Glendale High School (Glendale, California)

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Glendale High School, (GHS)
Glendale, California
United States
Type Public
Established September 1901
Principal Monica Makiewicz
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 3,100
Campus Suburban
Color(s)           Red and black
Mascot Dynamiters/Nitros
Glendale Union High School in 1902, it was known as the "Cheesebox" due to its distinctive yellow colour.

Glendale High School is a high school located at 1440 Broadway Avenue in Glendale, California. 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 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.[1]

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.[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, 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.

Dance/Drill Team[edit]

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)[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, 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[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 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 [4]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Glendale High School: Located in Glendale, CA; a community of learners dedicated to excellence. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  2. ^ 2001CRE807B GLENDALE HIGH SCHOOL 100 YEAR ANNIVERSARY – | Google Groups. Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  3. ^ Pat Navolanic Memorial Award (Official Glendale High School Website). Retrieved on 2014-05-04.
  4. ^ Enrollment by Grade, Gender, and Ethnic Designation – DataQuest (CA Dept of Education). (2008-10-15). Retrieved on 2010-11-26.
  5. ^ "She, herself and AI". Robert Michael Poole. Japan Times. September 12, 2008. Retrieved August 17, 2012. 
  6. ^ Paulson, Tom (October 8, 2001). "It's Now Dr. Hartwell, Nobel Laureate". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 

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