Herbert Hoover High School (Glendale)

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Herbert Hoover High School
651 Glenwood Rd., Glendale, CA 91202
Coordinates34°09′57″N 118°16′14″W / 34.165791°N 118.270510°W / 34.165791; -118.270510Coordinates: 34°09′57″N 118°16′14″W / 34.165791°N 118.270510°W / 34.165791; -118.270510
School districtGlendale Unified School District
PrincipalDr. Jennifer Earl
Enrollment1,640 (2015-16)[1]
Color(s)          Purple and White
Athletics conferenceCIF Southern Section Pacific League

Herbert Hoover High School is a public high school in Glendale, California, USA. The school's colors are purple and white.

The school is named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States and is located on an 18.6 acres (75,000 m2) campus.[2]

Hoover High School is part of a neighborhood cluster that includes Mark Keppel Elementary School and Eleanor J. Toll Middle School. Today Hoover High School has approximately 2,097 students which include a wide range of socio-economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds.


The school's original campus, on Glenwood Road, opened in 1929. Named after Herbert Hoover,[3] the school was built to serve the northern foothill area of Glendale, which had experienced a lot of development in the 1920s.[4] The first issue of the school yearbook, Scroll, included copies of letters written by Hoover and his wife, Lou. The school dedicated that issue to Hoover.[3]

The school has been the setting for several television programs and movies, most notably "Because They're Young", which was filmed at the campus during the summer recess in 1959.[5] The original campus, with the exception of the auditorium and physical education facilities, was demolished in 1966 being replaced by a new facility which was completed in 1969. In 1990, due to continual and anticipated growth in the number of students entering Hoover, a 33-classroom facility was built and completed in 1992.[2]

In 2001, Hoover High School met its school wide Academic Performance Index (API) and has received over $150,000 in Governor's Incentive Award money. For the past two years,[when?] 40% of the graduating seniors planned to attend a four-year college. Some 44.4% of graduating seniors meet the University of California A-G requirements. The Hoover staff is keenly focused on standards-based instruction and consistently uses data to chart and plan for improvement. Hoover High School offers 22 different Advanced Placement (AP) classes which span a wide variety of disciplines including history, English language and literature, science, foreign language, math, economics, art, psychology, and computer programming.

In 2010, Hoover High School met its school wide API target with an overall API of 772; an eleven-point gain over 2009. Hoover's API has grown 158 points in the last 10 years. Hoover is determined to reach an API of 800 by 2013, the target for all schools in California. Fifty students earned recognition from the College Board as "AP Scholars". Another 15 earned the "AP Scholar with Honor" designation and 20 students earned the honor of "AP Scholar with Distinction." In 2013, Hoover started offering one AP class for 9th graders for human geography, being one of the first high schools to do so.


As of 2010, almost 80% of the students are of Armenian descent, and 25% were Hispanic and Latino. Glendale, California has the largest population of Armenians not in Armenia or Russia.[6]


In fall 2015 the school's automotive program was re-established with support from car dealerships on Brand Boulevard of Cars.[7]

Student discipline and culture[edit]

In 2010 Kevin Welsh, the outgoing principal, stated that there were frequent racial tensions between Armenian and Hispanic/Latino students.[6] In 2000 Jefferey Gettleman and Lee Condon of the Los Angeles Times reported that in the event of disputes between Armenians and Latinos, people take racial lines, and that the groups do not often socially mingle. According to Gettleman and Condon, recent graduates and current students of the school characterized it as "polarized" between Latinos and Armenians.[8] Tensions between Armenians and Latinos had occurred in other parts of the Los Angeles area.[6]

Two violent incidents involving Hoover students were a 1998 shooting of Avetis “Avo” Demirchyan, involving in a dispute between Armenians; and the 2000 stabbing of 12th grade student Raul Aguirre, who attempted to intervene between Armenian and Hispanic gangs but who was not a gang member himself. Both incidents did not occur on campus, but Welsh stated that they damaged the school's reputation.[6] The Aguirre incident was the first death related to Latino-Armenian tensions.[8]

On October 3, 2018, a large-scale fight broke out in the school's upper quad during lunch time, believed to have been caused by tensions between two or more groups of students. More than two dozen police officers were sent to the school, which was subsequently placed on lockdown.[9]


Hoover High School provides a wide variety of sports to students including boys' water polo (3rd place, 2008-2009 season and again 2009-2010 season and reached CIF division VI quarterfinals) and girls' water polo, boys' and girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer (2006-2007 league champions), boys' and girls' basketball, boys' American football (girls are also welcome), baseball, softball, track, cross country, golf, pep squad, swimming and wrestling.

The 1975 baseball team won the CIF 4A Championship defeating Lakewood High 2-1 at Dodger Stadium.

