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Torrance, California
City of Torrance
Torrance Beach
Torrance Beach
Flag of Torrance, California
Official seal of Torrance, California
"A Balanced City"
Location of Torrance in the County of Los Angeles
Location of Torrance in the County of Los Angeles
Torrance, California is located in the United States
Torrance, California
Torrance, California
Location in the United States
Country United States
State California
County Los Angeles
Incorporated May 12, 1921
Named for Jared Sidney Torrance
 • Type Council-manager
 • Total 20.53 sq mi (53.18 km2)
 • Land 20.50 sq mi (53.10 km2)
 • Water 0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)  0.37%
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total 147,067
 • Rank 8th in Los Angeles County
40th in California
187th in the United States
 • Density 7,163.5/sq mi (2,765.46/km2)
Time zone UTC−8 (Pacific)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−7 (PDT)
ZIP Codes
90277, 90501–90510
Area codes 310/424
FIPS code 06-80000
GNIS feature IDs 1652802, 2412087
Torrance CA City Hall
Torrance City Hall

Torrance is a city in the Los Angeles metropolitan area located in Los Angeles County, California, United States. The city is part of what is known as the South Bay region of the metropolitan area. Torrance has 1.5 miles (2.4 km) of beachfront on the Pacific Ocean and a moderate year-round climate with an average rainfall of 12 inches (300 mm) per year. Torrance was incorporated in 1921, and as of the 2020 census has a population of 147,067 residents. The city has 30 parks. The city consistently ranks among the safest cities in Los Angeles County. Torrance is the birthplace of the American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO).


Torrance was originally part of the Tongva Native American homeland for thousands of years. In 1784 the Spanish land grant for Rancho San Pedro, in the upper Las Californias Province of New Spain and encompassing present day Torrance, was issued to Juan Jose Dominguez by King Carlos III—the Spanish Empire. It was later divided in 1846 with Governor Pío Pico granting Rancho de los Palos Verdes to José Loreto and Juan Capistrano Sepulveda, in the Alta California territory of independent Mexico.

In the early 1900s, real estate developer Jared Sidney Torrance and other investors saw the value of creating a mixed industrial-residential community south of Los Angeles. They purchased part of an old Spanish land grant and hired landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. to design a new planned community. The resulting town was founded in October 1912 and named after Mr. Torrance. The city of Torrance was formally incorporated in May 1921, the townsite initially being bounded by Western Avenue on the east, Del Amo Boulevard on the north, Crenshaw Boulevard on the west, and on the south by Plaza Del Amo east of where it meets Carson Street, and by Carson Street west of where it meets Plaza Del Amo. The first residential avenue created in Torrance was Gramercy and the second avenue was Andreo. Many of the houses on these avenues turned 100 years of age in 2012. Both avenues are located in the area referred to as Old Town Torrance. This section of Torrance is under review to be classified as a historical district. Some of the early civic and residential buildings were designed by the renowned and innovative Southern California architect Irving Gill, in his distinctive combining of Mission Revival and early Modernist architecture.

Historically the El Nido neighborhood was home to many European immigrants, such as originally Dutch, German, Greek, Italian and Portuguese people. These were soon joined by Mexican-American and Hispanic and Latino immigrants, employed in the growing early 20th century agriculture, petroleum, and manufacturing industries, such as the fish canneries.

Rapid new growth in Torrance began after World War II as wartime industries transformed into Post-war Aerospace manufacturers and related technology industries. Large housing developments were built in the 1950s and 1960s to accommodate the new population. Torrance moved on after the closure of some aerospace development and oil refinery plants in the 1990s statewide recession.

Torrance survived the deindustrialization, regional economic slowdowns and national recessions in the 1970s to 2000s. Large-scale Asian immigration in the past couple of decades has transformed Torrance into a diverse and multicultural city.


Torrance Beach
Torrance Beach lies between the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Redondo beach on the Santa Monica Bay.

