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High school is a name used in some parts of the world, and particularly in North America, to describe the last segment of compulsory secondary education. It is preceded by primary education. High school is also the name used to describe the institution in which the final stage of compulsory education takes place. In the United States, high schools generally consist of grades 9, 10, 11, and 12, although the inclusion of grade 9 varies by school district.
Long Beach Polytechnic High School, founded in 1895 as Long Beach High School, is a secondary school located at 1600 Atlantic Avenue in Long Beach, California, United States. Polytechnic, the flagship high school of the Long Beach Unified School District and the most populous high school in California, is a large, urban high school with more than 4,500 students.
Polytechnic has long been distinguished in both academics and athletics. The Pace magnet program and the Cic magnet program boast more total University of California admissions than any other high school in California. In 2005, Sports Illustrated Magazine named Polytechnic the Sports School of the Century. Polytechnic has also received numerous prizes for its music program, including a Grammy Award. Long Beach Poly has also sent more players to the NFL, National Football League than any other high school in the country.
In 2004 Poly's music program is again recognized as Grammy Signature School Gold, placing them among the top seven music programs in the country. In 2005 Harvard University’s recognition of Poly as the most successful High School in California in the number of graduates. Sports Illustrated recognizes Poly High School as the 1 Sports High School in the nation. Poly administers 704 advanced placement tests and enjoys an overall pass rate of 81 percent.

Poly High has graduated the most students of any California high school. Poly’s colors were originally red and white, but a semi-pro baseball team donated uniforms, and Poly changed the school colors to match the uniforms. There is a federal art project painted in a now-locked stairwell at the south end of the 400 building. The science building was paid for by the State of California to boost student interest in the Sciences. Long Beach Polytechnic High School provides quality career education to students who wish to pursue respectable careers.

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