Glendale High School (Glendale, California)
|Glendale High School, (GHS)|
|Location||Glendale, California, United States|
|Colors||Red and black|
Glendale Union High School in 1902, it was known as the "Cheesebox" due to its distinctive yellow colour.
The first classes were held at the Glendale Hotel. The first principal was Mr. Llewellyn Evans and the school consisted of 2 teachers and 29 students. The next year, a new school building was built at the corner of what is today Brand Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.
George Moyse was appointed Principal and continued in his role for 35 years until 1937. The school continued to grow rapidly as the years progressed and the school moved several times, first in 1907 to Harvard Street and then later in 1914 to Maryland Street.
Again, the school continued to grow, as enrollment reached 800 in 1920 and 1,050 in 1921. It was decided then to move the Grade 10, 11, and 12 Classes to a new campus at the corner of present-day Broadway Avenue and Verdugo Road (Grade 9 students remained at the Maryland Street campus, and were later integrated into area Middle Schools). The school has remained in this location (1440 East Broadway, at the southeast corner of Verdugo) since 1924.
The Class of 1960 was Glendale's largest class, with 903 graduates. The following year Crescenta Valley High School opened, taking a sizable portion of Glendale's students.
The school suffered extensive damage during spring break on March 22, 1964, when a student who was concerned about his grades set fire to the room in which he thought the grade information was stored. The fire quickly spread throughout the administration building and to adjacent buildings on the campus. The decision was made to reconstruct the campus, leaving the swimming pool, baseball field, tennis courts and football stadium as the only remnants of the old campus.
In 1966, Captain Max Schumacher, an aerial traffic reporter for local radio station KMPC, landed his helicopter on the football field during a school assembly and spoke about traffic safety. He was later killed in a crash with a police helicopter near Dodger Stadium.
In the early 1990s, the decision was made by the School Board to reintegrate ninth graders into the Glendale Unified School District high schools. As a result, the 'J' building was constructed in 1994–1995, opening in September 1995.
In 2001, Glendale High School celebrated its centennial, by this point, the student population was 3,500 and there were over 100 teachers.
In 2001, the Glendale High School Visual and Performing Arts Programme (VAPA) was awarded the BRAVO Award for excellence in arts education by the Los Angeles County Music Centre. In 2003, the Programme won another award, the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award from the Kennedy Centre in Washington, D.C. Glendale High School was the only Public High School to be awarded this honor.
On July 1, 2005, Ms. Katherine Fundukian replaced Mr. LeRoy Sherman and Mrs. Lou Stewart as Co-Principals, as part of a School District decision to move Glendale High School back to a "traditional" one-principal system from the two-principal system that had been in place.
In 2006, 8 students from Glendale High school represented the United States at the Junior G8 summit in St. Petersburg Russia, where they discussed world issues and met with the leaders of the G8 nations.
In 2009, the dance/drill team program won its 11th consecutive coed dance title, as well as 3 other titles, at the United Spirit Association Nationals competition. This was held at the Anaheim Convention center. In 2012, the dance/drill team won again along with 6 other titles.
Its math department received the highest average AP scores in the nation in 2012.
Glendale High School was among the first schools in Southern California to offer Athletic Sports, and the school's sport program continues to be a major source of pride. Its two mascots are the Dynamiters for the football program, and the Nitros in for all other sports.
Fall Season (September–November)
Winter Season (December–February)
Spring Season (March–May)
- Cross Country
- Boys Track and Field
- Girls Track and Field
- Boys Swimming
- Girls Swimming
- Boys Tennis
- Boys Volleyball
- Boys Lacrosse
- Girls Lacrosse
Every March, the school holds its annual "Oratorical" event, students from each class (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) are judged on:
The tradition was started in 1910, during a time of heightened interest in Public Speaking in Southern California, it has continued through the years, demonstrating to the Community the pride students have in the school. The event is judged by a combination of alumni, community members, and members of the military. As of 2012, there have only been two classes to ever win all 4 categories; the classes of 2010 and 2012.
Newspaper and Yearbook
The School Newspaper, the Explosion, was first published in 1917, and has continued to be published semi-quarterly.
The School Yearbook, the Stylus, was started in 1909 as a monthly publication. In 1910, it became a quarterly publication, being published each quarter by a different grade level. Later, it became an annual publication.
Statistics for 2007–2008 School Year 
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- Ai – Japanese/American R&B musician
- Frankie Albert – 3-time All-American QB at Stanford, member College Football Hall of Fame
- Duane Bickett – CIF Player of the Year in basketball; All-American linebacker at USC, 12 seasons in NFL
- Mary Costa – Actress and Disney Legend
- Vic Dana – Top 40 singer and popular vocalist of the 1960s.
- Emilio Delgado – Actor, Luis from Sesame Street
- Bob Dillinger – .306 career batting average in MLB; led American League 1948 in hits with 207
- Yvonne Lime Fedderson (Class of 1953) - Actress, philanthropist
- Afshin Ghotbi – Head coach of the Iran national football team
- Babe Herman – 13-year Major League Baseball career, .324 lifetime batting average
- George Lindsey - Architect who designed the original Broadway/Verdugo "clock tower" campus.
- Gene Mako – 1937 & 1938 Wimbledon Doubles Champion
- Daron Malakian – Guitarist, vocalist System of a Down and Scars on Broadway
- Andy Reid - American Football head coach with the Kansas City Chiefs
- Ted Schroeder – 1949 Wimbledon singles tennis champion
- Bob Siebenberg – Drummer in Supertramp
- Guinn Smith 1948 Olympic Gold Medalist in Pole Vault
- Dwight Stones – 3-time Olympic high jumper ('72, '76. '84), 10-time world record holder (7'8" best)
- Madeleine Stowe – Actress
- John Wayne – Academy Award winning actor & Hollywood legend
- Bob Wian – Founder of the Bob's Big Boy chain of restaurants
- Ralph Winter – Film producer (The X-Men Trilogy, Fantastic Four 1 & 2)
- Frank Wykoff – World record sprinter, 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist (1928, 1932, 1936)
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