Pico-Union, Los Angeles
Pico-Union is a neighborhood in Central Los Angeles, California. The name "Pico-Union" refers to the neighborhood that surrounds the intersection of Pico Boulevard and Union Avenue. Located west of Downtown Los Angeles, it is home to over 40,000 residents; the neighborhood contains two historic districts, both listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It has five public schools as well as a public library. Google Maps draws the following boundaries for Pico-Union: Olympic Boulevard on the north, the Harbor Freeway on the east, the Santa Monica Freeway on the south and Hoover St. on the west. According to the Los Angeles Times' Mapping L. A. project, Pico-Union is bounded by Olympic Boulevard on the north, the Harbor Freeway on the east, the Santa Monica Freeway on the south and Normandie Avenue on the west. It includes the California Highway Patrol station beneath the freeway interchange northeast of Washington Boulevard. Pico-Union is flanked by Koreatown and Westlake to the north and northeast, Downtown to the east, Adams-Normandie, University Park and Exposition Park to the south and Harvard Heights to the west.
The area encompassed by Pico-Union was developed as a middle and upper middle class residential district beginning in the 1910s. Easy access to downtown Los Angeles and the nearby Wilshire District drew large numbers of affluent homeowners. Following the Second World War, the Pico-Union area, like many inner city neighborhoods, experienced an outflux of residents to the suburbs; the loss of residents and business led to high vacancy rates and lower property values in much of the neighborhood by the 1960s. In the late 1970s and 1980s, the area became a major point of entry for Salvadoran and Guatemalan immigrants seeking refuge from civil war, according to the Pico Union Self-Guided Walking Tour, published in 2009 by the Los Angeles Conservancy. Pico-Union became the city's 19th Historic Preservation Overlay Zone on August 10, 2004, it contains two historic districts listed in the National Register of Historic Places: South Bonnie Brae Tract Historic District and Alvarado Terrace Historic District.
In August 2012, the City of Los Angeles designated a portion of Vermont Avenue in Pico-Union as El Salvador Community Corridor. The former First Church of Christ, once one of Jim Jones' Peoples Temples, was located in Pico-Union, at the corner of Alvarado Street and Alvarado Terrace. Pico-Union is the fourth-most-crowded neighborhood in Los Angeles, surpassed only by East Hollywood and Koreatown; the 2000 U. S. census counted 42,324 residents in the 1.67-square-miles neighborhood—an average of 25,352 people per square mile. In 2008, the city estimated that the population had increased to 44,664; the median age for residents was 27, considered young for the county. The ethnic breakdown in 2000 was: Latinos, 85.4%. El Salvador and Mexico were the most common places of birth for the 64.6% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure, considered high in comparison with foreign-born in the city as a whole. Other immigrants come from Guatemala and Nicaragua; the median household income in 2008 dollars was $26,424, considered low for both the city and the county.
The percentage of households earning $20,000 or less was high, compared to the county at large. The average household size of 3.3 people was high for Los Angeles. Renters occupied 90.5% of the housing units, home- or apartment owners the rest. The percentages of never-married men and never-married women were among the county's highest; the census found 2,113 families headed by single parents, the 23.3% rate being considered high for both the city and the county. In 2000 there were 667 military veterans living in Pico-Union, or 2.3% of the population, considered a low rate for the city and the county overall. These were the ten neighborhoods or cities in Los Angeles County with the highest population densities, according to the 2000 census, with the population per square mile: Pico-Union residents aged 25 and older holding a four-year degree amounted to 6.7% of the population in 2000, considered low for both the city and the county, there was a high percentage of residents with less than a high school diploma.
