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March 8, 2012
A popular Burbank High School football player took his own life at his home in Shadow Hills Tuesday night, shocking his teammates and student body. The student was identified by Los Angeles County coroner's officials as 17-year-old Matthew Smyser. Officials on Thursday confirmed the cause of death as suicide following an autopsy. Burbank Unified officials were notified of the death Wednesday morning by the Los Angeles Mayor's Crisis Response Team, Supt. Stan Carrizosa said.
NEWS
By Max Zimbert | May 29, 2010
A ni Vertanous and Sabina Agazarian said they've been friends since middle school, but walking up the hill to the Starlight Bowl for their Burbank High School commencement Friday, they started yelling. They weren't going to be sitting next to one another for the ceremony, but they said that didn't take away from their sense of accomplishment, relief and joy. "It feels amazing," Vertanous said. "It's the end, and I accomplished everything." The two will be going to Pasadena City College next year, representing two stories among the almost 670 graduating seniors who became alumni Friday night.
NEWS
By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | May 25, 2013
Thousands of camera-clutching family members and friends flocked to the Starlight Bowl Friday evening to watch the roughly 700 Burbank High School graduates rearrange the tassels on their mortarboards. It was a bittersweet evening for many graduates, who while ready to tackle the next stage of their lives, were emotional about the friends and memories they were leaving behind. PHOTOS: Burbank High School graduation   "I feel like I might cry," said graduate Angel Guerrero, 17. "Because this family is really close.
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By David Laurell | September 18, 2013
Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week. Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
NEWS
June 24, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Burbank High School Principal John Hutak is leaving after one year as principal. Hutak, who resigned Monday, decided to leave the district, said Burbank Unified Assistant Supt. Gregory Bowman. Hutak, an Antelope Valley resident, has worked for district since 1998. "There was no disagreement with the district. He just wanted to work closer to home. The commute was too much for him," Bowman said. Bowman said Hutak has been offered employment closer to where he lives, but he could not say where.
NEWS
By Leslie Simmons | December 15, 1999
HILLSIDE DISTRICT -- Tension between Burbank High School students has prompted administrators to begin videotaping and breaking up groups of more than four students meeting "in a disruptive manner," the school's principal said. On Dec. 8, up to 75 students from different ethnic groups were involved in altercations that caused the school to step up security and request police enforcement on the campus, said principal John Hutak. While school officials were silent on the makeup of the two groups, students said the tensions were largely between white and Armenian students.
NEWS
December 20, 2000
Irma Lemus MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- The sound of holiday music promises to delight audiences at tonight's Burbank High School instrumental music department winter concert. The concert will be at 7:30 in the school auditorium, 902 N. 3rd St. Favorite holiday selections ranging from Tchaikovsky's "Nutcracker" to Handel's "Joy to the World" will be performed by the concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra and symphony. The Burbank High School band and orchestra will feature a special audience sing-along during the Christmas finale.
NEWS
April 25, 2001
Dear Parents: The Burbank Police Department and Burbank High School have collaborated to provide you the following information: During spring break, on Saturday, April 21, 2001, Burbank Police arrested two male adults for conspiracy to use a destructive device at Burbank High School. One suspect is a student at Burbank High, and the other is a resident of Van Nuys. Both suspects are being held on $1 million bail and are being arraigned today. The police responded on information from a responsible parent.
NEWS
August 29, 2001
Ryan Carter and Gary Moskowitz BAHAMAS -- Douglas Kratz, 28, a 1991 graduate of Burbank High School, died Saturday with eight others when a private plane, also carrying R&B singer Aaliyah Haughton, 22, crashed on the way back to the United States from the Bahamas. Kratz had just finished the production of Haughton's video for the song "Rock da Boat" and was heading home with the group when the twin-engine Cessna 402 crashed, said Ray Cooper, co-president of Virgin Records America, Inc. Known by her fans as Aaliyah, Haughton had gained notoriety as a teenager with the 1994 album "Age Ain't Nothing But a Number."
NEWS
By Alison Tully | June 7, 2008
Hilda Akopyan on Thursday night sat down to do her homework, when she came to a realization. “I’ll never have homework for Burbank High again,” she said. “I’m so used to everything being the same, and now I am about to embark on a big change.” Akopyan, who plans to attend Pasadena City College in the fall, was one of 617 seniors who graduated on Friday night from Burbank High. Parents, grandparents as well as other family members and friends gathered at the Starlight Bowl to honor the graduates.
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By Alene Tchekmedyian, alene.tchekmedyian@latimes.com | April 11, 2014
Roughly 20 Burbank students were recognized for their artistic talents this week as part of the annual Youth Art Expo, which featured the drawings, sketches and sculptures of more than 200 students. The program, which was organized by the park, recreation and community services department and the Burbank Fine Arts Federation, received 1,500 art submissions from students in kindergarten through 12th grade, according to gallery director Frances Santistevan. Roughly 250 were chosen for the exhibit, and 20 students were awarded for their talent.
