The History of Saddleback High School
Construction of Saddleback High School began on April 23, 1966 and opened its doors with a freshman and sophomore class on September 13, 1967. The first graduation was June 11, 1969. The name Saddleback is derived from an area in the Santa Ana Mountains that features two landmark peaks. The area formed between these peaks resembles a saddle. On a clear day, this formation can be seen from most areas of Orange County and serves as a backdrop to Saddleback High School. In keeping with the theme of Saddleback"s naming, the mascot is the Roadrunner who is known for having the fastest running speed of all flying birds. The Yearbook is called The Chaparral, which is a shrub that grows wild in the California Mountains and can be found covering the saddle peaks in the local Santa Ana mountain region.
Since the school"s origin in the late 1960s, several Saddleback graduates have become distinguished in sports, arts and entertainment, and radio. Well-known Roadrunners include: screenwriter Terry Rossio (Aladdin, Shrek, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl); Erasmo Ramirez (pitcher, Texas Rangers); Daniel Arreola (sportscaster, Fox Sports International); Jerelyn Fields (film and TV actress); Danny Lee Clark (voice and film actor, gladiator turned host of American Gladiators); Tony Guerrero (noted jazz musician and composer); Henry Hate (tattoo artist); David Bernal a.k.a. Elsewhere (dancer/choreographer in TV commercials worldwide, performed the "Robot Dance" at 2001 Kollaboration international dance competition); and Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo (Spanish-media radio host, KCSA-FM). These illustrious alumni from the 1970s through the present are indicative of the academic excellence at Saddleback High School: Home of the Roadrunners.