Los Alamitos High School

Los Alamitos High School (also known as Los Al) is a public school for grades 9 to 12 located in Los Alamitos, California, and also serving the city of Seal Beach and the community of Rossmoor. It is the only traditional high school in the Los Alamitos Unified School District; the far smaller Laurel High School serves as a continuation school and as the district office site.[2] Both Oak Middle School and McAuliffe Middle School feed into Los Alamitos High.

Los Alamitos High School
Los Alamitos High Quad
Coordinates33°48′41″N 118°04′17″W / 33.81141°N 118.07127°WCoordinates: 33°48′41″N 118°04′17″W / 33.81141°N 118.07127°W
TypePublic high school
School districtLos Alamitos Unified School District
PrincipalDr. Gregg Stone
Grades9 - 12
Number of students3,235 (2017-2018)[1]
Color(s)     Blue
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section
Sunset League


In its very first year, classes were held at Pine Junior High School (now McAuliffe Middle), and only sophomores attended. The following year saw the school move into its new campus whose buildings were specifically designed for Los Al's unique flexible scheduling program (and the addition of juniors, followed by seniors the next year). During its first two years, Los Alamitos High School had a complete flexible schedule program. Student submitted hand-written multi-part daily schedules during their scheduling class. This allowed them to choose from scheduled sessions of their classes for flexible periods of time, depending on the needs of the teachers and students. In the third year, it changed to a computer scheduling program to provide more administrative accountability for the students' whereabouts. This version of flexible scheduling used then-current computer technology to generate daily class schedules based on each instructor's lesson plans. Students would report each morning to their "scheduling class" to receive their daily schedule – broken into a series of "modules". Each teacher would select the needed number of fifteen-minute modules to allow for that day's instruction, whether it be a test, a lecture, a lab, etc. In their scheduling class, students could rearrange or fill open modules from the "October" schedule, a listing of available classes. This allowed serious students to make the best use of their schedule to attend classes in a sequence that made more sense for that day.

Los Al's unique flexible scheduling was replaced with a traditional school schedule in 1977 after it was discovered that less disciplined students were abusing the system. For those more dedicated students who leveraged the school's unique scheduling to their advantage, Los Al produced an extraordinary number of early graduates, who went on to succeed in the best universities.

Beginning in fall 1987, the Orange County High School of the Arts was resident on its campus, but its success and growth led it to move to a bigger campus in Santa Ana in 2001.

Principals of Los Alamitos High School

No Tenure Name
01. 1967–1968 Wilbur Wheaton
02. 1968–1970 William McKee
03. 1970–1976 Dale Schroeder
04. 1976–1979 Mary Franks
05. 1979–1980 Dale Hughes
06. 1980–1985 (Dr.) Rudy Castruita
07. 1985–1998 Carol Hart
Int 1998 Sherry Kropp
08. 1998–2000 Dr. Rebecca Shore
Int 2000 Kelly Godfrey
09. 2000–2006 Daniel Brooks
10. 2006–2009 Kelly Godfrey
11. 2009–2012 Dr. Grant Litfin
12. 2012–2015 Joshua Arnold
13. 2015–2018 Dr. Brandon Martinez
14. Appointee Dr. Gregg Stone


  • Principal: Dr. Brandon Martinez
  • Assistant Principal of Student Support and Counseling: Kenneth Lopour
  • Assistant Principal of Student Athletics: Richard Smith
  • Assistant Principal of Curriculum and Instruction: Dr. Gregg Stone
  • Assistant Principal of Activities and Attendance: Kiva Spiratos
  • Assistant Principal of Student Services: Jason Farvour
  • Assistant Principal of Performing and Fine Arts (.4): David Moellenkamp

Extracurricular activities

Athletic programs

Los Al is known for its success in many Varsity sports. The boys' Varsity Football team won a CIF Southern Section Div. 3 title in 1991, and Division II titles in 1992 and 1993 (the latter a shared title with Esperanza) and won a Division I championship in 2002, and reached the finals and semi-finals on numerous other occasions, most recently in 2004.[3] The Boys' water polo team was also CIF-SS Division II champions in fall 1999, and 2004 and were CIF-SS Masters champions in 2007.

