Pacifica High School

  • Pacifica High School serves 1,650 students in grades 9-12.
  • The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Math is 56% (which is higher than the California state average of 38%) for the 2016-17 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in Reading/Language Arts is 78% (which is higher than the California state average of 48%) for the 2016-17 school year.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 23:1 is equal to the California state level of 23:1.
  • Minority enrollment is 63% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 76%.

Top Placements

Pacifica High School places among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

  • Pacifica High School's student population of 1,650 students has declined by 6% over five school years.
  • The teacher population of 73 teachers has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Total Students1,650 students
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Total Classroom Teachers73 teachers
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School Comparison

  • Pacifica High School's student:teacher ratio of 23:1 has decreased from 24:1 over five school years.
  • The diversity score of Pacifica High School is 0.69, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2016-2017 School Year DataThis SchoolState Level (CA)
Overall School Rank#1705 out of 9,595 schools
(Top 20%)
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
56%
38%
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Reading / Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
78%
48%
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Student : Teacher Ratio23:123:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
28%
11%
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Hispanic
32%
54%
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Black
1%
6%
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White
37%
24%
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Hawaiian
n/an/a
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Two or more races
2%
4%
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All Ethnic GroupsThis chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in Pacifica High School.This chart display the percentage breakdown of public school students of all ethnic groups in CA.
Diversity Score0.690.64
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Graduation Rate
93%
83%
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Eligible for Free Lunch
25%
49%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
9%
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School Statewide TestingView Education Department Test Scores
School District NameGarden Grove Unified School District
Source: 2016-2017 (latest school 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.

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