Anaheim Union High School District

The Anaheim Union High School District (AUHSD) is a public school district serving portions of the Orange County cities of Anaheim, Buena Park, Cypress, La Palma, and Stanton. It oversees eight junior high schools (7-8), eight high schools (9-12), and one non-magnet, secondary selective school, Oxford Academy (7-12).

Anaheim Union High School District
501 Crescent Way
, California, 92803
United States
Coordinates33°50′20.27″N 117°56′56.03″W / 33.8389639°N 117.9488972°W / 33.8389639; -117.9488972
District information
MottoUnlimited You
Established1898 (1898)[2]
SuperintendentMichael Matsuda[3]
Asst. superintendent(s)Dr. Jaron Fried,
Dr. Nancy Nien,
Brad Jackson[3]
Accreditation(s)Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Budget$566,368,409 (2022-2023)
NCES District ID0602630 [1]
Students and staff
Students29,183 (2020–2021)[1]
Teachers1,203.57 (FTE)[1]
Staff1,294.22 (FTE)[1]
Student–teacher ratio24.25:1[1]
Athletic conferenceCIF Southern Section
Other information

Its superintendent, Dr. Elizabeth Novack, was fired in December 2013 without public explanation.[4] The Board of Trustees appointed Michael Matsuda, the district's former BTSA Coordinator who also currently serves as Secretary on the North Orange County Community College District Board of Trustees.[5]

The school district has gained brief national notoriety twice: once in 1968 when members of the organization Mothers Organized for Moral Stability, inspired by the information in the pamphlet "Is the School House the Proper Place to Teach Raw Sex?", flooded a school board meeting and demanded that a course in sex education at the school be suspended,[6] and again in 1978 when it banned the novels Silas Marner and Gone with the Wind from the school curriculum.[7] The books and the course have long since been reinstated.

In 2024, the school district has received backlash from the local community as a result of its decision for a mass reduction in force (RIF), with the intent to lay off 10% of teachers (119 out of 1,259) increasing to now 253 teachers district-wide.[8][9][10] In response to recent backlash, Michael Matsuda claims the layoffs were because of the expiration of federal funding at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and a drop in student enrollment.[9] As of May 2024, the district has released a joint statement with the Anaheim Secondary Teachers Association that they’ve rescinded all RIF notifications.[11]

High schools


Los Alamitos High School (Established 1967, was in the Anaheim Union High School District until 1980 when it left to become part of the new Los Alamitos Unified School District.

From 1898 through 1954, Anaheim Union High School was a four-year high school. Starting in the 1954-55 school year, AUHSD 7th through 12th grade education was split between three-year junior high school (grades 7-9) and three-year high school (10-12). This would continue until the 1980-81 school year, when junior high schools became two-year (7-8) and high schools became four-year (9-12) institutions.

Junior high schools

  • Ball Junior High School (Established 1962)
  • Brookhurst Junior High School (Established 1956)
  • Dale Junior High School (Established 1959)
  • Lexington Junior High School (Established 1972)
  • Orangeview Junior High School (Established 1957)
  • South Junior High School (Established 1967
  • Sycamore Junior High School (Established 1961)
  • Walker Junior High School (Established 1959)

Pine Junior High School (Established 1968, now Christa McAuliffe Middle School) and Oak Junior High School (Established 1962, now Oak Middle School) were formerly in Anaheim Union High School District until 1980, but are now in the Los Alamitos Unified School District.[12]

Other former junior high schools:

  • Apollo Junior High School (Established 1967, Closed in 1979, demolished)
  • Crescent Junior High School (Established 1961, Closed in 1979, demolished)
  • John C. Fremont Junior High School (Established 1912, Closed in 1979, demolished)
  • La Palma Junior High School (Established 1964, Closed in 1980. Now Hope School - AUHSD Special Needs)
  • Oxford Junior High School (Established 1965, Closed in 1980. Now Oxford Academy)
  • Trident Junior High School (Established 1960, Closed in 1980. Now Polaris High School - AUHSD independent study continuation high school)


  • Anaheim High School - Colonists
  • Cypress High School - Centurions
  • Katella High School - Knights
  • John F. Kennedy High School - Fighting Irish
  • Loara High School - Saxons
  • Magnolia High School - Sentinels
  • Oxford Academy - Patriots (Oxford Junior High School, 1965-79: Wildcats)
  • Savanna High School - Rebels
  • Western High School - Pioneers
  • Apollo Junior High School - Astros
  • Ball Junior High School - Blackhawks
  • Brookhurst Junior High School - Spartans
  • Crescent Junior High School - Crusaders
  • Dale Junior High School - Lancers
  • John C. Fremont Junior High School - Junior Colonists
  • Gilbert Junior High School - Gladiators
  • La Palma Junior High School - Patriots
  • Lexington Junior High School - Lions
  • Orangeview Junior High School - Panthers
  • South Junior High School - Eagles
  • Sycamore Junior High School - Buccaneers
  • Trident Junior High School - Dolphins
  • Walker Junior High School - Vikings

Feeder Districts



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  2. ^ "AUHSD Brochure" (PDF). Anaheim Union High School District. Retrieved 4 August 2012.[permanent dead link]
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  4. ^ "Search to Begin for New Anaheim Schools Superintendent". Voice of OC. Retrieved January 15, 2014.
  5. ^ "NOCCCD - Board Biographies". NOCCCD. Archived from the original on 2014-06-30. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  6. ^ Josh Corngold (2008). Toleration, Parents' Rights, and Children's Autonomy: The Case of Sex Education. ProQuest. pp. 149–150. ISBN 978-0-549-85273-5. Retrieved 4 September 2013.
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  8. ^ "Union Protects the Rights of Members During Layoff Hearings". California Teachers Association. Retrieved 2024-04-27.
  9. ^ a b "Rallies decrying layoffs of Anaheim school teachers continue as dozens await rescission letters". ABC7 Los Angeles. 2024-04-03. Retrieved 2024-04-27.
  10. ^ Perera, Nathan. "Students respond to AUHSD decision to lay off teachers". The Gamut. Retrieved 2024-04-27.
  11. ^ Perera, Nathan. "ALL RIFS RESCINDED". The Gamut. Retrieved 2024-05-28.
  12. ^ "About McAuliffe Archived 2019-08-29 at the Wayback Machine." Christa McAuliffe Middle School. Retrieved on December 3, 2018.