Palos Verdes High School
Palos Verdes High School (PVHS) is one of three public high schools on the Palos Verdes Peninsula in Southern California, USA (the others being Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (formerly Rolling Hills High School) and Rancho Del Mar High School). Located by the ocean in Palos Verdes Estates, the school is part of the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. Originally opened in 1961, the school earned many awards for academic and athletic excellence before declining enrollments due to demographic changes led the District to close PVHS in 1991, combining three existing high schools into Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (PVPHS). The campus remained in use as Palos Verdes Intermediate School, with the former intermediate schools having been closed as part of the reorganization. In 2002, climbing enrollments and overcrowding at Peninsula High School led the district to reopen Palos Verdes High School. By the first year, enrollment reached 470 students.

Notable organizations and clubs
PVHS is home to the Palos Verdes Sea Kings, the only high school team in the nation to have participated in the DARPA Grand Challenge. The school also has an award-winning drama program that was chosen to represent the United States in the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in 2009. The school is also known for its broadcast journalism program Live from 205 (referring to the program's room number), which has won several awards at the STN National Convention from 2005 through 2008, including the Excellence Award for best high school weekly news show in the country in the 2007,2008, 2009 and 2010 competitions. The Cal-Nev-Ha KIWIN'S organization on campus has made remarkable gains. Not only does it have the largest amount of students involved in community service, but it has made notable gains in leadership both on a divisional (Diamond Division) level and district level. As of 2009 there have been three Lieutenant Governors from PVHS, 4 executive board members, 2 appointed board members. The Governor for California-Nevada-Hawaii KIWIN'S District for the 2008-2009 service year was also from Palos Verdes High. The school's science olympiad team, coached by Eva Stamper, typically advances to the state competition each year, and in 2008 achieved fourth place in the competitive Los Angeles Regionals.

Palos Verdes Sea Kings Sports

The athletic teams (known as the Sea Kings) are represented by the colors red, black, and white, and compete in the Bay League for most sports. The nickname comes from the Greek god Poseidon, the school's official mascot. Their cross-town rival is the PVPHS Panthers, whom they battle in various sports for the "King of the Hill". This is a recent development coming a few years after the reopening in 2002, as the teams were not closely aligned or regularly matched up immediately thereafter due to sizeable differences in enrollment. The original cross-town rival was the Rolling Hills High School Titans, the original school housed on the PVPHS campus before district wide consolidation took effect. In 1965 the Sea Kings captured their first CIF championship in any sport as the undefeated (11-0-1) football team defeated Tustin Foothill 20-7 to capture the CIF AA Championship. The team was coached by South Bay Coach of the Year Ron Terry and led by first team All-CIF performers and Co-Captains Mark Carpenter and Bill Tapp. Earlier that season marked the first meeting ever on the gridiron between the Sea Kings and their cross-town rivals the Rolling Hills Titans (Peninsula Panthers.) The Sea Kings won that first-ever game 28-7. In 1975, a notable date in the school's sports history, the Sea Kings won the CIF Boys Basketball Championship, defeating perennial champion Verbum Dei High School in the semi-finals in one of the biggest upsets in California high school basketball history. Palos Verdes was led by future NBA all-star Bill Laimbeer, while Verbum Dei's biggest star was David Greenwood, who became Laimbeer's teammate on the 1990 Detroit Pistons NBA championship team. The Sea Kings have won many CIF titles over the years in several other boys and girls sports, and a few teams have even been recognized at the state or national level. Circa 1990, it claimed a national championship in both girls basketball as well as boys soccer, as recognized by USA Today. Most recently, the school has claimed CIF titles in baseball (2005), boys lacrosse, and in boys soccer for the 2006-07 season. The Red Tide, is a student-run spirit organization that supports the sports teams. Started specifically to cheer for boys basketball, the Red Tide is a major presence at most games, where an entire section of the bleachers is often a sea of red. Their taglines include "Roll Tide," "Tritons Up," and "Red Tide Nation."

Cross country
The Palos Verdes Cross Country Team is a cross country team from Palos Verdes High School in California.

