Alhambra High School
Alhambra High School serves 2,301 students in grades 9-12.
Alhambra High School placed in the top 30% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 50%, and reading proficiency is top 20%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 43% (which is higher than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 69% (which is higher than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 24:1 is higher than the California state level of 22:1.
Minority enrollment is 98% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 78% (majority Hispanic).
- Grades: 9-12
- Students: 2,301 students
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 24:1
- Minority Enrollment: 98%
- Graduation Rate: 92% (Top 30% in CA)
- Overall Testing Rank: Top 30%
- Math Proficiency: 43% (Top 50%)
- Reading Proficiency: 69% (Top 20%)
- Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education
Alhambra High School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Alhambra High School's student population of 2,301 students has declined by 8% over five school years.
The teacher population of 95 teachers has declined by 5% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Alhambra High School is ranked within the top 30% of all 9,659 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Alhambra High School is 0.55, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.63. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2020-2021 School Year Data
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#2476 out of 9659 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2020-2021 (latest school year available) National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education
- Alhambra High School is a secondary school located at 101 South Second Street in Alhambra, California, USA with ZIP Code 91801. It is the largest secondary school in the Alhambra Unified School District. Situated in the downtown area of Alhambra, it has easy access to the public library.
- Athletics: Several Alhambra High School athletic teams are exemplary. The Alhambra wrestling team, under the direction of coach Michael Williams, has been extremely successful. The team consistently sends wrestlers to state, sometimes national, championships, and is always very competitive in the CIF postseason. In 2002 the team ended an undefeated season of (23-0) which culminated in its first C.I.F. championship.
- The Alhambra Badminton team is similarly adept and often sends players through CIF and into state championships.
- Alhambra High School's football team is generally very competitive within the Almont league, which is comprised of schools from the Alhambra and Montebello school districts, winning a league championship in 2002 and most recently in 2006. In CIF postseason play, however, the team has not seen much success since the 1980s, although they did managed to reach the semifinals one year. The Alhambra High School basketball team generally meets with similar success, competitive within league play but generally only playing one or two games in the postseason.
- Also, in recent years the Alhambra baseball team has been very successful at the helm, leading the Moors to back-to-back league championships in 2005 and 2006. The 2006 team was particularly successful finishing with a new school record of 22-4.
- Dance teams: Alhambra High School has one of the premier high school drill and dance teams in the United States since the 1980's. Under the direction of Jan Crawford, the drill team has represented the United States in Miss Drill Team International competitions held around the world, most recently Japan and Australia. In addition, Alhambra dancers often compete in and win solo competitions in Miss Drill Team USA and National Street Dance USA. Alhambra High School itself is home to the Elementary Drill Team USA competition, a Miss Dance Drill Team USA dance/drill team and pep art event.
- Alhambra High School also has a competitive All-Male Dance Team, which regularly competes in and around Southern California, in addition to participation in the National Street Dance USA competition. Orchesis, the high school dance club, is also very competitive in Southern California. Competitive dance clubs are quite rare, as they are prone to be less organized than teams that have the advantage of daily class time in addition to other rehearsals. The All-Male Dance Team and Orchesis are testaments to the role of drill and dance as part of Alhambra High School's extracurricular choices.
- Recent controversy: In April 2005, a controversial article was published by The Moor, the school's biweekly newspaper. The article, written by Robin Zhou, titled "Latinos Lag Behind in Academics", asked why many students in Advanced Placement classes were Asian, and bluntly stated that Asians worked much harder than Hispanic students. Zhou's article attempted to discuss the roots of this phenomenon, although many Latino students and parents were up in arms over his assertion that Asians do better in school because of parental pressure that Latino students do not experience. Please refer to "Model Minority" for more information.'
- Bomb scare: There was a bomb scare at Alhambra High School on Thursday, October 12, 2006. The school was in lockdown while police officers searched the campus for suspicious looking objects. Students were then evacuated and released early from school.
- On Wednesday, October 11, 2006, an explosive device was found at about 4:50 p.m. on a sidewalk in the 100th block of Main Street, which borders the north end of campus. Hours later, at about 8:45 p.m., a second, similar 8-inch-long pipe-shaped device was found in the trash can under a stairwell in the south end of campus.
- The Los Angeles County sheriff's bomb squad safely removed and disabled both items, and the campus was searched.
- Great people/Groups of alhambra high: Alhambra is home to the world greatest and only super-hero the Black Arachnid defender of the meek and righteous has been seen near the high school thought only to be a rumor but sighting of him have been rising ever scene sightings of Scorpio a high school secret society that deals with black magic. There must have been more then one Black Arachnid scene there have been acounts of him in the late 1930-today he is about 6'0 tall and glowing red eyes with a red hour glass sign on his chest.
- Notable alumni: Jack Chick, artist; Clive Cussler, novelist; Stan Freberg, voice actor; James Jannard, businessman; Gerald Petievich, writer; Dorothy Emma Howell Rodham, homemaker; Cheryl Tiegs, model; Mickey Thompson, racecar driver; Jim Tunney, American football official, author, motivational speaker; Stan Van Gundy, basketball coach; Verne Winchell, businessman; Mike Woo, politician; Jonathan Ke Quan, Vietnamese-American actor.
There is the good, and there is the bad. I honestly cannot give a full review since experiences do vary. Depending on the classes you get, some teachers may or may not expect much from the class. There are some good teachers here, but some simply seem to lack teaching experience. Some students are especially rowdy here, and the teachers sometimes never seem to care. The education is fine to be honest, but the people here? Not so much.
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