4321 Walnut Ave.
* Enrollment: 2,600
* Established: 1975
* Team name: Vaqueros
* Newspaper: El Vaquero
* Principal: Gail Richards
* Student president: Mai Ngo
* Famous student: Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard
* Winning moment: Learned about cultural diversity at Tri-School Cultural Conference with University and Woodbridge high schools
* Memorable events: Book drive--held by California Scholarship Federation, Key Club and Students for Social Responsibility--that donated 1,000 books to a local shelter; Holocaust exhibit from the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance; Japanese Internment Camp exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute
* Graduation: June 17, 5 p.m., at the stadium
Phillip Palmer of Irvine
* Achievements: Earned a 4.2 weighted grade-point average; wrote six musical compositions; selected most valuable junior and sophomore of music department; chess club founding member
* Connections: Youth orchestra; marching band; wind ensemble; full and pit orchestras; Students for Social Responsibility; tennis; freelance bassoonist; salesperson at Manhattan Bagels
* Ambitions: Attend Eastman School of Music or Indiana University; to make music "by any means possible"
* Family: Parents are Michael and Linda Palmer: "They're helping to send me to college. What a pair!"
* Claim to fame: "I'm the only Irvine High student to have four original compositions performed by four different high school ensembles"
THE SENIOR CLASS: 566