These are the elementary or secondary schools within the neighborhood's boundaries: West Adams Preparatory High School, LAUSD, 1500 West Washington Boulevard SIATech Pico-Union is a public charter high school, 2140 West Olympic Boulevard suite 327. "Classes are held from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. This site is an independent study school where students complete work at home, online and on site." Loyola High School of Los Angeles, private, 1901 Venice Boulevard Berendo Middle School, LAUSD, 1157 South Berendo Street, which claims the title as the oldest intermediate school continuously in operation in Los Angeles and in the entire United States Sophia T. Salvin Special Education Center, LAUSD, 1925 Budlong Avenue Leo Politi Elementary School, LAUSD, 2481 West 11th Street Tenth Street Elementary School, LAUSD, 1000 Grattan Street Saint Thomas the Apostle School, private elementary, 2632 West 15th Street Magnolia Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 1626 South Orchard Avenue Los Angeles Christian School, private, 1630 West 20th Street Los Angeles Public Library operates the Pico-Union Branch Library at 1030 South Alvarado Street.
Angelus-Rosedale Cemetery was founded as Rosedale Cemetery in 1884, when Los Angeles was a small city of around 28,000 people, on 65 acres of land between Washington and Venice boulevards between Normandie Avenue and Walton and Catalina Streets. Elizabeth Harrower (1918
Birmingham High School
Birmingham Community Charter High School is an independent charter coeducational high school in the neighborhood/district of Lake Balboa in the San Fernando Valley section of Los Angeles, United States. It was founded in 1953 as a 7-12 grade combined high school, became a senior high school in 1963; the school has a Van Nuys address and serves Lake Balboa, parts of Encino, Amestoy Estates. It is within the Los Angeles Unified School District but it is operated as an internal charter school; the school opened during the immediate post-World War II era. It served children from families newly settled in the San Fernando Valley; as of the 1960s the families were middle-class, many of them had settled in the San Fernando Valley from the East Coast and the Midwest. In 1994 Northrop Corp. gave the school a $1,000 grant for mathematics and/or science curriculum and instruction, the mathematics department used it to procure calculators and computer software. By 2006 the student demographics became majority Hispanic.
By 2006 Marsha Coates, the principal, established "small learning communities" and a ninth grade academy to cater to incoming students. On July 1, 2009, the Los Angeles Unified School District voted to allow the high school to become a charter school under the name Birmingham Community Charter High School. Prior to the approval, the school officials had fought over whether the school should become a charter for months; some school officials had advocated creating an alternate school sponsored by the teacher's union on the same campus. About 66% of the faculty members of the school supported the charter change. After the charter was approved, 91 teachers continued to teach at Birmingham while 34 decided to leave to work at other LAUSD schools; this meant the Spanish and history departments had a high level of turnover. Because of the divisions within teachers and other staff members, the faculty and staff of the magnet program received permission from LAUSD to split from Birmingham. In 2009, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School was formed as an independent high school within the Birmingham campus.
Connie Llanos of the Los Angeles Daily News said that Pearl "got off to a rocky start." During the first year as a standalone school, one third of the students left. Some left due to conflicts with students; some left. Pearl moved into its own facility next to Birmingham in 2010. In 2012 LAUSD officials accused the school of failing to adequately respond to allegations of racial discrimination and mishandling disabled student services and expulsion, the LAUSD officials attempted to return Birmingham to direct district control. Birmingham officials stated; the school is located in the Lake Balboa area, a part of Van Nuys. The site was a military hospital; as of 2009, Birmingham has the largest high school campus at 53 acres. The campus is in proximity to Reseda, its attendance boundary includes Lake Balboa, portions of Van Nuys, Encino and Reseda. In 2006 Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "It would be easy to see Birmingham as just another bad public school, but for many students, it's not."
He cited the Daniel Pearl Journalism Magnet, the "dedicated core of teachers" and the "variety of honors and Advanced Placement classes." Landsberg stated that despite the demographic changes that came before 2006, "academic standards have not suffered. In 2009 the school had 2,700 students; that year, Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "Birmingham is in some ways the quintessential Los Angeles school, with demographics and student performance that come close to mirroring the city as a whole."In September 2001 there were 1,100 9th graders entering Birmingham High School. Over 350 of the students in this class, over the course of the years, switched to other schools to study. About half of the switching students remained at traditional high schools and the other half went to independent study, vocational school, or other alternative educational settings. In June 2005 there were 521 graduating students of the Class of 2005, fewer than half of the starting number. Media attention to this rate of graduation resulted in a nighttime meeting with parents.
