The Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District has one of the highest rated API scores in California  , and has one of the highest average SAT scores  and one of the highest percentage of students successfully completing the advanced placement exams  in the county.
Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean films were partly photographed on and off the coast of Palos Verdes Peninsula. A tent city for production was constructed in the Redondo Beach Marina. The Black Pearl and several production vessels were seen on the waters daily as were helicopters filming for overhead shots.
The name "Palos Verdes" is Spanish for green sticks.
- George Takei - actor, famous as Hikaru Sulu from Star Trek
- Chuck Norris - Walker, Texas Ranger, owns several properties in the region
- Christopher Boyce and Andrew Daulton Lee - who sold U.S. secrets to the Soviets and were portrayed in the book and movie The Falcon and the Snowman
- Body Glove - co-founder Bob Meistrell, who invented the first "practical" wet suit
- John Tu Billionaire
- Pete Caroll - USC Head Football Coach
- Gary Wright - Musician
- Angelyne - Billboard model
- Michael Dudikoff - Actor
- Scott Shaw - Author, actor and filmmaker
- Sasha Vujacic and Elden Campbell - Former pro basketball players
- Deepak Chopra - Writer
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- "School Wise Press School Snapshot: Palos Verdes Peninsula High School". School Wise Press. Retrieved 2008. Check date values in:
- "SAT, ACT and AP Test Results in California". California Department of Education. Retrieved 2008. Check date values in: