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UHEF & Uni News

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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

More on that famous ‘58 Grad Night Party!

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[Posted March 10, 2018] Someone has got to do a book or documentary on the Class of ‘58 graduation and grad night party … you know, that one with Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis, Jr.? Ted Tanaka wrote in with more on the amazing celebration of a class which included Frank’s daughter, Nancy Sinatra: “I was there, invited by S’58 Elsie Tominaga. I was a Uni Imperials of W’57, only about 165 in the class. Pali Hi site grounds were just starting to be leveled before opening in ’61. “I clearly remember […]

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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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Feb, 2018

Meet the Cast: “Grease” Opens on April 18

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[Posted February 25, 2018] The cast of Uni’s upcoming production of Grease is set and the show is being widely anticipated on campus. No wonder: it’s 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 (Sandy Dumbrowski in the musical) in their senior years at fictional Rydell High School. The Uni cast: Eugene […]

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Feb, 2018

‘68 City Cross Country Champ Steve Baum Passes at 66

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[Posted February 15, 2018] One of the outstanding athletes in Uni history, Steve Baum, lost his unhappy battle with cancer on February 5, at the age of 66. What made Baum so important was his impact on others. From being a would-be basketball star who figured out quickly that he should choose another sport, Baum made himself into a champion, under the tutelage of Uni coach Dick Kampmann, and a paradigm that Coach K would use for decades to motivate others. Baum explained the transformation at the unveiling of the […]

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Feb, 2018

Uni the backdrop for a 1971 U.S. mental health film!

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[Posted February 7, 2018] Uni has been the scene of much filming since its opening in the 1920s, including many feature films. But it was also used by the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health in 1971 for a troubling, 29-minute film called “Social Seminar: Brian at Seventeen.” According to the description, the film “Presents an adolescent’s view of his educational needs and how school is and is not fulfilling them. Gives a perspective of his educational experience, his parents and life in general.” The film doesn’t have much to […]

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Feb, 2018

David Nwaba ‘11 making the most of his chances in Chicago

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[Posted February 1, 2018] Nice story in the Los Angeles Times on David Nwaba ‘11, now playing with the Chicago Bulls of the NBA and doing well. Said Nwaba, “I’m enjoying every second and they’re believing in what I bring to the team and what I can bring defensively. That’s where it all started. The Lakers gave me an opportunity because of what I brought on the defensive end, so it’s good that they can see what I bring on that end and I just look to give my best […]

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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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Jan, 2018

Uni in the aftermath of the 1933 Long Beach earthquake

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[Posted January 25, 2018] UHEF co-president Judy Wolfenstein received a note from 1939 graduate Mits Kayagowe, who actually attended Uni for five years – from the eighth grade in 1935 through 12th, in 1939 … the last class to graduate prior to the outbreak of World War II! Among the highlights were memories of how the campus changed after a major earthquake: “After the 1933 Long Beach earthquake, the main administration bldg. was unusable so the city had to import half-canvas, parklike cabins for classrooms. These were lined up on […]

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Jan, 2018

Who are Collins & Katz in the Collins & Katz Family YMCA?

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[Posted January 15, 2018] With the opening of the Collins & Katz Family YMCA on December 9, the question has been asked: Who are Collins and Katz? We can tell you! The “Collins” is Jim Collins, who graduated from UCLA in 1950 and enjoyed a long career in the restaurant business as a franchisee for Kentucky Fried Chicken beginning in 1960 and as the owner (and expander) of the Sizzler Family Steak House chain from 1967. Now 91 and (mostly) retired, he and his wife Carol (pictured above) have been […]

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