In a period prior to 2006 students zoned to overcrowded high schools were bused to Birmingham. 102 students who were zoned to Belmont High School were instead a part of the Birmingham Class of 2005. As of 2006 there were 4,000 students attending the school. Landsberg wrote in 2006 that there had been ethnic conflicts between Latino and African-American students and between Latino and Armenian students. In 2006 Mitchell Landsberg of the Los Angeles Times wrote that "Many students thrived at Birmingham", but "many others struggled, or gave up and quit." As of that year, he stated that the school "sent its share of students to good colleges -- Cal State and UC campuses the Ivy League." In the Class of 2005, about 75% had intentions to partake in higher education. Over 60 students from that class went to the University of California campuses. In 2006 the LAUSD gave the official four-year graduation rate of Birmingham High as being 80%, with an official dropout rate of 3.5%. A Civil Rights Project at Harvard University/University of California Los Angeles published a report in the northern hemisphere Spring of 2005 that stated that the f
New Technology High School
New Technology High School is a secondary school located in Napa, California. It is a public school of choice focusing on wall-to-wall project-based learning, student-centered culture, 1:1 technology integration, it is the flagship school of the New Tech Network, a school design organization with nearly 200 schools in the United States and Australia. The school was founded in 1997 as a joint project of the Napa Valley Unified School District and the business community of the Napa Valley. Vincent “Buzz” Butler of Lake Street Ventures, the developer of the Napa Junction Center in American Canyon, played a pivotal role in founding New Tech High, by extension, the development of the new teaching method. “If I had to pick one man as the father of SC21, it would be Buzz Butler,” said Napa County Office of Education Superintendent Barbara Nemko. Nemko became the director of the business and education collaboration committee shortly after her arrival in Napa in 1991. New Tech High School was an outgrowth of that committee.
"Business people were unhappy with the quality of workers. The average schools weren’t producing graduates with skills needed in the workplace,” said Butler. “So I thought, ‘why can’t we grow our own employees? Why not teach these kids what these companies want?’” That simple question led to a one-of-a-kind business-education partnership. Butler said the idea for an education-business collaboration came from his internship in his senior year at UC Berkeley with a professor who acted as a matchmaker between students and businesses. To their credit, Butler said, local educators and administrators were open to the possibilities. “There may be 42 SC21-type schools around the country, but we are the first to take it district-wide,” said Nemko. New Technology High School's model is pillared around a core set of educational principles that have proven to provide a deeper learning environment for all students: Project-based Learning: New Tech High features wall-to-wall project and problem-based learning.
Through creating authentic real-world learning experiences for students, the school is able to deepen content knowledge, unlock 21st-Century skills, develop habits of mind. Student-Centered Culture: Students are the driver of the school culture and their own learning experience; the school was founded on the principles of trust and responsibility. Students are able to navigate their own growth as a learner and have a prominent say in their education. New Tech High has never utilized bells. 1:1 Technology: New Tech High believes that technology is a tool to unlock learning and deepen knowledge. Students access project experiences via a learning management system, called Echo, as well as, utilize a variety of education technology and industry standard tools to enhance the authenticity of their work. Schoolwide Learning Outcomes: New Tech High students engage with content material via schoolwide learning outcomes; these SWLOs are 21st-Century skills. The current SWLOs scaffolded and assessed at New Tech High are oral communication, written communication, knowledge & thinking and student agency.
