Established in 1999, Northwood High School in Irvine, California is consistently regarded as one of the top public high schools in not only all of California but the entire nation as well. In fact, Best Colleges ranked Northwood High School as the 6th best public high school in the USA. [Read More]

The Northwood High School Timberwolves Water Polo Program is committed to combining a high level of athletic achievement with integrity, honor, and good sportsmanship. Northwood competes in the Pacific Coast League. During the off-season, Northwood HS does morning workouts and all Varsity/JV players are expected to play club with a local club. The most common clubs that our Northwood athletes compete with are North Irvine and Patriot.

Northwood HS Water Polo has achieved a number of Sea View League Championships and a Pacific Coast League Championship in 2004 and 2013. The girls program, for the first time, won a Pacific Coast League championship in 2020. Additionally, Northwood HS appeared in two back-to-back CIF D1 Finals in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Northwood HS was the CIF Masters State Champions.

Northwood HS Water Polo Alumni have continued playing collegiate water polo at the D1, D2, D3, and NAIA levels.

Just to name a few notable alumni:

  • Former CIF Player of the Year, Caleb Hamilton ’06, went on to play professionally in Brazil
  • Derek Wiebe-Bailey ’05 is a goalie for one of the USA WP National League Teams: International Water Polo Club
  • James Hartshorne ’10 won a D1 NCAA Championship with UCLA in 2014
  • Spencer Sellwood ’19 won a D3 NCAA Championship with Redlands in 2022


Located at 4515, Portola Parkway, Irvine, CA 92620 – Northwood High School has a beautiful 50 meter x 25 yard Olympic-size pool. A number of different organizations use the pool in addition to our Northwood HS Water Polo program: NOVA and the Northwood Water Polo Club. Sometimes, the USA National and JR National Teams also use Northwood HS’s Pool for exhibition matches and training sessions. The Junior Olympic Qualifiers and Junior Olympics have also been hosted at Northwood HS’s Aquatics Center.