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By Joyce Rudolph | March 25, 2014
Burbank High School is in the running for the second year in a row as top high school in the Pennies for Patients campaign, a national fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Schools in the district hold fundraisers for the society's Los Angeles chapter. In 2013, Burbank High earned the most money of all high schools in Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. Students will find out if they won again in May. Over three weeks during the school year, all classrooms are encouraged to raise funds for the project, said Wendy Miller, senior English teacher, activities director and Associated Student Body adviser at Burbank High.
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By Arin Mikailian, arin.mikailian@latimes.com | March 5, 2014
The artistic talents of three high school students will gain plenty of exposure in the coming months as their winning banner designs will be enlarged and hung from the Bob Hope Airport terminal tower. Senior Daniel Lee from Crescenta Valley High, freshman Angus Crosby from Burbank High School and sophomore Chance Woods from Pasadena High School each placed first in their school districts for the airport's 2014 Tower Banner Student Art Contest, and will have 16-by-25-foot versions of their designs on display on a three-month rotation.
NEWS
By David Laurell | February 25, 2014
Equating their auditorium to the living room of a home where people gather to meet, exchange ideas, learn and be entertained, students, faculty, administrators and supporters of John Muir Middle School welcomed more than 600 guests to join them to raise funds to modernize their "living room" this past Saturday. Presented as "The Really Big Show," last week's fundraiser saw supporters welcomed to a VIP reception hosted by Muir Principal Greg Miller and his three predecessors, Bruce Osgood , Dan Hacking and John Paramo . Among the special guests in attendance were City Councilman Gary Bric , School Board members Larry Applebaum , Roberta Reynolds and Charlene Tabet and representatives from Burbank Business Partners - Lisa Rawlins with Warner Bros., Alethia Calagias with Logix Federal Credit Union, Cynthia Wagner with Cynthia Wagner Social Media and Carson Smith with Nickelodeon, which kicked-off the school's goal of raising $120,000 by donating the first $1,000.
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By Joyce Rudolph | February 11, 2014
John Muir Middle School's auditorium holds some special memories for me. When I was 4, my older sister had sewn matching dresses for us in her clothing class, and we modeled them in a fashion show on the auditorium stage. Years later, when I attended Muir, Allan Burnside was the principal. Not your grim or stoic school administrator; Burnside was cool. He was approachable. He would start up a conversation with the students passing in the halls and had a jovial manner. He also drove a wood-paneled station wagon, circa 1940, known as a Woodie.
NEWS
By David Laurell | January 7, 2014
While the final few hours of Dec. 31 - as the hands of the clock inch ever closer to midnight - are innately a time of reflection, celebration and inspiration, when you gather an eclectic mix of writers, musicians, actors and artists of various disciplines together to see the arrival of the new year, each of those aforementioned elements becomes exponentially enhanced. That was the case this past New Year's Eve as actor and Burbank High School drama teacher Brooks Gardner , his wife, Ann , and their daughter, Taryn , invited longtime friends and colleagues to join them in welcoming in 2014 at their beautifully decorated Burbank hills home.
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By Joyce Rudolph | December 17, 2013
Longtime Burbank residents Marjorie and Les Jonkey received an early Christmas present with the birth of their ninth great-grandchild, Jackson Andrew Schulze, on Nov. 29. Jackson was born at 3:40 p.m., weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces and was 21 inches long. His parents are Jeramie and Melissa “Jonkey” Schulze of Burbank. The Jonkeys both turned 95 last month and their family celebrated with a party at the Castaway restaurant on Nov. 17. They will celebrate their 72nd wedding anniversary in January.
SPORTS
By Nathan Cambridge | December 14, 2013
In the final day of play at the fifth annual Burbank High School girls' varsity water polo tournament, both the Bulldogs and Burroughs had notable success, although it was the hosts who had a little better time of it when it was said and done. “I know the girls are happy,” Burroughs first-year coach Michael Singhanate said. “They're not as happy as they'd like to be, but they're happy.” Both squads won their first games on Saturday in matchups of the four third-place finishers in their respective pools, which matched Burbank and Burroughs up in what turned out to be an exciting matchup for both, as the Bulldogs triumphed, 5-4, in sudden-death overtime against the Indians to wrap up the tournament.
COMMUNITY
By David Laurell | November 19, 2013
It was a magical mix - more than 160 talented young singers and musicians, a dedicated director, committed parents, supportive family members, friends and alumni and an eclectic mix of pop, rock and show tunes. Those elements came together and it made for quite a night - as the Burbank High School's Vocal Music Assn. staged its 17th annual “Night of Magic” fundraiser at Pickwick Gardens this past week. Beginning with a spectacular silent auction featuring more than 200 gift baskets, the event included dinner and a live auction conducted by auctioneer Bruce Osgood.
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By David Laurell | September 18, 2013
Perhaps it was the mix of cool jazz and hot salsa that pushed aside the recent heat spell and made for a perfect late-summer evening as John Burroughs High School's Instrumental Music Assn. presented its annual Salsa Under the Stars fundraiser last week. Staged in the school's quad, the event gave students, parents and supporters the opportunity to spread out their blankets and enjoy home-packed picnics or dinner provided by Tacos Maximo, brush up on their salsa skills by taking a dance lesson with Linda Shoemake, and then use those freshly enhanced skills to dance to the music of the John Burroughs High School Jazz Ensemble.
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