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William Howard Taft High School

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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.
William Howard Taft High School is a public school is located on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills in the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles, California, USA, within the Los Angeles Unified School District. Established in 1960.
Taft is home to winning football and basketball programs. Led respectively by head coaches Troy Starr and Derrick Taylor, Taft has sent many players to division one programs and professional sports. Most recently, former All-American Steve Smith had three touchdown receptions for the University of Southern California in the 2005 National Championship game against Oklahoma. Jordan Farmar led the UCLA, University of California at Los Angeles Bruins to the National Championship game for men's basketball in 2006. Sharon Thomas is a principal of this school.
In 2005 they played Crenshaw High School for Los Angeles City Football championship, and although they lost, Taft has one of the best football programs in Southern California. The boys volleyball team has also had a superb record. They won the city championship in both 1999 and 2000. The baseball team has a new coach now and they are an up and coming program. They will be a force to reckon with in the upcoming years.

Taft is home to the renowned Individualized Honors Program, lead by Dr. Arthur Berchin. This program sends over 80 percent of its students into the UC system, and holds approximately 120 students per calendar year. Taft has also seen repeated success in the United States Academic Decathlon, Winning Nationals in 1989, 1994, and 2006. Taft has also won the Angeles regional competition every year since 1994, with the exception of 1999. Taft is also home to a top notch Speech and Debate under the leadership of Doug Lasken that has proven itself as a dominant team within the Tri Valley Forensics League, sending 10 to the State Competition held in Sacramento, California, and 3 to the National Forensics League National Competition held in Texas.

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