Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, California)

Los Altos High School is a comprehensive four-year public education high school located in the bedroom community of Hacienda Heights, California, United States, in eastern Los Angeles County. It should not be confused with the Los Altos High School located in the city of Los Altos, California.

Los Altos High School
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15325 East Los Robles Ave.

Los Angeles County
Established1958 (1958)
School districtHLPUSD School District
PrincipalJeff Hess
Staff71.00 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment1,776 (2017–18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio25.01[1]
Schedule typeBlock Schedule
Color(s)     Royal blue
MascotJoe the Conqueror
RivalGlen A. Wilson High School
USNWR ranking363rd Place as of 2017[2]
NewspaperThe Conqueror[3]
YearbookLos Recuerdos


The school was founded in 1958 as the second of seven high schools in the former La Puente Union High School District. It is now one of four high schools in the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, which was created in 1970 by a vote of the electorate unifying four high schools and the Hudson Elementary School District.

Enrollment levels of the school have varied over the years. In 1978, it reached its highest enrollment, of 2,850 students. In the early 1990s the enrollment dropped to about 1,500. It currently hovers around 2,100.[4]


Girls' Water PoloEdit

The Girls' Water Polo team won the CIF Division V Title in 2015 for the first time in school history by defeating number one-seeded Palm Desert High School 8-7.[5]

Los Altos Academy of EngineeringEdit

The Los Altos Academy of Engineering was founded in 1989 by Robert Franz, and was a joint program between the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District and the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program. They have won awards for building and racing a solar car in international competition, and won 1st place in the DaimlerChrysler/Trellis Build Your Dream Vehicle Competition in 2005 and 2006.[6] From 2007 to 2009 the Academy's engineering students competed in the Shell Eco-Marathon Americas, taking 1st place in the hydrogen division in 2007 and presenting the first hydrogen internal combustion engine to compete in 2008.[6]

Los Altos Visual and Performing Arts AcademyEdit

The Visual and Performing Arts Academy (VPAA) is a cross-curricular program. The program is available to students for performing arts on a higher level. The five areas that comprise the VPAA (drama, dance, instrumental and vocal music, and technology) come together for spring productions.[7]

Notable alumniEdit

  • David Lakers - First round pick (1st overall) Los Angeles Laker power forward - Kobe Bryant's cousin and shooting coach.
  • Travis Brown - former New Mexico Lobo standout (two-time 1st Team All-MWC) and NFL football player (St. Louis Rams)
  • Shaun Cody - Parade All American, former USC Trojan Star, current NFL free agent
  • Brigham Harwell - Parade All American DL, LA Times Glenn Davis Award Winner 2003, former UCLA Star (All-Pac-10), Washington Redskins (NFL) New York Sentinels (UFL)
  • Renae Cuéllar - former player for Mexico Women's National Football Team
  • Michael Smith - former All-America basketball player at BYU and first-round pick of the Boston Celtics (13th overall), current television and color announcer for the Los Angeles Clippers[8]
  • Troy Tanner - former member of the national men's volleyball team, which played at the Seoul Olympic Games (1988)
  • Joseph Vargas - former US National Team water polo player; helped US National Team win silver at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles
  • John Vargas - former US National Team water polo player; helped US National Team to fourth place finish at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona; Current Stanford Men's Water Polo Head Coach
  • Edie Robinette-Petrachi Class of 1977 Member of the Screen Actors Guild and AFTRA. Television actor, singer, songwriter. Film producer. Pee-Wee Herman's Playhouse, Nightmare on Elm Street, New Monkees, American Tails, Zorro, Summer Children among others. Alumna of Berklee College of Music.
  • Annie Wegelius Class of 1977. Television Visionary in Stockholm Sweden. Creator of Swedish Academy Awards The Kristal. Started first commercial film production company and first commercial television network in Sweden.
  • Bob May former PGA Tour pro golfer, lost to Tiger Woods in a 3 hole playoff in the 2000 PGA Championship


  1. ^ a b c "Los Altos High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  2. ^ www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/california/districts/hacienda-la-puente-unified/los-altos-high-hacienda-heights-2305
  3. ^ www.lahsconqueror.com
  4. ^ "Los Altos High School".
  5. ^ https://www.sgvtribune.com/2015/02/28/los-altos-rallies-to-win-cif-ss-division-5-girls-water-polo-title/
  6. ^ a b "Los Altos Academy of Engineering Competition Participation". Retrieved 19 April 2013.
  7. ^ https://lahs-hlpusd-ca.schoolloop.com/academies
  8. ^ CLIPPERS: Michael Smith

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Coordinates: 34°00′28″N 117°58′35″W / 34.00769°N 117.97646°W / 34.00769; -117.97646