El Toro High School

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El Toro High School
25255 Toledo Way


United States
Coordinates 33°38′15″N 117°41′20″W / 33.6375221°N 117.6889403°W / 33.6375221; -117.6889403Coordinates: 33°38′15″N 117°41′20″W / 33.6375221°N 117.6889403°W / 33.6375221; -117.6889403
Type Public high school
Established 1973; 47 years ago (1973)
School district Saddleback Valley Unified School District
Principal Terri Gusiff
Teaching staff 94.13 (FTE) (2018–19)[1]
Grades 912
Enrollment 2,352 (2018–19)[1]
Student to teacher ratio 24.99 (2018-19)[1]
Campus Suburban[1]
  •      Blue
  •      Gold
Athletics conference CIF-SS; South Coast League
Team name Chargers
Rival Trabuco Hills High School

El Toro High School is a public high school in Lake Forest, California, and is one of five high schools in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District (SVUSD). "El Toro" was the name of the community from the 1870s until a referendum in 1991.[2] The school has served the area since 1973. The current principal of the school is Terri Gusiff.[3]


El Toro began participating in the International Baccalaureate Program in 2004, the program was scheduled to end in 2011 due to district and state budget cuts,[4] however it was slated to continue into 2012 school year.[4]

Extracurricular activities[edit]

El Toro has two award-winning[citation needed] competition show choirs, Soundsation and Choralistics. In April 2009, both choirs competed twice earning 3 golds and one silver.[citation needed]


Notable alumni[edit]


During the 2007 California wildfires, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger made a speech at El Toro High School[6] It was also used as an evacuation center.

Near the center of the campus there was a set of 20 stairs, known simply as El Toro 20, which gained notoriety in the skateboarding and BMX riding communities and was featured in numerous videos.[7] There is also another set of stairs right next to the El Toro 20, but it was not used as frequently for high profile tricks. In June 2019, the stair set used for skateboarding was torn down. With the stair set being a flat bank, biker Dylan Stark used the stair set's demise as an opportunity to jump off a nearby roof on his mountain bike and use the bank as a landing[8] There is now a gate blocking the top of the stairs.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d "Search for Public Schools - El Toro High (063386005296)". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  2. ^ "El Toro: Will It Change to Lake Forest?". Los Angeles Times. March 7, 1991. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  3. ^ "Administration / Office - Saddleback Valley Unified School District". www.svusd.org. Retrieved December 13, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 28, 2011. Retrieved May 25, 2009.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Elizabeth George, Author".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 26, 2008. Retrieved May 2, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "360 el Toro 20-set Crash Video". March 10, 2009.
  8. ^ "Dylan Stark on Instagram: "Y'all thought the spot was done... #eltoro20 #MTB #street 🎥 @kaiquemachado @weedmaps"".
  9. ^ "Rowdy on Instagram: "RIP EL TORO"".

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