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Belmont High School was once the largest public school in the city of Los Angeles and the largest school in California, due to the density of the Westlake district, which it served. It was also considered the largest school in the United States, with 6,342 students. What was formally the attendance area for Belmont High School has now become the Belmont Zone of Choice, where students living in this area have the option of attending one of nineteen small learning communities or pilot schools located on four different campuses within the zone: Belmont High School, Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, Edward Roybal Learning Center, and Central LA High School #9 for Performing and Visual Arts. Belmont's school colors are green and black, and the school mascot is the Sentinel.
Belmont High School opened in 1923.
The Hotel Belmont was the first noteworthy building to stand atop Crown Hill, the present site of Belmont High School. Eventually, the hotel was abandoned, and later it was transformed into the private Belmont School for Girls. After the school was destroyed by fire, the grounds were left vacant, except for five oil wells and a pumping plant. On February 28, 1921, the Los Angeles Board of Education purchased the site for $100,000, for the purpose of constructing Belmont High School.
Belmont opened its doors on September 11, 1923, to about 500 students, all sophomores, and 28 faculty members. Most of the school's traditions were created by those pioneer students during the first months of the school's existence. The school newspaper conducted an election to select its name, with "Sentinel" easily winning over "Progress." To this day, Belmont's students are known as Sentinels. Those first students favored “Sentinels" because they were able to oversee the entire city from their "lookout" on Crown Hill. In another election, the school's colors, green and black, were selected over brown and white. A Joseph Young created masaics mural is located on the main building wall.
In a 1991 Los Angeles Times article a person named Jerry Majewski said that the surrounding community is "dangerous but you learn to be a survivor. You just got to find the right people to hang around with that'll carry you through while you're here."
By 2000 LAUSD devised plans to relieve Belmont of many of its students, and in 2006, the Miguel Contreras Learning Complex, which began sharing its attendance zone with Belmont, opened and relieved Belmont.
Beginning around 2005, Belmont began a major modernization. The school was renovated, and new paint, bathrooms, doors, walls, and ceiling tiles were added. Facilities were also updated throughout the school campus to accommodate those with special needs (e.g. wheelchair ramps).
Furthermore, Central Los Angeles Area High School 9 opened in 2008 to relieve Belmont. Central Los Angeles High School 11 (Edward R. Roybal (formerly Belmont) Learning Center) and Central Los Angeles High School 12 opened in fall 2009 .
Belmont High School is home to the Sentinels, which is the name applied to all sports teams. The school colors are green and black. The current newspaper, which has been published for more than 75 years, is called the Belmont Sentinel. The Campanile is the name of the Yearbook published every June. The Campanile was also the name of the bell tower that was part of the main building of the old campus.
Belmont houses several computer labs throughout the school campus which students may use for school research. In addition, every classroom has at least two computers with Internet access. The school library was named in honor of her alumnus Jack Smith, who was an author and long time columnist for the Los Angeles Times.
The following mission and vision statements can be found at various locations on the school campus: "Enter to Learn, Go Forth to Serve..."
"The vision of Belmont High School is to graduate productive members of society who are self directed and prepared for college, career, and community involvement."
Belmont High School hosts three Small Learning Communities (SLC's; also called academies) which specialize in a career pathway:
LAAMPS (Los Angeles Academy of Medical and Public Service), with courses in first responders and medical terminology;
SAGE (Science, Art and Green Engineering), with courses in automotive technology, drafting, and computer assisted design;
Belmont Multimedia Academy, with courses in filmmaking, cartooning & animation, digital photography, digital imaging, and web page design.
The following schools feed into Belmont:
- Joseph Le Conte Middle
- Rosewood Avenue Elementary
- 4th Street Primary Center
- Abraham Lincoln Senior High
- Academia Avance Charter
- Academia Semillas Del Pueblo
- Accelerated Elementary Charter
- Aggeler Community Day
- Alain Leroy Locke Senior High
- Albert Einstein Continuation
- Albion Street Elementary
- Aldama Elementary
- Alexander Fleming Middle
- Alexander Hamilton Senior High
- Alexandria Avenue Elementary
- Alfred Bernhard Nobel Middle
- Allesandro Elementary
- Alphonso B. Perez Special Education Center
- Alta Loma Elementary
- Amanecer Primary Center
- Amelia Earhart Continuation
- Amestoy Elementary
- Anatola Avenue Elementary