Static Shock is an American animated television series based on the Milestone Media/DC Comics superhero Static. It premiered on September 2000, on The WB Television Network's Kids' WB programming block. Static Shock ran with 52 half-hour episodes in total; the show revolves around Virgil Hawkins, an African-American boy, who uses the secret identity of'Static' after exposure to a mutagen gas during a gang fight which gave him electromagnetic powers. Part of the DC animated universe, the series was produced by Warner Bros. Animation from a crew composed of people from the company's past shows, but with the involvement of two of the comic's creators, Dwayne McDuffie and Denys Cowan. Static Shock had some alterations from the original comic book because it was oriented to a pre-teen audience; the show approached several social issues, positively received by most television critics. Static Shock was nominated including the Daytime Emmy; some criticism was directed towards its jokes—which were said to be stale and too similar to Spider-Man style—and animation, said to be unnatural and outdated.
The series produced some related merchandise, which sold poorly. In spite of this, its popularity revived interest in the original Milestone comic and introduced McDuffie to the animation industry, it maintains a dedicated fanbase to this day. Virgil Hawkins is a fourteen-year-old who lives with his older sister Sharon, his widowed father Robert in Dakota City, he attends high school with his best friend Richie Foley, has a crush on a girl named Frieda. He has a dispute with a bully named Francis, nicknamed "F-Stop." A gang leader named Wade helped Virgil, hoping to recruit him, but Virgil is hesitant, as he knows his mother died in an exchange of gunfire between gangs. Wade leads Virgil to a restricted area for a fight against F-Stop's crew, but it was interrupted by police helicopters. During the dispute with the police, chemical containers explode, releasing a gas that causes mutations among the people in the vicinity; as a result, Virgil obtains the ability to create, generate and control electricity and magnetism—he takes up the alter-ego of "Static".
The gas gives others in the area their own powers, several of them become supervillains. The mutated people become meta-humans known as "Bang Babies", their mutations spread to other people around them. List of DC animated universe characters Virgil Ovid Hawkins/Static – A high school student in Dakota City; as a result of accidental exposure to an experimental mutagen in an event known as the Big Bang, he gained the ability to control and manipulate electromagnetism, uses these powers to become a superhero named "Static." Countless others who were exposed gained a wide variety of mutations and abilities, Static spends much of his time dealing with these "Bang Babies", many of whom use their abilities in selfish and criminal ways. Richard "Richie" Osgood Foley/Gear – Virgil's best friend and confidant. At first, he provides support for his friend, making gadgets for him and helping to cover for Virgil to protect his secret identity. In the third season, it is revealed Richie's passive exposure to the Bang Gas gave him enhanced intelligence, which enabled him to invent rocket-powered boots and "Backpack", a intelligent multipurpose device worn on the back capable of surveillance and other semi-independent activity.
With this equipment, he adopted the superhero identity "Gear" and becomes Static's full-time partner in crime-fighting. Robert Hawkins – A social worker who runs the Freeman Community Center as head counselor, he is the single father of two teenagers -- Virgil and Sharon. A strict but caring and genuinely understanding parent, he dislikes gangs and the destructive attitudes of most Bang Babies, his work at the community center is motivated by a desire to counteract their bad influence on young people. Sharon Hawkins – Virgil's older sister, Sharon attends college, but she still lives at home, she volunteers at a hospital, counsels young people at the Freeman Community Center. While they do argue Sharon and Virgil do care about each other and are quick to come to the other's defense if one of them is in danger. After their mother died, Sharon took it upon herself to act as the woman of the house, including when it comes to allocating chores between her and her brother, not least of all the cooking.
