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Alhambra High School
101 South 2nd Street
Alhambra, California
 United States

Type Public
Established 1898
School district Alhambra Unified School District
Principal Brad Walsh
Grades 9-12
Enrollment Approx. 3,400
Campus Urban
Color(s) Blue and Gold
Mascot The (Mighty) Moor
Newspaper The Moor
Yearbook The Alhambran

Alhambra High School is a secondary school located at 101 South Second Street in Alhambra, California, USA. Established in 1898, it is the largest secondary school in the Alhambra Unified School District. It is located in downtown Alhambra, adjacent to many of the city's other public service buildings, such as the Alhambra Public Library, city hall, police station and courthouse.



As of October 2009, the Alhambra High School student population was 48.7% Asian/Pacific Islander, 43.6% Hispanic, 5.9% White, 1.3% Black, and .1% American Indian.[1] 64% are considered economically disadvantaged, participating in a free or reduced- price lunch program, and 28% are English language learners.[2]


Alhambra High School is a Title I Academic Achievement Award-winning school,[3] offering Honors and Advanced Placement courses across all academic areas. The sciences are particularly emphasized with the school's Biomedical Independent Study program (Biomed), one of the few public high school programs in the western United States to regularly send students to regional undergraduate research symposia.[4]


Alhambra High School competes in the CIF Southern Section Almont League composed of Bell Gardens High School, Mark Keppel High School, Montebello High School, Schurr High School, and San Gabriel High School. Sports offered include football, basketball, baseball, Cross-Country, softball, soccer, tennis, badminton, swimming, water polo, wrestling, and track & field.

In 2002 the wrestling team, ended an undefeated season of (23-0) which culminated in its first CIF championship and has seen further experience culminating in league championships in 2008 and 2009. The school's football team won a league championship in 2002 and 2006. The Alhambra baseball team, has won 5 straight league championships dating from 2005 to 2009 and are on the run for number 6. Alhambra baseball has made 6 straight playoff appearances and have had notable alumni like Noe Ramirez who now pitches for Cal.St Fullerton . Head coach Steve Gewecke has turned Alhambra into a baseball power house along with the assistance of coach Chris Cosbey. The 2008 team finished with a new school record of 23-5. Recently, the 2009 varsity basketball team won the league championship while finishing the season with the best league record of 8-2 and overall record of 18-10 after defeating their rival, the Mark Keppel Aztecs in a thrilling game led by their starting back court duo of Aeric Allen and Nelson Chan. Alhambra varsity basketball would then go on to the CIF playoffs and win their first game against Rosevelt with the help of Nelson Chan's unbelievable 4-point play that sent the game into overtime, but lost their second game to West Valley, thus ending their season.

Performing Arts



Alhambra High School drill and dance teams have represented the United States in Miss Drill Team International competitions held around the world, most recently in Japan and Australia. Alhambra dancers often compete in and win solo competitions in Miss Drill Team USA and National Street Dance USA. Alhambra High School has consecutively won competitions throughout California. Alhambra High School itself is home to the Elementary Drill Team USA competition, a Miss Dance Drill Team USA dance/drill team and pep art event.

Alhambra High School also has an All-Male Dance Team, which regularly competes in and around Southern California, in addition to participation in the National Street Dance USA competition.


The Mighty Moor Marching Band and Colorguard has won countless, among countless awards and honors in its 89 year history. Under the current direction of Mark Trulson, the Mighty Moor band is considered one of the oldest high school marching bands in the San Gabriel Valley. The band, on occasion, performs with the marching bands from Mark Keppel High School and San Gabriel High School, as the Alhambra Unified School District Band. This band was given the prestige honor of marching in the 2009 Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade. It has been over 40 years since a marching band from the city of Alhambra has performed in this parade. The Mighty Moor Marching Band were regular Rose Parade participants in the 1950s and 1960s. The Mighty Moor Drumline is a percussion ensemble made up of the bands drumline and band students. Under the leadership of instructor Tom Float, the drumline assembles a full competition ensemble in the winter months and competes against other high school drumlines throughout Southern California.


  • The Moor, Alhambra High School's weekly newspaper
  • The Alhambran yearbook

Student Organizations

Associated Student Body

The Associated Student Body Executive council is a 13-member council which oversees all activities of Alhambra High School. Each member is a representative of a department in the school, such as boys' athletics, fine arts, or visual and performing arts. ASB also has a legislative branch, consisting of one member from each third-period class, and elected each semester. Meeting bi-weekly, members speak and vote on issues affecting the school. It is headed by the Speaker of the Legislature. The Director of Boys and Director of Girls are the presidents of Girls League and Boys Federation, clubs which organize and many of the school's events. The Director of Clubs oversees the Interclub Council (ICC), made up of the presidents and other leaders of service clubs.

Service Clubs

There are currently ten service clubs on campus, some of which are branches of larger service organizations.

