Tustin High School

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Tustin High School
Tustin High School logo.png
1171 El Camino Real
Tustin, California, 92780-4660
United States
Coordinates 33°44′14″N 117°49′07″W / 33.73726°N 117.818509°W / 33.73726; -117.818509Coordinates: 33°44′14″N 117°49′07″W / 33.73726°N 117.818509°W / 33.73726; -117.818509
Type Public
Motto "A History of Excellence – A Future of Promise"
Established 1921
School district Tustin Unified School District
Principal Christine Matos
Grades 9th12th
Enrollment 2,249
Campus Suburban
Color(s) ‹See Tfm›     White ‹See Tfm›     Black
‹See Tfm›     Red
Team name Tillers
Information (714)730-7414

Tustin High School is a public high school located in Tustin, California. Tustin High is a part of Tustin Unified School District and was originally established in 1921 as Tustin Union High School.[1]

Tustin High School is officially a Title I school and has been a California Distinguished School.[2] Additionally, it has been recognized by Newsweek Magazine as one of the top 600 public high schools in United States seven years in a row.[3]


Tustin High School, c. 1925

Founded in 1921 as Tustin Union High School because it served five elementary districts (Tustin, Laguna Beach, El Toro, Trabuco Canyon and San Joaquin),[4] Tustin High School was a stately two story structure surrounded by miles of orange groves and other agri-businesses, thus the school nickname, the Tustin Tillers. In 1966, construction crews rebuilt Tustin High to a one story sprawling campus to ensure the integrity of structures during a major earthquake.

The football stadium was constructed at the 440 track in the mid-1940s. The stadium and field were later named Northrup Field after Orville Northrup, who taught woodshop and physical education, and served as Principal of Tustin Union High School from 1941 to 1962.[5]

In 1972, the Tustin Union High School District merged with Tustin Elementary School District to create the Tustin Unified School District.

Tustin High School is located on thirty-eight acres of land in the middle of the City of Tustin. Today's campus consists of twenty-two single-story buildings, a two story science building and seventeen portable classrooms. The campus also includes two baseball fields, two softball fields, a discus field and two gymnasiums. It also houses the District football field and twin stadiums with a permanent cafeteria, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two soccer fields, six tennis courts and a synthetic track and field.[6]

In June 2008, the Tustin school board approved a master plan that would guide the possible renovations of Tustin High School or the construction of a new campus.[7] The plan would include a new administration building, a 2-story science center, a new gym, and a 2-story performing arts theater and classroom building. The estimated cost of the renovation was put at around $150 million.

Tustin High Student Quad

Since 2008, the new student quad, known as the 'plaza' has been completed. Construction of the Science Center has also begun. In addition to the renovation plans approved by the Tustin school board, future projects also include modernization of the cafeteria, improvement of special education and mathematics classrooms, and construction of a new Library/Multimedia classroom building.[8]

In December 2012, construction at Northrup Stadium was begun. The updated stadium features a synthetic field with the words "Northrup" and "Stadium" in its end zones along with a 9-line synthetic track. Also, the new stadium will feature a new permanent visitor's bleachers seating up to 1,000, new restrooms and concessions stand, new scoreboard, and new stadium lighting (Musco). The playing field and lighting were completed in time for the June 2013 graduation ceremonies. Was completed in Fall 2013.[9]


The Tustin Tillers compete in the Empire League of the CIF Southern Section.

In 2008, Tustin High School had six players in the NFL, tied with Dillard High School in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the most in the United States.[10] The players were: Sam Baker (Atlanta),

2011 CIF Champions

Beau Bell (Cleveland), Chris Chester (Baltimore), DeShaun Foster (San Francisco), Matt McCoy (Tampa Bay), and Frostee Rucker (Cincinnati).[11] The totals were based on the 1,693-man 2008 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters (September 4, 7-8).

