Torrance High School in Torrance, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    2,097
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    443 3.6
  • Ranking

Torrance High School is a public coed school in Torrance, California. It has 2,097 students in grades 9-12. According to state standards, 64% of students at this school are considered proficient in math and/or reading. There have been 443 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

2200 Carson St
Torrance, CA 90501
(310) 533-4396

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 443 reviews
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    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: I have gone from Freshmen to Senior at this school and just based off of my experience walking onto other school campuses i much prefer the vibe I get at mine. So much friendlier.
    • Niche User
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: The sports teams are "lower-leveled" at D-3A, yet there is still enough competition to make it truly fun and worthwhile.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Overall Experience: I attended my first Softball Game last year for extra credit in one of my classes. I was so surprised to see the turn out and the level of school spirit from not only my class mates but the parents. The rush of excitement during the game, the cheers- the jubilation when we won. It was infectious.
    • High School Senior
    • 5
    Teachers: Mr. Hagen, our Principals of Engineering teacher, was by far my favorite teacher. He always encouraged the class to think outside the box and to challenge ourselves. When our group would brainstorm on what we can build and how far we could take our projects he would always provide extra or special parts to add to our machines. He always encouraged us and never stifled our imagination and creativity. He was always available for questions. His grading was fair and he took into account if we went the extra mile for fun or function. If it was fun your grade was your grade and if it was for function you got extra credit. I look forward to taking Aerospace Engineering and Introduction to Engineering Design with him in my senior year.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Student Culture & Diversity: The social scene at this school really depends on who you hang out with and what clubs or activities you're involved in. As a whole, the racial and ethnic diversity of the student body is very, very diverse, something I'm very proud of as a student of Torrance High. Peer pressure is mainly only a thing if your friends are the type of people to bully you into doing something. Involvement in after-school activities is low, but general student involvement during class is decent (for example; lots of students get pumped for the monthly spirit rallies, but few come to theatre or choir performances or the Film Festival). Acceptance varies. Racial acceptance is high, but the occasional slur will still be flung by troublemaker students. I can't speak about racial issues myself, though, because I am white and have no experience with them. While seemingly accepting of people's sexual orientation or gender identity, this is just a front. Many students hide their homophobia and transphobia behind a thick layer of faux-acceptance. I, myself, identify as a pansexual agender person who presents fairly femininely. I have seen first-hand people screaming homophobic slurs to each other during and in-between class and not a thing is done to stop it. I would say that the homophobic and transphobic tendencies are less of a "I feel physically unsafe" type of situation and more of a "I feel like I am being judged for who I am" sort of situation. There are plenty of gay couples that are openly and publicly in a relationship; you'll see many walk down the hall holding hands. Don't let that fool you though, you're never going to escape being judged and treated unfairly by some. Religious diversity is definitely lacking. Most are pretty devoutly Christian, and while there's nothing wrong with that, it would be nice to see some more public representation of different religions; Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, heck even any sort of Pagan religion or belief would be nice to see sometimes.

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Comparable Schools

Niche Grade Name Distance Total Students
2.66 Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School 2 mi. 2,846
3.66 North High School 3 mi. 2,023
2.00 Gardena Senior High School 3 mi. 1,650
4.00 South High School 3 mi. 2,158
2.66 Carson Senior High School 3 mi. 1,515

Around Torrance High School

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

Gender

Gender
Female 49%
Male 50%

Student Diversity

Torrance High School United States California Carson Senior High School Gardena Senior High School Nathaniel Narbonne Senior High School North High School South High School
Hispanic 36.0% 25.0% 53.3% 53.0% 68.0% 62.0% 37.0% 14.0%
Asian 30.0% 4.8% 11.3% 21.0% 6.0% 10.0% 30.0% 34.0%
White 21.0% 51.0% 24.8% 3.0% 1.0% 4.0% 14.0% 44.0%
African American 4.0% 15.0% 6.1% 15.0% 23.0% 19.0% 9.0% 2.0%
Multiracial 4.0% 2.8% 3.3% 0% 0% 0% 7.0% 3.0%
Pacific Islander 1.0% 0.4% 0.5% 5.0% 0% 2.0% 0% 0%
Native American 0% 1.1% 0.6% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Enrollment

Enrollment
Grade 9 27.5%
Grade 10 26.0%
Grade 11 24.0%
Grade 12 22.5%

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 62 responses

  • 53% Yes
  • 39% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 41 responses

  • 37% There is diversity, yet we are together as one
  • 20% It has been around forever, seeing new faces
  • 16% The class competition rallies are amazing
  • 11% Student Pride
  • 6% Principal and Vice Principal are very friendly
  • 5% Faculty support sports
  • 3% Food
  • 1% The theatre department is the best in the district

What are the worst things about this school?     Based on 31 responses

  • 26% Its old and never gets the love it needs.
  • 21% Drug and Alcohol use (Like most other schools)
  • 17% It is old
  • 12% School spirit
  • 10% People are forgetting how to be kind
  • 5% Nothing
  • 5% Everyone in it.
  • 5% It's boring

What one thing distinguishes this school from other schools?     Based on 44 responses

  • 34% Alumni Ted Tanouye (442 reg.) and Louis Zamperini
  • 32% The Architecture. Beautiful facade
  • 20% More than half of the teachers have gone to THS
  • 11% Film set for Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • 2% It geared toward higher education

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 48 responses

  • 52% Historic
  • 23% Torrance High is not the worst, but not the best
  • 19% Friendly
  • 2% Terrible
  • 2% Cliche
  • 2% Moronic

What is the most helpful tip for a student to know before coming to this school?     Based on 33 responses

  • 55% Try to get involved in as much as possible
  • 24% Your teachers want you to learn, so you should try
  • 12% Don't bight off more than you can chew
  • 6% Education comes first, then you can have fun
  • 3% The way they grade and how they test is going to b

What is your overall opinion of this school?     Based on 44 responses

  • 9% I love everything about this school.
  • 75% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 14% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.