Saugus High School
View from a ridge overlooking campus, 2014
21900 Centurion Way


United States
Coordinates34°26′27″N 118°31′04″W / 34.4408°N 118.5178°W / 34.4408; -118.5178
TypeComprehensive school
EstablishedSeptember 6, 1975
PrincipalGenevieve Peterson-Henry
Grades9 - 12
Enrollment2,484 (2021-22)[1]
Color(s)  Blue
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section
Foothill League
YearbookSword & Shield

Saugus High School is a public high school located in the neighborhood of Saugus in the city of Santa Clarita, California, United States. It is part of the William S. Hart Union High School District.

Campus and facilities

Saugus campus in 2007. Note the plowing of a new grass field in the foreground.
The quad, a grassy knoll with paved footpaths located at the center of the campus.
Quad at night
Saugus' quad
This is the hill behind Saugus High School, commonly deemed as the "S" hill for the letter that stands upon it, abbreviating the school it represents. The pipe in the photo is the Los Angeles Aqueduct.
The College of the Canyons football stadium is a venue for many of Saugus High School's events, including football games and graduations

Saugus High School is located just north of the geographic center of Santa Clarita. The school's campus is built on a hill, with a leveled upper and lower campus and a sloped quad in between the two campuses. The A, B, C, D, E, F, and G buildings are located on the lower campus. Generally speaking, elective classes are located on the lower campus. The theater arts, choir, and band classes are housed in building E. The ASB and student store are housed in the A building, art and ceramics classes in the B building, and computer and business classes in the C building. Video, wood, auto shop, and other elective classes are in the D building. Some core classes are scattered throughout the lower campus nonetheless. The campus is bounded on the east by Centurion Way, on the south by Bouquet Creek, and on the west by the Los Angeles Aqueduct.

The upper campus is larger than the lower campus and houses teachers that teach core subjects. Teachers who teach an elective alongside their core class also teach their elective class here. It houses the H, J, K, L, M, P, Q, R, S, and X buildings. In buildings H, K, and Q are English classes, although some English classes are scattered in the L, P, and A buildings due to a lack of space. In building J is the math department, in L are social studies classes, in M is the world language department, in P and R are history classes, and in the S building is the S lecture hall.

The two-story Y building is located on both upper and lower campus, with the offices portion on the first floor, in the lower campus, and the library located on the second floor in the upper campus.

Saugus High has multiple entrances. The main entrance is at Centurion Colonnade located between the Y and A buildings in the lower campus, next to Centurion Way. Other lower campus entrances include the student parking lot D gate, auto compound gate, basketball courts gate, and the gate located towards the end of the football field. There are two entrances on the upper campus. The "driveway" is located behind the K and J buildings, leading up to Centurion Way.

Many of Saugus's renovations were completed in September 2007. These renovations included a new X building, the football field, the gym, the amphitheater, the refurbishing of the A, B, C, E, F, H, J, L, K, Q, M, P, R, and S buildings, a new cafeteria, a new student store, ASB office, library and administration building. During the modernization, the D building in the lower campus and the W weight room building next to the field were not altered, except for the new exterior paint the D building got to match the school's new and modern look. During the summer of 2011, the D building went through extensive renovation in order to modernize the current electives up to today's standards. Room D5 which houses video production, and TV production (SNN) will expand and receive a new television studio. Wood shop and the auto compound will also expand and receive new equipment. New facilities and accommodations continue to arise on campus including a 1,900 square feet (177 m2) performing arts center which includes a large performance stage, 468 audience seats, catwalks, a fly room for lights and set rigging, spaces for drama rooms, and a large lobby and ticketing area.

The school newspaper is known as the Saugus Scroll.


Saugus High School runs on a block schedule. There are 4 class periods per day, A rotation of periods 1, 2, and 3 and 4, 5, and 6 on blue and silver days respectively, with period 7 happening every day. Period 1/4 begins at 8:30 and runs to 10:20, with a 20-minute brunch afterward. Period 2/5 begins at 10:45 and runs to 12: 25, with a 35-minute lunch, running to 1:00. Lastly, period 3/6 begins at 1:05 and runs to 2:45. This is typically the end of the school day, however, some students may have a 7th period from 2:50–3:40. Wednesdays are usually late start and begin at 9:19, with all classes occurring in shorter periods. These days end at 2:53. Saugus offers basic courses as well as many Honors and AP courses. Each morning (except for Wednesdays), Saugus News Network (SNN) is shown. AFJROTC is offered as well to students in grades 9–12.

