Verdugo Hills High School

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Verdugo Hills High School
Verdugo Hills High School, Tujunga, California, United States.jpg
10625 Plainview Avenue
Tujunga, Los Angeles, California
Coordinates 34°15′44″N 118°17′55″W / 34.26218°N 118.2986°W / 34.26218; -118.2986Coordinates: 34°15′44″N 118°17′55″W / 34.26218°N 118.2986°W / 34.26218; -118.2986
Type Public
Motto Victory with Honor
Established 1937
School district Los Angeles Unified School District
Dean Darren Fitzgerald
Principal Arturo Barcenas
Grades 9-12
Number of students 1,484 (2014-15)[1]
Color(s) Black and Red and White
Mascot Don
Newspaper La Yuca
School Television Broadcast Eye on Verdugo (IOV)

Verdugo Hills High School (VHHS) is a public school located in the Tujunga community of Los Angeles, California, United States within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The school serves students from several areas of Los Angeles, including Sunland, Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, and portions of North Hollywood, Sun Valley, and Shadow Hills.


The school officially opened for classes for the first time on September 13, 1937, with 437 students enrolled in grades 7 through 11. Verdugo Hills High School was built on the site of a lemon orchard next to the original Plainview Avenue Elementary School.

The school district was going to name the new school Calvin Coolidge High School, but Congressman John Steven McGroarty and others lobbied successfully to have the name changed to reflect the "green Verdugo hills" to the south which the campus overlooks.

The 2009 opening of Sun Valley High School relieved Verdugo Hills of increasingly crowded conditions.[2]


Verdugo Hills is the only school in LAUSD to host the Copernican Block Schedule. VHHS has experienced widespread success with this schedule since it was implemented in the fall of 1998. Most students have 4 classes per 10 weeks terms, each class lasting for 77 minutes. Semester courses are now 10 weeks in length and previous year-long courses are now 20 weeks. Athletics, band, and other activities have been moved to an optional 4th period. This gives an opportunity for a student to accomplish more before graduation. In addition, students taking the optional fourth period every semester can graduate a semester or more early. Students not opting to take a fourth period are released at 1:12 every day, allowing more time to complete homework or to work an after-school job.


Charlie Rocca, a MLB prospect at the shortstop position, powered the Dons (23-13 overall and a co - East Valley league title with Polytech) to their 1st-ever CIF-LACS Division 1 title on Saturday, June 2nd in a 4-2 extra-inning contest over #1-ranked Carson Colts at 60 year old Dodgers Stadium. Junior starter Nick Rodriguez poured in eight fantastic innings and senior centerfielder Dakota Gray scored the game-winning run in the top of the 9th, in which Gray caught the final out. Junior Nick Masumoto, the CIF D1 Pitcher of the Year, finished the season with a 0.95 ERA and overall record of 8&4 in 88 1/3 innings, striking out 62 to nine walks. Rocca ends his Dons career with 25 bombs (14 of which came in 2018). To Read More about the CIF Title, please goto (by Eric Owens).

Notable alumni[edit]

Filming location[edit]

In proximity to the Hollywood movie industry, the school website claims that VHHS has been "the location of choice for more movies, television shows and commercials than any other school in the world".

The school was a filming location in the following films, television movies, television series:


Television movies[5]

Television series[6]

the music video of Selena Gomez's Bad Liar and My Chemical Romance's Teenagers are filmed at the school.


  1. ^ "Verdugo Hills Senior High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Proposed Changes to Sun Valley High School Area Schools," Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on March 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Carl Boldt
  4. ^ "On Location! FEATURE FILMS." Verdugo Hills High School. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  5. ^ "On Location! TV MOVIES." Verdugo Hills High School. Accessed September 19, 2008.
  6. ^ "On Location! SERIES TELEVISION." Verdugo Hills High School. Accessed September 19, 2008.

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