Glendale High School (Glendale, California)

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Glendale High School, (GHS)
Established September 1901
Type Public
Principal Monica Makiewicz
Students 3,100
Grades 9–12
Location Glendale, California, United States
Campus Suburban
Colors           Red and black
Mascot Dynamiters/Nitros
Glendale Union High School in 1902, it was known as the "Cheesebox" due to its distinctive yellow colour.

Glendale High School is a high school located at 1440 Broadway Avenue in Glendale, California. The school is the Flagship School of the Glendale Unified School District.


Glendale High School was founded as Glendale Union High School in 1901 by the residents of the villages of: Glendale, La Crescenta, Burbank, Eagle Rock, Ivanhoe, Tropico, and West Glendale.

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.[1]

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.[2]

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.[3]

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)[edit]

Winter Season (December–February)[edit]

Spring Season (March–May)[edit]



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 2014, there have only been three classes to ever win all 4 categories; the classes of 2010, 2012, and 2014.

Newspaper and Yearbook[edit]

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.

Pat Navolanic Memorial Award[edit]

The Pat Navolanic Memorial Award [4] was established in 1966, in honor of Patrick Navolanic, student body president and Valedictorian of the Class of 1963, who is remembered for being extremely active in school activities, and who died of asphyxiation in December, 1965 while studying abroad in France.

The award is given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Navolanic's leadership traits, scholarship skills and athletic prowess, as decided by a council of electors representing all student organizations and sports teams on campus. The winner receives a scholarship in the amount of $2,500, finalists receive $300. The scholarship money is made possible by a financial endowment, as well as generous donations from students, teachers, alumni, and the community.

The winners of the award are as follows: [5]

  • 1966 - Bruce Dalton
  • 1967 - Dave Taylor
  • 1968 - William Knudsen
  • 1969 - Sharon Kemp and Charlie Little
  • 1970 - Ralph Winter
  • 1971 - Art Sanders
  • 1972 - Laura Lee Boerner
  • 1973 - John Spear
  • 1974 - Marcia Zimmer
  • 1975 - Sam Lowe
  • 1976 - Mark Hallam
  • 1977 - Mark Ewing
  • 1978 - Mary Hollywood
  • 1979 - Chris Welker
  • 1980 - Kerry Steinshouer
  • 1981 - Stuart Schoenmann
  • 1982 - Greg Schneekluth
  • 1983 - Melinda Walters
  • 1984 - Clark Peterson
  • 1985 - Tina Sproul
  • 1986 - Andrea Hallgren
  • 1987 - Rashmi Sadana
  • 1988 - Tamaki Murakami
  • 1989 - Brad Soderlund
  • 1990 - Vula Baliotis
  • 1991 - Ronnie Apcar and Tom Phan
  • 1992 - Amber Novak
  • 1993 - Raffi Avedian and Shant Petrossian
  • 1994 - Loren Geller
  • 1995 - Ruth Ochoa
  • 1996 - David Schmittdiel
  • 1997 - Nina Kwon
  • 1998 - Christine Sung
  • 1999 - Tad Nakatani
  • 2000 - Christine Anouchian
  • 2001 - Jennifer Au
  • 2002 - Gerald Sung
  • 2003 - William Wagner
  • 2004 - Christina Sher
  • 2005 - Ray de Mesa
  • 2006 - Erika Hernandez
  • 2007 - Tigran Nalbandyan
  • 2008 - Henrietta Movsessian
  • 2009 - Katie Schowengerdt
  • 2010 - Shant Alvandyan
  • 2011 - Ji Su Yoo
  • 2012 - Ninette Mirzakhanian
  • 2013 - Natalie Harmon
  • 2014 - Yasmeen Syed


Statistics for 2007–2008 School Year [6]

Notable alumni[edit]


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