The High Point Legacy: Scott Nuccio (Class of ’96)

Welcome to “ The High Point Legacy: Alumni Spotlight,” a series celebrating the lives of Pasadena’s High Point Academy graduates. Alumni will share their journeys, showcasing the transformative impact High Point Academy’s nurturing environment has made on their lives. Each story will provide insights into the values and opportunities that define the HPA experience.

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of HPA alumni, revealing the essence of what makes High Point Academy exceptional.  For more information about HPA, please click here.

Always separate the yin from the yang.”

My Brief Bio—

I am married with two great children. I work for Northrop Grumman, and my specialty is designing communications satellites. After High Point Academy, I went to La Salle High School and then did my undergraduate work at UC San Diego. I attended USC for graduate school, where I completed my master’s degree and PhD in Electrical Engineering. Outside of work I’m very active in my children’s activities and am also an avid sailor; in fact, I enjoy sailboat racing and participate in more than 20 races per year.

My High Point Experience—

I attended High Point from K through 8th grade. The experience provided a solid academic foundation as I moved on to high school. Being able to transition to a new period of my life without having to struggle and worry about academics greatly reduced the stress of being a high school teenager. That confidence carried me through into college and helped me grow into the career and life I now have.

My Personal Observations and Reflections—

I have many great memories of High Point, including the Greek Olympics in sixth grade, performing plays in the church every year, and our 8th grade class trip to Mammoth. To this day, I am still friends with and in contact with many HPA classmates and fellow graduates. Those friendships and relationships have proven to be a large portion of my foundation.


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