The boys' Los Al Tennis team won the CIF SS Division I Championship in 2001. Considering the level of competition in tennis in Southern California, this was a most notable accomplishment. It was in CIF Division I semi-finals in 1999 and 2000. From 1995 through 2001 it had a league record of 69–1, an overall record of 128–18 and produced 16 All-Orange County selections. Additionally, 55 players were honored as scholar athletes and went on to play at college level. The team received recognition from the Mayors of the cities of Los Alamitos and Seal Beach for its contribution to positive publicity.

The girls' volleyball team has won a number of CIF local and state championships. It was CIF Southern Section Division IA champions in 2002, 2004, and 2013 and won CIF Division I State championships in 2003, 2005, and 2006, and came in second 2013. In 2018, the team won the CIF Southern Section Division 2 championship and lost in the quarterfinals in the CIF Division 1 State Championships.

Girls' soccer won CIF section titles in 1996 (Div. II), 1997 (Div. I) and 2005 (Div. I). The last team was also named the No. 1 team in the nation by Student Sports Magazine. Another indicator of the success of the program was that in 2007 there were 17 Los Al alumni girls playing NCAA Division I soccer.

The Griffin Varsity Boys' soccer team won CIF-Southern Section titles in 1991 and 2002. Alums Mike Munoz (2001) and Jonathan Bornstein (2002) have both made MLS rosters (Galaxy and Chivas USA) and Bornstein was not only the MLS 2007 Rookie of the Year but is currently on the US Men's National team roster.

The boys' Basketball team won CIF Division IA and IAA championships in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Los Al Basketball great Ali Ton holds the assist record at Davidson College

The Los Alamitos High School Marching Band has competed in circuits such as Western Band Association (WBA) and Marching Band Open Series (MBOS). In 2009 and 2010 they placed 1st in the WBA 3A division as well as the combined 1A/2A/3A Finals, and in 2011 and 2012 the unit placed 3rd in the WBA 3A division. In 2013 they placed 2nd in the WBA 3A division, 3rd in the combined 1A/2A/3A Finals, 1st in the MBOS Black Opal division, and 7th in the combined MBOS Finals. The unit also has an award-winning drumline and color guard.

The LAHS Surf Team took second place over all in ISF State Championships in 2009. Boys' Shortboard finished with second place, bodyboard placed third and Girls' Longboard finished as State Champions. Los Al finished in third place in 2008 and First place in 2007 and 2006.

In their fourth season of competition, the LAHS Girls' Lacrosse team was the undefeated CIF Division I Orange County and Southern Section Champions in 2009 and 2010. Los Al finished the season ranked #4 in the state of California.

LAHS Boys' Golf – They have won back to back league championships while setting course records at difficult golf courses. In a win over Newport Harbor this year, the team set the lowest team score there in 7 years.

CIF teams

Note: This list does not include sports which are currently clubs and thus not officially recognized in CIF.

Other school group programs

Academic Accolades

  • United States Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School – 1990, 1994, 1998 (Special Honors in Art Education for 1998)[4]
  • California Department of Education California Distinguished School – 1988, 1994, 1998, 2009[4]
  • California School Boards Association Golden Bell Awards – 1998 (Griffins with a Mission), 2005 (Contemporary Media in the Arts)[4]
  • California Gold Ribbon School – 2016[4]

Notable alumni




Notable Criminals

  • Jeremy Strohmeyer – Murdered 7 year old Sherrice Iverson at the Primadonna Resort and Casino in Primm, Nevada[8]


  1. ^ "Los Alamitos High". California Department of Education. Retrieved June 10, 2018.
  2. ^ "Laurel High School / Overview". Losal.org. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  3. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-09-20.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ a b c d "School Recognitions". Los Alamitos Unified School District.
  5. ^ "Jason Lewis". Yahoo! Movies. Archived from the original on October 3, 2011. Retrieved February 24, 2018.
  6. ^ "Senior pitcher Jacob Nix looking to lead talented Los Alamitos baseball". presstelegram.com. Retrieved February 15, 2015.
  7. ^ Mike Patterson. "New York Giants: Mike Patterson". Giants.com. Retrieved 2014-02-16.
  8. ^ "Lost Teens". Drudgereportarchives.com. June 9, 1997. Retrieved 2014-02-16.

