Glendale High School (Glendale, California)
|Glendale High School, (GHS)|
|Color(s)||Red and black|
Glendale Union High School in 1902, it was known as the "Cheesebox" due to its distinctive yellow colour.
The first classes were held at the Glendale Hotel. The first principal was Mr. Llewellyn Evans and the school consisted of 2 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 as the years progressed and the school moved several times, first in 1907 to Harvard Street and then later in 1914 to Maryland Street.
Again, 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 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.
The Class of 1960 was Glendale's largest class, 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 centennial, by this point, the student population was 3,500 and there were over 100 teachers.
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, Ms. Katherine Fundukian replaced Mr. LeRoy Sherman and Mrs. 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, 8 students from Glendale High school represented the United States at the Junior G8 summit in St. Petersburg Russia, where they discussed world issues and met with the leaders of the G8 nations.
Its math department received the highest average AP scores in the nation in 2012.
Since 1999, under the direction of Kelly Palmer, the dance/drill team program has brought home over 60 National Championship titles. The GHS 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 50+ dancers, 10 coaches, and 1 director.
History of the dance team's USA National Titles:
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
USA Nationals Drill Down Wins: 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014
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 football program, and the Nitros in for all other sports.
Fall Season (September–November)
Winter Season (December–February)
Spring Season (March–May)
- Boys Track and Field
- Girls Track and Field
- Boys Swimming
- Girls Swimming
- Boys Tennis
- Boys Volleyball
- Boys Lacrosse
- Girls Lacrosse
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, during a time of heightened interest in Public Speaking in Southern California, it has continued through the years, demonstrating to the Community the pride students have in the school. The event is judged by a combination of alumni, community members, and members of the military. As of 2014, there have only been three classes to ever win all 4 categories; the classes of 2010, 2012, and 2014.
Newspaper and Yearbook
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.
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 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
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, 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.
Statistics for 2007–2008 School Year 
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- Ai – Japanese/American R&B musician
- Frankie Albert – 3-time All-American quarterback at Stanford, member College Football Hall of Fame
- Damon Bame, 2-time All-American linebacker at USC
- Duane Bickett – CIF Player of the Year in basketball; All-American linebacker at USC, 12 seasons in NFL
- Mary Costa – actress and Disney legend
- Vic Dana – Top 40 singer and popular vocalist of the 1960s
- Emilio Delgado – actor, Luis from Sesame Street
- Marian Cleeves Diamond - Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Neuroanatomy at University of California, Berkeley, taught at UCB for over 50 years; one of the founders of modern Neuroscience; received Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education
- Bob Dillinger – .306 career batting average in MLB; led American League 1948 in hits with 207
- Yvonne Lime Fedderson (Class of 1953) - actress, philanthropist
- Afshin Ghotbi – head coach of the Iran national football team
- Leland H. Hartwell - co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
- Babe Herman – 13-year Major League Baseball career, .324 lifetime batting average
- George Lindsey - architect who designed the original Broadway/Verdugo "clock tower" campus
- Gene Mako – tennis player, 1937 and 1938 Wimbledon doubles champion
- Daron Malakian – guitarist, vocalist System of a Down and Scars on Broadway
- Bob Reinhard – AAFC and NFL player
- Ted Schroeder – 1949 Wimbledon singles tennis champion
- Bob Siebenberg – drummer in Supertramp
- Guinn Smith - 1948 Olympic gold medalist in pole vault
- Dwight Stones – 3-time Olympic high jumper ('72, '76. '84), 10-time world record holder (7'8" best)
- Madeleine Stowe – actress, star of films and TV series Revenge
- John Wayne – Academy Award-winning actor, director and Hollywood legend
- Bob Wian – founder of the Bob's Big Boy chain of restaurants
- Ralph Winter – film producer (X-Men trilogy, Fantastic Four 1 & 2)
- Frank Wykoff – world record sprinter, 3-time Olympic gold medalist (1928, 1932, 1936)
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