Jordan High School (Los Angeles)

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

David Starr 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
PrincipalCarlos Montes
Staff34.50 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment518 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio15.01[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.


From the 1930s to the 1970s the Jordan site was used for melting of scrap iron and scrap metal storage.[2]


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.[3][4]

King Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science opened in bungalows of Jordan in 1982.[5] In 1999 it moved to a standalone campus in Willowbrook.[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


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  2. ^ Kennedy, Mike (2017-03-03). "Los Angeles district sues city over contaminated soil at high school". American School & University. Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  3. ^ "Proposed Changes to South East HS Area Schools" (). Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on June 24, 2010.
  4. ^ "South Gate city, California Archived 2011-06-07 at the Wayback Machine." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on June 24, 2010.
  5. ^ Landsberg, Mitchell. "This King/Drew, a Magnet School, Is a Robust Success." Los Angeles Times. April 27, 2005. p. 1. Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  6. ^ Landsberg, Mitchell. "This King/Drew, a Magnet School, Is a Robust Success." Los Angeles Times. April 27, 2005. p. 2. Retrieved on April 16, 2014.
  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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