South Bay Union High School District, also known as the Redondo Union High School District,[1] was a school district in Los Angeles County, California. It served residents of Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Redondo Beach.[2] It also served Torrance in the 1947-1948 school year.[3]


It was established circa 1905.[4] Redondo Union High School was the district's first high school.[5] Torrance High School was part of this district only for the 1947-1948 school year, as California law prevented the newly-formed Torrance school district from immediately controlling high schools. The following year it became the Torrance Unified School District and took control of Torrance High.[3] The second comprehensive high school that remained a part of the district, Mira Costa High School, opened in 1950.[5]

It had 7,000 students in 1970. The number of students decreased, prompting the district to close Aviation High School in 1982.[6]

In 1991 the elementary school districts within South Bay Union HSD had plans to unify into a single K-12 school district.[7]

In spring 1991 the enrollment was down to 2,900. For the 1991-1992 school year the district was facing a budget shortfall of $1.4 million dollars and was considering closing either Mira Costa High School or Redondo Union High School.[6]

In November 1992 residents of the district approved Proposition V by 59.1%, which dissolved South Bay Union and created separate K-12 unified school districts for the constituent cities. The school district was scheduled to dissolve in July 1993.[2] Manhattan Beach Unified School District and Redondo Beach Unified School District were formed as a result.[5] Hermosa Beach City School District continued to serve Hermosa Beach for grades K-8, with residents able to choose between Redondo Union and Mira Costa high schools.[8]


Open at the time of the district's dissolution
Left the district prior to dissolution


  1. ^ "7289703.pdf" (PDF). Los Angeles County. p. 201/300. Retrieved 2020-10-28. South Bay Union High School District, who acquired title as the Redondo Union High School District
  2. ^ a b Kowsky, Kim (1992-11-05). "School District Reorganizations Win Handily : The breakup of South Bay Union High School District is approved. But a proposition moving control of two schools from Los Angeles to Rancho Palos Verdes is blocked by a judge". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  3. ^ a b c Gnerre, Sam (2013-07-12). "Evelyn Carr's role in the founding of the Torrance Unified School District". The Daily Breeze. Retrieved 2020-10-20. Redondo school district - The article states "Los Angeles Unified School District" but the Los Angeles schools were not yet unified into a single school district, as this happened in 1961.
  4. ^ a b Kowsky, Kim (1993-04-01). "Third-Graders Bring Indian Culture to Life With Mural". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-28. [...]memorabilia relating to its 88-year history[...] - See "Preserving History" segment.
  5. ^ a b c "History of Manhattan Beach USD". Manhattan Beach Unified School District. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  6. ^ a b c Hatch, George (1991-03-22). "Closure of School Among Cutbacks Studied by Board : Education: Trustees of South Bay Union High School District say they don't intend to shut either of two campuses. But they want to keep their options open". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  7. ^ Faris, Gerald (1991-05-02). "South Bay High School District Withholds OK of Unification Plans". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-10-28.
  8. ^ "High School Choice". Hermosa Beach City School District. Archived from the original on 2006-05-28. Retrieved 2020-10-28.