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Glendale High School (Glendale, California)

1440 E Broadway, Glendale, CA 91205, USA

Glendale Unified School District

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Glendale High School is a high school located at 1440 Broadway Avenue in Glendale, California, USA. The school is the Flagship School of the Glendale Unified School District.



Glendale High School was founded as Glendale Union High School in 1901 by the residents of the villages of Glendale, La Crescenta, Burbank, Eagle Rock, Ivanhoe, Tropico and West Glendale.

The first classes were held at the Glendale Hotel. The first principal was Mr. Llewellyn Evans and the school had of two teachers and 29 students. The next year, a new school building was built at the corner of what is today Brand Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.

George Moyse was appointed principal and continued in his role for 35 years until 1937. The school continued to grow rapidly and the school moved several times, in 1907 to Harvard Street and in 1914 to Maryland Street.

The school continued to grow, as enrollment reached 800 in 1920 and 1,050 in 1921. It was decided then to move the Grade 10, 11 and 12 classes to a new campus at the corner of the present-day Broadway Avenue and Verdugo Road (Grade 9 students remained at the Maryland Street campus, and were later integrated into area Middle Schools). The school has remained in this location (1440 East Broadway, at the southeast corner of Verdugo) since 1924.

The Class of 1960 was Glendale's largest, with 903 graduates. The following year Crescenta Valley High School opened, taking a sizable portion of Glendale's students.

The school suffered extensive damage during spring break on March 22, 1964, when a student who was concerned about his grades set fire to the room in which he thought the grade information was stored. The fire quickly spread throughout the administration building and to adjacent buildings on the campus. The decision was made to reconstruct the campus, leaving the swimming pool, baseball field, tennis courts and football stadium as the only remnants of the old campus.

In 1966, Captain Max Schumacher, an aerial traffic reporter for local radio station KMPC, landed his helicopter on the football field during a school assembly and spoke about traffic safety. He was later killed in a crash with a police helicopter near Dodger Stadium.

In the early 1990s, the decision was made by the School Board to reintegrate ninth graders into the Glendale Unified School District high schools. As a result, the 'J' building was constructed in 1994–1995, opening in September 1995.

In 2001, Glendale High School celebrated its centenary. The student population was then 3,500 and there were over 100 teachers.

In 2001, the Glendale High School Visual and Performing Arts Program (VAPA) was awarded the BRAVO Award for excellence in arts education by the Los Angeles County Music Center. In 2003, the program won another award, the Creative Ticket National School of Distinction Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.. Glendale High School was the only public high school to be awarded this honor.

On July 1, 2005, Katherine Fundukian replaced LeRoy Sherman and Lou Stewart as co-principals, as part of a School District decision to move Glendale High School back to a "traditional" one-principal system from the two-principal system that had been in place.

In 2006, eight students from Glendale High school represented the United States at the Junior G8 summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, where they discussed world issues and met with the leaders of the G8 nations.

Its mathematics department received the highest average AP scores in the United States in 2012.

Dance/drill team

Since 1999, under the direction of Kelly Palmer, the dance/drill team program has won over 50 National Championship titles. The GHS JV and Varsity dance/drill team competes annually at the United Spirit Association Nationals competition. This is held at the Anaheim Convention Center. The GHS dance/drill team consists of more than 80 dancers with ten coaches and a director.

List of USA National Championship titles since 1999:

1999: Co-Ed Dance 2000: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male 2001: Co-Ed Dance, Small All Male, Large All Male, Championship Small Military 2002: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Championship Small Military, Open Small Lyrical 2003: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Open Medium Military 2004: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military 2005: Co-Ed Dance, Pom, Championship Small Military 2006: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male 2007: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Championship Large Military, Open Large Military 2008: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Open Medium Military 2009: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Open Large Military, Championship Large Hip-Hop 2010: Open Small Military 2011: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Championship Large Military, Open Large Military 2012: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Small Military, Championship Large Military, Open Small Military, Open Large Military 2013: Co-Ed Dance, Championship Large Military, Championship Large Hip-Hop 2014: Co-Ed Dance, Large All Male, Championship Small Military, Championship Large Military, Large Dance/Drill, Open Small Military 2015: Co-Ed Dance, Large Dance/Drill, Championship Small Military 2016: Co-Ed Dance, Large Dance/Drill, Small Dance/Drill

USA Nationals Drill Down Wins: 2001, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016

Number of Co-Ed Dance National Championships: 17 - 1999-2009,2011-2016


Glendale High School was among the first schools in Southern California to offer athletic sports and the school's sport program continues to be a major source of pride. Its two mascots are the Dynamiters for the American football program and the Nitros in for all other sports.

The large weights and sizes of the players in the 1924-1925 American football team, with all of the starting 11 players weighing 170 pounds or more and with almost all of them six or more feet tall, made them, in the words of the authors of Duke: The Life and Times of John Wayne, "a high school phenomenon". It was directed by coach Normal C. Hayhurst, with University of Southern California student Vic Francy served as one of the assistants. During that year, the first team to score against them did so in one of the postseason semifinal games.

