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Facts About Santa Monica High School



Facts About Santa Monica High School

Santa Monica High School (often referred to as Samohi), not only is a quick 3-minute drive from everyone’s favorite destination for Santa Monica breakfast, but it also has the highest enrollment of any other high school in the city. Although its location changed several times, its permanent home now sits at 601 Pico Boulevard. Even if the kids are currently out for summer vacation, that doesn’t exempt you from discovering all the fascinating secrets the school holds right now! Come check it out!


  1. Founded in 1891, it is one of the oldest schools in the city. That’s 121 years ahead of a certain beloved Santa Monica coffee shop!
  2. The students are known as the Vikings.
  3. Its official colors are gold and blue.
  4. The school currently has more than 2,900 students enrolled, with a student-teacher ratio of 32:1.
  5. Each student is assigned to a house. The concept is similar to Hogwarts in Harry Potter. The 5 houses are S, M, O, H, and I (get it?). Each student is randomly assigned to a house unless they have already had a sibling attend. In that case, they may join the same house or choose to be assigned to another one.
  6. Outside of the typical languages, the school offers: Spanish, French, and Japanese, they also offer Latin! Do you think the teachers could teach you how to say “I want some Santa Monica coffee” in Latin?
  7. The school is ranked #829 in the National Rankings. 
  8. There are plenty of opportunities for students to get involved on campus. With approximately 152 clubs, anyone is bound to find their niche here!
  9. Its current President, Dr. Antonio Shelton, holds a doctorate degree in education from the University of Kentucky. 
  10. The hymn of praise was written by Ken Darby (1909-1992), a member of the class of 1927. Darby would go on to become a highly successful Academy Award and Grammy-winning composer, composing songs for classics such as MGM’s The Wizard of Oz and Walt Disney’s Song of the South. In addition, he was even the principal composer for Elvis Presley’s Love Me Tender.
  11. Other notable alumni include Robert Downey Jr., Charlie Sheen, and Carson Daly. So if you have dreams of your kid becoming the next Iron Man, perhaps you should consider sending them to Santa Monica High.
  12. In February 2006, the school’s orchestra became the first high school orchestra to perform at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles.


Santa Monica High School students are not the only ones who get to enjoy the perks of residing in a wonderful part of Los Angeles! No matter who you are or where you are from, you can come on down and enjoy Santa Monica breakfast whenever you are in town! Your trip down to the coast simply won’t be complete without it! S come on down and appreciate that class Dogtown spirit that was born and raised here right in the heart of this one-of-a-kind city! Go ahead and have one, two, or even ten cups of the best coffee in Santa Monica! We won’t judge – pinky promise! 


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