Burroughs Volleyball Hosts 1st Athletic Event in 12 Months

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Burroughs outside hitter Heidi Collins (6) gets ready to attempt a kill during Thursday’s game against Glendale High. Teammates Sadie Lomet, Janessa Wareebor, Meghan Lynch (9) and Abby Dixon (16) look on.

It took a makeshift court on a football field and a rain delay scare before the game started, but it was worth it in the end for the John Burroughs High School girls’ volleyball team. Burroughs swept Glendale High School on Thursday in what marked the first official high school sporting event Burroughs hosted on its own campus since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic almost exactly one year ago.
Though Burroughs (3-0 record) took all three sets convincingly, both schools thought the biggest victory was simply the ability to still compete, even in such abnormal conditions.
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Obituary | Philip Harbison Oehler

Philip Harbison Oehler

Philip Harbison Oehler passed away peacefully in his Grass Valley, CA home on February 4, 2021; he was 81. Born March 23, 1939 in Buffalo, N.Y. to Philip and Fern Oehler, he grew up in Glendale, California (Montrose), graduated from Glendale High School, earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Dartmouth College (Alpha Delta Phi – President), Master of Engineering from USC, Juris Doctor from Pepperdine Law School, and was a member of the California State Bar.
Phil had a 33-year career as an aerospace engineer with a large Southern California defense contractor where he participated in several important national defense projects before retiring with his wife, Maria, to their dream home in Grass Valley. In retirement Phil was an active member of the Nevada County Sportsmen Club. Phil is survived by his wife, Maria, their puppy Misty; daughter Juliet, sons Jeffrey and Michael (daughter-in-law Jena); grandchildren Nicholas, Benjamin, Daniel, and Harper Lynn; stepsons Gabriel, Bob, Jack (daughter-in-law Elsa) and Des; step-grandchildren Maya, Iaos, Keisha, Kumar, Chloe, Quinlyn, Aloe and Quetzal; and step-great-grandchildren Ryker, William and Kiara.

GHS Pool Nearly Ready to Make a Splash

A project that was first conceived nearly a decade ago, the swimming pool being added to Glendale High School’s campus is just about ready to launch.
Pending approval from health inspectors, the pool is expected to be filled with water soon, after which the necessary sanitizing chemicals will be mixed and added to prepare it for use. The Glendale Unified School District anticipates that GHS’ swimming and water polo teams will be able to use it for workouts this spring.
“We’re getting close to wrapping it up,” said Hagop Kassabian, the GUSD administrator for planning, development and facilities. “All in all, I think we’re looking pretty good to have water in the pool by late February or early March.”

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Prep Athletes Work Out on Campuses, Raising Spirits

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The Crescenta Valley High School football team is on campus training after the Glendale Unified School District reopened doors to athletes.

Under ordinary circumstances, the Crescenta Valley High School football team would have been either celebrating or lamenting the end of the regular season, which originally was to have concluded on Oct. 30. But in a world with COVID-19, everyday life is anything but ordinary.
“It’s just so bizarre, and I just can’t believe we’re in November,” said Falcons head coach Hudson Gossard. “Is there a chance of a football season? Who knows?”
The California Interscholastic Federation, the state’s governing body for high school athletics, has a schedule in place for fall sports to resume competition in December and January, should public health officials allow it. And if it does, teams in the Glendale Unified School District will certainly be ready.

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Obituary | Warren Burkhart

Warren Burkhart

Warren Burkhart was a Glendale boy attending R.D. White Elementary, Woodrow Wilson Junior High, and Glendale High Schools. He graduated from California State University, Northridge earning a B.S. in Health Administration, which he used as a sales executive at CIGNA, Confederation Life, MetLife, and Nippon Life Benefits.
Warren passionately enjoyed friends, music, sports, and his family. He reveled in his sons, David and Stephen, coaching when he could and yelling from the sidelines when he couldn’t, proudly leading the family’s hysterically historical trips, and basking in their accomplishments. Melinda, sweetheart from high school, was by his side laughing all the way.
A diehard Dodger fan, his emotional health rose and fell with the scores from Chavez Ravine. His positivity and enthusiasm energized the room around him and his dance moves would clear it.
He was beloved. Warren is survived by his wife, Melinda, his sons David and Stephen, his mother-in-law Nancy, his sister-in-law Stephanie, his brother Tim, and nieces and nephews Shandy, Shea, Shelby, Vicky, Jimmy, Gerald, aunts, cousins, and friends.
Memorial donations made in Warren’s memory can be made to:
LaSalle College Preparatory
3880 E. Sierra Madre Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91107
http://www.lasallehs.org/give

GHS Senior Takes on School Board Role

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Glendale High School senior Kayla Rodriguez was sworn in last week as the student representative on the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education.