External links

2005 Los Angeles Dodgers season

In 2005, the Los Angeles Dodgers suffered from a rash of injuries to key players such as closer Éric Gagné, shortstop César Izturis and outfielder J. D. Drew and fell to their second worst record in Los Angeles history, finishing in fourth place in the Western Division of the National League. After the season, manager Jim Tracy and General Manager Paul DePodesta were both fired and the team was torn apart. This was also the last season to be broadcast on KCOP (13).

Alex Redmond

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Brad Cresse

Bradley Garrett Cresse (born July 31, 1978) is an American former professional baseball catcher. He attended Los Alamitos High School and Marina High School, where he was recognized as one of the better high school baseball players in Orange County. He then attended Louisiana State University (LSU), where he played college baseball for the LSU Tigers. As a senior, Cresse won the Johnny Bench Award, given to the top collegiate catcher.

Cresse was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and played in minor league baseball from 2000 through 2006, when he retired. He did not reach Major League Baseball.

Charles Hinkle

Charles Hinkle (born March 11, 1988) is an American professional basketball player for Club Biguá de Villa Biarritz of the Liga Uruguaya de Basketball. Born in the Los Angeles area, he played high school basketball at Los Alamitos High School before moving to Hebron Academy. He then joined Vanderbilt University to play for the Commodores and redshirted his freshman season. After receiving limited playing time, he transferred to the American Eagles for his final two years and was one of the top NCAA Division I scorers as a senior.

Immediately following his college career, Hinkle played for İstanbulspor in Turkey and Soproni KC in Hungary. In 2013–14, he spent time with the Israel club Hapoel Kiryat Tivon/Megido and in the Drew League. Hinkle was picked by the Los Angeles D-Fenders at the 2014 NBA Development League Draft and subsequently competed in the D-League for the D-Fenders and Idaho Stampede. In 2015, he began playing in Japan with Niigata Albirex and then Bambitious Nara. In 2018, he earned All-NBL Canada Second Team honors for the St. John's Edge.

Chris Kluwe

Christopher James Kluwe (; born December 24, 1981) is a former American football punter and writer. Kluwe played at Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California, where he was a 1999 USA Today High School All-American, and then attended the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he played college football for the UCLA Bruins. He was signed by the Seattle Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2005 and played professionally in the National Football League for the Seattle Seahawks, Minnesota Vikings, and Oakland Raiders.

Kluwe is widely known for his eight seasons with the Minnesota Vikings, where he set eight individual team records. During this period, Kluwe became an outspoken advocate on social issues, including same sex marriage and gay rights—which ultimately led to tension between Kluwe and coaching staff.

Kluwe was released by the Vikings after the 2012 season, signed with the Oakland Raiders prior to the 2013 season, and was subsequently released. Kluwe was unable to find another NFL team with which to sign and retired from professional football in 2013. Following his departure from football, he has pursued a writing career and is a humor columnist for the sports website Deadspin.

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Jacob Nix

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The acronym LAHS may refer to one of many different high schools, hence the "HS" at the end of the acronym.

Lake Arthur High School

Leavitt Area High School

Little Angels High School

Little Angels High School, Srinagar

Los Alamitos High School

Los Alamos High School

Los Altos High School (Hacienda Heights, California)

Los Altos High School (Los Altos, California)

Los Angeles High School

Los Alamitos

Los Alamitos ("The Little Cottonwoods" in Spanish) can mean:

Los Alamitos, California, a city in Orange County, California

Los Alamitos High School

Los Alamitos Army Airfield

Los Alamitos Race Course

Los Alamitos Circle, the roundabout at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Lakewood Blvd. in Long Beach, California

Los Alamitos Creek in San Jose, California

Los Alamitos Formation in Río Negro Province, Patagonia, Argentina, known for its Late Cretaceous fossils

Los Alamitos, California

Los Alamitos ("The Little Cottonwoods" in Spanish) is a city in Orange County, California. The city was incorporated in March 1960. The population was 11,449 at the 2010 census, down from 11,536 at the 2000 census. The adjacent unincorporated community of Rossmoor uses Los Alamitos in its mailing address, but is not part of the city. The Los Alamitos Race Course is named for the city, but lies in the neighboring city of Cypress.

