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John Marshall High School (Los Angeles)

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Type  Public school
Dean  John Horta
Staff  200
Mascot  Johnny Barrister
Founded  1931
Established  1931
Principal  Patricia Heideman
Grades  9–12
Phone  +1 323-671-1400
Address  3939 Tracy St, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USA
District  Los Angeles Unified School District
Similar  Belmont High School, Hollywood High School, Eagle Rock High School, Fairfax High School, Loyola High School

John Marshall High School is a high school located in the Los Feliz district of the City of Los Angeles at 3939 Tracy Street in Los Angeles, California.


Marshall, which serves grades 9 through 12, is a part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Marshall is named after jurist John Marshall, who served as the fourth Chief Justice of the United States for three decades.

Students at Marshall primarily come from Los Feliz, Atwater Village, East Hollywood, northeastern Koreatown, Elysian Valley, and Silver Lake.

John Marshall High School offers a good number of Advanced Placement and honors courses on top of the regular curriculum. The variety of AP courses offered makes it possible to take almost every major subject offered in grades 9–12 in the AP system. Entry to these courses in the past has been granted to students with high grades or letters of recommendation from their previous teachers. Many of the students who have taken AP courses move on to campuses of the University of California, with some top students achieving admission to Ivy League universities or other universities in the Top 25, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report.

Within the school, there are many Small Learning Communities, including the School for Environmental Studies, the school's only California Partnership Academy, the Performing Arts Academy, the Artistic Vision Academy, the STARS Academy, the Renaissance Academy, and the Social Justice Academy. The School also houses a School for Advanced Studies and a Gifted/High Ability Magnet.


Designed by architect George M. Lindsey in the Collegiate Gothic style, and constructed in 1930, John Marshall High School first opened its doors on January 26, 1931 with approximately 1200 students and 48 teachers. Joseph Sniffen, for whom the auditorium was named, served as the Principal, while Hugh Boyd and Geraldine Keith acted as Marshall's first Vice-Principals. The football field was named in Boyd's honor, while the library was named for Keith.

During the first semester of the school's existence, the faculty and students cooperatively selected the school motto, seal, and colors. The school motto, Veritas Vincit (Truth Conquers...), was an easy choice since this was a favorite sentiment of John Marshall. The school seal shows an open Book of Learning, behind which is projected the scales of justice with Veritas Vincit emblazoned on the bar. Two shades of blue became the official colors of the high school; the moonlight blue of midnight and the sunlight blue of dawn. Since the color blue is symbolic of truth, the choice of colors harmonized with the school's motto. John Montapert and Henry Suykida, two Marshall students who graduated in the Winter Class of 1939, composed "Alma Mater", the official school song.

The school's mascot is the "Barrister." The school's service organization is the Continentals. A bust of John Marshall stands in the center of the Senior Court.

Following the Sylmar earthquake of 1971, some of Marshall's buildings were condemned. The cafeteria was torn down, but the Los Feliz community, led by "Citizens to Save Marshall" activists Sherril Boller, Joanne Gabrielson, Alberta Burke, and Nina Mohi, tirelessly campaigned to save the unique Collegiate Gothic Main Building. In 1975, this building was closed for structural strengthening and all classes moved to temporary bungalows. In September 1980 the refurbished Main Building was opened. A new building now houses the library, cafeteria, and science classrooms. Mike Haynes Stadium, the school's football and track stadium, also dates to 1981.

Today, Marshall has an enrollment of approximately 2,700 students and a teaching staff of 106.

Notable alumni

  • Bob Arbogast, Los Angeles talk show host and Chicago disc jockey
  • Pete Arbogast, Hall of Fame sportscaster, long time Voice of the USC Trojans
  • Michael D. Antonovich, member of Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
  • apl.de.ap (Allan Pineda Lindo), vocalist, songwriter, producer and rapper for The Black Eyed Peas
  • John Browning, two time Grammy winning virtuoso American pianist
  • Robert "Tree" Cody, Native American flutist
  • Lyor Cohen (known as Lyor Shulman in his Marshall days), former CEO of Warner Music Group (WMG)
  • Caryl Chessman, known as the "Red Light Bandit", was a cause celebre for the movement to ban capital punishment. Attended but may not have graduated from Marshall.
  • John Paul DeJoria, co-founder and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems and Patrón
  • Leonardo DiCaprio, actor
  • Heidi Fleiss, Hollywood madam
  • Ed Fredkin, computer scientist, physicist
  • Courtney Gains, actor
  • Lola Glaudini, actress
  • Robin Graham, missing person; her disappearance in 1970 changed CHP stranded motorist policy
  • Mike Haynes, NFL Hall of Famer
  • Eddie Hodges, actor
  • David Ho, physician and 1996 Time Person of the Year
  • Will Hutchins, actor well known as Tom "Sugarfoot" Brewster in 1950s Warner Bros. television series Sugarfoot
  • Lance Ito, Los Angeles Superior Court judge famous for the O.J. Simpson trial in 1995
  • Anne-Marie Johnson, television actress and first National Vice President of the Screen Actors Guild
  • Alex Kozinski, Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
  • Dan Kwong, performance artist and playwright (Be Like Water)
  • Tom LaBonge, member of the Los Angeles City Council (2001-15)
  • Rosemary LaPlanche, Miss America 1941
  • Carol Lin, CNN broadcaster
  • Warren Miller (director), made over 750 films on skiing and other outdoor sports
  • Ronn Moss, songwriter and member of Player and actor (The Bold and the Beautiful, assorted films)
  • Julie Newmar, actress, known for her role as Catwoman in the television series Batman
  • Michelle Phillips, singer and member of the 1960s singing group The Mamas and the Papas
  • Andy Reid, NFL head football coach, Kansas City Chiefs
  • Joel Seligman President of the University of Rochester
  • Chris Tashima, actor and Academy Award-winning filmmaker (Visas and Virtue)
  • Bill Toomey, 1968 Olympic decathlon champion; taught at Marshall
  • Hal Uplinger, NBA player Baltimore Bullets 1947-53, CBS sports and entertainment producer, the first to use the instant replay technique still used in TV sportscasting
  • Steven Weinstein, professional hockey player
  • will.i.am (William Adams), vocalist, producer and songwriter for The Black Eyed Peas
  • La Monte Young, composer
  • Lina Lecaro, radio host, DJ, author and journalist
  • In popular culture

  • Shots of Marshall have been used for a variety of movies and television series, most notably Buffy the Vampire Slayer (film), Room 222, Mr. Novak, Bachelor Party, Boy Meets World, The Wonder Years, Smart Guy, Kenan & Kel, Sister, Sister, Grosse Pointe Blank, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Can't Hardly Wait, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Supernatural, Boston Public, The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, Cory in the House, Hannah Montana, Pretty in Pink, Good Burger, Zapped!, Like Father Like Son, Girls Just Want to Have Fun, Lucas Tanner, Amityville 4, Charlie Bartlett, Slaughterhouse Rock, Cirque du Freak, School of Rock, Home Room, iCarly, Who's the Boss?, True Crime, Grease and Space Jam.
  • An exterior of the school is shown during Miley Cyrus's Best of Both Worlds Tour during the song "Nobody's Perfect".
  • German automaker Audi used the school to film a new commercial, featuring its Audi Q5 crossover SUV.
  • The Pharcyde shot their video "Runnin'" both inside and outside the Collegiate Gothic Main Building.
  • The video for Van Halen's "Hot for Teacher" was shot inside the school library.
  • References

    John Marshall High School (Los Angeles) Wikipedia