On December 10, 2011, Tustin defeated the El Toro Chargers in the CIF-SS Southwest Division championship game at Anaheim Stadium, their first CIF Championship since 1948.[12]

Tustin High Dance Team and All-Male Dance Team[edit]

Although the THS Dance Team is an applied art credit, it receives no funding from the Tustin Unified School District. They are completely funded by dancer families and numerous fundraisers & hosted events. Without the donations of the community and the hard work of the team's booster club, having this team would not be possible. The THS Dance Team has won two International titles (1999 & 2003) and 28 U.S. Championship and National titles through the National Dance Alliance, the United Spirit Association, & Sharp International[13][14] and the 2003 National Dance Alliance[15] wall of fame for Varsity Dance Kick.[16] The Tustin High Dance Team is mainly dancers that start out with little to no dance experience, however manage to appear as if previous studio dancers. The current coaches are Coach Nielsen and Coach Kaylee for the girl's dance team and the All-Male Dance Team is coached by Coach Aldanese who continue to coach because of their passion for dance and their beliefs in spreading that passion to young students. The 2012-2013 team has also received many trophies throughout its lucrative competition season, with the Girls' Dance Team winning two national titles by the end of the season. The 2013-2014 Tustin Dance Team once again regained their title of State Champions in Small Female Hip Hop at CADTD State Championships. Afterwards, they won two national titles at Miss Dance Drill Team USA (MDDTUSA) 2014 in Small Female Hip Hop and Kick. Kick also received 3rd place Grand Championship out of 200 routines! The Tustin All Male Dance Team also won their first national title in Medium Male Hip Hop[citation needed].

Notable alumni[edit]





  1. ^ http://www.tustinhistory.com/articles/tustin-high.htm
  2. ^ http://www.tustinhistory.com/articles/tustin-high.htm
  3. ^ "Tiller History / RICH HISTORY, BRIGHT FUTURE". Tustin Unified School District. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  4. ^ http://www.tustin.k12.ca.us/cms/lib02/CA01001904/Centricity/Domain/69/DISTRICT%20HISTORY.pdf
  5. ^ Tustin High School History
  6. ^ "Facilities Use". Tustin Unified School District. Retrieved February 1, 2015. 
  7. ^ http://articles.ocregister.com/2008-06-25/cities/24718987_1_board-member-renovations-science-center
  8. ^ http://tustin.tustin.k12.ca.us/html/about/history.htm
  9. ^ http://web.tustin.k12.ca.us/HTML/about/organization/pdf-Facilities/120130-facilities-update-northrup-stadium-at-tustin-high-school.pdf
  10. ^ High School - NFL players
  11. ^ http://www.usafootball.com/articles/displayArticle/6331/6237
  12. ^ Tustin Pounds Out Title Victory
  13. ^ OC Register dance results
  14. ^ THS Dance
  15. ^ http://nda.varsity.com/dnwalloffame.aspx
  16. ^ NDA Wall of Fame
  17. ^ [1]
  18. ^ Heath Bell
  19. ^ Milorad Čavić
  20. ^ Chris Chester
  21. ^ DeShaun Foster
  22. ^ Evelyn Furtsch
  23. ^ Louise Mead Tricard (1996). American women's track and field: a history, 1895 through 1980. Jefferson, NC, USA: McFarland. p. 200. 
  24. ^ Doug Gottlieb
  25. ^ Mark Grace
  26. ^ Shawn Green
  27. ^ Matt McCoy
  28. ^ http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=PARTRRIC01
  29. ^ Frostee Rucker
  30. ^ Dave Staton
  31. ^ http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=STEFFJIM01
  32. ^ Richard Umphrey
  33. ^ Eva Angelina
  34. ^ Cuba Gooding, Jr.
  35. ^ Robert David Hall
  36. ^ Rachel Kimsey bio
  37. ^ Scott Storey
  38. ^ Dan Choi
  39. ^ David C. Leestma

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