Service: All New Tech High students serve both the school and community College Courses: All New Tech High students take at least 12 units of UC or CSU transferrable courses throughout their high school experience. New Tech High has a long-standing relationship with Napa Valley College and hosts anywhere between 5-10 college courses on campus each semester. Internship: All New Tech High students participate in an industry-based internship experience; this takes place during Junior or Senior year. The school has partnerships with over 200 San Francisco Bay Area partners to host interns. Portfolio: New Tech High has an award winning portfolio process that students engage in during their four year high school experience. Students reflect on growth as learners, highlight exemplar work, showcase their development over their four years of high school. Over the course of the past 20+ years, New Technology High School has hosted over 35,000 visitors from around the globe; the school has launched the Center for Excellence at New Tech High program to share the work the school is doing and partner with educators and districts to offer for professional development in authentic learning experiences and student-centered culture.
The Center for Excellence has worked with schools and districts from over 25 states and countries in Central America, South America, Europe and the Middle East. The Center for Excellence works with educators and districts in two capacities: Immersive learning lab experiences on-site at New Technology High School in Napa, California Capacity building support and partnership work at a school or districts location. A nationally certified project-based learning trainer, Aaron Eisberg, has taken over the expansion of the Center for Excellence program. After the school opened in 1996, it was clear that key players in both the education sector and private sector were intrigued by what was happening in Napa. In 2000, the New Technology Foundation was created to help support the growth of the school. Shortly after creation, the foundation received the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation replication grant to begin spreading the model to schools across the country.. In 2009, The New Technology Foundation was acquired by the KnowledgeWorks Foundation and is now called the New Tech Network.
New Tech Network works with 115 school districts to help transform public education around the design pillars first implemented at New Technology High School in Napa. Leonardo da Vinci High School Nex+Gen Academy http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/article_491b6a1b-a273-54cf-b4d0-cbe0d192
Belmont High School (Los Angeles)
Belmont Senior High School is a public high school located at 1575 West 2nd Street in the Westlake community of Los Angeles, California. The school, which serves grades 9 through 12, is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Belmont High School opened in 1923; the Hotel Belmont was the first noteworthy building to stand atop Crown Hill, the present site of Belmont High School. The hotel was abandoned, it was transformed into the private Belmont School for Girls. After the school was destroyed by fire, the grounds were left vacant, except for five oil wells and a pumping plant for the Los Angeles City Oil Field. On February 28, 1921, the Los Angeles Board of Education purchased the site for $100,000, for the purpose of constructing Belmont High School. Belmont opened its doors on September 11, 1923, to about 500 students, all sophomores, 28 faculty members. Most of the school's traditions were created by those pioneer students during the first months of the school's existence; the school newspaper conducted an election to select its name, with "Sentinel" winning over "Progress."
To this day, Belmont's students are known as Sentinels. Those first students favored “Sentinels" because they were able to oversee the entire city from their "lookout" on Crown Hill. In another election, the school's colors and black, were selected over brown and white. A mosaic mural by Joseph Young is located on the wall of the main building. Belmont High School was once the largest school in California, due to the density of the Westlake district, which it served, it was considered the largest school in the United States, with 6,342 students. What was the attendance area for Belmont High School has now become the Belmont Zone of Choice, where students have the option of attending one of nineteen small learning communities or pilot schools located on four different campuses within the zone: Belmont High School, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, Edward Roybal Learning Center, Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts. Of these, the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex was opened in 2006, sharing Belmont's attendance zone, after LAUSD had begun as early as 2000 to devise plans to relieve Belmont of many of its students.
The West Adams Preparatory High School opened in 2007. The High School for the Visual and Performing Arts opened in 2008. Central Los Angeles High School 11, Central Los Angeles High School 12, the Felicitas and Gonzalo Mendez Learning Centers all opened in 2009. Belmont underwent a major modernization beginning around 2005; the school was renovated, new paint, doors and ceiling tiles were added. Facilities were updated throughout the school campus to accommodate those with special needs. From the 2010 school year, it became a 6th through 12th grade school, with Sal Castro Middle School being located on the campus; the Belmont football stadium was named for its long-time faculty member. In 2011 the school was restructured, with most teachers having to reapply for their jobs; the new academic program involves learning English and Mandarin Chinese. Belmont High School hosts three Small Learning Communities which specialize in a career pathway: LAAMPS, with courses in first responders and medical terminology SAGE, with courses in automotive technology and computer assisted design Belmont Multimedia Academy, with courses in filmmaking, cartooning & animation, digital photography, digital imaging, web page design As of 2016 the school had about 1,000 students, 25% of whom were of Central American origin.
