Follow-up Story: Follow-up Story: The Whittier Union High School District dedicated Santa Fe High School’s newly modernized football field to beloved, retired Santa Fe High Varsity School Coach Jack Mahlstede on Thursday, May 29, at Santa Fe High School. Mahlstede coached football, track and cross-country for more than 42 years, from 1970 to 2011. Mahlstede led the Chiefs to 16 football league championships, and led track teams to a total of 19 championships, in addition to five cross-country championships. Mahlstede earned the title of Outstanding Coach of the Del Rio League several times, was inducted into the 605 All Star Game Committee’s Hall of Fame in 2010, and was honored as a 2011 Rio Hondo Good Scout of the Year. Media contact: Laura Flores, 562-668-7833 (office)
California High School senior Avigahy Garcia’s childhood included moving from California to Mexico and back, challenging her to learn and re-learn the different languages and cultures. Garcia returned to California in her sophomore year and enrolled at Cal High, leaving her parents behind in Mexico, but working arduously to excel in her studies with the help of the school’s support program, Expanded Horizons. She was honored with an Award of Merit by the Whittier Union High School District Board of Trustees on Sept. 11.
Whittier Union High School District hosted its annual District College Fair on Sept. 20. Sessions offered students and parents firsthand information about the application process and financial aid. The fair featured more than 50 college representatives from UC and Cal State campuses, private schools and community colleges.
Whittier Union schools welcomed approximately 2,778 freshmen on Aug. 14 for its Freshman First Day orientation program, which allows students to meet new classmates and take part in fun team-building activities. Students previewed classes and met teachers and administrators, as well as Link Crew members, who will serve as mentors during their first year of high school. The program takes place annually at each Whittier Union High School District campus to help smooth students' transition to high school.