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Newport Harbor High School
Newport Harbor High School logo.gif
Home of the Sailors
Established 1930
School type Public
Principal Michael Vossen
Location Newport Beach, California
Enrollment 2,425
Colors Blue and gray
Homepage NHHS

Newport Harbor High School is a public high school in Newport Beach, in Orange County, California, in the United States. It is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

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History

About two months after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, it was on December 29, 1929 that the Irvine Company offered 20 acres of land to the school district located at 15th and Irvine for $15,000.[1]

Night photograph of the new NHHS Robins-Loats Building

Ground breaking for the first high school in Newport Beach began June 14, 1930 at an original construction cost of $410,000.[2] By 1948, the school had its first gym, metal shop, and snack bar.[2] Eight army barracks were installed to be used as classrooms.[2] When the big football stadium was finally built, it was named Davidson Field in honor of Sidney Davidson, the school's first principal. He had the altruistic distinction of working for the first seven months without pay.[2]

Panorama of Newport Harbor High School's new Robin-Loats Building
Panorama of the new NHHS Robin-Loats Building

In 2005, a $282 million school bond issue Measure F was approved by local ballot.[3] Passage of Measure F allows for certain improvements to local schools and libraries in the district.[4]

Newport Harbor High School received funding from Measure F that included demolition of the 70,000 square foot Robins-Loats building,[3] ints replacement by an all new 100,000 square foot[5] steel-framed building, and rebuilding the landmark 100-foot bell tower. The "Robins-Loats Reconstruction" costs are estimated at $45 million.[5] The original Robins Hall Tower stood for 77 years.[6] Modern earthquake codes required the original tower to come down.[7][8][9]

Academics

Newport Harbor High School (NHHS) has been designated a California Distinguished School and National Blue Ribbon School. [10]

Athletics

Newport Harbor High School has water polo, volleyball, baseball and football teams. Its teams currently compete in the Sunset League of the California Interscholastic Federation's Southern Section. NHHS teams are known as the Sailors, though fans also refer to them as the "Tars". The school colors are primarily blue and gray, and Tommy Tar, a representation of Popeye the Sailor Man, is the mascot.

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List of sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Colorguard
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Marching Band
  • Sailing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Water polo
  • Wrestling
  • Volleyball

Famous alumni

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