More than 3,000 students from Whittier Union High School District’s five comprehensive high schools, two alternative high schools, adult school and transition program will cap their high school careers with commencement ceremonies from May 31 to June 2. Please click the link for ceremony schedules.
The Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees has appointed three veteran District educators as principals of Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools. Pioneer High’s new principal will be Lilia Bozigian, who serves as the school’s assistant principal of guidance and counseling. Santa Fe High will be led by Craig Campbell, the school’s assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. Whittier High will be helmed by Timothy Liggett, now the assistant principal of curriculum and instruction. All roles will go into effect July 1.
Academy Award-winning filmmaker and Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter recently returned to his old stomping grounds to be inducted into the Whittier High School Alumni Hall of Fame on April 17. Lasseter, who graduated in 1975, was among five alums to receive the honor during the Whittier High School Alumni Association and Educational Foundation’s 17th annual Hall of Fame dinner held in the school’s library. Additionally, $13,000 in scholarships were awarded to 12 seniors.
It takes some professional ballerinas a lifetime to gain recognition for their technical wizardry and skill, artistic musicality and grace, and unrivaled passion for their dance. For Whittier High School student Madeline Czekaj, it has taken just one year. In January, Czekaj, 15, competed against more than 180 dancers to tie third place in the San Diego Youth America Grand Prix (YAGP) classical senior division, qualifying her for the YAGP finals in New York City April 22-29 and the opportunity to win a scholarship to one of the world’s 30 leading dance academies.
Whittier High School Principal Lori Eshilian, who has helmed the Cardinal campus for almost eight years, and Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Rich Russell, who has been with the District for 22 years, will retire from their posts in June.
Pioneer High School Principal Monica Oviedo and Santa Fe High School Principal Kevin Jamero will help lead the District as assistant superintendents in the wake of Superintendent Sandra Thorstenson’s impending retirement and the selection of Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Martin Plourde as her successor.
The Whittier Union High School District will name a new 7,000-seat District football stadium under construction at California High School the “Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium” in honor of Superintendent Thorstenson, who is retiring in June after 39 years with the District.
More than 300 female students from Whittier Union’s seven high schools packed into Rio Hondo College’s Wray Theater for the 21st annual Women’s Conference, an event aimed to inspire participants through a series of workshops that provided resources and helped strengthen young women’s wellness in mind and body.
7:00 AM - 12:30 PM F Bell Schedule Finals Periods 0/3/6 lower classmen
8:10 AM - 3:00 PM Senior Finals Periods 3,6
12:30 PM - 3:30 PM Graves Middle School Graduation
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM Sierra Vista/Adult School Graduation Staging
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sierra Vista/Adult School Graduation
7:00 AM - 12:30 PM F Bell Schedule Finals Periods 0/1/5 lower classmen
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM Marching Band & Cardinal Brigade Registration
8:00 AM - 12:30 PM F Bell Schedule Finals Periods 2/4 lower classmen