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Coordinates: 34°11′21″N 118°27′18″W 34.18917, -118.455


Van Nuys High School

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      • 6535 Cedros Avenue, Van Nuys, California, United States of America 91411
    • Telephone Numbers:
      • (818) 778-6800
      • ((818) 781-5181 (fax)
    • Official Website: [1]
  • History & Memorable Moments

Van Nuys High School opened in 1915, four years after Van Nuys was established.[3] For years, the only high schools in the Valley were Van Nuys, Owensmouth (now Canoga Park), San Fernando, and North Hollywood. The main buildings and auditorium date from the l930's. [1]

The Los Angeles Unified School District ordered Van Nuys High School to convert to year-round scheduling in 2001 due to reasons such as overcrowding. Even though it relieved the overcrowding of Van Nuys High School, the Magnet Programs separated tracks, along with the residential students. The Performing Arts Magnet and the Medical Magnet were only available on the A-Track Schedule, while the Math and Science Magnet was only available on the C-Track Schedule. B-Trackers could not take the same classes as C-Trackers, while C-Trackers could only take certain A-Track classes. Teachers that had both A-Track and C-Track students were frustrated because the curriculum had to be synchronized with both tracks. [1]

Van Nuys High School returned to the Traditional School Calendar in 2005. The switch was caused by a decline in the school population and by a new district policy to eliminate year-round schools whenever possible. [1]

The opening of Panorama High School in October 2006,[4] relieved overcrowding at Van Nuys High School. [1]

Van Nuys High School has the highest AP passing rate in LAUSD for two consecutive years. [1]

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    • Amnesty International
    • Anime Club
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    • CSF-California Scholarship Federation
    • Chess Club
    • CYF-Christian Youth Fellowship
    • Chinese Club
    • Computer Club
    • Desi Club
    • Dragon Ball Z
    • Drill Team
    • Fencing Club
    • Future Business Leaders of America
    • French Club
    • IFC-Independent Film Club
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    • JSU-Jewish Student Union
    • Junior Board
    • JETS-Junior Engineering and Technical Society
    • JSA-Junior Statesmen of America
    • Key Club
    • Korean Club
    • M.E.C.H.A.
    • M.E.S.A.
    • National Honor Society
    • Pagan Club
    • Russian Club
    • Senior Board
    • Ski and Snowboard Club
    • Speech and Debate
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    • Thai Club
    • The United Nations Club
    • True Pinoy
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  • Notable Alumni
    • Much like two other LAUSD high schools, Fairfax High School and Hollywood High School, Van Nuys High School, especially the Performing Arts Magnet, has been a breeding ground for Hollywood talent over the years. There have been hundreds of famous graduates of Van Nuys High School, including:
      • Paula Abdul, entertainer
      • Aaron Brenner, entertainer,
      • Julie Brown, actress/comedienne/producer/singer/writer
      • Vint Cerf, one of the "fathers of the Internet"
      • Stephen M. Cohen, fraudster and hijacker
      • Steve Crocker, inventor of the RFC series
      • Larry Dixon, drag car champion
      • Tony Dow, actor
      • Don Drysdale, baseball player
      • Joseph Gordon-Levitt, actor
      • Stacy Keach, actor
      • Charles Klapow, Choreographer
      • David Klein, creator of Jelly Belly Gourmet Jelly Beans
      • Bruce Kovner, multibillionaire
      • Scott Mason, Los Angeles Disc Jockey
      • Marilyn Monroe, actress
      • Jonathan Postel, one of "the giants of the internet"
      • Robert Redford, actor
      • Geraldine McGee Rosenthal
      • Jane Russell, actress
      • David J. Skorton, President of Cornell University
      • Bob Waterfield, football player
      • Alice Waters, creator of "California cuisine"
      • Natalie Wood, actress
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