Adam Evans/Rubber-Band Man – A meta-human transmorph, whose body structure consists of shapeable rubber. He is the younger brother of Ebon. Rubber-Band Man first appears as a tragic villain when he goes after an opportunistic record producer who stole one of his songs, he subsequently decides not to pursue a criminal career, however. He and Sharon start dating, with Sharon helping Adam turn over a new leaf, he and Virgil clash, but Virgil comes to accept Adam's relationship with his sister and they become allies in crime-fighting, with Adam becoming like an older-brother figure to Virgil. Ivan Evans/Ebon – The head of a large group of Bang Babies called "The Meta-Breed" and the series' main antagonist. Ebon is an unusually strong meta-human; as a living shadow, he is able to create inter-dimensional portals and can manipulate pure darkness and shadows, as well as transport others to various locatio
Court of Owls
The Court of Owls is an organized crime group and secret society appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics in association with the superhero Batman. They have secretly existed since colonial times in Gotham City; the Court kidnaps child performers from the circus, only to train and transform them into their assassins, known as Talons which first appeared in Batman #2. As part of the 2015-2016 "Robin War" storyline, the Court of Owls had expanded internationally and is referred to as the Parliament of Owls; the Court of Owls were created by writer Scott Snyder and artist Greg Capullo and feature as Batman's main antagonists in the first two-story arcs of The New 52, the 2011 reboot of DC's continuity. They are first mentioned in Batman #2 and make their first appearance in Batman #3 when Batman discovers one of their secret bases of operation, where they are seen posing with one of their assassins, the Talon William Cobb, in a series of old photographs providing Batman with proof of their existence.
The Court of Owls is a conspiracy. They are a violent cabal of some of Gotham City's oldest and wealthiest families who use murder and money to wield political influence throughout history, their bases of operation are hidden in some of the city's oldest structures. A nursery rhyme describing them has been passed down through Gotham's generations: To carry out their interests, they employ a breed of trained assassins known as Talons; the leaders of the organization appear to be human and wear owl masks on their faces, but some lower-ranking members appear to be human-owl hybrids. The earliest history of the Court of Owls dates back to Gotham's earliest days in the 1600s, it has been involved in many criminal acts in Gotham over the years; the Court of Owls took notice when billionaire philanthropist Bruce Wayne announces plans to rebuild and reshape Gotham City for the future. The Court sentences Bruce to death, their assassin, the Talon William Cobb, attempts to murder him during a meeting with Lincoln March.
They struggle at the top of Wayne Tower and the killer survives a fall from the top. Batman discovers that their society has secret headquarters throughout hidden rooms in every building established by the Alan Wayne Trust, created by Bruce's great-grandfather, Alan Wayne. Bruce recounts that as a child he believed the Court of Owls responsible for the death of his parents, investigated the conspiracy before determining that there was no evidence. Batman escapes. Not long after tired of their game and angered at Batman's escape and discovery of their lair, the Court unleashes the full might of their army of undead Talons on the city to kill Batman and his allies and retake Gotham for themselves. In the 2012 storyline "Night of the Owls", which ran through the Batman-related books, the Court of Owls, angered at William Cobb's defeat at the hands of Batman, awaken all of their other Talons to reclaim Gotham City – and ideologically – from Batman, they dispose of Cobb's body for Alfred Pennyworth to find.
The Court's goal is to prove. The Owls first attack the Batcave, but the injured Bruce still manages to defeat several of them due to their outdated fighting style. Alfred uncovers the forty targets of the Owls and sends a radio message out to the Batman Family for help. Tim Drake and Jason Todd receive one and Jason decides to protect Mr. Freeze. Robin and The Birds of Prey answer Alfred's call. Bruce dons an armored Batsuit to be able to fight all of the Talons while one of the assassins revives William Cobb; the Birds of Prey are one of the first to fight a Talon, merciless and cruel in his methods, wanting to kill "street vermin". Nightwing goes to save Mayor Sebastian Hady. Nightwing has no problem in killing the Talon attacking Hady due to it being dead, but upon stopping it, he is knifed in the chest by a revived Cobb. Cobb credits his descendant, working for Batman as his worst betrayal; when Selina and Spark arrive to steal from the Penguin, they see the Penguin's car leaving, but are not aware that the Penguin himself is still alive and being viciously beat down by Ephraim Newhouse, a Talon.
Bruce, continues to fight the Talons invading the Batcave and manages to stop them, he heads out to save Jeremiah Arkham, fighting the Talons through Roman Sionis. Nightwing is brutally beat down by Cobb. Cobb demands that his heir impress him giving up and calling Nightwing a waste. Nightwing, however and freezes Cobb offering to take Jeremiah Arkham from Batman. Selina and Spark check the fight out, while Spark wishes to back out, Selina jumps into the fight. After giving Arkham to Nightwing, Batman goes to save Lincoln March. Bruce combats Alton Carver, the Talon sent to kill March, but is unable to stop Carver from killing March, a mayoral candidate who wanted to make Gotham a better place. March gives Batman a package that will make Gotham better and Bruce heads out to burn down the lair of the Court of Owls. Damian heads off to the outskirts of Gotham and decapitates a Talon, seeking to kill an army general and Batwing proceeds to mutilate a Talon who wanted to assassinate Lucius Fox. Batgirl proceeds to meet a Talon named Mary, when she sees Batgirl strokes her across the face.
