Highland High School is a suburban school located in the northeast part of Bakersfield that serves a multi-cultural population of about 1950 students drawn from neighborhoods north of Highway 178 from the mouth of the Kern Canyon to Wenatchee, then between Columbus Street and Highway 178 to Union Avenue. There is a small neighborhood included in Highland's boundary area just south of Highway 178.
Typically 33% of Highland's student body earns honor roll status and about 50% of Highland graduates go on to attend a college or university. Career Technical Education courses are offered in agriculture and computer applications that articulate with Bakersfield College classes. Highland’s PLTW engineering students compete each year in several local and regional robotics competitions and place well among the competition. Highland’s agriculture program is outstanding and has increased its staff from a single teacher program to a two teacher program. Highland’s music programs are well-known throughout the county and state. Highland has added a PLTW Biomedical Sciences program to meet the growing medical field job market.