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UHEF & Uni News

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Mar, 2015

New Football Field and Track Moving Forward to Spring Completion

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[Posted March 6, 2015] Excellent progress is being made on the installation of the new AstroTurf football field and eight-lane, all-weather track at Uni. This L.A. Unified School District (LAUSD) project, being built by Ohno Construction, is expected to be completed in late May. Pictured above: An aerial view of the Uni field and track project from December 2014. (Photo courtesy Ohno Construction) When completed, several new elements will be added to the complex. One will be a new scoreboard to be mounted on the Westgate Avenue (west side), which […]

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Feb, 2015

Stunning turnout for “Into The Woods” Auditions at Uni

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[Posted February 25, 2015] Thanks to the wide success of the motion picture version of “Into The Woods,” Uni Director of Theatre Arts Ronnie Sperling ‘76 expected good interest for parts in his Spring 2015 version when auditions opened in mid-January. But 70 applicants for only half as many parts? “Huge turnout!!!,” noted Sperling. “Three days of auditions.” The lengthy casting process involved not just reading for parts, but singing and movement trials to fit into the show. The number of auditions is the most in recent memory, signaling high […]

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Feb, 2015

Classroom of the 21st Century Debuts at Uni

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[Posted February 22, 2015] It’s true that classroom technology and the L.A. Unified School District are not always synonymous. But Uni has started to change that, per Principal Eric Davidson: Pictured above: Uni principal Eric Davidson demonstrating new in-classroom technologies (Photo courtesy Richard Satnick/UHEF). “The point is this: for $10,000 we can modernize a classroom to give teachers and students access to innovative practices to increase achievement and truly use technology as a learning tool. “The transformation is amazing and demonstrates how a 20th century building can be brought into […]

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Feb, 2015

Big Crowd Surprises Coach K for 90th Birthday Salute

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[Posted February 15, 2015] A full house of more than 220 alumni, co-coaches and friends came out to salute a very surprised Dick Kampmann (yes, he was surprised!) for his 90th birthday on February 7 at Pepperdine University. Pictured above: Coach K greets 1973 Cross-Country captain Danny McQuoid, who flew from Sao Paolo, Brazil, to join in the birthday salute. (Photo courtesy Lisa Duffy Atkin/UHEF) Uni alumni dating back to Kampmann’s first team in 1960 (!) were on hand to speak, with Western League 880 yards champion Harvey Stein getting […]

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Jan, 2015

Surprise 90th birthday party for Uni legend Dick Kampmann on Feb. 7

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[Posted January 23, 2015] Uni’s legendary cross-country and track & field coach Dick Kampmann reached 90 years of age on January 13, but alumni from as far away as Brazil are headed back to Southern California for a surprise birthday party. The cake, candles and memories will be on display beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, February 7, 2015 at The Waves Café at Pepperdine University (where Kampmann coached cross country and track after retiring from Uni). Kampmann taught physical education and coached at Uni from 1960-84, leaving a […]

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Jan, 2015

Remembering Maj. Gen. Paul Dettmer ‘73

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[Posted January 4, 2015] It is with considerable sadness that we report the passing of Maj. Gen. Paul Dettmer, a 1973 Uni grad, on December 29. Pictured above: The late Maj. Gen. Paul Dettmer ‘73 (Photo courtesy U.S. Air Force) Just 59, Dettmer had been battling cancer, as reported on October 7. He died at his home in Centreville, Virginia, with his family. Many more details of his life and career are included in a lengthy obituary here. He is survived by his wife, Cathy and children Ali and Andrew, […]

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Jan, 2015

Happy New Year from the Foundation!

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[Posted January 2, 2015] Best wishes for a healthy and safe 2015 from the Uni Hi Education Foundation, the primary alumni support organization for University High School. Classes will begin again in a few days; the new semester schedule highlights include: > Jan. 12                     Spring Semester begins > Spring                      New football field and all-weather track completed > May 04-May 15     Advanced Placement testing > May 08-May 09   […]

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Dec, 2014

Honorary Degree bestowed on 103-year-old former Harding High Student!

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[Posted December 14, 2014] What is now University High School was originally Warren G. Harding High School, which opened in 1924. The name of the school was changed to recognize the opening of the new UCLA campus in nearby Westwood in 1929. Pictured above: The Honorary Diploma given to 103-year-old Hal Cunningham (Photo courtesy UHEF) Harold “Hal” Cunningham was born in 1911 and attended Harding High School in what was then known as the “Sawtelle” section of Los Angeles, beginning in 1926. Unfortunately, he never quite finished. Now 103, Cunningham […]

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Dec, 2014

Big changes as Uni’s new field and track under construction

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[Posted December 11, 2014] After all the politicking and promises, the conversion of Uni’s ancient, pitted football field and dirt track is now well underway. Ohno Construction, the contractor responsible for the job sent these now-and-then pictures, from September 10 as the work was just starting (below), and from November 19 (above). In the November photo, the clearance and grading of the field and track areas is nearly complete, ready for the next phase. Also of interest is the graded area behind the existing football-field bleachers, being cleared under a […]

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Dec, 2014

Big laughs coming to Uni in December!

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[Posted December 1, 2014] Uni students have many talents. Now we’re going to find out who’s funny! The school’s irrepressible theater-arts impresario Ronnie Sperling ‘76 has lined up his newest attraction, “Comedy Improv at UNI,” a series of eight open-mike programs to give Uni students a chance to impress classmates, peers and friends of Uni by reducing them to tears . . . of laughter. The sessions are scheduled from 3:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. in classroom 384 on: December 3: Wednesday December 4: Thursday December 8: Monday December 10: […]

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