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Tarzana is a suburban neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley region of Los Angeles, California. Tarzana is on the site of a former ranch owned by author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It is named after Burroughs' fictional jungle hero, Tarzan.

The Tarzana Recreation Center has a gymnasium that also is used as an auditorium; the building's capacity is 600. The park also has barbecue pits, a lighted baseball diamond, lighted outdoor basketball courts, a children's play area, a community room, an indoor gymnasium without weights, picnic tables, and lighted volleyball courts.

Caballero Canyon, located on the north side of the Santa Monica mountains in Tarzana offers multiple trails for hiking, mountain biking and unobstructed views of the San Fernando Valley. There is a 3.6 mile loop trail located here that is moderately trafficked and allows dogs on a leash. At the top of the trail hikers and mountain bikers will see signs leading the entrance of Topanga State Park. There are no fees or permits required to hike Caballero Canyon.

Notable People:

  • Paul Abrahamian, reality television participant

  • Paul Thomas Anderson, filmmaker

  • Marc Anthony, singer

  • Ed Asner, actor

  • Banks, singer

  • Judy Blumberg, competitive ice dancer

  • Cindy Bortz, 1987 World Junior Champion figure skater

  • Chris Brown, singer

  • Doja Cat, rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer

  • Shavahn Church, American-British gymnast

  • Jordan Cohen (born 1997), American-Israeli basketball player

  • Mike Connors, actor

  • Kaley Cuoco, actress and producer

  • Jason Derulo, singer

  • Jordan Farmar (born 1986), American-Israeli basketball player

  • Amanda Fink, tennis player

  • Selena Gomez, actress, singer

  • David Gregory, television journalist

  • Chubby Johnson, actor; served as honorary mayor of Tarzana

  • Gabe Kapler (born 1976), Major League Baseball outfielder, and manager (San Francisco Giants)

  • Khloé Kardashian, television personality

  • Luke Kennard, NBA player with the LA Clippers, lives in Tarzana

  • Lisa Kudrow, actress, grew up in Tarzana

  • Blake Lively, actress, born in Tarzana

  • Jon Lovitz, comedian and actor, born in Tarzana

  • Rosanna Pansino, YouTube personality

  • Paul Rodriguez, skateboarder, born in Tarzana

  • Jim Rome, radio personality, born in Tarzana

  • JoJo Siwa, YouTube personality and reality television star

  • Hailee Steinfeld, actress and singer

  • Brody Stevens, comedian

  • Benny Urquidez, kickboxer, martial arts choreographer, and actor

  • Wilmer Valderrama, actor

  • Bobby Womack, soul singer-songwriter


A total of 40.3% of Tarzana residents aged 25 and older have earned a four-year degree. Percentages of those residents with a bachelor's degree or with a master's degree are also high for the county.

Elementary and secondary schools
Schools within Tarzana are:

  • Gaspar de Portola Middle School, LAUSD, 18720 Linnet Street

  • Sherman Oaks Center for Enriched Studies (4–12), LAUSD alternative, 18605 Erwin Street

  • Vanalden Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 19019 Delano Street

  • Tarzana Elementary School, LAUSD, 5726 Topeka Drive

  • CHIME Institute's Schwarzenegger Community School, LAUSD charter, 19722 Collier Street

  • Wilbur Charter for Enriched Academics, LAUSD K–5, 5213 Crebs Avenue

  • Nestle Avenue Elementary School, LAUSD, 5060 Nestle Avenue

Zoned high schools serving Tarzana include:

  • Birmingham High School in (Lake Balboa area)

  • Reseda High School (in Reseda area)

  • Taft High School (in Woodland Hills area)

Private schools include:

Lycée International de Los Angeles West Valley Campus

Postsecondary schools
Columbia College Hollywood, a private nonprofit film school on Oxnard Street.

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