Fall season (September–November)

  • American football
  • Girls' volleyball
  • Cross country
  • Girls' tennis
  • Boys water polo
  • Winter season (December–February)

  • Girls' water polo
  • Boys' basketball
  • Girls' basketball
  • Boys' soccer
  • Girls' soccer
  • Spring season (March–May)

  • Golf
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Boys' track and field
  • Girls' track and field
  • Boys' swimming
  • Girls' swimming
  • Boys' tennis
  • Boys' volleyball
  • Boys' lacrosse
  • Girls' lacrosse
  • Oratorical

    Every March, the school holds its annual "Oratorical" event. Students from each class (Grades 9, 10, 11, and 12) are judged on:

  • Discipline
  • Spirit
  • Tableau
  • Speech
  • The tradition was started in 1910, at a time of heightened interest in public speaking in Southern California. It has continued through the years, demonstrating to the community the pride that students have in the school. The event is judged by a combination of alumni, community members and members of the military. As of 2014, only four classes have ever won all four categories, the classes of 1999, 2010, 2012, and 2014.

    Newspaper and yearbook

    The school newspaper, the Explosion, was first published in 1917 and has continued to be published semi-quarterly.

    The school yearbook, the Stylus, was started in 1909 as a monthly publication. In 1910, it became a quarterly publication, being published each quarter by a different grade level. Later, it became an annual publication.

    Pat Navolanic Memorial Award

    The Pat Navolanic Memorial Award was established in 1966 in honor of Patrick Navolanic, student body president and Valedictorian of the Class of 1963, who is remembered for being extremely active in school activities, and who died of asphyxiation in December 1965 while studying abroad in France. The award is given to the graduating senior who best exemplifies Navolanic's leadership traits, scholarship skills and athletic prowess, as decided by a council of electors representing all student organizations and sports teams on campus. The winner receives a scholarship in the amount of $2,500 and finalists receive $300. The scholarship money is made possible by a financial endowment, as well as generous donations from students, teachers, alumni and the community.

    The winners of the award are as follows:

    1966 - Bruce Dalton 1967 - Dave Taylor 1968 - William Knudsen 1969 - Sharon Kemp and Charlie Little 1970 - Ralph Winter 1971 - Art Sanders 1972 - Laura Lee Boerner 1973 - John Spear 1974 - Marcia Zimmer 1975 - Sam Lowe 1976 - Mark Hallam 1977 - Mark Ewing 1978 - Mary Hollywood 1979 - Chris Welker 1980 - Kerry Steinshouer 1981 - Stuart Schoenmann 1982 - Greg Schneekluth 1983 - Melinda Walters 1984 - Clark Peterson 1985 - Tina Sproul 1986 - Andrea Hallgren 1987 - Rashmi Sadana 1988 - Tamaki Murakami 1989 - Brad Soderlund 1990 - Vula Baliotis 1991 - Ronnie Apcar and Tom Phan 1992 - Amber Novak 1993 - Raffi Avedian and Shant Petrossian 1994 - Loren Geller 1995 - Ruth Ochoa 1996 - David Schmittdiel 1997 - Nina Kwon 1998 - Christine Sung 1999 - Tad Nakatani 2000 - Christine Anouchian 2001 - Jennifer Au 2002 - Gerald Sung 2003 - William Wagner 2004 - Christina Sher 2005 - Ray de Mesa 2006 - Erika Hernandez 2007 - Tigran Nalbandyan 2008 - Henrietta Movsessian 2009 - Katie Schowengerdt 2010 - Shant Alvandyan 2011 - Ji Su Yoo 2012 - Ninette Mirzakhanian 2013 - Natalie Harmon 2014 - Yasmeen Syed 2015 - Garrett Fritz 2016 - Andrew Nazarians


    Statistics for 2007–2008 School Year

    Notable alumni

  • Ai – Japanese/American R&B musician
  • Frankie Albert – 3-time All-American quarterback at Stanford, member College Football Hall of Fame
  • Duane Bickett – CIF Player of the Year in basketball; all-American linebacker at USC, 12 seasons in NFL
  • Mike Black - NFL punter
  • Mary Costa – actress
  • Vic Dana – top 40 singer and popular vocalist of the 1960s
  • Emilio Delgado – actor, Luis from Sesame Street
  • Marian Cleeves Diamond - Professor Emeritus of Anatomy and Neuroanatomy at University of California, Berkeley, taught at UCB for over 50 years; one of the founders of modern neuroscience; received Clark Kerr Award for Distinguished Leadership in Higher Education
  • Bob Dillinger – .306 career batting average in MLB; led American League 1948 in hits with 207
  • Yvonne Lime Fedderson (class of 1953) - actress, philanthropist
  • Afshin Ghotbi – head coach of the Iran national football team
  • Leland H. Hartwell - co-recipient of the 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
  • Babe Herman – 13-year Major League Baseball career, .324 lifetime batting average
  • Gene Mako – tennis player, 1937 and 1938 Wimbledon doubles champion
  • Daron Malakian – guitarist, vocalist System of a Down and Scars on Broadway
  • Bob Reinhard – AAFC and NFL player
  • Ted Schroeder – 1949 Wimbledon singles tennis champion
  • Bob Siebenberg – drummer in Supertramp
  • Guinn Smith - 1948 Olympic gold medalist in pole vault
  • Dwight Stones – 3-time Olympic high jumper (1972, 1976, 1984), 10-time world record holder (2.34 m best)
  • Madeleine Stowe – actress, star of films and TV series Revenge
  • John Wayne – Academy Award-winning actor and director
  • Loyce Whiteman - big band singer
  • Bob Wian – founder of the Bob's Big Boy chain of restaurants
  • Ralph Winter – film producer (X-Men trilogy, Fantastic Four 1 & 2)
  • Frank Wykoff – world record sprinter, 3-time Olympic gold medalist (1928, 1932, 1936)
  • References

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