Batgirl swipes a piece of paper from Mary. Balloon bombs set off by the Court of Owls begin to go off at random spots. Batgirl pushes Mary into a balloon bomb, killing her. Commissioner Gordon is found by a Court of Owls member being told that Gotham is
A talon in card games is a stack of undealt cards, placed on the table to be used during the actual game. Depending on the game or region, they may be referred to as the stock, skat, dobb or kitty. In 1909, Meyers Lexicon described the talon as "the cards left over after dealing..." In games of chance, such as Pharo it is "the stock of cards which the banker draws on". The talon is a pack of cards, placed face down, in the middle of the card table. In other games, there are however different variations, for example in Königrufen. Talons may face down. Parlett describes a kitty as "the pool or pot being played for" or "a dead hand or widow", he equates talon to stock as the "cards which are not dealt but may be drawn from or dealt out in the play." The following are examples of games and the term used for talon. They are taken from Parlett unless otherwise indicated: Blind: Auction Euchre, Sheepshead Cego: Cego Dabb: Binokel Doaba: Jaggln Dobb: Dobbm Kitty: Bid Whist, Five Hundred, Eighty-Three, Three-Card Brag, Crash Skat: Admirals' Skat, North American Skat, Schieberamsch, Skat Start: Wallachen Stock: Bavarian Tarock, Bezique, Bondtolva, Briscola, California Jack, Coinche, Crazy Eights, Durak, Ecarté, Gleek and Foot, Klondike, Ristiklappi, Sixty-Six, Toepen, Tute Stoß: German Rummy Talon: Bauernschnapsen, Gaigel, Hungarian Tarock, Königrufen, Piquet, Préférence, Russian Bank, Ulti Tapp: Binokel, Tapp, Tapp Tarock, Troggu Widow: Army and Navy Pinochle, Auction Euchre, Auction Manille, Auction Pinochle, Mariás, Widow Cinch, Widow Hearts, Widow Nap/Sir Garnet, Widow Pinochle
Snow Buddies is a 2008 direct to video film in the Air Bud series. It was released on DVD on February 5, 2008; the film takes place in the fictional town of Alaska. Air Bud's five Golden Retriever puppies known as the Buddies from Washington are having fun with their new owners before they go to school; the puppies decide to play hide and seek. Budderball decides to go in, forcing the others to try and rescue him. However, the Buddies become trapped in a truck heading to Alaska. Upon arrival, the Buddies meet Shasta, a Siberian Husky puppy whose 11-year-old owner is determined to win the Alaskan sled dog race because of what happened to his father; the puppies decide to help Shasta pursue his dreams as well as get to the air port, located at the finish line. As Shasta has no parents, this puts the puppies in a predicament as there is nobody to teach them how to become snow dogs. Shasta manages to persuade a legendary dog named Talon, who had taught Shasta's father, into teaching the puppies into becoming his new protégés.
When Shasta introduces his owner, Adam, to his new sleigh team, the child is delighted at the prospect of his dreams coming true and the team pursue vigorous training routines. Adam begins building a new sleigh with his team of hard-working puppies. Talon proudly watches as the team's efforts come to fruition and it seems as though they are cooperating as a team; the older town huskies, are not impressed and begin to plan their downfall. They reveal to the Buddies that Shasta's parents were killed in a dog sled race last year when the ice beneath them shattered to dishearten them, they perished on that fateful day. Talon calls the puppies to the mountain lake one night to view the Northern Lights before he goes of telling Shasta that he knows all he needs to know and that he can become the great leader that his father was; the following morning, the puppies enter the race with Adam. But everyone else laughs at the thought of puppies entering a race; the sheriff sees Adam wrote his own name in the entry list.
