Helen Bernstein High School

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Helen Bernstein High School
1309 N. Wilton Place

School districtLos Angeles Unified School District
PrincipalMr. Ramirez
Enrollment586 (2016-17)[1]
Average class size25
Campus typeUrban
School color(s)Royal Blue     Black     and White    
SloganProviding Pathways for Long life success
Athletics conferenceCentral League
CIF Los Angeles City Section
RivalsHollywood High School

Helen Bernstein High School is a public high school in the Hollywood area of Los Angeles, California. The school is named after educational reformer and former president of United Teachers Los Angeles, Helen Bernstein.[2]


During the planning stages, Helen Bernstein High School was known as Central Los Angeles New High School No. 1 and was planned to help relieve overcrowding at Hollywood and Marshall High Schools.[3] It opened in the fall of 2008. It was also used as the high school setting for the hit TV show Glee.


Bernstein occupies the former site of the Fox Television Center (formerly Metromedia Square, the longtime home of Fox Television station KTTV). Perkins+Will architects designed the buildings.[4]


Bernstein High School is a comprehensive school. The Academic Performance Excellence (APEX) Academy, a program geared toward low income families in East Hollywood, and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Medicine (STEM) Academy also operate independently on the Helen Bernstein Campus.[5]


The campus is home to the Dragons. Bernstein is home to sports including football, basketball, track and field, soccer, volleyball, softball, wrestling, swimming, cross country, cheerleading, and drill team.

In Track & Field, Varsity Boys were League Champions in 2011, first ever league title in school history; they also were League Champions in 2013. Varsity Girls Track team also were League Champions in 2012 and in 2013. The Girls Varsity Volleyball team were League Champions in 2011.

After going 4-36 since 2008, when the school opened, under a new coach the Varsity Football team were League Champions in 2012 with an overall record of 8-3. In 2013, they were 11-2 and lost to Poly in the semifinals 32-38; they were Central League Champions. The Varsity Football coach earned Coach of The Year By The L.A. Time in 2013. As of February 13, Head Football Coach Masaki Matsumoto stepped down as head coach.

In 2015, under a new Varsity Coach, the Bernstein Basketball team won CIFLACS Division III title against Franklin High.


  1. ^ "Helen Bernstein High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  2. ^ "Helen Bernstein, 52, Ex-Leader Of Los Angeles Teachers Union". The New York Times. April 9, 1997. Retrieved May 4, 2010.
  3. ^ "Central LA Area New HS #1, 55.98014." Los Angeles Independent School District. Retrieved on February 9, 2009.
  4. ^ Dickinson, Elizabeth Evitts (April 2008). "L.A.'s Learning Curve". ARCHITECT Magazine. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05. In the case of Helen Bernstein High School in Hollywood, Perkins+Will had to design a facility with 2,600 seats on a mere 12.4 acres. The site is bordered by the Hollywood Freeway on one side and an urban neighborhood on the other.
  5. ^ Mikailian, Arin (2008-10-09). "Officials, Educators Inaugurate New High School". Los Angeles Independent. Archived from the original on 2009-01-05.

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Coordinates: 34°05′44″N 118°18′50″W / 34.095623°N 118.314021°W / 34.095623; -118.314021