Pasadena High School running back Ahmad Jolley was selected as the recipient of the Rose Bowl Institute’s inaugural Sportsmanship Award following the Bulldogs’ 33-6 victory over rival John Muir in the annual Turkey Tussle at the Rose Bowl last Friday evening.
Jolley “showcased continuous acts of sportsmanship throughout the game,” according to a spokesperson.
“For 73 years, we recognize that student athletes from John Muir and Pasadena high schools have left it all on the field – physically and emotionally – at the annual Turkey Tussle here at the Rose Bowl Stadium,” said Pasadena Mayor Victor M. Gordo. “Thank you to the Rose Bowl Institute for starting a new tradition and recognizing the importance of sportsmanship to the game.”
According to an RBI statement, the sportsmanship values recognized and encouraged include appreciation for the game, commitment to the team, respect for others (particularly opponents and referees), playing by the rules, and personal integrity.
The committee members who selected the award recipient included Mayor Gordo, Rose Bowl Institute President Charlie Firestone, Pasadena City Councilmen Tyron Hampton and Gene Masuda, and Rose Bowl Institute representatives Brian Brantley and Jen Welter, who was the NFL’s first female football coach.
“This was a great opportunity for the Rose Bowl Institute to apply our Sportsmanship Award to an important local sporting event at the Rose Bowl Stadium,” Firestone said.
Darryl Dunn, CEO and general manager of the Rose Bowl Stadium, added: “We are very proud of the Rose Bowl Institute and presenting the inaugural sportsmanship award and are thrilled to be part of one Pasadena’s greatest traditions — the Turkey Tussle.”
Pasadena High head coach DeJuan Shamburger heaped praise on Jolley after he received the award. “Man, that’s my guy,” Shamburger said. “We stay on him, his grades are good, he doesn’t complain about anything, he does his job. That’s why he got the Sportsmanship Award.”
With roughly five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter of an unprecedented spring edition of the Turkey Tussle, Pasadena High School head football coach DeJuan Shamburger gathered his team on its sideline at the Rose Bowl. With the game’s result all but assured and things predictably getting chippy between the Bulldogs and archrival Muir Mustangs, Shamburger urged calm among his players by reminding them what they were about to accomplish.
“The (Victory) Bell is coming back to the eastside,” Shamburger said, “so relax.” Continue reading “Bulldogs Beat Mustangs in Turkey Tussle, 33-6”
After a year of social distancing and remote learning, the mental health issues that children and teenagers are experiencing are soaring.
“Not only do students miss their friends and struggle with virtual learning, but many also have experienced deaths and job losses in their families, loss of housing (or fear of eviction) and food insecurity,” according to a Hathaway-Sycamores statement. “The stress, depression, and anxiety our youth are suffering is unprecedented and can lead to serious consequences. In fact, according to the CDC, attempted suicide and suicide are on the rise and are currently the second leading cause of death for teens.” Continue reading “Hathaway-Sycamores, PUSD Partner to Help Students’ Mental Health”
Jesse Craven had to wait over a year after his hiring in March 2020 to participate in his first Pacific League game as the head coach of the Burroughs High School football team.
While the wait was worth it in many ways — an uncharacteristically cool and overcast spring day more reminiscent of November weather than March in Southern California, and the unbeatable setting of the football mecca that is the Rose Bowl — Craven and his team were in for a rude welcome.
Six days after a statement win against Burbank, Burroughs’ archrival, Pasadena High School took care of the Indians by a final score of 48-7. The coaches agreed to play the entire second half with a running clock after Pasadena led, 35-0, at halftime. Continue reading “Burroughs Falls To Pasadena at Rose Bowl”
Robert Eugene Covey (Bob) died peacefully at the age of 93 on February 1, 2021, after a brief illness. He was predeceased by his wife of 68 years, Joyce Hanson Covey, and his daughter Janis Covey Koch. He is survived by his two sons, Alan and Paul, and two grandchildren, Keegan and Kyla.
Bob was born in 1927 in Pasadena, and he grew up there, attending Pasadena High School and PCC. He had a lifelong love of airplanes, building countless models, and learning to fly. He served in the Army in Korea in 1946-1948, returning with many stories, including one about facing down a cobra on midnight sentry duty. Back in California, he was accepted at Caltech where he received a Master’s in Aeronautical Engineering and then began his long and successful career at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Continue reading “Robert Eugene Covey – Obituary”
The Tournament of Roses on Monday announced its chosen seven members of the 2018 Royal Court from 37 contending finalists, pulling three young Pasadena women into the time-honored Rose fold.
As a frenzied crowd of family, friends and classmates whooped up their support, Alexandra Artura from Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy; Isabella Marez from La Salle High School; and Savannah Bradley of Pasadena High School, carefully descended the tiered staircase of the historic Tournament house. The wide-eyed girls were part laughing, part crying. Continue reading “Pasadena Princesses Named to 2018 Royal Court”
The following was written by Max Zeronian, special to the Outlook.
Although the first week of school has just begun, Pasadena Unified School District high school bands have already been bearing the summer heat during band camp at Marshall Fundamental, John Muir and Pasadena High schools, gearing up for the football and marching band competition seasons.
Band camp is a long-standing tradition in PUSD, but new leaders at Marshall and PHS are hoping to ramp up the somewhat dated music programs. Corey Whitt of Marshall and Bill Benson of PHS as well as veteran director Philip Topping of Muir will lead their school bands in the new school year.
With an East Coast and Midwest background, Whitt’s move to Pasadena has been a challenge, but one that he has taken on readily.
“The biggest difference between the bands back East and here is the size,” said Whitt, a Harvard graduate. “Here, we have many smaller bands, as opposed to a few large bands.” Continue reading “PUSD Community Beats Heat to Achieve Musical Excellence”
Pasadena High School chemistry teacher Mary Hines and five of her AP chemistry students were recently invited to attend the annual Robbins Lecture Series at Pomona College in Claremont.
Dinner in the Edwards Ballroom was followed by a lecture in the Seaver North Laboratory by JoAnne Stubbe, Novartis professor of chemistry and professor of biology at MIT, who spoke about “Ribonucleotide Reductases: Radical Enzymes With Suicidal Tendencies.”
Stubbe was the first woman professor to earn tenure in the MIT chemistry department. She was awarded the National Medal of Science by President Obama in 2008.