Huntington Beach High School
1905 Main Street Huntington Beach, California 92648
It easy to see how HB High has
touched the lives of so many people who have attended classes, visited
or merely passed by the lovely buildings and grounds on Main Street across
from City Hall.
Built in 1906, Huntington Beach High School stands
proudly on Main Street between Yorktown and 17th Streets. A highly
regarded Performing Arts Program which students throughout the region seek
admission to and a surfing team which has been around for as long as anyone
can remember are but a few of the things unique to HBHS, home
of the Oilers.
The school campus is used by other schools within the
Huntington Beach Union High School District for graduation ceremonies and
the community for an annual 4th of July Independence Day Fireworks show.
There's a free skate park enjoyed by people
from all over the world who have seen videos and visited, just to skate
Huntington Beach Union High School was built in 1926.
Designed by architects Allison and Allison of Santa Ana, it was described
as being Lombard Romanesque Revival in appearance and style. The high school received status as a designated Orange
County Historical Landmark in 1987.
Many of the buildings were torn down in 1976 but community
activism kept the Auditorium and Clock Tower from being demolished.
In the 1926 high school year book, Cauldron, students
recalled a rather unusual groundbreaking held on Monday, February
8. After singing the National Anthem and saying a prayer, the students
grasped two long ropes attached to a plow. William Newland, senior
member of the Board of Education, held the plow in its course as the students
pulled it about 100 feet, creating a deep furrow. The program was concluded
with the singing of "America".
The rich history of this wonderful school includes scholar
Eddie Morris who was considered the world's fastest boy in the 1930's,
award winning glee clubs, surfing teams and award winning athletes in nearly
every high school sporting event.
Huntington Beach High School in Huntington Beach, California is a public high
school with a student population of over 2,500 attending grades 9 to 12. Known
also as Huntington High, the school ball teams are known as The Oilers, due to
Huntington Beach's history as an oil town. In fact, across the street from the
high school at Huntington Beach City Hall there are several oil pumps. The
school colors are orange and black and its motto is: Preparing our students to
become educated, responsible and successful citizens within our global
community. Publications at Huntington Beach High School include The Oiler Times
newspaper and The Cauldron annual yearbook. www.hboilers.com
Huntington Beach High School (HBHS) first began operating in 1906. This school
is part of the Huntington Beach Union High School District, which includes
several other area high schools. Attendance boundaries for HBHS stretch east
from Brookhurst Street, north four miles to Warner Ave., and up the coast to a
portion of Seal Beach. Their athletic teams are known as the Oilers and the
school colors are orange and black. The school is located on Main Street between
Utica and Yorktown.
Huntington Beach High School's founding was one of uncertainty and political
opposition. Originally known as Las Bolsa High School, the school opened in Los
Alamitos in 1902 and served as a secondary school for Westminster, Garden Grove,
Los Alamitos, Bolsa, New Hope, Fountain Valley, Chica, Ocean View and Springdale
elementary districts. However, after only one student showed up for class, the
site was scrapped four days after its opening. After attempts to find a
permanent location failed due to political opposition and controversy, the
remaining districts of Ocean View, Springdale and Fountain Valley were joined by
those of Huntington Beach and Newport Elementary.
In 1906, the "school on wheels," as it was often called because of its inability
to secure a permanent location, finally settled in Huntington Beach and began
operation as Huntington Beach Union High School. Classes were initially held in
the basement of an auditorium operated by the local Methodist church. Having
received a land grant from the Huntington Beach Company, the high school
completed construction of its first permanent buildings at its current location
in 1908. By 1910, there were seven teachers and three clubs; Huntington Beach
had a population of 815 people. By this time the four graduates had become an
average of 14 graduates a year. The first graduating class consisted of six
students, but expanded rapidly in the next decade into the hundreds.
In 1921, the Huntington Beach Company increased mining in abundant oil fields
around the city bringing a wave of prosperity to the area. In 1926, the school's
architects, Allison and Allison (a Santa Ana firm), described the school's
structure as a Lombard Romanesque Revival. The iconic bell tower and auditorium
were the first buildings constructed, and seven other buildings were built
between 1926 and 1952.
In the 1970s, Huntington Beach High School began construction of new facilities.
