Polytechnic School

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Polytechnic School
Location
1030 E. California Blvd, Pasadena, California
91106
Coordinates Coordinates: 34°08′01″N 118°07′43″W / 34.1337°N 118.1286°W / 34.1337; -118.1286
Information
School type Private
Religious affiliation(s) None
Founded 1907
Grades Kindergarten through 12
Gender Coed
Color(s) Orange & White
Athletics 25 Varsity Sports
Athletics conference Prep League; CIF Southern Section
Mascot Panther
Accreditation WASC/CAIS
Website

Polytechnic School, often referred to as simply Poly, is a college preparatory private school in Pasadena, California.

History[edit]

The school was founded in 1907 as the first private non-sectarian, non-profit elementary school in California. It descends from the Throop Polytechnic Institute founded by Amos G. Throop, the same institution that grew into the present California Institute of Technology.

In the spring of 1907, the Institute decided to focus on the college level and closed the grammar school. Citrus tycoon and powerful eugenicist Ezra S. Gosney donated $12,500, a sum matched by twelve other donors. This money allowed them to purchase the property at the present site, originally an orange grove. The school opened in October 1907 with 106 students. At the time, the school was named Polytechnic Elementary School. The school added a ninth grade in 1918 and expanded to high school in 1959. Polytechnic ended its pre-Kindergarten program in 2005.

Academics[edit]

Poly offers Advanced Placement and honors classes as well as arts and athletic programs. According to a College Board report, Polytechnic School was named a world leader in student participation and performance on Advanced Placement exams. Furthermore, the report also named Polytechnic as the top small school in the world for having the largest part of its students achieve a 3 or above on the AP Calculus AB examination in both 2004 and 2005.[1] In 2007, Polytechnic School was ranked 4th in the world by The Wall Street Journal in success rate in sending students to Harvard University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Williams College, Pomona College, Swarthmore College, the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins University, higher than many older, better known east coast prep schools such as Exeter and Andover.[2] In the 2011-12 class, 47% of class were National Merit Finalists & Commended students and 92% of students were accepted to 'highly-selective' top tier universities (institutions with an admit rate of 30% or lower). In the September 2008 issue, Los Angeles Magazine listed Pasadena Poly among the best high schools in Los Angeles. Poly was praised for its “national reputation for producing scholars, artists and athletes.” Furthermore, in the September 2014 issue of Los Angeles Magazine Poly was ranked #2 out of 75 Los Angeles High Schools that bring out the best in students.[3]

Campus[edit]

Polytechnic School covers 15 acres and is divided by Cornell Road into two campuses, north (Lower and Middle School) and south (Upper School), and is adjacent to the Caltech campus. Most of the North Campus buildings were designed by Myron Hunt, who also designed the Rose Bowl and The Huntington, and Elmer Gray, who designed the Beverly Hills Hotel and the Pasadena Playhouse. The Cornett Mansion, designed in 1907, in the south campus serves as the administration building and houses several classrooms for the Upper School. Facilities include a Lower and Middle School Library, Upper School Library, Pool, Boys and Girls Gyms, athletic field, Garland Performing Arts Center, and historic as well as newly constructed classrooms.

Athletics[edit]

Poly’s Athletic Department currently offers 25 Varsity sports in the three seasons of play and is a member of the Prep League. Poly has been competing in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) since 1962 and has a historical tradition of excellence in its athletic programs enhanced by the combination of outstanding facilities and a dedicated coaching staff.

The CIF Southern Section has recognized Poly for its commitment to sportsmanship and awarded Poly the CIF Southern Section Jim Staunton Champions of Character Award in 2012. Poly was named the ESPN Rise California/Cal-Hi Sport’s Division 5 School of the Year in 2011.

CIF Team Championships (33)

Football (2) - 1999, 2002

Baseball (1) - 2011

Boys Basketball (4) - 1978, 1979, 1984, 1995

Girls Basketball (2) - 1992, 2011

Girls Cross Country (2) - 1994, 1997

Boys Soccer (1) - 2000

Girls Soccer (8) - 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2013*

Boys Tennis (3) - 1989, 1991, 1992

Girls Tennis (5) - 1992, 1993, 1994, 1997, 2014

Girls Track & Field (2) - 1999, 2001

Girls Volleyball (2) - 1997, 1998

Boys Water Polo (1) - 2012

*CIF-State Southern California Regional Championship

CIF Individual Championships (59)

Boys Cross Country (2*)

Girls Cross Country (1)

Boys Swimming & Diving (21**)

Girls Swimming & Diving (19**)

Boys Track & Field (1)

Girls Track & Field (15)

*CIF-SS & CIF-State Championships
**CIF-SS & CIF-Masters Championships

The “Mystic Niblick”

The “Mystic Niblick” is a trophy awarded every spring to the Varsity boys golf team with the lowest overall scores between Poly and Flintridge Prep .

Notable alumni[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Advanced Placement: Report to the Nation" (PDF). The College Board. 2006-02-22. p. 20. Retrieved 2008-09-18. Exemplary AP Calculus AB Programs These schools lead the world in helping the widest segment of their total school population achieve an exam grade of 3 or higher in AP Calculus AB:Small-size school (<300 students in grades 10–12): Polytechnic School (Pasadena, CA) ... Teacher of Foundation Course: Laurianne Williams 
  2. ^ Gamerman, Ellen; Juliet Chung, SungHa Park and Candace Jackson (2007-11-30). "How the Schools Stack Up (revised 12-28)". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 2008-01-16. Weekend Journal looked at the freshman classes at eight top colleges -- Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Williams, Pomona, Swarthmore, the University of Chicago and Johns Hopkins -- and compiled a list of the students' high-school alma maters. The survey ranked the high schools based on the number of students sent to those eight colleges, divided by the high school's number of graduates in 2007, limiting the scope to schools that had senior classes of at least 50... 
  3. ^ http://www.lamag.com/best-high-schools/75-los-angeles-county-high-schools-public-private-bring-best-students/
  4. ^ Pasadena Star News, 10-24-2013 Retrieved 25 October 2013
  5. ^ "Sunday Morning - John Battelle's Searchblog". 11 May 2008. Retrieved 30 May 2011. 
  6. ^ a b Bates, Colleen Dunn; Jill Alison Ganon; Sandy Gillis (2006). Hometown Pasadena: The Insider's Guide (1st ed ed.). Pasadena, California: Prospect Park Books. p. 93. ISBN 9780975393918. OCLC 76881557. Retrieved 2008-03-09. 
  7. ^ "Polytechnic Elementary School Catalogue, 1907-1908." Available in Polytechnic School Archives.
  8. ^ UCLA Bruins Athletic Site

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