Granada Hills Charter

Coordinates: 34°15′40″N 118°31′31″W / 34.2611°N 118.5254°W / 34.2611; -118.5254
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Granada Hills Charter
10535 Zelzah Avenue

Los Angeles

United States
Coordinates34°15′40″N 118°31′31″W / 34.2611°N 118.5254°W / 34.2611; -118.5254
TypeIndependent charter school
MottoHome of the Highlanders
Established1960; 64 years ago (1960)
School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
NCES School ID060220603050[4]
CEO/SuperintendentBrian Bauer[3]
Teaching staff231.49 (FTE) (2022–23)[4]
  • 9-12 (Main campus)[2]
  • K-8 (Devonshire campus)
Enrollment5,869 (2022–23)[4]
Student to teacher ratio25.35 (2022–23)[4]
  •   Green
  •   Black
  •   White
Athletics conferenceCIF Los Angeles City Section
NewspaperThe Plaid Press

Granada Hills Charter (often abbreviated to GHCHS/GHC or simply Granada), formerly Granada Hills High School, is an independent charter school consisting of over 4,600 students in grades K–12, located in the Granada Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, United States. It is affiliated with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD).[5]

Granada also, as of 2011, has a high Academic Performance Index (API) score of 878, greatly exceeding the target API score of 800 for all schools in California.[6] On April 12, 2011, Granada was named a 2011 California Distinguished School.[7] On December 22, 2011, Granada became an International Baccalaureate World School.[8] Since 2011, the school has won seven National Academic Decathlon Championships.


Granada Hills High School is a comprehensive public high school, founded in 1960.[9] Bryce Schurr was the first acting principal of the school.[10] It was in the Los Angeles City High School District until 1961, when it merged into LAUSD.[11]

In the 1970–71 and 1971–72 school years, Granada Hills High had the largest student body of any high school in the United States.[12] Overcrowding at the school was relieved with the 1971 opening of John F. Kennedy High School.[13]

In 1994, the school opened a LAUSD magnet school with emphasis in math, science and technology in conjunction with the California State University, Northridge. In 2003, the school was awarded charter status which granted it fiscal and instructional autonomy.[14]

In 2003, the Los Angeles Board of Education voted to allow the school to become a charter, making it the largest school in the United States to convert to a charter school.[15] The school administration asked for a charter status since being directly operated the district limited its fundraising opportunities, and it also was against LAUSD funding cuts.[16]

In mid-2013, Granada Hills Charter High School purchased the nearby Pinecrest Northridge Elementary School campus for $5.6M,[17] using funds obtained from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Granada Hills Charter High School used this new land to create iGranada, a campus specializing in digital arts and sciences. This campus opened for the first time for the Fall 2015 school year.[18]

As part of their Charter Renewal Petition, GHCHS has applied to increase their enrollment from 4,300 students up to 5,500 students. This includes adding approximately 200 additional grades 9–12 seats to the existing GHCHS campus, through a Charter Augmentation Grant, and adding up to 1,000 additional seats at the Pinecrest site (or at another possible property acquisition).[19]

In 2020 the grade span changed to K–12.[20]


On campus, there are six computer labs, each with more than 35 computers. There are also laptop carts, which house many laptop computers and can be transported around the campus for enrichment activities. Science classrooms are updated with new lab technology often. Most classrooms have Smart Boards and projectors, increasing the overall student interaction in class.

Beginning in the 2015–2016 school year, Chromebooks are given to every student. Teachers may use Canvas (or Google Classroom prior to 2022) to post assignments, online teaching materials, and give instant feedback to the students. Additionally, the school has wifi networks campuswide, and can provide wifi at a student's home if they cannot afford it.[21]


White Hispanic/Latino Asian Black Pacific Islander Native American Two or More Races
25% 40% 28% 4% 0.3% 0.3% 3%

According to U.S. News & World Report, as of 2019, 75% of Granada's student body is "minority," with 47% of the student body coming from an economically disadvantaged household, determined by student eligibility for California's Reduced-price meal program.[22]

The school is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges.[1]


The school's sports stadium, John Elway Stadium, is used by the Los Angeles Rampage women's soccer team and is the former home ground of the San Fernando Valley Quakes United Soccer League Premier Development League soccer team.


