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Loara High School is a public, four year International Baccalaureate American high school in the Anaheim Union High School District, located in the city of Anaheim in Orange County, California. The campus consists of 2,578 students and 111 certificated staff. As of 2008 the student to teacher ratio of 25.8 to 1. Loara is a California Distinguished School which prepares students to "innovate in service of their community". The school was one of the premier institutions becoming an International School in Orange County during the 1990s. The school is currently on probationary stage by the International Baccalaureate Organization, since the school nor Anaheim Union High School District have the adequate budget to run the expensive IB Diploma Programme.
As of 2008, the campus' over 2,578 students consists of the following percentage of ethnic groups: 0.3% American Indian, 7% Asian, 2% Pacific Islander, 3% Filipino, 64% Hispanic, 1% Asian Indian, 2% African-American, and 16% Caucasian. Over half of the student qualify for the reduced lunch program. Nearly one fourth of the students participate in an English learners program. Students are the driving force of the school and are an amazing source of spirit and energy. "Hail Loara, School We Cherish."
Loara was established in 1962 and is one of eight comprehensive high schools within the district. The school's name is said to be an amalgamation of the names Laura and Sara, the daughters of an early Anaheim pioneer.
In 1971, Then-California Governor and Future U.S. President Ronald Reagan visited the Loara campus on a tour of the city of Anaheim.
The school has recently undergone modernization under Bond Measure Z, which includes two gyms, a science building, and a math building. Loara has an IB program which is delivering very successful and intelligent students. In 2006, the campus completed an extensive technology improvement plan. This includes the construction of the prototype for "Classroom of the Future", two technologically advanced rooms that were designed to model future prospects.
Sammy Saxon is the school mascot. His appearance is typically depicted as a caricature of an Anglo-Saxon warrior.
Loara has one of the largest International Baccalaureate (IB) programs in Orange County. Loara was authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme in July 1999, the program is taught in English to 148 students.
Students usually take IB exams in May. Students study six subjects selected from the subject groups. Normally three subjects are studied at the higher level representing 240 teaching hours, and the remaining three subjects are studied at standard level representing 150 teaching hours. All three parts of the core curriculum (extended essay, theory of knowledge and creativity, action, service) are compulsory and central to the philosophy of the Diploma Programme.
In the last examination session, students completed the following exams: Biology HL, Chemistry SL, English A1 HL, French B SL, History HL, Japanese B SL, Math.Studies SL, Mathematics HL, Psychology SL, Spanish B HL, Spanish B SL and Theory Knowl. TK. Due to its late introduction into the curriculm, many IB classes are offered as combined classes, such as Advanced Placement/International Baccalaureate.
The two-year IB Diploma Programme curriculum presents students with opportunities to demonstrate and build on their positive qualities. It offers challenges—academic, artistic and sporting—as well as community responsibility, through the creativity, action, service (CAS) requirement.
Recent IB graduates have been accepted into, but not limited to, ivy league colleges.
Recent changes in the monetary allowance of the Anaheim Union High School District have instilled a plan for the IB program at Loara High School to be discontinued, along with its counterpart Kennedy High School. The primary cause of such action would be a result of the district's decision to remove all secretarial positions from its campuses. Loara officially ended its IB program with the class of 2009, although the class of 2010 will still have the opportunity to complete the program.
+ denotes availability of Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate courses
LOARA HIGH SCHOOL MARCHING BAND, DRILL TEAM, AND FLAG CORP "The Show-Band of the Western States!" Multiple Sweepstakes Competition winners throughout the years.
The student athletes compete in the CIF-SS Empire League. Loara has varied success in a variety of sports. Loara has a long-standing rivalry with Katella High School. The school maintains a separate Hall of Fame for wrestling achievement.
These are a number of programs in which Loara participates; each activity is followed by state and national accomplishments, listed chronologically, by past Loara teams and individuals.'
State Individual rankings 1976: Richard Meza 5th in 1995. State (CIF) Team Rankings: Second in the entire CIF in 1979, first in 1983, second in 1984 and first in 1985. In 1999 2 CIF Championships (Team and Individual)
Loara High School houses two halls of fame; i.e., one recognizing LHS alumni and one recognizing former LHS faculty.
Alumni Hall of Fame
- Anaheim High
- Ball Junior High
- Brookhurst Junior High
- Magnolia High
- Lexington Junior High
- Katella High
- John F. Kennedy High
- Hope Special Education Center
- Gilbert High (Continuation)
- Dale Junior High
- Cypress High
- Community Day/Alternative Education/Special Educat
- Western High
- Walker Junior High
- Sycamore Junior High
- South Junior High
- Savanna High
- Polaris Opportunity Day
- Polaris High (Alternative)
- Orangeview Junior High
- Oxford Academy