Palos Verdes High School is located 21 miles southwest of metropolitan Los Angeles and draws predominantly middle to high- income business and professional residents. Palos Verdes High School was originally opened in 1961 but was closed in June 1991 due to declining enrollment in the Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District. After 11 years, the school reopened in September 2002. The district does not have boundaries for the two high schools; therefore, students have a choice as to which high school they would like to attend. Palos Verdes High School is accredited through 2012 by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC); it was named a California Distinguished School in 2005. The school's principal is Christopher Bowles.