After being reminded how treacherous the race is by the sheriff, the puppies begin their trek while Jean George, last year's champion, cheats by sabotaging the other racer's sled or pushing them off their sled. Soon only young Adam and Jean George are left but news of a terrible blizzard arrives and it's too late to call off the race as the racers have gotten past the midway checkpoint. Meanwhile, the puppies' parents and Molly follow the puppies to Alaska, after being tipped by Mrs. Mittens, where the Saint Bernard dog Bernie informs them of their participation in the race. Sheriff Ryan gets a message sent by Fernfield's Deputy Dan asking for any information on the Buddies; the Sheriff phones Deputy Dan to inform him. A dangerous blizzard forces Adam and the team take shelter in an igloo provided by an Inuit until the storm subsides, they come head to head with their opponent, Jean George, Adam gets injured. Adam recovers while Jean George's dogs get into trouble when the ice beneath them shatters.
Jean George continues and abandons his dogs while Adam and the puppies begin a rescue operation despite Shasta's fears of his parents' death. The puppies pull the dogs out of the icy waters and Jean George continues the race without any gratitude and abandons their rescuers. Jean George's dogs realise they owe nothing to their owner and everything to Shasta and the Buddies, so, slow down and "go on strike" causing Jean George to lose the race. Adam is victorious and the Buddies reunite with Buddy and Molly. Jean George gives out to his dogs and they respond in kind by chasing him around the Arctic; the Buddies sadly say goodbye to Shasta, as well as Adam. All seven Buddies return home via air plane and are greeted by their owners: Sam, Billy, Pete and Noah who were waiting for them. Budderball and his owner, are watching the news the next day and Bartleby is surprised when he watches the part about the Buddies and Shasta winning the race. Buddy and Molly discuss their pups accomplishments, while wondering if there'll outgrow exploring.
The film ends with a bigger Shasta and Adam racing in Alaska with a new pack of huskies and Talon reminding the audience "to always have faith". Skyler Gisondo as B-Dawg Jimmy Bennett as Buddha Josh Flitter as Budderball Henry Hodges as Mudbud Liliana Mumy as Rosebud Tom Everett Scott as Buddy Molly Shannon as Molly Kris Kristofferson as Talon, an Alaskan Malamute James Belushi as Bernie, a St. Bernard Paul Rae as Phillipe Lothaire Bluteau as Francois Whoopi Goldberg as Miss Mittens, a Himalayan cat Christian Pikes as Henry John Kapelos as Jean George Dylan Sprouse as Shasta, a Siberian Husky puppy Richard Karn as Patrick Dominic Scott Kay as Adam Bilson Cynthia Stevenson as Jackie Dylan Minnette as Noah Disney imported 20 under-aged golden retriever puppies from New York State, into Vancouver, British Columbia for the filming of the movie. A second group of 8 puppies, of eight weeks of age were brought to set one week from Washington State. Many of the puppies contracted the contagious parvovirus, against which puppies are vaccinated at 8 weeks of age.
At least 15 puppies showed signs of the illness, including parasitic infections of giardia and coccidia, all were removed from the set. Three were euthanized for intussusception before the parvo outbreak, one for suspected parvo and one puppy, returned to the breeder without being used died of parvo; the American Humane Association enforced the removal of the first two sets of puppies, after a four-week delay, during which time all puppies were quarantine
The Lockheed MC-130 is the basic designation for a family of special mission aircraft operated by the United States Air Force Special Operations Command, a wing of the Air Education and Training Command, an AFSOC-gained wing of the Air Force Reserve Command. Based on the Lockheed C-130 Hercules transport, the MC-130s' missions are the infiltration and resupply of special operations forces, the air refueling of special operations helicopter and tilt-rotor aircraft; the family comprises: MC-130E Combat Talon I MC-130H Combat Talon II MC-130W Combat/Dragon Spear MC-130P Combat Shadow MC-130J Commando IIA possible MC-130 variant, designated the XFC-130H, did not proceed beyond the development stage, but one of its aircraft became the YMC-130H testbed aircraft for the Combat Talon II. The first of the variants, the MC-130E, was developed to support clandestine special operations missions during the Vietnam War. Eighteen were created by modifying C-130E transports, four lost through attrition, but the remainder served more than four decades after their initial modification.