Torrance is a coastal community in southwestern Los Angeles County sharing the climate and geographical features common to the Greater Los Angeles area. Its boundaries are: Redondo Beach Boulevard and the cities of Lawndale and Gardena to the north; Western Avenue and the Harbor Gateway neighborhood of Los Angeles to the east; the Palos Verdes Hills with the cities of Lomita, Rolling Hills Estates and Palos Verdes Estates on the south; and the Pacific Ocean and city of Redondo Beach to the west.

It is about 20 miles (32 km) southwest of Downtown Los Angeles.

Torrance Beach lies between Redondo Beach and Malaga Cove on Santa Monica Bay. The southernmost stretch of Torrance Beach, on a cove at the northern end of the Palos Verdes peninsula, is known to locals as "Rat Beach".

A rare urban wetlands, the Madrona Marsh, is a nature preserve, on land once set for oil production and saved from development, with restoration projects enhancing the vital habitat for birds, wildlife, and native plants. A Nature center provides activities, information, and classes for school children and visitors of all ages.


Weather chart for Torrance
temperatures in °F
precipitation totals in inches
source: / NWS

Torrance has a Mediterranean climate or Dry-Summer Subtropical (Köppen climate classification Csb on the coast).

The rainy season is November through March, as shown in the adjacent table.

The Los Angeles area is also subject to the phenomenon typical of a microclimate. As such, the temperatures can vary as much as 18 °F (10 °C) between inland areas and the coast, with a temperature gradient of over one degree per mile (1.6 km) from the coast inland. California has also a weather phenomenon called "June Gloom or May Gray", which sometimes brings overcast or foggy skies in the morning on the coast, followed by sunny skies by noon during late spring and early summer.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1930 7,271
1940 9,950 36.8%
1950 22,241 123.5%
1960 100,991 354.1%
1970 134,968 33.6%
1980 129,881 −3.8%
1990 133,107 2.5%
2000 137,946 3.6%
2010 145,438 5.4%
2020 147,067 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census


The 2010 United States Census reported that Torrance had a population of 145,438. The population density was 7,076.1 people per square mile (2,732.1/km2). The racial makeup of Torrance was 74,333 (51.1%) White, 50,240 (34.5%) Asian, 3,955 (2.7%) African American, 554 (0.4%) Native American, 530 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 7,808 (5.4%) from other races, and 8,018 (5.5%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 23,440 persons (16.1%), while non-Hispanic whites formed 42.3% of the population.

The Census reported that 144,292 people (99.2% of the population) lived in households, 506 (0.3%) lived in non-institutionalized group quarters, and 640 (0.4%) were institutionalized.

There were 56,001 households, out of which 18,558 (33.1%) had children under the age of 18 living in them, 29,754 (53.1%) were opposite-sex married couples living together, 6,148 (11.0%) had a female householder with no husband present, 2,510 (4.5%) had a male householder with no wife present. There were 2,152 (3.8%) unmarried opposite-sex partnerships, and 309 (0.6%) same-sex married couples or partnerships. 14,472 households (25.8%) were made up of individuals, and 5,611 (10.0%) had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58. There were 38,412 families (68.6% of all households); the average family size was 3.14.

The population was spread out, with 31,831 people (21.9%) under the age of 18, 10,875 people (7.5%) aged 18 to 24, 38,296 people (26.3%) aged 25 to 44, 42,710 people (29.4%) aged 45 to 64, and 21,726 people (14.9%) who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.3 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.8 males.

There were 58,377 housing units at an average density of 2,840.3 per square mile (1,096.6/km2), of which 31,621 (56.5%) were owner-occupied, and 24,380 (43.5%) were occupied by renters. The homeowner vacancy rate was 0.8%; the rental vacancy rate was 5.3%. 85,308 people (58.7% of the population) lived in owner-occupied housing units, and 58,984 people (40.6%) lived in rental housing units.

As of March 2019, Torrance had a median household income of $85,070 and a median family income of $102,637.

It also has the second-highest percentage of residents of Japanese ancestry in California (8.9%), after the neighboring city of Gardena.


