Torrance schools are recognized for their excellence in education, with elementary, middle school and high school students consistently scoring considerably above the national median in tests. The Torrance Unified School District has also been acknowledged for its innovative programs and for being on the annual list of California Exemplary Schools.
El Camino Community College provides residents with quality education as well as an art gallery that presents the city's cultural background, a planetarium, theater, the 2,000 seat Marsee Auditorium, and a Small Business Development Center that offers information, referrals and one-on-one business counseling to entrepreneurs and small business owners at no cost.
The Torrance Library system is a source of pride. Six public libraries fill the needs of both the residential and business communities. They provide materials and services in a variety of formats, many of which can be accessed by modem from an office or a home computer.
The city operates 24 parks, including the 44-acre Wilson Park and the 52-acre Columbia Park. Torrance also has a golf course, community swimming pool, and numerous public tennis courts. Altogether, there are over 300 acres of parkland. Wilson Park hosts the Certified Farmers Market each week, a train ride, roller hockey, craft shows, free Torrance Symphony concerts during the year, and the Festival of Trees at Christmas.
Attractions & Points of Interest
Cultural events are held at the Torrance Cultural Arts Center, the Joslyn Fine Arts Gallery, the Torrance Historical Society Museum in old Downtown Torrance and the South Bay Center of the Arts at El Camino College. For shoppers, the Del Amo Fashion Center, the largest enclosed shopping mall in the west, is located within the city.
Within an hour's drive are all of Southern California's most popular attractions including Disneyland, Knott's Berry Farm, Universal Studios, Burbank Studios, Paramount Pictures, the Los Angeles Zoo and Six Flags Magic Mountain.
Jared S. Torrance, a real estate developer, founded the city in 1911. He aspired to make the area into a planned residential and industrial community. When petroleum was discovered in 1921, interest in the community grew. Today, the area is comprised of many large corporations as well as electronics, plastics, aluminum and other large manufacturing and distribution firms.
Torrance has grown from a small industrial community into a retail, financial and corporate center that provides a positive climate for business.