- Palos Verdes High School
name = Palos Verdes High School
principal = Christopher Bowles
location = 600 Cloyden Road,
Palos Verdes Estates, California
homepage = http://www.pvhigh.com
enrollment = 1,904 (from fact sheet for
2007to 2008school year) [ [http://www.palosverdeshigh.net/forms/PVHS_Profile_05-06.pdf/ Palos Verdes High School Profile Data 2007-2008] ]
mascot = Sea King
colors = Red, Black, and White
Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) is one of three public
high schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsulain 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
2005through 2008, including the Excellence Award for best high school weekly news show in the country in the 2007 and 2008 competitions. [ [http://www.livefrom205.com/awards.php Welcome to Live From 205 ] ] [ [http://studenttelevision.com/honors/honors.html 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 SchoolTitans, 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
CIFBoys Basketball Championship, defeating perennial champion Verbum Dei High Schoolin the semi-finals in one of the biggest upsets in California high school basketball history. Palos Verdes was led by future NBAall-star Bill Laimbeer, while Verbum Dei's biggest star was David Greenwood, who became Laimbeer's teammate on the 1990 Detroit PistonsNBA 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."
George Felix Allen(R-VA), Class of '70
Bill Laimbeer( Detroit Pistonsstar and current WNBA coach), Class of '75 and leader of the 1975 CIF championship basketball team.
Christopher Boyceconvicted 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
Ethan OlsonVietnam 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 Burgeand Heidi Burge(basketball players, subject of the movie " Double Teamed") (attended but did not graduate)
Todd Witteles, World Series of Pokerbracelet winner, and CardPlayer Magazine's 2005 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Class of '90
John Welbourn, NFLoffensive lineman, formerly with the Philadelphia Eaglesand 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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