As of the census of 2000, there were 137,946 people, 54,542 households, and 36,270 families residing in the city. The population density was 6,715.7 inhabitants per square mile (2,593.1/km2). There were 55,967 housing units at an average density of 2,724.7 per square mile (1,052.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 59.2% White, 28.6% Asian, 2.2% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.4% Pacific Islander, 4.6% from other races, and 4.7% from two or more races. 12.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 54,542 households, out of which 31.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.1% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 27.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 23.0% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 32.4% from 25 to 44, 23.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city in 2008 was $79,312, and the median income for a family was $98,473. Males had a median income of $50,606 versus $36,334 for females. The per capita income for the city was $39,118. About 4.7% of families and 5.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.7% of those under age 18 and 7.4% of those age 65 or over.


Inside Mitsuwa Torrance
The inside of the Torrance Mitsuwa

As of 2014, the City of Torrance has the second largest concentration of ethnic Japanese people of any U.S. city, after Honolulu. The city has headquarters of Japanese automakers and offices of other Japanese companies. Because of this many Japanese restaurants and other Japanese cultural offerings are in the city, and Willy Blackmore of L.A. Weekly wrote that Torrance was "essentially Japan's 48th prefecture". A Mitsuwa supermarket, Japanese schools, and Japanese banks serve the community.

In the pre-World War II period, the South Bay region was one of the few areas that allowed non-U.S. citizens to acquire property, so a Japanese presence came. According to John Kaji, a Torrance resident quoted in Public Radio International who was the son of Toyota's first American-based accountant, the Japanese corporate presence in Torrance, beginning with Toyota, attracted many ethnic Japanese. Toyota moved its operations to its Torrance campus in 1982 because of its proximity to the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles International Airport, and it was followed by many other Japanese companies. In 2014, Toyota announced it was moving its U.S. headquarters to Plano, Texas.


As of 1992, about 60% of the Korean population in the South Bay region lived in Torrance and Gardena. In 1990, 5,888 ethnic Koreans lived in Torrance, a 256% increase from the 1980 figure of 1,652 ethnic Koreans.

Arts and culture

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The Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade, with a USMC unit.

The Armed Forces Day Parade in Torrance, which was first produced in 1960, is the longest running military parade sponsored by a city. It is held annually on Armed Forces Day, and runs down Torrance Boulevard. The parade features military vehicles, school bands, and prominent community members.

The Torrance Cultural Arts Center hosts cultural events year-round. Regular performances are provided by the groups belonging to the Torrance Performing Arts Consortium, including The Aerospace Players, Torrance Art Museum, Los Cancioneros Master Chorale, South Bay Ballet, South Bay Conservatory, and The Torrance Symphony.

In the 2010 Rose Parade, City of Torrance's entry won the top Lathrop K. Leishman trophy for its Garden of Dreams float, judged as the "Most Beautiful Non-Commercial" float. In 2011, Torrance won the Tournament Volunteers' Trophy for best floral design of parade theme under 35 feet in length. In 2012, the city's entry won the Governor's Trophy for best depiction of life in California. In 2015, an entry honoring Rose Parade Grand Marshal Louis Zamperini won the Theme trophy for excellence in presenting parade theme. In 2016, the City of Torrance float won the Princess trophy for most beautiful float 35' and under

Historic landmarks

These Torrance landmarks are on the National Register of Historic Places:

Parks and recreation

City parks

Wilson Park, Torrance
Wilson Park, in Torrance at sunset.

