Trabuco Hills High School

Trabuco Hills High School

Infobox Education in the United States
name= Trabuco Hills High School

motto_translation= The Trabuco Hills mascot.
streetaddress = 27501 Mustang Run
city = Mission Viejo
state = California
country = USA
zipcode = 92691
url =
district= Saddleback Valley Unified School District
superintendent= Stephen L. Fish
principal= Stephen A. Metz (interim)
assistant_principals= Paul LaBlanc, Thomas Williams, John Van Tassell
viceprincipal =
viceprincipal_label= Assistant Principals
faculty= 112.4(on FTE basis) [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed October 27, 2007.]
fundingtype= Public
schooltype= comprehensive high school
grades= 9-12
language= English
area= Southern Orange County
communities= Rancho Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo, Trabuco Canyon
feeders= Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School
Los Alisos Middle School
Serrano Middle School
campus= Suburban
language = English
mascot = Mustangs
teamname = Mustangs
colors = color box|#003366 colorbox|#808080 Navy Blue & Gray
founded = 1985
enrollment = 3,073
enrollment_as_of = 2005-2006
grade9 = 844 [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 24, 2008.]
grade10 = 835 [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 24, 2008.]
grade11 = 741 [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 24, 2008.]
grade12 = 653 [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 24, 2008.]
free_label_1= Male Students
free_1= 1,552 [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 24, 2008.]
free_label_2= Female Students
free_2= 1,517 [ Trabuco Hills High School] , National Center for Education Statistics. Accessed September 24, 2008.]
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Trabuco Hills High School is a high school in Mission Viejo, California, United States and is the largest school in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District in terms of attendance, with 3,128 students enrolled as of the 2006-2007 school year. The school has served the area since 1985 with its first graduating class in 1987. Its mascot is the mustang and its colors are blue, silver and white. During the 2008 school year, roughly 12 students were caught cheating on AP exams. [ [ "Trabuco Hills students under investigation for cheating.." ] ] This lead to the principal being fired and 690 exams being tossed out. [ [ "Trabuco Hills students must retake AP test."] ]


Below is a selection of significant state and national recognition that THHS has received.

*2003 California Exemplary Career Technical School. (1 of 4 high schools in named California)
*2002 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. [ [ Schools take state honors] , "The Orange County Register", April 13, 2001, "Two Mission Viejo high schools were named California Distinguished Schools this week. It was the first recognition for 15-year-old Trabuco Hills High School.."]
*2001 California Distinguished School
*2001 California Excellence in Arts School (1 of 3 high schools named in California)

*"THHS is the only high school in California to have earned all of the highest state and national honors available in the past few years: California Distinguished School (2001),California Excellence in Arts Education, National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence (2002), California Exemplary Career Technical Education (2003), and Orange County Stellar Technology Model High School (2004-2007)." 2006-2007 Accountability Report]

*Of the 2006–2007 graduates, 40 percent attended four-year colleges and 56 percent attended two-year colleges. In the fall of 2002, our school admitted more freshmen to California State University, Fullerton, than any other school in California. THHS features the largest enrollment in Coastline Regional Occupational Program (ROP) courses of any school in Orange County.

API scores

*Trabuco Hills’s API was 815 (out of 1000) for 2006-2007 school year. This is an increase of 6 points compared to the previous year's API. All students took the test.

*API RANKINGS: Based on 2005–2006 test results, the 2006–2007 school year began with an API base score of 809. The state ranks all schools according to this score on a scale from 1 to 10 (10 being highest). Compared to all high schools in California, Trabuco Hills received a 9 out of 10.

Extracurricular programs

Trabuco Hills High School houses a significant number of extracurricular programs, many of which have received official recognition at the state and national level.

