Glendale High School (Glendale, California)

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Glendale High School, (GHS)
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1440 E. Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205
Glendale, California
United States
Coordinates 34°08′45″N 118°13′59″W / 34.14589°N 118.23292°W / 34.14589; -118.23292Coordinates: 34°08′45″N 118°13′59″W / 34.14589°N 118.23292°W / 34.14589; -118.23292
Type Public
Established September 1901
School district Glendale Unified School District
Principal Benjamin Wolf
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,100
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Red and Black
Athletics conference CIF Southern Section Pacific League
Mascot Dynamiters/Nitros
Rival Hoover High School - Glendale, CA
Yearbook The Stylus
Glendale Union High School in 1902, known then as the "Cheesebox" because of its distinctive yellow color.

Glendale High School is a high school located at 1440 Broadway Avenue in Glendale, California, USA. 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 had of two 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 and the school moved several times, in 1907 to Harvard Street and in 1914 to Maryland Street.

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 the 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, 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 centenary. The student population was then 3,500 and there were over 100 teachers.[2]

In 2001, the Glendale High School Visual and Performing Arts Program (VAPA) was awarded the BRAVO Award for excellence in arts education by the Los Angeles County Music Center. In 2003, the program won another award, the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Glendale High School was the only public high school to be awarded this honor.

On July 1, 2005, Katherine Fundukian replaced LeRoy Sherman and 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, eight students from Glendale High school represented the United States at the Junior G8 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where they discussed world issues and met with the leaders of the G8 nations.

Its mathematics department received the highest average AP scores in the United States in 2012.

Dance/drill team[edit]

Since 1999, under the direction of Kelly Palmer, the dance/drill team program has won over 50 National Championship titles. The GHS JV and Varsity dance/drill team competes annually at the United Spirit Association Nationals competition. This is held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The GHS dance/drill team consists of more than 80 dancers with ten coaches and a director.

List of USA National Championship titles since 1999:

1999: Co-Ed Dance
2000: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male
2001: Co-Ed Dance, Small All Male, Large All Male, Championship Small Military
2002: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Championship Small Military, Open Small Lyrical
2003: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Open Medium Military
2004: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military
2005: Co-Ed Dance, Pom, Championship Small Military
2006: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male
2007: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Championship Large Military, Open Large Military
2008: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Open Medium Military
2009: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Open Large Military, Championship Large Hip-Hop
2010: Open Small Military
2011: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Championship Large Military, Open Large Military
2012: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Championship Large Military, Open Small Military, Open Large Military
2013: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Large Military, Championship Large Hip-Hop
2014: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Championship Small Military, Championship Large Military, Large Dance/Drill, Open Small Military
2015: Co-Ed Dance, Large Dance/Drill, Championship Small Military
2016: Co-Ed Dance, Large Dance/Drill, Small Dance/Drill

USA Nationals Drill Down Wins: 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

Number of Co-Ed Dance National Championships: 17 - 1999-2009,2011-2016[3]


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 American football program and the Nitros in for all other sports.

The large weights and sizes of the players in the 1924-1925 American football team, with all of the starting 11 players weighing 170 pounds or more and with almost all of them six or more feet tall, made them, in the words of the authors of Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne, "a high school phenomenon".[4] It was directed by coach Normal C. Hayhurst, with University of Southern California student Vic Francy served as one of the assistants. During that year, the first team to score against them did so in one of the postseason semifinal games.[4]

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, at a time of heightened interest in public speaking in Southern California. It has continued through the years, demonstrating to the community the pride that students have in the school. The event is judged by a combination of alumni, community members and members of the military. As of 2014, only four classes have ever won all four categories, the classes of 1999, 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 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 and 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:

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
2015 - Garrett Fritz
2016 - Andrew Nazarians
2017 - Claire Yanai



Statistics for 2007–2008 School Year [6]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Glendale High School website: History. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  2. ^ 2001CRE807B GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – | Google Groups. Retrieved November 26, 2010.
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  4. ^ a b Shepherd, Donald, Robert Slatzer, and Dave Grayson. Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne. Citadel Press, 2002. ISBN 0806523409, 9780806523408. p. 49.
  5. ^ Glendale High School website: Pat Navolanic Memorial Award Winners. Retrieved 10 March 2016.
  6. ^ Enrollment by Grade, Gender, and Ethnic Designation – DataQuest (CA Dept of Education)[permanent dead link]. (2008-10-15). Retrieved November 26, 2010.
  7. ^ Robert Michael Poole (September 12, 2008). "She, herself and AI". Japan Times. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ Paulson, Tom (October 8, 2001). "It's Now Dr. Hartwell, Nobel Laureate". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 

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