South High School in Torrance, CA - Niche

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South High School is a public school in Torrance, California. It has 2,181 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 80% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 259 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

4801 Pacific Coast Highway
Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 533-4352

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3.6 from 259 reviews
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    • Niche User
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I honestly will say that South High was an amazing experience. Teens are so afraid of being bullied or being talked about but even though its known to be "mouth high" it wasn't bad at all. just stay away from calling attention, be nice to everyone, and do your best. trust me you will succeed
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: i had a good experience thanks to my friends, the school was academically good. i wouldn't do it all over again because i am ready to move on from high school.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: South High is truly what you make of it. For those who are into the party scene there is certainly a alcohol and drug culture within the school. If you're into band or other arts, there are plenty of people who do that. Most people are accepting when it comes to others, but it isn't a very diverse school. There is a majority of rich white kids and a lot of Asians as well. The Black and Hispanic population is very low here. There are plenty of options when it comes to clubs, but most aren't very well organized. ASB is also an issue at this school because the people running it don't do a very good job at promoting school spirit, they're more interested in planning parties and mixers for themselves. Academics are certainly challenging because the people here really are smart. There's a wide variety of class as well, so you're sure to find something in your niche.
    • High School Junior
    • 5
    Overall Experience: I love this school!!! The teachers are only there to help you reach your highest potential. Even the coaches of sports have a set goal of helping each individual grow while still understanding that academics come first. It is a family type of school where many people get along happily.
    • Niche User
    • 3
    Overall Experience: Good school & staff, however from what I hear there is a problem with peer pressure and substance abuse running rampant among students. Some parents are very involved, while many others are just in denial & let their children run amok.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
4.33 Palos Verdes Peninsula High School 2 mi. 2,519
4.00 West High School 2 mi. 2,212
4.33 Redondo Union High School 3 mi. 2,541
4.00 Torrance High School 3 mi. 2,076
4.00 North High School 4 mi. 2,143

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Student Demographics Read more about this school's student culture and diversity


Male 49%
Female 50%

Student Diversity

South High School United States North High School Palos Verdes Peninsula High School Redondo Union High School Torrance High School West High School
White 44.0% 51.0% 16.0% 48.0% 48.0% 24.0% 30.0%
Asian 35.0% 4.8% 31.0% 39.0% 12.0% 31.0% 43.0%
Hispanic 13.0% 25.0% 34.0% 7.0% 25.0% 32.0% 16.0%
Multiracial 2.0% 2.8% 7.0% 0% 2.0% 3.0% 3.0%
African American 2.0% 15.0% 9.0% 3.0% 9.0% 5.0% 4.0%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4% 1.0% 0% 1.0% 1.0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%


Grade 9 23.7%
Grade 10 24.6%
Grade 11 24.0%
Grade 12 27.7%

Educational Outcomes Read more about this school's educational outcomes

Student Opinions

If you could do it all over again, would you still want to go to this school?     Based on 30 responses

  • 60% Yes
  • 33% Not sure.
  • 7% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 47% Diversity
  • 44% Friendly people
  • 9% Location

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 26 responses

  • 26% The mess after lunchtime.
  • 16% Low school spirit
  • 11% Bad football team
  • 10% Peer pressure
  • 8% Social media
  • 6% Counseling staff
  • 6% Administration
  • 6% Some teachers only care about themselves
  • 5% None of the above is bad
  • 3% No recognition to the marching band
  • 2% ASB

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 25 responses

  • 36% Highest test scores i believe
  • 24% Good clubs
  • 24% Friendly
  • 12% It was the set for the film "American Beauty"
  • 4% School Spirit

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 27 responses

  • 33% Challenging Honors and AP classes
  • 22% Decent
  • 19% Stay involved
  • 15% Strong
  • 11% Academically strong

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 25 responses

  • 40% Be yourself
  • 20% Make friends with teahcers
  • 20% Enjoy high school and dont let others guide you
  • 16% Know exactly which classes to schedule.
  • 4% Don't let others keep you from achieving greatness

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 29 responses

  • 10% I love everything about this school.
  • 83% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 7% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 0% I hate everything about this school.