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A monthly update from the Whittier Union High School District.
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Sandra Thorstenson, Superintendent
Sandra Thorstenson
Superintendent
I am deeply grateful to our talented teachers and staff, who are leading the District and its students to success through their dedicated efforts and a culture of collaboration that truly embodies Whittier Union’s commitment to make a significant and positive impact on every student whose life is entrusted to us.
 
 
California High School
California High School’s athletic facilities are undergoing extensive renovation as construction crews transform the 22-acre site into a 7,000-seat football complex that will include a turf football field, all-weather track and improved baseball and softball fields, as well soccer practice areas. Plans include refurbishing the outdoor basketball and volleyball courts. The field, to be shared with La Serna and Whittier high schools, is expected to be complete in August 2016. 
La Serna High School
The WUHSD Board of Trustees recognized the La Serna Girls Softball Team for clinching the CIF Southern Section Division 3 title in June, securing the title with a 5-4 victory over Grand Terrace. The team has an overall record of 26-6 and a Del Rio League record of 9-1. The Lancers have been Del Rio League champions four years in a row and have a state ranking of 23 and CIF Southern Section ranking of 15. Six seniors will attend major universities on full-ride softball scholarships.
Pioneer High School
Pioneer High School has concluded its third Team Science Summer Camp, a three-weekend program for K-12 students designed to ignite kids’ interest in science through hands-on classes by professionals who work at places such as Boeing and Southern California Edison. Team Science partnered with the Whittier Union High School District, Los Nietos, South Whittier and Whittier City school districts in 2013 to offer STEM education programs to local students. Read more
Santa Fe High School
Recent Santa Fe High School graduate Anthony Ayala was selected as one of the top three high school monologists by the Educational Theater Association, the nation’s preeminent professional association for theater education, during a performance at the International Thespian Festival at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The accolades awarded to Ayala at the June festival marked the culmination of a distinguished portfolio of work at Santa Fe, from the starring role in “Macbeth” to student director of plays. Read more
Whittier High School
Once a Cardinal, always a Cardinal. At least that’s the case for Stephen Zavala, a 2011 Whittier High School graduate who was recently selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 37th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. Zavala – a star catcher on the Whittier High Cardinals Baseball team and member of Whittier College’s 2015 graduating class – has already signed a contract and reported to St. Louis’ Class A minor league affiliate in Palm Beach, Florida. Read more.
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