As an athlete, scholar and student leader, California High School graduate Richard Bardales is considered an All-American Cal High Condor by faculty and friends.
Ranked 25th in his senior class, Bardales took full advantage of the many scholastic and athletic opportunities available to him at California High School. A top student in the school’s Business Academy, he took a rigorous course load that included core academics and electives that provided business training.
As an athlete, Bardales played men’s volleyball, joined the track team, played varsity basketball for three years, and football for all four years – joining the varsity team his junior year.
Bardales also served on the Associated Student Body (ASB). He was appointed as Male Athletic Representative his senior year by ASB advisors.
“Richard was not only a very humble student, but also a very charismatic and respectful student-leader,” said Richard Rodriguez, Assistant Principal of Business and Activities at Cal High. “He communicated very effectively, never had a problem ‘putting the team on his back’ as he would say, and always had a very positive demeanor. We are extremely proud of him here, and look forward to his many accomplishments to come.”
Now as Bardales prepares to enter UCLA in the fall, he says the education he received as a member of Cal High’s Business Academy has prepared him well for the challenges of college.
“I made the decision to apply for the Business Academy because learning about business seems to be very practical – it applies to many things in life,” said Bardales. “The Academy not only helped me satisfy all the high school course requirements for college admission, but also helped me develop my computer, accounting, and basic business skills. I learned a lot in a very amazing program.”
Bardales said he is leaving Cal High with fond memories and a deep appreciation for his school, friends, and experiences there.