Pasadena High School (California)

Pasadena High School (PHS) is a public high school in Pasadena, California. It is one of four high schools in the Pasadena Unified School District.

Pasadena High School
2925 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.

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United States
Coordinates34°09′43″N 118°05′30″W / 34.162005°N 118.091794°W / 34.162005; -118.091794Coordinates: 34°09′43″N 118°05′30″W / 34.162005°N 118.091794°W / 34.162005; -118.091794
TypePublic, secondary school
Opened1884; 137 years ago (1884)[6]
School districtPasadena Unified School District
NCES School ID062994004684[2]
PrincipalRobert Hernandez[3]
Teaching staff78.81 (FTE) (2018-19)[2]
Number of students1,735 (2018-19)[2]
Student to teacher ratio22.01 (2018-19)[2]
Color(s)  Red
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section Pacific League
MascotThe Bulldogs
RivalJohn Muir[4]
NewspaperThe Chronicle
Original Map of Pasadena High School.jpg
Last updated: April 22, 2019; 2 years ago (2019-04-22)


The school was first established as a district school in 1884 and became Pasadena High School in 1891.[6] In 1928, the school merged into Pasadena Junior College and operated as a four-year school, grades 11, 12, 13 and 14. Pasadena realigned its 6-4-4 school system in 1954 with Pasadena High School regaining its separate identity. PHS, however, shared the Pasadena City College Colorado Boulevard campus through the graduating class of 1960 when PHS moved to its present campus on Sierra Madre Boulevard at Washington Boulevard.

The Rose Parade, post parade Showcase of Floats takes place in front of the high school utilizing some of the school grounds and parking lots.

Pasadena High School's athletic field was renovated, adding light towers, a new track and replacing the grass field with artificial turf. It opened at the start of the 2009-10 school year. The school's junior varsity and varsity football teams as well as the boys' and girls' soccer teams play their home games. The school also is used for its track meets in the spring.

On January 8, 2019, Pasadena High School opened the renovated Tom Hamilton Gymnasium at the cost of $19 million. It is used for boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball teams and the girls volleyball team for their home games.

The school's auditorium is named after Gladiss Edwards, who was the principal during the late 1950s and into the 1960s.

Student profileEdit

In the 2016-17 school year, Pasadena High School's student population consisted of 1,777 students, with 60.3% of students being Latino, 17% white, 11.8% African-American, and 5.8% Asian, 0.3% Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and 0.2% American Indian/Alaska Native.[2]


Pasadena High School offers several special unique programs. The Graphic Communications Academy was established in partnership with the Printing Industry of Southern California and Pasadena City College. The Visual Arts and Design Academy is linked with the Art Center College of Design, Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Art Armory. The Center for Independent Study program is a remedial program to help students who are behind in credits. PHS also offers a career pathway called the App Academy, which helps students learn about web design.


Turkey TussleEdit

Pasadena High School competes against John Muir High School at the Rose Bowl in a football game known as the Turkey Tussle. The tradition began in 1947, and Muir leads the series 42-18-2.[7]


Pasadena High School also has a NNDCC unit, which is a non-funded version of the US Navy's NJROTC program.[8] Pasadena High School has had a Reserves Officer's Training Corps since 1920 starting as Army but has also been Air Force and Marines as well in the past. They disbanded in 2017-2018 academic year.

Notable alumniEdit


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  25. ^ a b Beyette, Beverly (January 4, 1988). "'Franco's Kids' Pay Tribute". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. After 26 years as drama teacher at Pasadena High, Franco was retiring to devote full time to acting and writing. For three months, his one-time pupils had planned this tribute, a party Saturday night at the Bel-Air home of scriptwriter Cynthia Whitcomb (class of '69).
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