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About UHEF

UHEF is composed of alumni, parents, educators, and students dedicated to continued student excellence at University High School.

On Campus:  Wildcat Walk behind the Administration Building

The Uni High Education Foundation

Since its founding as Warren G. Harding High School in 1924, what we know today as University High School has always been a center of excellence. Re-named in 1929 in honor of the move by UCLA to its Westwood campus, Uni’s faculty and staff have given tens of thousands of students a rock-solid foundation for their future. The University High School Education Foundation (UHEF) is helping ensure that today’s students are able to continue to excel in academic, arts and athletics, as have those of the past.

The UHEF was created as a 501(c)(3) charitable, tax-exempt corporation in 1985. The Articles of Incorporation state specifically its purpose:

“… to raise funds for University High School, Los Angeles, California to help maintain the high standards of education in the school and the community by supplementing funding which has been substantially reduced since [passage of California] Proposition 13.”

The Foundation is a volunteer organization. Its Board of Directors meets monthly in West Los Angeles.

The UHEF produces an annual newsletter for its members detailing activities, expenditures, and alumni news for the previous year (our most recent Newsletter, in PDF format, is available here). It is mailed only to those (1) who are members in good standing, and (2) for whom we have current mailing information.

Become a member of the University High School Education Foundation today: visit our “Become A Member” page now.

Our History

In 1985, Uni Principal Jack Moscowitz and parent Barat Fink were determined to supplement the school’s budget following funding reductions in the aftermath of the passage of California Proposition 13 in 1978. The answer was to engage the energies of Uni parents, teachers and alumni. An annual UHEF picnic began in 1989, expanded to include a classic car show in 2003 (on hiatus from 2012-15 due to on-campus construction, but which returned in 2016).

The initial alumni contact list was small, but energetically maintained by Stan Stoner and Ruthella Gibbons, both from the Class of 1942. It now contains over 14,000 names and is regularly updated by Ivan Finkle ’50.

The Foundation has raised more than $1.1 million to support Uni, including funding for the modernization of the College-Career Center, installation of the school’s first computer lab, a new library security system, new seating for the Stivelman Theatre. In addition, the UHEF funds annual awards including:

∙ $1,000 Sharon Mednick Memorial Scholarship (two recipients annually)
∙ $1,000 UHEF Community Service Scholarship (two recipients annually)

UHEF additionally serves as a conduit for alumni groups that plan events while actively supporting the school.

Ceremonial Trowel from the laying of the cornerstone of Warren G. Harding High School, on April 5, 1924

UHEF Officers

IVAN FINKLE

IVAN FINKLE

CO-PRESIDENT

Class of 1950. After Uni earned MS Applied Physics, UCLA. Joined The Rand Corporation in Santa Monica, and eventually retired from Hughes Aircraft Company in 1995. Still living in Westwood and enjoys “giving back” to Uni.

JUDY WOLFENSTEIN

JUDY WOLFENSTEIN

CO-PRESIDENT

Parent of four Uni grads & Board Member since ’93. A passionate devotion to quality public education for all children has kept me involved with the Foundation. My kids keep wondering if I’ll “ever graduate from High School.”

RANDY AWNI

RANDY AWNI

VICE PRESIDENT ACTIVITIES/ATHLETICS

Randy Awni is a son of Marge Johnson, a Uni grad from the 50’s and he is also the proud father of Jared Awni, Uni class of 2014! A UCLA grad and business owner in West Los Angeles, Randy and his family are invested in the community and donate time to better it.

JEFF DECKMAN

JEFF DECKMAN

SECRETARY

Class of 1976. A UCLA grad in theater arts. Long career in production management for Disney’s and Sony’s animation studios, on such films as Dinosaur, Spirited Away, and Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs. Currently part of the audio team at the NFL Network.

JOAN KLINE REDLICH

JOAN KLINE REDLICH

TREASURER

UHEF Treasurer since 2002. Uni High W’61 alum, involved with planning our (W’61) reunions and keeping our database. I am a partner at Fiber & Redlich CPAs. Still working full time.

Members of the Board

JANET HIRSCH

JANET HIRSCH

Janet Hirsch is the parent of 2014 and 2015 Uni graduates, past-president of the University High PTSA and a current member of School-Based Management team. She is an active leader with One LA-IAF, partnering with local religious and civic organizations for leadership development and relationships across divisions.

RICH PERELMAN

RICH PERELMAN

Class of 1974. Richard served as cross country and track & field student manager under Dick Kampmann and was head of press operations for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. Long career in consulting on event management, marketing communications, journalism, and publishing.

RONNIE SPERLING

RONNIE SPERLING

Class of 1976. An actor, playwright and director, now taking Uni’s Theatre Arts Department to a new level. You’ve seen and heard him in countless commercials, in feature films such as “Transformers,” and on television in “General Hospital,” Nickelodeon’s “Zoey 101” and many others. Learn more at ronniesperling.net.

ERIC DAVIDSON

ERIC DAVIDSON

EX OFFICIO

Current Principal (and a tireless promoter of Uni and its students), since 2008. A professional educator for more than 25 years, he began as an elementary school teacher at West Hollywood Elementary in 1988. Prior to his current position, he was the Assistant Principal at Westchester High School from 2004-08.

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