- Taft High School (Los Angeles)
Infobox High School
name= Taft High School
principal= Sharon Thomas
location= 5461 Winnetka Ave.
Woodland Hills, CA
colors= Red, Gold
website= [http://www.tafthigh.org/ Official website] |
William Howard Taft High School is a
public schoollocated on Ventura Boulevardin Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valleyof Los Angeles, California, USA, within the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Several areas, including portions of Woodland Hills, Tarzana and Melody Acres [http://www.latimes.com/news/local/valley/la-re-guide24oct24,1,6347988.story?page=2] , are zoned to Taft. In addition, residents of Topanga, an unincorporated section of
Los Angeles County, may attend Taft or Palisades Charter High School.
Taft opened in
Taft's nickname and mascot is the
Toreador. Its rival schools are El Camino Real High School and Birmingham High School located in Woodland Hills and Lake Balboa respectfully.
Home to many winning sports programs, Taft sports teams have won city championships in football, basketball, track, tennis, volleyball, soccer and golf.
Many Taft players have gone on to division one programs and professional sports. Former All-American Steve Smith is now an NFL receiver for the New York Giants.
Jordan Farmarof the Los Angeles Lakersalso is a 2004 alumni.
Taft is also home to
Speechand Debateteams under the leadership of Doug Lasken that sent 10 students to the State Competition held in Sacramento, California. Three were finalists in the National Forensics League National Competition held in Texas.
Taft has also seen repeated success in the
United States Academic Decathlon, winning Nationals in 1989, 1994, and 2006.
In 2006 a new academy called the Visual And Performing Arts Academy (VAPA) was created. It combines the vocal music, instrumental music, drama, dance, and art departments and puts focus on the arts in academic subjects.
Taft recently received a Nantechnology grant and will be planning this year in collaboration with Dr. Chang of Northwestern University.clarifyme
Brad Kearns(Professional Triathlete, author)
Brad Wilk(drummer, Rage Against the Machine)
Bruce Gary(Drummer in The Knack)
Cherie Currie(singer of The Runaways)
Craig Buck(Olympic volleyball player)
Dale Launer(screenwriter) Ruthless People, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, My Cousin Vinny, Love Potion #9
* Danny Boy O' Connor (founding member of
House of Painand La Coka Nostra)
Dave Koz(saxophonist, jazz recording artist)
Duffy Waldorf(Pro Golfer, PGA Tour)
Eric Wright( Eazy-E) - Rapper
Gabe Kapler- MLB player
Jan Smithers(Bailey on WKRP) - Actress
Jane Wiedlin(founding member of The Go-Go's)
Jason Bateman- Actor
Jeff Fisher(head coach Tennessee Titans)
Jeff Stork(pro volleyball player)
Joan Jett(guitarist for The Runaways,singer/guitarist Joan Jett and The Black Hearts)
Jon Lovitz(actor Saturday Night Live
Jordan Farmar- NBA player, Los Angeles Lakers
Justine Bateman- Actress
Kathryn Dwyer Sullivan( NASAastronaut, first American woman to walk in space)
* Kevin Kennedy (manager Texas Rangers and
Boston Red Sox)
Larry Dierker- MLB player, manager Houston Astros
Lisa Kudrow- Actress
Maureen McCormick(Marcia Brady of TV's Brady Bunch)
Michael D. Rich- Executive Vice President of the RAND Corporation
* O'Shea Jackson (
Ice Cube) - Rapper and actor
* Peter Gordon (American experimental composer and musician)
Quincy Watts- Olympic gold medalist
Rick Auerbach- MLB player
Robin Wright Penn- Actress
Robin Yount(MLB) Hall of Fame
Steve Bartekof Oingo Boingo
* Steve Hartman, Sportscaster, KLAC Radio, KCBS Television
* Steve Smith (former USC starting
wide receiver). Now with the New York Giants
Strawberry Alarm Clock(1960's rock group)
Susan Olsen(Cindy Brady of TV's Brady Bunch)
Tiffanie Anderson(pop group) Girlicious
The Electric Prunes(1960s rock group)
William Smith- Guitarist, songwriter
In the media
Taft starred as the high school used in
1976's The Boy in the Plastic Bubblewith John Travolta, 1985's Mask (film), starring Cher, 1995's The Brady Bunch Movie, 2005's , 2006's Monk (TV series), 2007's Keith starring Pop Superstar, Jesse McCartney, and 2008's music video for If I Didn't Have Youby Hannah Montanaco-stars Mitchel Mussoand Emily Osment.
Taft High was mentioned in the pop-up version of the
Disney Channel Original Movie" High School Musical" (2006) as the winner of the United States Academic Decathlon.
Also, Taft has been featured in many commercials, most recently for
Home Depot, Skittlesand the video game "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix".
On many weekends and when the high school is out of session it is not unusual for it to be seen used as a filming location.
* [http://www.tafthigh.org/ Official website]
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