  • LEO (Leadership, Experience and Opportunity) is the high school division of Lions Clubs International.
  • Key Club is a branch associate of Key Club International, the high school division of Kiwanis.
  • Interact is the high school division of Rotary International.
  • Las Moras is sponsored by Soroptimists International. It was an all-girls club until 2007. The name is translated as Lady Moors in Spanish.
  • Junior Civitan is the high school division of Civitan International.
  • Campus is Alhambra High School's oldest club, founded in 1945.
  • EMEGA primarily serves the San Gabriel Valley.
  • Kaibigan primarily serves the city of Alhambra. The name is a Tagalog word for friendship.
  • Kokua Lima, is devoted to the animal community. The name is a Hawaiian word for helping hands.
  • Pequenitas, formerly an all-girls service club, is translated as the little ones in Spanish.

Other Organizations

Clubs registered as of 2009 are listed below.


  • Academic Decathlon
  • Academy of Future Educators
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (A.V.I.D.)
  • American Society of Engineers and Architects (A.S.E.A.)
  • Biophiliacs
  • Biomed
  • MESA (Mathematics Engineering and Science Achievement)
  • Speech and Debate
  • FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America)
  • Physics Club
  • Science Olympiad
  • Mu Alpha Theta (ΜΑΘ)
  • The Moor Newspaper


  • Boys Federation
  • Clean Campus Committee
  • ASB Card Committee
  • Election Committee (Temporarily defunct)
  • Girls League
  • Freshman, Sophomore, Junior and Senior Councils
  • Inter Club Committee

Visual and Performing Arts

  • All Male Dance Team
  • AHS Choir
  • Asian Dance Club
  • Choir
  • ComedySportz
  • Drill Team
  • Moor Jazz Band
  • Mighty Moor Marching Band
  • Colorguard
  • Orchesis Dance Team
  • Song
  • Cheer
  • Tri-M Music Honor Society
  • Drama/Stage Crew
  • Tri-City Orchestra

Interest Clubs

  • Artists Anonymous
  • Alhambra Campfire USA
  • Blocwork
  • Chinese International
  • Club De Las Americas
  • FHA-HERO (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America)
  • Comedy Sportz
  • Cornerstone Christian Club
  • Deja Vu History Club
  • Emergencies and Accidents Club
  • EmpoWORD
  • ERAS (Environmental Resource Awareness Society)
  • Film Society
  • French Club
  • Friends of Rachael Club
  • Frame By Frame
  • Green Construction Academy(GCA)
  • Hong Kong Club (2009-)
  • Kidshare
  • Law Society
  • MEChA
  • Moor Buddies
  • Otaku! Anime Club
  • Peace Club
  • Pride Alliance
  • Red Cross
  • Refugees in Need
  • Rubik's 3 (Read as "cubed")
  • SAFE (Social Awareness for Everyone)
  • SAVE (Student Advocates for Voter Empowerment)
  • Shaolin Kungfu Club
  • Skills USA
  • Smashizzle
  • Song
  • Tennis Club
  • Thespian Honor Society
  • The Mushroom Kingdom (Postponed, still looking for a new location)
  • VSA (Vietnamese Student Association)
  • V.I.S.A. (Voice of International Students Association)
  • Virtual Enterprises Club

Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y Clubs

Hi-Y and Tri-Hi-Y clubs are affiliated with the West San Gabriel Valley YMCA and are not a part of the ASB club system, though they are centered around the high school.

  • Les Petites Amies
  • Lanakila
  • Laule'a
  • Le Aikanes
  • Nous Retrouvons
  • Ohana Hui
  • Sonzai Eikyo

Notable alumni


  • On January 27, 2010, students had to postpone their finals due to a bomb scare prank made by other students.
  • In early 2007, Alhambra High School played host to one of the cooking challenges for Season Three of the Fox reality series Hell's Kitchen, the episode airing on July 23 as the eighth episode of the series, and made an encore presentation on the following Monday. 100 members from the senior class of 2007 who were randomly selected by the Executive board, including the Executive members themselves, were invited to participate. Each chef, individually had to prepare 100 portions of a dish for each of the seniors.[7]
  • On October 11, 2006, an explosive device was found on a sidewalk bordering the north end of campus. Hours later, a second similar device was found in a trash can on the south end of campus. The Los Angeles County sheriff's bomb squad safely removed and disabled both items, and the campus was searched.[8][9][10]
  • In April 2005, a controversial article was published by The Moor, the school's biweekly newspaper. The article, written by Robin Zhou, titled "Latinos Lag Behind in Academics",[11] asked why many students in Advanced Placement classes were Asian, and bluntly stated that Asians worked much harder in academics than Hispanic students. Zhou's article attempted to discuss the roots of this phenomenon, although many Latino students and parents were up in arms over his assertion that Asians do better in school because of parental pressure that Latino students do not experience.[citation needed] See also: Model minority


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Coordinates: 34°05′34″N 118°07′42″W / 34.092837°N 118.128412°W / 34.092837; -118.128412


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