Montclair College Preparatory School
|Montclair College Preparatory School|
8071 Sepulveda Blvd
|Motto||Things Worth Having Are Most Difficult To Obtain|
|Closed||July 15, 2012|
|Color(s)||Blue and White |
Montclair College Preparatory School, also commonly known as "Montclair Prep," was a school located in Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, near Panorama City. The school taught grades 6 through 12, and later 9-12 only.
Founded in 1956, by the late Vernon E. Simpson, Montclair College Preparatory School was one of the oldest private, co-educational, independent, secondary schools in the San Fernando Valley. A rigorous, traditional college preparatory education was offered to students in grades six through twelve.
The school was governed by a board of directors which set the overall direction of the school. Montclair Prep maintained faculty academic advisement and standards committees that worked with the administration to maintain the highest caliber of academics and to provide a small group of social, athletic, and cultural extracurricular activities for its students.
In May 2011, Gazi Kabir, a social studies teacher, was arrested for having sex with a 15-year-old student on multiple occasions. He was previously accused of child annoyance in 2007, and his teaching certificate had been suspended for misconduct for two weeks by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
During the 2000s the school's American football team saw increasingly little participation, and switched to eight-man football. In July 2011, Montclair announced that it was dropping all athletic programs, as well as the middle school portion of the school. In addition, seventy percent of the faculty was laid off. In the summer of 2012, Montclair announced its closure effective July 15.
Publications by students include Junior Statesman of America, the school's yearbook; its middle school Montclairion newspaper; the Montclair Journal; Scientifically Speaking, a science-oriented publication; and Wings, the school's literary magazine.
Arts and entertainment
- Paul Thomas Anderson, film director, screenwriter and producer
- Danny Bonaduce, entertainer, radio DJ
- Rob Cavallo, Emmy winning record producer, executive
- Cher, entertainer
- Eddie Cibrian, actor
- Stephen Dorff, entertainer
- Angel Faith, singer
- Curtis Hanson, film director, screenwriter
- Hayley Hasselhoff, entertainer
- Michael Jackson, entertainer
- Michael Kuluva, entertainer and designer
- Daren Kagasoff, actor
- Sara Paxton, entertainer
- Danny Pintauro, entertainer
- Eve Plumb, entertainer
- Tony Pro, artist
- Nicole Richie, socialite and entertainer
- Frank Sinatra, Jr., entertainer
- Randy Spelling, actor
- Sage Stallone (1976–2012), entertainer
- Eliel Swinton, actor Varsity Blues (1999)
- Ashley Tesoro, actress, model, singer
- Robin Thicke, entertainer
- Max Fried (born 1994), baseball pitcher for the Atlanta Braves
- Brad Fullmer, professional baseball player
- Torey Lovullo, professional baseball player and coach
- Eshaya Murphy, professional basketball player
- Russ Ortiz, professional baseball player
- Eliel Swinton, professional football player
- Kevin Bentley, professional football player
- Toi Cook (born 1964), professional football player
- Frank Charles, professional baseball player
- Fast Facts
- School website
- "Fast Facts." Montclair College Preparatory School. Retrieved on September 1, 2011. "School Address: 8071 Sepulveda Blvd., Van Nuys, CA 91402"
- Lin, C.J. "Valley private school options dwindling." August 17, 2011. Retrieved on August 31, 2011.
- Granda, Carlos. "Montclair Prep teacher arrested for sex w/teen". KABC-TV. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- Romero, Dennis (May 9, 2011). "Gazi Kabir, Van Nuys Prep School Teacher, Arrested, Allegedly Had Sex With 15-Year-Old Female Student". LA Weekly. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- Blankstein, Andrew (May 5, 2011). "Montclair College Prep teacher arrested in sexual relationship with student". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2011.
- Richardson, John H. (September 22, 2008). "The Secret History of Paul Thomas Anderson". Esquire. Retrieved July 5, 2010.
- "Brad Fullmer Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- "Russ Ortiz Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved December 21, 2012.