The Torrance City Parks Department directs and maintains the thirty varied Torrance City Parks. They include:

  • Wilson Park — the focal point 44 acres (0.18 km2) park, which has extensive picnic and sports facilities, including a modern gymnasium, skatepark, and roller-hockey rink. Wilson Park also hosts the Torrance Farmers Market.
    • The Southern California Live Steamers Miniature Railroad is located at the Southeast corner of Charles H. Wilson Park. Free train rides on actual miniature live steam trains are given on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month and the 4th of July. SCLS was one of the first live steam clubs in California started in 1946 with original members like Walt Disney, Olie Johnston and Ward Kimball all of Disney fame. The club moved to Torrance in 1986 after leaving the Lomita Railway Museum property.
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Madrona Marsh Park, springtime in Torrance.
  • Madrona Marsh Wildlife Preserve & Nature Center — a rare Southern California wetlands habitat with higher Coastal sage community native plants areas, wildlife and birdwatching, and a Nature center with natural gardens classes – located centrally in the city.
  • Columbia Park — the large recreational urban regional park, with numerous picnic areas, field sports facilities, walking paths, jogging trails, and a competitive cross country running racecourse. The city's Cherry blossom tree grove, part of Living Tree Dedication program, is in Columbia Park.
  • Torrance Smart Gardening Center — Columbia Park features a Community Garden providing planting beds and "community" for residents. It is one of twelve county-operated Smart Gardening Centers around the region. Columbia Park additionally serves as home to the Home Garden Learning Center, and is a backyard composting demonstration center provided by Los Angeles County.
  • Living Tribute Trees park program — The Torrance Parks Living Dedication Tree Program is coordinated and by the city, so that families, individuals, and groups can sponsor the planting of a new tree in the park to honor a person or commemorate an event with a living tribute Tree Dedication.
  • Torrance Beach Park, and the beach along the Pacific Coast of Torrance, known as "RAT Beach".
  • Marvin Braude Bike Trail, a paved bicycle path that runs mostly along the Pacific Ocean shoreline in Los Angeles County, ends here.

Sister cities

In 1973, Torrance established a sister-city relationship with Kashiwa, Chiba, Japan, as part of the Sister Cities International program. Since then, citizens of Torrance have regularly engaged in cultural exchange with Kashiwa through the guidance of the Torrance Sister City Association, which facilitates a Japanese cultural festival, a yearly student exchange program, and contact between officials of the two cities. North High is the official sister high school of Kashiwa Municipal High.


Torrance is home to the U.S. headquarters of Japanese automaker American Honda Motor Company and its luxury vehicle division, Acura. Robinson Helicopters are designed and built in Torrance as are Honeywell's Garrett turbochargers, used on automobile engines worldwide. Alcoa Fastening Systems (now known as Arconic) is headquartered in Torrance, producing aerospace fasteners. Pacific Sales, Pelican Products, Virco, and Rapiscan Systems are among the other companies based in Torrance.

According to the city's 2021 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report, the city's top 10 employers (by number of employees) are:

No. Employer Number of employees
1 Torrance Memorial Health System 3,675
2 Torrance Unified School District 2,581
3 Providence Little Co of Mary Medical Center 2,345
4 City of Torrance 1,450
5 Yoshinoya America Inc. 1,300
6 American Honda Motor Co Inc. 1,130
7 Robinson Helicopter Company 937
8 Honeywell Aerospace 730
9 Moog Aircraft Group 710
10 Walmart 686
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Del Amo Fashion Center, one of the largest malls in the United States

The Del Amo Fashion Center, at 2.5 million square feet (232,000 m2), is one of the five largest malls in the United States by gross leasable area. The current mall was created when Del Amo Center, built in 1958, merged with Del Amo Fashion Square, built in 1972. Once located on opposite sides of Carson Street, a gigantic expansion of the mall spanning Carson Street joined the two centers by 1982, making it the largest mall in the world at the time. In 2005, the east end of the original mall north of Carson Street was demolished to make way for a new open-air shopping center, opened in mid-September, 2006. This was followed in 2015 by the opening of an expanded northern Fashion Wing, with Nordstrom as the mall anchor and supplemented by luxury retailers such as Kate Spade, Hugo Boss, Uniqlo, Michael Kors, and Ben Bridge. The Old Towne Mall was an entertainment-themed mall operating in the 1970s.

As a major oil-producing region, Torrance was once dotted with thousands of oil wells and oil derricks. Though the oil wells are not as common as they once were, the Torrance Refinery Oil refinery owned by PBF Energy in the north end of the city is responsible for much of Southern California's gasoline supply. Torrance was also an important hub and shop site of the Pacific Electric Railway.

