Los Angeles Senior High School
- Grades: 9-12
- Enrollment: 1,117 students
- Student:Teacher Ratio: 20:1
- Minority Enrollment: 98%
- Graduation Rate: 73% (Btm 50% in CA)
- Overall Testing Rank: Bottom 50%
- Math Proficiency: 19% (Btm 50%)
- Reading Proficiency: 41% (Btm 50%)
- Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), CA Dept. of Education
- Los Angeles High School, founded in 1873, is the oldest public high school in the Southern California Region and in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Its colors are blue and white and the teams are called the Romans.
- Los Angeles High School is a public secondary high school, enrolling grades 9-12. Los Angeles High School receives accreditation approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). Concurrent enrollment programs, provided in large by the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Los Angeles Community College District, are offered with West Los Angeles College, Los Angeles Trade Technical College, Los Angeles City College, or Santa Monica College.
- Los Angeles High School is a large, urban, inner-city school located in the Mid-Wilshire District of Los Angeles. The attendance boundary consists of a contrasting spectrum of economic diversity ranging from affluent Hancock Park to the low-income, densely populated immigrant community of the Pico-Union District. Within the school is a College Incentive Magnet Program, which operates on Track C. Forty-four percent of the student population is identified as LEP, or Limited English Proficient. Currently, 66% of the students are identified as eligible to receive supplemental instructional services and materials through the Federal Title I Program.
- The magnet high school is a university preparatory secondary high school program and a "school within a school." First established as a part of student integration services in the 1970s, the Los Angeles High School Math/Science/Technology magnet prepares students with an intensive, rigorous course load in order to better prepare them for university entrance.
- History: Until recently, buildings commissioned to house the school were among the architectural jewels of the city, and always were strategically placed at the summit of a hill, the easier to be pointed to with pride. (One of the school's mottos is "Always a hill, always a tower, always a timepiece.") Construction on LAHS' original building began on July 19, 1872. Opening in 1873, it was originally located at the site of the current Los Angeles County Court House at Temple and Broadway, approximately 34¡ã03¡ä20.44¡åN, 118¡ã14¡ä36.48¡åW.
- In 1879 a school natural science club, the Star And Crescent Society, was founded and consisted then of the entire student body. It soon left its specific focus on science and became a de facto student government and organizational body. Actual student government was instituted in the early 1900s; meanwhile, as the size of the student body increased over years, the younger classes were successively dropped from Star and Cresent until by 1935 only seniors were members. Star and Crescent probably disappeared around the time of the second World War, but is difficult to determine since no one at the school today can tell exactly when it ended.
- In 1891, LAHS moved to its second building and location on nearby Fort Moore Hill, located on north Hill Street between California (now the 101 Freeway) and Sunset Boulevard (now Ceasar E Chavez Ave.) at 34¡ã03¡ä30.39¡åN, 118¡ã14¡ä32.84¡åW. It eventually became the location for the Fort Moore Hill Pioneer Memorial and the headquarters of the Los Angeles Unified School District (which moved in 2000). LAHS would move to its present location in 1917, where an edifice which became an international cultural landmark was erected for the famed school. The insure a permanently beautiful vista for their contemplation, and to honor classmates who had fallen in World War I, the students purchased the land across the street for the creation of a tree-filled, memorial park.
- The popular late 1960s and early 70s television series Room 222 was filmed here. The 1917 building sustained moderate cosmetic damage, principally in the tower area, during the 1971 Sylmar earthquake. Efforts spearheaded by the Alumni Association, founded in 1876, to repair and preserve the iconic structure were opposed by certain commercial interests, who lobbied for its demolition, and finally decisively thwarted when it was gutted by a fire of mysterious origin. The replacement structure has been universally decried and finds no champions among either current or former students and faculty, or residents of the neighboring community.
- The school will be relieved when Central Los Angeles Area New High School 2 opens in 2007.
- Neighborhoods served by LAHS: Neighborhoods zoned to LAHS include Harvard Heights, Brookside, Lafayette Square, Little Ethiopia, portions of Hancock Park, and portions of Pico-Union District.
- Many new families in some neighborhoods, including Lafayette Square, do not send their children to public schools.
- Notable alumni: Fletcher Bowron, four term mayor of Los Angeles 1938 - 1953.
- Ray Bradbury, author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles.
- Nacio Brown, Jr., songwriter and son of Nacio Brown, Sr. who wrote Singing in the Rain.
- Charles Bukowski, writer, poet.
- John Cage, composer.
- Johnnie Cochran, attorney who defended O.J. Simpson.
- Mike Evans, actor.
- Dustin Hoffman, actor.
- Josephine Miles, poet.
- Charles Francis Richter, inventor of the Richter Scale.
- Frederick Madison Roberts, first African American to be elected to the California State Legislature (1919-1933).
- Budd Schulberg, Oscar-winning screenwriter.
- Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra.
- Mel Torm¨¦, jazz singer.
- Francis J. Weber, historian, noted author on California's mission period.
- Advanced Placement Program: Students are accepted into the Advanced Placement Program and individual advanced placement classes based on faculty and counselor recommendations. A student may be admitted into an AP class by request if the AP instructor has approved the request.
Frequently Asked Questions
What percent of students have achieved state testing proficiency in math and reading?
19% of students have achieved math proficiency (compared to the 40% CA state average), while 41% of students have achieved reading proficiency (compared to the 51% CA state average).
What is the graduation rate of Los Angeles Senior High School?
The graduation rate of Los Angeles Senior High School is 73%, which is lower than the California state average of 84%.
How many students attend Los Angeles Senior High School?
1,117 students attend Los Angeles Senior High School.
What is the racial composition of the student body?
84% of Los Angeles Senior High School students are Hispanic, 10% of students are Black, 3% of students are Asian, 2% of students are White, and 1% of students are Two or more races.
What is the student:teacher ratio of Los Angeles Senior High School?
Los Angeles Senior High School has a student ration of 20:1, which is lower than the California state average of 22:1.
What grades does Los Angeles Senior High School offer ?
Los Angeles Senior High School offers enrollment in grades 9-12
What school district is Los Angeles Senior High School part of?
Los Angeles Senior High School is part of Los Angeles Unified School District.
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