Tustin High School

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Tustin High School
Tustin High School logo.png
1171 El Camino Real


Coordinates33°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
Motto"A History of Excellence – A Future of Promise"
School districtTustin Unified School District
PrincipalDr. Jon Tuin
Staff88.03 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,285 (2019-20)[1]
Student to teacher ratio25.96[1]
Campus size29 acres
Color(s)  White   Black
Athletics conferenceEmpire League
RivalFoothill High School
PublicationPitchfork TV
NewspaperThe Pitchfork
WebsiteTustin High School

Tustin High School is a public high school located in the city of Tustin, in Orange County California, United States. The school's mascot is the Tiller.[2] Tustin High is a part of the Tustin Unified School District and was originally established in 1921 as Tustin Union High School.[3]

Tustin High School is a California Distinguished School.[3] [4] In 2015, it achieved the rank of California Gold Ribbon Schoolfor its academic success, positive school environment, and innovative learning center. It has been recognized by Newsweek seven years in a row as one of the top 600 public high schools in the United States.[5]


Tustin High School, c. 1925
Tustin Union High School pool - 1956

Founded in 1921, it was originally called Tustin Union High School, as it served five elementary districts (Tustin, Laguna Beach, El Toro, Trabuco Canyon and San Joaquin),[6] Tustin High School was a stately two-story structure surrounded by miles of orange groves and other agri-businesses. Thus, the school's nickname was the "Tustin Tillers". It is the oldest school in the district, with the second oldest (Foothill High School) built in 1963. The original layout of the school included a neoclassical building with a 1,000-seat auditorium, outdoor Greek theater, domestic science department, mechanical and manual training departments, athletic field and gymnasium (opened in 1924). In 1927, a new wing was added, and then a large gymnasium and swimming pool.

The football stadium and 440 track were constructed 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.[7]

In 1966, the original building was judged to be unsafe in case of an earthquake. It took wreckers 10 days to demolish the structure during July of that year. The old building was replaced with the current facility which, although lacking the charm of the original Tustin Union High School, continues to carry on its excellent traditions, excelling in both sports and academics.

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 29 acres of land in the middle of the city of Tustin. Today's campus consists of 22 single-story buildings, a two-story science building and 17 portable classrooms. The campus includes two baseball fields, two softball fields, a discus field and two gymnasiums. It also houses the District football field, an Olympic-sized swimming pool, two soccer fields, six tennis courts and a synthetic track and field.[8]

New campus construction and modernization[edit]

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.[9] The plan would include a new administration building, a 2-story science center, a sports pavilion, and a two-story performing arts theater and classroom building. The estimated cost of the renovation was approximately $150 million.

Tustin High School Science Center

The sports pavilion was finished in the summer of 2012, costing $22 million. It seats 2,500 students and faculty within 29,000 square feet of space. Amenities include ticket windows, concession stands, foyer, dance room, trophy cases, men's and women's team rooms equipped with smart boards, two professionally sized scoreboards and a drop-down display screen. The new facility houses four-sided bleachers, and can be formatted either as three basketball or volleyball practice courts (width-wise), or a college-sized basketball court or main volleyball court (length-wise).

In December 2012, reconstruction at Northrup Stadium and swimming complex began. The updated stadium includes a synthetic field, nine-lane synthetic track, concessions building, a 1,000-seat visitor bleacher and 1,000-seat home bleacher. The new $1.7 million swimming complex includes an Olympic-sized pool, new scoreboard, bleachers, and renovated locker rooms.

In February 2016, Tustin High broke ground on a new humanities building, housing English and language courses. The project is scheduled to be finished for the 2016–2017 school year.


Tustin High School's academic programs include many AP courses, honors courses, and STEM courses, alongside normal high school college-prep courses.


The Tustin High School Academy of Technology & Engineering, also known as T-Tech, is a four-year program that emphasizes the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) guided by PLTW (Project Lead the Way). The academy, started in 2010, is known for being one of the premier technical education programs in Orange County. The class of 2015 was its first "complete" class; seniors were awarded special recognition during graduation for their hard work and dedication toward finishing the four-year program.



The Tillers currently compete in the Empire League of the CIF Southern Section (CIF-SS), apart of the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). The athletics programs have accumulated 131 league titles and 11 CIF-SS Championships as of 2015. League teams include:


Tustin High School offers 16 different sports in 26 teams.


