Quartz Hill is located in the High Desert of California north of the Los Angeles area. As recently as the 1970's the town was largely agricultural, with cash crops of almonds, alfalfa, and turkeys. The almond orchards crippled by disease and the alfalfa growers having to contend with their water rights being diverted (to a growing Los Angeles) caused a significant shift in the local work force. Mainly the shift was toward the nearby aerospace plants of Lockheed Martin and Rockwell International. Their fields long empty Quartz Hill still celebrates the Almond Blossom Festival every year. Quartz Hill schools include Quartz Hill Elementary School, Sundown Elementary, Joe Walker Middle School Parts of the unincorporated city of Quartz Hill go to Del Sur a school in Antelope Acers, and Quartz Hill High School.