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Western High School (Anaheim, California)

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Type  Public high school
Established  1955
Faculty  110
Phone  +1 714-220-4040
Number of students  2,500
Motto  Home of the Pioneers
Principal  Joe Carmona
Grades  9–12
Mascot  Pioneer
Western High School (Anaheim, California)
Address  501 S Western Ave, Anaheim, CA 92804, USA
District  Anaheim Union High School District

Western High School is a fully accredited public high school located in Anaheim, California, serving students in grades 9–12. The school is one of ten high schools in the Anaheim Union High School District. It is located in north Orange County and primarily serves middle income students. It was established in 1954. The school's mascot is the Pioneer.



Western High is a two time California Distinguished High School.

The Pioneer Press

Western's media design studio produces the popular The Pioneer Press weekly broadcast show. Students in the Arts, Media and Entertainment pathway take classes in digital animation, web, graphics, video production, music technology and broadcast.


Athletic teams compete in the CIF Southern Section of the California Interscholastic Federation and are known as the "Pioneers". Notable athletes from the school include Tiger Woods and Andy Messersmith.

In 2007, the Pioneers won the 2007 CIF wrestling championship. The annual football game between Western and its rival Anaheim High School is referred to as the traditional "Bell Game", with the winning school receiving the Victory Bell. Western High School offers the following sports:

Notable alumni

  • Randy Schekman, cell biologist, winner of the 2013 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine
  • David Gilliland, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver
  • Mike Iupati, offensive lineman for the San Francisco 49ers.
  • Andy Messersmith, pitcher for the California Angels, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves, first free agent in baseball
  • Fili Moala, NFL player for the Indianapolis Colts, former USC football player
  • John Moses, outfielder for the Seattle Mariners
  • Dana Nafziger, former football player for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Carol Rodríguez Puerto Rican sprinter
  • Rich Severson, former major league baseball infielder
  • Tiger Woods, professional golfer, 3x U.S. Amateur winner, 3x U.S. Junior Amateur winner
  • Mike Penner, sportswriter for Los Angeles Times
  • References

    Western High School (Anaheim, California) Wikipedia