John Muir High School (Pasadena, California)
|John Muir High School|
"The Home of the Mighty Mustangs"
|1905 N Lincoln Avenue, Pasadena, California
|Color(s)||Blue and Gold|
|Rival||Pasadena High School|
John Muir High School is a four-year comprehensive secondary school in Pasadena, California, United States and is a part of the Pasadena Unified School District. The school is named after preservationist John Muir.
The school's buildings were originally a part of John Muir Junior College (not to be confused with John Muir College in San Diego, California). The junior college merged with Pasadena City College, and converted to a two-year high school in the Fall semester of 1954. (The senior students of the first graduating high-school class in 1955 were freshmen of the previous two-year junior college in the prior year.) It later become a full four-year high school, located on Lincoln Avenue, named after Lincoln, Nebraska.
Prior to 1964, many white students from the community of La Canada Flintridge, California joined those from the black neighborhood of northwest Pasadena and the racially mixed community of Altadena, and enrollment was nearly 3,000 students. In 1965, La Canada Flintridge, California built its own school system and removed their students. Shortly after that, the Pasadena City School District created Blair High School, siphoning off another large portion of the school's population.
Approximately 1300 students attend each year. The student body is 47% black, 42% Hispanic, 9% non-Hispanic White, and 2% "other", including 1.1% Asian. The school maintained an average class size of 27 students and a pupil-to-teacher ratio of 21:1 in the 2002-03 school year, during which a total of 49 fully credentialed teachers were on staff. Beginning in 2004, John Muir has received failing Academic Performance Index (API) scores by the state. Consequently, John Muir has been under scrutiny to demonstrate notable improvement to state standards.
In 2000 a teacher, Cyrus Javaheri, pleaded guilty to engaging in group sex with minors. The teacher lured two students from the school in addition to another minor through the internet. Furthermore, numerous instances of cyber sex were conducted between the teacher and various minors as young as 12.
"But overwhelmingly, the students whose behavior makes the hallways deafening, who yell out for the teacher and demand immediate attention in class, who cannot seem to stop chatting and are fascinated by each other and relationships but not with academics, in short, whose behavior saps the strength and energy of us that are at the front lines, are African American.
Opinion was divisive with whites and blacks from the community on both sides. While some students and teachers defended that his assertion (that the majority of the under performing students were black) was accurate, others took offense to it. Subsequently he was placed on administrative leave but allowed to return to the school a few days later. In 2005, Phelps was elected to a four-year term on the district's Board of Education, where he remains.
- John Muir Junior College (through the 1953-54 school year)
- Jackie Robinson (1936), first black major league baseball player
- John Van de Kamp (1952), Attorney General of California (1982–1991).
- John Muir High School (1954-55 school year to present)
- Roger Dawson (1958), Jazz and Salsa musician, award winning New York deejay.
- Bobby Hutcherson (1958), Award winning Jazz vibraphonist, composer and bandleader.
- Herbie Lewis (1958), Jazz bassist and teacher.
- Rod Sherman (1962), professional football player.
- Albert Stinson (1962), Jazz bassist.
- Sirhan Sirhan (1963), convicted assassin of Robert F. Kennedy.
- John Beal (1964), award-winning film and television composer.
- Richard Bellis (1964), award-winning film and television composer.
- Octavia Butler (1965), award-winning science fiction author (d. 2006)
- Darrell Evans (1965), major league baseball player, 1969-89 
- Steven Clarke (1966), Biochemist and pioneer in aging research
- David Lee Roth (1972), lead singer of Van Halen 1974-85, 1996, 2007-current.
- Julie Bunn, (1975), Legislator, Minnesota House of Representatives (2007-current)
- Johnnie Lynn (1975), NFL Football Player, New York Jets, NFL Assistant Coach San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants, Philadelphia Eagles
- Renee Tajima-Peña (1976), award-winning documentary filmmaker.
- Ken D. Whittingham (Professional Television Director Stage and Screen) (1977) Network Television NBC ABC CBS
- Alice Brown (1978) Track and Field Olympic Gold Medalist
- Scott Garnett (1980), NFL defensive lineman
- Andre Coleman (1982) Author and award-winning journalist
- Anthony Miller (1983), former NFL wide receiver
- Richard Bell (1984), NFL player for the Pittsburgh Steelers
- Linetta Wilson (1985), Olympic Gold Medalist, Track and Field
- Stacey Augmon, (1986), basketball player, NBA and Olympics
- Ricky Ervins(1987),USC Rose Bowl Game MVP 1990, NFL Washington Redskins Super Bowl XXVI leading rusher, San Francisco 49ers 1995
- Rodney King, (1987), Beaten by police after car chase, overturned police convictions led to race riots in Los Angeles and vicinity
- Marcus Robertson (1987), Houston Oilers/ Tennessee Titans and Seattle Seahawks
- Chad Brown (1988), Pittsburgh Steelers, and Seattle Seahawks
- Darick Holmes, (1989) NFL Player for the Buffalo Bills, Green Bay Packers, & Indianapolis Colts
- Inger Miller (1990), track and field Olympic Gold Medalist 
- Jacque Vaughn, (1993) NBA Head Coach & Basketball player for the Orlando Magic
- Jacque Robinson, (1996) Pasadena, California District 1 City Councilwoman (2007-)
- Brandon Rogers (1996) American Idol Season 6 12th place finalist
- Obea Moore (1997) World Record holder in the 400 meter races for runners 17 and under at 45.14. One of the fastest US high school runners of all time.
- Jackie Long (1998), Actor
- Sultan McCullough (1998), NFL football player, 2003 
- Tyron Hampton Jr. (2001) Pasadena Unified School District District 3 board member (2013-)
- Ruwanga Samath (2000), record producer and president of The Bird Call Productions
- Ryan Hollins (2002), NBA player and starting center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, Los Angeles Clippers
Muir High School is one of two high schools to have produced more than two unrelated Olympic Gold medalists from the same high school.
- Mario Villegas , A 'Classic' for many reasons, ESPN Los Angeles, November 4, 2010
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- "2003-2004 School Accountability Report Card" (pdf).
- "Protecting Our Kids". Los Angeles District Attorney. Archived from the original on 2005-12-28.
- DiMassa, Cara Mia (21 Feb 2002). "Cyrus Javaheri - Ex-Math Teachers Plead Guilty to Having Sex With 2 Students". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 April 2011.
- Banks, Sandy (November 8, 2011). "Lesson No. 1: It takes a team". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Hutchinson, Earl Ofari (December 9, 2002). "Looking beyond the color line". The Christian Science Monitor. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Banks, Sandy (December 1, 2002). "Debate on Black Students Rages". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "Muir Letter furor Settles". Pasadena Star-News. June 8, 2003. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- Coleman, André; Joe Piasecki (02/12/2009). "'A change in culture'". Pasadena Weekly. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
- "Scott Phelps, Board Member". Pasadena Unified School District. Pasadena, California: Pasadena USD. Retrieved 3 January 2014.
- "Hall of Fame". John Muir High School Alumni Association. Retrieved 2007-04-12.
- "Sirhan Sirhan". Crime Library. Court TV. Retrieved 2007-06-18.
- IMDB - John Beal
- "IMDb - Richard Bellis".
- Artist: Renee Tajima-Peña
- Renee Tajima-Pena
- Sultan McCullough Statistics - Pro-Football-Reference.com