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Palos Verdes Peninsula High School

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (also known as Peninsula High, Pen High, or PVPHS) is one of three public high schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Rolling Hills Estates in Los Angeles County, California, USA, (the others being Palos Verdes High School and Rancho Del Mar High School). Located near the Peninsula Promenade mall and near Hawthorne Boulevard and Silver Spur Road, Peninsula High serves the communities of Rolling Hills Estates, Rolling Hills, Rancho Palos Verdes, and Palos Verdes Estates.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School
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27118 Silver Spur Road


United States
CEEB code052683
PrincipalBrent Kuykendall
Enrollment2,426 (2016-17)[1]
Student to teacher ratio22.1
Color(s)          Black and gold
RivalsPalos Verdes High School
Original nameRolling Hills High School

PVPHS has been ranked 15th in the nation by Newsweek and 89th by U.S. News & World Report. It has an API of 907 in the state of California.[2]


The school was formed in 1991 when Miraleste High School, Palos Verdes High School, and Rolling Hills High School were merged into a single high school. The former Rolling Hills High School campus (opened 1964) had the highest capacity and was used for the combined school. When overcrowding became a problem after 1999, the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District elected to re-open Palos Verdes High School in 2002. There are approximately 2,500 students.

Enrollment of 2,543 includes 641 seniors, 579 juniors, 635 sophomores, and 688 freshmen with a certificated staff of 113 (98 teachers, 6 counselors, 3 administrators, 1 athletic director, 1 activities director, 1 safe school counselor, 1 psychologist, 1 librarian, and 1 nurse) to service the multi-ethnic student body.

Students compete in baseball, basketball, choreo, cross country, equestrian, football, golf, lacrosse, marching band, pep squad, rowing, sailing, soccer, softball, surfing, swimming, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling, and robotics.


As of the 2009–10 school year, PVPHS students were 43% White, 40% Asian, 8% Hispanic, 4% Filipino, and 3% African American.[3]

Notable alumniEdit


  1. ^ "Palos Verdes Peninsula High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 27, 2019.
  2. ^ "2010 Growth API School Report – Palos Verdes Peninsula High". December 16, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 API Growth School Report". December 16, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2011.
  4. ^ Retrieved October 26, 2014.

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