La Costa Canyon High School

La Costa Canyon High School (LCCHS) is a high school in the San Dieguito Union High School District. Located on 88 acres (360,000 m²) in the La Costa neighborhood of south Carlsbad in northwest San Diego County, La Costa Canyon opened in September, 1996. The students attending La Costa Canyon live in Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Olivenhain, and Aviara in south Carlsbad.

La Costa Canyon High School
1 Maverick Way


United States
Coordinates33°04′23″N 117°13′40″W / 33.07306°N 117.22778°W / 33.07306; -117.22778Coordinates: 33°04′23″N 117°13′40″W / 33.07306°N 117.22778°W / 33.07306; -117.22778
MottoBe the Change. Be the Difference. Be a Maverick.
School districtSan Dieguito Union High School District
PrincipalReno Medina
Teaching staff83.43 (FTE)[1]
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment1,947 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.34[1]
Student Union/AssociationLa Costa Canyon Associated Student Body or LCC ASB (
AthleticsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Rugby, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, Wrestling, and Surfing.
RivalTorrey Pines High School
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)[2]

General informationEdit

1,935 students were enrolled at La Costa Canyon High School in 2017-2018.[3] The pupil-teacher ratio is 27:1. The average SAT score in 2016-2017 was 1200. The average ACT score was 25.2 for 2017-2018. Approximately 95% of the students are college bound.[4] The student body is 75.1% Caucasian, 16% Hispanic, 3.4% Asian, 1% Filipino, 0.9% African-American, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 0.2% American Indian or Alaska Native, 3.1% Two or More Races.[5]


The faculty consists of a principal, three assistant principals, four counselors, a media-specialist, and over 125 certificated staff members. Approximately 88% have degrees beyond a bachelor's degree.[6]

Reno Medina is the new principal for the 2018-2019 school year.[7] Assistant principals are Jaime Garman, Jeremy Meadows Ed.D and Leo Fletes.[8]

Associated Student BodyEdit

The La Costa Canyon Associated Student Body is advised and directed by LCC Alumni Casey Belitz. LCC ASB provides resources and services for the students at LCC. From planning dances or funding programs, the ASB advocates for students on a campus, local, and city level. For more information about this organization, please visit

2020-2021 Elected Officials Carson Robles ('21), John O'Hara ('21), Sarah Williams ('21), Haley Lockwood ('21), Casey DeHaan ('22), Clare Lucewicz ('21), Siobhan Gallagher ('21), , Danny Dougherty ('22), Abby Hendricks ('22), Shane Baum ('23), Andrew Baum ('23)

Speech and debateEdit

As a member of the Southern California National Forensic League District, La Costa Canyon is ranked within the top four hundred speech and debate teams in the nation. Its tournament, the San Diego Winter Classic, is a Tournament of Champions qualifier for Policy Debate and Public Forum Debate and a National Individual Events Tournament of Champions qualifier for Original Oratory, Dramatic Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, and Humorous Interpretation. With multiple nationally ranked speakers and debaters, La Costa Canyon has advanced students at the national tournament in a variety of events, including Public Forum Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Policy Debate, Congressional Debate, Original Oratory, and Humorous Interpretation. La Costa Canyon also advanced its first student, Brennan Caruthers, to the Tournament of Champions in the 2012-2013 school year.[9] The courses offered are Policy Debate, Lincoln-Douglas Debate, and Speech.

La Costa Canyon vs. Torrey Pines RivalryEdit

La Costa Canyon High School and Torrey Pines High School annually compete in a football game known as the, “Surf Bowl.” The winning team takes home the ‘Surfboard,’ which symbolizes the ongoing rivalry. The winning team keeps the surfboard until the next year.


La Costa Canyon offers a highly competitive full men's and/or women's athletic program in the following sports: Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Lacrosse, Marching Band, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Rugby, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Water Polo, and Wrestling. Surfing and Table Tennis are club sports available to LCCHS students. La Costa Canyon has many teams ranked highly on both a national and statewide level and has produced numerous CIF division champions.

Marching bandEdit

The Maverick Brigade is the La Costa Canyon High School marching band and color guard, the only marching band in the San Dieguito Union High School District. They compete in the Southern California School Band and Orchestra Association circuit.


A FIRST Robotics Competition Team was founded at La Costa Canyon in 2014-2015. Team 5514, the "MavBots", received a rookie team grant from NASA and sponsorship from Nordson Corporation to get the program started and won the Rookie Inspiration Award at the 2015 San Diego Regional. As of the 2018-2019 school year, the MavBots have over 30 team members working with 6 adult mentors.

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ a b c "La Costa Canyon High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved May 9, 2020.
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  3. ^ "Enrollment by School - Student & School Data Files (Downloadable) (CA Dept of Education)". Retrieved 2018-11-19.
  4. ^ "Profile 2018-19" (PDF). 2 November 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  5. ^ "2017-18 Enrollment by Ethnicity". Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  6. ^ "LA COSTA CANYON HIGH SCHOOL SELF-STUDY REPORT" (PDF). October 2017. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Press Release: SDUHSD Interim Administrative Changes for 2018-19" (PDF). 6 August 2018. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  8. ^ "18-19 Admin Duties" (PDF). Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  9. ^ David McGinnes (April 3, 2013). "Tournament of Champion At Larges Announced". Retrieved August 5, 2019.

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