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University High School (UHS or "Uni") is one of five public high schools serving grades 9-12 located in the city of Irvine, California. It was established in 1970. The campus is situated on approximately 50 acres (200,000 m²) of land in the southwestern portion of the city, adjacent to the University of California, Irvine (UCI), from which the high school derives its name. The school comprises six main academic buildings, a performing arts theater, a band room for instrumental music, a swimming pool, eight tennis courts, two sand volleyball courts, an indoor gymnasium supplemented with other indoor athletic facilities, a 400-m outdoor track, and several practice fields. When opened, the architecture of UHS was virtually identical to that of Mission Viejo High School 12.5 miles (20 kM) to the southeast. Housed within these facilities are the departments of English, world languages, math, science, social science, instrumental music, art, industrial technology, athletics, physical education, English proficiency programs, special education, and the Orange County Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program. The school's mission is "to provide all students with the opportunities and environment to achieve academic and personal excellence while assuring that this is done in a safe and comfortable atmosphere." The school colors are navy blue, Columbia blue, and white. The school mascot is the Trojan.
On November 29, 2007 University High School ranked 76th Best High School in the country out of over 18,000 public schools that were ranked. Being in the top 100, University High School is considered a "Gold Medal School".
In May 1987, University High School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an exemplary school in the Secondary School Recognition Program. In 1988 and 1992, Uni was similarly recognized as a California State Distinguished School. University was accredited by Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for six years in 2004 and also in 2010.
The school has consistently made Newsweek's list of Top High Schools. In 2005, the school ranked 117th out of the top 1000 high schools. In Newsweek's 2006 list, the school ranked 156th out of 1,200 top high schools, and in 2009, Uni was ranked 156th.
University High school is often noted for its various academic teams, including Physics Bowl, Science Bowl, Science Olympiad, Model United Nations, and math competitions (including ARML, and Math Day at the Beach). University High School is also home to the largest and one of the most distinguished Junior Classical Leagues in the nation.
University High School hosts a relatively large number of deaf students. The program is known as "DHH" for deaf and hard of hearing.
University High School offers a wide variety of performing arts to its students. Three levels of dance are offered. Choir, Ceramics, Photography, Art, and Film Production are also available to students. Music classes include AP Music Theory.
Uni has an award-winning marching band and colorguard program. The UHS Marching Band is the only marching band in the IUSD that practices after school-all others practice before school. The marching band is an equivalent to a varsity sport at Uni. For their 2009 marching season, the UHS Marching Band has formally changed their name from the "University High School Marching Band and Colorguard," to the "Marching Trojan Regiment."
Currently ranked in the 4A division with over 120 members, the University HS Trojan Marching Band received a first place in the 2006 Loara HS Field Show Competition for its show "Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba." On November 3, 2007, the band and colorguard received a first place award out of four bands and also received a "High Music" award at the Huntington Beach HS Competition. The drumline received a "High Percussion" award, a prestigious honor for the Uni Drumline to receive. On October 11, 2008, the band placed 2nd in the 4A division at the Valencia field tournament. On October 25, 2008, the band placed 1st in the 4A Red division at the Loara field tournament. The winterguard won a Division gold medal at the 2001 WGASC Championships.
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University High School has three concert wind bands: Concert Band (Beginning), Symphonic Band (Intermediate), and Wind Ensemble (Advanced). The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble are audition-only classes. Entry into the Wind Ensemble is highly competitive as there are many talented auditionees, but there are only few spots open. Many dedicated students in the Wind Ensemble are accepted into local/state, and sometimes even national Honor Orchestras/Wind Ensembles.
The UHS orchestra is the largest public high school symphony orchestra in Orange County, California and, like the Wind Ensemble, annually sends scores of students to All-Southern, All-State, and All National Honor Orchestras. There are three orchestras: String Orchestra (Beginning), Concert Orchestra (Intermediate), and Symphony Orchestra (Advanced). Concert Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra require an audition. The Symphony Orchestra is augmented by the best wind players and percussionists from the Wind Ensemble. The Symphony Orchestra performed at Carnegie Hall in 2002 with then instrumental music director, Peter Fournier.
University High School is also known throughout Southern California for its quality theater productions. University High is particularly known for the mounting of its full-scale annual spring musicals. The University High School Theatrical Department produced Resurrecting Antigone, which opened on November 13, 2007. UHS has even produced several regional premieres of new works. These Southern California premieres include Side Show (2002) and Bat Boy the Musical (2003). Past award-winning productions include Miss Saigon (2006), which featured a helicopter descending on stage as well as a Cadillac car. Les Misérables (2003) featured a mechanical turntable and an intricate war barricade. Singin' in the Rain (2001) featured an elaborate raining set. In 2006, the production of Urinetown won awards at the Fullerton College Theatre Festival. In 1985, Elizabeth Swados powerful musical "Runaways" was staged, winning 8 M.A.C.Y. awards, including best ensemble. 1985 was the first year University High School was invited to attend the International Thespian Festival, featuring 12 of the best high school musical productions in the Nation. The cast and crew of "Runaways" were honored by the City of Irvine for their Outstanding Achievement in the Arts upon their return.
Currently, the University High School Theatre Department is producing "The Man Who Came to Dinner" which is set to open November 18.
Among the 2,476 students enrolled in 2008, 50% were Asian, 35.4% Caucasian, 6.9% Hispanic/Latino, 1.9% African American, 1.8% Filipino, and 0.4% American Indian or Alaska Native. University High School is attended by students from more than sixty countries who speak over fifty different languages.
95% of the 2003 UHS graduates entered post-secondary institutions of which 62% entered four-year universities and colleges. Thirty-three percent entered community colleges, of whom many plan to transfer to four-year institutions. Fifty percent of the students in the class of 2003 were accepted to schools in the University of California (UC) system and 31.5% are attending one of the UC schools. Eighteen percent were accepted to California State University campuses, with 6% attending. Five percent of the students enrolled in vocational training, joined the U.S. military, returned to their native countries, or planned to work or travel.
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