An update, the MC-130H Combat Talon II, was developed in the 1980s from the C-130H and went into service in the 1990s. Four of the original 24 H-series aircraft have been lost in operations; the Combat Shadows were built during the Vietnam War for search and rescue operations and repurposed in the 1980s as AFSOC air-refueling tankers. The Combat Spear was developed in 2006 as an inexpensive version of the Combat Talon II but was reconfigured and designated the AC-130W Stinger II in 2012; the MC-130J, which became operational in 2011, is the new-production variant, replacing the other special operations MC-130s. As of May 2016, the Air Force has taken delivery of 33 of the planned 37 -J models; the Combat Talon was developed between December 1964 and January 1967 by Lockheed Air Services at Ontario, California, as the result of a study by Big Safari, the USAF's program office that modifies and sustains special mission aircraft. Two classified testbed aircraft, were assigned to Project Thin Slice to develop a low-level clandestine penetration aircraft for Special Forces operations in Southeast Asia.
In 1964, Lockheed was ordered to adapt the C-130Es after six C-123B Providers modified for "unconventional warfare" under Project Duck Hook proved inadequate for the new MACV-SOG. The modifications under Thin Slice and its August 1966 successor Heavy Chain were code-named Rivet Yard, the four C-130Es came to be known as "Yards". Discrete modification tests were conducted by the 1198th Operational Evaluation and Training Squadron, out of Area II of Norton AFB at San Bernardino, California, 30 miles east of Ontario; as the Thin Slice aircraft were being developed, 14 C-130Es were purchased for SOG in 1965 for similar modification. The first aircraft were production C-130Es without specialized equipment that were produced at Lockheed's facility in Marietta, Georgia. Three production airplanes per month were given the Fulton STARS system. While awaiting the ARS equipment, the C-130s were ferried to Greenville, South Carolina, for painting by Ling-Temco-Vought Electrosystems with a low-radar reflective paint that added 370 pounds to their weight.
The velvet black-and-green scheme drew the nickname "Blackbirds". As installation was completed, the Blackbirds were returned to Ontario for installation of the electronics package, code-named Rivet Clamp; the modified aircraft became known as "Clamps". The aircraft collectively were assigned the designation Combat Talon in 1967; the Fulton Surface-To-Air Recovery System was used to extract materials via air. A large helium balloon raised a nylon lift line into the air, snagged by a large scissors-shaped yoke attached to the nose of the plane; the yoke snagged the line and released the balloon, yanking the attached cargo off the ground with a shock less than that of an opening parachute. A sky anchor secured the line and wires stretched from the nose to both leading wing tip edges protected the propellers from the line on missed snag attempts. Crew members hooked the snagged line as it trailed behind and attached it to the hydraulic winch, pulling the attached person or cargo into the plane through the rear cargo door.
Following a death on 26 April 1982, at CFB Lahr, the Fulton STARS system on the Clamp aircraft underwent intense maintenance scrutiny and employment of the system for live pickups was suspended. A major effort at upgrading the system, Project 46, was pursued from 1986 to 1989, but at its conclusion, use of the STARS system for live extractions remained suspended; the Fulton STARS equipment of all Combat Talons was removed during 1998. Rivet Clamp installation began with four STARS-equipped C-130s completed by March 1966, followed by installations in eight further aircraft in July 1966 and January 1967; the Rivet Clamps designated C-130E, were equipped with an electronic and infrared countermeasures suite. This radar, adapted from the Texas Instruments AN/APQ-89 radar used in the RF-4C Phantom photo reconnaissance aircraft, featured terrain following/terrain-avoidance and mapping radar modes, to enable it to operate at low altitudes at night and in all weather conditions and avoid known enemy radar and anti-aircraft weapons concentrations.
