La Cañada High School

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La Cañada High School
4463 Oak Grove Drive
La Cañada Flintridge, California 91011
United States
Coordinates 34°11′34″N 118°10′47″W / 34.1929°N 118.1796°W / 34.1929; -118.1796Coordinates: 34°11′34″N 118°10′47″W / 34.1929°N 118.1796°W / 34.1929; -118.1796
Type Public
Established 1963
Principal Ian McFeat
Number of students 2,085 (2016-17)[1]
Athletics conference CIF-SS Rio Hondo League
Team name Spartans
Rivals San Marino High School

Omega (High School)

Alpha (Middle School)
Colors Red & Gold          

La Cañada High School is a high school located in La Cañada Flintridge, California, US. It sits at the base of the San Gabriel Mountains, below the Angeles National Forest, in the City of La Cañada Flintridge, the school is adjacent to the Interstate 210 Freeway north of Pasadena's Rose Bowl and south of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.


La Cañada High School has been named both a California Distinguished School and a National Blue Ribbon School. The U.S. Department of Education has recognized LCHS for “high achievement and exemplary programs”, for rich extracurricular activities, and for strong community support. With an enrollment of 1,389 pupils in grades 9 through 12, La Cañada High has also consistently received the maximum six years of accreditation by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[2]

Academic awards[edit]

In 2009, La Cañada High School was ranked 80th out of all public schools in the U.S and 23rd in the state of California by the U.S. News and World Report.[3]

In 2009, La Cañada High achieved a new school record of 20 students admitted as National Merit Scholarship semifinalists.[citation needed]

Campus Drug Issues[edit]

In February of 2018, an 18 year old male senior, Dax Shmidt was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment and possession of a controlled substance. Shmidt allegedly sold another student, who was a minor, Xanax pills, which allegedly led to the hospitalization of the student. Shmidt posted bond and was released, he allegedly returned to campus the next day and reportedly had a seizure in the office. Shmidt was transferred to a nearby hospital after school officials immediately called 911.

Another student at LCHS (a female minor) was arrested for allegedly possessing a controlled substance, the police searched her car and allegedly found pills, which have not yet been identified. She was released to her parents and has a pending court appearance.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ "School Profile: La Canada High (CA Dept of Education)". California Department of Education. Retrieved March 17, 2018. 
  2. ^ "La Canada High School / Overview". Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Best High Schools Rankings – Top High Schools – US News". Retrieved October 8, 2014.

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