Marshall Fundamental Secondary School
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|Marshall Fundamental Secondary School|
|990 North Allen Avenue, Pasadena, California|
|Motto||Pride, Excellence, and Justice|
|Grades||6 to 12|
|Color(s)||Red, White, and Blue|
Named after United States Supreme Court Justice John Marshall, ground was broken for construction in 1924, with completion of the main building in 1925. Several expansions occurred in the following decades; in the 1930s (North Building), 1960s (Cafeteria), 1970s (Bungalows - demolished in 2015), 2000s (Science Building) and 2010s (Gymnasium). Marshall was a Junior High School for nearly fifty years, from its opening until the 1973-1974 school year, when it became a Fundamental School (K-12). In 1976, grades K-6 were moved to other campuses (Longfellow, Washington), but the sixth grade level was reinstated during the 1985-1986 year.
Marshall has the following Advanced Placement courses.
- English Language
- English Literature
- Calculus AB
- Calculus BC
- Environmental Science
- Physics C (August 2013)
- Human Geography
- World History
- US History
- US Government
- Spanish Language
- Spanish Literature
- Music Theory
- Studio Art 2D, 3D, and Drawing
Marshall Fundamental offers many extracurricular activities such as various clubs, sports, and music programs.
Music courses that are offered consist of orchestra, band, and choir. Each type of music course can be taken in a beginning, intermediate, or advanced class. The award-winning Marshall Fundamental Marching Band is regarded as the best music program in the Pasadena Unified School District. It has most recently won 3rd place at state championships for its division.
Some of the various clubs offered are the National Honors Society, Unidos, Key Club, Yearbook, Journalism, and Art Club. Students also have the opportunity to create their own club if approved by the Associated Student Body.
The teams are named "Marshall Eagles" and their uniforms display White, Blue, and Red. Some teams have different colors for away games.
The sports at Marshall include:
- Cross Country
- Girls Tennis
- Girls' Volleyball
- Girls' Soccer
- Boys' Soccer
- Girls' Basketball
- Boys' Basketball
- Track and Field
- Boys' Tennis
- Marching Band
Jay Mathews, an educator and education reporter for the Washington Post, listed Marshall Fundamental as the 130th best High School as of 2007, chiefly due to its vast number of underprivileged students, high graduation rate, and 70% free and reduced lunch program. This was enough to be singled out for the cover of Newsweek, and was featured exclusively as one of America's best schools. Marshall was first posted in 2003 as 119th, but fell in the following years to 255 in 2005, and 286 in 2006. It saw a jump in the last school year[when?], rising 156 places, back into the top 10%.
- Paul Rodriguez Jr., comedian
- Jaleel White, actor, Family Matters
- Edward Van Halen, musician, Van Halen (Junior High only)
- Alex Van Halen, musician, Van Halen (Junior High only)
- Tamala Jones, actress, CastleR