Hollywood High School

Hollywood High School is a four-year public secondary school in the Los Angeles Unified School District, located at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

Hollywood High School
1521 North Highland Avenue


United States
School typePublic, high school
MottoAchieve The Honorable
Established1903 (1903)
PrincipalEdward Colacion
Teaching staff60.50 {FTE}[1]
Enrollment1,525 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio25.21[1]
Color(s)     Crimson
Hollywood High School Historic District
Built1910 et seq
Architectural styleArt Moderne
NRHP reference #11000989[2]
Added to NRHPJanuary 4, 2012
Last updated: February 24, 2019 (2019-02-24)


In September 1903, a two-room school was opened on the second floor of an empty storeroom at the Masonic Temple on Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Boulevard (then Prospect Avenue). Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in November 1903. The Hollywood High Organ Opus 481 was a gift from the class of 1924. After suffering severe water damage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, it was restored in 2002. The campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 2012.[3][4] The school's mascot was derived from the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film of the same name, The Sheik.

In the 2015–16 football season, the boys' varsity football team played in the school's third championship game led by head coach Frank Galvan. They finished the season with a 12–2 record. In the 2016–17 season, the boys' varsity volleyball team played in the school's first-ever championship game led by head coach Beverley Kilpatrick. Their historic season ended with an overall record of 17–5. [5]

Filming location

Hollywood High has been the filming location for movies, television shows, and other productions, including the following:


In 2002, artist Eloy Torrez painted a mural of 13 famous entertainers, titled "Portrait of Hollywood", across the entire east wall of the school's auditorium.[7][8] From left to right, the entertainers displayed are Dorothy Dandridge, Dolores del Río, Brandy Norwood, Selena, Lana Turner, Laurence Fishburne, Cantinflas, Carol Burnett, Cher, Ricky Nelson, Bruce Lee, Rudolph Valentino, and Judy Garland. In 2007, Torrez added a 50-foot (15 m) tall mural of John Ritter, who died four years earlier, on the connecting portion of the building's north wall.[9] All but five of the entertainers—Cantinflas, Lee, Selena, Del Rio, and Valentino—were students at Hollywood High School. The artist said the mural is a celebration of a diverse ethnic range of actors and entertainers.[10]

Present-Day Learning Academies

Known for preparing its graduates for careers in teaching and the performing arts, Hollywood High has become a diverse, well-rounded school. Students have many opportunities in different fields of study. Hollywood High School offers four academies to its students, each with a different purpose.

Teaching Career Academy. Hollywood High school offers a Teaching Career Academy to students who seek to work with children as a career. Potential careers range from becoming a teacher to being a social worker. In order to give a student a little experience, the school works with other elementary schools and allows Hollywood High School students to tutor elementary school students.[11]

Performing Arts Magnet. Performing Arts Magnet helps students develop their talents as actors, singers, and/or dancers.[12]

New Media Technology. If students prefer to go into filmmaking, this academy offers the best opportunities. The New Media Technology academy helps students build their knowledge of technology. They are afforded hands-on experience with equipment usually found inside a film studio. This academy also provides internships to permit graduates to immediately start working in that field.[13]

School for Advanced Studies. This academy does not focus on a specific career but helps students prepare for university life. If a student likes to be challenged, this academy offers classes that are at the same level of difficulty as a college class.[14] This academy also aids students in their pursuit of higher-level critical analysis and scholastic achievement. The academy prepares students for their careers and helps them get them into the best universities around the country.[15]

Notable alumni


  1. Hollywood Senior High
  2. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  3. Hollywood HS students; Lazzaretto, Christine (July 21, 2011). "National Regiwster of Historic Places Registration Formn: Hollywood High School Historic District (draft)" (PDF). National Park Service. Archived (PDF) from the original on November 5, 2011. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  4. "Hollywood High named to register of historic places". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2012. Archived from the original on January 11, 2015. Retrieved January 24, 2012.
  5. LeBlanc, Rena (Fall 2012). "Hollywood High Revisited". Discover Hollywood Magazine. Archived from the original on May 21, 2013. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  6. Favreau, Jon (2001). Made script by Jon Favreau Archived April 23, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. (See page 17, line 23) Retrieved on June 2, 2008.
  7. Deoima, Kate. "Hollywood High School Archived January 15, 2011, at the Wayback Machine." About.com. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
  8. Johnson, Reed. "A marriage as a work of art; Eloy Torrez paints with intensity. Margarita Guzman assists with a sense of calm. But it was her brush with death that helped him see his work in a new light. Archived December 3, 2015, at the Wayback Machine" Los Angeles Times. October 12, 2003. E48. Sunday Calendar, Part E, Calendar Desk. Retrieved on March 23, 2010. Info page Archived November 4, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. "HOLLYWOOD HIGH: Eloy Torrez and his mural on an east-facing wall of the..."
  9. "John Ritter photo added to mural" (). The Hollywood Reporter. June 5, 2008. Retrieved on March 23, 2010.
  10. Kerr, Mike (May 21, 2003). "Celebrating Santa Paula's Latino Culture". Santa Paula News. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved April 3, 2013.
  11. "Home – Teaching Career Academy – Hollywood High School". www.hollywoodhighschool.net. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  12. "Home – Performing Arts Magnet – Hollywood High School". www.hollywoodhighschool.net. Archived from the original on January 21, 2017. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  13. "About NMA – New Media Academy – Hollywood High School". www.hollywoodhighschool.net. Archived from the original on November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  14. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  15. "About SAS – School for Advanced Studies – Hollywood High School". www.hollywoodhighschool.net. Archived from the original on November 18, 2016. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  16. Barnes, Mike (March 11, 2016). "Kathryn Reed Altman, Widow of Filmmaker Robert Altman, Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on June 16, 2019. Retrieved June 21, 2019 via www.thehollywoodreporter.com.
  17. Leopold, Todd (July 21, 2014). "Famed Actor James Garner dies at 86". CNN.com. Cable News Network. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. Archived from the original on April 6, 2019. Retrieved February 24, 2019. At 16, Garner followed, attending Hollywood High School and finding a job as a swimsuit model.
  18. Frank, Anthony M. In: Charles Moritz (Editor): Current Biography Yearbook 1991, volume 52. New York 1991, page 227.
  19. Taylor, Trey (October 30, 2013). "Al Leong: death becomes him". Dazed. Archived from the original on June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.
  20. Klein, Alvin. "Actress, 18, Has Some Regrets", The New York Times, October 30, 1983. Accessed December 27, 2007. "Before attending Hollywood High School, she was a student at Dwight Morrow High School in Englewood."
  21. Woo, Elaine (July 5, 2009). "Togo W. Tanaka dies at 93; journalist documented life at Manzanar internment camp". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on July 9, 2009. Retrieved July 7, 2009.
  22. "Father's children". Radio Television Mirror. 36 (3): 18. August 1951. Archived from the original on August 9, 2016. Retrieved August 1, 2016.

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