Glendale High Class of 2021 Commencement

Jorge Arias, Garo Gumushian, Valedictorian Alec Baghdasarians and Kenneth Paderanga

The Glendale High School Class of 2021 – consisting of 525 seniors – had the unique opportunity of holding its graduation ceremony at the Rose Bowl Stadium in Pasadena on Thursday, June 10. “Everyone at Glendale High School is so proud of the Class of 2021, who met the unique challenges of the past year under COVID with perseverance,” said Principal Benjamin Wolf.
ASB President Kayla Rodriguez and Senior Class President Arline Daniali addressed the audience, and Salutatorian Lara Heredia and Valedictorian Alec Baghdasarians were recognized before the graduates received their diplomas.


Chargers Pleased With GHS Grad, Now Inked to $25M Deal

Cornerback Michael Davis, a 2013 Glendale High graduate, earned praise from rookie Los Angeles Chargers coach Brandon Staley at the recent start of organized team activities.

When the new Los Angeles Chargers coaching staff saw its team at drills for the first time recently, Glendale High School product Michael Davis evidently was a standout.

Rookie head coach Brandon Staley, who was the defensive coordinator for the Los Angeles Rams last season, talked up Davis after the team’s first organized team activities on May 24 at the Hoag Performance Center in Costa Mesa. And secondary coach Derrick Ansley this week counted Davis among the unit’s signature players.

“I’m really excited about Vato,” Staley told reporters last week, using a team nickname for Davis. “This guy has a lot of tools to work with. I think that he’s just entering the beginning of his NFL career, in my mind.”

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Clark Magnet, CVHS Lead GUSD in Ranking

Glendale Unified School District’s four high schools were each ranked among the nation’s top high schools in the annual U.S. News and World Report evaluations.
Leading the way was Clark Magnet High School, which was named as the No. 510 high school nationally, followed by Crescenta Valley High School (No. 1,097 nationwide), Hoover High School (No. 3,949) and Glendale High School (No. 4,840). U.S. News evaluated GUSD’s schools alongside 17,857 in total this year, placing all of GUSD’s primary high schools within the 72nd percentile of the nation.
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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

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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