The USA Water Polo National Aquatic Center is located on the Joint Forces Training Base - Los Alamitos.

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Mike Kelly (outfielder)

Michael Raymond Kelly (born June 2, 1970) is an American former Major League Baseball outfielder for the Atlanta Braves, Cincinnati Reds, Tampa Bay Devil Rays, and Colorado Rockies.

Kelly attended Arizona State University and Los Alamitos High School in Los Alamitos, California. He was drafted 2nd overall by the Atlanta Braves in the 1991 amateur draft, after his 1990 season with the Sun Devils in which he hit .376 with 21 HR and 82 RBI. As a result of his fine season with Arizona State, he won the Golden Spike Award as the 1990 National Player of the Year. His 46 homers with ASU trail only Bob Horner for most all-time in Sun Devil history.Mike Kelly spent 6 years in the majors with 4 teams. He played in 327 major league games, hitting .241 with 22 home runs and 86 RBI. His best season came in 1998 with Tampa Bay. In 106 games he hit .240 with career highs in both homers (10) and RBI (33). Kelly will be remembered by Rays fans as being the starting left fielder for the teams first game in major league history.

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Orange County ska

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The Orange County third wave ska scene during the 1990s was large and influential. Many of the bands that emerged from that scene continue to have success, with some moving into other music genres.

Anaheim's No Doubt has had the most enduring commercial success of the Orange County ska bands. They had several #1 singles and a diamond-certified album, Tragic Kingdom. In the mid-1980s, No Doubt used to open for Los Angeles bands such as The Untouchables and Fishbone.Another third wave ska band originating in Orange County that had commercial success is Reel Big Fish, whose song "Sell Out" reached #10 on the Billboard Modern Rock charts in 1997. The Hippos and Save Ferris have experienced some commercial success with the albums "Heads Are Gonna Roll" and "It Means Everything", respectively. Both acts were featured on several major film soundtracks during the 1990s. The Aquabats remain one of the few original Orange County third wave ska bands who still play today. However, the band generally doesn't play ska-influenced music in their most recent release, Charge!!. The same applies to Goldfinger, who, despite once being an active forerunner in the scene, dropped the ska sound in 2001.

After emerging out of Orange County's suburban ska scene in the 1990s, the band Pharmaceutical Bandits later became known as Rx Bandits and altered their sound to embrace pop punk, emo and prog rock influences. The band's members met at Los Alamitos High School in Orange County, where members of Save Ferris, Reel Big Fish and Bad Religion were also students. Reno ska jazz band Keyser Soze has Southern California roots, including members from Orange County and Los Angeles (which borders Orange County).

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The Scholars (band)

The Scholars were an American band. Like the Nuckle Brothers, No Doubt and Reel Big Fish, they are one of the main founding bands of the Orange County ska scene.

The Scholars' lineup changed on a regular basis. Current and former members of Reel Big Fish Aaron Barrett (Guitar/Vocals), Grant Barry (Trombone) and Scott Klopfenstein (Trumpet/Vocals) all played in The Scholars. Jay Layafette, a member of the now defunct O.C. ska band called The Forces of Evil, played trumpet for them in their very last days of playing shows. Their singer, Jesse Wilder, fronted a power pop group known as Teen Heroes, and also played Saxophone and Keyboard for The Scholars. He and Scott Klopfenstein later collaborated on a number of projects, including The Littlest Man Band and PAL with Scholars bassist Jake Berry and drummer Greg Parkin.

Their only main release, an 8-song demo called I'm In A Band, can be found on their anthology Last Great Record of The 20th Century on Vegas Records, along with numerous live songs and goofy pre-studio tracks they recorded with a tape deck in their drummer Greg's garage. They were a hit at the local high school Los Alamitos High School, where they were also students. They opened and headlined shows with more unknown local acts such as Exit Smiling, Leonard's Lunchbox, The Nuckle Brothers, The Goodwin Club, Suburban Rhythm and others.

Scott, Jake, Jesse, and Greg later went on to form The Littlest Man Band along with Dan Regan of Reel Big Fish, and Suburban Legends singer Vince Walker.

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Travis Brody

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Brody grew up in Irvine, California. He currently resides in Brussels, Belgium.

In May 2009, Brody played for the Budapest Cowboys of the Central European Football League (CEFL).

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