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To prepare students for a future in technology and innovation, the Whittier Union High School District this year is launching a host of new courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields at its comprehensive high schools, with topics ranging from crime scene investigation to video game graphics and design.
A crowd of Whittier High School art students and their families erupted in cheers on Aug. 5 as they unveiled murals depicting the history of the community and school, a montage of vivid images that celebrate civil rights advocacy, football heroes, Vietnam War protests, technology advances and the school’s iconic Cardinal mascot.
In an effort to eliminate any first-day jitters before the official start of school on Aug. 17, each comprehensive high school welcomed freshmen with opening pep rallies with colorful balloons, spirited music and displays of Condor, Lancer, Titan, Chieftain and Cardinal pride as part of Freshman First Day.
Hundreds of Whittier community members on Aug. 12 converged on the California High School campus to celebrate the dedication and grand opening of Whittier Union’s second 7,000-seat District stadium – this one named in honor of visionary educational leader and former superintendent, Sandra Thorstenson.
To ensure that special education students receive high-quality services closer to home, Whittier Union this summer launched the PRIDE Santa Fe program, which will offer specialized instruction to students with emotional challenges who would otherwise have to attend private facilities.
Whittier High School graduating senior Dylan Carranza is the first Cardinal in the school’s recent history to be accepted to the one of the world’s top universities, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which invited only 1,485 students from 49 states and 65 countries to join its Class of 2020. Carranza – one of six Whittier High valedictorians this year – will explore his passions in science, math and technology at the prestigious research university on a full-ride scholarship worth about $66,000 a year.
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.
7:00 AM - 2:00 PM Band Glen A Wilson Field Tournament
7:30 AM - 4:00 PM ROP Administration of Justice Class
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM Saturday School
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM Volleyball G F/S @ Gabrielino Varsity Tourney (A)
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM Biola Women's Basketball Practice
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM CCA Water Polo Tournament