Los Angeles Senior High School

  • Los Angeles Senior High School serves 1,380 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 23% (which is lower than the California state average of 37%) for the 2015-16 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 41% (which is lower than the California state average of 48%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Los Angeles Senior High School placed in the bottom 50% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is bottom 50%, and reading proficiency is bottom 50%) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 22:1 is lower than the California state level of 24:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 99% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is higher than the California state average of 76%.

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School Overview

  • Los Angeles Senior High School's student population of 1,380 students has declined by 21% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 64 teachers has declined by 29% over five school years.
School TypeMagnet School
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,380 students
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Total Classroom Teachers64 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Los Angeles Senior High School is ranked within the bottom 50% of all 9,595 schools in California (based off of combined Math and Reading proficiency testing data) for the 2015-16 school year.
  • The school's student:teacher ratio of 22:1 has increased from 19:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Los Angeles Senior High School is 0.37, which is less than the diversity score at state average of 0.41. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2015-2016 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
23%
37%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
41%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio22:124:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
7%
11%
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Hispanic
78%
54%
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Black
14%
6%
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White
1%
24%
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Two or more races
n/a
4%
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Diversity Score0.370.41
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Graduation Rate
77%
83%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
78%
50%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
8%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameLos Angeles Unified School District
Source: 2015-2016 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Notes

  • 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.

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