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San Fernando High School

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San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School is located in San Fernando Valley
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School is located in California
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School is located in the United States
San Fernando High School
San Fernando High School
11133 O'Melveny Avenue.
San Fernando, California 91340
School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
PrincipalFlorentina Mendoza
Staff88.33 (FTE)[1]
Enrollment2,053 (2017-18)[1]
Student to teacher ratio23.24[1]
Color(s)Black and Gold         
Information(818) 898-7920

San Fernando High School is a high school of the Los Angeles Unified School District. It is located in the Pacoima neighborhood of Los Angeles, in the northeastern San Fernando Valley, California.[2] It is near and also serves the City of San Fernando.[3]


San Fernando High School—SFHS was established in 1896. It is one of the oldest high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District. SFHS was originally located on Fifth and Hagar Streets in the City of San Fernando.

In 1906, the school moved to a new campus on North Brand Boulevard. San Fernando High School moved again in 1952, to its present San Fernando campus location.

The auditorium was renamed after César Chávez in 2000, with the dedication ceremony on June 11, 2000.[3]


The San Fernando High School colors are black and gold.

School attendance boundaries

Students in the City of San Fernando are assigned to the school. Originally more of the Pacoima neighborhood was zoned to the school, but much of it was reassigned to Arleta High School upon that school's opening in 2006. Students in the San Fernando Gardens public housing complex in Pacoima are still assigned to San Fernando High School.[citation needed]

San Fernando High School's attendance boundary changed numerous times as well as new high schools opening in the area. In the fall of 2006, 9th and 10th grade students in a portion of San Fernando High School's 2005-2006 school year zone will attend Arleta High School instead of San Fernando [1]; Arleta will phase in grades 11 through 12 [2].

The school was further relieved of overcrowding when César Chávez Learning Academies (Valley Region High School 5) opened in 2011.[4] [3]


As of 2000 the school had 4,500 students.[5]

As of 2000 the school had 220 faculty members. 10% of them had attended San Fernando High School as students. At the time the school was actively seeking alumni to be teachers. Many of the teachers who were alumni of San Fernando High were bilingual and could offer assistance to Spanish-speaking students.[5]

School programs

In 2008 it was announced that San Fernando High School would start on a traditional academic calendar, rather than the "year-round" staggered calendar to accommodate overcrowding, in fall of that year. The traditional calendar allows all three tracks (A, B, and C-track; roughly 3300 students in total) to join as one academic class. It also made it impossible for the city's planned charter middle school to take campus facilities from San Fernando High School.

It was the only high school in California with Project G.R.A.D. (Graduation Really Achieves Dreams), which has now expanded to Arleta, Cesar Chavez, and Sylmar High Schools.



Operating the wishbone offense (a rarity in California) with future USC stars Charles White and Kevin Williams, San Fernando High won the L.A. City Football title in 1974 and 1975, repeating the 1934, 1937, 1953 and 1967 season championships. Prior to the 1975 season, they were ranked #1 in the country. In 1976 they lost their first game of the season to Gardena High by a score of 41-0. The team rebounded, losing only one more game (and defeating John Elway's Granada Hills Charter High School team along the way) to earn a spot in the city playoffs. They went on to defeat Banning High School to win the city title. In 2012 the team lost to Van Nuys and Sylmar High School out of their ten games making them 8-2, leading them to the Division 2 Championship against Canoga Park. They repeated in 2013, becoming back to back champions. It is for Charles White that San Fernando High's football stadium is presently named. In 2017 San Fernando High defeated Dorsey High for the Division 1 Championship with a score 28-21.


The San Fernando High School wrestling team currently holds the largest number of city championships in Los Angeles. They have been the City Wrestling Champions in 1977, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1987, 1991, 2001—2003, 2006—2009, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2017

During the 2006 Season, the Tiger wrestling team had an undefeated season, stating a record of 21-0. The 2006 wrestling team took first place at the C.I.F. championship, with five of their wrestlers qualifying for the State championship.

In 2013, Johnny Parada became the first ever CIF wrestling state champion from the Los Angeles City Section when he defeated Wyatt Wyckoff of Paradise High School 13-6 for the 126lbs. title.


1991, 2011 & 2013 City Baseball Team Champions. 1988 City Championship Runners-up. Lost to Monroe H.S. The Tigers beat El Camino Real for a final score of 2-0 at USC in the semifinals and beating Cleveland 8-6 at Dodger Stadium in the final.


1973 City Soccer Team Champions. The LAUSD offered soccer as an official LAUSD sport. winning their first ever championship against Franklin High, 2 to 1.

2010, City Soccer Team Champions and played in the Southern California Regional Playoffs up to semi-finals.


1981 Basketball League Champions 1988 Varsity Basketball League Champions; Varsity Baseball City Finalists, JV Baseball League Champions

Notable alumni


  1. ^ a b c "San Fernando Senior High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 27, 2019.
  2. ^ The school does not appear in the San Fernando zoning map
  3. ^ a b "Auditorium to Be Named for Chavez." Los Angeles Times. June 10, 2000. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  4. ^ "11. Proposed Changes to Valley Region High School Zone #5 Zone of Choice Area Schools" (Archive). Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Sandoval, Eric. "For San Fernando High Students, Future May Be in Front of Class." Los Angeles Times. July 23, 2000. Retrieved on April 27, 2014.
  6. ^ Stuart, Tessa (11 October 2012). "San Fernando: America's Sexiest, Most Scandal-Ridden City Government". LA Weekly. Retrieved 13 December 2015.
  7. ^ Hopper, Hedda (March 7, 1965). "In Hollywood". Texas, Harlingen. Valley Morning Star. p. 7. Retrieved November 26, 2015 – via open access
  8. ^ Roberts, Sam (September 10, 2016). "Bobby Chacon, Boxing Champion Hounded by Misfortune, Dies at 64". The New York Times.
  9. ^ Interview Transcript (November 13, 2008). "Rep. Barbara Lee". The Tavis Smiley Show. Retrieved February 28, 2011.
  10. ^ "Broadcasters". Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  11. ^ "Malcolm Moore". Pro Football Reference. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  12. ^ 20th State Senate district: Alex Padilla
  13. ^ "Richie Valens". Retrieved June 19, 2010.
  14. ^ L. Jon Wertheim (November 3, 1997). "Usc Running Back Charles White". CNN. Retrieved June 19, 2010.

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