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UHEF & Uni News

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Apr, 2018

Collins & Katz YMCA-Uni cooperation cited by LAUSD

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[Posted April 10, 2018] The shared-use concept that eventually placed the new Collins & Katz Family YMCA on a corner of the Uni campus was saluted as a paradigm for future uses of the L.A. Unified School District’s vast real estate holdings. The L.A. Unified Advisory Task Force recommended that a team of real estate experts be engaged to review the District’s properties and examine the possibilities for improvements and revenue. A review of the report in the Los Angeles Times noted that: The task force’s report gave some examples […]

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Mar, 2018

Uni boys basketball team finishes second in City Division 1

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[Posted March 20, 2018] Uni’s 2017-18 boys basketball team will long be remembered for an outstanding season that ended with a 26-6 record and a second-place finish in the City Division 1 playoffs. Coach Steve Ackerman’s squad was 23-4 in the regular season, losing only to City champion Westchester and runner-up Fairfax, both of whom happened to be in the Western League. Uni was seeded fourth in the Division I playoffs and reached the final against third-seeded Washington Prep on March 3 at Cal State Dominguez Hills. The game was […]

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Mar, 2018

New Charter-School petition for Uni filed

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[Posted March 15, 2018] The proposal for Uni to become an affiliated charter school within the Los Angeles Unified School District has taken a major step forward with a new petition to the District, submitted on January 30. The term of the proposal is for July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2023 and is available for inspection here. The projected enrollment for the four-grade (9-12) program would be 1,625, slightly less than Uni’s current enrollment of 1,798. Why? In a nutshell, according to the petition: “Despite its academic, programming, community-partnership, […]

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Mar, 2018

10th Uni Health & Fitness Fair Coming April 25th

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[Posted March 1, 2018] Uni’s annual Health & Fitness Fair is coming up on April 25, with a full array of activities, including educational seminars, information booths and – of course – food prepared by Uni students from Kerri Eich’s International Foods program. It’s free to attend and coincides with Uni’s Open House on that date. The event takes places from 5-7 p.m. at the East Gym (the old Girl’s Gym as many remember it). If you’d like to get more involved, there are sponsorship opportunities available – fully tax-deductible […]

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Jan, 2018

Uni student featured on the “Today” show!

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[Posted January 30, 2018] A December segment of NBC’s “Today” featured both a Uni student and the new Collins & Katz YMCA. Guillermo Hercules, 17, a Uni student who has been plagued with homelessness in his young life, was profiled on “Today” by Sheinelle Jones last December 21 The segment not only addresses his challenges, but the sense of community he has found at the new YMCA on the Uni campus. A Warren Christopher Scholarship winner as a sophomore in 2016, Hercules struck up a friendly relationship with YMCA spokesperson […]

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Dec, 2017

Keep ‘em coming: More than 300 books donated to the Uni library!

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[Posted December 20, 2017] Through the marvelous generosity of Uni alumni, more than 300 new books have been provided to the Uni library … and you can join in! Some 312 books have now been received by the library, from 27 donors who have self-identified and many more who wish to remain anonymous. We now have donors from the 1940s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s: Michael Alcalay ‘80 Geraldine Armstrong ‘59 Connor Gilmore 2022 Jeff Deckman ‘76 Ivan Finkle ‘50 Barbara Wong Franklin ‘68 Sukey (Roth) Garcetti ‘57 Kelly Gilmore […]

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Dec, 2017

Excitement for “Grease” building toward April 18 opening

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[Posted December 15, 2017] There are shows and then there are shows! Uni’s production of Grease is being widely anticipated on campus, as one of the most popular musicals in production across the country. Although originally written in Chicago in 1971, with specific ethnic references to that city, it is best known from Paramount’s 1978 film that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson in their senior years at fictional Rydell High School. Uni’s Director of Theatre Arts, Ronnie Sperling ‘76 has a special connection […]

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Dec, 2017

Collins & Katz Family YMCA finally opens at Westgate & Ohio

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[Posted December 11, 2017] The long-awaited Collins & Katz Family YMCA formally opened its doors on Saturday, December 9, completing the more than six years of planning and building on what used to be a seldom-used corner of University High School. The section of Uni at the corner of Westgate and Ohio Avenues was for years home to four classroom bungalows which were used mostly for storage. That all changed when the Metropolitan YMCA decided it needed to expand and modernize the Westside Y building at 1947 Sawtelle Avenue (at […]

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Dec, 2017

Not like the old days: Uni’s attendance decline

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[Posted December 1, 2017] As noted in our November 15 issue, Uni is working toward a new status as a community charter high school (more details here) in significant part because of declining enrollment. The draft outline of the proposed Affiliated Charter program notes in part, “[D]espite its academic, community partnership, and facility revitalization achievements, University High has experienced decreasing enrollment: as an increasing number of community families elect to send their high-school age students to nearby affiliated charter and independent charter high schools.” In fact, the downturn has been […]

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Nov, 2017

Thanks to the 14 Uni alumni now teaching there!

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[Posted November 20, 2017] Uni has a long history of alumni involvement, including a significant number of teachers and staff who have come back to school. Today, there are 14 alumni serving in staff positions: Steve Ackerman ‘89 Teacher/Social Studies, Leadership Advisor and Boys Basketball Coach (at Uni since 1994) Roberta Barnes ‘73 School Psychologist (at Uni since 1999) Daniel Bravo ‘91 Counselor Walter Burgos ‘91 Teacher/Special Education Leslie Coleman ‘89 Teacher/Spanish Sam (German) Estrada ‘85 Teacher/Special Education (at Uni since 1992) Brenda Fabbro ‘98 Teacher/Physical Education Dayle Fuqua-Caballero Teacher/Spanish […]

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