About 100 freshman at Redondo Union High School on Friday were issued laptop computers that they will be able to take home each night to complete homework assignments, research papers and surf the World Wide Web.
The Redondo Beach Unified School District, which has been a leader in computer technology in recent years, had planned to issue all 463 freshman laptops in November, but the computer manufacturer ran into delays.
The additional computers will be distributed over the next month.
Redondo Union is believed to be the first public high school in California to hand out take-home laptops to an entire grade.
NetSchools, the Santa Clara-based educational computer company that developed the $1,600 laptop, has sold its laptop program to 12 other schools in Florida, Texas, Georgia, Idaho and South Carolina.
“The kids are real excited that they finally get their laptops,” said Pat Hosken, director of technology for the district. “This is a real milestone for the students and the school.”