Westmont High School (California)

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Westmont High School
Westmont High School billboard.jpg
Address
4805 Westmont Avenue
Campbell, California, 95008
United States
Coordinates 37°16′17″N 121°59′06″W / 37.2714°N 121.9851°W / 37.2714; -121.9851Coordinates: 37°16′17″N 121°59′06″W / 37.2714°N 121.9851°W / 37.2714; -121.9851
Information
Established 1964
Dean Terry Flora, Jason Miller
Principal Abra Evanoff
Vice principal Ann Mekis
Enrollment 1600
Color(s) Scarlet (Red), White and Black             
Mascot Warriors
Newspaper The Shield
Website

Westmont High School is located in Campbell, California, United States and is part of the Campbell Union High School District. First opened in the fall of 1964, Westmont drew students initially from both Blackford and Campbell High Schools. The school retains many academic achievements including the 1996 California Distinguished School and 1997 National Blue Ribbon School. The student body is approximately 1600 students. As of fall 2013, the school principal is Abra Motta. (Westmont's first principal was C. Warren Conrad.)

The school is also home to one of the few enduring Future Farmers of America programs left in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Campbell FFA. The Westmont Agriculture Department maintains a year-round facility that includes a dedicated classroom, lab, and workshop along with a live stock barn, animals pens, and exercise yard as well as an agriculture program area and green house.

The school is also home to one of five new Theater buildings built in the Campbell Union High School District. The first show in the new building was The Giver. The latest main-stage show was 9-5 in the spring of 2013. Westmontdrama.com

The school sits at the Northwest corner of the 1839 Alta California land grant, Rancho Rinconada de Los Gatos. San Tomas Aquino Creek wraps around the northern edge of the school and formed the land grant's boundary.

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable alumni at Westmont High School include:

  • Douglas Edmund Capilla, a Major League Baseball player
  • Dan Gagliasso, class of 1970, An award winning documentary film maker and screenwriter with credits as a director, producer or writer on numerous History Channel and Discovery Channel shows such as Law Enforcement Snipers, The Black Sheep Squadron, Comanche Warriors, The Battle of New Orleans, The O.K. Corral Gunfight and The Donner Party. A member of the Director’s Guild of America since 2002
  • Jeff Jones, Class of 1997 , Drafted/signed by the St Louis Cardinals
  • Gregory Zaragoza, (1972) An actor and practicing lawyer and is married with 2 daughters and a son.Gregory has performed on Broadway, film and television with credits in Last of the Mohicans, Law & Order and Annie Get Your Gun. You can see his and his children's acting credits on IMDB.com and IBDB.com.
  • Brett Dalton, plays Grant Ward in ABC's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D
  • Debbie Wolfson, Class of 1972, actress credits Doberman Gang
  • Helen (Voss) Medina, Class of 1981: United Country Western Dance Council's Overall World Grand Champion 1995 with partner Richard Kear.
  • Dan Gladden, Signed by the Giants, traded to Minnesota Twins.(Two World Series Championships) Class of 1974
  • Martin Ferrero, class of 66, actor. He played the ill fated lawyer in Jurassic Park also had recurring role on Miami Vice.
  • Steve Cisowski , Class of 1981, NFL Dallas Cowboys
  • Deepak Karandikar, Class of 1995, RVP Extraordinaire, Edmentum
  • Lars Frederiksen, geetarist/vocalist for the Punk bands Rancid and Lars Frederiksen and the Bastards (dropped out). This fact made it into his recorded version of the song "To Have and Have Not", which was originally written by guitarist Billy Bragg. His version includes the lyric "Dropped out of high school in Campbell, California/Got a guitar and I never looked back."
  • Andy Dinh, Class of 2010 (dropped out), Professional gamer known as Reginald. Competed with Team SoloMid in the Season 2 League of Legends World Championship series for a $2 million prize pool and reached the quarterfinals. Currently coach and owner Team SoloMid.

Publications[edit]

  • The Myriad: The school's yearly literary magazine. It was published once a year under the advisory of Mr. Josh Hancock until his resignation before the 2007–08 school year. The Myriad was filled with artwork, prose, and poetry submitted by the students at Westmont High School.
  • The Shield: the school newspaper.
  • Yearbook: Published yearly. Was originally called "The Poniard," a reference to the sword carried by the Warrior school mascot.

Historical Trivia[edit]

Westmont's "Fight Song" melody is a variation on the theme from the 1956 movie "Around The World In Eighty Days." It and the school hymn were both arranged by Westmont's first Band Director, Mr. Gary Kenyon, in 1964 before the school opened.

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