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Los Amigos High School, located in Fountain Valley, Orange County, California, is one of seven high-schools of the Garden Grove Unified School District - recipient of the 2004 Broad Prize for Excellence in Urban Education. Los Amigos High School is located at the southeast corner of Newhope St. and Heil Ave. - one block east of Mile Square Park.
Los Amigos High School first opened its doors to students in 1968. The first classes of 1968-69 were sophomores who had been freshmen at La Quinta High School and new freshmen from feeder intermediate schools, so there were only two classes (freshmen and sophomores) during that first school year. As the years progressed, freshmen were added. The second year (1969–70) had three classes—freshmen, sophomores and juniors. It would be academic year 1970-71 before the school had all four classes—freshmen through seniors. The first graduating class was 1971. The class of 1972 collected enough money to paint Los Amigos High School and the school mascot, the Lobo (wolf), across the front of the gymnasium as shown in the photo above. Hal Butler was the principal during these early years.
Conceived at a time when "open education" was the movement of the day in public education, Los Amigos was constructed in a rather unconventional manner for the warm climate of Southern California. Not only were both of the school's primary classroom buildings - the "L" and "M" buildings - built with interior corridors, all classrooms were built without doors! It would not be until the late 1990s before all classrooms at Los Amigos were provided with doors. Recently the school installed several new classrooms the "A","B","C" and "D" portables to accommodate the increasing number of freshmen each year.For the 2009-2010 year, most of the portable room numbers will change.
From the years 1998 - 2009, the principal of Los Amigos has been Ms. Connie Van Luit. During the 2005-2006 school year, 2,182 students were served by 89 teachers. Today, the school is ran by the new principal named Ms. Patterson 2009–Present. For more information, please visit  for more information about the school.
In 2006, 436 Advanced Placement (AP) exams were taken by Los Amigos Students. Of Los Amigos' graduation class of 2006, 23.1% had passed at least one AP exam. AP courses are offered in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, English Literature & Composition, European History, French, Macroeconomics, Physics, Spanish, Studio Art - Drawing, United States Government & Politics, and United States History. By special arrangement with California State University, Fullerton (CSUF), students enrolled in Los Amigos High School's Calculus course - taught by a CSUF professor - may earn college credits
As of school year 2005-2006, the ethnic makeup of the Los Amigos student-body was: Hispanic - 70.2%, Asian (primarily Vietnamese) - 22.1%, Caucasian - 5.2%, African-American - 0.9%, Pacific Islander - 0.9%, Other - 0.6%. The vast majority of the Los Amigos student body is drawn from the communities of Fountain Valley and Santa Ana.
Some facts about the Los Amigos student body as of school year 2005-2006:
Los Amigos offers many co-curricular and extracurricular programs for its students, including: Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), ASB/Leadership, Choral Music, Drama, Instrumental Music, Knowledge Bowl, Peer Court, and Visual Arts.
Some of the student clubs at Los Amigos include: African-American Club, American-Cancer Society, Amnesty International, Anime Club, Art Club, Asian Student Union (a division of VAHSA), Bowling Club, Career Explorers Club, Drama Club, European History Club, French Club, Impact Club, Junior Statesmen of America Club, Key Club, KIWIN'S, Model United Nations Club, Marine Biology Club, Not-of-this-World Club, Pink Ribbon Club, Red Cross Club, Rock-n-Roll Club, Science Olympiad, Surf Club, Tree Huggers Club, Human Relations Club, and the Gay/Straight Alliance Club .
Some of the notable achievements of Los Amigos' co-curricular and extracurricular programs include:
Los Amigos athletic teams are known as the Lobos, while the school itself is known as the Den of the Lobos. A tradition after losing would be to vandalize the opposing team's school. Los Amigos' athletic teams compete in the Garden Grove League in the following sports:
Los Amigos offers Regional Occupation Program (ROP) courses in the following disciplines: Art of Animation, Automotive Careers, Business Applications, Computer Aided Drafting, Construction Technology, Dance, General Office Clerk, Restaurant Careers, and Software Specialist.
- Pablo Cerda, the fifth and last fire fighter to perish in the Esperanza Fire of October, 2006.
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