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Whittier Union High School District

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  • 9401 S. Painter Ave., Whittier, CA 90605 • (562) 698-8121
  • Whittier Union High School District, formed in 1900, operates five comprehensive high schools, one continuation school, one alternative studies program and one adult school.

  • Superintendent: Martin Plourde
  • Board of Trustees: Tim Schneider, president; Dr. Ralph S. Pacheco, vice president; Russell Castañeda-Calleros, clerk; Jeff Baird, member; Leighton Anderson, member

Whittier Union Welcomes Holidays with Annual Choral Festival

Ushering in the holiday season with music ranging from uplifting classical works to fun Christmas favorites, the choirs of Whittier Union’s five comprehensive high schools will celebrate the season at the District’s annual Choral Festival on Tuesday, Dec. 5 at Whittier College, 13406 Philadelphia St., Whittier. Choral groups from California, La Serna, Pioneer, Santa Fe and Whittier high schools will perform and receive critiques from this year’s adjudicator, Bruce Rogers, an elite vocal instructor and director of choral activities at Mt. San Antonio College. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More

Whittier High Alumni Return to Inspire College, Career Aspirations Among Students

Follow-up Story: Whittier High School recently held its second annual Alumni Career Fair, connecting Cardinal graduates – now skilled and seasoned engineers, nurses, educators and police officers – with hundreds of students who are exploring college and career pathways. More than 200 juniors and seniors and their parents flooded Whittier High’s William C. Gordon Library and its classrooms on Nov. 7 to hear professionals speak about their journeys to achieve success and answer questions from curious students. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More Photos

Frontier High Student’s Love for Art is Catalyst for Transformation into School Leader

Follow-up Story: A love of art and a determination to succeed has brought Frontier High School senior Meiling Clavesilla from the brink of expulsion to the top of her class, with enough credits to graduate a year ahead of schedule. Clavesilla’s success came after a rocky freshman year, during which she transferred to three Whittier Union schools before landing at Frontier High, a model continuation school that put her on the path to success. Whittier Union High School District’s Board of Trustees has presented her with an Award of Merit. Photos are available Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

12 Whittier Union Students Gear Up to Perform in 2018 Tournament of Roses Parade

Twelve Whittier Union High students are perfecting their marching band and musical skills as they prepare to perform in the 129th Tournament of Roses Parade on Monday, Jan 1, 2018. Seven marching band and five color guard members will join more than 160 high school musicians from across Southern California to represent their schools in the Tournament of Roses Honor Band. Performers are: (California High) Edith Garcia, Lauren Hernandez, Jennifer Nieto and Maricruz Villalobos, color guard; and Rocio Vega, trombone; (La Serna) Avery Smith, saxophone, and John Ye Lee, baritone; (Santa Fe) Carlo Bonelli and Jose Salcedo, both on trombone; and (Whittier High) Jacob Cortes, baritone; Nina Roa, flute; and Ava Sanchez, color guard. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union High School Students Earn Harmony Art Show Awards

Follow-up Story: Four students from Whittier Union High School District won cash, ribbons and certificates at the eighth annual Harmony Center Fine Art and Craft Fair’s High School Art Contest. La Serna High senior Elizabeth Isla won first-place in the landscape and still life category. Santa Fe High senior Krishne Khan Nguyen won first-place awards in the abstract and human portrait categories. Pioneer High sophomore Ismael Mora took second place in the 3-D category. La Serna senior Jennifer Pena won third in the landscape and still life category. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union School Honors Military Veterans

Follow-up Story: Pioneer High School celebrated staff who have served in the armed forces and remembered members of the Titan family who died while serving their country during the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 9. The ceremony featured remarks from school officials and students, performances by the school choir and band, the lighting of the Titan Torch by veterans, and a placing of a wreath at the school’s memorial. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union Seniors Recognized by State Puente Program

Follow-up Story: Three Whittier Union High School District seniors who have shown resiliency in their academics and commitment to their community are among 24 students in California recognized with the Puente Statewide Academic and Leadership Award. The Puente Project, sponsored by the University of California, is a national award-winning college preparatory program designed to boost the number of underrepresented high school students who enroll in four-year universities, earn degrees and return to the community as leaders. The program is at Whittier, California and La Serna high schools. Scholarship recipients will be announced in spring. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (office)Read More Photos

Whittier Union to Celebrate Performing Arts with Band Jamboree

The Whittier Union High School District will celebrate student musical and dance performances at its 2017 Band Jamboree, an annual community event that features the District’s five comprehensive high school marching bands, cheer squads and drill teams. The Band Jamboree – which marks the end of the band and color guard field show season – will begin at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6 at Sandra Sanchez Thorstenson Stadium at California High School, 9800 Mills Ave., Whittier. Tickets for adults are $8 and $5 for students with ID. Children under age 5 are free. Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More

Whittier Union Alumni Continue Legacy as Teachers to New Generation

Follow-up Story: Whittier Union High School District’s culture of collaboration, support and inclusiveness has inspired dozens of alumni to return as teachers and provide new generations of students with the same great experience they received during their journeys through high school. Over the past three years, 21 percent of the District’s certificated hires, or 14 of 65 teachers, have been Whittier Union graduates. Photos are available Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More Photos

Whittier Union Senior Uses Adversity as a Bridge to Future Career in Medicine

Follow-up Story: When Pioneer High School student Alyssa Cayetano’s father was diagnosed with cancer during her sophomore year, the former middle school valedictorian and math enthusiast struggled to find a balance between her studies and support for her father, who passed away last year. Now a senior, Cayetano’s resolve in the wake of personal loss has helped shape her dreams for the future, looking to a career as a pharmaceutical chemist developing treatments aimed at curing cancer. Cayetano, who will study chemistry at UC San Diego, was presented with an Award of Merit by the Whittier Union Board of Trustees on Oct. 10. Photos are available Media Contact: Juliette Funes, 909-447-2404 (officeRead More Photos