Jordan High School (Los Angeles)

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Jordan High School, formerly David Starr Jordan High School, is a public comprehensive four-year high school in Los Angeles. Until October 2020, the school was named for David Starr Jordan, the first president of Stanford University (from 1891 to 1913). The school colors are Royal blue and white and the mascot is a bulldog.

Jordan High School
2265 East 103rd Street.
Los Angeles, California 90002
Locale33°56′39.04″N 118°13′51.45″W / 33.9441778°N 118.2309583°W / 33.9441778; -118.2309583Coordinates: 33°56′39.04″N 118°13′51.45″W / 33.9441778°N 118.2309583°W / 33.9441778; -118.2309583
PrincipalLucia Cerda
Staff33.83 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment519 (2018-19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.34[1]
Color(s)  Royal blue
Athletics conferenceEastern League
CIF Los Angeles City Section

Some sections of Florence-Graham, an unincorporated neighborhood in Los Angeles County, are jointly zoned to Jordan and John C. Fremont High School. The Gonzaque Village, Imperial Courts, Jordan Downs, and Nickerson Gardens public housing developments of Los Angeles are zoned to Jordan.

Jordan is one of a few high schools to have three, unrelated, Olympic gold medalists come from the same high school in Hayes Edward Sanders, Florence Griffith-Joyner and Kevin Young. Sanders, in 1952, became the first African American to win the Olympic Heavyweight Boxing Championship while both Griffith-Joyner and Young still hold the current World Record in their respective events.

It was in the Los Angeles City High School District until 1961, when it merged into LAUSD.[2]

With public input from the local community, the Los Angeles Unified School District school board unanimously voted in October 2020 to officially shorten the name of the school to "Jordan High School" and remove all references to David Starr Jordan.[3][4]


From early 2015 through late 2016 Jordan High School was temporarily closed for Modernizations and New Constructions of the school. Students moved to a different school during renovations. The school reopened in late 2016.

Prior to the 2005 opening of South East High School, Jordan served portions of the City of South Gate.[5][6]

In March 2017 LAUSD sued the Los Angeles Housing Authority, stating that contaminants seeped onto the Jordan site from the neighboring Jordan Downs housing project.[7]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Jordan Senior High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved March 10, 2021.
  2. ^ "Los Angeles City School District". Los Angeles Unified School District. Archived from the original on 1998-02-07. Retrieved 2020-10-27.
  3. ^ Blume, Howard (2020-10-08). "Watts' Jordan High cuts association with promoter of eugenics but keeps partial name". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  4. ^ Tat, Linh (October 9, 2020). "LAUSD removes eugenicist from name of L.A.'s Jordan High: Renaming of campus buildings a growing trend amid racial justice movement". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  5. ^ "Proposed Changes to South East HS Area Schools" (). Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on June 24, 2010.
  6. ^ "South Gate city, California Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 24, 2010.
  7. ^ Kohli, Sonali (2017-03-03). "L.A. Unified sues city housing authority over cost of lead, arsenic cleanup at Watts high school". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  8. ^ "Track and Field Record 1949 Season" (PDF). Helms Athletic Foundation. Archived from the original (PDF) on September 20, 2018. Retrieved May 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Joe Perry". Archived from the original on August 8, 2013. Retrieved November 26, 2012.
  10. ^ Nobel biography
  11. ^ Gamson, Joshua (2005). The Fabulous Sylvester: The Legend, the Music, the 70s in San Francisco. New York City: Henry Holt and Co. pp. 31. ISBN 978-0-8050-7250-1.

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