Torrance has a general aviation airport, originally named simply "Torrance Airport" and since renamed Zamperini Field after local track star, World War II hero and Torrance High graduate Louis Zamperini. The airport handles approximately 175,000 annual take-offs and landings (473 per day), down from the 1974 record of 428,000 operations. Airport noise abatement is a major local issue. In 2007 the Western Museum of Flight moved to Zamperini Field.

Torrance is also home to the main bakery facility for King's Hawaiian, the dominant brand of Hawaiian bread in North America. Younger Optics, Torrance's 10th-largest employer, created the first seamless or "invisible" bifocal.

The headquarters of Mitsuwa Marketplace and Nijiya Market are located in Torrance.

Operations of foreign companies

All Nippon Airways operates its United States headquarters, a customer relations and services office, in Torrance.

The Toyota Motor Company of Japan established a U.S. headquarters on October 31, 1957, at a former Rambler dealership in Hollywood. Toyota sold 287 Toyopet Crowns and one Land Cruiser during the company's first year of U.S. operation. It moved Toyota Motor Sales USA operations to Torrance in 1982, because of easy access to port facilities and the LAX airport. In 2013, it sold 2.2 million vehicles in the U.S. In 2014, it announced it would move 3,000 of its white-collar employees to Plano, Texas, near Dallas, to be closer to its American factories. Numerous other Japanese firms followed Toyota to Los Angeles, because of its location and its reputation as the national trend-setter.

The Los Angeles South Bay area, as of 2014, has the largest concentration of Japanese companies in the United States.


Primary and secondary schools

Public schools

Torrance Unified School District (TUSD) was established in 1947 and unified in 1948. The district comprises the City of Torrance, bordered by the Palos Verdes Peninsula on the south, the cities of Redondo Beach and Gardena on the north, the City of Los Angeles (Harbor Gateway) on the east and the Pacific Ocean on the west. The district's jurisdiction includes approximately 21 square miles (54 km2), and it operates 17 elementary schools, eight middle schools, five high schools (one of which is a continuation school), three adult education centers, and a child development center.

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Fern Elementary School.
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Torrance High School is one of the oldest high schools in California, having opened in 1917. The school is a popular filming location.

The Torrance Unified School District's five high schools are:

  • Torrance High School
  • North High School
  • South High School
  • West High School
  • Kurt Shery High School (continuation)

The Torrance Unified School District's eight middle schools are:

  • Calle Mayor Middle School
  • Casimir Middle School
  • Bert Lynn Middle School
  • J.H. Hull Middle School
  • Jefferson Middle School
  • Madrona Middle School
  • Philip Magruder Middle School
  • Richardson Middle School

The Torrance Unified School District's 17 elementary schools are:

  • Hickory Elementary School
  • John Adams Elementary School
  • Torrance Elementary School
  • Howard Wood Elementary School
  • Anza Elementary School
  • Arlington Elementary School
  • Arnold Elementary School
  • Carr Elementary School
  • Yukon Elementary School
  • Walteria Elementary School
  • Riviera Elementary School
  • Towers Elementary School
  • Fern Elementary School
  • Edison Elementary School
  • Lincoln Elementary School
  • Seaside Elementary School
  • Victor Elementary School

Area districts have created the Southern California Regional Occupational Center (SCROC) to teach technical classes to their students and to local adults. TUSD is a participant feeder district of the California Academy of Mathematics and Science or CAMS, a mathematics and science magnet high school, administered by the Long Beach Unified School District.

Private schools

Torrance also has several private schools. Catholic schools under the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles include Bishop Montgomery High School, Nativity Catholic School, St James Catholic School and St Catherine Laboure Catholic School. Protestant private schools include Ascension Lutheran School and First Lutheran School. Pacific Lutheran High School is in Gardena. Other area schools include: Riviera Hall Lutheran School, Riviera Methodist School, and South Bay Junior Academy.

