Herbert Hoover High School (Glendale)

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Herbert Hoover High School
Location
651 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91202
Information
Type Public
Established 1929
School district Glendale Unified School District
Principal Dr. Jennifer Earl
Number of students 2,097
Color(s)           Purple and white
Mascot Tornado
Information Phone: (818) 242-6801 Fax: (818) 247-8825
Website

Herbert Hoover High School is a public high school in Glendale, California, USA. The school's colors are purple and white.

The school, named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, is located on a 18.6 acres (75,000 m2) campus. The original campus was erected in 1929 and served students until 1966 when, with the exception of the auditorium and physical education facilities, the buildings were demolished and replaced by a new facility completed in 1969. In 1990, due to continual and anticipated growth in the number of students entering Hoover, a 33-classroom facility was built and completed in 1992.

Hoover High School is still a part of a neighborhood cluster that includes Mark Keppel Elementary School and Toll Middle School. The Hoover High School of today has approximately 2,097 students which includes a wide range of socio-economic, educationa, and cultural backgrounds. 47% of the students are Caucasian (mostly Armenian); 29.6% Hispanic 5.0% Asian; 9.7% Filipino; 9% African-American; and 0.2% other.

In 2001, Hoover High School met its school wide Academic Performance Index (API) and has received over $150,000 in Governor's Incentive Award money. The Hoover staff is keenly focused on standards-based instruction and consistently uses data to chart and plan for improvement. Hoover High School offers 22 different Advanced Placement (AP) classes which span a wide variety of disciplines including history, English language and literature, science, foreign language, math, economics, art, psychology, music theory and computer programming. For the past two years,[when?] 40% of the graduating seniors planned to attend a four-year college. Some 44.4% of graduating seniors meet the University of California A-G requirements.

In 2010, Hoover High School met its school wide API target with an overall API of 772; an eleven point gain over 2009. Hoover's API has grown 158 points in the last 10 years. Hoover is determined to reach an API of 800 by 2013, the target for all schools in California. The Hoover staff is keenly focused on standards-based instruction and consistently uses data to chart and plan for improvement. Hoover High School offers 22 different Advanced Placement (AP) classes which span a wide variety of disciplines including history, English language and literature, science, foreign language, math, economics, art, psychology, music theory, and computer programming. In 2010, 50 students earned recognition from the College Board as "AP Scholars". Another 15 earned the "AP Scholar with Honor" designation and 20 students earned the honor of "AP Scholar with Distinction". In 2013, Hover is offering one AP class for 9th graders for human geography, being one of the first high schools to do so.

Athletics[edit]

Hoover High School provides a wide variety of sports to students including boys' water polo (3rd place, 2008-2009 season and again 2009-2010 season and reached CIF division VI quarterfinals) and girls' water polo, boys' and girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer (2006-2007 league champions), boys' and girls' basketball, boys' American football (girls are also welcome), baseball, softball, track, cross country, golf, pep squad, swimming and wrestling.

The 1975 baseball team won the CIF 4A Championship defeating Lakewood High 2-1 at Dodger Stadium.

A significant aspect of the school's history is the long running cross-town rivalry with Glendale High School. "BGD" known as "Big Game Day" or "Beat Glendale Day" is the biggest social/athletic event of the school year. Even though every sport has its own "BGD" game, American football is the biggest of them all. On the day of the big football game, the school provides events such as "The Poster Drop", which is a competition for every grade (9-12) taking place on the Friday morning of the game, and spirit assemblies. The game usually takes place at Glendale High School because Hoover High School does not have a "proper" field.

The school's mascot, "The Tornadoes", was temporarily changed in the past to the "Wind Gusts" when a Kansas team whose town had just been ravaged by tornadoes came to visit.

Miscellaneous activities[edit]

BETA
Beta is a business academic program for which students must process an application if they are interested in the program. Those who are accepted are required to take at least five semesters of classes that include business technology, keyboarding, virtual enterprise and introduction to business.

Debate Club
Students compete with other schools debating different topics chosen every week.

Fine Arts Academy
Students are nominated to the Hoover High School Fine Arts Academy. Academy students are invited to take advanced classes at Hoover to create a fine arts emphasis in their degree program. Students must take three years of arts classes while enrolled at Hoover in order to be considered an Academy graduate. Of these three courses, at least two must be at Hoover. Along with the academic distinction that comes with being part of the Academy, students are eligible to participate in events at the Hoover Arts Gallery.

Jazz Ensemble
Students audition to play in the Hoover High School Studio Jazz Orchestra, the flagship performing group at Hoover. All instrumentalists are welcome. Trumpets, trombones, and saxophones participate as well as flutes, clarinets, violins, cellos and, at one point, a bassoon and a harp. Jazz students play a variety of music styles, including swing, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban, reggae, jazz-rock fusion, pop and jump-swing. The Studio Jazz Orchestra has received more major awards than any other comprehensive high school jazz group in the country.

Hoover Tornado Marching Band
Students are constantly rehearsing so the school's marching band can compete throughout California. There is no experience required, and typical woodwinds and brass are accepted. In the 2013 season, the band was in Division 3A, and won 5th place for the S.C.J.A. state championships for band, 1st place for percussion, and 3rd place for color guard for the division.

Notable former students[edit]

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