Beginning in 1970, Texas Instruments and Lockheed Air Service worked to adapt the existing AN/APQ-122 Adverse Weather Aerial Delivery System with terrain following/terrain avoidance modes to replace the original APQ-115, which suffere
Northrop T-38 Talon
The Northrop T-38 Talon is a two-seat, twinjet supersonic jet trainer. It was the world's first supersonic trainer and is the most produced; the T-38 remains in service as of 2018 in several air forces. The United States Air Force operates the most T-38s. In addition to training USAF pilots, the T-38 is used by NASA; the U. S. Naval Test Pilot School is the principal US Navy operator. Pilots of other NATO nations fly the T-38 in joint training programs with USAF pilots; as of 2018, the T-38 has been in service for over 50 years with its original operator, the United States Air Force. In 1952 Northrop began work on a fighter project, the Fang, with shoulder-mounted delta wing and a single engine; the proposed General Electric J79 engine, weighing nearly two tons, meant the resulting aircraft would be large and expensive. In 1953, representatives from General Electric Aviation's newly created Small Aircraft Engine Department showed Northrop a tiny engine capable of 2,500 lb of thrust, Northrop VP-Engineering Edgar Schmued saw the possibility of reversing the trend toward the large fighters.
Schmued and chief engineer Welko Gasich decided on a small twin-engine "hot-rod" fighter, the N-156. Northrop began its N-156 project in 1954, aiming for a small supersonic fighter jet capable of operating from the US Navy's escort carriers. However, when the Navy chose not to pursue equipping its fleets in that fashion, Northrop continued the N-156 design using in-house funding, recasting it as a lightweight fighter and aimed at the export market. In the mid-1950s the USAF issued a General Operating Requirement for a supersonic trainer, planning to retire its 1940s-era Lockheed T-33s. Northrop officials decided to adapt the N-156 to this competition; the only other candidate was the two-seat version of the North American F-100 Super Sabre. Although the F-100 was not considered the ideal candidate for a training aircraft, NAA was still considered the favorite in the competition due to that company's favored-contractor status with the Air Force. However, Northrop officials convincingly presented life-cycle cost comparisons which could not be ignored, they were awarded the contract, receiving an order for three prototypes.
The first flew on 10 April 1959. The type was adopted and the first production examples were delivered in 1961 entering service on 17 March that year, complementing the T-37 primary jet trainer; when production ended in 1972, 1,187 T-38s had been built. Since its introduction, it is estimated that some 50,000 military pilots have trained on this aircraft; the USAF remains one of the few armed flying forces using dedicated supersonic final trainers, as most, such as the US Navy, use high subsonic trainers. The T-38 is of conventional configuration, with a small, long-chord wing, a single vertical stabilizer, tricycle undercarriage; the aircraft seats a student pilot and instructor in tandem, has intakes for its two turbojet engines at the wing roots. Its nimble performance has earned it the nickname white rocket. In 1962 the T-38 set absolute time-to-climb records for 3,000, 6,000, 9,000 and 12,000 meters, beating the records for those altitudes set by the F-104 in December 1958; the F-5B and F can be distinguished from the T-38 by the wings.
The wings of both the T-38 and the F-5 family use conventional skin over spar-rib structure. Most T-38s built were of the T-38A variant, but the USAF had a small number of aircraft converted for weapons training, which were fitted with a gunsight and could carry a gunpod, rockets, or bombs on a centerline pylon. In 2015, 504 T-38s were still operational with the USAF, with many more in operation around the world. Most of the USAF variant aircraft have been converted to the T-38C through an avionics upgrade program. Improvements include the addition of a HUD, GPS, INS, TCAS. Most jets have received PMP. A third of the fleet are undergoing structural replacements and upgrades, as well as receiving new wings, to extend their service life to 2029; the fighter version of the N-156 was selected for the US Military Assistance Program and produced as the F-5 Freedom Fighter. Many of these have since reverted to a weapons training role as various air forces have introduced newer types into service; the F-5G was an advanced single-engined variant renamed the F-20 Tigershark.