In 1980 the Lycée Français de Los Angeles bought the 6.2-acre (2.5 ha) former Parkway School property, located in the Hollywood Riviera section of Torrance, from TUSD. This property became the Lycee's Torrance campus, and as of February 1990 the campus had 100 students. In November 1989 the Lycee sold the property for $2.65 million to Manhattan Holding Co. and scheduled to transfer the students to its West Los Angeles campuses. As of February 1990 neighbors of the campus site were asking the City of Torrance to not modify the zoning of this property. The Lycee stated that the campus closed due to low enrollment.

At one time, Coast Christian Schools (now Valor Christian Academy) maintained a high school campus in Torrance.

Colleges and universities

Torrance is in the El Camino Community College District, although the campus of El Camino College is just outside the city limits in unincorporated El Camino Village. El Camino College was founded in 1947, and the campus covers 126 acres (0.51 km2). As of 2011, the college enrolls over 25,000 students each semester.

Miscellaneous education

In 1980, Asahi Gakuen, a weekend Japanese-language education institution, began renting space in South Torrance High School. The school continues to use the school for its Torrance Campus (トーランス校 Tōransu-kō).


Highways and freeways in the region include I-110, I-405, SR 91, SR 107, and SR 1. The city is served by Torrance Transit, LACMTA Metro bus, and LADOT services.

Zamperini Field (IATA: TOA ICAO: KTOA) is a general aviation airport. Commercial airlines service is within 15 minutes at Los Angeles International Airport and Long Beach Airport.


Torrance is served by BNSF and Union Pacific.

BNSF operates on the former Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Harbor Subdivision line originally built in the 1920s. AT&SF was merged with Burlington Northern in 1996 to form BNSF.

Union Pacific currently operates what is left of the Pacific Electric's San Pedro via Gardena Line and Torrance Loop Line both built in 1911 (passenger service was provided until 1940, afterwards only the Torrance shop train was operated for employees). The Pacific Electric Torrance Shops were completed in 1918 and closed in 1955 two years after all passenger service was taken over by Los Angeles Metropolitan Transit Authority. Freight operations were taken over by PE's parent company, Southern Pacific, in 1965. SP was merged into UP in 1996.

LA Metro Rail plans to complete the C Line Extension to Torrance from Redondo Beach sometime between 2030 and 2033, though there are plans to speed this up as part of the Twenty-eight by '28 initiative so it can be done by the 2028 Olympics.

