Cabrillo High School (Lompoc, California)

Cabrillo High School (Lompoc, California)

Infobox School2
name = Cabrillo High School

motto = "Our Spirit Conquers All"
established = 1965
type = Public High School
locale = Vandenberg Village, Lompoc, California
grades = 9-12
head_name = Principal
head = Betty McCallum
head_name2 = Assistant Principals
head2 = Tom Littlefair, Bob Lawrence, Kathy Froeming
city = Lompoc
state = California
country = United States of America
students = 1550
faculty =
teaching_staff =
athletics =
school_colors = Black, Gold and White
school_colours =
mascot = Conquistador
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website = []

Cabrillo High School is located on California's Central Coast, in the city of Lompoc.


The school was founded in 1965 by the Lompoc Unified School District. Built to serve the residents of Vandenberg Air Force Base, Vandenberg Village, and the northern Lompoc Valley, Cabrillo answered the sudden population boom during the late 1950s and 1960s, a result of the booming space program at Vandenberg. Named for the early Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, the school board of Lompoc chose the Conquistador to be the mascot of the new high school in the early 1960s, with the black and gold of the first Spanish Californian flags as the school colors.


The first school year on campus was 1965-66, with Camillo Wilde as the principal. Wilde would leave during the second school year to assume the position of Lompoc Unified School District Superintendent, and he was succeeded by assistant principal Robert Bickford, who would serve until the late 1970s. Wilde would return for a second stint as principal in 1978. There have been six principals since Wilde's retiring in the mid 1980s: Dr. Debra Bradley (1986-1993), Mr. John Lemon (1993-1999), Mr. Jeff Carlovsky (1999-2003), Dr. Fred Manzo (2003-2005) and Ms. Betty McCallum (2005-present).


Cabrillo High School has won 13 CIF SS championships in 8 sports, including boys' basketball (1979), boys' cross country (2004), boys' track & field (1983, 1985, 1986, 1990, 1991), boys' water polo (1976, 1996), girls' track & field (1986), softball (1976, 1985), wrestling (1988), and women's water polo (2007). Cabrillo High has seen the most success in aquatics, with a combined 62 league titles in boys' swimming (17 titles), boys' water polo (28 titles), girls' swimming (9 titles), and girls' water polo (8 titles).

Notable Alumni

Gabe Lopez is a singer/songwriter/producer in the Los Angeles area who has produced and written for American Idol finalists Jim Verraros and Angela Peel, as well as international stars Triniti and Tyler Hilton. Lopez' debut album was released in 2006.

Michael Coe was a 2006 graduate and a track and field star. He led the boys cross country team to CIF all four years he attended and even to state in 2004 and 2005. He took second at the Foot Locker US national cross country championships in 2005, while taking first in the Boston Indoor games in 2006.

Katie Andersen, famous model most known for her work in Jergens bodywash commercials. She graduated in 1997, and has found great success in the pages of Maxim, FHM, and Playboy.

Daniel Duffy was a 2007 graduate and was a 3rd Round pick of the Kansas City Royals on his graduation day. He is currently on the Burlington Bees, the Low Class A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.

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