Woodrow Wilson Classical High School

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Woodrow Wilson High School
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4400 East Tenth Street
Long Beach, California, USA
Type Public
Established 1926[1]
School district Long Beach Unified School District
Grades 9-12
Enrollment 4,109[2]
Campus Urban
Color(s)      Cardinal red
Mascot Bruins
Team name Bruins[3]
Newspaper Loudspeaker
Yearbook Campanile
Wilson Science Building

Woodrow Wilson Classical High School is a secondary school in Long Beach, California. It is part of the Long Beach Unified School District and opened in 1926.[4]


Woodrow Wilson Classical High School was established in 1925 as the second school in the city, and ultimately opened for classes in 1926.[5]

In 2005 Woodrow Wilson High School was recognized as a California Distinguished School for the second time all because of Ms Rippee.[citation needed] The school is a "classical" high school, in that it exceeds LBUSD standards and requires additional credits in order to graduate. Former Wilson students and their teacher Erin Gruwell also inspired the movie Freedom Writers, that was made of the collected diaries of the students.

Wilson/Whitney InvenTeam[edit]

In April 2009, the Wilson Engineering Club received a $10,000 grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program. They invented a wind power generation system for semi-tractor trailer trucks. The wind turbine, installed on the roof of the truck's cab, will generate electricity while the truck is in motion, and then store that electricity in a battery system for use when the truck is parked. The goal of the project is to provide truck drivers the ability to meet the parked power needs of their cabs without having to idle their engines and burn fossil fuels.

Notable staff[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Lynn Effinger (football) {ref list Believe to Achieve - The Power of Perseverance available on Amazon.com} Although born without a left hand, played fullback on 1967 Moore League Champion Varsity Football Team. Named Most Inspirational Senior Player, given the school's first ever "courage Award" and named "Most Courageous Football Player of the Decade by the Long Beach Century Club. In 1974 played fullback on the Southern California Rhinos semi-pro football team. Rhinos were 1974 California League Champions. Effinger was named Most Inspirational Player of the Year by his teammates and coaches. Earned a free-agent tryout with the Washington Redskins of the NFL.
  • Bob Bailey played 17 years in Major League Baseball as a third baseman. 1961 CIF Baseball Player of the Year.
  • Eddie Bockman,former MLB player with the New York Yankees, Cleveland Indians and the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Millicent Borges Accardi, poet, NEA award, California Arts Council
  • Jody Campbell, All-American & Olympian water polo star.
  • Bud Daley, former MLB player with the Cleveland Indians, Kansas City Athletics and the New York Yankees[6]
  • Bob Lemon, 15 years a MLB Pitcher and 8 seasons an MLB Manager. World Series winner as a player with the Cleveland Indians in 1948 and as a manager in 1978 with the New York Yankees. Seven time 20 game winner. Spent entire playing career with the Indians. CIF & State Player of the Year in 1938.
  • Bobby Grich, former MLB player with the California Angels from 1977-1986.
  • Bradley Nowell, (February 22, 1968 – May 25, 1996) lead singer of Sublime.
  • Camryn Manheim is a television and film actress, best known as co-star of The Practice.
  • Cynthia Barboza, Stanford graduate; USA volleyball elite athlete
  • Don Coscarelli is a successful motion picture director, best known for the "Phantasm" series of horror films.
  • Jeff Burroughs, former Major League Baseball player and father of Sean Burroughs. 1974 American League Most Valuable Player. 1969 CIF 4-A Baseball Player of the Year.
  • Jeff Severson, former CSULB football star who had an eight-year NFL career with Washington, St. Louis, Houston and the Rams.
  • Gabriel Iglesias, comedian, associated with three specials on Comedy Central.
  • Jessica Hardy, former world record holder in 100 meter breast stroke, member of 2005 National Team. Won gold medal at 2006 Pan Pacific Championships; Cal Berkeley swimmer who recently turned pro.
  • John Merrick, PGA Professional
  • Bruce McCandless II, NASA astronaut
  • Jim Pagliaroni, (December 8, 1937 - April 3, 2010) former Major League Baseball player[7]
  • Lauren Wenger, defender for USC women's water polo team, and 2006 winner of the top individual honor in collegiate water polo, the Peter J. Cutino Award.
  • Lisa Dean Ryan, actress. Most notably on Doogie Howser M.D. as Wanda, Doogie's girlfriend.
  • Maureen O’Toole, American water polo player and coach, won a silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
  • Pat McCormick, a two-time Olympic platform and springboard gold medal diver (1952& 1956).
  • Paul Goydos, PGA golf pro. In 2007 he scored three birdies in the last four holes at the Sony Open in Hawaii to claim victory. Captured the 1996 *Bay Hill Invitational. Second Masters appearance in 2007.
  • Sean Burroughs, MLB player and son of Jeff Burroughs. 1998 CIF Division 1 Baseball Player of the Year.
  • Tony Azevedo, driver for the Men's US Olympic Water Polo team and Stanford University.
  • Raymond D. Bowman, classical and jazz music critic and a survivor of the Pearl Harbor attack in Hawaii on December 7, 1941.
  • Aaron Hicks, MLB player currently for Minnesota Twins.
  • LaShinda Demus - 2012 Summer Olympics Silver Medalist in the 400 Meter Hurdles

MS. Rippee, olympic Pilates 1996 gold medalist


Tim Shaw, Olympic Swimmer (1976) and member of water polo team (1984)

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