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South High School (Torrance, California)

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Type  Public Secondary
Superintendent  George W. Mannnon
Principal  Scott McDowell
Phone  +1 310-533-4352
Number of students  2,132
Established  1957
Dean  Leo Klemm
Athletic Director  Kevin VanWaardenburg
Founded  1957
Address  4801 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505, USA
District  Torrance Unified School District

South High School is a public high school in Torrance, California. It is one of five high schools in the Torrance Unified School District.



South High School opened in September 1957 and moved to a new campus in January, 1958 with 20 buildings and 106 classrooms. It currently serves children south of Sepulveda, west of Hawthorne and north of Lomita Boulevard.

In 1980 Asahi Gakuen, a weekend Japanese-language education institution, began renting space in South Torrance High School. The school continues to use the school for its Torrance Campus (トーランス校 Tōransu-kō).

Since 2004, South High has been under refurbishment. Renovations include improved handicapped accessibility, improved lighting, and new signage.

2007-2008 was the 50 year anniversary.

American Beauty was filmed on the South High School campus during the winter break of 1998/1999. Many contemporary South High students were featured as extras in the scenes set on campus.

The short movie Skaterdater was filmed using the Imperial Skateboard Club whose members went to South High.


In the 2014-15 school year, South High had an enrollment of 2,132 students.

  • African-American - 2.4%
  • American Indian - 0.50%
  • Asian - 30.4%
  • Filipino - 3%
  • Hispanic or Latino - 14.7%
  • Pacific Islander - 0.60%
  • Caucasian - 41.70%%
  • Multi-Racial - 5.10%
  • Other - 1.6%
  • The average household income of South High's ZIP code (90505) is $105,771.


    South High's mascot is the Spartan, and their colors are green and white.


    The Marching Band was West High Invitationals Sweepstakes 2009, 2010 Percussion State Champs, and the 2011 & 2013 SCJA Division 5A State Champions. The South High 2014-15 Advanced Dance Team were the 2015 USA Dance National Champions in the category "Novelty." In 2017, the 2016-17 Advanced Dance Team became state champions at the USA State Championship, while also placing first in several divisions at USA Regionals. The 2016-17 Athletic Training Program placed first in the small school division at the St. Francis Sports Medical Competition.

    CIF Championships

  • 2012 - Boys' Volleyball, Division III
  • 2004 & 2014 - Women's Volleyball, Division II
  • 2014 & 2017 - Girls' Soccer, Division IV & Division III
  • 2014 & 2015 - Girls' Tennis, Division IV
  • 2015 - Girls' Basketball, Division II
  • Notable alumni

  • Mike Andrews: former MLB second baseman, currently Chair of The Jimmy Fund
  • Rob Andrews: former MLB second baseman
  • Greg Bargar: former MLB pitcher
  • Gillian Boxx: 1996 Olympic gold medalist (Softball)
  • Shannon Boxx: 2004, 2008 Olympic gold medallist (Soccer)
  • Chuck Codd: former professional soccer player
  • Juan Croucier: former bassist for Ratt
  • Michael B. Donley: former US Secretary of the Air Force
  • Chris Donnels: former MLB third baseman
  • Tim Drevno: former offensive line coach for the San Francisco 49ers
  • Jason Farol: singer on Duets (TV series)
  • Ryo Fujii: professional soccer player
  • Chad Morton: former NFL running back and kick/punt returner
  • Johnnie Morton: former NFL wide receiver, mixed martial artist
  • Sendhil Mullainathan: professor of economics at Harvard University
  • Aaron North: lead guitarist for Nine Inch Nails
  • David Patterson: professor of computer science at University of California, Berkeley
  • Steve Smith: former world record holder in the indoor pole vault
  • Ken Turner: former MLB pitcher
  • Chauncey Washington: former NFL running back
  • John White: CFL running back
  • Alejandro Daniel Wolff: American diplomat, former US Ambassador to Chile and acting U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations
  • Gary Steele: Intramural Basketball champions 1969; Gold trunks 1967-1970;Co-photographer and double of Blythe movie
  • References

    South High School (Torrance, California) Wikipedia

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