Many of the old buildings (except the bell tower and auditorium) were demolished
and rebuilt because they were not built up to current earthquake and fire codes.
The quad was redesigned and landscaped with new trees.
In March 2004, Measure C passed, granting a massive bond for school funding. As
HBHS was nearing its centennial and was the oldest in the district, it received
a lion's share of the money. Construction began and the summer and has continued
since. Infrastructure projects has elevated the school with up-to-date piping
and rewiring. Handicap ramps were built in and around difficult places for ADA
compliance. The D Building, which contains math and science classrooms, is
currently being retrofitted with an elevator, the last of the academic buildings
which requires such construction. However, no plans have been proposed for
making the M building (which contains music and recording arts classrooms)
In the 2006-2007 school year, portable units introduced to the campus and
rotating classes to alleviate challenges in finding rooms while Math and Science
building is is rebuilt. It will require that the classes in the affected
buildings to be moved out of the portable on a yearly basis to begin and
complete the remodeling.
Huntington Beach High School serves as the host campus for the District's magnet
arts program, the Academy for the Performing Arts. This audition-only
extra-curricular school offers majors in six disciplines: Acting, Commercial
Recording Arts, Dance, Instrumental Music, Musical Theatre, and Technical
Theatre. All Mainstage performances are shown in the historic Darrel Stillwagon
Auditorium, an Orange County Historical Landmark.
When the program began in 1972 by history teacher Lynn Aase, the Model United
Nations program initially consisted of 35 students who attended the Harvard
conference. The program now consists of more than 300 students who attend
conferences locally, nationally and internationally. The program has recently
sent winning delegations to New York, Washington DC, Russia, France and Germany.
At the UC Berkeley conference, a competition in which many top schools in the
state attend, HBHS MUN delegates have won 24 out of the 25 delegation awards in
years they've attended.
All-Pro NFL Tight End for the Kansas City Chiefs Tony Gonzalez is an alumnus of
HBHS. Also notable is Eric Anderson, the first openly gay track coach. He
coached during the 1990s and wrote Trailblazing: The True Story of America's
First Openly Gay Track Coach.
Huntington Beach High School's wide array of sporting facilities result in a
diverse athletic program. The school currently competes in the Sunset League,
but will be moved to the Sea View League beginning in the 2006-07 academic year,
as their football team has gone 3-22 against Sunset League competition since
Seasonal sports take place in the campuses sports facilities and at
Cap Sheue Field is home for Huntington Beach and other local high school
Stillwagon Auditorium was named after former Activities Director Darrell
Indoor gym, Competition
Cap Sheue Football Stadium,
Weight training facilities, baseball fields, soccer fields and tennis
courts are all maintained on site.
Girls' Cross Country
Boys' Cross Country
Girls' Water Polo
Darrell Stillwagon Historic Auditorium,
Audio recording facilities,
Macintosh media laboratory,
Video production facilities,
Video editing stations,
Two dance classrooms,
Ceramics and other fine arts facilities,
Vocational Shops and other resources
Family and consumer science facilities,
4 computer laboratories,
The Academy for the Performing Arts,
Avenged Sevenfold are popular groups whose band members attended Huntington
Beach High School.
Hail, Hail to Huntington School Song
In 1909, Ethel Crane composed a school song that is no longer recognized, but is
preserved as historically significant to the school.
In a land of glowing sunsets,
Where chime the mission bells,
Lies a realm by shining sea-sands,
Where the golden sunbeam dwells,
Where white-capped waves are dashing
On a shore we all love well,
And in this land of sunshine
Is the school of which we tell.
H.B. High School, H.B. High School,
Of the land of brightest flowers,
H.B. High School, H.B. High School,
What a happy kingdom outs,
In our memories thou wilt linger
So long as we shall live,
And to our own dear High School,
Our loyal love we give.
Though future years divide us
And between us oceans lie,
Though different paths we're walking
And school days are gone by,
Yet in our thoughtful moments
Our minds will backward fly
To the tie that still will blind us --
All the thoughts of H.B. High.
The Alma Mater
Hail, hail to Huntington, thy pillars noble and strong,
Like spires that rise to vaulted skys,
We raise our loyal song.
Ne'er can thy spirit die, nor ever can thy walls decay,
So give a hail, hail to Huntington,
Thy glory shall not fade away!