Pacifica High School

Pacifica High School serves 1,794 students in grades 9-12.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the CA average of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 51% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 74%.
Pacifica High School operates within the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Overview

The student population of 1794 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Grades Offered Grades 9-12
Total Students 1,794 students
Pacifica High School Total Students (1987-2012)
Gender % 50% Male / 50%Female
Total Classroom Teachers 69 teachers
Pacifica High School Total Classroom Teachers (1987-2012)
Students by Grade Pacifica High School Students by Grade

School Comparison

The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 has decreased from : over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.66 is more than the state average of 0.42. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
This School (CA) School Average
Student : Teacher Ratio 26:1 22:1
Pacifica High School Student : Teacher Ratio (1987-2012)
American Indian
n/a
1%
Asian
21%
11%
Pacifica High School Asian (1988-2012)
Hispanic
24%
52%
Pacifica High School Hispanic (1988-2012)
Black
1%
7%
Pacifica High School Black (1988-2012)
White
49%
26%
Pacifica High School White (1988-2012)
All Ethnic Groups Pacifica High School Sch Ethnicity Pacifica High School Sta Ethnicity
Diversity Score
The chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body.
0.66 0.42
Pacifica High School Diversity Score (1988-2012)
Eligible for Free Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
10%
Pacifica High School Eligible for Free Lunch (1992-2011)
Eligible for Reduced
Lunch
Families meeting income eligibility guidelines may qualify for free and reduced price meals or free milk. These guidelines are used by schools, institutions, and facilities participating in the National School Lunch Program (and Commodity School Program), School Breakfast Program, Special Milk Program for Children, Child and Adult Care Food Program and Summer Food Service Program.
n/a
n/a
Pacifica High School Eligible for Reduced Lunch (1999-2011)

District Comparison

The district's student population of 47,979 students has stayed relatively flat over five years.
School District Name Garden Grove Unified School District
Number of Schools
Managed
67
4
Number of Students Managed 47,979 1,671
Garden Grove Unified School District Number of Students Managed (1988-2012)
Graduation Rate n/a n/a
Garden Grove Unified School District Graduation Rate (2003-2008)
District Total Revenue $458 MM $19 MM
Garden Grove Unified School District Total Revenue (1990-2009)
District Spending $456 MM $18 MM
Garden Grove Unified School District Spending (1990-2009)
District Revenue / Student $9,421 $11,099
Garden Grove Unified School District Revenue / Student (1990-2009)
District Spending / Student $9,382 $10,975
Garden Grove Unified School District Spending / Student (1990-2009)
School Statewide Testing View Education Department Test Scores
Source: 2012 (latest year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Notes:

  • Pacifica High School is a high school in Garden Grove, California and is a member of the Garden Grove Unified School District. It first opened on September 5, 1965, on the site of an old pig farm.
  • Athletics: Pacifica's sports teams are called the Mariners, and compete in Empire League of theCalifornia Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. Prior to 2006, they competed in the Garden Grove League with the other schools in the GGUSD. Pacifica's softball team is regularly among the nation's elite, and won the national championship in 1997. The Pacifica Marching Band Drumline in 2006 took the WGI National gold medal in the PSO division (along with numerous first place finishes all over Southern California). Pacificas J.V cheer team, 2005-2006, won USA Spirit Nationals in their division. They competed against the top five teams in their division and won first place.
  • Notable alumni: Tommy Sandt, former 2nd baseman Oakland Athletics, St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Norm Johnson, former National Football League kicker.
  • Dexter Holland, singer and guitarist for the band, The Offspring, and valedictorian of the Class of 1984.
  • Kevin Wasserman, lead guitarist of The Offspring.
  • Greg Kriesel, bassist for The Offspring Amanda Freed, member of the gold medal-winning 2004 U.S. Olympic Softball team.
  • Daniel Barber, former professional soccer player, indoors and with MLS's MetroStars.
  • Jodie Legaspi, UCLA softball star and member of U.S. national team.
  • Rob Weil, former coach of Pacifica's national championship softball team. Was All-CIF goalkeeper for Pacifica's CIF Southern Section 2-A boys' soccer championship team in 1980.
  • Monique Powell, musician.

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Westminster High School (1.9 miles away).
The nearest middle school is Hilton D. Bell Intermediate (0.4 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Garden Park Elementary School (0.4 miles away)
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  • School Location Miles Students Grades
  • Garden Grove Garden Park Elementary School
    6562 Stanford Ave
    Garden Grove , CA 92845
    (714)663-6074
    0.4  mi  |  245  students  |  Gr.  KG-6
  • Garden Grove Loyal Barker Elementary School
    12565 Springdale St
    Garden Grove , CA 92845
    (714)663-6164
    0.4  mi  |  390  students  |  Gr.  KG-6
  • Garden Grove Hilton D. Bell Intermediate
    12345 Springdale St
    Garden Grove , CA 92845
    (714)663-6466
    0.4  mi  |  645  students  |  Gr.  7-8
  • Garden Grove Enders Elementary School
    12302 Springdale St
    Garden Grove , CA 92845
    (714)663-6205
    0.5  mi  |  583  students  |  Gr.  KG-6
  • Garden Grove Patton Elementary School
    6861 Santa Rita Ave
    Garden Grove , CA 92845
    (714)663-6584
    0.6  mi  |  953  students  |  Gr.  KG-6

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Did You Know?
Garden Grove, CA public schools have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.48, which is higher than the California average of 0.45. The most diverse school in Garden Grove is Jordan Secondary Learning Center. Read more about public school diversity statistics in California or national school diversity statistics.