On Campus: Wildcat Walk behind the Administration Building
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.
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.