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About This School

Phineas Banning Senior High School is a public high school in Los Angeles. The principal of Phineas Banning Senior High School is Rudy Mendoza. 3,330 children attend Phineas Banning Senior High School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 22% of the Phineas Banning Senior High School students are "limited in English proficiency." 70% of the 3,330 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Phineas Banning Senior High School is 19:1. Vermont Christian Schools is one of the nearest high schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Photography
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • French
    • Spanish
  • Sports

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

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 90% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 11%
Filipino 2% 2%
Pacific Islander 2% 0.3%
Asian 2% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 646343%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Unspecified 0.3% 0.7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 75%
Limited English proficiency 22% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student here at Phineas Banning High class of 2011 it is a great school. Banning offers wide variety of opportunities to students such as internships at the port of San Pedro to scholarships. Each academy has there positives but it is on the students to learn. Many teacher are there to help every student even Saturdays. Just make sure you do pick the right academy according to your interest. ITA does offer a lot to students especially with the mentality of doing better and preparing us for the future years to come. They have the best teachers field trips and banquets!

  • (3 years ago)

    I personally can say that Banning is one of the best schools any student can go has willing to help teachers various academies which prepare you for college and the overall eniviornment is usually friendly........from the teachers and staff there cannot be a time where you are confused on a homework task...and if you are you can ask any teacher and they are willing to help...home of the pilots...they are the best!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Schools like this one need to find a way to weed out the students who really don't want to be there so students that really want to education receive one. There is much intimidation and violence committed by these bad apples and it is hard for students to concentrate on schooling.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a student here and I can personally tell you that the school is a lot better than it appears to be. There are many opportunities for the students and plenty of help is offered by the faculty. Programs such as Magnet and ITA really help you get prepared for college. The school also seems to be improving every year.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have two kids that have attended Banning High School and I am also an alumni my son is class of '06' and my daughter is in the ninth grade. My son graduated with honors and is attending UC Davis but he was also very committed to school worked hard to achieve this my daughter on the other hand could care less and is not motivated I don't blame the school I blame the students that don't realize that these years of High School is what will build there future there is so many great teachers there who spend there lunch time in the classroom offering extra help and tutoring for the kids who really want to learn.If your child is not learning it is not the schools fault its the student who is making this choice.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a past student I can say that the academic opportunities are there for the students that really want to take advantage of them. After graduating from Banning HS I was well prepared to attend an university and obtain a BSN in Nursing. This school has some exceptional teachers that will help you archive your educational goals. Unfortunately some of the attending students are there to kill time and give this school a bad rep. Parents need to be involved in the future of their kids to help guide them along with the school personnel.

  • (7 years ago)

    As a graduated student from Banning High I can say this school is not what everyone seems to depict it as. Anyone who wants to come out successfull will do so. Parents who do say their children arent learning anything dont blame it on the school the school has more than enough to offer academies of many kind. Check your children and find out what they are doing if they really are getting involved. I am now in college was involved at Banning. Bottom line Banning is a great school the best. Parents get involved! Thats what the school needs. Too much talk and no action from the parents.

  • (7 years ago)

    Banning is a great school I really don't understand why it is critiqued so badly. It all depends on the students' effort. If they want to succeed they will if they don't want to succeed they won't. Banning is now offering many great academies that students can join such as the International Trade Academy GESA Global Safety Academy etc.. where students have the chance to learn about different careers and job opportunities that they might want to pursue in life. I as an alumni of Banning High School am glad to say that Banning is a great school. As I said it all depends on the students' efforts not on the reputation that the school might have!

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers have an uphill battle as there is little parental involvement and administration is unstable.

  • (8 years ago)

    Banning is not the best school for any child to go to. Since I am a parent and one of my children were going to go there I know what it looks like first hand. The campus is dirty. If I was a parent looking at Banning as an option I would recommend you looking at king drew or San Pedro if those schools are to far from your house I would try Sarah or St. Paul they are public school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I don't think my child is learning anything at all.

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