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Upland High School is a four-year public high school located in the city of Upland, California. The school was established in 1955 as part of the Chaffey Joint Union High School District, and since 1988 it has been a member of the Upland Unified School District.

Upland High School
565 W. 11th Street
CA 91786

United States
TypePublic Secondary
Motto"Home of the Highlanders"
OversightUpland Unified School District
PrincipalPamela Salgado
Number of students3,313 (2016-17)[1]
MascotHighlander, Scottish Terrier
Newspaper"The Plaid"
Phone(909) 949-7880


Just prior to the City of Upland's growth spurt in the 1960s, Upland High School was established in 1955. By the 1980s this population growth had the side-effect of overcrowding, which in turn caused students to transfer to other high schools in the Chaffey Joint Union High School District. The affected families then began a movement towards unifying Upland High School with the existing elementary and middle schools of the Upland School District. Superintendent George Renworth promoted this movement and the Upland Unified School District was established in 1986. Upland High School has been a part of the district since it left the Chaffey Joint Union High School District in 1988.The school offers many classes, electives, and sports. Auto, Graphic Arts, Art, Photo, Cooking, Choir, Marching Band, Colorguard and Ceramics are just a fraction of the extra classes available. For more advanced students, the school offers a wide variety of Advanced Placement and honors courses. In addition, there are many sports available to the students, including Volleyball, Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Water Polo, Cheerleading, Wrestling, Track & Field, Cross Country, Soccer,and Swimming. The main quad area has been renovated, along with the football field and pool to offer a better environment at Upland High School. A bond passed by the community has allowed for "Twenty-First Century Classrooms," a series of renovations which include skylights, smart boards, and class sets of laptops.

Notable alumniEdit

San Gabriel Mountains as seen from Upland High School


Upland High School provides a variety of different clubs and organized groups for the student body. Chartered at the beginning of each year, clubs including Global Aid, Mock Trial, Interact Club, FBLA-PBL, French club, ComedySportz, and many others. The school also has chapters of Key Club, California Scholarship Federation, and National Honor Society (Upland's chapter being notable for its exclusive nature, student autonomy, and M.A.G.I.C., a Charity Quidditch Tournament in 2012 which raised $1000 for local charity Megan's Wings.)


The school offers the standard University of California "a-g" requirement courses, as well as a wide variety of others. AP Biology, AP European History, AP World History, AP Art History, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Government, AP English Literature, AP Language Composition, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Psychology, AP Probability and Statistics, AP Environmental Science, AP Chemistry, AP Psychology, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Spanish, AP French, and AP United States History are just a few of the advanced courses offered. In fact, the school is known for promoting a high-achieving academic agenda. It is a certified testing site for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and has teachers on campus registered to administrate BYU online course exams.

Upland Marching ArtsEdit

Upland High School's marching band, known as the Upland Highland Regiment, is one of the most successful marching band programs in California. With a consistent year-to-year size of over 220 students, the Regiment competes in the highest-level divisions of local competitive marching band circuits. The Regiment has received numerous first place and sweepstakes awards in Bands Of America, Western Band Association, and SCSBOA events and field tournaments.[5]

The Regiment has been a finalist every year it has competed in WBA Regional Championships, from 2004 through 2012, with several medaling seasons. In 2006, the Regiment took part in the prestigious Bands of America Grand National Championships, where they placed among the top 20 bands in the nation. On January 1, 2011, the Regiment marched in the 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade. This was the band's second appearance in the parade. That same fall, the band was named 2011 Utah Bands of America regional champion. On November 23–24, 2013, the Regiment competed in the Western Band Association championships, where they won first place for the first time in Regiment history. In November 2014, the Regiment again traveled to the Bands of America Grand National Championship at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind. They placed 26th.

Other marching arts programs at Upland High School include a winter percussion program and winter guard program. During the spring semester, the Regiment's percussion program participates in several SCPA and WGI competitions. The colorguard takes part in WGI, where it has placed among the top eight scholastic open guards in the nation, and WGASC, where it is the defending scholastic open champion for the past two years.

Upland High School Future TechnologyEdit

In mid-2012 Upland High School will publish the first mobile app for homework usage. Provided by School Loop, students are able to check grades, homework, assignments they completed in class, and also communicate with teachers. Now, it may be easier to access School Loop or on a mobile app. The application will be developed for use with Apple, Android, and Blackberry. Although the Upland High School App will first be uploaded to the Apple App Store, it will be available for Android.


  1. ^ "Upland High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved January 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Upland High School". The Baseball Cube. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Upland Alumni Pro Stats". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved April 27, 2014.
  4. ^ Marshall, Petee (April 19, 2014). "Upland High product Daniel Robertson returns home to play vs. 66ers". San Bernardino Sun. Daily Bulletin. Retrieved April 24, 2014.
  5. ^ "Upland Highland Regiment Boosters". Retrieved 29 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 34°06′16″N 117°39′31″W / 34.10444°N 117.65861°W / 34.10444; -117.65861