City High was an American R&B/hip hop trio consisting of rappers/singers Ryan Toby, Robbie Pardlo and Claudette Ortiz.
City High is best known for their song "What Would You Do?" (which earned a Grammy nomination) from their 2001 self-titled album, the follow-up single, "Caramel" and the final single from the group's debut was "City High Anthem". A remix was released, featuring rapper Styles P.
Throughout high school Ortiz dated future City High bandmate Robby Pardlo.. After meeting and performing for Wyclef Jean, they were signed to his Booga Basement recording label. As Wooga Booga already a duo, they asked Ryan Toby to join and became a trio, which completed the City High trio. . After breaking up with Robby Pardlo, Ortiz went into a relationship and later married former bandmate Ryan Toby on August 14, 2004.
In early 2002, City High shot several mini music video commercials for MTV based on their own songs promoting the 11th season of The Real World. The band appeared in a series of mini commercials/ music videos promoting 2002's "The Real World: Chicago" and then quietly disbanded in 2003.
Pardlo appeared as the subject of an eighth season episode of the A&E television series Intervention in 2010 as an alcoholic. The show led to Pardlo working a program of recovery. He is the father of a daughter, Lyric, and is still working in the music industry.
Year Song Peak chart positions Album
U.S. U.S. R&B U.S. Rap CAN UK
2001 "What Would You Do?" 8 13 1 19 3 City High
"Caramel" 18 9 — — 9
2002 "City High Anthem" — — — — —