The city's first high school, Huntington Beach High School, located on Main Street, was built in 1906.The school's team, the Oilers, is named after the city's original natural resource.Since its time as a parcel of the enormous Spanish land grant, Huntington Beach has undergone many incarnations.One time it was known as Shell Beach, the town of Smeltzer, and then Gospel Swamp for the revival meetings that were held in the marshland where the community college Golden West College can currently be found.The ocean waves are enhanced by a natural effect caused by the edge-diffraction of open ocean swells around Santa Catalina Island.
There are about 14 inches (360 mm) of rain, almost all in mid-winter.
Huntington Beach is a seaside city in Orange County in Southern California.
The city is named after American businessman Henry E. The population was 189,992 during the 2010 census, making it the most populous beach city in Orange County and the seventh most populous city in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Anaheim, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Meadowlark Airport, a small general aviation airport, existed in Huntington Beach from the 1940s until 1989. The entire city of Huntington Beach lies in area codes 657 and 714, except for small parts of Huntington Harbour (along with Sunset Beach, the community adjacent to Huntington Harbour), which is in the 562 Area Code.
Huntington Beach has a borderline semi-arid/Mediterranean climate (Köppen climate classification BSk/Csb).