Some of those students immigrated without their parents. As of December 2013 the school had fewer than 1,000 students; the school was built for a capacity of 2,500 students, when it opened in 1923 it had about 500 students. Due to an enrollment decline in the 1950s the Los Angeles City High School District considered closing Belmont. By the 1990s the school had its peak enrollment, 5,500 students, making it California's largest high school and one of the largest in the United States. During that period many students were reassigned to and sent on buses to schools in the San Fernando Valley because there were too many students in Belmont. In the 1997-1998 school year the school had 5,160 students. At the time, the school's dropout rate was 65% and in terms of its four-year graduation rate it ranked lower than 96% of Los Angeles County high schools. 72% of the enrolled students took free lunches. The enrollment declined in the 2000s due to the opening of charter schools and LAUSD opening schools to relieve capacity.
In 2001 the LAUSD began a building campaign to relieve the capacity of the school. Due to overcrowding, Belmont had a year-round schedule for 26 years, until the 2008 opening of the Edward R. Roybal Learning Center. After the opening Belmont resumed having a traditional two-year school schedule. In 2011 the school had an Academic Performance Index of 639, an improvement of 100 points in a two-year period. Jason Song of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the score was "still poor". In 2013 its API was an increase of over 175 points from the 2002 figure; the State of California API goal is 800. Sal Castro, activist Dentler Erdmann, California Teacher of the Year 1975 Belmont High School
Echo Park, Los Angeles
Echo Park is a densely populated neighborhood of over 43,000 residents in Central Los Angeles. It contains one high school and eight other schools, has been home to many notable people; the neighborhood is centered on the lake of the same name. Echo Park is flanked by Elysian Valley to the north and northeast, Elysian Park to the east and Downtown to the southeast, Westlake to the southwest and west, Silver Lake to the northwest. Boundaries are the Golden State Freeway–Glendale Freeway interchange at the north apex, Riverside Drive on the northeast, Elysian Park on the east, Stadium Way and Beaudry Avenue on the southeast, the south apex being Beaudry Avenue and West Second Street and the west limit being an irregular line consisting of Second Street and Beverly Blvd moving upward north along Benton Way and the Glendale Freeway. Within Echo Park are the following: Angelino Heights is most notable for its Victorian era residences, although these are few in number, it lies at an elevation of 502 feet.
Since the 1910s, Elysian Heights, along with Edendale, has been home to many of the counter-culture, political radicals, writers and filmmakers. The children of many progressives attended school there during the'40s and'50s. Historic Filipinotown makes up the southwest portion of Echo Park, it was created by a resolution proposed by then-City Councilmember Eric Garcetti on August 2, 2002. The district is bounded by the Hoover Street on the west to Glendale Boulevard on the east, Temple Street on the north and Beverly Boulevard on the south. Victor Heights lies between Chinatown, Los Angeles, the central part of Echo Park, off Sunset Boulevard near the Pasadena Freeway below Elysian Park. One of its streets is the hilly Figueroa Terrace, where in 1992 a resident named Betty Oyama lived and helped popularized a name for Victor Heights as the "Forgotten Edge," because, as she said, the Police Department couldn't figure out where Victor Heights was exactly. In a feature story about Oyama's successful fight to form a Neighborhood Watch, a Los Angeles Times reporter said of Victor Heights that it was "a mix of new and old housing styles and residents who span the socioeconomic and ethnic spectrums.
