Verdugo Hills High School

name =Verdugo Hills High School

caption =Verdugo Hills High School
motto =Victory with Honor
established =1937
type =Public
affiliation =
district =Los Angeles Unified School District
grades =9-12
president =
principal =Diane Klewitz
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dean =
faculty =
staff =
students =
enrollment =2,112 (2006-2007)
athletics =
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colors =red, black (often with white)
mascot =Don and Donette
free_label =Newspaper
free_text ="La Yuca"
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location =10625 Plainview Avenue
Tujunga, Los Angeles, California
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website = [ Official website]

Verdugo Hills High School (VHHS) is a public school located in the Tujunga community of Los Angeles, California, United States within the Los Angeles Unified School District.

The school serves students from several areas of Los Angeles, including Sunland, Tujunga, Lake View Terrace, and portions of North Hollywood, Sun Valley, and Shadow Hills.


The school officially opened for classes for the first time on September 13, 1937, with 437 students enrolled in grades 7 through 11. Verdugo Hills High School was built on the site of a lemon orchard next to the original Plainview Avenue Elementary School.

The school district was going to name the new school Calvin Coolidge High School, but Congressman John Steven McGroarty and others lobbied successfully to have the name changed to reflect the "green Verdugo hills" which the campus overlooks to the south.


Verdugo Hills is the only school in LAUSD to host the Copernican Block Schedule. Implemented in the fall of 1998, VHHS has found numerous success with this schedule. Most students have 3 classes per 10 weeks terms, each class lasting for 90 minutes. Semester courses are now 10 weeks in length and previous year-long courses are now 20 weeks. Athletics, band, and other activities have been moved to an optional 4th period. This gives an opportunity for a student to accomplish more before graduation. In addition, students taking the optional fourth period every semester can graduate a semester or more early. Students not opting to take a fourth period are released at 1:12 every day, allowing more time to complete homework or to work an afterschool job.

Filming location

In proximity to the Hollywood movie industry, the school website claims that VHHS has been "the location of choice for more movies, television shows and commercials than any other school in the world".

The school was a filming location in the following films, television movies, television series:

Films [" [ On Location! FEATURE FILMS] ." "Verdugo Hills High School". Accessed September 19, 2008.]
* "Corvette Summer" (1978)
* "Almost Summer" (1978)
* "Christine" (1983)
* "Better Off Dead" (1985)
* "River's Edge" (1987)
* "Heathers" (1989)
* "The Craft" (1995)
* "One Eight Seven" (1997) - As John Quincy Adams High School
* "Boys and Girls" (2000)
* "Clockstoppers" (February 2001)
* "Not Another Teen Movie" (March 2001)
* "Cursed" (April 2003)
* "Hercules in 3-D" (November 2005)

Television movies [" [ On Location! TV MOVIES] ." "Verdugo Hills High School". Accessed September 19, 2008.]
* "Scandal In A Small Town" (1988)
* "I Know My First Name Is Steven" (1989)
* "The Tonya Harding Story"
* "The Nutty Professor"
* "The Brady Bunch Reunion"
* "" (1992)
* "Other Mothers" (1993)
* "The Great Mom Swap" (1995)
* "Skipper"
* "Killing Mr. Griffin" (1997)
* "Safety Patrol" (1998)
* "Gotta Kick it Up" (June 2001)

Television series [" [ On Location! SERIES TELEVISION] ." "Verdugo Hills High School". Accessed September 19, 2008.]
* "Quantum Leap"
* "Beverly Hills, 90210"
* "My So-Called Life" (1994)
* "TV-101" (1988-89)
* "Dangerous Minds" (1996-97)
* "Moloney" (1997)
* "Beyond Belief" (1998)
* "Felicity" (1998)
* "Hyperion Bay" (1998)
* "Rescue 77" (1999)
* "Court TV" (1999)
* "Once and Again" (1999)
* "Get Real" (1999)
* "Crime Scene Investigation" (2001)
* Lifetime Television (November 2001)
* MTV (December 2001)
* "Miracles" (2002, December)
* "American Dreams" (October and December 2002, January and March 2003, July 2004)
* "Summerland" (October 2004)
* "Monk" (May 2005)
* "American Idol" (November 2006)
* "" (2000- )
* "The Secret Life of the American Teenager" (2008- )


External links

* [ Verdugo Hills High School website]
* [ Verdugo Hills High School Multimedia Communications Magnet Program]
* [ older Verdugo Hills High School website]
* [ Movies, TV Shows and Commercials shot at VHHS]
* [ Collection of Photos from VHHS shot in the late 1970s]

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