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Knight High School
37423 70th St. East
Palmdale, California 93552
Type Public
Established 2003
School district Antelope Valley Union High School District
Principal Dr. Will Laird
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 3,064 (2014-15)[1]
Color(s)      Black
Team name Hawks

Knight High School is a four-year public high school located in Palmdale, California and is part of the Antelope Valley Union High School District. Knight High was the 7th general education school to join the district. The high school opened its doors to freshmen in August 2003 and these same freshmen were the first class to graduate, graduating on May 31, 2007. The high school was named after test pilot and politician William Joseph "Pete" Knight. The school has received much recognition for its band program which has placed first in many events.[citation needed] Knight High School has an approximate enrollment of 3,100 students.

Advanced Placement program[edit]

Knight High has many different Advanced Placement programs and college-bound courses meant to ensure a direct path to college with their school vision being that "Every student at Knight High School will have the option of attending a four-year college or university." Knight High School currently has the largest enrollment in Advanced Placement classes of any of the high schools in the AV Union High School District. Knight also has the highest number of students receiving scores of 3 or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. In September 2007, Knight High had 28 students recognized by the College Board as AP Scholars. AV Press report on AP Scholars at KHS

Knight High School has an excellent AP (Advanced Placement) program. Students may take AP classes in many classes, including, but not limited to: English 11, English 12, Statistics, Calculus, World History, US History, United States Government, Computer Science, Chemistry, Biology, and Studio Art.



In the school's short history, it has enjoyed much success in athletics competing in the Golden League (comprising the eight public High Schools in the Antelope Valley). The Hawks have been crowned Golden League Champions in Football, Boys and Girls Basketball, Boys Soccer, Boys and Girls Track and Field, Boys Cross Country and Softball.

Golden League Championships won:

Girls Basketball 2007, 2008, 2009 (undefeated league record)

Boys Basketball 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011

Softball 2009, 2010 2011

Boys Track and Field 2007, 2010,2011

Girls Track and Field 2007,2011, 2013

Football 2010

Boys Soccer 2011

Girls Cross Country 2013

During the 2007-08 season the Boys Basketball team coached by Tom Hegre advanced to the CIF-SS Division IIA Finals held at the Honda Center in Anaheim, CA. They also earned a berth in the Division I State playoffs. Senior Forward, Paul George was named Golden League MVP (and Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year)and was also named to the All-CIF team. George went on to start for Fresno State and was taken by the Indiana Pacers with the 10th Pick in 2010 NBA Draft.

The girls basketball team advanced to the CIF-SS Division IIA Semi-finals during the 2007-08 season. Junior Forward, Malika Jackson was named Golden League MVP (and Antelope Valley Press Player of the Year). Jackson was also named to the All-CIF team along with teammates Anttanisha Moton and Dominique Turner.


  1. ^ "William J. (Pete) Knight High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 34°33′49″N 118°00′31″W / 34.56372°N 118.00857°W / 34.56372; -118.00857


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