The student body at the Glendale Unified School District can officially turn to high school senior Kayla Rodriguez when it wants questions or concerns directed to the Board of Education.
Rodriguez, Associated Student Body president at Glendale High School, was officially sworn in as the student representative on the school board last week. As she took the oath while maintaining a social distance from the board and wearing a face mask, she admitted to being caught up with nerves at that moment.

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Report Details City’s Prior Methodology of Prejudice

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This 1939 map indicates which neighborhoods in Glendale, among other areas, were subject to the “redlining” that was often used to keep minorities from property ownership.

Councilman Ara Najarian didn’t mince words when it came time for his input at this week’s City Council discussion on the local history of racism.
“Glendale was a cruel place, I have to tell you,” he said. “Looking back, there was incredible disrespect and abuse of certain citizens and people of color that, I’m afraid to say, continues to this day.”
The council had just been briefed on a compendium of research by city staff that took them as far back as 1920, when the U.S. Census reported that Black people represented a mere 0.16% of Glendale’s population — and virtually all were likely live-in domestic workers, the research indicated. Since then, the percentage of Black residents in the city has increased tenfold, rising to 1.6%, a stark contrast with the figure for all of Los Angeles County — 9%.
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School Friends on a Mission to Help People, Environment

Glendale High School graduates Felipe Arias and James Mizuki recently joined forces to give new clothes to women at the Los Angeles Mission Women’s Shelter.
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Though they largely grew up together, two Glendale High School graduates led widely divergent paths after grade school but were recently drawn together by a mutual need to give back.
And so the two young men — James Mizuki and Felipe Arias — got together last Saturday and gave out hundreds of items of clothing to the ladies who stepped off of Skid Row for a moment and paid a visit to the Los Angeles Mission Women’s Shelter.
“We ended up giving out eight full boxes of clothes, which probably translates to 350-400 items. It was just really positive overall,” said Mizuki, a 2011 graduate of GHS. “This ‘word-of-mouth’ buzz started happening and we had a lot of people show up. People were really looking out for their friends that day.”
The clothes were manufactured by iToo Clothing, which was formed in large part by Mizuki’s childhood friend Arias, who graduated from GHS in 2012; the pair both attended Wilson Middle School and played football together at GHS. While Mizuki enrolled in Cal State Northridge to study communications, Arias traveled to Hong Kong in lieu of his original plan to join the U.S. Coast Guard, where he ultimately linked himself to clothing manufacturing in China.
As fate would have it, Arias’ company has a location near Skid Row, so right away he thought of donation opportunities when he discovered a backlog of clothing thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic and recalled a conversation he had with Mizuki about a nonprofit endeavor he was building.
“I knew James was on this project for a while,” Arias said. “Before he started the whole thing, he came to me and told me about it and I thought it was a great idea.” Continue reading “School Friends on a Mission to Help People, Environment”

GUSD High Schools Ranked Among Nation’s Best by U.S. News & World Report

Vivian Ekchian
Glendale Unified Superintendent

All four of the Glendale Unified School District’s comprehensive high schools rank among the nation’s best, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 Best High Schools ranking. Each ranked in the top 16% of the more than 24,000 schools that were evaluated.Clark Magnet High was the top GUSD representative, ranking in the top 2% nationally. Crescenta Valley High was in the top 4%, Hoover High ranked among the top 10%, and Glendale High was in the top 16%.
“The highest-ranked schools are those whose students excelled on state tests and performed beyond expectations; participated in and passed a variety of college-level exams; and graduated in high proportions,” according to U.S. News & World Report rankings methodology.
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