Welcome to Huntington Beach, CA
Discover the Orange County city that defines Southern California. A place where the quintessential mild and mellow California beach culture that made the state famous still perseveres; where pretentiousness takes a back seat to casual and cool; where the true trendsetters of West Coast fashion, food and lifestyle reside. Huntington Beach dominates the California beach scene with 10 miles of uninterrupted beaches.
The city features the most consistent waves on the West Coast, an attribute that helped the city receive the nickname, “Surf City USA”. Surf City provides a lifestyle that bonds families and friends and builds businesses and careers. It welcomes a wide scope of travelers each and every weekend and opens its arms to good times and good people. It’s a great place to live and to THRIVE.
Community events include Concerts, Art Affair craft fair at Friday Farmers Market Pier Plaza, Surf City Nights on Tuesdays, car shows, and special events such as Concours d’Elegance, US Open of Surfing and Cruise of Lights are annual events held in Surf City, California. Bands, karaoke and DJ’s appear in Huntington Beach bars, clubs and restaurants. Shop and dine at your favorite Surf City stores and restaurants and enjoy our parks.
SCHOOL DISTRICTHuntington Beach is the home of Golden West College, which offers two-year associates of arts degrees and transfer programs to four year universities.
In the Huntington Beach Union High School District, it includes Edison High School, Huntington Beach High School, Marina High School, and Ocean View High School in the city of Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley High School in the city of Fountain Valley, and Westminster High School in the city of Westminster.
The district also has an alternative school, Valley Vista High School, and an independent study school, Coast High School. Huntington Beach High School, which is the district’s flagship school, celebrated its 100 year anniversary in 2006.
The city has two elementary school districts: Huntington Beach City with 9 schools and Ocean View with 15.
Huntington Beach is also home to The Pegasus School, a nationally recognized blue ribbon school, Brethren Christian Junior/Senior High School, a private independent school with about 400 students living within 25 miles (40 km) of the school and Grace Lutheran school, a private K-8 school in the city.
HEALTH AND WELLNESSHuntington Beach houses several full service medical facilities including Huntington Beach Hospital, and is mere miles from the world renowned HOAG HOSPITAL, a beacon for over 60 years in the world of health care and a straight shot up the coast along Pacific Coast Highway.
It should be noted that Surf City is also well known for its various Health & Wellness Centers that include the top acupuncture, massage and chiropractic services in all of Orange County.
THE MAIN ATTRACTION
In the early 1800’s a portion of property was sold to Col. Robert Northam, who raised and sold barley to surrounding ranchers. By 1889, the city was called Shell Beach and consisted of a small group of settlers. In 1901, Shell Beach was changed to Pacific City when P.A. Stanton formed a local syndicate and purchased 40 acres along the beach with 20 acres on each side of Main Street. Stanton’s dream was to build a town on the Pacific Coast which would rival Atlantic City on the East Coast.
Huntington Beach incorporated in 1909 under its first mayor, Ed Manning. Its original developer was the Huntington Beach Company, a real-estate development firm owned by Henry Huntington, a railroad magnate after whom the city is named. The Huntington Company is still a major land-owner in the city. Huntington Beach remained a sleepy seaside town until the famous oil boom in the 1920’s.
The initial growth of the city began with the oil boom in 1920. This was the largest California oil deposit known at the time. Wells sprang up overnight and in less than a month the town grew from 1,500 to 5,000 people. After a final oil strike in 1953, the fire department began clearing out oil derricks within the city and along the coast to make room for the population explosion that began in the 1950’s.
Beginning in the late 1950’s and continuing into the 1960’s and 1970’s, residents by the thousands moved into the City. Huntington Beach became the fastest growing city in the continental U.S. as housing tract after housing tract was built. In the 1970’s and 1980’s oil production rigs were concealed to improve the beach’s image. Forty years ago, Donald Douglas Jr. acquired the bean fields across from the current U.S. Weapons Station bordering Bolsa Chica in HB. He began building the Douglas Aircraft Space Systems Center. The plant produced the upper stage of the Saturn V rocket that took the Apollo astronauts on their successful mission to the moon. Douglas aircraft became McDonnell Douglas, and in the 1990’s Boeing purchased the combined firms. Today Boeing is one of the largest employers in HB.
In 1925, Duke Kahanamoku brought the sport of surfing to Huntington Beach and the Southern California shores. The city’s first surf shop, Gordie’s Surf Boards, opened in 1953. Six years later, the first U.S. Surfing Championships were held in Huntington Beach. The following year, the Surfing Championships were covered on television, which rocketed Huntington Beach’s international fame as a surfer’s paradise. In 2005, the USA Surf Team adopted Huntington Beach as its official home and the Association of Surfing Professionals-North America moved to the city.