Notable people

  • Jason "Wee-Man" Acuña, TV host and actor
  • Guillermo "Memo" Arzate, former professional soccer player
  • Brian Bonsall, actor in Blank Check (1994 Disney film)
  • Jonathan Bornstein (born 1984), soccer left back/midfielder (Chicago Fire FC and national team)
  • John Butler, leader of the John Butler Trio
  • Larry Carlton, guitarist
  • John Chiang, California State Controller
  • Kraig Chiles, professional soccer player for the San Diego Sockers
  • Roger Clinton, half-brother of President Bill Clinton
  • Peter Daut, news anchor, KCBS-TV
  • Rosemary Decamp, actress, John Shidler and Rosemary DeCamp become a Torrance power couple
  • Chris Demaria, former MLB pitcher for the Royals and Brewers
  • Bo Derek, actress
  • Michael Dudikoff, actor
  • Bobby East, NASCAR driver
  • Ryan Ellis, NASCAR driver
  • Whitney Engen, player for the United States women's national soccer team
  • Carla Esparza, mixed martial artist; former UFC strawweight champion
  • Kellen Goff, voice actor
  • Ben Going, YouTube celebrity
  • Tony Gonzalez, retired tight end for the Atlanta Falcons; 11-time Pro Bowl selection
  • Rorion Gracie & Royce Gracie, mixed martial arts practitioners and UFC fighters
  • Bart Johnson, retired MLB pitcher
  • Parnelli Jones, USAC driver and his son, P. J. Jones, IRL driver
  • Spike Jonze, director, producer, screenwriter and actor; part owner of skateboard company Girl Skateboards
  • Fred Kendall, former MLB catcher and manager
  • Michelle Kwan, former ice skater
  • Jason Kendall, former MLB catcher
  • Dave Kerman, drummer
  • Chloe Kim, professional snowboarder, 2018 Winter Olympics gold medalist
  • Kevin Kim, professional tennis player
  • Jennifer Kita, Angel/Lil Angel of the Harajuku Girls
  • Alix Klineman (born 1989), volleyball player
  • Scott Kolden, actor
  • Michelle Kwan, 5-time world figure skating champion and Olympian
  • Dave LaRoche, former MLB pitcher; father of MLB players Adam LaRoche and Andy LaRoche
  • Jennifer Lee (TOKiMONSTA), electronic music producer and DJ
  • Ted Lieu, Democratic Party, U.S. Representative for California's 33rd congressional district
  • Ted Lilly, retired MLB starting pitcher
  • Jeremy Lin, professional basketball player
  • Nancy Lopez, Hall of Fame professional golfer
  • Joyce Manor, emo/punk band
  • Brandon Manumaleuna, NFL tight end for the Chicago Bears
  • Antonio Margarito, Mexican-American professional boxer
  • Francisco Mendoza, MLS player
  • Alyson and Amanda Michalka (Aly & AJ), singers and actresses
  • Justin Miller, MLB pitcher
  • Ethan Moreau, former Los Angeles Kings hockey player
  • Lisa Moretti, WWE's "Ivory"
  • Chad Morton, NFL player
  • Johnnie Morton, former NFL player
  • Paul Moyer, television news broadcaster
  • George Nakano, California politician
  • Don Newcombe, former Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher; first winner of Rookie of the Year, MVP, and Cy Young awards
  • Steve Nguyen, director, producer, and screenwriter
  • Chuck Norris, karate expert and actor; raised in Torrance; opened his first dojo in Torrance
  • Amy Okuda, actress
  • Brian Ortega, mixed martial artist
  • the Pedregon family, professional drag racers Frank Sr., Cruz, Frank Jr., and Tony
  • Greg Popovich, founder and co-owner of Castle Rock Winery
  • Jolene Purdy, actress, best known for role in Under the Dome as Dodee
  • Daryl Sabara & Evan Sabara, actors (Spy Kids and Keeping Up with the Steins)
  • Adán Sánchez, Mexican-American corrido singer
  • Steve Sarkisian, former USC football head coach
  • Sigi Schmid, LA Galaxy head coach
  • Skip Schumaker, MLB outfielder
  • Justin Shenkarow, actor
  • Bud Smith, retired MLB player; threw no-hitter in his rookie season (2001)
  • Snoop Dogg, rapper, actor; owns mansion in Hollywood Riviera neighborhood
  • Joe Stevenson, mixed martial arts practitioner and UFC fighter
  • Jack Stewart, soccer player, Carolina RailHawks in USL-1
  • Royle Stillman, MLB outfielder
  • Quentin Tarantino, filmmaker
  • Ron Taylor, film and television actor, pro basketball player (ABA and Austrian League)
  • Tyrone Taylor, center fielder for the Milwaukee Brewers
  • Deon Thompson, North Carolina Tar Heels basketball player
  • Connor Tingley, artist
  • Billy Traber, Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Tiffany van Soest, kickboxer
  • Janeene Vickers, 1992 Barcelona Olympics medalist
  • Chauncey Washington, former NFL running back
  • Glen Walker, NFL player
  • J. Warner Wallace, homicide detective and Christian apologist
  • David Wells, former MLB pitcher
  • Paul Westphal, NBA player and former head coach
  • Ryan Wheeler, MLB third baseman
  • Denzel Whitaker, actor
  • John White, CFL player
  • Steven Wright, starting pitcher for Boston Red Sox
  • Louis Zamperini, 1936 Olympic track star, World War II veteran, author, speaker; subject of Unbroken
  • Latrice Royale, drag queen; best known for competing on the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race and the fourth season of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars

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