|Name||Quartz Hill High School|
|Address||6040 West Avenue L|
|Location||Quartz Hill, California|
|Grades||9 to 12|
|Accreditation||Western Association of Schools and Colleges|
|Colors||Blue and Gold|
Quartz Hill High School is a public, co-educational high school located in Quartz Hill, California. Founded in 1964, it is the third oldest comprehensive high school in the Antelope Valley Union High School District.
The basic layout of Quartz Hill High School's eighty-acre campus is a courtyard surrounded by several quads and athletic buildings, a design that is typical of high schools in Southern California. The school's campus was originally designed for 1,800 students, but over two times that number are currently enrolled. In the school year 2008-2009, there is a reported number of 3,100 students now attending the school, some even foreign exchange students.
From the summer of 2003 to the fall of 2004, Quartz Hill High School's campus underwent a $15 million modernization that updated the majority of the school's classrooms.
Quartz Hill High School consists of approximately 3,900 students, and the school's population is growing. Most of the school's students live in Quartz Hill, Palmdale and Lancaster, cities in the Antelope Valley of northern Los Angeles County.
Quartz Hill High School is one of 65 high schools in California to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme, which began at the school in 1998. Advanced Placement (AP) classes are also available in nearly all academic departments.
Quartz Hill High School is consistently ranked as the top school in its district and one of the top schools in the state according to the Academic Performance Index.
Quartz Hill High School is the only school in the district to have a student receive a perfect score on the SATs.
Activities at Quartz Hill High School include
The sports program at Quartz Hill High School includes Marching band, football, baseball, softball, basketball, soccer, cross country, track and field, tennis, swimming, wrestling, volleyball and golf.
The Cross Country team of 1979 was the first of any sport at QHHS to win the CIF-SS Championship.
The Wrestling team was the Golden League Champions for 10 consecutive years.
In 1990, Quartz Hill competed in Southern Section football in Division I for the first time. The unheralded Rebels won Eight games in a row to include playoff games at home against Long Beach Wilson and on the road against Rubidoux High School (Riverside) and Mater Dei High School (Anaheim) to reach a sectional championship for the first time. The Rebels fell to Loyola High School, 24-14, in the championship game at Anaheim Stadium. At a critical juncture in second half the dubious play calling of head coach Jon Albee, refusing to hand the ball to Selves Smith on the goal line and rather taking 4 shots on the ground with Eric Thomas, cost the Rebels their destiny.
In 2002, The Quartz Hill men's Soccer team set history within the Antelope Valley being the first team ever to win a CIF Championship at the Division 1 level. Led by Kiel McClung (CIF Player of the Year), the Rebels finished undefeated at 28-0-2. The Rebels scored 118 goals for, and only allow 18 goals against. The Rebels 118 goals finished 4th all time in most goals scored in a season in CIF history. The Rebels finished the 2002 season ranked #3 in the nation.
In 2006 the Quartz Hill Baseball team won the first ever C.I.F. championship in the Antelope Valley for baseball. The team went 24-5 overall, including 10-2 in Golden League play. The team beat Murrieta Valley 10-4.Calvin Culver was named CIF division 3 player of the year from that team,Kyle Harris,Chase Tigert,and Matt Hutchinson played a very big role in the success of the championship season. Brett Schaeffing was the catcher and Thomas McEachern was the backup catcher. The Rebels were coached by Aaron Kavanagh. Casey Feickert was drafted as a pitcher in the 8th round by the Kansas City Royals of the 2007 draft and played right field for the Rebels. Calvin Culver was drafted as an outfielder in the 26th round by the Atlanta Braves in 2008 and played center field for the rebels.
Mission Statement: The mission of Quartz Hill High School is to produce responsible citizens who are able to communicate effectively, set and achieve realistic goals, and who become life long learners.
Vision Statement: Quartz Hill High School desires to provide the staff with training, instruction and modeling to improve the instructional strategies, curriculum offerings, and learning for all students. It is the school’s vision that all students will reinforce their fundamental academic skills through the use of appropriate instruction, current technology, and an environment most conducive to learning. The school desires to equip staff with the skills which will assist in providing all students opportunities for post-high school success.
Tensions flared again on January 13, 2006, when a rumor that the former students who had been arrested would again attempt to attack the school using pipe-bombs. According to Principal Mark Bryant, the planned attacks were merely "rumor, upon rumor, upon rumor", as the two youths are still being held in custody. This "Friday the 13th" rumor was passed between students via internet messages and cell-phone text messages. In response to the threat, nearly 50% of the student body was absent from the campus by the time the school day had finished. In the end, the only disruption to the day was a firecracker explosion within a trash can during the school's lunch break.