Instrumental Music

Trabuco Hills houses one of the most accomplished high school music programs in the state of California. Its drumline, colorguard, and marching band have performed in various regional and state competitions. The Trabuco Hills Percussion Ensemble earned 7th in the world for the Percussion Scholastic Open Division. The Trabuco Hills Winter Guard has recently closed an almost undefeated year with the exception of 15th place in the world for the Scholastic A division and 2nd in the state in the same division. The colorguard and drumline perform alongside the marching band in the fall semester, a unit which has also accomplished many great things. In the 2005-2006 season, the Thundering Marching Mustang Unit took 1st place in the entire state for the 4A division. In the 2007-2008 season, the unit returned to the Fiesta Bowl, a competition and parade held in Arizona. The Trabuco Hills Jazz Ensemble recently took first in the Intermediate Division at the Irvine High School jazz festival. The jazz program also includes a seven-piece jazz combo which performs and competes both alongside and independent of the Jazz Ensemble. The school's Symphonic Orchestra has performed at a national festival in Orlando Florida, and set an all time record for highest score achieved at that festival. On the heels of that tremendous accomplishment, it recently turned down an invitation to perform in Carnegie Hall. In the year 2006, the Symphonic Orchestra attended the inauguaral of the Orchestra of America Fesitval in Indianapolis. The current director of the music program is Dr. Howard Stephens and the assistant director of music is Mr. Russell Moreau.

Model United Nations

Trabuco Hills boasts a broad and successful Model United Nations program. Model UN is currently incorporated into the social science curriculum as an optional component in the freshman cultural geography course and the sophomore world history course. A junior-senior level international studies and comparative government course was discontinued in 2004.

Delegates representing THHS MUN have attended numerous conferences, including UC Berkeley, UC Irvine and El Toro High School. Minor conferences that are used primarily for training of freshman delegates include Mission Viejo High School and Laguna Hills High School. THHS delegates have garnered numerous performance and research awards, both personal and delegation, at these conferences.

Academic Decathlon

The Academic Decathlon is a class at Trabuco Hills High School, but it also serves as an extracurricular program. Generally nine students compete among other teams in Orange County, and if successful among teams statewide, in ten academic events including a speech and an interview. The Trabuco Hills team now accommodates more than nine students allowing it to have several teams. The team has made it to the state competition several years including 2005. The team also has freshman and sophomore teams; however at that level the competition is much less rigorous and challenging.

cience Olympiad

The Trabuco Hills Science Olympiad club was founded in 2006. There are fifteen members on the team, and each member competes in at least two rigorous science competitions ranging from studying insects to building bridges. In the overall Orange County competition it ranked fourteenth (against schools such as Troy High School, whose team has repeatedly ranked first in the national competition), while ranking third in the Science Bowl competition.


Basketball program

Trabuco Hills High School has a basketball program, currently under the reign of head coach Tom McCluskey.fact|date=October 2008

Cross country program

In 2006 Trabuco Hills High School upset Royal High School of Simi Valley to win the California D1 state championship. They went on to NTN placing 9th. The program is currently under the reign of head coach Liam Clemons. Currently Ranked #25 in state, the team is lead by Matt Mosier and Stephen Tan. In the 2007-2008 season, the Mustangs have a super-talented pack of sophomores such as Jansen Oshier, Brian Gomez, Brent Ritschell, and the new addition Ryan Herson..

Boys' soccer program

In 2005, Trabuco Hills High School won the south coast league.


Daniel Kirkpatrick won the 2007 State track and field meet in the High Jump (6'11"), boys JT sullivan and Scott Blair also qualified for the CIF state meet and placed 4th and 7th respectively. The program is currently under the reign of Jack Recla.

Notable alumni

*Kyle Thoresen (2003) - Semi-Pro Skimboarder, took first place in 2003 Victoria Pro/AM Skimboard Competition (15-17 amateur division).
*Nick Punto (1996) - Major League Baseball Player, Minnesota Twins
*Pat Barnes (1993) - National Football League Player/XFL/NFLeurope/CFL
*James Vincent (Turtle) - Actor, Dude Wheres My Car, Lost and Found, and tv shows (Mastercard)
*Tim Steed - President of the California Young Democrats
*Josh Todd lead singer of many bands, including Buckcherry.
*Tylor Chase - Actor, Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide, Everybody Hates Chris
*John Porzio- Baddest Mother Fucker Around Award Recipient 2006. []


External links

* [ Official school site]

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