New condominium complexes stand next to 1920s-era bungalow houses and old apartment buildings."In 2009 Victor Heights and its hilly streets were described as "a collection of stuccoed apartments and faded bungalows, a place with a lot of old-timers." With its dramatic views of the Los Angeles Civic Center, Victor Heights had a population of "older Italians and Croatians who once dominated the area," along with "newer Asian and Latino immigrants a smattering of hipsters betting that Victor Heights will be the next big thing." The area became known for the flock of peacocks and peahens, with their chicks, who had taken over parts of the district on Everett Street, where they gathered in the morning. Victor Heights is an old area. In 1887 "Choice lots, commanding a splendid view," were being advertised for $1,200. Lesser lots went for $700 to $1,300. All had "Water piped through the street." In 1908 its residents took a fight against disruptive dynamite blasting by the Los Angeles Brick Company in Chavez Ravine to the Los Angeles City Police Commission.
They complained that the explosions were "cracking the plaster on their walls and causing their homes to settle to such an extent that they could not open their doors. The 2000 U. S. census counted 40,455 residents in the 2.4-square-mile neighborhood—an average of 16,868 people per square mile, one of the highest densities in Los Angeles. In 2008 the city estimated that the population had increased to 43,832; the median age for residents was 30, about the same as the city norm. Echo Park was considered moderately diverse ethnically; the breakdown was Latinos, 64%. Mexico and El Salvador were the most common places of birth for the 53% of the residents who were born abroad, a figure, considered high compared to the city as a whole; the median household income in 2008 dollars was $37,708, a low figure for Los Angeles, a high percentage of households earned $20,000 or less. The average household size of three people was about the same as the rest of the city. Renters occupied 76% of the housing units, house- or apartment owners the rest.
The percentages of never-married men and women, 46.8% and 38.3% were among the county's highest. The 2000 census found 5,325 families headed by single parents, a high rate for both the city and the county. There were 3.5 %, a low figure for Los Angeles. Census data below for Echo Park is cited from only US Census District 1974.20 and does not include a large portion of what is geographically and culturally considered Echo Park. District boundaries shifted from 2000 to 2010 in most of the other contributing districts, so trends are not reliably reported by the data, it is alleged that Echo Park and Hollywood are among the lowest responding areas to census polls. The 2010 US Census estimates that the neighborhood demographics for tract 1974.20 are as follows: Latinos still form the majority of the community, though the percentage fell from 69.8% in 2000 to 59.5% in 2010. The number of people in the district shrank by 15% to around 3500 people; this represents less than 10% of the number of residents considered to live in Echo Park.
The demographic shift from Latino to White is acknowledged as the overall trend in the area. The Los Angeles Fire Department Station 20 is in the area
Arleta High School
Arleta High School is a secondary school located on Van Nuys Boulevard in the Arleta section of Los Angeles, California in the San Fernando Valley. The school opened on October 3, 2006, serving grades 9 through 10 during its first year of operation, it is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. The school phased in grade 11 in the fall of 2007 and grade 12 in the fall of 2008. In June 2009, the first class graduated; the school houses three small schools: Social Justice, Science Math and Related Technologies, Visual and Performing Arts. All three schools utilize block scheduling. Students finish a year's study in sixteen weeks. Arleta High School is recognized as one of the California Gold Ribbon Schools by the California Department of Education. Throughout the 4-year term, students are required to create a portfolio of all of their academic successes and present it in order to graduate and participate in the graduation ceremony. Transfer students must complete an essay of they're academic success from their previous high school and continue to complete their portfolio as much as possible.
