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Herbert Hoover High School (Glendale)

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Number of students

Purple and White

Athletics conference
CIF Southern Section Pacific League

Glendale Unified School District

Herbert Hoover High School is a public high school in Glendale, California, USA. The school's colors are purple and white.


The school is named after Herbert Hoover, the 31st president of the United States and is located on an 18.6 acres (75,000 m2) campus.

Hoover High School is part of a neighborhood cluster that includes Mark Keppel Elementary School and Toll Middle School. Today Hoover High School has approximately 2,097 students which include a wide range of socio-economic, educational, and cultural backgrounds. 47% of the students are Caucasian; 29.6% Hispanic 5.0% Asian; 9.7% Filipino; 9% African-American; and 0.2% other.


The school's original campus, on Glenwood Road, opened in 1929. Named after Herbert Hoover, the school was built to serve the northern foothill area of Glendale, which had experienced a lot of development in the 1920s. The first issue of the school yearbook, Scroll, included copies of letters written by Hoover and his wife, Lou. The school dedicated that issue to Hoover.

The original campus, with the exception of the auditorium and physical education facilities, was demolished in 1966 being replaced by a new facility which was completed in 1969. In 1990, due to continual and anticipated growth in the number of students entering Hoover, a 33-classroom facility was built and completed in 1992.

In 2001, Hoover High School met its school wide Academic Performance Index (API) and has received over $150,000 in Governor's Incentive Award money. For the past two years, 40% of the graduating seniors planned to attend a four-year college. Some 44.4% of graduating seniors meet the University of California A-G requirements. The Hoover staff is keenly focused on standards-based instruction and consistently uses data to chart and plan for improvement. Hoover High School offers 22 different Advanced Placement (AP) classes which span a wide variety of disciplines including history, English language and literature, science, foreign language, math, economics, art, psychology, and computer programming.

In 2010, Hoover High School met its school wide API target with an overall API of 772; an eleven-point gain over 2009. Hoover's API has grown 158 points in the last 10 years. Hoover is determined to reach an API of 800 by 2013, the target for all schools in California. Fifty students earned recognition from the College Board as "AP Scholars". Another 15 earned the "AP Scholar with Honor" designation and 20 students earned the honor of "AP Scholar with Distinction." In 2013, Hoover started offering one AP class for 9th graders for human geography, being one of the first high schools to do so.


As of 2010, almost 60% of the students are of Armenian descent, and 25% were Hispanic and Latino. Glendale California has the largest population of Armenians not in Armenia or Russia.


In fall 2015 the school's automotive program was re-established with support from car dealerships on Brand Boulevard of Cars.

Student discipline and culture

In 2010 Kevin Welsh, the outgoing principal who was nicknamed "Baron Welshian", stated that there were frequent racial tensions between Armenian and Hispanic/Latino students. In 2000 Jefferey Gettleman and Lee Condon of the Los Angeles Times reported that in the event of disputes between Armenians and Latinos, people take racial lines, and that the groups do not often socially mingle. According to Gettleman and Condon, recent graduates and current students of the school characterized it as "polarized" between Latinos and Armenians. Tensions between Armenians and Latinos had occurred in other parts of the Los Angeles area.

Two violent incidents involving Hoover students were a 1998 shooting of Avetis “Avo” Demirchyan, involving in a dispute between Armenians; and the 2000 stabbing of 12th grade student Raul Aguirre, who attempted to intervene between Armenian and Hispanic gangs but who was not a gang member himself. Both incidents did not occur on campus, but Welsh stated that they damaged the school's reputation. The Aguirre incident was the first death related to Latino-Armenian tensions.


Hoover High School provides a wide variety of sports to students including boys' water polo (3rd place, 2008-2009 season and again 2009-2010 season and reached CIF division VI quarterfinals) and girls' water polo, boys' and girls' volleyball, boys' and girls' soccer (2006-2007 league champions), boys' and girls' basketball, boys' American football (girls are also welcome), baseball, softball, track, cross country, golf, pep squad, swimming and wrestling.

The 1975 baseball team won the CIF 4A Championship defeating Lakewood High 2-1 at Dodger Stadium.

