It's known, infamously, for its heavy gang activity and crime among its students and community. It's rival schools are Gompers High School and Lincoln High School.
It's faculty are friendly and laid back as well as very caring, as a lot of them live or have grown up in the same communities as its students.
The student population consists of mostly Filipinos, Hispanics, Pacific Islanders, African-Americans, and immigrants from Asia, South America, and the Middle East/Northeast Africa. There aren't very many Caucasians there, but the Caucasian population has been growing over the past few years.
Though the school has had fairly low test scores in comparison to the rest of the state, it's probably due to the fact that a lot of the students come from low income homes, are immigrants, or due to the fact that the school, over the years, has been given insufficient funding from the district.
The campus is very open and airy, though it is a little frustrating to navigate the first few times because of it's enormous size. It is the largest school in San Diego.