husky softball team won CIF-SS championships in 1982 and 1997 and advanced to the finals in 1983, 2010, and 2011.[5] For the 2011 season, the Huskies moved from Div. V to Division 3. In the upcoming 2013 season, the Huskies will be competing in Division 2. The head coach was Scott Fisch (1988–2013).[5]

The Husky cross country teams won four CIF division III championships in 1999 under head coach Bill Reeves. Individual championships from Jesse Hodges and Rocio Ferree and both team championships.

After winning the Palomares league in 2017 and the Hacienda league in 2018, the 2018 varsity football team became the first team in school history to record a perfect season. Under head coach Matt Bechtel, the team finished with a 14-0 record as Hacienda League Champions and CIF division VI champions with a 23-14 win over Oxnard High School. Over the 14 games, the Huskies outscored their opponents 460-144.


The South Hills High School Band and Colorguard are highly competitive in Southern California. They consistently rank in the top three marching bands in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association. The Drumline and Colorguard are internationally recognized competing aggressively in the Winterguard International competitions each year. The marching band has won many times with such shows as Zodiac, Endeavour, and Deja Vu.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "South Hills High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "PCAD – the Pacific Coast Architecture Database – Home".
  3. ^ "South Hills High School".
  4. ^ Yu, Sai. "School Enrollment by Ethnicity – Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2007–08".
  5. ^ a b "Google Sites".
  6. ^ "Brewers minor-leaguer makes history by coming out as gay".
  7. ^ Trojan Football (April 7, 2010). "USC Record-setting Kicker Chris Limahelu Dies". USC Trojans. Retrieved 21 June 2010.

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