Palos Verdes fielded a varsity boys cross country team in 1961, the year the school opened. The boys' varsity team has won a total of six CIF titles. They were champions in 1967, 1974, 1977, 1978, 1990, and 2009, their first CIF title after the school reopened. The boys have also won 17 Bay League titles, most recently in 2007 and 2009. The boys' team also won their first state championship in 2009, qualifying for the Nike Cross Nationals. Girls cross country did not compete as a team until 1977. The girls varsity team won 14 consecutive Bay League titles from 1977 to 1991. The girls' team has won six California Interscholastic Federation titles. The girls won CIF titles in 1979, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989. The 1987 girls' team was named National Champions. They were also state champions in 1987, 1988, and 1989.

The cross country program was founded in 1961 by coach Bill O'Rourke and then followed by Terry Wallace. The leader of the cross country program during the 70‘s was coach Bob Latham. Coach Latham was in charge from 1972 until 1979 when he left Palos Verdes. Sue Scully was the coach for the 1980 season followed by Joe Kelly. Coach Kelly was in charge at Palos Verdes High School from 1981 until the school closed in 1991. The team is currently coached by Brian Shapiro, Jeff Atkinson, and Alex Broughton.

Notable alumni
  • Billy Martin, Tennis Pro & long time UCLA Tennis Head Coach, Class of 1974
  • Matt Wuerker,Political cartoonist, Pulitzer Prize finalist 2009, Class of 1975
  • Former Senator George Felix Allen (R-VA), Class of '70
  • Bill Laimbeer ( Detroit Pistons star and current WNBA coach), Class of '75 and leader of the 1975 CIF championship basketball team.
  • Craig Hogan, Director of Fermilab Center for Particle Astrophysics, Class of 1972
  • Bo Barrett, Current winemaker of Chateau Montelena. In the movie Bottle Shock Bo was a primary character portrayed by actor Chris Pine and the movie was about the Judgement of Paris. Class of 1972
  • Christopher Boyce (convicted of espionage, subject of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman , from Robert Lindsey's book of the same name), Class of '70
  • Andrew Daulton Lee (convicted of espionage, subject of the movie The Falcon and the Snowman , from Robert Lindsey's book of the same name), Class of '70
  • Dana Rohrabacher (U.S. House of Representatives), Class of '65
  • Evan C. Kim (actor), Class of '71
  • John Philbin (actor)
  • Pete Sampras (tennis great) (attended 1985-88 but did not graduate)
  • Brooke Theiss (actress), Class of '87
  • Michael Moloney (designer), TV's Extreme Home Makeover, Class of '82
  • John Erickson (pro golfer) Windsor Charity Classic Champion 1991, Class of '81
  • Brian Ball (Philanthropist and Social Activist) Class of '71
  • Ian Needham (Frisbie Golf Expert) Class of '75
  • Justine Greiner (Playboy centerfold) Miss February 1984, Class of 81
  • Rick Griffin (artist and illustrator), Class of '62
  • Daniel Levitin (musician and neurologist), Class of '75
  • Blair Bush (former center in the NFL), Class of '74
  • Heather Burge and Heidi Burge (basketball players, subject of the movie Double Teamed ) (attended but did not graduate)
  • Todd Witteles, World Series of Poker bracelet winner, and CardPlayer Magazine's 2005 World Series of Poker Player of the Year, Class of '90
  • John Welbourn, NFL offensive lineman, formerly with the Philadelphia Eagles and Kansas City Chiefs (attended 1990-1991)
  • Grant Heslov, (actor, writer, producer)
  • Mark Acres, (pro basketball; Boston Celtics 1987-1989, Orlando Magic 1989-1992, Houston Rockets 1992, Washington Bullets 1993), Class of '81
  • Kevin Hartman, American Soccer Player, (attended 1990-1991)
  • Joey Burns, (musician), with Calexico, Class of '85
  • Natalie Pack contestant on Cycle 12 of America's Next Top Model, Class of '07
  • Christopher Schotts, MMA Fighter in the 1990s; Instructional Tape Producer, Renowned Martial Arts instructor
  • Kellogg S. Booth (Professor of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia), Class of '64(?)
  • Rush Rehm (Associate Professor of Drama and Classics at Stanford University), Class of '67
  • Richard C. Wolbers (Associate Professor and Coordinator of Science and Adjunct Paintings Conservator, University of Delaware), Class of '67
  • Dave Demarest (High School Baseball Coaching Legend at La Quinta High School, Long Beach State Hall of Fame, career record of 753-213), Class of '68
  • Wyatt Caldwell (Major League Pitcher, 1994”“2001, All-Star (1997), 3.41 career era, 1094k's, 78-57 career record, Class of '86

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