On Tuesdays the school encourages students to dress professionally as a preparation in career seeking, many benefits include good participation grading, priority to receive lunch and more. Arleta High School Athletics is part of the East Valley League of the CIF Los Angeles City Section. Jonathan Porter - rapper Abraham Salazar - music producer Arleta High, usnews.com Blueface: From high school quarterback to young rapper, latimes.com, 11 December 2018 Blueface Appears in Old Videos Playing High School Football, xxlmag.com, 11 December 2018 Arleta High School MaxPreps: Blueface High School Football Highlights YouTube - Blueface | Before They Were Famous | Biography
Canoga Park High School
Canoga Park High School is a high school located in Canoga Park in the western San Fernando Valley region of the City of Los Angeles, United States, is in the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is located at the start of the Los Angeles River, adjacent to Topanga Canyon Boulevard to the west and Owensmouth Avenue to the east. Canoga Park High serves the majority of the Canoga Park area of Los Angeles and parts of the Winnetka area as well. To the north and south Bell Creek and Arroyo Calabasas flow around the campus to join on the east side behind the stadium and become the headwaters of the Los Angeles River; the creeks and river still support wildlife. Canoga Park is the oldest high school in the west San Fernando Valley, it opened on October 4, 1914, with 14 students and 3 teachers. The high school's buildings were in the Beaux-Arts Neoclassical architectural style, unusual for a small town two years old; the school's name was changed in 1931, after the community of Owensmouth changed its name to Canoga Park.
Among the school's features are a Coast Redwood grove planted in 1936 just north of the football field. A classic Greek outdoor theater was part of the School in early years. For 40 years, the Greek styled 100 Building was the pride of Canoga Park, it housed the School Library, the Administrative Offices, served as a well-known community landmark. In 1971, the building suffered severe damage in the Sylmar earthquake and it was condemned and demolished in the summer of 1975; the demolished 100 and 200 buildings were replaced with new facilities that opened in March 1978. The Assembly Hall was built during the Great Depression by the Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works and completed in 1939, it is in use today. It is identified in the California Register of Historic Resources as significant; the movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High was filmed at Canoga Park High School. Canoga Park High School’s two magnets are Communication, Arts & Media and Engineering and Veterinary Sciences, which are being redesigned for the 2017-2018 school year.
The CAM Magnet has sequential courses designed to promote careers in digital media and arts, communication technology, programming and coding. It features a new $5 million studio complex with state-of-the-art equipment, offering students courses in photography, video production, video game and app design, computer programming, graphic arts and advertising and public relations; the EEVS Magnet has sequential courses designed to promote careers in engineering, green technology, veterinary science and sustainable farming, social ecology, building trades engineering and environmental science. It features a $1 million renovation project to transform an old shop classroom into an engineering design studio with 3-D printing and computer design capabilities, provide a home for the new building trades multi-core curriculum. Canoga Park High School boasts a successful FTC team. Having won second place in regionals during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 competition years, the team has won various awards for their efforts.
The team has started two additional robotics FLL clubs in neighboring schools such as Hale Middle School and Sutter Middle School, but hopes to start an additional club in Columbus Middle School. The high school's robotics team competes in FRC as of the 2010–2011 years and FTC. Canoga Park High School fields teams for boys and girls in football, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field, cross country, water polo, swimming & wrestling; the teams have won CIF Championships in sports, including football, track & field, volleyball, cross country and tennis. The school has had several successful individual athletes; the school has a marching band and dance & drill teams. Bryan Cranston, graduated in 1974. Lloyd G. Davies, Los Angeles City Council member, 1943–51. Keith Jardine and football player. Kurtwood Smith, actor. Will E. Jackson S'63, Greenpeace cofounder and crewmember, 1975. Barney Burman, Academy Award-winning make-up artist. Jacqueline Obradors, actress. Robert M. Wilkinson, Los Angeles City Council member and lobbyist.
Lyn Nofziger and aide to Presidents Nixon and Reagan, 1942 Jackie Earle Haley, actor. Royal F. Oakes, radio talk show attorney. Byron Smith, NFL player LaVar Ball, Former American Football player and owner of Big Baller Brand. Biff Pocoroba, Major League Baseball player. In 1978, he made the National League All-Star team Sean Reyes, Currently the Attorney General for the State of Utah. Graduated in 1989. Jon Zens,'63, Editor Searching Together for 40 yrs, 1978-2018. History of the San Fernando Valley to 1915 Jackson, Will. Warriors Of The Rainbow: A Chronicle of the Greenpeace Movement. Henry Holt & Co. 1976. Official website CSUN-digital photo Library Canoga High archive