Advanced Placement (AP) classes are offered in the following subjects: English Language and Composition, English Literature, Government, US History, European History, World History, Human Geography, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Statistics, Art History, Studio Art, Spanish Language, French, and Chinese.[2]


The school colors are blue and silver and its mascot is the centurion. Saugus competes in football, cross country, basketball, softball, track and field, golf, volleyball, tennis, soccer, baseball, swim and dive, and lacrosse.[3]

Saugus High School's football team, long overshadowed by surrounding high schools Hart, Canyon, and Valencia, had a turnaround season in 2006, in which they made it into the second game of play-offs. Their talent continued as the Centurions advanced to the semi-finals of the CIF Southern Section championship in the 2007 season. The team was ousted by St. Bonaventure High School on December 1, 2007, at a score of 55–36. The football team won the Foothill League Championship in the 2008 season, the first time they had ever won it.

Saugus's girls cross country team competes on a national level. The team took first in the Division 1 California State Championships in 2006 and 2007 while winning the Division II title in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 finishing second overall in the Nike Nationals competition in 2007 and 2008.[4] They hold the course record on the renowned Mt. Sac cross country course and 6 of the top 10 all-time team times on the course.[5]

The Saugus dance team has won regional and national awards. They compete in national, state, and regional competitions, earning national titles from the years 2003 to 2008 and 2010 to 2016. In the 2015–2016 competition season, they won national titles in the Small, Medium, and Intermediate categories at the USA Dance Nationals and were also awarded the highest score in the dance category. The team also earned the title of National Grand Champions and National Intermediate Champions at the West Coast Elite Nationals (WCE). The dance team has been named state champions and most recently been named 2017 National Champions in the Large Lyrical category at WCE.

Student demographics

As of the 2021-22 school year, 2,454 students were enrolled at Saugus High. Of those, 46.3% were non-Hispanic white, 36.6% were Hispanic, 9.4% were Asian American, and 2.5% were African American.[1] As of 2020–21, 484 students (19.5% of the student body) were eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.[6]

2019 shooting

Main article: 2019 Saugus High School shooting

On November 14, 2019, a school shooting occurred at the high school. That morning, Nathaniel Berhow, an 11th-grade student at the school, pulled a semi-automatic pistol from his backpack and opened fire on the school's quad, killing two students (a 15-year-old girl and 14-year-old boy) and injuring three others. Berhow concluded the attack by shooting himself in the head; he died from his injuries the following day. The shooter carried out the attack on his 16th birthday.[7][8]

On May 26, 2022, two days after the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas, dozens of Saugus High School students walked out of class and protested in the school's quad, advocating for stronger gun control laws. Some students left the school entirely and staged a protest at the corner of Centurion Way and Bouquet Canyon Road.[9] The walkout was led by Mia Tretta, a survivor of the Saugus shooting and junior at the school.[10]

In popular culture

Saugus High School was used as the filming location for "Hubert Humphrey High" in the 1990 film Pump Up The Volume.[11] It was also shown in a couple of episodes of the show Recovery Road and the Lifetime movie The Wrong Crush.

Notable alumni

See also


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  2. ^ "Saugus High School Course Catalog". Retrieved 2022-01-24.
  3. ^ "Athletics Home".
  4. ^ GIRLS' CROSS COUNTRY: Saugus pins down sixth straight crown – LA Daily News
  5. ^ Top Ten All-Time Teams-Mt. SAC Cross Country Invitational
  6. ^ "Saugus High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved 2022-05-17.
  7. ^ Hayes, Mike; Rocha, Veronica; Wagner, Meg; Alfonso III, Fernando (November 14, 2019). "Deadly school shooting in Santa Clarita". CNN. Retrieved November 14, 2019.
  8. ^ "Saugus shooting live updates: At least 6 injured at high school, one critically". The Los Angeles Times. November 14, 2019.
  9. ^ "Saugus High students protest for gun laws". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. 2022-05-26. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  10. ^ "Students at Saugus High School rally for safer campuses, tougher gun laws". Fox 11 Los Angeles. 2022-05-26. Retrieved 2022-05-31.
  11. ^ "IMDb: Pump Up The Volume (1990)". IMDb.
  12. ^ Irwin, Kim (February 6, 1995). "Saugus Teen Dreams of Seeing Name in Lights". Los Angeles Daily News. Archived from the original on November 6, 2012.
  13. ^ Wu, Nicholas (2019-11-14). "Former Rep. Katie Hill says she's 'really, really concerned' for Saugus High School shooting survivors". USA Today. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  14. ^ Baseball Draft: Draft Picks who came from Saugus HS (Saugus, CA) –
  15. ^ Gallegos, Danielle (August 15, 2020). "Saugus High alum sets sights on 2021 Olympic goals". The Santa Clarita Valley Signal. Retrieved July 21, 2021.