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Esperanza High School, home of the Aztecs, opened its doors in 1973 to serve the needs of a growing community.  The Esperanza attendance area was largely citrus groves and cattle grazing land.  The school's population has grown from 923 students in 1973 to over 1,800 students today.  The area served by Esperanza includes portions of the cities of Anaheim, Yorba Linda and Placentia as well as a section of unincorporated county territory.  This is primarily a residential area with several small shopping centers and some commercial development.  There is one narrow strip of light industry and a few remaining patches of truck crop agriculture.

The physical plant has changed greatly since 1973.  Science labs have been added and the Information Center has been enlarged to accommodate student needs. In 2004 and 2007 classrooms on the Main campus and on West campus went through extensive modernization with advanced technology added to each room.  In 2010, the Main Office was updated, and we unveiled our new gym, sports training facility, all-weather football field and track, Choir room and Band room.  

The Freshman Focus campus, formerly known as West Campus,  is open to only 9th grade students for break and lunch.  9th grade students have the option as to which side of the campus they’d like to spend their breaks.   

Esperanza is proud of its rich history and we continue to hold true to our motto, “Where Excellence is a Tradition.”