A significant aspect of the school's history is the long running cross-town rivalry with Glendale High School. "BGD" known as "Big Game Day" or "Beat Glendale Day" is the biggest social/athletic event of the school year. Even though every sport has its own "BGD" game, American football is the biggest of them all. On the day of the big football game, the school provides events such as "The Poster Drop", which is a competition for every grade (9-12) taking place on the Friday morning of the game, and spirit assemblies. The game usually takes place at Glendale High School because Hoover High School does not have a "proper" field.

The school's mascot, "The Tornadoes", was temporarily changed in the past to the "Wind Gusts" when a Kansas team whose town had just been ravaged by tornadoes came to visit.

Vic Francy, who had coached the Hoover track teams for 27 years, had previously assisted the 1924-1925 Glendale High School football team while he was a University of Southern California student.

The school also includes a wrestling team. The number of participants declined in 2014, but coach Dave Beard stated that the students who remained were more committed.

In 2015 the school marching band won its first California State Band Championship.

Miscellaneous activities

Beta is a business academic program for which students must process an application if they are interested in the program. Those who are accepted are required to take at least five semesters of classes that include business technology, keyboarding, virtual enterprise and introduction to business.

Fine Arts Academy
Students are nominated to the Hoover High School Fine Arts Academy. Academy students are invited to take advanced classes at Hoover to create a fine arts emphasis in their degree program. Students must take three years of arts classes while enrolled at Hoover in order to be considered an Academy graduate. Of these three courses, at least two must be at Hoover. Along with the academic distinction that comes with being part of the Academy, students are eligible to participate in events at the Hoover Arts Gallery.

Jazz Ensemble
Students audition to play in the Hoover High School Studio Jazz Orchestra, the flagship performing group at Hoover. All instrumentalists are welcome. Trumpets, trombones, and saxophones participate as well as flutes, clarinets, violins, cellos and, at one point, a bassoon and a harp. Jazz students play a variety of music styles, including swing, Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban, reggae, jazz-rock fusion, pop and jump-swing. The Studio Jazz Orchestra has received more major awards than any other comprehensive high school jazz group in the country.

Hoover Tornado Marching Band
The Hoover Tornado Marching Band are SCJA State Champions in the 3A division in 2015 & 2016. They have also placed bronze in the SCJA Grandchampionship in 2015. The HTMB drumline continues to defend the title as the best drumline in their division since 2013. Students will also learn their culture and will enjoy their time there after their hard work has paid off.

Notable former students

  • Steven Banks, actor, The Steven Banks Show (Class of 1972)
  • Forrest Beaty, national high school record holder 220-yd dash (1961), co-holder 100-yd dash record (1962)
  • Richard Boone, actor, star of films and Have Gun Will Travel television series
  • Danielle Castano, Miss World-Philippines
  • John Cho, actor, best known as Harold Lee in Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle (Class of 1990)
  • Bob Clampett, pioneering Hollywood cartoonist and animator
  • Bill Craig, gold medalist, swimming, 1964 Olympics
  • Jack Davis, 2-time silver medalist, 110M high hurdles, 1952 & 1956 Olympics
  • Nelson De La Nuez, contemporary pop artist (Class of 1977)
  • Glenn Dumke, Chancellor, California State University System, 1962–82
  • Pamelyn Ferdin, child actress (voice of Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts) (Class of 1977)
  • Bob Gagliano, quarterback for 7 NFL teams, 1981–1993
  • Joseph Hahn, DJ for the band Linkin Park and music video director, class of 1995
  • Lee Hartwell, Nobel Prize for Medicine, 2001
  • Paul Ignatius, Secretary of the Navy, 1967–69
  • Maren Jensen, actress, co-star of original Battlestar Galactica television series 1978–79 (Class of 1974)
  • Ed King, guitarist of Lynyrd Skynyrd and Strawberry Alarm Clock, 1964
  • Ray Lamb, Major League Baseball pitcher with Cleveland Indians and L.A. Dodgers
  • Héctor López, boxer, silver medalist, 1984 Olympics
  • Justin Meldal-Johnsen, bass guitarist with Grammy Award-winning artist Beck (Class of 1988)
  • Eva Mendes, actress
  • Carlos Moorhead, United States Congressman, 1973–1997
  • Wally Ritchie, former Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Stirling Silliphant, Academy Award-winning screenwriter In the Heat of The Night
  • Juno Stover, diver, twice Olympic medalist; twice USA/AAU champion; twice Pan-American Games medalist
  • Ron Underwood, film director, Tremors, City Slickers
  • References

    Herbert Hoover High School (Glendale) Wikipedia

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