Historical Timeline

2023 & 2021:

The California Department of Education (CDE) names GHC a California Distinguished School in 2021 and again in 2023 based on its outstanding student outcomes, including high-level performances in English Language Arts and math, its excellent graduation rate, and the preparedness of students to succeed in college. The School received its first CA Distinguished School award in 2011.

2021 Commencement Ceremony


The school receives a California Department of Education Gold Ribbon Award for its special education co-teaching model and iGranada blended learning academic program. The school is considered on of the most comprehensive, rigorous schools in the nation.


GHC purchases the Pinecrest school site with plans to expand its high school offerings and open a Transitional Kindergarten through 8th Grade school in 2019-2020.


GHC wins its first United States Academic Decathlon National Championship followed by eight more titles in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019, 2021, and 2022.


GHC is recognized as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education as one of California's most exemplary and inspiring public schools. Schools selected for the Distinguished School Award demonstrate significant gains in narrowing the achievement gap.

A Tradition Of Excellence


The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Board of Education votes to allow the school to become an independent charter, making it the largest charter school in the United States with over 4,000 students.


Granada Hills High School is recognized as a California Distinguished School.


A magnet school with an emphasis in math, science, and technology opens at GHHS as a collaboration with California State University at Northridge (CSUN).


GHHS wins LA City Baseball Championship with star player, John Elway. After high school, Elway plays football for Stanford and the Denver Broncos as a quarterback.


The school has the largest student body of any high school in the United States. Its growth is relieved the following year by the opening of a nearby high school, John F. Kennedy High School.


GHHS wins the LA City Football Championship with its team, coached by Jack Neumeier, the creator of the famous "spread offense."

Preparing Students for a 21st Century Workforce and Life


On February 1, Granada Hills High School (GHHS) opens its doors with Bryce Schurr as its principal. The Class of 1961 is the first graduating class of Highlanders.