Dedicated to the Marine Corps, Park Semper Fi is a small, hilltop park adjacent to Parque Del Mar that overlooks the…More pier. A tall, bronze statue of a Marine standing at attention and saluting looks out over the ocean and San Clemente Pier. To his left is a plaque bearing the names of Marines killed in battle, and the park -- landscaped with flowers and plantings by the San Clemente Garden Club -- has become a memorial for local families who have lost their husbands, sons, daughters, wives, brothers or sisters to war.
The city of San Clemente holds its yearly Veterans Day ceremony at Park Semper Fi.
San Clemente High School is a sprawling facility with athletic fields, a pool and a theater. Students at SCHS…More are able to join dozens of sports, clubs and causes. The surf team is recognized in the area, as is the football team, which plays home games at the stadium on campus. The marching band was invited to play the prestigious National Memorial Day parade in 2011.
The curriculum at SCHS runs the gamut from automotive industry training to the International Baccalaureate program for more academic scholars. With about 100 teachers and thousands of students, the school is one of the larger high schools in the Capistrano Unified School District. The sports team compete as the "San Clemente Tritons." The principal is George Duarte.