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About This School

Highland High School is a public high school in Bakersfield. The principal of Highland High School is Gwenda Nielsen and can be contacted at gwen_nielsen@khsd.k12.ca.us. 1,925 children attend Highland High School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 8% of the Highland High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 1,925 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Highland High School is 18:1. Foothill High School is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Cross country
    • Football
    • Golf
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 65% 56%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 8%
Asian 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 24% 31%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.9%
Filipino 0.8% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 37242%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Unspecified 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 54%
Limited English proficiency 8% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    Highland is a wonderful school with lots of school spirit! The staff is always willing to help the kids out and prepare them for what lies ahead. Our cafeteria staff is the best and makes sure the kids are eating healthy! Our sports programs are doing very well and I am very happy that my daughter attends there. She is safe and I am at peace when she is at school. Security is always doing what they can to protect our children and they care about them. The counselors are great! Highland is a great school!

  • (5 years ago)

    highland is a great school! before it was not and highland is not full of hoodlums!?! it truely is a great school the spirit is awesome students are very much involvled! we have great teachers and our sports have gotten way better our football team is getting really good so dont say its a bad school cause its not!

  • (5 years ago)

    Highland High is one of the best school in KHSD.Perhaps is on of the best high schools in Califron. Awesome School! Go Scots!

  • (5 years ago)

    im not much for school spirit but the taxi driver/mailman remark struck a nerve. im entering my junior year at highland and although i know it isnt the best high school in bakersfield we have outstanding staff and exteracarricular activities as well as students. and as for the sports remark. . . have you seen our football team?! you obviously have no clue what you are talking about. although our ladies tennis team rocks! C Go Scots.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great School my kids learned a lot there and the teachers are very dedicated!

  • (8 years ago)

    If what you want is your child to be a truck driver a taxi driver or a mailman than Highland High is fine. If you want your child to become a Doctor an Attorney or an engineer look elsewhere. Many students look more like hoodlums than students. Sports seem to be the only thing going for Highland so if you child is the next Barry Bonds go for it hopefully he won't turn into a O.J. Simpson.

  • (8 years ago)

    Everything is great. Extracurriculars rocks and academics are even better. This is a great school.

  • (10 years ago)

    10-15 years ago Highland was one of the top performing academic schools in Kern County and California. That was before the Kern High School District carved the school boundaries in the early and mid 1990's. The actual area surrounding Highland has been cut into by poorer performing schools at Highland's expense. Two seperate neighborhoods no where near Highland have students bused into Highland. I am really upset as an Alumni at the road Highland has undertaken due to the KHSD's unfair boundaries. The school and neighborhood pride that was once predominate is gone and has been taken over by apathy. There was once a pride in our spirit of fair play sportsmanship and academic progress. That obviously is gone. Highland is no longer a neighborhood high school it's now just a pawn in the political agenda of the Kern High School District.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been very impressed that several of my daughter's teachers and other staff have put extra effort into classroom and all school special programs to help students understand and learn from behavior of some students that led to the death of one student and with less drastic mistakes of other students that led to their being teenage parents. I have also been impressed with the time and commitment of other teachers given to the athletic activities of the students.

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