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Hollywood High School

Hollywood High School is a four-year public secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, located at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood High School
1521 N Highland Ave
Hollywood, Los Angeles, California
Type Public
Motto Achieve The Honorable
Established 1903; 115 years ago (1903)
Principal Edward Colacion
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 1,552 (2014-15)[1]
Campus Urban
Color(s)          Crimson, White
Mascot Sheiks
Hollywood High School Historic District
Built 1910 et seq
Architectural style Art Moderne
NRHP reference # 11000989[2]
Added to NRHP January 4, 2012



In September 1903, a two-room school was opened on the second floor of an empty storeroom at the Masonic Temple on Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Boulevard (then Prospect Avenue). Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in November 1903. The Hollywood High Organ Opus 481 was a gift from the class of 1924. After suffering severe water damage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, it was restored in 2002. The campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 2012.[3][4] The school's mascot was derived from the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film of the same name, The Sheik.

In the 2015–16 football season, the boys' varsity football team played in the school's third championship game led by head coach Frank Galvan. They finished the season with a 12–2 record. In the 2016–17 season, the boys' varsity volleyball team played in the school's first-ever championship game led by head coach Beverley Kilpatrick. Their historic season ended with an overall record of 17–5. [5]

Filming locationEdit

Hollywood High School mural

Hollywood High has been the filming location for movies, television shows, and other productions, including the following:


In 2002, artist Eloy Torrez painted a mural of 13 famous entertainers, titled "Portrait of Hollywood", across the entire east wall of the school's auditorium.[7][8] From left to right, the entertainers displayed are Dorothy Dandridge, Dolores del Río, Brandy Norwood, Selena, Lana Turner, Laurence Fishburne, Cantinflas, Carol Burnett, Cher, Ricky Nelson, Bruce Lee, Rudolph Valentino, and Judy Garland. In 2007, Torrez added a 50-foot (15 m) tall mural of John Ritter, who died four years earlier, on the connecting portion of the building's north wall.[9] All but five of the entertainers—Cantinflas, Lee, Selena, Del Rio, and Valentino—were students at Hollywood High School.[citation needed] The artist said the mural is a celebration of a diverse ethnic range of actors and entertainers.[10]

Present-Day Learning AcademiesEdit

Known for preparing its graduates for careers in teaching and the performing arts, Hollywood High has become a diverse, well-rounded school. Students have many opportunities in different fields of study. Hollywood High School offers four academies to its students, each with a different purpose.

Teaching Career Academy. Hollywood High school offers a Teaching Career Academy to students who seek to work with children as a career. Potential careers range from becoming a teacher to being a social worker. In order to give a student a little experience, the school works with other elementary schools to allow elementary students to receive tutoring by Hollywood High School students.[11]

Performing Arts Magnet. Performing Arts Magnet helps students develop their talents as actors, singers, and/or dancers.[12]

New Media Technology. If students prefer to go into filmmaking, this academy offers the best opportunities. The New Media Technology academy helps students build their knowledge of technology. They are afforded hands-on experience with equipment usually found inside a film studio. This academy also provides internships to permit graduates to immediately start working in that field.[13]

School for Advanced Studies. This academy does not focus on a specific career but helps students prepare for university life. If a student likes to be challenged, this academy offers classes that are at the same level of difficulty as a college class.[14] The academy prepares students for their careers and helps them get them into the best universities around the country.[15]



  1. ^ "Hollywood Senior High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  2. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  3. ^ Hollywood HS students; Lazzaretto, Christine (July 21, 2011). "National Regiwster of Historic Places Registration Formn: Hollywood High School Historic District (draft)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  4. ^ "Hollywood High named to register of historic places". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2012. Retrieved 24 January 2012.
  5. ^ LeBlanc, Rena (Fall 2012). "Hollywood High Revisited". Discover Hollywood Magazine.
  6. ^ Favreau, Jon (2001). Made script by Jon Favreau. (See page 17, line 23) Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
  7. ^ Deoima, Kate. "Hollywood High School." Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
  8. ^ Johnson, Reed. "A marriage as a work of art; Eloy Torrez paints with intensity. Margarita Guzman assists with a sense of calm. But it was her brush with death that helped him see his work in a new light." Los Angeles Times. October 12, 2003. E48. Sunday Calendar, Part E, Calendar Desk. Retrieved on March 23, 2010. Info page. "HOLLYWOOD HIGH: Eloy Torrez and his mural on an east-facing wall of the..."
  9. ^ "John Ritter photo added to mural" (). The Hollywood Reporter. June 5, 2008. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
  10. ^ Kerr, Mike (May 21, 2003). "Celebrating Santa Paula's Latino Culture". Santa Paula News.
  11. ^ "Home – Teaching Career Academy – Hollywood High School".
  12. ^ "Home – Performing Arts Magnet – Hollywood High School".
  13. ^ "About NMA – New Media Academy – Hollywood High School".
  14. ^
  15. ^ "About SAS – School for Advanced Studies – Hollywood High School".
  16. ^ a b Frank, Anthony M. In: Charles Moritz (Editor): Current Biography Yearbook 1991, volume 52. New York 1991, page 227.
  17. ^ Klein, Alvin. "Actress, 18, Has Some Regrets", The New York Times, October 30, 1983. Accessed December 27, 2007. "Before attending Hollywood High School, she was a student at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood."
  18. ^ Woo, Elaine. "Togo W. Tanaka dies at 93; journalist documented life at Manzanar internment camp", Los Angeles Times, July 5, 2009. Accessed July 7, 2009.
  19. ^ "Father's children". Radio Television Mirror. 36 (3): 18. August 1951. Retrieved 1 August 2016.

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