Granada offers 29 Advanced Placement (AP) courses and 38 IB courses which include: AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Physics 2, AP Physics C, AP Environmental Science, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science Principles, AP Statistics, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature, AP European History, AP World History, AP United States History, AP Psychology, AP United States Government, AP Macroeconomics, AP Microeconomics, AP Human Geography, AP Art History, AP Music Theory, AP Studio Art, AP Chinese Language and Culture, AP French Language, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Seminar, AP Research, and AP Spanish Literature.[23]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

Granada Hills Charter High School offers a wide variety of extra curricular activities which include, Associated Student Body (ASB), Yearbook, Dance Team, Cheer, Theatre, Show Choir, Honors Choir, Jazz Band, Marching Band and Color Guard, Indoor Percussion, and Orchestra. With that, the school also offers several academic teams such as Academic Decathlon, Model United Nations, DECA, Envirothon, Robotics, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, and Speech and Debate.[24]

Academic Decathlon[edit]

The Academic Decathlon team won back-to-back-to-back national championships in 2011, 2012 and 2013. The 2015 team began another championship streak[25] as Granada Hills went on to win again in 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, and 2022.

Model United Nations[edit]

The nationally ranked[26] Model United Nations team at Granada Hills Charter has been recognized at various conferences across North America. During the 2017–2018 season, they won Best Small Delegation at Harvard Model UN (HMUN).[27] In 2019, GHC Model UN won the Award of Distinction at the National High School Model United Nations (NHSMUN).[28] GHCMUN notably hosts the Valley Regional Model United Nations (VRMUN), the first high-school Model UN conference in the San Fernando Valley.[29]


The school's robotics team, The Robodox, participates in both the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) and in the VEX Robotics Competition (VRC). The team builds robots that compete for these competitions. Students are responsible for every step of construction, from designing and manufacturing to coding and CADing. The Robotics team also helps out the local community with its outreach programs, spreading the importance of STEM Education. In 2018, the Robodox won the VRC California State competition. In 2021 the FIRST robotics portion of the team competed in Tidal Tumble winning the competition with its two alliance members 4414 and 973[30] [31] In addition, the team mastered the use of machines using them to create tons of parts this season leading to the team going undefeated for over 3 matches this season due to the revolutionary design choices.

Speech & Debate[edit]

In 2017, Granada Hills Charter won 1st place in Original Advocacy at the CHSSA State Tournament, taking 14th overall.[32] In 2011, Granada Hills Charter won the Stanford Junior Varsity LD tournament[33] (Yellow River). It was also the 2008 CHSSA State Champion in Thematic interpretation.[34] In 2011 the school took 13th at the CHSSA State tournament in Original Prose and Poetry.

Marching Band & Color Guard[edit]

In 2012, the Granada Hills Charter High School Marching Band was awarded a bronze medal at the 2012 SCSBOA Division 5A Field Show Championships.[35] In 2016, the Highlander Band participated in the 2016 Bands of America St. George Regional Championships in St. George, Utah and was awarded and recognized as an SCSBOA 4A Finalist that year.[36]



Ryan Braun was a four-year letterman on the Granada Hills High School baseball team, and three-year team captain and Most Valuable Player (MVP). In 2002, he batted .451 as a senior, with an OBP of .675, and broke the school record for career home runs with 25.[37]

Cross Country[edit]

The girls varsity Cross Country team won the City League Championship in 2021. boys cross country teams in all 3 divisions 10th grade, Jr varsity and varsity won city 1963-1973


