Whittier Union High School District

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  • Whittier Union Celebrates Grand Opening of Dick Torres Memorial Stadium

    The Whittier Union High School District unveiled its spectacular 7,000-seat football stadium at Pioneer High School – among the largest high school stadiums in the San Gabriel Valley – to the community during a grand opening ceremony on May 28. The $17.5 million facility, built with proceeds from the $75 million Measure W facilities bond, was dedicated as the Dick Torres Memorial Stadium in honor of Richard (Dick) Torres, who died in 2010 after serving more than 30 years as an educational leader and inspiration to Whittier Union students.

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  • Whittier Union Students Explore Challenges of Running a City through Collaborative Governance Program

    More than two dozen California High School seniors completed the first-ever Whittier Students in Government (WSIG) program, a collaboration between the Whittier Union High School District and the City of Whittier to provide students with a real-world look at the challenges and rewards of running a city. The 25 Advanced Placement government students – who were elected to serve in roles paralleling those of mayor, mayor pro-tem, council member, city manager and administrative staff – were recognized at a Whittier City Council meeting.

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  • La Serna Pilots Peer-to-Peer Mental Health Referral Program

    La Serna High School student leaders in May challenged more than 550 classmates to “Shatter the Stigma” associated with mental health through the debut of a “Notice, Talk, Act” program initiative, which encourages students to actively support friends who may struggle with mental illness. As part of La Serna’s “Mental Health Awareness Day,” students produced and screened a video encouraging their peers to use the “Notice, Talk, Act” approach to reach out to friends in need and hosted presentations outlining the benefits of seeking professional counseling.

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  • Whittier High Freshman Organizes School’s First Mud Run Promoting Healthy, Active Living

    Whittier High School freshman Analaura Amezquita is the top ranked student in her class and is the only ninth-grader taking two Advanced Placement classes and honors courses, maintaining an impressive 4.5 GPA while participating in numerous campus clubs. But when she isn’t busy tackling the challenges of academic rigor, Analaura, 15, devotes her time to one of her other passions: spearheading health and wellness advocacy projects throughout her community, recently organizing the school's first mud run.

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  • Pioneer High Student-Athletes Make Titan History

    Two members of the Titans’ softball team are making history as the first Pioneer High School athletes to formally commit to play in college athletic programs upon graduation. Catcher Evonne Torres will attend Manhattanville College (Division III). Shortstop Amanda Fitzgerald will attend California State University, San Bernardino (Division II). Torres and Fitzgerald describe the Titan softball team as “family” and say softball has taught them to be driven, committed leaders who have gained the skills that will help them achieve in college.

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  • Whittier Union Schools Awarded Prestigious California Gold Ribbons

    All five of the Whittier Union High School District’s comprehensive high schools on May 5 were named California Gold Ribbon Schools – the state’s highest award for academic excellence. Gold Ribbons were awarded to California, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools; the latter three received an additional award for being Title I Academic Achieving Schools that demonstrate success in meeting the educational needs of all students.

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  • Pioneer High Honors 50-Year Dance/Drill Team Instructor Marilynn Littlefield

    Marilynn Littlefield, who has been at the helm of Pioneer High School’s award- and championship-winning Dance/Drill Team for 50 years, was honored for her dedicated service during a reunion and tribute jubilee on Saturday, May 2. The festive event reunited Littlefield with Dance/Drill Team students she has coached over the last five decades – as many as 3,000.

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  • Cal High Senior Named Gates Millennium Scholar

    California High School senior Ivan Delatorre is one of a select 1,000 students from across the nation to be named a Gates Millennium Scholar. Delatorre, who holds a 4.3 GPA and is ranked seven in a class of 720 at the Whittier Union school, was chosen from among tens of thousands of applicants for the Millennium Scholar Program. He will use the scholarship to pursue a degree in accounting at UCLA.

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