Vista High School (Vista, California)

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Vista High School
1 Panther Way
Vista, California

United States
TypePublic school
School districtVista Unified School District
PrincipalAnthony Barela
Faculty128.68 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,515 (2017-18)[1]
Color(s)               Black and white (red as an alternate color)[2]
RivalRancho Buena Vista
Student to teacher ratio19.54[1]

Vista High School is a public high school in Vista, California, United States. Vista is located in North San Diego County. The Vista Unified School District encompasses a large geographic area. As such, it serves the needs of students from the cities of Vista, Bonsall, San Marcos, Oceanside, and Carlsbad. Vista High School is one of the largest schools in California, holding over 3,000 students, though its current campus was originally built in 1972 to educate 1,200 students. It was first established in 1936.


In 1982, VHS was the first high school in San Diego County to adopt the International Baccalaureate Program.


The school's football stadium is named after former coach Dick Haines, a successful Vista High coach who led the 1974 and 1981 Vista High School football teams to state championships. The Panthers have won the CIF championship nine times. To date, the school has produced five NFL players.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Vista High
  2. ^ Sheridan, Tom (September 12, 2010). "PREP FOOTBALL: North County football changed forever upon Dick Haines' arrival at Vista in 1970". San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved June 15, 2018.

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