Hollywood High


Hollywood High School, my alma mater, is a Los Angeles Unified School District high school located at the intersection of North Highland Avenue and West Sunset Boulevard in the Hollywood district of Los Angeles, California.

In September 1903, a two-room school was opened on the second floor of an empty storeroom at the Masonic Temple on Highland Avenue, north of Hollywood Boulevard (then Prospect Avenue). Hollywood was incorporated as a municipality in November 1903. The Hollywood High Organ Opus 481 was a gift from the class of 1924. After suffering severe water damage from the Northridge earthquake in 1994, it was restored in 2002. The campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on January 4, 2012.

The school’s mascot was derived from the 1921 Rudolph Valentino film of the same name, The Sheik.


In 2002, artist Eloy Torrez painted a mural of 13 famous entertainers, titled “Portrait of Hollywood,” across the entire east wall of the school’s auditorium. From left to right, the entertainers displayed are Dorothy Dandridge, Dolores del Rio, Brandy Norwood, Selena, Lana Turner, Laurence Fishbourne, Cantinflas, Carol Burnett, Cher, Ricky Nelson, Bruce Lee, Rudolph Valentino, and Judy Garland. In 2007, Torrez added a 50-foot (15 m) tall mural of John Ritter, who died four years earlier, on the connecting portion of the building’s north wall] All but two of the entertainers, Lee and Valentino, were students at Hollywood High School. The artist said the mural is a celebration of a diverse ethnic range of actors and entertainers.

Hollywood High has been the filming location for movies, television shows, and other productions, including the following:


Nancy Drew

Neon Maniacs

Penn & Teller: Bullshit! (Season 5, episode 1, “Obesity”)

Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland


Notable alumni (includes year of graduation)

Arthur Alber, 1912, Los Angeles City Council member

Anthony Anderson, 1988, actor/comedian/writer

John Archer, 1933, actor

Meredith Baxter, 1965, actress

Mary Kay Bergman, 1978, actress

Vincent Bugliosi, 1952, attorney/author

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett

Carol Burnett, 1951, actress/comedian

Valerie Bertinelli, 1978, actress

Diana Canova, 1971, actress/singer

Keith Carradine, 1966, actor

Robert Carradine, 1971, actor

Adriana Caselotti, 1934, actress/singer

Henry P. Caulfield, Jr., 1931, political scientist/college professor

Marge Champion, 1936, dancer/choreographer/actress

Norman Chandler, 1917, Los Angeles Times publisher

Lon Chaney, Jr.
Lon Chaney, Jr.

Lon Chaney, Jr., 1924, actor

Warren Christopher, 1942, U.S. Secretary of State

John Clifford, 1965, choreographer

Lisa Coleman, 1978, musician

Porscha Coleman, 2003, actress/singer/dancer

Johnny Crawford, 1962, actor

James Dannaldson,  actor

Frank Darabont, 1977, film director/screenwriter/producer

Edward Dmytryk 1954, film director, member of the Hollywood Ten

Harley Earl
Harley Earl

Harley Earl, 1924, automotive designer and executive

Stephen Eckelberry, 1979, filmmaker

Norman Eisen, 1980,  U.S. Ambassador to Prague

Linda Evans, 1960, actress

Nanette Fabray, 1939, actress

Mimsy Farmer, 1963, actress

Mike Farrell, 1957, actor

Lorraine Feather, 1965, singer/lyricist/songwriter

Jay R. Ferguson, actor

Lawrence Fishburne
Lawrence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne, 1980, actor

Anthony M. Frank, 1949, U.S. Postmaster General

Judy Garland
Judy Garland

Judy Garland, 1940, singer/actress

James Garner, 1944, actor

Lowell George, 1963, musician/songwriter/producer

Gigi Levangie Grazer, 1990, novelist/screenwriter

Rob Grill, 1962, singer/songwriter/guitarist

Horacio Gutiérrez, 1966, classical pianist

Alan Hale Jr., 1936, actor

Linda Hart, 1965, singer/musician/actress

Karl Hubenthal, 1935, cartoonist

Gloria Grahame, 1942, actress

Barbara Hershey,1965, actress

John Huston
John Huston

John Huston, 1923, film director/screenwriter/actor

Chuck Jones, 1930, animator

Dickie Jones, 1945, actor

Sally Kellerman, 1954, actress

William Kennard, 1974, FCC chairman

Enid Kent, 1962, actress

Swoosie Kurtz, 1962, actress

Alan Ladd
Alan Ladd

Alan Ladd, 1931, actor

John Philip Law, 1954 actor

Ruta Lee 1954, actress

Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard

Carole Lombard, 1923, actress

Richard Long, 1945, actor

Benito Martinez, 1989, actor

Gladys McConnell, 1924, actress/aviatrix

Joel McCrea, 1924, actor

Leighton Meester, 2001, actress/singer

Heather Menzies, 1967, actress

Ann Miller, 1937, dancer/actress

Judith Miller, 1965, journalist

Aprile Millo, 1977, opera singer

Yvette Mimieux, 1960, actress

David Nelson, 1954, actor/singer

Ricky Nelson
Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson, 1958, actor/singer

Marni Nixon, 1948, singer

Brandy Norwood, 1996, singer/actress

Marcel Ophüls, 1945, film director

Sarah Jessica Parker, 1983, actress

Susan Patron, 1965, author

Richard Perle, 1959, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Defense

Stefanie Powers
Stefanie Powers

Stefanie Powers, 1960, actress

Terry Richardson, 1983, photographer

John Ritter, 1966, actor

Jason Robards, 1940, actor

Ann Robinson, 1949, actress

Ruth Roland, 1908,actress

Mickey Rooney
Mickey Rooney

Mickey Rooney, 1938, actor

Debbie Rowe, 1977, ex-wife of singer Michael Jackson

Catherine Share, 1960, “Manson Family” follower

Scott Shaw, 1976, filmmaker/actor/writer

William Shockley, 1927, physicist, inventor of the transistor, Nobel laureate

Ione Skye, 1986, actress

Michael Sloane, 1976, actor/writer/director

Alexis Smith, 1938, actress

Rick Sloane, 1979, filmmaker

Andrew Solt, 1965, film producer/director/writer

Jill St. John, 1957, actress

Togo Tanakanewspaper, 1939, journalist/editor

Sharon Tate, actress, murdered by the “Manson Family”

Vince Taylor, 1958, singer

Charlene Tilton, 1976, actress

Joe Trippi, political activist, chairman of the Howard Dean U.S. presidential campaign

Lana Turner
Lana Turner

Lana Turner, 1936, actress

Victoria Vetri, 1963,model, actress

Jess Waid
Jess Waid

Jess Waid, 1954, author

Joseph Wapner 1954, judge, star of The People’s Court

Tuesday Weld, 1960, actress

Rhoda Williams, 1948, actress

Rita Wilson, 1974, actress

About jesswaid

Currently, I write police procedural novels with the stories taking place in Hollywood during the early 1960s; a period when I was a street cop there. I've moved to Mexico to be closer to my hobby of studying Mexican history. My friend and fellow author, Professor Michael Hogan, is my mentor. I am planning to write a three-part epic story that takes place in the mid-nineteenth century. What has inspired me was hearing about Los Ninos Heroes, martyrs of the Battle of Chapultepec. Also, my father was born in Concordia, Mexico and knowing his family history is an added incentive.

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