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North High School
Torrance, California
Type Public Secondary
Grades 9–12

North High School is a four year public high school located at 3620 W. 182nd St. in Torrance, California. Of the four public high schools in the Torrance Unified School District, North High is the second oldest. The school's mascot is the Saxon and the school colors are blue and white.


School Facts

  • Opened in September, 1955
  • Campus has 24 buildings and 100 classrooms
  • Serves youth living north of 190th St. to north city boundaries (District Boundary Map)
  • Maximum student enrollment capacity is 3000
  • Many ethnicities and cultures are represented in the student population, including: Asian, White, Black, Hispanic, Middle-Eastern, and European.
  • North High is an athletic school and was voted by the Pioneer League as the runner-up for Most Athletic School in 2007-2008.
  • In 2003-2004 winter season the varsity wrestling team were Div.II CIF Champions in both duals and individuals.
  • In 2008 the Saxon's football team was undefeated (9-0) until they were defeated by their first match with defending League Champs.
  • The Saxon's Football team has placed Champions (tie with El Segundo) in the 2008 Pioneer League.

Alma mater

Oh White and blue, we honor you,
And want the world to see
How hand in hand and proud we stand,
For all eternity.
We'll do or die for our North High
Of that you can be sure.
Let others know, and rightly so,
Our hearts are strong and pure.

Current North High Administration

Principal- Dr. Matthew Horvath
Assistant Principal- Mr. Lawrence Hom
Assistant Principal- Ms. Michelle Nye
Dean of Students- Mr. Andrew McCarty
Student Activities- Advisor Mr. Marc Pioch
Athletic Director- Mr. Brian Ormsby
Assistant Athletic Director- Ms. Tina Gross
Site Supervisor- Mr. Jeff Phillips

Notable alumni


City of license Torrance, California
(Los Angeles County)
Broadcast area South Santa Monica Bay area
Slogan The Rock of the Block
Frequency 89.7 (MHz)
First air date 1956 (?) to 1991
Format Music chosen by whoever was on the air at the moment
Power 10 Watts
ERP 13 watts estimated
Class D
Callsign meaning North High School
Owner Torrance Unified School District

KNHS, was an FCC licensed FM radio station transmitting on 89.7 MHz, serving the Torrance, California area with a variety music format. KNHS was first licensed in the mid to late 1950s and ceased when a short-sighted TUSD allowed the station license to expire in 1991. The station originally broadcast with only one Watt and did not transmit with its full licensed power until 1972 when its studios and transmitter were moved to the second floor of the Industrial Arts building.

There was no professional management for the station and students of North High School ran the station, therefore the programming, educational value and financial earnings potential of the station was never realized. There was no engineer for the station except for a contract engineer who was only called on when something was known to be wrong.

In 1967, Mr. McKenzie was the adult who was the person who managed KNHS activities, to include the broadcast operations, setting up and running the audio system for plays, and calling play-by-play for Saxon football games, sometimes even broadcasting from remote locations (other high schools). KNHS also had speakers at various parts of the campus, including the "quad," cafeteria, and other areas. During breaks and lunches, the speakers were turned on to let students hear the station. A "landmark" is the tower with the two omni-directional "halo" antennas at the top. The tower originally was above the old broadcast area by the cafeteria (a sound booth, the operations booth with a Gates 2-channel audio console and Ampex tape recorders, and a music room where we kept the records). The theme song for basketball games was “Sweet Georgia Brown.” When KNHS moved in to the (then) new 2-story industrial arts building (with the auto repair area on the first floor), we also moved the tower to the industrial arts building: The antenna is there to this day (2009). Mr. Fields took over for Mr. McKenzie around the time we moved to the industrial arts building. KNHS conducted monthly tests by turning on the transmitter and letting it stabilize, then a monitoring company was called to measure our frequency to comply with FCC regulations. On February 9, 1971, California had a major earthquake early in the morning. The transmitter (a big box on a shelf in the control room) did not fall to the floor.

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