In 2018, the Iranian Air Force announced that an outwardly-similar aircraft, named the Kowsar, had been constructed within Iran. The USAF Strategic Air Command had T-38s in service from 1978 until SAC's 1991 inactivation; these aircraft were used to enhance the career development of bomber copilots through the "Accelerated Copilot Enrichment Program." They were used as proficiency aircraft for all B-52, B-1, Lockheed SR-71, U-2, Boeing KC-135, KC-10 pilots. SAC's successors, the Air Combat Command and the Air Force Global Strike Command, continue to retain T-38s as proficiency aircraft for U-2 pilots and B-2 pilots, respectively; the Air Training Command's successor, the Air Education and Training Command, uses the T-38C to prepare pilots for
Los Altos High School (Los Altos, California)
Los Altos High School is a WASC accredited public high school located in Los Altos, United States, in the heart of Silicon Valley. The student-teacher ratios at Los Altos High School are lower than the state average. Los Altos was opened in 1954 and is located at 201 Almond Avenue with close proximity to Los Altos Downtown, San Antonio Shopping Center, Almond Elementary School. Los Altos High School is one of the three Mountain View-Los Altos Union High School District public high schools; the main feeder schools are Crittenden Middle School. The attendance area includes affluent sections of Los Altos, Los Altos Hills and Mountain View as well as low-income housing sections of Mountain View. Since 2005, the school principal has been Wynne Satterwhite; the previous principal, George Perez, left in 2004. Los Altos High School was established in 1954 on the site of an orchard. Los Altos High School served the white, middle to upper class populations of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills. During 1981 redistricting efforts, the district closed its oldest high school, Mountain View High School, located on Castro Street in downtown Mountain View.
Awalt High School was renamed Mountain View High School, while Los Altos High School replaced its Knight mascot with the Eagle mascot from the old Mountain View High School. The district reaches from Los Altos through Mountain View to San Francisco Bay in the north. Both schools are located near the city border of Los Altos and Mountain View, each has a considerable amount of the "other" city in its attendance area. In more recent history, Los Altos High has undergone major renovations, which has enhanced the campus environment; this includes a FieldTurf athletic field. During the El Niño storms of 1998, a tornado ripped through the quad area of the school; the tornado touched down at 5:05PM on May 4, 1998, near the intersection of El Monte Road and Almond Avenue. It was rated F1 on the Fujita Scale, was one of two that touched down in the area; the tornado uprooted trees, picked up dumpsters, damaged the tennis court fences, destroyed the baseball diamond dugout. Damages were estimated at $25,000.
As of the 2003-2004 school year, the enrollment was 1600 students. As of 2018, European American students comprise 40% of the population at Los Altos High School and Latino American students comprise 26%, up from 24% in 2011, Asian American students comprise 30%, up from 24% in 2017, 4% are "Other"; as of 2018, only 22 members of the student body identify as African American. Los Altos High School is a gold-certified high school and ranked 402nd nationally in 2018 by U. S. News and World Report. Los Altos High School is ranked 64th in California. In 2006, City-data deemed Los Altos High School to be the 9th best High School in California, with an API of 797. However, Newsweek grades schools on weighted data and teacher:student ratios, while City-Data uses API as a standard. In 2008, the school's performance fell seven points in the API from the previous year, with a final score of 795. Asians lost their score by five points and while students with disabilities lost 25 points from the previous year, while Hispanics and the economically disadvantaged scored higher than the previous year.
However, they passed the Federal "Adequate Yearly Progress" standards.2009 saw an increase of 30 points in the API for the school, with a 34-point increase for Latino students and 64 for English-Language learners. 825 points is the highest in school history. API scores for the student body overall have climbed each year from 799 in 2008 to 875 in 2011. Beginning in 2016, the state of California switched to a new Common Core based testing through the CAASPP. Students in the 11th grade who took this test in 2016 averaged in the 85.33rd percentile in ELA, 96.27th percentile in Mathematics. The California Department of Education claims that in 2008-2009, 98% of teachers were credentialed—this is higher than the state average. In 2009, Michelle Bissonnette, who taught at Los Altos for 10 years, was selected as one of three "Teaching Ambassador Fellows" to work as a full-time employee of the United States Department of Education for one school year. Los Altos High School boasts a strong athletic department, performing arts department and has a host of student-run clubs.
Los Altos High School requires two years of Physical Education credits. 1 full year of P. E. in 9th grade is required. After-school sports each provide one semester of credits, its sports teams participate in the regional SCVAL League. The track and field team has made it to State championships numerous times, most notably first place 40 years ago. Los Altos High boasts a large music department, with a state of the art music room equipped with reverb devices; the musical ensembles included are Auxiliary Units, Marching band, Jazz band, Chamber Ensemble, String Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Concert Band. Los Altos High School includes Concert Choir and the world-renowned Main Street Singers; the school hosts a Drama department, the advanced course of, called Broken Box Theatre Company and performs in the school's Eagle Theater. The school's world-traveling vocal ensemble, known as the "Main Street Singers", travel around the world on tour every year, they gained international reputation through completing concert travel to 45