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Knight High School is a four-year public high school located in Palmdale, California and is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Knight High was the 7th general education school to join the district. The high school opened its doors to freshmen in August 2003 and these same freshmen were the first class to graduate, graduating on May 31, 2007. The high school was named after test pilot and politician William Joseph "Pete" Knight. The school has received much recognition for its band program which has placed first in many events.[citation needed] Knight High School has an approximate enrollment of 3,100 students.

Knight High School
37423 70th St. East


School districtAntelope Valley Union High School District
PrincipalDr. Will Laird
Enrollment2,975 (2016-17)[1]
Color(s)     Black
Team nameHawks


Advanced Placement programEdit

Knight High has many different Advanced Placement programs and college-bound courses meant to ensure a direct path to college with their school vision being that "Every student at Knight High School will have the option of attending a four-year college or university." Knight High School currently has the largest enrollment in Advanced Placement classes of any of the high schools in the AV Union High School District. Knight also has the highest number of students receiving scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. In September 2007, Knight High had 28 students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars. AV Press report on AP Scholars at KHS

Knight High School has an excellent AP (Advanced Placement) program. Students may take AP classes in many classes, including, but not limited to: English 11, English 12, Statistics, Calculus, World History, US History, United States Government, Computer Science, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Studio Art.



In the school's short history, it has enjoyed much success in athletics competing in the Golden League (comprising the eight public High Schools in the Antelope Valley). The Hawks have been crowned Golden League Champions in Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Boys and Girls Track and Field, Boys Cross Country and Softball.

Golden League Championships won:

Girls Basketball 2007, 2008, 2009 (undefeated league record), 2014, 2018

Boys Basketball 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019

Softball 2009, 2011, 2016

Boys Track and Field 2007, 2010, 2011,

Girls Track and Field 2007, 2011, 2013

Football 2011

Boys Soccer 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2019

Girls Cross Country 2013

Wrestling 2018

During the 2007-08 season the Boys Basketball team coached by Tom Hegre advanced to the CIF-SS Division IIA Finals held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. They also earned a berth in the Division I State playoffs. Senior Forward, Paul George was named Golden League MVP (and Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year)and was also named to the All-CIF team. George went on to start for Fresno State and was taken by the Indiana Pacers with the 10th Pick in 2010 NBA Draft.

The girls basketball team advanced to the CIF-SS Division IIA Semi-finals during the 2007-08 season. Junior Forward, Malika Jackson was named Golden League MVP (and Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year). Jackson was also named to the All-CIF team along with teammates Anttanisha Moton and Dominique Turner.

Notable AlumniEdit

Paul George professional NBA All-Star forward for the Los Angeles Clippers


  1. ^ "William J. (Pete) Knight High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-12-15. Retrieved 2009-04-21.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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