A significant aspect of the school's history is the long running cross-town rivalry with Glendale High School. "BGD" known as "Big Game Day" or "Beat Glendale Day" is the biggest social/athletic event of the school year. Even though every sport has its own "BGD" game, American football is the biggest of them all. On the day of the big football game, the school provides events such as "The Poster Drop", which is a competition for every grade (9-12) taking place on the Friday morning of the game, and spirit assemblies. The game usually takes place at Glendale High School because Hoover High School does not have a "proper" field.

The school's mascot, "The Tornadoes", was temporarily changed in the past to the "Wind Gusts" when a Kansas team whose town had just been ravaged by tornadoes came to visit.[citation needed]

Vic Francy, who had coached the Hoover track teams for 27 years, had previously assisted the 1924-1925 Glendale High School football team while he was a University of Southern California student.[10]

The school also includes a wrestling team. The number of participants declined in 2014, but coach Dave Beard stated that the students who remained were more committed.[11]

In 2015 the school marching band won its first California State Band Championship.[12]

Miscellaneous activities[edit]

Beta is a business academic program for which students must process an application if they are interested in the program. Those who are accepted are required to take at least five semesters of classes that include business technology, keyboarding, virtual enterprise and introduction to business.

Fine Arts Academy
Students are nominated to the Hoover High School Fine Arts Academy. Academy students are invited to take advanced classes at Hoover to create a fine arts emphasis in their degree program. Students must take three years of arts classes while enrolled at Hoover in order to be considered an Academy graduate. Of these three courses, at least two must be at Hoover. Along with the academic distinction that comes with being part of the Academy, students are eligible to participate in events at the Hoover Arts Gallery.

Jazz Ensemble
Students audition to play in the Hoover High School Studio Jazz Orchestra, the flagship performing group at Hoover. All instrumentalists are welcome. Trumpets, trombones, and saxophones participate as well as flutes, clarinets, violins, cellos and, at one point, a bassoon and a harp. Jazz students play a variety of music styles, including swing, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban, reggae, jazz-rock fusion, pop and jump-swing. The Studio Jazz Orchestra has received more major awards than any other comprehensive high school jazz group in the country.

Hoover Tornado Marching Band
The Hoover Tornado Marching Band (HTMB) was revived by Martin Rhees in 2009 where the program had ended during the 1950s due to financial issues. Ever since its revival, the band has performed at numerous events of football games to formal and paid events at hotels. HTMB is a competitive band that is currently in the California State Band Championships (CSBC) wire. Since 2012 the band was categorized as a 3A division band until 2017 where the band moved up to the 4A division due to size changes in the circuit. The band continues to compete every year during the Fall season representing themselves, their city, and school. To join the band, students do not need a musical background to be a part of an award-winning band.

Currently, HTMB are CSBC State Champions in the 3A division in 2015 and 2016 and 4A division champions in 2017. They have also won the bronze medal in the CSBC Grand Championships in 2015 and 2017 and have placed 4th in 2016 at Grand Championships. The HTMB percussion section continues to defend their title as the best percussion section in any division they are in since 2013 and they have won the title as the best percussion section in the entire circuit at Grand Championships in 2017.

Notable former students[edit]


  1. ^ "Herbert Hoover High". National Center for Education Statistics. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "History/Info / History and Info". www.hooverhs.org. Retrieved 2016-02-03.
  3. ^ a b Arroyo, Juliet M., Katherine Peters Yamada, and George Ellison. Glendale (Postcard history series). Arcadia Publishing, 2007. ISBN 0738547654, 9780738547657. p. 26.
  4. ^ Arroyo, Juliet M. Early Glendale (Images of America). Arcadia Publishing, 2005. ISBN 0738529907, 9780738529905. p. 104.
  5. ^ https://www.imdb.com/search/title?locations=Hoover%20High%20School%20-%20651%20Glenwood%20Road,%20Glendale,%20California,%20USA&ref_=tt_dt_dt
  6. ^ a b c d Aghajanian, Liana. "Culture Clash: Armenian and Hispanic Relations in the Past, Present and Future" (Archive). Ararat Quarterly. July 6, 2010. Retrieved on January 5, 2016.
  7. ^ Corrigan, Kelly. "Hoover High's auto program receives boost from Glendale dealerships." Glendale News-Press. December 17, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  8. ^ a b "Glendale Shaken by Slaying of Student." Los Angeles Times. May 7, 2000. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  9. ^ Nguyen, Andy (2018-10-03). "Student brawl at Hoover High brings Glendale police, school lockdown". latimes.com. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  10. ^ Shepherd, Donald, Robert Slatzer, and Dave Grayson. Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne. Citadel Press, 2002. ISBN 0806523409, 9780806523408. p. 49.
  11. ^ Campa, Andrew J. "Hoover High wrestling leaner, more focused this season." Los Angeles Times. December 5, 2014. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.
  12. ^ Corrigan, Kelly. "Hoover High Tornado Marching Band wins state championship." Glendale News-Press. November 27, 2015. Retrieved on January 18, 2016.

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