Palos Verdes High School

Palos Verdes High School

Infobox School
name = Palos Verdes High School
principal = Christopher Bowles
location = 600 Cloyden Road, Palos Verdes Estates, California
homepage =
enrollment = 1,904 (from fact sheet for 2007 to 2008 school year) [ [ Palos Verdes High School Profile Data 2007-2008] ]
established = 1962
mascot = Sea King
colors = Red, Black, and White

Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) is one of three public high schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California, USA (the others being Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (formerly Rolling Hills High School) and Rancho Del Mar High School. Located by the ocean in Palos Verdes Estates, the school is part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District.

Originally opened in 1962, the school earned many awards for academic and athletic excellence before declining enrollments due to demographic changes led the District to close PVHS in 1991, combining three existing high schools into Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS). The campus remained in use as Palos Verdes Intermediate School, with the former intermediate schools having been closed as part of the reorganization. In 2002, climbing enrollments and overcrowding at Peninsula High School led the district to reopen Palos Verdes High School. By the first year, enrollment reached a remarkable 470 students.

Notable Organizations and Clubs

PVHS is home to the Palos Verdes Road Warriors, the only high school team in the nation to have participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge.

The school also has an award-winning drama program that was chosen to represent the United States in the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in 2009. The drama department has won numerous awards at DTASC competitions.

The school is also known for its broadcast journalism program Live from 205 (referring to the program's room number), which has won several awards at the STN National Convention from 2005 through 2008, including the Excellence Award for best high school weekly news show in the country in the 2007 and 2008 competitions. [ [ Welcome to Live From 205 ] ] [ [ Honors ] ]

The school's science olympiad team, coached by Eva Stamper, typically advances to the state competition each year, and in 2008 achieved fourth place in the competitive Los Angeles Regionals.


The athletic teams (known as the Sea Kings) are represented by the colors red, black, and white, and compete in the Bay League for most sports. The nickname comes from the Greek god Poseidon, the school's official mascot. Their cross-town rival is the PVPHS Panthers, whom they battle in various sports for the "King of the Hill". This is a recent development coming a few years after the reopening in 2002, as the teams were not closely aligned or regularly matched up immediately thereafter due to sizeable differences in enrollment. The original cross-town rival was the Rolling Hills High School Titans, the original school housed on the PVPHS campus before district wide consolidation took effect.

In 1975, a notable date in the school's sports history, the Sea Kings won the CIF Boys Basketball Championship, defeating perennial champion Verbum Dei High School in the semi-finals in one of the biggest upsets in California high school basketball history. Palos Verdes was led by future NBA all-star Bill Laimbeer, while Verbum Dei's biggest star was David Greenwood, who became Laimbeer's teammate on the 1990 Detroit Pistons NBA championship team.

The Sea Kings have won many CIF titles over the years in several other boys and girls sports, and a few teams have even been recognized at the state or national level. Circa 1990, it claimed a national championship in both girls basketball as well as boys soccer, as recognized by USA Today. Most recently, the school has claimed CIF titles in baseball (2005), boys lacrosse, and in boys soccer for the 2006-07 season.

The Red Tide, is a student-run spirit organization that supports the sports teams. Started specifically to cheer for boys basketball, the Red Tide is a major presence at most games, where an entire section of the bleachers is often a sea of red. Their taglines include "Roll Tide," "Tritons Up," and "Red Tide Nation."

Notable alumni

*Former Senator George Felix Allen (R-VA), Class of '70
*Bill Laimbeer (Detroit Pistons star and current WNBA coach), Class of '75 and leader of the 1975 CIF championship basketball team.
*Christopher Boyce convicted of espionage, subject of the movie "The Falcon and the Snowman", from Robert Lindsey's book of the same name), Class of '70
*Andrew Daulton Lee (convicted of espionage, subject of the movie "The Falcon and the Snowman", from Robert Lindsey's book of the same name), Class of '70
*Dana Rohrabacher (U.S. House of Representatives), Class of '65
*Evan C. Kim (actor), Class of '71
*John Philbin (actor)
*Ethan Olson Vietnam War Vet.
*Pete Sampras (tennis great) (attended 1985-88 but did not graduate)
*Brooke Theiss (actress), Class of '87
*John Erickson (pro golfer) Windsor Charity Classic Champion 1991, Class of 81
*Justine Greiner (Playboy centerfold) Miss February 1984, Class of 81
*Rick Griffin (artist and illustrator), Class of '62
*Daniel Levitin (musician and neurologist), Class of '75
*Blair Bush (former center in the NFL), Class of '74
*Heather Burge and Heidi Burge (basketball players, subject of the movie "Double Teamed") (attended but did not graduate)
*Todd Witteles, World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and CardPlayer Magazine's 2005 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Class of '90
*John Welbourn, NFL offensive lineman, formerly with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs (attended 1990-1991)
*Grant Heslov, (actor, writer, producer)
*Mark Acres, (pro basketball; Boston Celtics 1987-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1992, Houston Rockets 1992, Washington Bullets 1993), Class of '81


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