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Monrovia Unified School District

  • Monrovia Unified Honors Local Family with Dedication of Monrovia High School Weight Room

    For their longtime support of the District and Monrovia High School (MHS) Athletics, Fred and Diane Bowden were honored during an Oct. 27 dedication ceremony that named MHS’s weight room the ‘Fred and Diane Bowden Weight Room.’ Fred, who passed away in 2018, and Diane, graduated from Monrovia High School in 1959 and 1961, respectively. The two always looked for ways to give back to the District and with Fred’s passing, Diane and the Bowden family made a commitment to continue that support.

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  • Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park Independent Study School Seniors Turn Their Tassels During Drive-thru Commencement Ceremony

    Over 60 seniors from Canyon Oaks High School and Mountain Park Independent Study School were cheered on as they walked the stage to receive their diplomas during a drive-thru commencement ceremony on June 3 at Monrovia High School. When the ceremony began, cars lined up and graduates exited their vehicles with masks on and lined up 6 feet apart from one another. Teachers were invited on stage to share their memories of each student and ended with words of encouragement for the future.

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  • Monrovia High School Celebrates Over 300 Graduates During Drive-thru Ceremony

    Over 300 Monrovia High School seniors stepped out of vehicles, walked a green and white decorated stage, received their diplomas and turned their tassels during a drive-thru commencement ceremony at Monrovia High School on June 3. The very first graduate of the day was Vivian Fisher, who received an honorary diploma as she was unable to receive her diploma from the Class of 1938. Afterward, students lined up 6 feet apart and walked the stage as their names were announced through the speakers. Families drove next to the stage, taking photos and cheering for their graduate before making their way to a pick-up zone.

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Monrovia High Celebrates 50th Anniversary of CIF Basketball Victory

Follow-up Story: Monrovia High School on Feb. 9 unveiled a replica 1966-67 banner in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the school’s boys basketball CIF championship team. The banner was revealed during halftime of the final home game of the regular season. Monrovia High also honored its senior boys basketball players with a farewell celebration.

Monrovia High Alum Returns to Discuss Career as Disney Animator

Follow-up Story: Ron Husband, the first African-American animator to work for Disney Studios, returned to his alma mater, Monrovia High School, on Feb. 10 to discuss his career as part of Monrovia Unified’s celebration of Black History Month. Husband began with Disney in the early 1970s and worked on more than 20 Disney projects, including “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Husband, a Class of ’68 graduate, credits his Monrovia High art teacher for preparing him for the opportunity to work for a major movie studio. Photos are available.

Monrovia Unified Administrator Honored for Promoting Student Success

Follow-up Story: Susan Hirsch, administrator of the new Wellness Center at Monrovia High School, on Jan. 20 received the city’s Chamber of Commerce Iris Award, Monrovia’s equivalent of a Citizen of the Year Award. During her 30 years with Monrovia Unified, Hirsch has served as a special education teacher and an administrator for intervention and extended school programs, created adult school parent education programs and championed at-risk youths’ efforts to complete their education.

Whittier Union Girls Encouraged to Dream as Part of Soroptimist Program

The Soroptimist International of Whittier on Jan. 26 launched its “Dream It, Be It” career development and female empowerment program for a group of girls at Frontier High School, providing the teens access to professional role models, career education and the resources needed to reach their full potential. Over the next six weeks, the women’s social and economic empowerment club will work in partnership with girls in small groups and explore topics such as career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures. This is the second year that Frontier is participating in the program.

Clifton Middle School Named to Schools to Watch List

Monrovia Unified’s Clifton Middle School has earned a spot on the 2017 California Schools to Watch list through a mix of programs that support struggling students, offer enrichment and leadership opportunities, and integrate special education students into regular classes. The California Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage Program is a partnership among the California League of Middle Schools, state Department of Education and a group of education partners dedicated to promoting excellence by evaluating each middle school on academics, developmental responsiveness, social equity and organizational structures and processes. The school will hold a campus-wide celebration on Friday, March 3.

Monrovia Unified, University of La Verne Pact Guarantees Admission

Monrovia Unified began a partnership with the University of La Verne on Jan. 19 that guarantees admission into the private university for all qualifying District students. Monrovia is one of 12 public school districts to join ULV’s Partnership for Access to College Education (PACE. Qualifying seniors who apply for the fall 2017 term will reap the benefits of ULV college preparatory courses, application fee waivers and financial aid of at least $10,000 per year, among other resources. District staff members enrolling in ULV’s Ed.D. program are also guaranteed a $100 per unit scholarship.