Torrance High School in Torrance, CA - Niche

Overall
Niche Grade
Details
  • Grades
    9-12
  • Students
    2,097
  • Type
    Public, Coed
  • Reviews
    435 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 435 reviews written and they have been mostly positive.

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

Ratings and Reviews
3.6 from 435 reviews
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    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Overall Experience: The novelty of the school being featured in popular movies and TV shows such as Buffy and 90210 wears off extremely fast. It's a cool thing to tell friends, for sure, but if you're anything like myself you'd happily trade that in for a cleaner, smaller, easier-to-get-around sort of campus. Most who go here are from financially privileged backgrounds, so someone (like me) who isn't quite as financially stable may have a bit of trouble fitting in academically and socially. Parents don't have a huge effect on-campus, though I know a lot of them push their students way too hard to do well. I've seen many of my peers have mental breakdowns due to the stress that had been put on them by parents and teachers. I can't comment on the sports experience, as I haven't and do not plan to get involved in or even go to any events, but I've heard they're alright. All the other extracurricular activities are very much ignored by the school as a whole. We have no real sense of unity here, but you're sure to at least make a couple friends. Rallies are either loved or hated; I'm one of the people who hate them, mainly because it reeks of everything I dislike about high school; needless competition. Traditions such as Hands Across Campus, though, are unique (in a good way), and make me a bit prouder to say I'm going to be graduating from Torrance High.
    • High School Junior
    • 3
    Teachers: The teachers here are on two ends of the extremes, with no compromise. On one hand, you may get an amazing teacher that clicks with you immediately, whose work challenges you but doesn't overload you. On another, you may get a teacher who is completely uninterested in their students' success and as a result, let their students' grades drop unfairly. There is no in-between. In my experience, while the English teachers are hard, they are friendlier and more concerned with making sure their students do their best. The math teachers, though, are by far the worst. Only one or two of them are friendly and approachable, but none of them know how to teach. If you're good at math, you'll do fine, but if you're not, don't expect them to help you because they certainly won't.

    Shout-out to my theatre teacher, for not only encouraging me and her previous students to do well in school, but to be morally upstanding people as well.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Student Culture & Diversity: Rarely see any problems or bullying
    • High School Senior
    • 3
    Health & Safety: Not much happens here, therefore I cannot give an accurate description.
    • High School Senior
    • 4
    Extracurriculars: There are many clubs that anyone can find interest in, they just have to give it a chance. Many of the popular clubs are based on community service.

Academics Read more about this school's academics

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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 61 responses

  • 52% Yes
  • 39% Not sure.
  • 8% No

What are the best things about this school?     Based on 38 responses

  • 38% There is diversity, yet we are together as one
  • 21% It has been around forever, seeing new faces
  • 16% The class competition rallies are amazing
  • 11% Student Pride
  • 7% Principal and Vice Principal are very friendly
  • 4% Faculty support sports
  • 3% Food

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 41 responses

  • 34% Alumni Ted Tanouye (442 reg.) and Louis Zamperini
  • 32% The Architecture. Beautiful facade
  • 22% More than half of the teachers have gone to THS
  • 12% Film set for Buffy the Vampire Slayer

What one word or phrase best describes this school?     Based on 45 responses

  • 51% Historic
  • 24% Torrance High is not the worst, but not the best
  • 18% Friendly
  • 2% Moronic
  • 2% Terrible
  • 2% Cliche

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 41 responses

  • 10% I love everything about this school.
  • 78% I like mostly everything about this school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 10% I like a few things about this school, but I'm disappointed in general.
  • 2% I hate everything about this school.