  • Cheer
  • Cross country (men's/women's)
  • Football
  • Golf (women's)
  • Tennis (women's)
  • Volleyball (women's)
  • Water polo (men's)
Tustin High Sports Pavilion - interior


  • Basketball (men's/women's)
  • Soccer (men's/women's)
  • Water polo (women's)
  • Wrestling (men's/women's)


  • Baseball
  • Golf (men's)
  • Lacrosse (men's/women's)
  • Softball
  • Swimming (men's/women's)
  • Tennis (men's)
  • Track and field (men's/women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)


Tustin High - Northrup Field
Tustin Union High School - 1924 football team
Tustin Basketball - CIF-SS Division 3AAA Champions

In 2008, Tustin High School and Dillard high school had six players in the NFL, which was the most in the United States at the time.[10] These players were Sam Baker (Atlanta), Beau Bell (American football) (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).

Since 1996, Tustin has won 10 league titles and has gone to 10 CIF semifinals and 4 finals appearances (1997, 2008, 2010, 2011).

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]

Since the school's rivalry started with Foothill High School in 1966, Tustin trails with a record of 23-29-1.

Tustin High, as part of the National Football League Super Bowl High School Honor Roll Program, was awarded a coveted Golden Football for its impact on Super Bowl history. The program recognizes each high school that has had one of their alumni participate or play in a Super Bowl. DeShaun Foster, a running back for THS from 1994 to 1998, participated in Super Bowl XXXVIII with the Carolina Panthers in 2004.

Men's basketball[edit]

The Tiller men's basketball team is the reigning Empire League champions (2015), with a perfect league record of 10–0. They have won the league title in three of the past four years (2012, 2013, and 2015). During the 2012–13 season, the team set a school record for wins in a season with 31 (31-3 record). That same season, the Tillers defeated Royal High School (California) in the Division 3AAA finals, with their final ranking being 27th in California and 167th in the nation. The following season (2014), after being raised to Division 2A, the team made it to the semi-finals, only to be defeated by Calabasas High School 56–49. For the 2014–2015 season, again being raised to Division 1A, the team pushed far into the postseason, reaching the semi-finals again, but being defeated by Village Christian Schools (the eventual champions) 58–44. The team has also qualified for the state playoffs twice, in the 2012–2013 season, when they made it to the second round (D. III), and the 2013–2014 season, losing in the first round (D. II).

School championships[7][edit]

League championships[7] O.C. / SoCal / CIF-SS championships[7] State championships[7]
Baseball 1971, 1983, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 2002 1938, 1990*, 1993
Basketball (men's) 1961, 1962, 1968, 1981, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2012,

2013, 2015

1937, 1941, 1981*, 1991, 1995*, 2013 1991
Basketball (women's) 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1997, 2015 1992*
Cross country (men's) 1960, 1961, 1966, 1986, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002 1964*, 1983, 1984, 1990*, 1996 1983, 1996*
Cross country (women's) 1981, 1984, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1996
Football 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1942, 1943, 1944, 1948, 1949, 1950,

1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002,

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012

1948, 1990*, 1991*, 1997*, 2008*, 2010*, 2011
Golf (men's) 2001
Golf (women's)
Gymnastics** 1985*
Lacrosse (men's)
Lacrosse (women's)
Soccer (men's) 2019, 2020
Soccer (women's)
Softball 1976, 1977, 1978, 1980, 1981, 1988, 1989, 2000, 2001, 2002
Swimming (men's) 1981, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004 1932
Swimming (women's) 1975, 1976, 2000, 2001, 2002
Tennis (men's)
Tennis (women's)
Track and field (men's) 1940, 1941, 1944, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1961, 1995, 1996, 1997,

1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002

1997, 2001
Track and field (women's) 1985
Volleyball (men's) 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2014,

2015, 2018

1995, 1998*
Volleyball (women's) 1994
Water polo (men's) 1999, 2001, 2002, 2011 1982
Water polo (women's) 2000, 2001, 2002, 2006
Wrestling 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1989

**No longer a sport offered
*Finalist / runner-up

Notable alumni[edit]





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  15. ^ Milorad Čavić
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  21. ^ Mark Grace
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  26. ^ Dave Staton
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  28. ^ Richard Umphrey
  29. ^ "Rio 2016 Olympics - Olympic Tickets, Sports & Schedule". www.rio2016.com. Archived from the original on 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
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  31. ^ Cuba Gooding, Jr. Archived 2012-01-14 at the Wayback Machine
  32. ^ Robert David Hall[permanent dead link]
  33. ^ Rachel Kimsey bio
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  35. ^ "David C. Leestma". Archived from the original on 2011-09-05. Retrieved 2011-10-07.

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