In 1970, Granada Hills High School won the L.A. City Football Championship with the five-receiver passing attack innovated by Coach Jack Neumeier later known as the spread offense that a few years later attracted the attention of John Elway's father, Jack Elway, after the Elway family moved to Los Angeles when Jack Elway assumed the head football coaching position at California State University, Northridge.[38]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Directory of Schools". Accrediting Commission for Schools Western Association of Schools and Colleges. Retrieved January 19, 2011.
  2. ^ "Maps". Retrieved January 26, 2021.
  3. ^ "Leadership". Granada Hills Charter School. Retrieved January 12, 2023.
  4. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - Granada Hills Charter (060220603050)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved April 21, 2024.
  5. ^ "Granada Hills Charter". Los Angeles Unified School District. Retrieved November 19, 2023.
  6. ^ "Granada Hills Charter High School API Rockets to 874" (Press release). Granada Hills Charter High School. 2011. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011.
  7. ^ "Granada Hills Charter High School named California Distinguished School" (PDF) (Press release). Granada Hills Charter High School. 2011. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 9, 2013.
  8. ^ "GHCHS now an International Baccalaureate World School" (Press release). Granada Hills Charter High School. 2011. Archived from the original on March 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "About Us - Miscellaneous - Granada Hills Charter High School". Retrieved August 5, 2018.
  10. ^ Garvey, Megan (June 5, 1998). "Homecoming King". Los Angeles Times.
  11. ^ "Los Angeles City School District". Los Angeles Unified School District. Archived from the original on February 7, 1998. Retrieved October 27, 2020.
  12. ^ Hier, Jim (2007). Granada Hills (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. p. 9. ISBN 978-0738547718. 9780738547718
  13. ^ Hier, Jim (2007). Granada Hills (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing. p. 10. ISBN 978-0738547718. 9780738547718
  14. ^ "Charter School FAQs". Granada Hills Charter High School. Archived from the original on July 11, 2011. Retrieved October 2, 2010.
  15. ^ DiMassa, Cara Mia. "Granada Hills Gets Charter OK." Los Angeles Times. May 14, 2003. Retrieved on January 8, 2016.
  16. ^ Corwin, Ronald G. and Joe Schneider. The School Choice Hoax: Fixing America's Schools. Greenwood Publishing Group, January 1, 2005; ISBN 0275986950/ISBN 9780275986957. pg. 221
  17. ^ "Granada Hills Charter High buys Pinecrest Northridge campus for $5.6M". Los Angeles Daily News. Retrieved July 8, 2014.
  18. ^ "IGRANADA DIGITAL ARTS & SCIENCES". Archived from the original on September 27, 2015.
  19. ^ Granada Hills Charter High School: A Charter School Petition for Renewal (PDF), retrieved July 8, 2014
  20. ^ "Search for Public Schools - School Detail for Granada Hills Charter". Retrieved January 4, 2021.
  21. ^ "Technology - Granada Hills Charter High School". Archived from the original on December 27, 2016. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  22. ^ "Granada Hills Charter High Student Body". U.S. News & World Report. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  23. ^ "Advanced Placement (AP)". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  24. ^ "Activities - Granada Hills Charter High School". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  25. ^ "Granada Hills H.S. Wins U.S. Academic Decathlon". NBC Los Angeles. April 27, 2013. Retrieved December 21, 2016.
  26. ^ "The Top 150 High School Model United Nations Teams in North America from the 2017-2018 School Year". July 2, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  27. ^ "Delegation Award Winners". February 28, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  28. ^ "GHC Model United Nations takes the Big Apple by storm". April 5, 2019. Retrieved December 6, 2019.
  29. ^ "Granada hosts first Valley Regional MUN conference". February 21, 2020. Retrieved February 23, 2020.
  30. ^ "2021 Tidal Tumble". The Blue Alliance. October 15, 2021. Retrieved March 29, 2022.
  31. ^ "Robotics - Academic Teams - Granada Hills Charter High School". Retrieved December 13, 2020.
  32. ^ "2017 CHSSA State Tournament". Retrieved February 17, 2022.
  33. ^ "2011 Stanford Invitational". Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  34. ^ "CHHSA State Results For Members of the TVFL". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved July 21, 2008.
  35. ^ "World of Pageantry - Fall 2012 Western States High School Band Results & Scores". Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  36. ^ "World of Pageantry - Fall 2016 Western States High School Band Results & Scores". Retrieved December 7, 2019.
  37. ^ Mulhern, Tom, "Brewers: Braun's start a smashing success", Wisconsin State Journal, July 21, 2007. Retrieved December 20, 2007.
  38. ^ Sondheimer, Eric (September 3, 2004). "Jack Neumeier, 85; High School Football Coach Inspired Elway". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved October 10, 2012.
  39. ^ "WWE Diva Cameron starts right cause with wrong #". Miami Herald.
  40. ^ a b c d e "Granada Hills: High School Alumni". The Baseball Cube. Archived from the original on August 21, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2007.
  41. ^ "Colorado State Football".
  42. ^ "Granada Hills, CA Things to Do". See California. Retrieved February 26, 2017.
  43. ^ "Jamal Brooks Stats". Retrieved April 11, 2019.
  44. ^ "Travis Kalanick". Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  45. ^ "Barry Kerzin, About". GHDonline. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
  46. ^ Media, Character (October 10, 2012). "October Issue: 'Pitch Perfect' Actress Hana Mae Lee Makes Her Big Screen Debut". Character Media. Retrieved January 24, 2020.
  47. ^ "John Lee Supports his Community".
  48. ^ "Blanchard Montgomery". Archived from the original on September 29, 2007. Retrieved August 29, 2007.
  49. ^ "Granada Hills High School Tartan Yearbook". p. 130.
  50. ^ "Biography". Retrieved July 15, 2018.
  51. ^ Block, Jenny (April 23, 2018). "'Good Doctor' Star Tamlyn Tomita Says "Stop Treating Me As A Woman: Treat Me As An Equal"". Retrieved January 7, 2021.
  52. ^ "Biography". www.seema.cin. Retrieved January 7, 2024.

Further reading[edit]

External links[edit]