Long Beach Polytechnic High School, founded in 1895 as Long Beach High School, is a secondary school located at 1600 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, California, United States.
The school serves portions of Long Beach, including Bixby Knolls, and some parts of the cities of Signal Hill & Lakewood.
Polytechnic, (or more commonly known as Poly), is the flagship high school of the Long Beach Unified School District and the most populous high school in California. It is a large urban high school with more than 5,000 students.
Polytechnic has long been distinguished in both academics and athletics. The PACE magnet program and the CIC magnet program boast more total University of California admissions than any other high school in California. In 2005, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Polytechnic the "Sports School of the Century", which applauds Polytechnic's badminton, baseball, basketball, football, track, cross country, and other sports programs. Polytechnic has also received numerous prizes for its music program, including multiple (6) Grammy Awards. Long Beach Poly has also sent more players to the NFL than any other high school in the country.
International Ambassadors have been a long tradition of Long Beach Poly High School since 1976. They replaced the traditional Homecoming King and Queen as a result of racial tensions during the 70's. They serve as representatives of Poly's diversity. Ambassadors have also left a legacy that has continued to improve Long Beach Poly. From recycle bins to painting murals, the Ambassadors do all they can to improve and promote the school.
Poly High firsts:
- Poly High is Long Beach’s first high school (1895)
- Poly High had California’s first interscholastic athletics league (1899)
- Poly High had California’s first student council.
- Poly High had California’s first PTA (1910)
- Poly High had California’s first graduation in caps and gowns (1921)
- Poly High is the first Long Beach school to have 2 principals (1993)
Long Beach Poly has been a backdrop for many TV Commercials, Shows, and Motion Pictures. Some of the uses of the location include:
Notable alumni include:
- actress Cameron Diaz
- rapper Snoop Dogg
- tennis player Billie Jean King,
- rapperNate Dogg,
- football player DeSean Jackson,
- singer Lupillo Rivera,
- Major League Baseball umpire Charlie Williams,
- Spike Jones,
- actor Van Heflin
- actor Percy Daggs III
- opera singer Marilyn Horne
- politician Harlan Hagen
- mountain climber Samantha Larson
- musician Harold Brown
- singer/musician Charles Miller
- musician Dan Reganrem
- Professional skateboarder Terry Kennedy.
- baseball player Chase Utley
- baseball player Milton Bradley
- baseball playerRandy Moffitt
- baseball playerChris Gwynn
- baseball player 2007 Hall of Fame inductee Tony Gwynn.
- baseball player James McDonald
- basketball player Mack Calvin
- basketball playerTyus Edney.
- football player Carl Weathers,
- football player Ronald Moore,
- football player Hershel Dennis,
- football player Mark Carrier,
- football player Darnell Bing,
- football player Marcedes Lewis,
- football player Manuel Wright,
- football player Winston Justice,
- football player Samie Parker,
- football player Willie McGinest,
- football player Omar Stoutmire,
- football player Gene Washington,
- football player Tony Hill
- football player Stephone Paige,
- football player Leonard Russell,
- football player Marquez Pope,
- football player Larry Croom,
- football player Pago Togafau,
- football player Earl McCullouch,
- football player Kevin Brown,
- football player Hercules Satele
- football player Don Sasa,
- former water polo player and Olympian Alan Mouchawar
- writer Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston